March Fishing Report

Indian Lake (Logan County) — At time of article posting, the main lake was covered in a thin layer of ice still, but Moundwood is open and crowded, according to angler reports. Fishermen are doing OK on saugeyes and crappies using vibrating blade baits or jigging minnows. Some of the saugeyes being reported have been in the 15- to 16-inch range. Crappies have been a respectable nine to 11 inches.

Are you ready for fishing season?

Indian Lake is consistently ranked as the top lake in the state for saugeye fishing in both numbers and size, with most fish in the 15- to 19-inch range.

It was a great winter fishing season state park lakes. Indian Lake is the top-rated inland lake in the state for ice fishing and second only to Lake Erie. Spring is just around the corner. March 20 is the first day of spring and that means the hottest fishing season of the year in Ohio is just around the corner, with crappie, bluegill, bass, catfish and saugeye biting like crazy at nearby lakes.

So be sure to get your new fishing license so you are not left out in the cold.

You don’t want one of those days when you grab the ol’ fishing pole and hop over to the lake to do a little fishing, but then realize your fishing license has expired.

Well, those days could be over for good now, thanks to a new fishing license offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Fishing license changes

For the first time in Ohio, anglers and hunters can purchase a fishing or hunting license for more than one year at a time. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, multiyear licenses may now be purchased. This new ruling just took effect October 9 of last year.

Ohio residents can choose from a three-year, five-year or 10-year fishing or hunting license. Even a “lifetime” license is now available for fishing or hunting. Lifetime license holders will be issued a hard plastic card.

Lifetime licenses cannot be purchased at license agent locations at this time and must be purchased online or at any of the five ODNR Wildlife District offices. A lifetime license can be purchased for yourself or as a gift and is still valid even if you move out of state.

Single-year licenses are still available also. All single-year and multiyear licenses can be purchased at Wildlife or at any of the hundreds of retail agents throughout the state.

Here are the costs of the new multi-year and lifetime licenses:

– Adult 3-year fishing or hunting – $54.08

– Adult 5-year fishing or hunting – $90.22

– Adult 10-year fishing or hunting – $180.44

– Senior 3-year fishing or hunting – $28.60

– Senior 5-year fishing or hunting – $47.58

– Senior lifetime fishing or hunting – $84.24

– Youth lifetime fishing or hunting – $430.56

– Adult lifetime fishing or hunting – $468

– Youth 3-year hunting – $28.60

– Youth 5-year hunting – $47.58

– Youth 10-year hunting – $95.16

(Source By Ron Brohm – Contributing writer. Urbana Daily Citizen)

Level 1 Snow Emergency

Logan County Sheriff has issued a level 1 snow emergency until further notice.

Level 1

Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

235 Bridge Closure

Closure will begin around March 5th, after boat show weekend!

The bridge is expected to be closed for around two months.

A primary overpass across Black Hawk Run tributary on the north side of Indian Lake is scheduled for a complete upcoming replacement, and the impending two-month closure will impact motorists passing through; campers and other state park traffic; and emergency first responders.

The bridge is located in the 14000 black of north State Route 235 between township roads 93 and 250 at Barnes Landing. It is scheduled to close on or about Tuesday, March 5, and will remain closed to all traffic for about two months through the first half of May, according to information from the Ohio Department of Transportation District 7 office.