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May Madness Tournament Saturday, May 15th at Salt Fork

Now that breaking ice is behind us, time to go crazy with some May Madness.  Our next event is Saturday, May 15th at Salt Fork Lake.  The muskies can always be muskies, but we should be putting lures in front of hungry fish fully recovered from the spawn with shad spawning on shoreline cover everywhere.  This event is a big fish event with a $15 entry fee with the winner being the angler who catches the longest fish above 30 inches.  To add some Madness, you can choose from our standard Big Fish Pool with an additional $5 fee or our Total Points Pool with an additional $35 fee.   Both pools will payout 100% of all pool entry fees.  In the case of the Big Fish Pool, winner takes all.  In the case of the Total Points Pool, 1st place is 60%, 2nd place is 30% and 3rd place is 10%.  The Total Points Pool will require pictures on a bump board and of the angler holding the fish and a bunch of rules.  Please read the rules linked below as well as the Total Points Information sheet.  Everyone will launch from the Old Marina Boat launch with tournament hours from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.  The registration for this tournament will be online only and you must be registered by 9 am, Friday, May 14th to participate in the tournament.  Here is the link for registration:

http://bit.ly/OHMCMayMadness

All Total Points Pool anglers must use a bump board measuring device.  If you do not have one, here is a link to Muskie Bumper, they make great boards:

https://www.muskiebumper.com/

All anglers in a boat must be registered for the tournament and must be signed up for the same pool.  If you are fishing by yourself, it is much easier to take the required pictures for the Total Points Pool if you have a cell phone holder with a suction cup to attached to your boat where needed.  They can be had for less than $15 at Walmart, Target, or similar stores.

May Madness Rules

May Madness Information sheet

 

IceBreaker Results

What a beautiful day.  Started out seasonably cool but under bright skies and light wind, quickly warmed to the 70 degree range.  Piedmont Lake was in all of its spring glory with great water color throughout and water temperatures in the 53 to 55 degree range.  Plus there was a full moon Saturday night.  A total of 63 anglers came out to test their skills and grab a nice photo with a spring giant.  All that being said, muskies will be muskies.  Apparently the vast majority of muskies in Piedmont were camera shy.  There were a total of 14 muskies caught with the winner of the event being Bernie Klug with a 40.25″ muskie.  Bernie also caught  39″ and 32″ muskies.  Close behind was Rick Thorp with a nice 40″ muskie.  Also catching fish were

Josh Marshall 28″, 29″

Cooper Marshall 39″

Bill Schultz 31.75″

Shane Holcomb 30″

Monty Arnold 38″ and 28″

Leo Soehnlen 30″

Camille Jones 30″

Jason Hutcheson 30″

Here are a few pictures

38″ Monty Arnold

40″ Rick Thorp

Camille Jones 30″

Leo Soehnlen 30″

Jason Hutcheson 30″

IceBreaker Tournament Saturday March 27th

The first OHMC event of 2021 will be the Icebreaker at Piedmont on Saturday, March 27th.    If all goes well, we will not actually have to break ice to get to open water.  This time of year is prime for giants staging for the spawn. This one-day tournament is a big fish tournament with the winner catching the longest fish of the day.

The event will begin at 7:30 am on Saturday and concludes at 5 pm.  The winning fish must be at least 30 inches or greater.  The 1st place winner and any ties will receive trophies at our 2022 Banquet.  All fish must be turned into the Tournament Director by 5:30 pm at the Piedmont Marina parking lot.  Once registered, you can launch at the Marina or at Reynolds road.

The campground at Piedmont will be open for those who want to make a weekend of the event.  The bathroom, shower room and laundry are open year-round.  There may or may not be water directly to a campsite, we will not know until closer to the event. Here is the site to make a reservation:

https://www.camplife.com/551/reservation/step1

You can register for the event one of 3 ways:

Register online at

https://fs11.formsite.com/N2PLlu/shep87bsps/index.html

the online registration includes payment thru PayPal.

Or mail your registration to OHMC, 17712 Edgewater, Lakewood, Ohio 44107,

Or register in person Saturday morning from 7 am to 8 am in the Piedmont Marina parking lot.  We will be observing best practices for Covid 19 during registration.

We encourage registration online or by mail to respect the risks due to Covid 19.

The entry fee will be $15 and there will be a big fish pool entry of $5.   Proceeds of this tournament will help fund the club’s contribution to the Minnow Fund.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Here are the rules for the event.

IceBreaker 2021 Rules

 

OHMC 2021 Events

So…Who’s ready for 2021?  Here is all the information about our upcoming year’s events

 

2021 Banquet

June 12, 2021 at the SYB Party Center, 4157 Hudson Dr, Stow, OH 44224

 

IceBreaker

March 27, 2021 at Piedmont Lake

One day tournament with winner being longest fish caught.

May Madness

May 15, 2021 at Salt Fork Lake

One day tournament with winner being longest fish caught; also special cash pool for those interested.

LungeFest

June 19, 2021 at Leesville Lake

One day tournament with winner being longest fish caught.

51st Annual Summer Contest

July 10th and July 11th at West Branch Reservoir

Two day tournament with winner being total points for the event.

9th Annual Minnow Fund Outing

September 25th and 26th at West Branch Reservoir

Two day tournament with winner being total points for the event.

2020 Muskie Stocking Update

Here is a note from Scott Hale:

Ohio Muskie Anglers,

This week the ODNR Division of Wildlife completed muskie stockings for 2020.  The current program stocking goal of 19,890 was exceeded and fish averaged 10.8 inches. This was made possible through the generosity of our neighbors at the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission who provided us with 3-4 inch fingerlings earlier in the year, the continued support of Ohio’s muskie clubs through the Minnow Fund, and the hard work and dedication of our hatchery staff that grew these fish out to stocking size and transported them safely to our reservoirs. Although stocking happened a little later than usual this year, the fish likely benefited from being handled, transported, and stocked in cooler water and weather. The table below provides the details.

Thanks to everyone that made this possible during a particularly challenging year.

All the best,

Scott

     
RESERVOIR ACRES NUMBER STOCKED
ALUM CREEK LAKE 3,331 3,760
C.J. BROWN RESERVOIR 1,964 2,032
CAESAR CREEK LAKE 2,806 3,006
CLEARFORK RESERVOIR 1,033 1,204
LAKE MILTON 1,694 1,828
LEESVILLE LAKE 1,011 1,049
PIEDMONT LAKE 2,370 2,375
SALT FORK LAKE 3,060 3,660
WEST BRANCH RESERVOIR 2,621 2,730
TOTAL   21,644

 

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