Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing have been very good on Lake Erie, with yellow perch expected to heat up soon. The steelhead trout run is in its final days, but stocked trout in the Rocky River Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks and at Hinckley Lake are a bonus. Fishing on inland lakes and ponds has slowed considerably because of chilly overnight temperatures. Thunderstorms are expected Saturday and Sunday, but southerly winds through the weekend should enhance fishing.
Footlong rainbow trout are in the spotlight. State officials released 2,500 trout in Hinckley Lake on Wednesday and Cleveland Metroparks stocked another 650 pounds Monday in the East Branch of the Rocky River between Royalton Road and Wallace Lake in the Rocky River Reservation. Trout are also being stocked Saturday for youth derbies at Punderson Lake in Geauga County and Turtle Pond at Firestone Metro Park in Akron. Adults can fish when the children’s events are completed.
There will be rainbow trout stockings April 18 at Veteran’s Park Pond in Mentor and April 20 at Forest Hill Pond in East Cleveland.
A few steelhead trout are still being caught in the lower stretches of the Rocky River, and good numbers of smallmouth bass are moving into the river.