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 elevated and muddy at the moment. 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 elevated and muddy at the moment. Anglers can keep an eye on the flow gage to determine when water levels are dropping and leading to fishable conditions. Taking the spotlight this time of year are lake-run smallmouth bass and channel catfish. These species are present in deeper, rocky holes throughout the Rocky and Chagrin rivers. For bass, good bets are 3-4" dark olive or brown tube jigs bumped along the bottom. Catfish like shrimp, chicken liver, and nightcrawlers. A live crayfish or minnow will catch either species. 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. Freshwater drum (sheepshead), white suckers, white perch, sunfish species, and a lagging steelhead are all other possible river catches at this time.
Last week we stocked channel catfish (1,400 pounds split evenly) and rainbow trout (1,300 pounds) in Wallace Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area in anticipation of the Childrens' Spring Fishing Derbies we just hosted. Ohio Division of Wildlife also stocked 3,000 trout at the canal this past Friday. Lots of these fish remain and offer an outstanding fishing opportunity. 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. Catfish hit well on chicken liver and shrimp. Either species can be caught on a worm fished on the bottom. 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. Various panfish are being caught around laklefront marina areas. The ODNR Division of Wildlife weekly Lake Erie fishing report can be viewed <here>
Handicapped Fishing Outing This Saturday May 27
. This Saturday May 27 from 9-1:00 we are hosting a collaborative handicapped fishing outing at Ledge Lake in Hinckley Reservation with the assistance of City of Middleburg Heights and the Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders. All bait and gear is provided free of charge and 200 pounds of trout are being stocked for the event. Although the focus will be assisting people with physical and/or mental disabilities, anyone is welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The fishing report is updated monthly in June, July, and August and weekly every other month
2019 Cleveland Metroparks Registered Fishing Guides
(name, company, contact)
- #19-001 Jim Lampros, floodplainsmag.com, email@example.com (216) 513-6011
- #19-002 Joseph Beno, On The Swing, Joseph93935@hotmail.com (440) 667-2278
- #19-003 Daniel Bennett, Steelhead Alley Outfitters, www.steelheadalleyoutfitters.com (888) 453-5899
- #19-004 Monte Casey, The Steelhead Guide, firstname.lastname@example.org www.steelheadguide.com
- #19-005 Jeffery Liskay, Silver Fury Guide Service & Schools, email@example.com (440) 781-7536
- #19-006 Mario Chance, Chagrin River Outfitters, firstname.lastname@example.org (330) 984-3086
More information on Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Guide Permit requirements, including the permit application, you may check the following link: <Fishing Guide Permit Program>
Learn how you can support recreation opportunities through a donation to the Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Fund.