Congratulations to Ben on catching his first steelhead ever at Edgewater Park on Tuesday! His proud father Pat also caught one on a Little Cleo spoon (photos courtesy of Pat Jurco).
Ava oversees the release of one of the temporarily captive steelhead on display following the Steelhead Expo on Saturday. Thanks to all who came out for this event which had a record-breaking attendance of 1,371 folks throughout the day (photo courtesy of Dale Edmonds).
Mikale caught (and released) this impressive northern pike at E55th Marina this week on a perch colored crankbait. He was targeting bass. He did not measure the fish but I estimate that it would be in the 36" class (photo courtesy of Mikale Mosack).
I briefly stopped by Edgewater Park on Tuesday right after Andy Young had a great fight from this 28" buck steelie. He hooked it on a green and silver Little Cleo spoon on a brand new spinning rod. Way to break in that new rod, Andy!
The Edgewater bite was hot this week! Adam caught this chromer on Tuesday on a Little Cleo spoon (photo courtesy of Adam Davenport).
Brad was casting glow in the dark spoons off the shore at Edgewater Park after dark on Wednesday and made an admirable mixed catch- three keeper walleye and a steelhead (photos courtesy of Brad McMichael).
George, from Mantua, caught this 30", 12.5 lb, carp in the Chagrin River at South Chagrin Reservation on September 28. He was fly fishing near Chagrin Boulevard when the bronze bruiser took his "McCabe Crayfish" pattern fly and gave him quite a fight (photo courtesy of George McCabe).
George from Lodi shares "The resident fish are returning with the cooler temps returning. 13.8 lbs, 32" off Cleveland. Purple spoon, black eye. Wife caught a similar fish, 13.2 lbs. What a fantastic fishery we are blessed with. Note my trusty fishing dog, lower left corner."
The trophy walleye was released (photo courtesy of George Flanik).
David was one of the first to catch a coho salmon stocked at Wallace Lake on Wednesday. His fish hit a Mepps spinner (photo courtesy of David Wagner).
Tony recently had an epiphany- that the Cuyahoga River is quite the quality fishing hole! He shared "Attached are a few pictures from the past two weekends for the blog (all taken on the Cuyahoga) with a bonus Cuyahoga river walleye! Yes, I'm as shocked as the next person considering I had always been told there were walleye in the Cuyahoga river but this was a total first for me. I was as amazed to catch a walleye as the people were who were gathered around me. I remember a gentleman said to me, 'is that a walleye?? Up this far??' I am absolutely amazed at the diverse amount of species that are in the Cuyahoga river and the best part is it's only 10 minutes from my house. So far I've caught about 8 smallmouth, 1 walleye, and 2 sheephead and I also had no idea that there were sheephead in the river. I guess I had never thought of the Cuyahoga River as being a viable fishing resource considering the less than desirable image of the river and it's illustrious history as an industrial waste dump. For years in my travels around the area I've been asked my many fellow anglers and passersby if I ever fish the Cuyahoga and my answer was always, 'well in the winter when the Rock locks up and I'm really desperate, I'll try the route 82 dam, but other than that, no way.' I can now say for sure that the past 2 weekends have completely changed my view of the Cuyahoga. And the best part is the river is so long and there are so many great places to fish, that I have yet to run into anyone else, so the peace and quiet is a welcome bonus. Well with the exception of the railroad tracks but I don't mind watching the trains at all. The blog from a few weeks back (the kid with the 2 northern pike and some smallies) got me interested and the rest is history."
(photos courtesy of Tony Cilluffo).
Eric and a buddy also shared a Cuyahoga River success story this week. He observed "Me and my friend Mick catching largemouth with a silver crankbait in the Cuyahoga River and caught a catfish on a tube fishing for bass on the boat on lake Erie"
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about the rebound of the fish community in the river (photo courtesy of Eric Fernandez).
Andrew was another of many anglers who had success at Edgewater this week. He took this chromer on a blue and silver spoon on Monday (photo courtesy of Andrew Sowinski).
More success stories from Edgewater Park this week! Travis landed several steelhead on a Firetiger colored Little Cleo spoon on Tuesday (photos courtesy of Travis Males).
On Wednesday afternoon we stocked 172 fish in Wallace Lake- mostly catchable size coho salmon of 1-2 lbs (as pictured above) along with a handful of rainbow trout. The trout are already biting well but the salmon have proved more fickle- with the coho caught so far taking small spoons and spinners. Since this is a pilot program which is testing success of these fish please report any success back to me, especially if you have photos to share. I plan to stock a second batch of these fish next week. Please note the special regulations of one salmon or trout per day through December 15th.
Mark has done a great job of reporting from Edgewater Park the past few weeks (thanks, Mark!) and experienced success along with buddies Brandon (caught his first two steelies ever above- including one slipping out of his grip in the photo above!), Tilson, Bill, and Thumper the dog. A good time was had by all in this group on the concrete pad. Mark reports that spoons, spinners, and minnows or jig/maggot suspended a few feet under a bobber all accounted for some of the steelhead this week (photos courtesy of Mark Forbush).
Mike has been catching steelhead almost daily at Edgewater Park, too. His favorite offering is a purple and black Little Cleo spoon (photos courtesy of Mike Reed).
The private vendor who runs the marina at Cleveland Metroparks Wildwood Park offers charter fishing trips. This week walleye fishing was hot and yellow perch fishing was fair (photos courtesy of Wildwood Marina).
A cool contrasting perspective of some common carp taken from a bridge by the Rocky River Nature Center (photo courtesy of Donna Leech).
Spotted at the Wallace Lake coho salmon stocking on Wednesday. I dig this fellow's wheels! Maybe he can start the "Hell's Anglers, Wallace Lake Chapter"? :)