Fish & Game Club

Welcome New Members

The HVL Fish & Game Club invites residents to join in the fun! You don’t have to fish to be a member. Some members are hunting enthusiasts or enjoy boating, golf, and other outdoor activities. Many of our meetings feature guest speakers on a variety of outdoor topics. The club takes a special interest in getting youth involved in outdoor activities. All of us care deeply about the lakes and natural environment, both here in HVL and elsewhere.

In addition to club business and social interaction, meetings include food, snacks and beverages – all for $30 a year. We hope to see many new faces!

Scroll down for Tournament Schedules and results. View the HVL Events Calendar.



Kids’s Fishing Derby, 2018
Held on July 14 at Melody Lake in Hidden Valley Lake, Indiana
A great success this year…. going to be even better next year.
Watch for the video… coming soon.



President: Dave Ryberg, 513-478-7251
Vice President: Jim Buchanan , 513-702-2058
Treasurer: Tom Derrick, 937-478-3576
Secretary: Mike Seipel, 513-637-1123


First Tuesday of each month – 7:30 p.m.
April through October at Upper Beach Shelter
November through March in HVL Community Room
Dues – $30/ year


Lake Enhancement Projects
Environmental improvements, such as Clean Up America Project
Support for HVL residents
Guest Speakers
Kids Fishing Derby
Outdoor Education
Fishing Tournaments (schedule below)
Seniors Weekday Tournaments (schedule below)
Sponsor of a Junior BASS Tournament
Golf Outing
Christmas Party
Assist Lakes & Parks Committee on Lake Management

Cincinnati Youth Bass Tournament
Seventeen young angers ages 11 to 17 years old from the tri-state area boarded nine Fish & Game member’s bass boats at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 28thin search of HVL’s largemouth bass in what has become one of the Fish & Game’s most rewarding annual events.  The Cincinnati Youth Bass Club not only gives kids opportunities to competitively fish in tri-state areas lakes but emphasizes respect for the environment, each other and the adults with whom they share the water.
Lots of bass were weighed in and lots of smiles were seen on the faces of the young anglers as the proudly held up their catch for pictures from the many parents who attended to support their children. Every F&G member who served as boat operators said the experience and interaction with the youth was extremely positive and they were very impressed with fishing skills, politeness and efforts of the kids.
At the conclusion of the tourney the F&G Club hosted a cook out at the pool shelter for the Youth Bass members and their parents.

This Was a Spring Classic?
April 21-22 usually brings mild temperatures and warming lake water but this year is a totally different situation. A much colder than normal Spring has kept the lake water temperature in the low 50’s and fishing has suffered as a result.  Last year over 50 keeper bass were weighed in over the two day tournament but this year there were only 26 bass taken to the scales.
This year’s winning team of Bill Sphire and Jody Ski were the most consistent anglers weighing a total of 5 bass totaling 10.02 lbs. over two days along with big bass honors on day one with a solid 3 pounder by Ski
Second place was the team of Kim Carpenter and Alex Redwine with an 8.08 lb. total weight
Big bass on day two was a 3.6 pounder caught by Marco Mikesell.
3rd. place went to team Maupin and Sess(6.74lbs) and 4th. place was the team of Nevels and Koetting(6.6lbs)


Fishing Tips

Fishing Tip of the Month

As the weather cools, fish react by putting on the “feed bag” — stocking up on prey to get them through the winter months. HVL has always been a good spring bass lake, but fall is a great time to catch some quality panfish as well as some big bass.


Redworms, waxworms, nightcrawlers, crickets, and minnows are all excellent baits for fishing in HVL. Panfish bass and catfish love them. We are fortunate to have Wormies Bait Shop just down the road. Many of these baits can even be found in your yard. Remember, don’t put your unused minnows in any of the lakes as you might be putting in an unwanted species.

Zebra Mussel Prevention

Keep Hidden Valley Lake free of invasive species.

Inspect – Thoroughly inspect your boat’s hull, drive unit, trim plates, trolling plates, prop guards, transducers, centerboards, rollers, axles, anchor, anchor rope and trailer. Scrape off and trash any suspected mussels, however small. Remove all water weeds hanging from the boat or trailer before leaving any water body. Aquatic vegetation can carry mussels.

Drain – Drain water from the motor, livewell, bilge and transom wells and any other water from your boat and equipment while on land before leaving any water body.

Dump – Trash leftover bait on land, away from water, before leaving any water body. Leftover live aquatic bait that has contacted infested waters should not be taken to uninfested waters.

Rinse – When you get home – before launching your boat into uninfested waters – thoroughly rinse and dry the hull, drive unit, livewells (and livewell pumping system), bilge, trailer, bait buckets, engine cooling system and other boat parts that got wet while in infested waters; use a hard spray from a garden hose.

Dry – Boats, motors and trailers should be allowed to dry thoroughly in the sun for at least five days before boating again.

Tournament Directors


Senior Tournament Directors

  • Age 50 or over* Entry fee: $10/person(includes refreshments)
  • All HVL F&G rules apply except as noted
  • March-June Bass size is 15”. July- Nov. bass size is 14”
  • Brookville-5 bass limit@ 14”
  • Ohio River-5 bass limit @ 12”
  • Coast Guard approved vests must be worn while main engine is on.
  • Tournament Directors: Sam Maxfield- 513-515-1743/812-537-9408


Shirley Jones- 513-368-8855
Call if weather looks to be severe enough to cause cancellation or delay