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April 28, 2016

Posted: 4/28/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday May 2 morning update:  The Rocky River is elevated and muddy this morning from overnight rain.*** In late spring, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead, stocked trout, largemouth/smallmouth bass, and panfish.  The Rocky River... View More >
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April 21, 2016

Posted: 4/21/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday April 26 afternoon update:  600 pounds of trout were stocked this morning in the East Branch Rocky River at 5 locations between Rt 82 (Royalton Road) and the covered bridge.  This concludes our spring river stocking for the season.*** In late spring, highlight speci... View More >
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April 14, 2016

Posted: 4/14/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday April 19 afternoon update:  600 pounds of trout were stocked this morning in the East Branch Rocky River at 6 locations between Rt 82 (Royalton Road) and the ford (river crossing) just south of Wallace Lake.*** In spring, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Met... View More >
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April 7, 2016

Posted: 4/7/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday April 12 morning update:  600 pounds of trout were stocked this morning:  300 pounds in the East Branch Rocky River at 4 locations upstream of Bonnie Park, and 300 pounds in Wallace Lake.  The river is currently elevated and muddy, but the coming forecast looks dry and t... View More >
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March 31, 2016

Posted: 3/31/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Friday April 1 morning update:  The Rocky River did not rise quite as much as anticipated following the rain yesterday, and although elevated and stained it is still borderline fishable this morning.  Conditions for the weekend will depend on how much rain we receive tonight and... View More >
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March 24, 2016

Posted: 3/23/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday March 29 morning update:  650 pounds of trout were stocked in the East Branch Rocky River today at 4 locations between Route 82 (Royalton Road) and Bonnie Park.*** In early spring, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead, stocked t... View More >
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March 17, 2016

Posted: 3/16/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday March 22 afternoon update:  650 pounds of trout were stocked in the East Branch Rocky River today at 6 locations between Route 82 (Royalton Road) and the ford crossing just south of Wallace Lake.*** In early spring, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metr... View More >
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March 10, 2016

Posted: 3/9/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday March 15 afternoon update:  650 pounds of trout were stocked today.  500 lbs in Wallace Lake and the remaining 150 lbs in the East Branch Rocky River on the upstream side of the Bonnie Park dam.  As the water level recedes, I would greatly appreciate anglers reporting to... View More >
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March 3, 2016

Posted: 3/1/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In late winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead and stocked trout.  Area rivers are dropping in level and clearing to fishable conditions following the rain this week, and fishing prospects will only further improve as they conti... View More >
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February 25, 2016

Posted: 2/25/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday February 29 morning update:  The Rocky River is slightly stained and some steelhead are being caught this morning.*** In late winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead and stocked trout.  Area rivers are currently fl... View More >
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February 18, 2016

Posted: 2/18/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday February 24 morning update:  The Rocky River is elevated and muddy due to overnight rain.  It will be at least a few days before it is fishable again.*** ***Monday February 22 afternoon update:  The Rocky River level is just approaching good fishing condition... View More >
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February 11, 2016

Posted: 2/8/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead and stocked trout.  Area streams fished very well for steelhead this week, but they are icing up rapidly and only look to get worse given the very cold weekend forecast.  After being complete... View More >
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February 4, 2016

Posted: 2/4/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead and stocked trout.  Area streams are elevated and muddy this morning.  The thaw and rain has cleared the rivers of ice and water levels are dropping nicely for weekend steelhead anglers. ... View More >
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January 28, 2016

Posted: 1/28/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Sunday January 31 afternoon update:  This afternoon we stocked trout at Shadow (750 lbs), Ledge (600 lbs), and Judge's (150 lbs) lakes.  Steelhead fishing on the Rocky River was good today.*** In winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steel... View More >
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January 21, 2016

Posted: 1/21/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday January 26 morning update:  There is a slowly growing amount of open water on the Rocky River and the river has a nice green stain.  Ice on our lakes is unsafe for ice fishing at this time.  We have not been able to stock the second round of winter trout at Shadow, ... View More >
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January 14, 2016

Posted: 1/14/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday January 20 morning update:  Trout stocking at Shadow, Ledge, and Judge's lakes has been delayed until early next week.  The Rocky River is very slushy in most areas this morning.*** ***Tuesday January 19 afternoon update:  Trout were stocked this morning at W... View More >
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January 7, 2016

Posted: 1/7/2016
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday January 12 morning update:  The Rocky River is very slushy this morning.*** ***Monday January 11 morning update:  The Rocky River is currently elevated and muddy and largely ice free, but given the forecast expect ice to form quickly as the level drops.  On the plus side... View More >
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December 31, 2015

Posted: 12/31/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Friday January 1 evening update:  Happy New Year!  Many folks reported that the Rocky River fished outstanding for steelhead today.*** In winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and walleye.  Th... View More >
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December 24, 2015

