Good Tax News for Small Businesses
 
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has found some truly good news emerging from this year’s budget.  Many of our partners who help Ohio outdoor enthusiasts fish, hunt and boat are likely eligible for a big tax break.  Governor Kasich’s new state budget provides a 50 percent state income tax deduction for a majority of small businesses.
 
This means many of our charter boat captains, canoe liveries and bait shops all over Ohio will be paying a lot less in state taxes in the upcoming year.  We here at ODNR want to thank Governor Kasich for his efforts in making this tax cut possible.  His effort toward getting this done highlights his great understanding and appreciation for the small business owners that keep our boaters and anglers out on the water. 
 
According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, beginning with the 2013 tax season, a business owner can exclude 50 percent of Ohio net business income from the adjusted gross income they report on their Ohio personal income tax return. If the business has multiple owners, each is eligible to claim the deduction.  This exclusion is available on up to $250,000, meaning the deduction is capped at $125,000. 
 
Owners of (and investors in) Ohio businesses structured as sole proprietorships, partnerships, Subchapter S corporations (S-corps) and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) can qualify for this tax cut.  These businesses commonly referred to as pass-through entities (PTEs) are not taxed as a business by the federal or state government; instead, owners/investors receiving income from the business pay federal and state personal income taxes on that income. 
 
Because your business is very likely to qualify for this new tax cut, I wanted to share this good news with you as you prepare for a big Fourth of July weekend.  All of us here at ODNR wish you, your colleagues and customers the best this holiday and throughout Ohio’s outdoor recreation season.
 
For more information on this tax cut, please contact your personal financial advisor, the Ohio Department of Taxation at 1-800-282-1780 or visit their website at www.tax.ohio.gov.
 
 
 
Lock Dock & Barrel at the location of the former Nick's Roadhouse would like to formally offer all charter captains, crew and customers a 10% discount on food items from our menu. We would also like to extend an invitation for all captains and crew to stop in and check out the location.
Mike Miller 

Sea Grant Support Letter

Please share the letter pasted below with your advisory committees, support groups, and friends. We are looking for businesses, communities, government entities, agencies, etc., that would like to sign onto the letter. Please send the names to our Sea Grant agents, Chris Winslow, or me. We would like to share the results with our elected officials in Columbus and Washington.
Jeff
To our elected officials, decision makers:
 
We strongly support your continued investment in the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, which includes Stone Laboratory. We see this as a very wise investment of state and federal dollars. Sea Grant leverages the state investment to the program more than 15:1. The program has been a problem solver and an opportunity creator for private investment in Ohio by working to eliminate Harmful Algal Blooms and improve the Lake Erie ecosystem, preventing introductions of Asian Carp and other invasive species, restoring endangered species, cleaning up contaminated areas and protecting human health, developing new technologies for water treatment and contaminant removal, and supporting charter fishing, shrink wrap recycling, coastal economic development, new tourism opportunities, boat sales, and aquaculture.
 
Over 200 students from all over Ohio participate in the program’s 20 courses each year, over 75 receive scholarships and fellowships each year from the program through private sector donations, over 150 classes and groups (grades 4 through adult) participate in field trips and workshops at Stone Lab, 20,000 people visit the Lab each year, and the Sea Grant outreach program directly reaches hundreds of thousands of people annually.
 
During these challenging economic times, we consider Ohio Sea Grant to be a wise investment of state and federal dollars and encourage you to invest as much as you can in the program.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Jeffrey M. Reutter, Ph.D., Director
Ohio Sea Grant College Program
F.T. Stone Laboratory
Center for Lake Erie Area Research (CLEAR)
Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium
Jeffrey M. Reutter, Ph.D., Director
Ohio Sea Grant College Program
F.T. Stone Laboratory
Center for Lake Erie Area Research (CLEAR) and the
Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium (GLAERC)
Please share the letter pasted below with your advisory committees, support groups, and friends. We are looking for businesses, communities, government entities, agencies, etc., that would like to sign onto the letter. Please send the names to our Sea Grant agents, Chris Winslow, or me. We would like to share the results with our elected officials in Columbus and Washington.
Jeff
To our elected officials, decision makers:
 
We strongly support your continued investment in the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, which includes Stone Laboratory. We see this as a very wise investment of state and federal dollars. Sea Grant leverages the state investment to the program more than 15:1. The program has been a problem solver and an opportunity creator for private investment in Ohio by working to eliminate Harmful Algal Blooms and improve the Lake Erie ecosystem, preventing introductions of Asian Carp and other invasive species, restoring endangered species, cleaning up contaminated areas and protecting human health, developing new technologies for water treatment and contaminant removal, and supporting charter fishing, shrink wrap recycling, coastal economic development, new tourism opportunities, boat sales, and aquaculture.
 
Over 200 students from all over Ohio participate in the program’s 20 courses each year, over 75 receive scholarships and fellowships each year from the program through private sector donations, over 150 classes and groups (grades 4 through adult) participate in field trips and workshops at Stone Lab, 20,000 people visit the Lab each year, and the Sea Grant outreach program directly reaches hundreds of thousands of people annually.
 
