The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


June 22, 2014

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: A structured project...

On a bright and sunny day, most wildlife enthusiasts can be found behind a pair of binoculars looking for rare songbirds, on the front of a head boat reeling up some walleye, or even out in the field prepping their food plots for the fall.

For some wildlife professionals, however, days like this present excellent opportunities to improve the natural resources that benefit everyone. On days like this, work is expected, but teamwork is the only way to achieve amazing results and there’s strength in numbers.

Last week, the ODNR Division of Wildlife teamed up with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pymatuning Lake Association, Ohio State Parks, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to place structure into Ohio’s largest inland lake — Pymatuning Reservoir in Ashtabula County.

Wooden cribs called Porcupine Juniors were placed throughout the North end of the lake, while rock reefs were placed in the southern end.

“All of the state agencies are determined to make fishing better on Pymatuning,” Matt Wolfe, fisheries biologist who oversees this project for the Division of Wildlife, said. “But none of this would have been possible without the tremendous support that we received from volunteers who helped us construct and place the structures,” Wolfe said.

Structure locations are as follows:

130 Porcupine Jr. cribs in 7 – 8 feet of water- West of Clark island

N 41 o 39’ 41.1” / W 80 o 29’ 39.2” to N 41 o 39’ 38.9” / W 80 o 29’ 37.3”

20 Porcupine Jr. cribs in 7 – 8 feet of water- North of the old Tuttle Campground

N 41 o 38’ 42.8” / W 80 o 29’ 11.9” to N 41 o 38’ 41.9” / W 80 o 29’ 11.7”

Rock reefs located by Bay 41

6 feet of water- N 41 o 31’ 59.3” / W 80 o  30’ 56.2”

6 feet of water- N 41 o 32’ 8.6” / W 80 o  30’ 48.5”

3 – 4 feet of water- N 41 o  31’ 55.1” / W 80 o  30’ 58.7”

The map datum on your GPS unit should be set at NAD 83 to find the structures. The coordinates provided are in degrees, minutes, and seconds. Please be aware of the reciprocal fishing regulations that are in effect on Pymatuning.

The goal of this project is to introduce structures into the waters of Northeast Ohio in order to recruit the next generation of anglers and retain the anglers who already enjoy the sport of fishing. A downloadable Google Earth file containing all of the structure placements throughout Northeast Ohio is available by contacting the Wildlife District Three office.

To view some pictures of the structure placements, please go to the Wildlife News Release page at

For all other inquiries, contact the Wildlife District Three office in Akron at (330) 644-2293.

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