The Rocky River and other area streams are currently exhibiting good flow and stain and anglers have caught lots of steelhead the past two days. 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. Anglers at Ohio & Erie Canal are still catching some rainbow trout stocked back in mid October.
The Rocky River and other area streams are offering good flow and stain for steelhead fishing, and anglers reported some of the best fishing of the year over the past two days. 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. Anglers by the marina reported the best luck on emerald shiners this morning, which can be found in the river in that stretch at the present time.
Fishing along the Cleveland lakefront was good this week with some catches of walleye reported day and night from the E55th/E72nd breakwall areas. Lakefront steelhead have been biting on small jigs tipped with minnow suspended between 4-6 feet under a bobber, as well as for anglers casting spoons (ie Little Cleo or KO Wobbler) or spinner (ie Vibrax or RoosterTail). Some jumbo yellow perch are being caught on the west side of the E55th north facing breakwall on emerald shiners near the lake bottom.
In mid-October rainbow trout (1,000 lbs) and farm raised channel catfish (600 lbs) that were stocked in the Ohio & Erie Canal fishing area off E49th Street and a fairnumber of these fish remain. Trout often bite well on a dime sized ball of colorful PowerBait fished near the canal bottom with a sinker. Our lakes/ponds are scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout around mid December (stay tuned to the fishing report for updateson that).
Updates on Launch Ramp Docks.
The wooden courtesy docks at launch ramps at Edgewater and Gordon parks were pulled this week. But both sites have a permanent dock (concrete and steel) to make winter use possible with larger vessels. The last remaining courtesy dock at Rocky River launch ramp will be pulled on or after December 12 for the convenience of late season boaters.
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>
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