Rocky River (Island Nation of Ohio)
Where's the Beef?
As anglers of the Rocky we are exclaiming, "Where's the FISH?!" Conditions on the river seem to be fantastic, with one small problem...someone forgot to tell the fish. Steelhead fishing has been hit or miss; more miss than hit. Oh, they're there just not as many as we have been used to in the past, especially at this time of year.
I did a bit of research before posting:
Last year the river was higher for a longer period of time. Though it did rain yesterday, 3/25, it was only the second significant rain fall in the past 28 days. Yesterday's rain did nothing to change conditions of the river. The forcast going forward shows a couple of chances for rain, but nothing like last years all day rains that would cause a couple of days of settling before anglers could venture out.
The Silver lining:
Fish are being caught on the river, though some habits need to be broken. First, you'll need to be willing to do a bit of hiking. Normal spots are being over fished. So head down stream and look for the deeper pools and holding eddies. There is 10 miles of river from Lake to Falls, go exploring. Earlier this week Sean & I found a nice long pool, with fish, that I'm sure we will visit again in the future; and frankly it was only five more minutes of walking from where we normally wade in. Second, be willing to change up your offering. Because of over fishing the Steelies seem to be saying, "Been there, done that, got the trophy and T-shirt." So try some different colors different types and smaller offerings.
USGS river flow data:
Cleveland Metroparks River report
Last edited by fivedials; 03-30-2009 at 06:36 PM.
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