48th Annual O.H.M.C. Open Summer Contest

It is time for our 48th annual open summer contest to be held at Piedmont Lake, Piedmont, Ohio on July 21st and 22nd, 2018.  Registration will be held at the marina parking lot.  Registration will be open on Friday, July 20th from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM and will resume on Saturday, July 21st from 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM.  We will also have registration on Sunday as-needed.  Please contact an officer ahead of time if you know you will only fish on Sunday.  Entry fee registration donations will be $20.00.  As always this contest is open to the public.  Fishing hours are from 7:00 AM Saturday until 2:00 PM Sunday.  All fish must be turned in to the club president by 2:30 PM Sunday.

Please remember that Piedmont is a limited horsepower lake with a variety of users.  All boating safety equipment is required.  All state and local boating rules and regulations shall be observed.

We will be having our Steak Fry and potluck dinner at 6:00 PM on Saturday evening.  Please bring a side dish if you plan on joining us.  Steaks will be available for purchase during registration.

There will be trophies awarded for the top three places for fish released.   Remember, our awards are based on a point system (4 points for the first 30” with a point for each additional inch).  Each boat will be given a regulation sheet with contest information, PLEASE READ THE CONTEST RULES CAREFULLY.

The results will be announced at 2:40 PM on Sunday, at the marina.  The last few times we were at Piedmont we have enjoyed some great fishing and fantastic camaraderie.

We again this year have many raffle prizes such as rods and reels, and gift certificates.  Winner of the grand prize drawing need NOT be present to win.   For all other drawings the winner must be present.

LungeFest Results

Kudos to Jeff Ferjutz for acting as Tournament Director for this event.  On behalf of the club, Jeff would like to thank everyone who came out to fish, the weather was great for fishing.  The storms they were calling for must have missed Leesville.  This is a throwback tournament, biggest fish wins.  27 anglers registered with 8 fish being caught.  Would like to congratulate Matt Clark who landed a 45″ fish to win the event and Big Fish.  Matt also donated $100 back to the Minnow Fund from the big fish pool.  Thank you Matt.  Hope to see everyone at the Summer Contest at Piedmont on July 21st and July 22nd.  Other successful anglers and the fish caught were:

Rick Simposon  30.5″

Syl Trunkett 32″

Will Shawgo 34″

Will Tolerton 34.5″ and 38″

David White 41.5″

Seige Bostick 36″


2018 Division Day and Spring Outing Results

The 2018 OHMC Division Day was held at Alum Creek Lake on Friday, May 4th. We had vessels of all shapes and sizes depart into the stormy seas after a bit of coffee and donuts. Staff members from the Ohio Division of Natural Resources were being guided for a morning of Muksie fishing by OHMC members. The white-capped chocolate milk made for some very challenging conditions and unfortunately, no fish were caught. As lunchtime approached, there were certainly some interesting attempts to get the boats tied to the curtesy ramps, fortunately, everyone safely moored up. We had some catered food brought in and everyone was able to ‘hold-down’ a meal in the windy conditions. I must offer my most sincere thank you to all of our guides and guests for coming out to brave the harsh conditions. Hopefully next year we can break the 3-year curse of no fish on division day.

Some of us went out to fish for the afternoon and I did manage to connect with a fish which wasn’t too big but was sure nice to hold. Later in the evening, the campground filled in and the stories began to fill the air. There was a new non-sticker boat that was looking to get the skunk off. It is always great to see old friends and new that share the passion of muskie fishing.

Saturday morning, we all hit the water with eager anticipation. The winds had calmed overnight and we were greeted with picturesque weather. Unfortunately, there were no pictures to be taken. The only fish caught was by Treasurer John Ringenbach. We met at the campground for our steak fry and proved that we are a pie-eating club with a fishing problem. I’ve never seen so many pies disappear (I may have contributed to that disappearing act).

On Sunday, the new non-sticker boat got the skunk out. OHMC 2nd VP Rick Simpson helped a young angler when he observed the enormous rod bend that was unmistakably a muskie on a light rod. Rick helped the young angler net the fish, get a couple pics and release a beautiful 49″ fish. That young man will now be a Regular OHMC member and get a free meal at next spring’s banquet.

At the conclusion of the event, Jeff Clark showed us all that he figured out the lake on his first trip to Alum Creek. He turned in two fish to take first place and the big fish cash prize. John Ringenbach finished in second place. Congratulations to our winners who will receive their trophies at our next banquet.

All fish caught: Jeff Clark (32.50″, 33.75″; 14.25 points): John ringenbach (33.00″; 7.00 points)

2018 OHMC Event Dates

Ohio Muskie Show

January 19-21

Makoy Center, Columbus, OH


57th Annual OHMC Awards Banquet

March 3

McCalls Banquet Center, Canton, OH


Muskie Max

March 9-10

Embasy Suites, Pittsburgh International Airport


OHMC Division Day and Spring Outing

May 4-6

Alum Creek Reservoir, Delaware, Oh



Leesville Lungefest

June 9

Leesville Lake, Leesville, Oh



48th Annual OHMC Summer Contest

July 21-22

Piedmont Lake, Piedmont, Oh



6th Annual Minnow Fund Muskie Outing

September 29-30

Salt Fork Lake, Cambridge, Oh



Milton Muskie Munch

October 27

Milton Lake, Lake Milton, Oh

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