The Ole Fisherman catches a bunch of 8-inch crappies

Howdy Folks,

Last week one morning the cat, our grandsons named ‘Summer’ was on the porch rail looking in the bedroom window.  His meow is very low, but it woke both of us up, this was after 5:30 a.m. Then the next day Richoette, joined him on the rail at 6 a.m.  So we got up and fed all three cats, this made them happy.

We put fence around different items in the garden, with barb wire on the top, but the deer got into and ate another row of green beans.

Ruth Ann and I got to go fishing last Wednesday and Friday, we were fishing for Blue Gills, and both days together cleaned 50.  The crappie needs to be 9 inches before you can keep them, we caught several that were 8 inches, so they went back into the lake.

We were talking to a couple of fishermen that are in the crappie tournaments and they said they catch lots of crappie that are 8 inches.

The crappie fishing in the next years would be extra good, there will be a lot of them in the 10 to 12 inches.

The garden is doing good, we are picking cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, and other garden items are looking good.

Last Friday Ruth Ann and I went over to Williamsburg, to get a swarm of honey bees. There was a good bunch.  This is the fourth bunch of bees we have gotten, this year, they were on the side of these people’s house, along a small hole, so when the ones that have gone in the house, we could suck them up with our bee vac.

We got them in the hive along with a bag of sugar water and they seem to be doing good, there have been very few bee swarms this year, so if you have any give us a call.

They need all the help they can get, as the loss over the winter was so bad.   Now something very important fishing. Mike, from the Boars Head Bait Shop at Afton, said, the results from the last Crappie tounament is; first, with 7 fish, 5 lbs. 6 oz; second place, 5 lbs. 3 oz.; third place, 4 lbs. 14 zo., and the big Crappie was 1-1/2 lbs.  The stripers are on a feeding spree, there were some that men caught that weighed 10 pounds, that is a big fish, so get some good tackle and give them a try good luck. 

There have been some muskie caught, that were over 20 inches long, and the thought is by next year there will be Muskie that will be 30 inches long. The crappie and bluegill, tackle we are using would not be very good for these muskie, and big stripers.   Last Sunday our Daughter, son-in-law and grandson took Ruth Ann and me to Lake Manor for a belated Father’s Day dinner, thanks so much, this was great, and we saw lots of people we knew or that read our article.  

We had some folks here on Monday for dinner that we went through the 20/20 program with, we have become good friends.  The menu was fried Bluegills, fresh cabbage from the garden for cole slaw, corn, boiled potatoes,corn bread, sliced cucumber from our garden, for desert there was Lemon Bars, watermelon and cantaloupe, the drinks were water, tea and of course I had coffee.

Don’t forget the Monroe Grange Ice Cream Social, Sat. July 10 from 5-7 p.m.  There will be hamburgers or hot dogs, homemade ice cream, pie and cake, soft drinks and coffee. 

The Monroe Grange Hall is at 2644 St. Rt. 222 in Nicholsville Ohio. This is open to the public, there will also be a raffle of donated items.   On Saturday we had a couple young ladies from Stark County Grange come and they had four boxes of the pillow cases that the Grangers over the state, had made for the cancer patients of Children’s Hospital, they were unable to make connections with the lady in charge, so we are trying to get with her. 

They spent the night here in their motor home, and we all went to the Riverside Coffee Mill for Waffle breakfast Sunday morning beofre they left for home, and we went to church.

The parks are having some special programs this week end; Stonelick State Park, is having a pancake and Ice cream social.

If you are interested you may call the park office or the camp ground office for Stonelick is (513) 625-6593. East fork Camp grounds are having a corn hole tornament on July 4th if you need more information call (513) 734-4323. Both camp grounds will be full so enjoy the holiday.

Start your week by going to the church of your choice and praise the Good Lord.  God bless all. More later.

George Rooks is a former manager of East Fork State Park. He worked as a park ranger for 28 years.