Ohio Wildlife Council considers new rules for Hoover Reservoir hunters

Some of the rules affecting catfish hunters at the Hoover Reservoir are on track to change in 2023.

Ohio’s Department of Wildlife Research shows that special regulations put in place to care for the growing numbers of blue catfish stored every two years in the tank touching Westerville and Galena are no longer needed.

“There are a lot of Hoover blue catfish, and they’re growing well and the population is producing cup-sized fish,” said Rich Zweville, supervisor of inland fisheries research for the department.

Proposed changes submitted to the eight-member Ohio Wildlife Council, which will accept public comment before a possible vote in October, are as follows:

• Eliminate the aperture limit that prohibits keeping any blue catfish or channel fish between 18 and 28 inches.

Eradicate the four catfish The daily limit of krill allows fishermen to keep three blue catfish or catfish shorter than 18 inches and only one of either species longer than 28 inches.

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