Posted: 12/24/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and walleye.  The Rocky River and other area streams are currently flowing strong with a stain, with more rain on the way.  At the moment the Ro... View More >
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December 17, 2015

Posted: 12/17/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In early winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and walleye.  The Rocky River and other area streams are currently flowing low and clear, and fishing is stale accordingly.  To monitor the most rec... View More >
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December 10, 2015

Posted: 12/10/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In early winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and walleye.  The Rocky River and other area streams are currently flowing low and clear, and fishing is getting stale accordingly.  To monitor the ... View More >
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December 3, 2015

Posted: 12/3/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday December 8 afternoon update:  Today we stocked 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout between Wallace (1,250 lbs) and Ranger (250 lbs) lakes.*** In late fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, yellow perch, and walleye.&nb... View More >
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November 25, 2015

Posted: 11/25/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday November 30 morning update:  The Rocky River is exhibiting excellent fishing conditions this morning and there have been many reports of steelhead success over the past two days.*** In fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelh... View More >
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November 19, 2015

Posted: 11/19/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, yellow perch, and walleye.  The Rocky River and other area streams are currently fairly low in level and clear, but a number of steelhead anglers reported success this week.  T... View More >
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November 12, 2015

Posted: 11/12/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, yellow perch, and walleye.  The Rocky River and other area streams are dropping and clearing following recent rain.  Some steelhead were being caught in the Rocky this morning. ... View More >
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November 5, 2015

Posted: 11/5/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, yellow perch, and walleye- and the fishing for all of them is currently very good.  The Rocky River and other area streams are low and clear with a modest run of steelhead spre... View More >
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October 29, 2015

Posted: 10/29/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, yellow perch, walleye, and stocked trout.  The Rocky River and other area streams finally received some much needed rain and look to be dropping into great shape for the weekend.  T... View More >
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October 22, 2015

Posted: 10/22/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, yellow perch, walleye, and stocked trout.  The Rocky River and other area streams remain low and clear, as they have been for the past several weeks.  Steelhead anglers are focusing... View More >
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October 15, 2015

Posted: 10/15/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we begin our approach to fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include steelhead trout and smallmouth bass.  The Rocky River and other area streams are currently low and clear, as they have been for the past several weeks.&... View More >
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October 8, 2015

Posted: 10/8/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we begin our approach to fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include steelhead trout and smallmouth bass.  The Rocky River water level is currently low and clear and we need rain, although it does not look like much ... View More >
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October 1, 2015

Posted: 10/1/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we begin our approach to fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include steelhead trout and smallmouth bass.  Despite the rain this week the Rocky River water level is currently on the low and clear side, although there... View More >
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An Evening with Greg Senyo (Fishing Fund fundraiser event) - Tuesday October 13, 2015

Posted: 9/30/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

WHO:   Cleveland Metroparks is hosting Greg Senyo of Steelhead Alley Outfitters, who is is one of the biggest names in American fly fishing right now.  He is a highly innovative fly-tyer who was honored as Orvis Fly-Tyer of the Year (2008), author of the popular new book ... View More >
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September 24, 2015

Posted: 9/24/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we begin our approach to fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include steelhead trout, smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish.  The Rocky River water levels currently low and clear.  To monitor the most r... View More >
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September 17, 2015

Posted: 9/17/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we begin our approach to fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include steelhead trout, smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish.  To monitor the most recent river water level and temperature you can check the fo... View More >
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September 10, 2015

Posted: 9/10/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we begin our approach to fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish- with a watchful eye looking for the first returning steelhead trout. To monitor the most recent riv... View More >
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September 3, 2015

Posted: 9/3/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***NOTE:  The Fishing Report Blog is back to regular weekly Thursday updates from September-May!***    As we begin our approach to fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and cha... View More >
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August 2015

Posted: 7/30/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into late-summer, highlight species targeted around Cleveland Metroparks include largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, panfish, channel catfish, and common carp.  After an early summer of high water, the rivers have finally receded to levels amena... View More >
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July 2015

Posted: 7/2/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into mid-summer, highlight species targeted around Cleveland Metroparks include largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, panfish, channel catfish, and common carp. And if the record number of photos sent in this month are any indicator, then fishing has b... View More >
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June 2015

Posted: 5/28/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday June 15 update:  Farm raised channel catfish were stocked at six locations last week: Shadow Lake, Ledge Lake, Ranger Lake, Beyer's Pond, Judge's Lake, and Oxbow Lagoon.  The river is elevated and muddy from rain today, but expect the good smallmouth bass and catfish... View More >
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May 21, 2015

Posted: 5/21/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In late spring highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include smallmouth bass, stocked trout, panfish, walleye, and largemouth bass.  The rivers are offering lake-run smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and carp this week...with some late season steel... View More >
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May 14, 2015

Posted: 5/15/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In late spring highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include smallmouth bass, stocked trout, panfish, walleye, and largemouth bass.  With the previous warm weather and spike in river flow this week many steelhead have exited the river for the seaso... View More >
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May 7, 2015

