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Whether your workout includes an hour of sun salutations or a series of sprints, music can help prepare your body for the task at hand—and make you feel better while doing it. Research has shown that a good playlist could help ease workouts, reduce fatigue, and increase athletic performance by affecting both heart rate and brain waves. “Music in most contexts enhances what you’re doing. It acts as a subconscious motivator,” says Dario Slavazza, an ethnomusicologist at Feed.fm, a service that puts together workout playlists for fitness apps like Asics Studio, Daily Burn, Fitbit Coach, and MoveWith. “[As] the music picks up the pace and intensity, people’s heart rates and breathing patterns fall into the beat. Your body picks up on rhythms.”
When exercising, the average 35-year-old should shoot for a heart rate of between 93 and 157 beats per minute. That rate varies depending on fitness level and stamina—seasoned athletes can reach up to 85 percent of their maximum heart rate and still be comfortable, according to the American Heart Association, while less experienced athletes should shoot for the lower half of this range.
For years, scientists have studied the link between music and heart rate. In 2005, a team of researchers found that listening to music with a fast tempo could speed up heart rates, while a leisurely tempo could slow them down. Furthermore, crescendos—where the volume of a song gradually rises—can increase heart rates, while decrescendos have the opposite effect, according to a small study from 2009 published in the journal Circulation. Although scientists aren’t certain why and how these interactions happen physiologically, relaxing music could be used to maintain a level of serenity for lower-intensity activities like yoga. “I always set my metronome at 60 [bpm] because it’s lower than the normal heart rate, and it helps me relax,” says Rodney Garnett, an ethnomusicologist at the University of Wyoming. “Something that has a slower beat gets a different response than something that has a fast beat.”
Another perk: listening to music can make a workout feel less challenging. Research suggests that music activates the subcerebellum and amygdala, which regulate emotions like pleasure, while also decreasing interactions between the areas of the brain that are responsible for communicating fatigue and reducing performance abilities. Fast workout music causes neurons to fire longer and with stronger pulses, suggesting that people don’t need to think as much about their workouts when listening to a killer playlist. Instead, they can let their minds wander, reducing the cognitive perception of strain while muscles continue to perform with less conscious processing, says Costas Karageorghis, a psychophysiologist at Brunel University in London. If a bopping melody isn’t enough to get you through a tough workout, a song’s lyrics can provide an extra boost of motivation with different positive affirmations and associations, Karageorghis says.
But there’s a limit to how much music can help a workout. After reaching about 85 percent of aerobic capacity—measured by the amount of oxygen sent to your muscles during a workout—music appears to not make much of a difference, as the brain seems to be overwhelmed with signals of fatigue. (Though aerobic capacity is traditionally measured with special equipment that tracks oxygen uptake, the 85 percent mark is often signaled by heavy breathing, inability to hold a conversation, and sweating.)
While scientists have been studying music’s role in physical performance for years, there are still many unanswered questions. Because both workouts and musical preferences are so personal, it’s up to each individual to figure out which songs are best for their exercise routine. “[Music] is a motivator. What’s interesting is how those motivators differ from person to person and activity to activity,” Slavazza says. “For me, that’s extremely fascinating.”
Looking to improve your workouts with music? Below are some example playlists from Karageorghis’s book Applying Music in Exercise and Sport.
For a 10K run at a 45-minute pace, Karageorghis recommends this playlist. Starting at 68 bpm, the songs increase in tempo to correspond with an increase in strides, ending at 95 bpm.
For an extra kick during difficult parts of a workout, Karageorghis recommends creating a highly personal playlist of “power songs.” Here’s an example from a runner in Karageorghis’s book, though you can make your own playlist from tracks that remind you of times when you felt strong and in control.
For a cooldown, this playlist contains songs to help induce a relaxed, contemplative state of mind. The tempo gradually decreases with each song, ending at 55 bpm.
Underwear needs to be supportive and comfortable. Outdoors, it needs to breathe well and dry quickly. On longer trips, it needs to maintain its stretch and support, not pick up too much stink, be easy to clean, and strongly resist wear. For years, I've struggled to find an adequate solution. Then I read a news report about the prison in Guantanamo Bay.
First, some background on my quest. During athletic activity—running, jumping, climbing, crawling, and cycling—you want to have everything down there packed away tightly, where it’s safe from twisting, binding, and yanking. Over long durations of those activities, you need to be able to achieve that control without chafing. Those concerns pretty much eliminate loose boxers or going commando.
Because of that need for control, I’ve always found the tight, elasticated leg openings on briefs superior to the more fashionable, but looser legs of boxer briefs. So, at home, I wear traditional cotton items. If they get soaked with sweat during a strenuous workout or hike, I’ll simply swap them out for a fresh pair. But that’s not necessarily an option, or a good idea, outside.
Due to the hollow structure of its fibers, cotton soaks up huge amounts of water—up to 27 times its own weight. Because those fibers naturally carry a negative charge and H2O is positively charged, water molecules chemically bind to cotton, meaning it takes forever to dry out. Get your cotton underwear soaked in sweat, and at best it’s super uncomfortable. At worst, it might contribute to hypothermia.
So a bunch of companies produce outdoor-specific undies from merino wool. Like all wool, merino is naturally temperature regulating—it’s cool when it’s hot out and warm when it’s cold. Thanks to merino's very fine fibers, it's softer against the skin than other wool varieties. Its fibers are also coated in lanolin, which is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, meaning wool undies are strongly resistant to developing odor.
But one thing merino can’t do is retain its shape. Even with the help of an elastic thread woven into the merino fiber, every pair of merino wool undies I’ve ever worn has gotten stretched out after only a day’s wear, causing it to lose its ability to provide support and creating uncomfortable bunches when worn under tight clothing or a climbing harness.
Most synthetic materials that underwear might be made from are very good at wicking moisture, but quickly become breeding grounds for the bacteria in all that sweat. And that makes them smell terrible after even a single day of use. And those thin, made-for-breathability materials that work so well as base layers are again unable to provide the consistent, strong elasticity that underwear needs in order to provide support. Even a pair of $60 Polartec Power Grid boxer briefs stretches out so much during a hike that I’m left with an uncomfortable degree of flop afterwards. That’d be even worse several days into a long-distance backpacking trip.
