Hunting & Fishing
Ohio Game & Fish

Ohio Game & Fish April 2019

Every month in Game & Fish, you'll discover the best hotspots throughout your region for hunting and fishing. We'll also bring you your state's latest outdoor news, plus plenty of how-to tactics and special strategies designed to make you a more successful hunter and angler.

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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
in the field

Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons Open By Zone SPRING TURKEY hunting seasons begin with the statewide youth opportunity April 13 and 14 for those age 17 and younger accompanied by a non-hunting adult. That is followed by the South Zone turkey season opening April 22 through May 19 in 83 Ohio counties. The Northeast Zone turkey season opens April 29 through May 26 in Ashtabula, Lake, Trumbull, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise through noon daily until April 28 in the South Zone and through May 6 in the Northeast Zone, after which hunting times are extended until sunset. Only bearded birds may be taken, and turkeys must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day they are harvested. State Park Lakes Maintain Motor Restrictions THE WATERCRAFT motor restriction…

1 min.

APRIL 1 NATIONAL SHOOTING MATCHES REGISTRATION OPENS Registration opens April 1 for the popular National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches at Camp Perry in Ottawa County in July and August. thecmp.org APRIL 10 WILDLIFE COUNCIL MEETS The annual spring meeting of the Ohio Wildlife Council is held at 6:30 p.m. at Wildlife District One office at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus and open to the public. wildohio.gov APRIL 13-14 YOUTH TURKEY HUNTING SEASON OFFERED The statewide spring turkey hunting season for youths age 17 and younger is underway from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset statewide. APRIL 22-MAY 19 SOUTH ZONE SPRING TURKEY SEASON UNDERWAY Hunting is open in 83 counties for bearded wild turkeys. APRIL 29-MAY 6 NORTHEAST ZONE TURKEY SEASON BEGINS Spring turkey hunting season is underway in five northeast Ohio counties.…

4 min.
the spin doctors

SPINNING GEAR lets anglers fish small baits on light lines to entice big bites when bulky offerings fail. Today’s spinning reels have evolved exponentially over their predecessors. An overabundance of bearings and a plethora of advanced materials render modern spinners lightweight while turning with an icy smoothness. Innovations in spool designs have alleviated many of the past line twist ills, while drags rival those of top-shelf baitcasters. Likewise, contemporary spinning rods benefit from decades of material advancements Their blanks are engineered supramolecularly. Resins and carbon fibers are amalgamated on a nanotechnology level These spin rods flick baits with surgical precision and deliver shocking sensitivity. The Game & Fish gear test team brawled with the largest redfish in North America armed only with the latest bass gear. Heres what we discovered after days…

1 min.
“please, no more exposed threads!”

WHY IS IT that a few rod manufacturers insist on subjecting us bass fishermen to exposed reel seat threads? These threads seem to be the only thing you feel while working a bait. During the test, there were several great rods, whose only downfall was the exposed threads. Most rod manufacturers have solved this problem, with creative foregrips that cover the threads. For those manufacturers who haven’t, we implore you — “please, no more exposed threads!” Along those same lines, hook holders are great, however, manufacturers need to spend some time considering where to place them on the rod. An ill-placed hook keeper can be distracting when placed where your fingers or hand are in constant contact with it. Plus, sometimes when you cast, a poorly placed hook-keep can snag the line mid-cast.…

1 min.
should i spin?

SPINNING GEAR has become very popular recently with the advent of the bass “finesse game.” When the bite turns cold, these little baits are great for catching lock-jawed bass, however, they are a nightmare to throw on conventional baitcasting gear. Spinning gear on the other hand, with its large, open spool design and limber rods, allows the use of lighter line weights. These, in combination, allow long and accurate casting of small baits. Spinning gear also excels for managing finesse baits with an elevated amount of control. The ability to swap the reel handle from one side to the other offers fishermen the ability to fish baits with their dominant hand. This translates into more control and the ability to work lures with exacting precision. It’s this precision that spinning gear offers,…

1 min.
how we test and who tested

The GAME & FISH tackle test utilized a comprehensive 10-criterion matrix to evaluate each rod and reel. Our test team is comprised of salty veterans of the fishing industry, professional guides and editors. Scores were tallied after each day on the water; once we crunched the numbers (and after some heated debates), winners in each gear category were named.The Editor’s Choice award goes to the best all-around gear, and the Great Buy award goes to those products in each category that performed the best and provided the greatest value.…