Posted: 5/7/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In late spring highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, panfish, as well as largemouth and smallmouth bass.  The steelhead fishing this past week has been good in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers, but the ... View More >
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April 30, 2015

Posted: 4/30/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In spring highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, panfish, as well as largemouth and smallmouth bass.  The steelhead fishing this past week has been very good in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers and other... View More >
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April 23, 2015

Posted: 4/23/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In spring highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, panfish, as well as largemouth and smallmouth bass.  The steelhead fishing this past week has been very good in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers and other... View More >
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April 16, 2015

Posted: 4/16/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday April 20 afternoon update:  This morning we stocked 700 pounds of rainbow trout; 500 pounds in the East Branch Rocky River and 200 pounds in Wallace Lake.*** In spring highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trou... View More >
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April 9, 2015

Posted: 4/9/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday April 14 afternoon update:  This afternoon we stocked 700 pounds of rainbow trout in the East Branch Rocky River.  Although the river has a moderate stain today lots of steelhead were reported caught over the past few days, as well.*** In spring h... View More >
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April 2, 2015

Posted: 4/2/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday April 6 afternoon update:  This afternoon we stocked 700 pounds of rainbow trout which were equally split between the East Branch Rocky River and Wallace Lake.  The river conditions are currently very good and steelhead and stocked trout are being caught, a... View More >
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March 26, 2015

Posted: 3/26/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday March 30 afternoon update:  Today we stocked a total of 700 pounds of rainbow trout in the East Branch Rocky River between Royalton Road (Rt. 82) and the covered bridge (600 pounds) and Wallace Lake (100 pounds).*** ***Saturday March 28 afternoon update:  The Rocky River ... View More >
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March 19, 2015

Posted: 3/19/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday March 25 afternoon update:  The Rocky River flow gage is malfunctioning again.  I contacted USGS to notify them of the situation.*** ***Monday March 23 afternoon update:  A total of 600 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked in the East Branch Rocky River this morni... View More >
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March 12, 2015

Posted: 3/12/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday March 18 morning update:  Good news!  The flow gage is back online and the Rocky River is on the threshold of being fishable this morning.  And conditions will improve more so as the water level recedes and clears further in the coming days.  Steelhead f... View More >
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March 5, 2015

Posted: 3/5/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and panfish.  A fair amount of localized water (between Brookpark Road and Puristas/Mastic Road bridges) opened up with the mini thaw this week, but overall area rivers a... View More >
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February 26, 2015

Posted: 2/26/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and panfish.  Area rivers are very iced up with the continued arctic weather.  Anglers can check the latest river flows and temperature at the following links (be aw... View More >
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February 19, 2015

Posted: 2/19/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and panfish.  Area rivers are very iced up with the arctic blast.  Anglers can check the latest river flows and temperature at the following links (be aware ice on t... View More >
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February 12, 2015

Posted: 2/12/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and panfish.  Area rivers are icing up again with the recent arctic blast.  Anglers can check the latest river flows and temperature at the following links (be aware... View More >
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February 5, 2015

Posted: 2/5/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday February 10 afternoon update:  The following lakes were stocked with trout today:  Shadow Lake (500 lbs), Ledge Lake (400 lbs), and Judges Lake (100 lbs).*** ***Monday February 9 afternoon update:  Following the weekend thaw the Rocky River has significantly more op... View More >
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January 29, 2015

Posted: 1/29/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and panfish.  Area rivers are slushing up again with the return of colder weather this week.  The Rocky has abundant shelf ice and the open stretches have been slushy in ... View More >
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Ice Fishing Fundraiser Derby - Saturday February 14, 2015

Posted: 1/28/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

WHO:   Cleveland Metroparks is hosting, for the general public of all ages.  Sponsors (prize donors) committed so far include Erie Outfitters, Stink's Bait and Tackle, Rodmaker's Shop, Butcher and the Brewer, and Cleveland Metroparks. WHAT: An ice fishing derby with prize packages ... View More >
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January 22, 2015

Posted: 1/22/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and panfish.  Area rivers have significantly more open water than last week, but also still have quite a bit of shelf ice remaining.  With more cold temps in the for... View More >
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January 15, 2015

Posted: 1/15/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and panfish.  The big news this week is the start of the ice fishing season, with anglers cautiously out on local inland lakes and Lake Erie marinas.  Area rivers are exh... View More >
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January 8, 2015

Posted: 1/8/2015
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In winter highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, stocked trout, and walleye.  Area rivers are exhibiting heavy slush and increasing ice at this time.  Anglers can check the latest river flows and temperature at the following link... View More >
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December 31, 2014

Posted: 12/31/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Friday January 2 afternoon update:  River ice is breaking up and slush is much reduced on The Rocky and Chagrin rivers today.  The northern mile of river and slower stretches have the most ice.  Looking ahead in the forecast this situation is expected to... View More >
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December 24, 2014