I've struggled through all the inadequate solutions described above. If I wanted to be comfortable, I needed to carry a fresh pair of cotton briefs for every day of a long-duration trip. But that added weight and ate up space in my pack. If I wore something else, I risked a very embarrassing injury. Nothing smelled good, nothing really held up, nothing stayed dry, and nothing delivered adequate protection. Then I read that news story about the awful conditions inside Guantanamo and the kind-hearted guards who were risking their own freedom by smuggling in supplies that could enable the prisoners to be a little bit more comfortable.
They were smuggling in Speedos.
The constantly wet, unsanitary conditions inside the notorious prison reminded me of my own camping trips, and because I grew up swimming competitively, I had a few old Speedos in the back of my closet that could still be coaxed into fitting. The next time I went backpacking, I wore one, didn’t pack anything else, and came home days later with a happy crotch.
Speedos are made from spandex. As you’re undoubtedly aware, that material is hugely stretchy, very strong, breathes reasonably well, and dries out almost instantaneously. Those merits are what make a Speedo the perfect performance underwear.
Of course, Speedos aren’t the only undergarment made from spandex. Wouldn’t a pair of bike shorts carry a lower social liability if people find out you’re wearing them? Maybe, but the longer legs and higher waist are, for me at least, less comfortable during non-cycling activities. In warmer weather, layering spandex under pants or shorts can also quickly get too hot, something the minimal cut of a Speedo helps prevent.
I read that article about Guantanamo over a decade ago, back when we all still thought George Bush was the worst President the U.S. ever had. And a Speedo has been my go-to underwear in the outdoors ever since. Heck, they last so long, I’ve still got a pair or two that date back to that time. I’ve worn them while skiing in frigid temperatures, under a pair of shorts while exploring a very humid Havana, and even under my wetsuit, where a Speedo makes the contortions necessary to pull one of those off on a beach a hell of a lot less embarrassing. They’re good for a few solid days of wear, but if one does get stinky, a quick plunge into water will get it clean, and it’ll be dry after your wring it out. In all that time I’ve never experienced chaffing, never twisted anything that didn’t want to be twisted, and never been repulsed by my own odor. They layer well, too: any combination of base layers and pants you can come up with just slides right over the smooth spandex.
Is all this a little embarrassing? Yes. Is the comfort a Speedo offers worth it? Totally.
With a little over a year to go before the U.S. Olympic Trials take place in February 2020, it’s anyone’s guess who will make the women’s marathon team. On the one hand, there’s the old guard: Des Linden, Amy Cragg, and Shalane Flanagan, the trio who all finished in the top ten at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Though Flanagan’s plans for 2020 remain a mystery (take what you will from this Instagram post), Linden and Cragg will almost certainly be looking to secure another Olympic team spot next February in Atlanta. They will face formidable competition in the form of multiple national record holder Molly Huddle, 2:20-marathoner Jordan Hasay, as well as runners like Allie Kieffer, Kellyn Taylor, and Sara Hall—athletes who perhaps have yet to reach the limits of their potential.
And then there’s Emily Sisson. To some, it might feel presumptuous to include the 27-year-old Providence College alumna among a list of contenders. She has, after all, never run a marathon and will taking her first crack at the distance in London on April 28. But if Sisson’s performance at the Houston Half earlier this month is any indicator, we can expect great things. In that race, in what was only her third half marathon, Sisson ran 1:07:30, coming within six seconds of breaking Molly Huddle’s American record. Based on that result, Sisson might even have realistic shot at running sub-2:23 in London, which would make her the fastest marathon debutante in U.S. history.
We spoke with Sisson as she gears up for her first marathon, seeking her wisdom about racing and training.
Despite her recent road racing success, Sisson believes she can still improve on the track. Needless to say, she’s already pretty good at running fast laps around the oval; in 2017, she competed in the 10,000-meters at the IAAF World Championships, and finished 9th in the final.
Regardless of how she fares in her marathon debut, Sisson definitely plans to compete in next summer’s 10,000-meter Olympic Trials. Since these will be held in Oregon in June (on a brand new, space age Hayward Field), it means that, like other ambitious runners, Sisson could conceivably make the Olympic team in both the marathon and the track 10K. Not that Sisson herself is thinking that far ahead.
“If the marathon goes well in London, then I’ll probably try to run the Olympic Trials next February,” Sisson says. “If it doesn’t go as well as we hope, then, well, I’m still pretty young and don’t feel that much pressure. It’s not as if this one race is going to be some huge deciding factor.”
Although her impressive half marathon in Houston caused a number of people to theorize about her potential over 26.2 miles, Sisson is hesitant to give a specific time goal for London.
“I can’t say right now what my time goal is, because I’m just too far out and haven’t really gotten into the marathon training yet,” she says. “I would like to be in the lower 2:20s and it would be a successful marathon for me if I could run around 2:23, but I’ll know a lot more based on how I handle this training. That will give me good feedback on whether that’s a reasonable goal to go after.”
After a successful college career that included an individual NCAA title in the 5,000-meters in 2015, Sisson turned pro later the same year. At first, the transition from competitive collegiate athlete to full-on professional was a little disorientating, since Sisson suddenly found herself with a lot more free time. Along with learning to adopt a more professional approach to her sport by incorporating things like core work and massage therapy, this meant learning to take it easy.
“Some people like being really busy and having things to do and can get pretty restless. But I’m pretty good at resting in between runs. I’m fine with that,” Sisson says.
Providence might not be as vaunted as a running hotspot as Eugene or Flagstaff, but, for Sisson, there was at least one major benefit of staying in her college town after graduation: Molly Huddle. The national record holder in the 10,000-meters also lives and trains in the Rhode Island capital. In recent years, Sisson and Huddle have become on-and-off training partners. Huddle is also running this year’s London Marathon and, though that technically makes her competition, Sisson says their relationship is weirdly non-competitive.
