As late spring transitions into summer, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, panfish, catfish, walleye, yellow perch, and largemouth and smallmouth bass. The rivers are fairly low and clear and warming quickly this week. To monitor the most recent river water level, temperature, and clarity (turbidity) you can check the following links: <Rocky River USGS flow gage data> <Chagrin River USGS flow gage data> <Rocky River NEORSD station with turbidity>.
The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are fairly low and clear at the moment. With the water warming rapidly the last of the steelhead are exiting the rivers. It sure was a great winter and spring for local steelhead anglers! Taking the spotlight are good numbers of lake-run smallmouth bass. These fish are present in deeper, rocky holes throughout the Rocky and Chagrin rivers. Anglers fishing a jig, wooly bugger, live shiner, or other lures/flies that mimic a baitfish have a shot at hooking the "silver and bronze" (a steelhead and smallmouth) in the same day, although this feat will be increasingly difficult to accomplish as we get further into May. Note: smallmouth bass may not be kept in Lake Erie or the Rocky River downstream of the Detroit Road bridge between May 1 and June 24.
On April 24th we stocked 600 pounds of rainbow trout in the East Branch Rocky River. Recently ODNR stocked trout at Hinckley Lake (2,500 fish) and Shadow Lake (500 fish), as well. These fish will range from 11-14" in length. Trout hit well on PowerBait fished near the bottom, jigs tipped with a few maggots/waxworms suspended below a bobber, minnows, and smaller spoons and spinners. Please note the current seasonal trout regulations: Lake Erie and all streams 5/day minimum size 12" (post May 15, it was 2/day prior to that date), 3/day no size limit at Wallace, Ledge, Judge's and Ranger lakes, and 5/day no size limit at Shadow Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal.
Rock bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, freshwater drum and sunfish species are biting along the Cleveland shoreline of Lake Erie on offerings such as tube jigs and live minnows. Walleye are also biting along the Cleveland shoreline after dark on Husky Jerk and Perfect 10 style stickbaits. Yellow perch are being caught from shore intermittently at E55th on emerald shiners fished on crappie rigs on the bottom, as well. The ODNR Division of Wildlife weekly Lake Erie fishing report can be viewed <here>.
Spring Childrens Fishing Derbies This Weekend on May 20 & 21
. Our popular annual kids fishing derbies are coming up this weekend on Saturday May 20 at Wallace Lake and Sunday May 21 at the Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area. In anticipation of the event, 1,400 pounds of farm raised channel catfish and 1,300 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked this week between both locations. Of those trout, each site also recieved 100 golden rainbow trout each to celebrate the Cleveland Metroparks centennial mark this summer. Additionally, the Ohio Division of Wildlife is stocking approximately 3,000 trout at the canal tomorrow. PLEASE NOTE:
both locations are clearly posted to fishing by the general public until 4:00pm on the respective date of each event. The event is free and fishing gear and bait will be provided for those in need at no cost. For more information, you can check the following link: <May 20 Fishing Derby Info> <May 21 Fishing Derby Info>.
If you have a photo that you would like to contribute to the fishing report, or if you have any further questions regarding fishing in the Cleveland Metroparks, you may contact Aquatic Biologist Mike Durkalec at (440) 331-8017 or email@example.com
Note: The fishing report is updated monthly in June, July, and August and weekly every other month
2018 Cleveland Metroparks Registered Fishing Guides (name, company, contact)
#18-001 Monte Casey, The Steelhead Guide, firstname.lastname@example.org www.steelheadguide.com
#18-002 Jeffery Liskay, Silver Fury Guide Service & Schools, email@example.com (440) 781-7536
#18-003 Josh Trammell, Steelhead Alley Outfitters, www.steelheadalleyoutfitters.com (888) 453-5899
#18-004 Joseph Beno, On The Swing, Joseph93935@hotmail.com (440) 667-2278
#18-005 Daniel Bennett, Steelhead Alley Outfitters, www.steelheadalleyoutfitters.com (888) 453-5899
#18-006 Brad Dunkle, Wildwood Anglers LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org (419) 540-8585
#18-007 Nathan Miller, Steelhead Alley Outfitters, www.steelheadalleyoutfitters.com (888) 453-5899
More information on Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Guide Permit requirements, including the permit application, you may check the following link: Fishing Guide Permit Program
Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Fund
Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Fund helps provide a rewarding fishing experience to Northeast Ohio anglers through the stocking of rainbow trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass, and other sport fish. The Fund also supports children's fishing derbies and creation and restoration of essential habitat in the ponds, lakes, and rivers within Cleveland Metroparks.
For more information or to make a gift to Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Fund, including a web donation option, please visit: <Fishing Fund Donations Online>