Lake Erie Fishing Report: April 18, 2002|
Central Basin Steelhead Streams:
Streams have very high flows from recent rains. Streams like Mill, Arcola,
and Paine creeks will clear first, (probably by mid-week if rains hold off),
while most of the main rivers are receding from near flood stage. Some
fresh fish were noted in good numbers before streams rose, expect them to be
well distributed as conditions improve. Peak runs are winding down, but
some big fish (10-15 lbs.) continue to be caught. River anglers have
experienced some fine catches throughout stream reaches using spawn bags,
jigs & maggots, minnows, or flies such as woolly buggers, weighted nymphs,
egg patterns and streamers that imitate shiners. Don't forget the bag limit
change to two steelhead trout and salmon in the aggregate on March 1st, that
will become valid from September 1st through May 15. Anglers should note
that landowner permission is required to fish on private property.
Try fishing the following areas:
Rocky River: Fish from the Emerald Necklace Marina up through the Cedar
Chagrin River: Fish from the soccer fields up to Daniels Park Dam and the
North Chagrin Reservation.
Grand River: Fish from the Mentor Headlands breakwall or Fairport short pier
up to Harpersfield Dam; Big Creek, Paine
Creek, and Mill Creek will start holding fish looking to spawn.
Arcola Creek: Fish the beach and in the estuary pond and stream.
Ashtabula River: Fish the Metropark area from Rt.11 downstream to the
Conneaut Creek: Fish from the river boat ramp in Conneaut, up to the state
Vermilion River: Fish from the river mouth up through the Metropark up to