“I guess I’ve always viewed Molly as a bit of a mentor, so I feel like there wasn’t all that much competitiveness between us because I just kind of looked up to her and wanted to learn off her,” Sisson says. “I have learned so much, especially about how she conducts herself when something goes wrong. I think a lot of people look at athletes like Molly, who are so consistently successful, and think they must not have any hiccups, or anything, but that’s just not true. I’ve seen how she’s handled sickness and injuries. It’s never easy, but she’s just really good at making it look easy.”
Among the many remarkable details of Emily Sisson’s career is the fact that, until last year, she didn’t own a GPS watch. (Sisson wasn’t wearing a watch when she raced in Houston, which might have cost her the half marathon record.) She says she has always had good “race instincts” and prefers to run against the people around her and not the clock.
“I know it sounds a little cheesy, but I do think I’m more dialed in and present, when, instead of trying to run certain splits, I’m trying to win,” Sisson says.
Of course, in London, where the elite field will include five women who have run under 2:19, winning probably won’t be in the cards.
“I’m probably going to race with a watch from now on, because I really wish I had one in Houston,” Sisson says. “I’ll definitely wear one in London.” Look out.
In your every day experiences in the outdoors—hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, hunting etc, what have you wished you had or had access to that would make your experience more full or fulfilling?
Ahnu North Peak eVent hiking boots are on extra-deep discount at the REI Outlet through February 4, 2019.
Right now, you can get the comfy women’s-specific Ahnu North Peak eVent hiking boots for $60. They’re regularly $200! The discontinued boots come in two colors: midnight blue and smoky brown. And there’s a surprising number of sizes still left in stock.
Ahnu is a women’s line of boots and shoes now made under sister brand Teva. While I haven’t tried the over-the-ankle North Peaks, which appear to be a closeout model, I do like the fit and styling of Ahnu’s low-top hikers.
The North Peak boots are rated for hiking and backpacking. They’re waterproof-breathable thanks to a technology called eVent. And Vibram outsoles keep the bottom of the boot grippy on varied surfaces.
While the Ahnu hiking boots are made for rugged outdoor use, they’re also are regularly called out in reviews for their sheer comfort while on the job. A pair of North Peaks weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces.
At 70 percent off, it’s hard to pass over this screaming shoe deal.
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Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — Ice is forming in the coves of Alum Creek, but as of this writing on Jan. 18 no one was ice fishing. The spillway bite is still an option for saugeyes, muskies, and crappies, but a major snowstorm forecast for the region might put the brakes on good ice formation.
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, Perry counties) — Prior to the lake locking up with skim ice, anglers were casting swimbaits and using live minnows to catch a few saugeyes at Fairfield Beach. Pressure has been reportedly heavy, but that is likely to change until the lake freezes over enough to allow for ice fishing.
Indian Lake (Logan County) — Thin ice, too thin to hold an angler, was the name of the game as of this writing on Jan. 18. Some had ventured out, but the ice was no thicker than three inches, according to local reports. A cold snap next week should serve to firm things up some more. Anglers will be out fishing for saugeyes through the holes with pin mins and other types of ice spoons.
Findlay Reservoir No. 2 (Hancock County) — A prolonged stretch of cold temperatures should serve to lock up the ice on No. 2 as long as the weather doesn’t warm up too quickly. When the ice is safe enough for anglers, you can catch yellow perch, bluegills, and crappies here. Use a jig and minnow combination or a jig and wax worm for best results.
Maumee River (Lucas County) — Much of the Maumee River is locked up in a thin layer of ice with the cold snap that hit the area in mid-January. Not much if any fishing pressure due to the conditions and cold temperatures.
Maumee Bait and Tackle, www.maumeetackle.net
Lake Erie (East Harbor) — According to recent angler reports, there is between two and six inches of ice on the harbor and some ice fishermen have been getting out. The bite has been spotty, with just a handful of largemouth bass being reported. Water clarity is poor due to high winds before ice-up.
West Branch Reservoir (Portage County) — Anglers fishing from some good spots on the shoreline have been catching good numbers of walleyes, according to angler reports. This was before a cold snap in mid-January most likely locked up most of the lake. In any event, the open-water walleyes were caught on crankbaits and stickbaits. Some individual fish were up to 20 inches.
Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) — As of Jan. 18, locals report that the lake is 85 percent locked up with ice and it should be rounding into ice-fishing shape by the time this publication hits mailboxes. Mosquito Creek is always a good place to catch walleyes, yellow perch, and crappies through the ice. Live minnows under a small ice bobber will catch all three of these species.
Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County) — As of this writing, the lake was locking up with ice and should be fishable in the near future, according to angler reports. When the ice does come on, anglers will be fishing for walleyes and yellow perch and crappies through the holes. Pin mins tipped with a minnow or other types of ice spoons should fit the bill. Also, a jig and minnow combination can’t be beat.
C.J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County) — Anglers continue to fish off the docks near the marina and are catching some crappies, some up to a reported 14 inches. Fishermen are using minnows suspended under an ice bobber, much like one would when ice fishing.
Rocky Fork Lake (Highland, Ross counties) — Anglers fishing the docks at this Highland County lake have been catching crappies and channel catfish. Blade baits such as Vib-Es or Sonars have been the hot ticket. Some white bass are also being caught on these same baits.
East Fork Lake (Clermont County) — Fishermen are continuing to search out the crappie bite on this southwest Ohio lake known for its crappies. If you find a school of crappies, tie on a jig and tip it with a minnow for best results. Fish the bait similar to ice-fishing methods at this time of year.
Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) — As of mid-January, anglers were still fishing open water at Salt Fork. Channel catfish are typically an option in the winter here, as are crappies. Employ a jig and minnow combination and you should be able to catch both species.
Tappan Lake (Harrison County) — Anglers are focusing their efforts on the bridge overpasses in the evening hours to catch crappies. Fishermen are throwing a variety of baits at them, including jigs, spoons, and blade baits. Some of the crappies have been decent size, around the 12-inch range.
Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) — Anglers fishing the spillway at Piedmont are reporting a tough bite for most all species of fish. They are fishing for crappies and saugeyes, without much luck, however. If you do try it, tie on a Vib-E or similar blade bait and rip it through the current. Also, crankbaits and stickbaits should be an option.
