Lima area anglers ranked high in Bass Fishing League divisions

By Al Smith - Guest Columnist

Limaland bass anglers continue to do well no matter what division they fish on the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) trail.

Those fishing in the Michigan Division are doing as well as their contemporaries fishing in the Buckeye Division.

Three area pro bassers are among the top 30 in the points standings while one co-angler ranks in the top 10 following action Aug. 25 on the Detroit River. Two other co-anglers are lurking among the top 45 who will qualify for the Oct. 18-20 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky

Wilson Burton of Findlay keeps climbing in the points standings moved into 12th after finishing 37th in the tourney with a 5-bass limits that weighed 18 pounds. Zach Maisch of Lima moved to 16th after weighing a 5-bass limit of 17 pounds, 10 ounces. He finished 37th in the tourney. Alex Newman of Wapakoneta fell to 25th after finishing 50th in the tourney. He did have a 5-bass limit that weighed 15 pounds. The top 60 pros all weighed in a limit of bass. This trio seems all but assured of qualifying for the regional.

On the co-angler side Vickie Maisch Rumer, Zach’s mother, climbed into the top 10 of the points standings at 8th. She landed a 5-bass that weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces and finished 15th in the tourney and will qualify for the regional.

A pair of Findlay co-anglers had the best local showing in the tourney and climbed into contention to make the regional. Mike Kokoska caught a 5-bass limit that weighed 20 pounds, 2 ounces, which was good enough for 3rd place. Beau Bickford tied for 4th place with a limit that weighed 19 pounds, 13 ounces. Bickford is 44th while Kokoska is 45th in the points standings. They each have to do well in the final tourney to qualify in the top 45 to make the regional.

Maisch said both he and his mother, who qualified for regional action a year ago but passed it up because of work commitments, will fish in the regional this year.

The final Michigan Division tourney is slated for Sept. 29 on the Detroit River.

Jay Ellis, of Celina, who is 37th in the Buckeye Division, finished 48th with one bass that weighed 2 pounds, 2 ounce on Lake Monroe in the Hoosier Division on Aug. 25. He sits 49th in the points standings and needs a strong tourney to qualify for the regionals in the last Hoosier event on the Ohio River out of Tanners Creek on Sept. 29. Hoosier Division anglers qualify for the Kentucky Lake regional.

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Houston J. Wireman, of Wapakoneta, is among the 11 cadets taking part in the 29th Ohio Wildlife Officer Cadet Training Academy. The 11 were chosen from a pool of more than 550 applicants. They will complete more than six months of training before becoming state wildlife officers.

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If you hear the sound of shotguns this weekend, you know hunting seasons are underway.

Early Canada goose and teal seasons kick off the hunting seasons in Ohio. Mourning dove season also has a traditional start of Sept. 1. Squirrel, rail, snipe and gallinule seasons also open this weekend

Canada geese may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 1-9 with a daily bag limit of five birds. Teal may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 1-16 with a daily bag limit of six birds. Possession limits after the second day for both teal and Canada geese are three times the daily bag limits.

Doves may be hunted sunrise to sunset, except for areas posted otherwise, through Nov. 4. The daily bag limit is 15 doves, with a possession limit of 45 after the second day.

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Despite the road bridge repair at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area being delayed, the controlled waterfowl hunting for both early teal and regular waterfowl seasons will continue as planned. However, there will be a reduced number of blinds available on the area located off Ohio 2 near Oak Harbor.

Unexpected delays on the project, which involves removing and replacing two road bridges, has pushed back the estimated date of completion to Dec. 1.

Once the road bridges are completed, access beyond the Sportsman’s Migratory Bird Center will be temporarily restricted until Dec. 15 for the controlled hunts.

For updated information about the closure, call Magee Marsh Wildlife Area at 419-898-0960 ext. 21.

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The Mazurik Boat Access on Lake Erie will be temporarily closed from 8 p.m. Sept. 10 until 8 p.m. on Sept.13. The Ohio Division of Wildlife will be sealcoating the parking lot during this time.

Boaters looking for a public access ramp are encouraged to visit East Harbor State Park, located at 1169 North Buck Road, Lakeside, 43440.

This improvement project is made possible by monies generated from the Boater-Angler Fund, a state tax on fuel that motorboat users pay to provide better access to Ohio’s waterways.

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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