THE OUTDOOR CALENDAR
Castapalooza visits Grand River on April 8; 4th Barbie Rod Steelhead Derby is March 25; Holy Mackerel! Fishing Tackle Show is April 6-9 in Oberlin; Akron/Canton Hunt & Fish Show is March 25-26 at Maps Museum
NOTE: FISHING, HUNTING SEASONS AT END OF OUTDOOR CALENDAR
March 25: 4th annual Barbie Rod Steelhead Derby, Rocky River, Cleveland Metroparks. Prizes for the three largest steelhead trout, raffle, cookout upstream of the Rocky River Launch Ramp. Visit barbiefishingderby.weebly.com or visit Facebook page.
March 26: The Art of Tying Dry Flies, 8 a.m.-noon, Chagrin River Outfitters, 100 N. Main St., Suite 150, Chagrin Falls OH. Cost $60. A second class is being offered on March 11. Call for reservations. 440-247-7110.
March 25-26: Akron/Canton Hunting & Fishing Show, MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Pkwy., North Canton OH. Show hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $5. For information visit wone.net.
March 31: Whitetails Unlimited Deer Camp Tour 2017, Big Buckeye Chapter, Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway Cambridge OH. Tickets $30. For details visit whitetailsunlimited.com
April 1: Whitetails Unlimited Deer Camp Tour 2017, Central Ohio Chapter, Crowne Plaza - Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Ave., Columbus OH. Tickets $40. For details visit whitetailsunlimited.com
April 1-June 30: 2017 Lake Erie FishCrazy Spring Walleye Derby. For details visit lakeeriewalleyederby.com.
April 6-9: Holy Mackerel Fishing Tackle Flea Market, New Russia Town Hall, 46300 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin. Show hours: Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Buying old and used fishing tackle. Free appraisals. Call Mike Wohlever, 440-988-9264 or Cell: 440-213-6396.
April 8-9: Youngstown Area Gun Show hosted by the Mahoning Valley Gun Collectors Association, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lowellville Rod & Gun Club, Quarry Rd., Lowellville OH.
April 19-21: Bass Pro Shops Ohio Tournament Trail Championship, Kentucky Lake. For tournament information contact Director Jeff Kauble, 740-396-0870, or visit www.bpsott.com.
April 22-23: Youth wild turkey hunting season.
April 24: Wild turkey hunting season in South Zone through May 21, 2017.
April 28: Tinker's Creek 2nd Amendment Freedom Dinner for Whitetails Unlimited, The Venue South at Days Inn & Suites, 4742 Brecksville Rd., Richfield. Doors open at 5 p.m. for games, raffles and social hour, buffet dinner at 7 p.m. hosted by Travis "T-Bone" Turner from the Bone Collector TV Show. Tickets $50, $30 for spouse. Call Matt McCann (330-467-1729) or Dennis Malloy (330-507-9489) or visit whitetailsunlimited.com.
May 1: Wild turkey hunting season in North Zone through May 28, 2017.
May 5-14: Biggest Week in American Birding. This major birding festival, organized by Black Swamp Bird Observatory, takes place at the peak of spring bird migration in the Lake Erie Marsh region of the state. The festival features field trips to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area.
May 6: 15th annual Trumbull County Gun Raffle hosted by the Trumbull County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Education Fund, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Yankee Lake Ballroom, Yankee Lake OH. Admission $20. Includes chance in a gun raffle, food, soft drinks and beer.
May 26: Mill Creek Memorial 2nd Amendment Freedom Dinner for Whitetails Unlimited, Metroplex Expo Center, 1620 Motor Inn Dr., Girard OH. Doors open at 5 p.m. for games, raffles and social hour, buffet dinner at 7 p.m. hosted by Travis "T-Bone" Turner from the Bone Collector TV Show. Tickets $30. Call John Kopcsos (330-757-9020), Dennis Malloy (330-507-9489) or visit whitetailsunlimited.com.
2017 LAKE ERIE FISHING SEASONS
Lake Erie Walleye
March 1-April 30: Limit of 4 walleye
May 1-Feb. 28, 2018: Limit of 6 walleye
Lake Erie Smallmouth, Largemouth Bass
Jan. 1-Feb. 28: Limit of 5 bass
March 1-June 24: Closed Season
June 25-Feb. 28, 2018: Limit of 5 Bass
Lake Erie Trout and Salmon
Jan. 1-May 15, 2017 - Limit of 2 Trout/Salmon
May 16-Aug. 31 - Limit of 5 Trout/Salmon
2017 HUNTING SEASONS
Squirrel: Sept. 1-Jan. 31, 2017
Dove: Dec. 17-Jan. 8, 2017
Ruffed Grouse: Oct. 8-Jan. 31, 2017
Cottontail Rabbit: Nov. 5-Feb. 28, 2017
Ring-Necked Pheasant and Chukar: Nov. 4-Jan. 8
Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel Hunting and Trapping: Nov. 10-Jan. 31, 2017
Mink, Muskrat Trapping: Nov. 10-Feb. 28, 2017
Lake Erie Marsh Trapping: Nov. 10-March 15, 2017
Beaver Trapping: Dec. 26-Feb. 28, 2017
River Otter Trapping, Dec. 26-Feb. 28, 2017
Crow: June 3-March 4, 2017 open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Coyote and wild boar: No closed season
Groundhog: Closed only during deer gun season.
Archery: Sept. 24 through Feb. 5
Muzzleloader: Jan. 7-10
Lake Erie Marsh Zone:
Duck hunting - Jan. 7-Feb. 11.
Goose hunting - Jan. 7-Feb. 11.
Duck hunting - Dec. 17-Jan. 29
Goose hunting - Nov. 24-Feb. 11.
2017 HUNTING DATES
Youth Wild Turkey: April 22-23, 2017
Wild Turkey - South Zone: April 24-May 21, 2017
Wild Turkey Northeast Zone: May 1-May 28, 2017
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Lake Erie walleye fishing should be outstanding again in 2017, with good to excellent hatches in recent years providing a very healthy fishery.