Posted: 12/24/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday December 30 morning update:  The Rocky River has a moderate stain this morning and is offering good fishing conditions.*** ***Monday December 29 morning update:  The Rocky River is elevated and muddy this morning, but should be fishable within the next cou... View More >
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December 18, 2014

Posted: 12/18/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Friday December 18 morning update:  Steelhead anglers did well on the Rocky and Chagrin rivers yesterday afternoon and both streams are in even better shape this morning.  Lake Erie, on the other hand, is rough this morning.*** As we move into winter, highlight species... View More >
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December 11, 2014

Posted: 12/11/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday December 17 morning update:  The rivers are elevated and muddy from rain, but appear to be cresting this morning.  It will likely be a few days before fishing conditions are ideal again.*** As we move into winter, highlight species targeted by anglers in Clev... View More >
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December 4, 2014

Posted: 12/4/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday December 9 afternoon update:  This morning we stocked Wallace and Ranger lakes with a combined total of 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout.  The Rocky River is stained, but fishable, today and anglers reported catching some steelhead today.*** ***Monday Decembe... View More >
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November 26, 2014

Posted: 11/26/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into late fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, walleye, and panfish.  The theme as we move into the holiday weekend is a promising one with conditions shaping up to be very good all around.  Local streams ... View More >
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November 20, 2014

Posted: 11/20/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday November 25 morning update:  The Rocky River is still muddy and elevated, but the flow is dropping.  If this trend continues the river can be expected to offer good fishing conditions into the Thanksgiving holiday.  Anglers would be wise to keep an eye on the flow g... View More >
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November 13, 2014

Posted: 11/13/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Saturday November 15 morning update:  A number of anglers reported a good steelhead bite on the northern few miles of the Rocky River the past two mornings despite the wintery weather.  Dime size spawn sacks and jigs drifted under floats were top producers. The wind fo... View More >
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November 6, 2014

Posted: 11/6/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into mid fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, walleye, yellow perch, white bass, and panfish.  Local streams are on the low side with quite a few leaves in the water and steelhead fishing has been fair, accordingly, but ... View More >
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October 30, 2014

Posted: 10/30/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into mid fall, highlight species targeted by anglers in Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, walleye, yellow perch, white bass, and panfish.  Local streams are low and clear with quite a few leaves in the water and steelhead fishing has been fair accordingly, but tha... View More >
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October 23, 2014

Posted: 10/23/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into mid fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include steelhead trout, walleye, and panfish. After a week of rough conditions things are lining up to offer a great weekend of fishing opportunities. &... View More >
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October 16, 2014

Posted: 10/16/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into early fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include steelhead trout, smallmouth bass, and panfish. Local streams got a bump in flow this week and are currently on the rise again with more rain in the forecast going ... View More >
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October 9, 2014

Posted: 10/9/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into early fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include steelhead trout, smallmouth bass, and panfish. Local streams are currently low and running clear, and with little additional rain in the short term forecast these ... View More >
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October 2, 2014

Posted: 10/2/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into early fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include steelhead trout, smallmouth bass, and panfish. Local streams are currently low and running clear, although that could change as we head into the weekend with signi... View More >
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September 25, 2014

Posted: 9/25/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into early fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include smallmouth bass, steelhead trout, carp, panfish, and channel catfish. Local streams are currently moderately low and running clear.  Anglers can keep abreast of th... View More >
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September 18, 2014

Posted: 9/18/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we approach early fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include smallmouth bass, steelhead trout, carp, panfish, and channel catfish. Local streams are currently elevated and muddy from overnight rain.  The river level has dropp... View More >
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September 11, 2014

Posted: 9/11/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we begin to approach fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish...with a watchful eye looking for the first returning steelhead trout. Local streams are currently elevated and mu... View More >
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September 4, 2014

Posted: 9/4/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***NOTE:  The Fishing Report Blog is back to regular weekly Thursday updates from September-May!***    As we begin to approach fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish..... View More >
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August 2014

Posted: 7/31/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into late summer, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish. To monitor the most recent river water level and temperature you can check the following link:  <Rocky Riv... View More >
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July 2014

Posted: 6/26/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into the heart of summer, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish. To monitor the most recent river water level and temperature you can check the following link:  <R... View More >
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June 2014

Posted: 5/29/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into summer, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River and other area streams include smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish. To monitor the most recent river water level and temperature you can check the following link:  <Rocky River fl... View More >
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May 22, 2014

Posted: 5/22/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in late spring include stocked rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, panfish and late running steelhead. The river has finally dropped following the major flooding last week and looks like it should offer d... View More >
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May 15, 2014

Posted: 5/15/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in late spring include steelhead, stocked rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye and panfish. The big news thios week has been flooding of epic proportions.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently ex... View More >
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May 8, 2014

Posted: 5/8/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in mid-late spring include steelhead, stocked rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye and panfish. The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently exhibiting good fishing conditions, although weekend conditions wil... View More >
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May 1, 2014