Lake Erie Region
• The bag limit for walleyes in Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler. The minimum size limit for walleyes is 15 inches.
• The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler in all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.
• The trout and salmon daily bag limit is two fish per angler. The minimum size limit is 12 inches.
New for 2019:
A Lake Erie fishing permit is required for nonresidents from Jan. 1 to April 30 when fishing Lake Erie and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries.
Where: The open-water season is coming to a close. Ramps and harbors in the Western Basin are beginning to form significant ice, though the main lake remains open. A few brave anglers will continue to search out open water, but it is not advised.
How: Anglers have been trolling deep diving crankbaits 80 to 100 feet back at speeds of 1.0 to 1.4 mph unassisted, or adding snap weights up to 2 ounces 40 feet back to get down to the fish. Anglers have also reported success jigging lipless crankbaits and spoons tipped with shiners, like ice-fishing presentations.
Where: Fishing effort for yellow perch has been low, but some anglers are still targeting and catching fish near harbor mouths in the Cleveland area.
How: Perch spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom produce the most fish.
Where: Good fishing reported from anglers trolling inside the Fairport Harbor breakwall and inside the Conneaut breakwall. Anglers fishing from shore are catching fish off the Edgewater, Gordon Park, Fairport Harbor, and Painesville Township piers, and the Fairport Harbor breakwall.
How: The best baits have been small spoons and crankbaits for anglers trolling fishing from boats, and jigs tipped with maggots fished under a bobber or small spoons for anglers fishing from shore.
The Rocky River and other area streams are currently offering good fishing conditions, but expect them to be icing up quickly with the cold temperatures. Slush is worst following heavier snowfall as well as in the mornings. Despite the cold, quite a few anglers reported steelhead success recently, and a highlight the past two weeks has been several stray brown trout showing up in the Rocky River. The big trout are spread throughout the system at this time and will be biting marabou jigs under floats, brightly colored dime to nickel size spawn sacs, beads that mimic salmon eggs, flies (egg patterns and baitfish streamers), and lures such as Little Cleo spoons and wobbling crankbaits. Steelhead numbers can be expected to peak into March-April.
Conditions permitting, anglers fishing along the Cleveland lakefront are still catching a few yellow perch, steelhead, and walleyes. For perch, the hotspot has been the E. 55th north facing breakwall on live and salted emerald shiners on the lake bottom using crappie rigs. A few walleyes and steelhead are still prowling the E. 55th/E. 72nd areas, too. Lake Erie shoreline marinas were getting covered with a skim of ice this week.
Cleveland Metroparks recently stocked 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout, as follows: Wallace (1,400 pounds), Shadow (750 pounds), Ledge (600 pounds), Judge’s (150 pounds), and Ranger (100 pounds) lakes. This final winter stocking mirrors a duplicate stocking back in mid-December, with the only difference being quite a few bonus brown and brook trout going into Wallace Lake this latest stocking. Trout are also available at Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area down the hill from CanalWay Visitor Center off E. 49th Street. Trout bite well on PowerBait, canned corn, small spinners, and jigs tipped with a few maggots/wax worms, and nightcrawlers or shrimp fished right on the bottom. Note the current seasonal trout regulations: Lake Erie and all streams two/day, minimum size 12 inches (this includes steelhead); three/day, no size limit at Wallace, Ledge, Judge’s, and Ranger lakes; and five/day, no size limit at Shadow Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal.
A thin crust of ice has formed over most of Cleveland Metropark inland lakes and ponds recently, although not thick enough for ice fishing. Anglers are currently fishing from the safety of shore in areas where the water drops off quickly, such as from docks, other platforms, etc. Since ice fishing is right around the corner, Cleveland Metroparks offers some advice. Most state conservation agencies recommend at least four inches of solid ice before anglers should venture out to ice fish, and in Cleveland Metroparks it is the angler’s responsibility to check. One method is to use a spud bar near shore and check the ice thickness, and if it is greater than four inches then walk out a little farther and check again. Ice is often thinnest right at the water’s edge and around inlets and outlets of the waterbody. Other safety tips are to always fish with a friend, let someone know where you’ll be, and focus on areas near where other anglers are already fishing.
Cleveland Metroparks, www.clevelandmetroparks.com
Irish Hills Area (Michigan)
There was no safe ice on inland lakes in Jackson County.
Luna Pier Area (Mich.)
Boat anglers trolling in Lake Erie’s Brest Bay and off Bolles Harbor caught walleyes on crankbaits in 18 to 22 feet of water. Up on the Detroit River, anglers fishing in the marinas were getting perch and bluegills. The perch bite was slowly picking up.
Allegan Area (Mich.)
St. Joseph River continues to produce steelhead. The bite is better following rain or on warmer days. There was no safe ice on inland lakes.
Kalamazoo Area (Mich.)
Recent rain and warm temperatures wreaked havoc on the ice that had been forming on inland lakes. With colder weather in the immediate forecast anglers were hoping for better conditions soon. The Kalamazoo River was giving up some decent steelhead action during the recent warm-up. Spawn, spinners, and a wax worm fished under a float were all taking fish.
Grand Rapids Area (Mich.)
Anglers fishing for steelhead on the Grand River reported a decent bite at the Sixth Street Dam. Spawn, spinners, and wax worms are all getting hit.
Plainwell Area (Mich.)
There was no safe ice on Gun Lake following a few days of unseasonably warm temperatures and rain, but with colder weather in the forecast anglers are getting excited.
Saginaw Bay Area (Mich.)
There was a little ice fishing on Saginaw Bay on shore ice in two feet of water or less at White’s Beach and in the small bay at Pinconning. Success has been minimal. There were no anglers south of Pinconning. A few boats were fishing out from the Saginaw River, mainly around Spoils Island where they caught a couple of walleyes when trolling or vertical jigging with jigs tipped with minnows. Most were bringing in about three fish per trip. Action was slow for boat anglers on the Saginaw River. There were not a lot of boats out, and catches were dominated by undersized fish.
Lake Erie tributaries (Pennsylvania) — A few anglers were catching steelhead on various flies, lures and baits, with downsized presentations working in low clear flow.
Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County, Pa.) — Sportsman’s Outlet reported that anglers were catching walleyes by jigging minnows.
