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Rocky River Fishing Report - April 18, 2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec
The Rocky River is currently offering very good fishing conditions with moderate flow and greenish stain. Weekend conditions will be dependant upon how much rain we receive tomorrow. A number of Cleveland Metroparks lakes and ponds are offering good opportunities for rainbow trout, largemouth bass and various sunfish species. Anglers can check the latest river flow and temperature trends at the following link: <Rocky River flow gage data>
The Rocky River is currently offering a mix of fresh (not yet spawned), spawning, dropback (already spawned) and skipper (smaller 15-20") steelhead. Spawning is occuring in shallow riffles and tailouts over gravel. Quite a few of the fresh fish are staging in deeper water downstream of pods of spawning fish. Eagerly feeding dropbacks can be found just about anywhere, but most often frequent deeper pools and runs as they systematically migrate back to Lake Erie. Fish are well distributed throughout the watershed. This is the time of year where just about any technique has a chance of hooking fish, with fly fishers, float fishers and hardware chuckers all hooking their share. Weekend fishing conditions will be fully dependant upon how much rain we recieve tomorrow, and if it ends up being minimal the fishing outlook will be very good. The Chagrin River is experiencing a similar scenario. Given the relatively cold spring we've had so far steelhead should be around in reasonable numbers through the end of April, with a few fish likely lingering around into early to mid May if we don't get any extreme hot temperatures
The run of smallmouth bass migrating into the Rocky River from Lake Erie is beginning to gain momentum, with a handful of anglers in the northern river reporting some bass mixed in with the steelhead. These fish will hit live bait (minnows, crayfish, worms), 3-4" tube jigs (olive, brown and white are all good), and baitfish streamer or Woolly Bugger flies (same colors as noted for tube jigs). This is a special time of year where anglers have a chance to catch a mix of bass and steelhead from some of the same holes. Anglers are strongly encouraged to release these larger 2-4 pound bass so that they can spawn and perpetuate the population. Lake run smallies will be around until early June most years. Suckers are still present throughout the river, as well.
Although this was a week off in the spring trout stocking schedule, there are plenty of trout around for anglers. The previous four weeks the East Branch Rocky River was stocked with trout between Route 82 (Royalton Road) in Strongsville and the river ford (crossing) just south of Wallace Lake in Berea. Additionally, ODNR stocked Hinckley and Shadow lakes with trout on Monday April 1. Small jigs and ice flies tipped with a few maggots or waxworms, PowerBait, small spinners, and salmon or trout egg sacks have all take their share of trout. Trout stocking in the river will resume next week.
Largemouth bass and panfish angling is heating up in Cleveland Metroparks lakes and ponds, as well. Some anglers have reported a good largemouth bass bite at Wallace Lake recently using spinnerbaits, rubber skirted jigs and rubber worms, especially along the snaggy western shore of the lake. Sunfish can be taken in just about any Metroparks waters by dangling a small worm or waxworm on a small hook below a pencil style bobber.
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Joe Wedlake caught and released this 18 inch rainbow trout at Ledge Lake on Monday (photo courtesy of Pat Thauvette).
Brion has been finding some chrome fresh steelies in the rivers this week (photos courtesy of Brion McCutcheon).
Nathaniel reports that he has caught many steelhead this week, including this chrome fresh beauty (photo courtesy of Nathaniel Watkins).
Justin has also found some quality fish this week despite the stained water conditions (photo courtesy of Justin Marconi)).
This little trout, most certainly wild since it is smaller than the ones ODNR stocks, turned up in the Rock this week (photo courtesy of Chris Thompson).
The four daughters of local angler Christopher Jenkins sent me a get well collage and brightened my day! I love the drawing of me (Mr. D.) fishing with my recently deceased and beloved dog Kodiak. Thank you Emma, Alli, Autumn and Avery for your artwork.
Inspired by all the support I've received, yesterday I took my first steps since my January 11 accident.
Tim was fishing on the Rocky River and captured some great images of a red-tailed hawk catching and eating a sucker meal (photo courtesy of Tim Schulz).
Note: The fishing report is updated monthly in June, July, and August and weekly every other month
2016 Cleveland Metroparks Registered Fishing Guides (name, company, contact)
16-001 Patrick Campbell, Fisher of Men Outfitters, LTD, www.fomoutfitters.com
16-002 Monte Casey, The Steelhead Guide, www.steelheadguide.com
16-003 Don Mathews, Steelhead School, www.steelheadschool.com
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>
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