Posted: 5/1/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday May 6 morning update:  The Rocky River is in great shape with steelhead and lake-rub smallmouth bass biting well.  Some very nice size steelies have been taken the past two days.*** ***Saturday May 3 morning update:  The Rocky River is stained, b... View More >
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April 24, 2014

Posted: 4/24/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday April 29 afternoon update:  600 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked at Wallace Lake this morning.  This concludes the spring stocking schedule.*** Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in mid spring include steelhead, stocked rainbo... View More >
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April 17, 2014

Posted: 4/17/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday April 22 afternoon update:  A total of 500 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked in the East Branch Rocky River this afternoon.*** ***Sunday April 20 morning update:  Happy Easter (or whatever you might celebrate today)!  The Rocky ... View More >
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April 10, 2014

Posted: 4/10/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday April 16 afternoon update:  600 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked at Wallace Lake this morning.*** ***Tuesday April 15 morning update:  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are flooded from overnight rain.  Given the unfavorable river condition... View More >
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April 3, 2014

Posted: 4/3/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday April 9 afternoon update:  600 pounds of rainbow trout stocked this morning were split between Wallace Lake (450 pounds) and the East Branch Rocky River (150 pounds).  The river is still muddy and elevated, but should be fishable this weekend if we don't recieve additi... View More >
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March 27, 2014

Posted: 3/27/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday April 2 afternoon update:  500 pounds of trout were stocked in Wallace Lake this morning instead of the Rocky River because the river is still muddy and there is more rain in the forecast.  Trout are biting well at Wallace, Shadow and Hinckley lakes.  Lake-ru... View More >
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March 20, 2014

Posted: 3/20/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday March 26 afternoon update:  The East Branch Rocky River was stocked with 600 pounds of catchable size rainbow trout this morning..*** ***Tuesday March 25 morning update:  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are both offering very good conditions and have p... View More >
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March 13, 2014

Posted: 3/13/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday March 19 afternoon update.  A total of 600 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked in the East Branch Rocky River between Rt 82 and the river ford just south of Wallace Lake.  The most fish were stocked on the upstream side of the Bonnie Park dam, a very popularfishing sp... View More >
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March 6, 2014

Posted: 3/6/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in winter include stocked rainbow trout, steelhead and panfish.  All our lakes and ponds are offering ice fishing opportunities, as are protected harbors along the Lake Erie shoreline.  The Rocky and Chagri... View More >
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February 27, 2014

Posted: 2/27/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday March 3 afternoon update:  By this afternoon I would estimate about 20% of the river is still open enough to fish.  The area between the Nature Center and Puritas Road bridge offers the longest stretch of fishable water, although there are several other fishable spots vis... View More >
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February 20, 2014

Posted: 2/20/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday February 24 morning update:  The ice jam broke free in the northern Rocky River on Friday afternoon and from the marina to the lake is currently open.  The river is dropping nicely, but the forecast for the coming week is calling for very cold temperatures which will lead... View More >
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February 13, 2014

Posted: 2/13/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in winter include stocked rainbow trout, steelhead and panfish.  All our lakes and ponds are offering ice fishing opportunities, as are protected harbors along the Lake Erie shoreline.  The Rocky and Chagrin riv... View More >
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February 6, 2014

Posted: 2/6/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in winter include stocked rainbow trout, steelhead and panfish.  Anglers have been ice fishing on Metroparks lakes and ponds all week.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently largely ice covered with no immediate end ... View More >
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January 30, 2014

Posted: 1/30/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday February 5 morning update:  Trout stocking at Shadow, Ledge and Judge's lakes was cancelled today due to weather.  The tentative plan is to stock these fish tomorrow afternoon. *** ***Saturday February 1 morning update:  Reports from Wallace Lake this morning indi... View More >
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January 23, 2014

Posted: 1/23/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in winter include stocked rainbow trout, steelhead and panfish.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently full of slush and ice with no immediate end in sight.  Anglers can check the most recent river water level a... View More >
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January 16, 2014

Posted: 1/16/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday January 20 afternoon update:  Unfortunately, we have had a change in plans for Cleveland Metroparks trout stocking this week. The trout supplier (Little Pickerel Creek Farms) just called to inform me that he had an emergency, and won't be able to deliver this week.  Hoping for... View More >
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January 9, 2014

Posted: 1/9/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in winter include steelhead trout, stocked rainbow trout and panfish.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers currently offer limited open water, with ice jams damming water behind them making for dangerous conditions.&nb... View More >
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January 2, 2014

Posted: 1/2/2014
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Sunday January 5 morning update:  Anglers are cautiously beginning to venture onto the ice at smaller Metroparks lakes and ponds, as well as at the Edgewater launch ramp area.  Lake Erie shoreline open water fishing opportunities have come to a halt due to ice covering the shore... View More >
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December 26, 2013

