Rocky River valley is just beginning to really blaze with autumn colors
this week. The river water level has dropped to moderate level and the
water is becoming clear. Based on the current weather forecast, this
trend should continue into the early weekend, but it does look like a
fair amount of rain is possible later into the weekend and conditions
could change accordingly. Anglers can keep an eye on the flow and
temperature trend at the following link: <river flow gage data>
Monday, the Rocky River has offered a decent run of fresh steelhead
trout. The area between the Emerald Necklace Marina/Scenic Park to
Rockcliff Springs access has been the most consistent producing area.
Anglers should not rule out traveling further upstream, though, to look
for fish, especially if they want more water to themselves. The number
of falling leaves in the river has increased this week, especially in
slow water and eddy areas. The fishing will only get better later this fall as we get into the prime time of the season.
of the fish are being taken on thumbnail size spawn sacks, 1/32 oz jigs
tipped with maggots, live minnows, hardware (medium size spoons and
spinners with some silver or gold in the finish), and by fly fishers
using egg and streamer flies (woolly bugger and Clouser minnow patterns
have been working well). As a general rule, spoons and jigs under
floats work best in the flat, slow water near the marina and eggs and
flies work better in flowing water as you move upstream of the boat
ramps. But, as is the case with all rules of thumb, there are certainly
exceptions so the wise and adaptable angler will try different tactics
until he or she finds what the fish want on a given day on a particular
stretch of stream. As the water continues to clear anglers would be
wise to downsize offerings, leader, and other terminal tackle. I,
personally, like a 4-6# fluorocarbon leader of between 18-24” in clear
related note, thanks to all who attended the Steelhead Expo this past
Saturday. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, and we
would also like to thank the non-profit <Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders>,
our partners in hosting this annual event. We had great weather for
the free event and a turnout of 1,230 attendees throughout the day.
Largemouth bass and panfish
opportunities in Cleveland Metroparks lakes and ponds has been good
overall lately. Rubber worms and live shiners have been working for
bass,and redworms and small nymph flies have been taking panfish.
Wallace Lake, Shadow Lake, and a number of smaller Metroparks ponds are
all good bets this time of year. Furthermore, farm raised channel
catfish will be stocked in Wallace Lake by Cleveland Metroparks this
afternoon. More information on various fishing location around
Cleveland Metroparks can be found at the following <link>.
Conditions on the big lake have been
rough on and off this week, but when things settle down Lake Erie
boaters out of the Emerald Necklace marina can expect the good catches
of quality yellow perch to resume. Boaters please take note that the
water level near the marina has been low lately and angler with boats
over 20’ have been hitting their trailer tires on the cement curb at the
end of the underwater ramp (not a big deal, but be aware the curb is
there and that you should not back your trailer past it). Details can
be found in the ODNR Lake Erie fishing report available at the <ODNR Lake Erie fishing report>.
Rocky River Fish Kill Update.
On Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney held a press conference at
the Rocky River Nature Center to announce indictments on four charges in
the Rocky River fish kill from this past spring. The charges cite
Federal Clean Water Act violations against a Strongsville business owner
who allegedly disposed of a 55 gallon drum of liquid cyanide in a storm
drain that leads to the river back in April 2012, as well as
obstructing justice during the investigation. The U.S. Attorney sent a
strong message, stating “Clean water is our greatest resource in
Northern Ohio. We will aggressively investigate and prosecute cases in
which people pollute Ohio’s stream, rivers and lakes.” Cleveland
Metroparks played an important role in the early stages of this
investigation. The scope of the kill was unprecedented in the river,
with a very conservative count of approximately 30,000 fish involved.
For more information you can check the following link <Rocky River fish kill indictments>.
Outdoor Odyssey is coming this Saturday!
Come out to the Ohio and Erie Canal fishing area on Saturday October 13
and join us from noon until 4:00pm for Outdoor Odyssey, a free event
with a focus on fishing and other kid friendly outdoor pursuits.
Rainbow trout and farm raised channel catfish will be stocked
specifically for this event by Cleveland Metroparks and ODNR,
respectively, and fishing gear can be loaned out for free for those who
need it. Please note, the OEC fishing area will be clearly posted
as closed to fishing until the event and will be strictly enforced by
our Rangers. More information on this event can be found at the following link: <2012 Outdoor Odyssey Info> Photos from the 2011 event can be viewed in <2011 Outdoor Odyssey photo ablum>.
Lost and Found on the Rock. Local fishing
guide Monte Casey found a high quality landing net on the Rocky River
this week and would like to see it reunited with its rightful owner. If
you contact me and describe the net, as well as any information on when
and general area where it may have been lost, I will arrange to get the
net back to you. ***UPDATE: the custom made net has been returned to its happy owner***
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 .
past Saturday Jacob caught the largest fish of his life in the Cuyahoga
River in Brecksville Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks. The 16 inch
smallmouth bass grabbed the worm Jacob was fishing on the river bottom,
and he thanks is cousin Stephen for assistance in landing the fine fish
(photo courtesy of David Nose).
Mike had a successful outing on the Rocky on Monday and shares this valuable lesson learned: "After
spending about an hour and a half at a spot where I'd gotten fish in
the past, all I caught was one small skipper. Couldn't figure it out,
since the water just felt 'fishy'. I left shaking my head. On my second
stop, about a half mile downstream, caught the fish in the first photo
on, literally, my FIRST cast! Later I moved to a third spot, about 2
miles up stream and, within five minutes, hooked the one in the second
photo. Both took the same spinner. I think from this experience I
learned that, if the conditions are right, the fish can be caught. It's
just a matter of finding them, not settling on a spot where they
'should' be." (photos and report courtesy of Mike Sprau).
James had a successful morning drifting spawn sacks on the northern Rock on Tuesday (photos courtesy of Jame Haynik).
kicked off this steelhead season with a good start, landing this silver
beauty by the marina this week (photo courtesy of Rich Mihna).
caught this chromer in some fast water by Rockcliff Springs access on
the Rocky this week on a brown woolly bugger fly (photo courtesy of
Ken reports from the river: "This
is Ed Brill, an acquaintance from Cincinnati who I first met on the
Rock last year. He drove up recently and caught this one on a white
wooly bugger. I caught a monster on a Kwikfish that cut my line on a
rock - Kwikfish is gone! Also, got another on a jointed Shad Rap - both
in the deepest parts of the pool." (photo and report courtesy of Ken Stein).
caught this football shaped hen steelie in the northern Rock this week
on a custom float rod he crafted himself (photo courtesy of Randy
Matt sent in this photo of Dan McCutcheon with yet another fine Rocky River steelie (photo courtesy of Matt).
caught this steelie in the northern Rock on Monday, and reports that he
saw several other fish taken on spawn sacks and small jigs tipped with
maggots (photo courtesy of Dan McCutcheon).
Odyssey, an annual free kid oriented outdoors event, will be held this
Saturday October 13 at our Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. See the
report text for details.
Friday while electrofishing a few steelhead by the marina to put on
exhibit for the Steelhead Expo, we saw some very nice fish by the boat
afternoon the U.S. Attorney held a press conference at the Rocky River
Nature Center to announce federal charges in the Rocky River fish kill
from back in April 2012. See the report above for more.
Note: The fishing report is updated monthly in June, July, and August and weekly every other month