Allegheny River (Forest County, Pa.) — Walleyes and muskies were reported from boat and shore in early January.
Allegheny River (Warren County, Pa.) — Walleyes were hitting on a variety of baits around Mead Island by the old power plant upstream from Starbrick Access Area in recent weeks.
Kinzua Reservoir (Warren County, Pa.) — Sugar Bay was yielding walleyes in recent weeks.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County, Pa.) — Poff’s Place reported that very few anglers were fishing, but those fishing from shore and off the docks at Jamestown were catching some crappies.
The post Ohio Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – Feb. 1, 2019 appeared first on Outdoornews.
Feb. 2: Shelby County WTU Banquet, 4:30 p.m., The Palazzo, Botkins. For more info call Don Wilson, 937-638-2938.
Feb. 7: Southwest Cuyahoga WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Holy Trinity Banquet Hall, North Royalton. For more info call Tony Perillo, 440-669-3175.
Feb. 9: Ohio Five Rivers WTU Banquet, 4:30 p.m., The Irish Club, Dayton. For more info call Brandon Showen, 937-725-9349.
Feb. 16: Appalachian Mountain Hunters WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Ross County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building, 344 Fairgrounds Road, Chillicothe. For more info call Joe Duty, 740-804-7066.
Feb. 16: Western Reserve WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., E.O.U.V. Club, Novelty. For more info call Dave Takacs, 440-335-0183.
Feb. 23: Champaign County Chapter WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana. For more info call Keith McNutt, 937-508-6291.
Feb. 23: Sandusky River WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Terra State Community College, Activity Center, Fremont. For more info call Keith Kralik, 419-202-9544.
March 2: Adams County WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., The Willow, Winchester. For more info call Tyler Sparks, 937-217-1049.
March 2: Hole in the Horn WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Kent American Legion Banquet Facility, Kent. For more info call Dennis Malloy, 330-507-9489.
March 9: West Central Ohio WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Mercer County Fairgrounds, Junior Fair Building. For more info call Steve Feathers, 765-702-3209.
March 16: RMEF Banquet, 5 p.m., Galaxy Restaurant, Wadsworth. For more info call Catherine Weiss, 330-815-6211.
March 16: Licking Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Moundbuilders VFW Post 1060, Newark. For more info call Matt Gayheart, 740-334-7256.
March 23: Southern Ohio WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Southern Ohio Dog & Game Clubhouse, Cincinnati. For more info call Jeff Erdman, 513-200-7439.
March 29: Big Buckeye WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, Cambridge. For more info call Dave Scurlock, 740-584-9263.
March 30: Caesar Creek WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Warren County Fairgrounds, Building A, Lebanon. For more info call Kevin Woods, 513-435-4613.
March 30: Jackson Bowhunters WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Canters Cave, Jackson. For more info call Kenny Moon, 740-418-7404.
April 12: Zanesville Area Friends of NRA Banquet, 6 p.m., Prophets Park. For more info call Don Pagath, 740-674-6364.
April 13: Harrison County DU Banquet, 5 p.m., Ohio American Legion, Scio. For more info call Katie Rodriguez, 330-340-9585.
April 18: Mahoning Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Metroplex Expo Center, Girard. For more info call Dennis Malloy, 330-507-9489.
April 26-27: Buffington Island WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Portland Community Center, Portland. For more info call Jeremy Hupp, 740-416-5490.
April 27: Perry County Disabled Veterans WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Perry Co. Fairgrounds, Colosseum Building, New Lexington. For more info call Kenn McCord, 740-621-3695.
Feb. 3: Deer archery season closes.
Feb. 28: Cottontail hunting season closes.
Feb. 28: Mink, muskrat, and beaver trapping season closes.
March 2: Crow season closes.
Lake Milton Fish & Game, 4374 Bedell Road, Berlin Center, 44401. For more info call Dennis, 330-414-5795.
Feb. 23-24, March 23-24, April 27-28, May 25-26, June 22-23, July 27-28, Aug. 24-25, Sept. 21-22: McKenzie 3D Targets, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 29-30: Disabled Veterans 3D Shoot, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Feb. 8-10: Columbus Fishing Expo, Ohio State Fairgrounds, Fri. noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.columbusfishingexpo.com for more info.
Feb. 15-24: Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds. For more info www.IndySportShow.com.
Feb. 21-24: Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo, Indiana State Fairgrounds. For more info www.IndySportShow.com.
March 9-10: Ohio Decoy Collectors & Carvers Assoc. Show, Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., For more info call Bob Lund, 419-874-3671.
March 15-17: Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo, Ohio Expo Center, Fri. 2-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. www.deerinfo.com for more info.
March 23-24: Akron/Canton Hunting & Fishing Show, MAPS Air Museum, by Akron/Canton Airport.
May 4-5: Lehigh Valley Knife Shoes, Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Charles Chrin Community Center, Easton. For more info call Bill Goodman, 484-241-6176.
Sept. 28-29: Lehigh Valley Knife Shoes, Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Charles Chrin Community Center, Easton. For more info call Bill Goodman, 484-241-6176.
March 2: Ohio Charter Captains Conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., BGSU-Firelands Campus, Huron. For more info call Tory Gabriel, 419-607-4046.
March 2: East Knox Lions Club, Gun Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Floral Valley Community Center, Howard. For more info call Chris Fletcher, 740-599-6617.
April 4-7: Holy Mackerel Fishing Tackle Flea Market, Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. -6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Lodge of New Russia Township, Oberlin. For more info call 440-988-9264.
Hubbard Conservation Club meets 2nd Wed. of every month. For more info call Mike 330-534-4895.
Gallia County Conservation Club meets 2nd Wed. of each month, 6:30 p.m., Gallia County Gun Club. For more info call Eric Clary, 740-208-1498.
Tiffin-Seneca Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Tues. 7:30 p.m., Tiffin. For more info call Rob Weaver, 419-618-6489.
Wadsworth Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Mon. 7 p.m., Wadsworth. For more info call Matthew Porter, 330-331-8406.
Cincinnati Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Tues. 7 p.m., Loveland. For more info call Mary Joyce Thomas, 513-617-7079.