Posted: 12/26/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in early winter include steelhead and stocked rainbow trout, with anglers also targeting walleye and panfish.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently exhibiting excellent fishing conditions, with slowly receding flow ... View More >
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December 19, 2013

Posted: 12/19/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday December 24 afternoon update:  The Rocky River is ice free and dropping in level nicely, but is still very muddy.  At this rate the river should be on the outskirts of stained but fishable Christmas day, but realistically should offer better conditions on ... View More >
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December 12, 2013

Posted: 12/12/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday December 17 afternoon update:  Anglers are cautiously ice fishing most Cleveland Metroparks lakes and ponds as of today.  The trout were biting well at Wallace Lake yesterday and this morning, with one regular catching and releasing thirteen on chartreuse Power... View More >
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December 5, 2013

Posted: 12/5/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday December 11 morning update:  The Rocky River is very slushy this morning.*** ***Tuesday December 10 afternoon update:  A total of 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked between Wallace and Ranger lakes today, with most going in Wallace.*** ***Monday Decem... View More >
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November 27, 2013

Posted: 11/27/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in late fall include steelhead trout, with anglers also pursuing yellow perch, walleye, stocked rainbow trout and panfish.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently getting fairly low in level and clear with edge ice beginni... View More >
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November 21, 2013

Posted: 11/21/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Friday November 22 morning update:  The Rocky River is currently offering excellent fishing conditions.  Anglers out yesterday reported a good run of fresh steelhead in the river.  Anglers would be wise to monitor the flow gage links following today's rain prior to mak... View More >
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November 14, 2013

Posted: 11/14/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in fall include steelhead trout and yellow perch, with anglers also pursuing largemouth bass, stocked rainbow trout and panfish.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers currently have moderate flow and light stain .  Before making ... View More >
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November 8, 2013

Posted: 11/8/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in fall include steelhead trout and yellow perch, with anglers also pursuing largemouth bass, stocked rainbow trout and panfish.  The Rocky River is currently exhibiting moderately elevated and stained conditions, but is ... View More >
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October 31, 2013

Posted: 10/31/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday November 4 morning update:  The Rocky River is currently offering excellent fishing conditions.  Anglers out Sunday (yesterday) reported a modest run of fresh steelhead in the river.*** Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in fall include steelhead... View More >
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October 24, 2013

Posted: 10/24/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in fall include steelhead trout and yellow perch, with some anglers also pursuing largemouth bass, stocked rainbow trout and panfish.  The Rocky River is currently exhibiting very good fiashing conditions while the Chagrin Riv... View More >
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October 17, 2013

Posted: 10/17/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in fall include steelhead trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish.  Lake Erie anglers continue to make decent catches of yellow perch, although finding them has been more challenging this week.&... View More >
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October 10, 2013

Posted: 10/10/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in fall include steelhead trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish.  Lake Erie anglers continue to make good catches of yellow perch.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently exhiting good fis... View More >
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October 3, 2013

Posted: 10/3/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks in fall include steelhead trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish.  Lake Erie anglers continue to make good catches of yellow perch.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently low in level and ... View More >
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September 26, 2013

Posted: 9/26/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into fall, highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks include steelhead trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and panfish.  Lake Erie anglers continue to make good catches of yellow perch.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently mod... View More >
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September 19, 2013

Posted: 9/19/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we transition into early fall, highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks are steelhead trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish.  Lake Erie anglers continue making good catches of yellow perch.  The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are currently low in... View More >
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September 12, 2013

Posted: 9/12/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we transition into early fall, highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks are smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and panfish, with a chance at an early steelhead trout.  Lake Erie anglers are making good catches of yellow perch.  Overall, the Rocky and Chagrin ri... View More >
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September 5, 2013

Posted: 9/5/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we transition into early fall, highlight species targeted by anglers around Cleveland Metroparks are smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, panfish, with a chance at an early steelhead trout.  Lake Erie anglers are doing well chasing yellow perch.  Overall, the Rocky and Chagrin rivers ar... View More >
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Welcome to the new Fishing Blog format!

Posted: 8/20/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

In celebration of 8 years of serving our fishing public, the Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Blog has recieved an updated look.  In addition, the Fishing Blog now allows comments with the hope that local anglers will share helpful information regarding their recent fishing trips to Park waters,... View More >
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Rocky River and General Fishing Report - August 2013

Posted: 8/1/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into late-summer, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River watershed are smallmouth and largemouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish.  To monitor the most recent river water level and temperature you can check the following link:  <river flow... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - July 2013

Posted: 6/27/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into mid-summer, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River watershed are smallmouth/largemouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish.  To monitor the most recent river water level and temperature you can check the following link:  <river flow gage... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - June 2013

Posted: 5/29/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we move into summer, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River are smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish.  To monitor the most recent river water level and temperature you can check the following link:  <river flow gage data>   Smallmouth ba... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - May 23, 2013

