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Rocky River Fishing Report - April 21 2011

 | By Seamus on 4/21/2011 5:09:07 PM | Views (163)

Rocky River was named one of the “150 Best Places to fish in America” in the June 2007 issue of Field and Stream magazine

The Rocky River is currently exhibiting elevated and muddy conditions, and doesn't look to get better anytime too soon in the future based on the projected weather forecast.  This timing is unfortunate, as this is one of the best times of year to fish for steelhead, stocked trout, and Lake Erie run smallmouth bass in the river.  Anglers can keep their fingers crossed and monitor the trend in river flow and temperature at the following link:  

To local river anglers' chagrin, river conditions are high and muddy due to recent rain, and it's not looking like it's going to end anytime soon.  If anything is in local steelhead anglers' favor, the cool, late spring should serve to extend the season well into May.  In the meantime, keep an eye on the flow gage and hope the weather forecasters are all wrong!

Monday Wallace Lake (500#) and Ledge Lake (250#) were stocked with rainbow trout because the river conditions were not favorable due to rain.  At this time it's most likely that the next stocking may be early next week, and it's looking like they may go in the lakes again with all this rain.  Keep posted to the fishing report for details on that.  The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) also stocked Hinckley Lake with 2,500 trout last Friday and Shadow Lake with 500 trout on April 1.  Trout have been biting well this week on Power Bait in brighter colors, small jigs tipped with grubs (maggots or waxworms) under a small float, and small spinners.

River conditions have caused the installation of the docks at the Emerald Necklace Marina to be postponed.  We are hoping we will have a window where the river drops in level to allow this to be completed by the end of the month.  We apologize for the temporary inconvenience this poses to early season boaters. 

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 .

Good fishing,




If you sent in a photo this week that is not

in the fishing report, it's because my hard

drive crashed and I have not yet recovered

all the data.  Sorry and please feel free to

resend if you can.  Thanks! 



 Charlene caught this gorgeous trophy buck steelie in the Rocky River recently (photo courtesy of Kenneth Krieger).


Mark caught this trophy 20 inch largemouth bass at Wallace Lake yesterday while fishing for trout (photo courtesy of Mark Fascione).


Beth and Nick have successfully been sampling the great spring steelhead fishing on the Rocky River.  By the way, I wonder if Beth streaks her hair in hot pink to attract the steelies (steelhead like the color in a bait)?  Seems like a plausible idea!  (photos courtesy of Beth Horta and Nick Gareau).


Anthony caught this bruiser on his own unique streamer creation (photo courtesy of Anthony Loshiavo).


Hinckley Lake trout were biting really good before the lake muddied with all the rain.


River conditions are high and muddy right now with no immediate end in sight with all the rain in the forecast.


Dave caught this brute buck trout in the Rocky River on a yellow and red sucker spawn fly (photo courtesy of Dave Diyanni).


Malachi and his father Nate pose with a fine Rocky River steelhead (photo courtesy of Nate Adams).


Those football size Lake Erie smallies seem to be running the river earlier than usual this year, as evidenced by a few of about a half dozen Gio caught drifting white jigs this week (photos courtesy of Giovanni Quintana).


Tito and Emmanuel caught these monster steelhead in the Rock this week (photos courtesy of Emmanuel Roman).


Fabio and Yuri scored this steelhead doubleheader fly fishing the Chagrin River this week (photo courtesy of Fabio Malaspina).


You never quite know what you're going to catch at the marina, as Justin realized when he reeled in this healthy yellow bullhead catfish.  Justin reports that it fought far more fiercely than all those nice steelies he's been catching recently, with several blistering runs and jumps.  OK, he didn't really say that, but it makes the story more exciting (photo courtesy of  Justin Marconi).


A big "CONGRATULATIONS" goes out to Scott and Anne Heidrich on the addition of a future angler to their family.  Jack is appropriately the same length as a jack steelhead (17.7 inches and 5 lbs 10 oz).  Coincidence?  I doubt it, since fishing is usually on Scott's mind.  And Scott is taking no chances in making sure Jack will be a great fishing buddy down the road by introducing him to the appropriate tools of the trade at a tender young age!  Also, in the bottom photo, is that "baby's first PFD"?  (photos courtesy of Scott Heidrich).



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.

 more information or to make a gift to Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Fund, please contact:

Karen J. Kannenberg, CFRE
Manager of Gift and Donor Development
Cleveland Metroparks
4101 Fulton Parkway
Cleveland, Ohio 44144


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Catch Information

Bullhead Catfish
Bullhead Catfish

Channel Catfish
Channel Catfish

Lake Trout
Lake Trout

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout

Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass

This Fishing Report was submitted on 4/21/2011 5:09:07 PM by Seamus and last updated on 4/21/2011 5:09:07 PM.


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