March Fish Pics Winner!

The winner in our March Madness! fish pics contest and the winner of the Mitchell Tanager rod reel combo is Cory with his Ice Fishing photo! Congrats Cory. We had 20 photos sent to us in March (you can see them on our Fish Pics page). Thanks to all who sent in their pics and keep those fish pics coming.

Ice Fishing

Pipe Talk Recap

Our Pipe Talk started off with a discussion of the upcoming UK Pipe Show on May 26th. We’ll be sending a care package to their show with some of our favorite pipe tobaccos. If you would like to show your support any small pipe tobacco pouches would be welcome. No tins. They must be here by May 12.
Keeping the UK in mind, we also discussed the differences between UK and American pipes and tobaccos including their different laws and taxes and how that effects the consumer.
With a show of hands the specs were chosen for the first annual NEOFOPS (Northeast Ohio Fellowship of Pipe Smokers) group pipe. It’s going to be made by the Peirsels of Crappy Pipes (I know, I smiled too the first time I heard it). The pipe will be a Bent Dublin Sandblast Dark with a Champagne stem. If you are interested in ordering one of these lovely pipes a $25.00 deposit is needed by April 10th. It will take a couple of months for the pipes to arrive. Total cost is $50.00 including a pipe bag.
A good time was had by all but we sure missed Art(the Magnificent) and his wonderful, goofy, funny songs.

Trout Stocking Dates

2019 Trout Stocking Dates

Just over 100,000 rainbow trout will be released this spring at 66 Ohio public lakes and ponds.

Rainbow trout releases will take place across Ohio from March 8 – May 19 as long as areas are ice-free and accessible to anglers. Stocking of these public lakes and ponds are excellent opportunities for families to fish together. Fishing for catchable-sized trout is a great way to introduce young people to the outdoors. Rainbow trout are raised at state fish hatcheries and measure 10-13 inches before they are released by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.

These are the locations in District 3 Northeast Ohio:

Forest Hill Pond (Cleveland), Glacier Lake – Mill Creek Park (Youngstown), Hinckley Lake (Cleveland), Jefferson Lake (Wintersville), Little Turtle Pond (Akron), Lock # 4-Ohio Canal (Canal Fulton), Ohio/Erie Canal (Cleveland), Petros Lake (Canton), Punderson Lake (Newbury), Rowland Nature Preserve Lake (Elyria), Shadow Lake (Cleveland), Silver Creek Lake (Akron), Veterans Park Granger Pond (Mentor).

Stocking dates are tentative based on ice-free conditions. 

