In fall anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams are pursuing steelhead trout, as well as a surprising number of walleye in the northernmost river reaches. The Rocky River and other area streams are currently exhibiting good flow and stain for fishing, although abundant leaves can cause difficulties drifting. Rain forecasted for tomorrow could change conditions before the weekend, though, so wise anglers will monitor the most recent river water level and temperature at the following link: <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 catching recently stocked rainbow trout and channel catfish.
The Rocky River and other area streams are ofering good flow and stain for steelhead fishing, although abundant leaves are in the streams following a windy week. Rain is in the forecast tomorrow, though, so anglers should check the flow gage links above before planning a trip. Steelhead opportunities were good today and should remain that way until stream conditions change. As is typical this time of year, the greatest concentration of fish, and therefore also anglers, is in the northernmost river stretches. The big trout, averaging 5-7 lbs as of late, have been biting on brightly colored dime to nickel size spawn sacks when the water is stained and beads that mimic salmon eggs, small marabou jigs tipped with a few maggots or a waxworm drifted under a float, flies (egg patterns and baitfish streamers), and lures such as Little Cleo spoons and Vibrax spinners as the water clears further. The fall run is just gaining momentum with the increase in flows and more steelhead will continue to migrate up area streams into the fall season.
Fishing along the Cleveland lakefront was good this week with steelhead and yellow perch by day and walleye after dark caught from the E55th/E72nd breakwalls, as well as at Edgewater and Wildwood parks as wave conditions allowed. 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).
Anglers at our inland lakes and ponds are catching catfish, largemouth bass, and panfish. 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 plenty 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.
Walleye fishing was very good along the Cleveland shoreline of Lake Erie after dark this week. Anglers are connecting by casting Husky Jerk or Perfect 10 stickbaits. A few yellow perch are being caught at E55th breakwall, as well. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, northern pike, and panfish species can also be found along the Cleveland shoreline. The ODNR Division of Wildlife weekly Lake Erie fishing report can be viewed <here>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org (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>