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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Football season's over. In Ohio, it's (almost) time to fish

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2008 at 1:51 PM

The North American angler once encompassed the entire 50 states. Every man and child was prepared to drop a line at any moment. Copies of Norman Fitzroy Maclean’s A River Runs Through It sat on every nightstand in America. It was a good time, a hearty time, a time when iPods were just another one of Steve Jobs’ hallucinations. But that was a time long ago. Now, the best anglers are 15 year-olds who catch imaginary bass on their wii. Yes, the future of fishing looks dim. But if there's a beacon of hope for the fishing world, it's right here in Ohio. ... It’s kind of hard to imagine when driving along Carnegie Avenue with the windows down, inhaling exhaust and staring at boarded-up American Dreams, but our state has seen a steady rise in the amount of fishing licenses purchased over the last three years. And this year is shaping up to be a pretty fine Walleye season out on Lake Erie. “We’re looking forward to it,” says Matt Wolfe, from the Ohio Division of Wildlife. “Out on the Lake we expect anglers are going to be pulling in 20-inch Walleye,” some of which may even have two eyes. Yes, that big blue thing next to Browns Stadium is bubbling with fish. So start collecting worms. (Or, if you prefer the tact taken in the above video, sharpen up your spear). But before you go, please remember: the walleye daily bag limit is 6 fish, with minimum size haul set at 15 inches. And be sure to get a license before you cast. Oh yeah, the the lake is pretty much an ice-capped serial killer these days, so you might want to wait it out until April. But other than all that, happy fishing, friends. -- Bradley Campbell

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