Posted: 5/22/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River has dropped following a spike in flow last night and it is likely the area will recieve more rain overnight.  The forecast for the weekend looks to be clear, so the river should be fishable over the weekend unless the rain is heavy.  Even if the river... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - May 16, 2013

Posted: 5/16/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is currently exhibiting low and clear conditions and based on the weather forecast this scenario is not likely to change into the weekend.  A number of Cleveland Metroparks lakes and ponds are offering good opportunities for rainbow trout, largemouth bass and various sunfish ... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - May 9, 2013

Posted: 5/9/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is currently exhibiting low and clear conditions. Based on the weather forecast rain early and late into the weekend could possibly change that and anglers would be wise to check the flow trend following any precipitation.  A number of Cleveland Metroparks lakes and ponds are... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - May 2, 2013

Posted: 5/1/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is currently exhibiting good fishing conditions, with moderate flow and clearing water.  Based on a dry weekend weather forecast not much should change in the near future.   A number of Cleveland Metroparks lakes and ponds are offering ... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - April 25, 2013

Posted: 4/24/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is currently elevated and stained but the flow is receding.  Weekend conditions will be dependant upon how much rain we receive today, although bets are the weekend should offer fishable, even if stained, conditions.   A number of Cleve... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - April 18, 2013

Posted: 4/17/2013
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 oppor... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - April 11, 2013

Posted: 4/10/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky  River  is currently elevated and muddy, and based on the forecast will offer limited if any fishing opportunities into this weekend and beyond.  On a positive note, a number of Metroparks lakes and ponds are offering good opportunities for rainbow trout, largemouth ... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - April 4, 2013

Posted: 4/3/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky  River  is currently exhibiting moderately low and clear conditions.  Given the forecast this scenario should continue through the weekend.  Anglers can check the latest river flow and temperature trends at the following link:  <Rocky River flow gage dat... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - March 28, 2013

Posted: 3/28/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is dropping into shape and looks to offer good fishing conditions as we approach the weekend.  Rain is forecasted late in the weekend, though, which could reverse this trend.  Friday and Saturday will likely offer good steelhead fishing conditions.&nb... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - March 21, 2013

Posted: 3/21/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is exhibiting good winter fishing conditions, with moderate flow and stain.  Looking at the forecast things may warm up just a bit into the weekend, although anglers should still be prepared for cold weather.  Anglers can check the latest river flow and te... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - March 14, 2013

Posted: 3/14/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is exhibiting excellent fishing conditions, with moderate flow and stain.  Looking at the forecast the outlook is even better into the weekend, although anglers should be prepared for cold weather.  Anglers can check the latest river flow and temperature trends... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - March 7, 2013

Posted: 3/7/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is exhibiting very good vwater conditions, with moderate flow and stain.  The ground is saturated from melting snow which is allowing for a stable base flow.  Looking at the forecast things should more or less remain this way through the weekend contingent... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - February 28, 2013

Posted: 2/28/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is experiencing elevated and muddy conditions.  Anglers planning a trip should keep an eye on the flow gage, with a reading below 600 cfs offering a chance of hooking a steelhead.  This could be possible late into the weekend, but be prepared to fish in stained wate... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - February 21, 2013

Posted: 2/21/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River is experiencing winter river conditions with cold water and moderate flow.  Given our current forecast this weekend could see some ice fishing on our smaller lakes and ponds.  Anglers can check the latest river flow and temperature trends at the following link:... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - February 11, 2013

Posted: 2/11/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Mike Dur kalec is currently o ut of the office and w ill not be updat in g the fishing report. However, we are still posting new photos. If you have a photo that you would like to contribute to the fishing report, send them to  fishingreport@clevelandmetroparks.com . SUNDAY 2-10-13  USE... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - January 28, 2013

Posted: 1/28/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The final winter trout stocking was completed today (1/28)- 1,000 lbs of trout were split between Shadow (500 lbs), Judges (150 lbs), and Ledge (350 lbs) lakes. Mike Dur kalec is currently o ut of the office and w ill not be updat in g the fishing report. However, we are still posting new photos.... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - January 25, 2013

Posted: 1/25/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Winter Trout Stocking Update: The second and final round of winter trout stockings began earlier this week. 1,000 lbs of trout were stocked in Ranger (150 lbs) and Wallace (850 lbs) lakes this Wednesday (1/23). Shadow, Ledge, and Judges lakes are scheduled to receive trout early next week. View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - January 3, 2013

Posted: 1/3/2013
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday January 9 morning update: The warmer temperatures have improved steelhead fishing in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers the past few days, so anglers should get out while they can before more melt-off and rain muddies the rivers.  Ice on local lakes and ponds was just getting thi... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - December 27, 2012

Posted: 12/27/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday January 2 morning update: The river very slushy this morning following a night that dipped well below freezing .*** The Rocky River is currently exhibiting excellent winter steelhead trout fishing conditions, maintaining a stable flow and green stain.   Weekend fishing... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - December 20, 2012