** Denotes a special event will be taking place.

ADAMS LAKE Adams 3/8/2019
FORKED RUN LAKE Meigs 3/14/2019
RUSH RUN LAKE Preble 3/15/2019
CALDWELL LAKE Ross 3/21/2019
LAKE ALMA Vinton 3/21/2019
WOLF RUN LAKE Noble 3/21/2019
BLUE LIMESTONE PARK Delaware 3/22/2019
CLARK LAKE Clark 3/22/2019
FOUNDATION PARK Knox 3/22/2019
MT. GILEAD LAKE Morrow 3/22/2019
TIMBRE RIDGE LAKE Lawrence 3/22/2019
BARNESVILLE RESERVOIR #3 Belmont 3/28/2019
BLUE ROCK LAKE Muskingum 3/29/2019
DOW LAKE Athens 3/29/2019
HINCKLEY LAKE Medina 3/29/2019
MONROE LAKE Monroe 3/29/2019
PETROS LAKE Stark 3/29/2019
SHADOW LAKE Cuyahoga 3/29/2019
BELMONT LAKE Belmont 4/4/2019
FOREST HILL POND Cuyahoga 4/4/2019
DELTA RESERVOIR #2 Fulton 4/5/2019
JEFFERSON LAKE Jefferson 4/5/2019
SHELBY RESERVOIR #3 Richland 4/5/2019
SYCAMORE STATE PARK POND Montgomery 4/5/2019
ROCKY FORK LAKE Highland 4/6/2019 **
PIKE LAKE Pike 4/8/2019 **
DAVIS LAKE Auglaize 4/11/2019
LAMBERJACK LAKE Seneca 4/11/2019
SCHOONOVER LAKE Allen 4/11/2019
SILVER CREEK LAKE Summit 4/11/2019
PUNDERSON LAKE Geauga 4/12/2019
WALKER ROAD POND Lorain 4/12/2019
LITTLE TURTLE POND Summit 4/13/2019 **
YOCTANGEE PARK LAKE Ross 4/13/2019 **
VAN WERT RESERVOIR #1 Van Wert 4/17/2019
LIMA LAKE Allen 4/18/2019
MCKARNS LAKE Williams 4/18/2019
TAWAWA LAKE Shelby 4/18/2019
VESUVIUS LAKE Lawrence 4/18/2019 **
WHITE STAR QUARRY Sandusky 4/18/2019
ANTRIM LAKE Franklin 4/19/2019 **
CENCI PARK LAKE Fairfield 4/19/2019
HERITAGE PARK Franklin 4/19/2019
QUARRY PARK Marion 4/19/2019
ROSE LAKE Hocking 4/19/2019 **
JACKSON CITY RESERVOIR Jackson 4/20/2019 **
NORWALK RESERVOIR #1 Huron 4/26/2019
MALABAR FARMS INN POND Richland 4/27/2019 **
OHIO CANAL LOCK #4 Stark 4/27/2019 **
OLANDER LAKE Lucas 4/27/2019 **
TURKEY CREEK LAKE Scioto 4/27/2019 **
ASHLEY UPGROUND Delaware 5/4/2019 **
SUNBURY UPGROUND #2 Delaware 5/4/2019 **
EYMAN PARK Fayette 5/4/2019 **
GIERTZ LAKE Hancock 5/4/2019 **
STONELICK LAKE Clermont 5/4/2019 **
OHIO / ERIE CANAL Cuyahoga 5/19/2019 **


Pipe Talk Recap

We started the evening by Craig introducing the new sample tobacco Mac Baren HH Balkan. It was enjoyed by many throughout the night. Afterwards we all took a moment to raise our pipes in silence for the anniversary of the passing of the president of the NEOFOPS (North East Ohio Fellowship of Pipe Smokers), a great friend, and a truly wonderful person, Jim Epling. Bill Kreiling then discussed our overseas friend “Tokin” Tommy and their upcoming pipe show in England. He also discussed creating an original pipe for the NEOFOPS, details to follow. Regis McCafferty then spoke about the pipe show here in Dublin, OH in August. Then our friend Rick Stoltz told us about his accepting a position on the board of (NASPC) The North American Society of Pipe Collectors, Membership is $21.00/year. If interested check out . We all signed a thank you note to Erik Stokkebye for taking the time from his busy schedule to come down to our Pipe Talk last month and for sharing his knowledge and for his generosity. We missed our friend and entertainer Art “The Magnificent” this evening due to a prior engagement. DON’T SIGN ANYTHING WITHOUT A LAWYER ART! Overall it was a really nice evening. Mingling and talking throughout the evening. New folks and old friends asking questions and sharing knowledge. Thanks everyone.

Send us your Fish Pics!

You can now email (or Facebook Messenger) your fish pics to us! Send your fish pics to fish@thepiperackohio and we will put them on our website under the Fish Pics page. Also, at the end of March the person who sent the best picture will win a MITCHELL TANAGER ROD REEL COMBO!  Your picture has to contain your fish and the person who caught it (not just the fish).  If you want to send your first name and where you caught the fish please feel free but it is not required. If you want to send your pics through Facebook Messenger our Facebook Page is

Pipe Talk Recap

Even though the weather was frigid our pipe bowls were warm and glowing at last night’s Pipe Talk. Erik Stokkebye from 4th Generation Tobaccos and Pipes gave a very informative discussion of how to blend tobaccos as well as the process of selecting briar to make a pipe. Art “The Magnificent” entertained us all with some new songs and a couple of old favorites. Paul Hight from Ventura Cigars talked about their new Archetype Cigar and its Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Dominican blend of tobaccos. At the end of the night there was a raffle where we all won a prize! A great time was had by all! We want to thank Erik Stokkebye, Paul Hight, John, and everyone who braved the nasty weather to make it out to Pipe Talk. Till next time…