The Rocky River and other area streams are currently exhibiting good flow and stain and anglers have been catching steelhead this week, but rain is in the forecast. Anglers can monitor the most recent river water level and temperature at the following link prior to making a trip: <Rocky River flow gage data><Chagrin River flow gage data> <Rocky River NEORSD station with turbidity>
. Nearshore Lake Erie anglers are targeting walleye, steelhead, and yellow perch. A total of 3,000 lbs of rainbow trout were stocked in Metroparks lakes recently (details below).
The Rocky River and other area streams are offering good flow and stain for steelhead fishing, and anglers reported good fishing this week. But there is rain in the forecast tonight and tomorrow so wise anglers will check the trend from the flow gage data before making a trip to the river. Fish are spread throughout the system at this time, with anglers reporting some better size fish (25-29") in the mix this week. Steelhead have been caught on marabou jigs under floats, brightly colored dime to nickel size spawn sacks, beads that mimic salmon eggs, flies (egg patterns and baitfish streamers), and lures such as Little Cleo spoons and Vibrax spinners. Overall, the general feeling is that this steelhead season has been somewhat below average overall, although the past few weeks have offered some of the best fishing of the year so far.
Anglers fishing along the Cleveland lakefront have a shot at late season walleye from the E55th/E72nd areas. At the same locations some steelhead have been caught this week on nightcrawlers or small jigs tipped with minnow suspended between 4-6 feet under a bobber, as well as for anglers casting spoons. Some jumbo yellow perch are being caught on the west side of the E55th north facing breakwall on live and salted emerald shiners on the lake bottom using crappie rigs.
In mid-December we stocked 3,000 lbs of rainbow trout, as follows: Wallace (1,400 lbs), Shadow (750 lbs), Ledge (600 lbs), Judge's (150 lbs) and Ranger (100 lbs) lakes. The size of the trout averages about a pound and a half each, although fish range from 3/4 lb to 2.5 lbs Along with the predominantly standard rainbow trout are fair number of colorful golden rainbow trout (see photo below). Please note: the limits on these trout at 3/day at Wallace, Ledge, Judge's and Ranger lakes and 5/day at Shadow Lake and Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area (there is no size limit, unlike the river where trout ned to be minimum length of 12" and you can harvest 2/day). The second and final round of winter trout will go into the same lakes around mid to late January. These trout bite well on jigging spoons, brightly colored PowerBait, and small jigs tipped with a few maggots or a waxworm. Our lakes should be ice free for the weekend based on the current forecast.
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
This morning Jayce Davitt landed his first steelhead while fishing with Grandpa Todd on the Rocky River. Grandpa hooked it and handed the rod to Jayce and the lad did the rest (photo courtesy of Owen Lockhart).
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2019 Cleveland Metroparks Registered Fishing Guides (name, company, contact)
#19-001 Jim Lampros, floodplainsmag.com, email@example.com (216) 513-6011
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>