This 3-year-old angler caught her first steelhead ever on her first cast in the Chagrin River. (Joe Miller, via Cleveland Metroparks)

The Cleveland Metroparks has stocked 600 pounds of trout in the east Branch Rocky River, in the first batch of the season.

The Rocky River and other area streams are offering good steelhead fishing, with the freshest fish concentrated near Lake Erie, Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report. Though anglers should check flow gauges after weekend rain.

“I have been hearing some reports of steelhead spawning in the shallow riffles this week, as well, but this will really ramp up in the coming few weeks,” Durkalec said. 

In Lake Erie, the north-facing breakwall at East 55th Street Marina and the rocks at Edgewater Park offer a chance at steelhead and yellow perch. 

Boat ramps at Edgewater, Gordon and Wildwood parks are all usable. The harbors are a good place to find pre-spawn northern pike are largemouth bass. 

The post-spawn shoreline bite for walleye typically picks around Cleveland around mid-April.

This year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a Lake Erie fishing permit is required for out-of-state anglers from Jan. 1 to April 30 when fishing Lake Erie and areas immediately upstream in creeks, rivers, and tributaries.

In other fishing news, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History Trout Club gave $10,000 this week to Cleveland Metroparks to help remove a barrier that halts all upstream fish passage. 

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