The Rocky River and other area streams are currently exhibiting good flow for steelhead fishing, although leaves can cause difficulties drifting in some areas. The darker tea stain the rivers have right now are caused by tannins released from fallen leaves and many anglers suspect elevated tannin levels can make the steelhead bite a bit sour. Wise anglers will 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, although abundant gizzard shad have made the walleye bite notably tougher this week. Anglers at Ohio & Erie Canal are catching recently stocked rainbow trout.
The Rocky River and other area streams are offering good flow, but the bite has been more challenging this week. Many anglers (myself included) suspect that tannins from fallen leaves, which give the river a darker tea stain, make the steelhead bite a bit sour. These will be flushed from the river over the next few rains and the bite will improve. But steelhead are still being caught, so don't let this deter you from giving the river a look in the meantime. As is typical this time of year, the greatest concentration of steelhead are in the northernmost river stretches, although fish are well spread at at this time. The big trout, averaging 5-7 lbs as of late, have been biting especially well 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. Fly anglers who enjoy swinging flies appreciate the stronger flows we've had, too. The fall run is going strong, overall, and more steelhead will continue to migrate up area streams into the late fall and early winter seasons.
Fishing along the Cleveland lakefront has been hampered by a great abundance of gizzard shad having moved into nearshore waters. In this case what is great for the fish is bad for the angler- there is a hyperabundance of bait for anglers to compete with. Still, fair catches of walleye are being made day and night from the E55th/E72nd breakwall areas. Lakefront steelhead will bite on a whole nightcrawler on a plain hook or small jig tipped with minnow suspended between 4-6 feet under a bobber, as well as for anglers casting a spoon (ie Little Cleo or KO Wobbler) or spinner (ie Vibrax or RoosterTail).
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 decent number 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).
ODNR Needs Angler Assistance on Reporting Lake Trout Catches
If you or anyone you know/see catches a lake trout in Ohio waters of Lake Erie or a tributary please remember the following. If the fish is kept, the head would be extremely appreciated for the information that can be obtained from the implanted coded wire tag (which you will not see because it is internal). If the angler chooses not to keep the fish, a picture (or even call/email) with information would be a much appreciated second option to taking the head. Any information would be good: date, location, size, was the fish flowing any milt or eggs, what was it caught with, name, email contact, etc. This information is CRUCIAL to tracking the success of this program in Ohio. Please report to: John Deller, ODNR Fairport Fish Station at John.Deller@dnr.state.oh.us or (440) 352-4199 and/or Mike Durkalec, Aquatic Biologist at email@example.com or (216) 701-7634. Thank you!
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
2018 Cleveland Metroparks Registered Fishing Guides (name, company, contact)
#18-001 Monte Casey, The Steelhead Guide, email@example.com www.steelheadguide.com
#18-002 Jeffery Liskay, Silver Fury Guide Service & Schools, firstname.lastname@example.org (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, email@example.com (419) 540-8585
#18-007 Nathan Miller, Steelhead Alley Outfitters, www.steelheadalleyoutfitters.com (888) 453-5899
#18-008 Justin Pribanic, Chagrin River Outfitters, www.chagrinriveroutfitters.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (724) 799-5011
#18-009 Patrick Robinson, Steelhead Alley Outfitters, www.steelheadalleyoutfitters.com (888) 453-5899
#18-010 Travis Larson, Hatch Run Fly Fishing, email@example.com (814) 706-1958
#18-011 Mario Chance, Chagrin River Outfitters, www.chagrinriveroutfitters.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (330) 984-3086
#18-012 Don Mathews, Steelhead School, www.steelheadschool.com (330) 565-5457
#18-013 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>