During these challenging economic times, we consider Ohio Sea Grant to be a wise investment of state and federal dollars and encourage you to invest as much as you can in the program.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Jeffrey M. Reutter, Ph.D., Director
Ohio Sea Grant College Program
F.T. Stone Laboratory
Center for Lake Erie Area Research (CLEAR)
Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium
Jeffrey M. Reutter, Ph.D., Director
Ohio Sea Grant College Program
F.T. Stone Laboratory
Center for Lake Erie Area Research (CLEAR) and the
Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium (GLAERC)

Big Headed Carp

As you have undoubtedly heard, 6 of over 400 eDNA samples from the Maumee and Sandusky Bay areas in August 2011 have tested positive for silver and bighead carp. A positive eDNA test can come from dead or alive carp, or potentially from other sources such as bird feces. We have not seen a bighead carp since 2000, when two were reported by commercial fisheries in Ohio and Ontario. We have never seen a silver carp in Lake Erie.
 
We are in an active surveillance mode now, looking for any evidence of these species in the lake. Actual specimens are needed (dead or alive). We greatly appreciate any assistance from Ohio fishers in contacting us if these species are encountered. Please pass the word to contact us if anyone comes across these fish .
 
Feel free to contact me as needed.
 
Thanks,
 
 
Roger
 
Roger L. Knight
 
Lake Erie Fisheries Program Administrator
ODNR Division of Wildlife
Sandusky Fisheries Research Station
305 E. Shoreline Drive
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
419-625-8062 ext 104 office M-F, 8 am – 5 pm
419-346-7499 cellular
419-625-6272 fax
roger.knight@dnr.state.oh.us

 

Updated Steelhead Information  |  Lake Erie Weather Forecast

** The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is 4 from March 1 through April 30.  The minimum size limit for walleye is 15 inches. **
 
** The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie.**
 
** The steelhead daily bag limit is 2 fish per angler. The minimum size limit for steelhead is 12 inches. 
 
** The Lake Erie black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) daily bag limit is 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 14 inches.**
 


Walleye have been caught by trollers fishing north of the reefs in the Camp Perry firing range.  Crankbaits trolled in the top 15' of water have produced the most fish.  Jig fishing on the reefs should improve as the water temperature increases.

Steelhead Trout:   See the steelhead trout reports

The water temperature is 39 degrees off of Toledo and 36 degrees off of Cleveland according to the nearshore marine forecast.

Anglers are encouraged to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while boating.

 
View the predicted weather forecast for Lake Erie.
 
View Lake Erie boating information, safety tips, and launch ramps.

   

 

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2012

Anglers Get Early Start to Fishing
with the Annual Walleye Run

Daily bag limit is four walleye from
March 1 to April 30 with a 15" length limit

COLUMBUS, OH – Warm weather and the appearance of migrating walleye in the Maumee and Sandusky rivers has triggered some early fishing opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
From March 1 to April 30, anglers are reminded the Lake Erie daily bag limit is four walleye. Anglers are also reminded that there is a year round 15” length limit for walleye on Lake Erie and its tributaries to the first dam or designated landmark.
An annual phenomenon in northwest Ohio occurs each spring when a portion of Lake Erie’s walleye population makes their way up the Maumee and Sandusky rivers to spawn in northwest Ohio. Although the fish caught represent a small portion of all Lake Erie walleye, the run brings hundreds of thousands of fish within casting distance of eager shore anglers.
Walleye spawning normally occurs in these rivers anytime from mid-March through mid-April, but the peak activity usually occurs the first week of April when the water temperatures range from 40 to 50 degrees. Moderately-high water also increases the number of walleye in the rivers, especially if river temperatures are warmer than lake temperatures.
The best fishing areas in the Maumee River will be from Orleans Park in the city of Perrysburg upstream to the end of Jerome Road in Lucas County. Sandusky River anglers will find greater success from Brady’s Island to Roger Young Park in the city of Fremont.  Fishing is prohibited upstream from Rodger Young Park to the Ballville Dam.
Though most anglers wade in the rivers while fishing for walleyes, some choose to fish from boats. ODNR advises boat anglers to always properly wear life jackets, take precautions against overloading their boats and capsizing, be well dressed to avoid the onset of hypothermia and be prepared to handle any emergency. Boats should never be anchored off the stern.
Special regulations are in effect for Maumee and Sandusky River walleye fisheries during March and April. Fishing is only allowed between sunrise and sunset in specified areas, and treble hooks are prohibited. Anglers may only use a single hook that is no larger than one inch from shank to point. Only fish that are hooked inside the mouth may legally be taken, and any snagged fish must be immediately released. Anglers should refer to ODNR’s regulations pamphlet or contact the Division of Wildlife for additional information.
ODNR 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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For more information, contact:
Mike Wilkerson, ODNR Division of Wildlife
419-424-5000
Bethany McCorkle, ODNR Office of Communications
614-265-6873
 
   

 


 

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