Delta Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Wed. 7 p.m., Delta. For more info call Cassandra Mehlow, 419-250-4301.
Lawrence County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Sat. 5 p.m., Pedro. For more info call Stacie Burton, 740-646-6208.
Lorain County Ely Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Mon. 7 p.m., Penfield Township. For more info call Angel Burt, 440-310-1283.
Central Ohio Chapter Izaak Walton League meets monthly, Columbus. For more info call Tony DiNovo, 740-747-0933.
Monroeville-Huron County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 4th Wed. 8 p.m., Monroeville. For more info call Richard Pheiffer, 419-668-4116.
Anthony Wayne Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Mon. 7 p.m., Hamilton. For more info call Kristen Allen Withrow, 513-659-5989.
Dry Fork Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Thurs. 7 p.m., Okeana. For more info call Fred Boehner, 513-899-4592.
Fairfield Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Tues. 7 p.m., Fairfield. For more info call Robert Kraft, 513-868-3430.
Fremont Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Tues. 7 p.m., Fremont. For more info call Dan Summersett, 419-202-3618.
Hamilton Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Wed. 6:30 p.m., Hamilton. For more info call Frederick Quick, 513-894-2414.
Headwaters Chapter Izaak Walton League Meets monthly Bath Nature Preserve, Bath Township. For more info call Ivan Hack, 440-897-3855.
Hocking County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Thurs. 7 p.m., Logan. For more info call William Cox, 740-385-6632.
Martin L. Davey Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Wed. 7 p.m., Ravenna. For more info call John Nelson, 330-677-5260.
Medina Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Sat. 6:20 p.m., Medina. For more info call Faye Jessie, 330-722-6853.
Mount Healthy Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Wed. 8 p.m., Cincinnati. For more info call Mary Burdett, 513-418-2382.
Seven Mile Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Thurs. 8 p.m., Hamilton. For more info call Jeff Burton, 513-726-4362.
Wayne County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Mon. 7 p.m., West Salem. For more info call Linda Peterson, 330-603-5617.
Western Reserve Chapter Izaak Walton League meets monthly, Willoughby. For more info call Jim Storer, 440-946-8757.
Tallawanda Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Tues. 7 p.m., Oxford. For more info call Ronald Cox, 513-461-3838.
Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1
Just prior to the 2018 deer gun season, state wildlife officer Chad Grote, assigned to Marion County, was contacted about a social media post. The caller said that the post included a picture of a young lady posing with a dead deer and a shotgun. Officer Grote checked harvest records and found that she had not checked in a deer. He contacted the young lady and her father who both admitted that they had gone out together and each had shot at the deer that was harvested. The daughter had a hunting license, but she did not have a deer permit. Her father had both a hunting license and a deer permit. Instead of checking in the deer accurately and contacting a state wildlife officer about the mistake of harvesting a deer with a firearm before the start of the season, the pair butchered the deer and did not check it in. They then disposed of the carcass in a small stream. Officer Grote issued each of them summonses for their violations, and both were found guilty in Marion Municipal Court. They paid $326 in fines and court cost and were sentenced to 10 days of jail, which were suspended.
While on patrol prior to the deer archery season, state wildlife officer Patrick Muldovan, assigned to Licking County, and state wildlife officer supervisor Bill Bullard received a Turn-In-a-Poacher report regarding a deer that had been killed the day before. The person believed to be responsible for killing the animal denied he had killed it. However, pictures had been taken showing the suspect with the deer the day prior. The man was issued a summons for possessing a dead deer without properly tagging it and paid $256 in fines and court costs.
Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District 2
During the 2018 deer gun season, state wildlife officer Nathan Kaufmann, assigned to Huron County, received a complaint about out-of-state hunters crossing property they did not have permission to be on to gain easier access to property where they had permission to hunt. After speaking with the complainant, it was clear that the hunters were no longer on the property. The next morning, officer Kaufmann received information from the same complainant that the hunters had again crossed his property. Officer Kaufmann arrived at the complainant’s property and located two sets of boot tracks in the fresh snow that had fallen overnight. Officer Kaufmann followed the tracks to a treestand where he contacted one hunter. A second hunter soon arrived in the same location, and both were issued a summons for hunting without permission. Each hunter appeared in court and paid $175 in fines and court costs.
Northeast Ohio – Wildlife District 3
One evening during the fall, state wildlife officer Nick Turner, assigned to Harrison County, and state wildlife officer Craig Porter, assigned to Jefferson County, were conducting surveillance along a rural road where they had received several reports of deer being shot. While sitting at their location, they observed a truck traveling toward them while casting three spotlights from three different windows. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the truck, which had West Virginia license plates. An inspection of the vehicle uncovered a loaded rifle, several spotlights, and knives covered in deer hair and blood. All items were seized as evidence. During the investigation, the officers determined that the men were responsible for a deer killed on that road within the previous week. Officer Turner contacted the West Virginia DNR, who sent officers to the suspect’s home. The West Virginia officers recovered 17 deer heads that had been killed illegally within the past two weeks, including a large antlered deer. The suspects were issued several summonses and ordered to appear in court. After the men were convicted, they were ordered to pay a total of $3,000 in fines and court costs and $9,784.86 in restitution for the large antlered deer. The men also spent 10 days in jail and had their hunting privileges suspended for 10 years. The spotlights, knives, deer parts, and rifle were forfeited to the DNR Division of Wildlife. Additional cases are pending in West Virginia.
Southeast Ohio – Wildlife District 4
In September 2018, state wildlife officer Brad St. Clair, assigned to Noble County, received a report of a woman digging ginseng without permission. The landowner was able to provide valuable information, which allowed officer St. Clair to identify the woman. Officer St. Clair then contacted the woman, who admitted to digging ginseng without permission on the landowner’s property. In addition, officer St. Clair discovered the woman had dug ginseng several times that month and failed to keep records as required by law. She was issued citations for digging ginseng without permission and failing to keep accurate and complete records. The woman appeared in Noble County Court and Cambridge Municipal Court where she was found guilty. She was ordered to pay a total of $644 in fines and court costs.
