Fish Reports

Lake Erie fish report April 19-21

Steelhead have been a highlight fishing the Rocky and Chagrin rivers this week. The rivers have pre-spawn, spawning, and post spawn steelhead, especially in the northern river reaches closer to Lake Erie, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec reports in his weekly fish report. Steelhead in spring will bite a variety of offerings, including dime…

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Fish free in Ohio May 4-5: Lake Erie fish report April 12-14

Want to fish for free in Ohio, without a state permit?  Fish for free anywhere in the state May 4-5, in the annual free fishing weekend.   “Ohio has world-class fishing, and our free fishing weekend is a great opportunity to experience what the state has to offer,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “I invite Ohioans…

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Peak steelhead season: Lake Erie fish report April 5-7

Fishing, like the weather, is heating up. The GOTL Open is hosting its Spring Bash fishing tournament in Oak Harbor next weekend. Registration deadline is today (April 5). Last weekend, 140 anglers fished in the Rocky River in the sixth annual Barbie Rod Steelhead Derby. Corey Zelinkski won with a 26-inch fish, and the event…

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Trout stocked in the Rocky River: Lake Erie fish report March 22-24

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…

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Open water: Lake Erie fish report March 15-17

Lake Erie’s ice is melting, and anglers are heading out on open water. The breakwall at East 55th Street Marina and the rocks at Edgewater Park offer a chance at steelhead and yellow perch now.  The Edgewater boat launch ramp is useable, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. “As these harbor areas open up…

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Lake Erie fish report March 8-10

Anglers have reported some good steelhead fishing success during fishable conditions this week. Steelhead are well dispersed throughout the river systems, with the freshest fish concentrated in the northern river reaches closer to Lake Erie, according to aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. In his weekly Cleveland Metroparks fish report, Durkalec shares the best way to catch winter steelhead:…

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Lake Erie fish report Feb. 22-24

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…

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Tough fishing: Lake Erie fish report Feb. 8-10

Tough fishing right now. The Lake Erie shoreline is ice-free. Even if you find any ice, it’s not safe. Do not go on it. In the short time anglers got on the ice in Cleveland harbor last week, results were disappointing, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec reports in his weekly fishing report.  The main…

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Ice fishing! Lake Erie fish report Feb. 1-3

Are you ice fishing? Anglers are just beginning to venture onto Cleveland area harbors of Lake Erie, reports Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec in his weekly fishing report. Fishing for steelhead, yellow perch, northern pike and panfish was great last year at Edgewater and Gordon Park boat ramps, as well as Wildwood Marina.  This…

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