Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Lake Erie Region

Bud Gehring, an ice fishing guide on Put-In-Bay, fished through
the ice near South Bass Island up until March 16 before shutting it
down for the season. Gehring said the lake still has a decent ice
cover due to little sunshine over the past couple of weeks, but the
ice is turning punky. He suspects it will at least be early April
before boating anglers can hit the lake in earnest to vertically
jig for walleyes, the bag limit of which is four through April 30.
Water temperatures, according to the Division of Wildlife on March
19, was 35 at Toledo and 33 at Cleveland.

The Rocky River was finally dropping back into good fishing
conditions, with the river currently exhibiting moderately high
flow with a nice greenish brown strain as of March 18. Looking at
the forecast, though, rain and snowmelt will very likely cause the
river to blow out again by the weekend, according to the report
from Cleveland Metroparks. The good news is that the ice jam that
was located by the marina earlier is now gone, allowing fresh fish
to move into the lower river umimpeded. Also, after nearly a week
of being out of service, the Rocky River flow gauge data is back
online. Anglers would be wise to check this resource regularly to
determine the trend in river conditions over the next few
days. Many anglers experienced modest success steelhead fishing in
early and mid-March, with a fair number of Lake Erie run white
suckers also turning up in the northern reaches of the river
recently. A few fresh silver steelhead are around, but most have
had at least a blush of spawning color. Numbers of suckers will
continue to increase until their run peaks later in spring.
Drifting hot pink or chartreuse spawn sacks is a great choice for
steelhead in stained water conditions. Some anglers have also been
doing well drifting jigs (various colors) or live minnows the past
few days. Other good choices under these conditions are wobbling
plugs and flies such as larger brightly colored egg patterns or
dark colored streamers with some brighter contrast, such as an egg
sucking leach pattern.

Although ice on park district ponds is not safe to venture out
on, anglers fishing from the solid ground of fishing platforms and
points sloping into deeper water are still catching rainbow and
brown trout. Waters stocked this winter include Wallace, Shadow,
Ledge, Ranger, and Judges lakes. Small jigs (especially black and
chartreuse colors) tipped with maggots and suspended under a small
ice bobber and Power Bait fished near the bottom have both
accounted for their share of trout this winter. Some anglers also
reported success jigging lures such as small Swedish Pimple spoons.
The park district plans to commence stocking the east branch of the
Rocky River with catchable size trout beginning in late March, and
administer weekly stockings throughout the spring. Furthermore, the
Division of Wildllife plans to stock Hinckley Lake with 2,500
rainbow trout on April 3, as well as Shadow Lake with 500 trout on
April 18.  

Cleveland Metroparks,

Bud Gehring ice guide services, 419-285-3615 or 419-261-0165,

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