Posted: 12/20/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday December 24 morning update: The river is in great shape this morning with moderately strong flow and about a foot of visability.  I hooked 10 steelhead before work today, landing 9 of them, including one over 10 pounds.  All my fish took pink nickel size spawn sacks ... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - December 12, 2012

Posted: 12/12/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Tuesday December 18 morning update: The river is elevated and muddy from overnight rain and still on the rise.  Anglers should keep an eye on the flow gage and look for a dropping trend before making their next trip to the river .*** The Rocky River has just dropped to fishable level toda... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - December 7, 2012

Posted: 12/7/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River fishing conditions are currently much improved following rain earlier this week and fresh steelhead are available to anglers.  But given the forecast of rain the next four days this scenario will likely be short lives.  Before planning a trip anglers should check the lat... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - November 29, 2012

Posted: 11/29/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River fishing conditions remain challenging again this week with the continued low and clear water.  There is a chance of rain early and late into the weekend which is much needed to improve fishing conditions.  Anglers can check the latest river flow and temperature trend at ... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - November 21, 2012

Posted: 11/21/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River fishing conditions are currently challenging with the water on the low side.  The water was becoming clear, but obtained a slight stain overnight due to muddy water entering from the East Branch (the reason for this is yet to be determined).  There is a chance of rain on... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - November 15, 2012

Posted: 11/15/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River fishing conditions are currently very good following a spike in flow earlier this week. Based on the current dry weather forecast leading up to the weekend expect the river to continue to clear and drop. Anglers can check the latest river flow and temperature trend at the followin... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - November 8, 2012

Posted: 11/8/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

Did anybody notice that we got some rain last week while the fishing report was on brief hiatus?  Wow, that was one heck of a flood!  Our crews are still busy clearing the carnage in the river valley, and the marina lost a bunch of docks and boats that had to be salvaged on Lake Erie.&n... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - October 25, 2012

Posted: 10/25/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

SPECIAL NOTE:   The fishing report will not be updated next week due to web maintenance activities.  This is the first fishing report update that will be missed in the 7 years this blog has been offered.  Sorry for the temporary inconvenience and the report will be updated again on... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - October 18, 2012

Posted: 10/18/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday October 24 morning update: The river is already back to fairly low and clear this morning.  That was the most rapid drop in level and clearing I've ever seen in the main river in less than a day, and in hindsight was due to very strong localized rainfall north (downstream) of th... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - October 11, 2012

Posted: 10/11/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

The Rocky River valley is just beginning to really blaze with autumn colors this week.  The river water level has dropped to moderate level and the water is becoming clear.  Based on the current weather forecast, this trend should continue into the early weekend, but it does look like a... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - October 4, 2012

Posted: 10/4/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Sunday October 7 morning update: The river is still elevated in flow and muddy, but it is dropping rapidly and will likely be stained but fishable tomorrow.  Given the weather forecast conditions should continue to improve and offer good fishing prospects into early this week .*** The riv... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - September 27, 2012

Posted: 9/27/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Friday September 28 morning update: The rain yesterday held off for the most part and the Rocky and Chagrin rivers are dropping rapidly.  While still muddy, they should be on the stained side of fishable  this afternoon and Saturday morning.*** The river level is currently elevated w... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - September 20, 2012

Posted: 9/20/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Wednesday September 26 afternoon update: The river is elevated and muddy due to rain today, and will need at least a day or two of dry weather before it is fishable again .*** ***Monday September 24 morning update: The river is stained but fishable this morning, and conditions will continue to... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - September 13, 2012

Posted: 9/13/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

As we transition into early fall, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River watershed are smallmouth bass, panfish, and with a chance at an early steelhead trout.  Overall, the river has been low in level for much of the summer and has finally experienced a few bumps in flo... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - September 6, 2012

Posted: 9/6/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Saturday September 8 morning update: Due to  overnight rain the river is elevated and muddy this morning and will remain stained through at least the weekend.  The good news is that when the river drops and clears there should be a few fresh steelhead trout available for anglers.*** ... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - August 2012

Posted: 8/1/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

SPECIAL NOTE:    Wallace   Lake  is closed to fishing until August 27 and boating until a yet to be determined date.  See the highlight section below for details. As we move into late-summer, highlight species targeted by anglers along the Rocky River watershed are panfis... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - July 2012

Posted: 7/1/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday July 30 morning update: Wallace Lake is temporarily closed to fishing and boating for natural resources management activities.  A full explanation will be included in the updated fishing report later this week.  The lake will be closed to fishing for at least a month, and to b... View More >
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Rocky River Fishing Report - June 2012

Posted: 6/1/2012
Posted By: Mike Durkalec

***Monday June 18 morning update: The river is elevated and muddy following the weekend rain.  The conditions are good for catfish, but anglers wishing to target smallmouth bass will want to wait a few days for the water to clear .*** As we move into summer, highlight species targeted by ang... View More >