Trio of Lima area anglers finish in top 10

By Al Smith - Guest Columnist

Three Limaland anglers finished in the top 10 as the Buckeye Division of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division opened on the Ohio River out of Tanner’s Creek in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, last Saturday.

Veteran Dick Shaffer of Rockford placed third with a five-bass limit that weighed 10 pounds, 13 ounces. He sits in third place in the points standings with 248 points.

Another veteran of the tour, Cody Seeger of Bellefontaine, had a five-bass limit that weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces. He is in sixth place in the points standings with 245 points.

John Lane, of Findlay, finished sixth in the co-angler division with a five-bass limit that weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces. He is in sixth place of the points standings with 245 points.

Three other Limaland bassers caught fish in the tourney.

Jay Ellis of Celina had a pair of bass that weighed 2 pounds, 13 ounces, which was good for 54th the place while Kyle Weisenburger of Ottawa caught one bass that weighed 1 pound, 7 ounces and fished 75th. Those two competed in the boater division.

In the co-angler division, Don Weisenburger of Continental finished 25th with three bass that weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces.

Bob Logan of Waynesfield caught five bass weighing 12 pounds, 4 ounces to win the boater event. Trevor Howard of Union, Kentucky, won the co-angler division after catching a five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 5 ounces.

Limaland bassers will be back in action during June in three different divisions. The Buckeye Division will fish the Ohio River out of Tanner’s Creek on June 29. The Hoosier Division fishes Patoka Lake in Birdseye, Indiana, on June 9. On June 9, The Michigan Division kicks off its season with a tourney on Burt/Mullet lakes.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in BFL regional championships in the fall.

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Reservations begin next week on a youth fishing area in Xenia.

Anglers 15 years and younger can enjoy free, accessible fishing beginning in June. The Ohio Division of Wildlife’s (DOW) District Five office will provide new shore fishing opportunities at several former spring-fed hatchery ponds. The youth fishing area is located at 1076 Old Springfield Pike in Xenia.

Youth 15 years and under will be allowed to fish by reservation only. No walk-ins will be admitted. Fishing is planned for three sessions each day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sessions begin in June and continue through Labor Day. A limit of six reservations per session has been set. Young anglers may keep one fish per day at the youth fishing ponds and catching and releasing fish for the duration of the visit is welcome.

A parent or guardian must accompany all young anglers while in the youth area, but adults are not required to have a fishing license. Adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area, but may assist young anglers. Equipment, bait, and ODNR Division of Wildlife staff assistance will be provided at no charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and monies from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

Youth are limited to one reservation per month. To register, call the Wildlife District Five office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 937-372-9261.

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A pair of winners for state stamps were named recently.

Ryan Wagner’s photo of a garter snake was named winner for the ninth annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest. Wagner of North Olmsted and a sophomore at Ohio University, will have his first-place photo appear on the 2018 Legacy Stamp, which is now on sale.

A pair of redheads by wildlife artist Jocelyn Beatty won first place in the 2018 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition. Her painting will appear on the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp issued in the fall of 2019.

Conservation stamp proceeds go toward wildlife diversity. The contest was open to Ohio residents and a total of 60 native Ohio snake photos were submitted for the contest. Fourteen dollars of every $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp sold are invested in the state’s Wildlife Diversity Fund. This fund supports habitat restoration, wildlife and habitat research projects, creation of wildlife educational materials, as well as efforts that restore and conserve endangered and threatened species. No state tax dollars are contributed to this fund.

The subject for next year’s event, the 10th Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest, is a native Ohio owl.

The winning waterfowl stamp entry was selected from a field of 12 original paintings. Daniel Allard, whose painting of ring-necked ducks will appear appear on the 2018 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp. He won the competition a year ago.

Beatty, of West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, won the competition for the first time. This year, second place honors went to Jeffery Klinefelter (the 2016 competition winner) of Indiana with his painting of redheads. The third-place entry was by Adam Grimm (the 2013 competition winner) of South Dakota with his painting of mallards.

By Al Smith

Guest Columnist

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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