Lake Erie fish report Feb. 22-24

Cary Harris caught this Sunday on the Rocky River. (Cary Harris, via Mike Durkalec)

The Rocky River flooded with the rain on Wednesday, but steelhead fishing was good earlier in the week, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report.

Durkalec says it’s hard to beat a brightly colored, nickel-size bag of salmon or trout eggs when the water is on the stained side.  As the water further clears steelhead have been biting a variety of offerings, including smaller dime size spawn bags, 1/32-1/64-ounce marabou jigs under floats, beads that mimic salmon eggs, and flies).  In winter a wobbling crankbait worked slowly through a deep hole can also produce well at times.  Steelhead numbers can be expected to peak into March-April.

Anglers should be very wary of venturing out on any ice.

With a south wind, anglers have a shot at steelhead and yellow perch at the East 55th Street break wall, Durkalec said. 

Need a fly fishing fix? The popular national Fly Fishing Film Tour will stop at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on March 2. Get your tickets soon as this fun event sells out every year! 


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