In November 2018, state wildlife officer Ted Witham, assigned to Jackson County, received a phone call about hunting violations that had occurred on the second day of the youth deer gun season. Officer Witham responded to the area and was able to speak with both the caller and a landowner. The caller had seen someone wearing camouflage walk onto the landowner’s property while carrying a shotgun. A short time later, the caller had heard a gunshot and then witnessed the suspect drive a truck back to the woods and load up the deer. The landowner had not given anyone permission to hunt on his property. Officer Witham was able to locate the suspect, who admitted to killing a doe on the property with a shotgun. The suspect was found guilty of hunting without permission, hunting without a deer permit, taking a deer with a firearm during the youth-only firearm season, and failing to game check the deer. He was ordered to pay $610 in fines, restitution, and court costs, lost his hunting privileges for one year, and forfeited the shotgun used in the crime.
Southwest Ohio – Wildlife District 5
On the opening day of the deer gun season, state wildlife officer Jason Keller, assigned to Warren County, received a call from a local hunter who informed officer Keller that someone was hunting without permission on private property close to where he was currently hunting. Officer Keller responded to the area and was speaking with the hunter when he heard an ATV engine start nearby. Officer Keller went into the woods in search of the ATV operator, whom he caught up with about a half mile away. On the ATV were two hunters, one of whom was using an illegal rifle to hunt deer. After speaking with the pair, officer Keller discovered other wildlife violations that had been committed. Both individuals were charged with hunting without permission in addition to numerous other charges. The two defendants pleaded guilty in Lebanon Municipal Court and paid $1,746 in total fines and court costs. In addition, the hunter who was using the illegal rifle had his hunting privileges revoked for two years.
Every year when temperatures drop and snow blankets our cities, North American cultures observe the appearance of a kind of rare creature that marks the true arrival of winter: The Guy in Shorts.
The Guy in Shorts is not a single magical being; rather a species with representatives in almost every city where snow falls. He is not always tall, not always short, not always skinny, not always stocky. He is just a guy wearing shorts when no one else is.
He can be spotted confidently striding out of a 7-Eleven, waiting without shivering for a half hour or more at a bus stop, drinking a cold beer at an NFL football game while seated next to someone wearing a snowmobile suit. The Guy in Shorts is not sure what all the fuss is about. He is not cold.
You are freezing, certain your breath is turning into ice crystals as it leaves your throat, perhaps worried you will catch a cold. The Guy in Shorts could not possibly give fewer fucks about the temperature, whether it is 80 degrees or 8 degrees. He is as snug as a bug in a rug, he is in his element, he is maybe even casually smoking a cigarette.
As the legend has it, if the Guy in Shorts emerges from his apartment on February 2 and doesn’t even flinch at sub-freezing temperatures, we will have six more weeks of winter. Or maybe I have that mixed up with some other winter thing? Never mind; the Guy in Shorts is not a signifier of more winter on the way—he is a signifier that winter does not matter to some people.
Okay, the Guy in Shorts will put on a jacket when it’s cold out. Maybe a hat too. But his bare legs? He says, “I don’t know, they just don’t get cold.” And thusly, he does not get cold. No big deal.
The news says “cover exposed skin,” “polar vortex,” “wind chill,” “22 degrees but feels like 11.” The Guy in Shorts says: “Whatever, I’m wearing shorts today.” You are shoveling snow, you are digging stuck cars out of snowbanks, you are bundling kids up to build snow forts and go sledding. The Guy in Shorts is doing all those things, too. In shorts.
When spring finally comes at the end of the long winter? You will be excited for a change of clothing, to shed all those layers you’ve been hiding under for what feels like a long, dark time. The Guy in Shorts? He won’t even notice. Maybe he’ll get a new pair of shorts or two. You know, for the summer.
From the Game Commission
Bedford County Game Warden Jeremy Coughenour reports that a Fishertown man was cited for multiple violations after he allowed his juvenile son to alight from a vehicle and kill an antlered deer from the road. The crime was witnessed and reported by a concerned hunter. The father pleaded guilty to all charges and was fined $800, plus fees. He also faces revocation of his hunting privileges.
Cumberland County Game Warden John Fetchkan reports that several illegal deer investigations are ongoing in three districts. During the second week of rifle deer season, three hunters with loaded rifles were encountered less than 60 yards from a residence, and were only a foot or two off the road.
Perry County Game Warden Kevin P. Anderson Jr. reports that a Perry County man recently pleaded guilty to shooting an antlered deer with a rifle during archery season. A concerned hunter reported the violation after witnessing it while waiting for the deer to come into archery range. The report helped to solve the case.
Blair and Huntingdon counties LMO Chris Skipper reminds those traveling seasonally opened state game lands roads do so at their own risk. The roads are not plowed or otherwise maintained during inclement weather. Roads may be closed by the Game Commission if road conditions prove too dangerous or compromise road integrity.
Juniata County Game Warden Eric Kelly reports multiple geese were unlawfully killed in Milford Township with single-projectile ammunition.
From the Game Commission
Bradford County Game Warden Blake Barth reports an individual was cited in November for hunting through the use of bait was found guilty after a summary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jonathon Wilcox in Troy.
Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich reports that several persons were cited for not wearing the required amount of fluorescent orange material while deer hunting.
Columbia County Game Warden Rick Deiterich reports that several persons were cited for having loaded firearms in or on vehicles during the past deer firearms season.
Sullivan County Game Warden Rick Finnegan reports that a vehicle was recently found broken down and abandoned on State Game Land 142 in Bradford County. The owner of the vehicle is facing several charges.
Lackawanna County Game Warden Aaron Morrow reports the two Lackawanna County men were charged with the unlawful taking and possession of four white-tailed deer and other offenses. On the last day of the rifle deer season, each defendant shot and killed two deer at the same baited location.
Lackawanna County Game Warden Aaron Morrow reports that a Lackawanna County man and a Luzerne County man each were charged with multiple offenses related to unlawfully taking deer.
Monroe County Game Warden Bryan Mowrer reports a Monroe County man was cited for unlawfully taking a 6-point buck on Dec. 19, during closed season with an unlawful device – a .22 mag rifle.
