• New Ohio Crappie Limits take Effect Today, March 1st

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    COLUMBUS, OH – With spring just around the corner, crappie anglers are reminded that new size and bag limits went into effect on March 1, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

    A total of 38 lakes were added to the six lakes that already had a 9-inch minimum size limit on crappies. A bag limit of 30 for crappies will also be in effect for all 44 lakes with a 9-inch size limit.

    Alum Creek, Caesar Creek, Deer Creek, Seneca and Tappan Lakes have had the 9-inch minimum regulations since 2001, with Delaware Reservoir having the limit since 1997. Catches from these lakes indicate the numbers of large crappies have increased and both black and white crappies have maintained good growth rates.

    A 2008 on-line angler survey indicates 81 percent of crappie anglers favor the 9-inch length limits. An on-the-water creel survey from the spring of 2009 lends solid support for daily crappie limits, with 80 percent of the anglers favoring a daily bag restriction.

    The 38 new reservoirs are Acton (Butler and Preble counties), Atwood (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties), Berlin (Stark, Mahoning and Portage counties), Buckeye (Fairfield, Licking and Perry counties), C.J. Brown (Clark County), Clear Fork (Morrow and Richland counties), Clendening (Harrison County), Dillon (Muskingum County), East Fork (Clermont County), Ferguson (Allen County), Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize and Mercer counties), Griggs (Franklin County), Hargus (Pickaway County), Hoover (Delaware and Franklin counties), Indian (Logan County), Kiser (Champaign County), Knox (Knox County), Loramie (Auglaize and Shelby counties), Milton (Mahoning County), Leesville (Carroll County), Madison (Madison County), Mosquito (Trumbull County), Nimisila (Summit County), O’Shaughnessy (Delaware County), Portage Lakes: East, Long, North, Turkeyfoot and West (Summit County), Paint Creek (Highland and Ross counties), Piedmont (Belmont, Guernsey and Harrison counties), Pleasant Hill (Ashland and Richland counties), Rocky Fork (Highland County), Rush Creek (Fairfield and Perry counties), Salt Fork (Guernsey County), Springfield (Summit County), Veterans Memorial (Hancock County) and West Branch (Portage County).

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com.

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  • Ohio Maple Syrup Festivals

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    COLUMBUS, OH – Warming days and chilly nights start the sap flowing in Ohio’s maple trees, signaling maple syrup festival time in four Ohio State Parks, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). These family-friendly events offer visitors a glimpse into how early settlers turned tree sap into our favorite waffle and pancake topping.

    Shawnee State Park in Scioto County will offer Maple Syrup Slurp on Saturday, March 6 at the campground, starting at noon. Park visitors are invited to bring their own pancake or waffle mix, and enjoy complimentary homemade maple syrup brewed by the park staff from local maple tree sap. For information, call 740-858-6652.

    Hueston Woods State Park in Preble County will hold its annual Maple Syrup Festival on two weekends: Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7 and March 13-14. A pancake breakfast will be available for a small fee from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Free tours of the park’s sugar bush will originate at the main beach parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Park staff will explore the process of maple sugaring from the methods used by Native Americans to the way maple syrup is made today. Call the park office at 513-523-6347 for information.

    Malabar Farm State Park in Richland County will hold its 34th annual Maple Syrup Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on the same two weekends: March 6-7 and March 13-14. Visitors can take a horse-drawn wagon ride to the park’s sugar bush to see demonstrations of maple sugaring throughout history. A variety of delicious maple products will be offered for sale at the park’s gift shop. For information on the event, call 419-892-2784.

    “Maple Sugaring in the Hills” is the theme of the annual maple syrup festival at Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County. The event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14. Maple sap from park trees will be used to make tasty treats that will be available for sampling in the Naturalist Cabin behind the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center. Naturalists will demonstrate the many historic methods used to make maple candy and syrup. A pancake breakfast is offered at the dining lodge on Saturday for a small fee. Call 740-385-6841 for information.

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com.

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