Monroe County Game Warden Bryan Mowrer reports citing a Stroudsburg man for unlawfully taking an antlerless deer during the rifle deer season. After receiving a report of a safety-zone violation, wardens Mowrer and Mark Kropa found a spent .270 casing 45 yards from the caller’s home, and blood 70 yards from the home. The violator was found with a loaded gun in a UTV and the untagged deer in a pickup truck. The deer was seized and violator has been cited.
Susquehanna County Game Warden Mike Webb reports that overall hunting pressure was low this past deer season and some fields were seen with 20 or more deer in them, with no hunters around. Several citations were filed for a variety of violations including loaded firearms in vehicles and unlawfully killed deer.
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Unseasonable temperatures in much of the state delayed ice-fishing as of mid- January, when cold, snowy weather moved in. Some anglers were fishing from boats as conditions allowed.
Ice anglers are advised to exercise extreme caution. For ice-fishing safety tips, visit www.fishandboat.com
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — As of Jan. 18, FishErie reported that anglers were catching perch on Horseshoe Pond, but Misery Bay had only about 1.5 inches of ice.
Lake Erie and tributaries — FishErie reported Jan. 17 that shelf and shore ice was widespread and open water for steelhead was limited. Earlier in the month, steelhead were being caught on single eggs or minnows under floats.
Allegheny River (Forest County) — Walleyes, muskies and northern pike were reported in the Sand and Gravel Pool near Tionesta, and anglers had the most success catching them on live bait, such as creek chubs. Walleyes were reported near Trunkyville, known locally as the Fireman’s Hole.
Harbar Acres Lake (Butler County) — Rainbow trout were reported in early January on this State Game Land 95 impoundment.
Glade Run Lake (Butler County) — Anglers are reminded that they are required to release all fish they catch except trout until further notice from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — In the open water of early January, anglers were catching muskies. Anglers targeting catfish reported success with minnows fished off the bottom.
Piney Dam, upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — A few crappies, walleyes and yellow perch were reported in early January.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — A few muskies, northern pike and walleyes were reported from Emlenton to Parker in early January.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Walleyes, northern pike, and muskies were hitting in early January.
Oil Creek (Venango County) — Anglers were catching trout in the lower Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only/Keystone Select Trout Waters section on a variety of flies in early January.
Kahle Lake (Venango County) — Anglers reported crappies, yellow perch, and bluegills were hitting on grubs or maggots under floats in early January.
Allegheny River (Armstrong County) — High water levels prevailed in mid-January, when mild weather had anglers launching boats. Some reported catching walleyes and a couple of muskies.
Northmoreland Lake (Westmoreland County) — Numbers of trout were reported through mid-January from the accessible fishing pier in the middle of the lake. Early morning anglers were catching limits on a variety of presentations, including scented baits fished off the bottom, minnows or crawlers under bobbers, and baits suspended at different depths.
Deer Lakes (Allegheny County) — In the open water of early January, anglers were catching trout on live baits. Pastebaits were less productive.
Allegheny River — High, fast water was reported in early January and, as conditions allowed, anglers were catching walleyes including some 10- to 12-pounders, and some nice-size muskies. Targeting slower water around structure and the mouths of feeder streams was the ticket.
Monongahela River, Cheat River (Greene, Washington counties) — Walleyes were reported at locks and dams in early January by anglers fishing soft plastics and silver lures. Worm harnesses were taking some perch.
Stonycreek River (Somerset County) — Fishing pressure was very light in early January, but anglers were catching trout, particularly in the Kantner stretch.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — A few northern pike were reported on shiners at the Green Bridge in early January.
Hills Creek Lake, Beechwood Lake, Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — All had some ice by mid-January, but conditions were uneven and “iffy.” In the open water earlier in the month, anglers were catching trout on live minnows, waxworms, and small spinners on Hamilton and Beechwood lakes.
Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Ice was on the lake by mid-January, and some anglers were fishing.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was a good level and color and in the high 30s as of mid-January, and anglers were catching trout on streamers (4-8 in olive, black or chartreuse) and nymphs, such as Flashback Pheasant Tails (14-18), Pats Rubberlegs (8-12), Frenchies (14-18) and brown/black Stoneflies (8-12). Targeting deep pools and the soft edges of pools was productive.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was a nice level and color and in the low 40s in mid-January. Anglers were catching trout by targeting stream banks, soft seams and large rocks and other structure on Squirmy Wormies (12), Walt’s Worms (12-16) and Olive Scuds (14-18). Olive, white, or black streamers (4-18) also were productive.
Juniata River (Juniata County) — Smallmouth bass were reported on dark-colored hair jigs in mid-January. Earlier in the month, tubes and hair jigs were effective, with anglers reporting bass up to 20 inches. In higher water, anglers were targeting stream outflow areas and edges.
Canoe Lake (Blair County) — Trout were hitting early in January when ice melted and provided open-water angling.
Lake Jean (Luzerne County)
Ice anglers were fishing this Rickett’s Glen State Park lake in early January. Anglers are reminded that this is currently, through 2019, a catch and release only fishery.
Lehigh River (Carbon County) — Amid light fishing pressure, anglers were catching trout on spinners and soft baits near Palmerton in early January.
Mauch Chunk Creek (Carbon County) — Trout were reported on minnows and spinners in early January.
Delaware River — Walleye anglers were making some nice catches in early January.
East Branch Perkiomen Creek (Montgomery County) — Anglers were catching fall-stocked trout in the Perkasie/Sellersville section in early January.
Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — Trout were reported near the boat cove and along the beach in early January. Occasional catches of crappies and perch also were reported near the dam breast. Chain pickerel were hitting at the lake’s shallow end near the mouth of Locust Creek, with large shiners the ticket.
Little Schuylkill River — Open-water catches of trout were reported in early January.
Delaware River (Northampton County) — Walleyes were reported on swimbaits and jigs and twisters near Belvidere, N.J., in early January.
Bushkill Creek (Northampton County) — The catch-and-release section was yielding trout on various nymphs in early January.
Delaware River — Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle reported Jan. 20 that fishing has been slow owing to conditions. Just a few anglers were targeting carp and catfish.
New Jersey — Anglers were still targeting blackfish, but the bite was slow due to cold weather.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg
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