Northeast Ohio fishing for steelhead

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) – A certain signal of spring is the return of fishermen to check their luck in Northeast Ohio lakes, rivers and streams. 

Outdoorsmen and girls in Ashtabula County imagine probably the most scenic spot to catch fish in Ohio is a stretch of the Grand River, close to the newly renovated dam on the historic Harpersfield Coated Bridge. 

“It’s a beautiful place. The covered bridge is absolutely wonderful and I just love fishing. I’ve fished ever since I was a kid with my dad,” stated Nathan Tager.

The Chardon Excessive College senior helped lead the Hilltoppers to 2 straight state championships in soccer, however on Thursday he and his mates had been testing their expertise in opposition to a college of rainbow trout, often called steelhead throughout their spawning run on the Grand.

“I’ve even felt the fish on my legs. There’s a whole bunch of fish, so I’ve just got to find the right bait and hope that one of them likes it,” he stated.

In the present day was Nathan’s first try at fly fishing and he says he made the journey to Harpersfield after being reeled in by one whopper of a fish story spun by his uncle.

“He was here to take pictures. He’s a photographer and people were catching fish left and right and so I thought, why not try it myself?” he stated.

Longtime fishermen inform us the situations for catching steelhead on the river are nice this time of 12 months as a result of the fish are attempting to struggle their approach up and over the reworked dam to put their eggs.

Richard Zimmer, of Geneva, advised FOX 8, “They’re not hitting because they’re hungry, they’re hitting because they want to lay their eggs and they want to make sure that wherever they’re going to lay their eggs, it’s going to be safe.”

Zimmer caught his first fish on the Harpersfield stretch of the river when he was 9 years previous, and he says the actions of steelhead depend upon the season.

“The water hits below 60 degrees, the fish are chasing you. Above 60 degrees, you have to get in the holes to chase the fish,” stated Zimmer.

One lesson that Nathan Tager and his mates realized on a cool day in March, you might be able to see and really feel the steelhead throughout you, however catching one in a rain swollen river is an actual check of talent and endurance.

“We always say ‘you’ll hook into one eventually.’ Hopefully that happens to me,” he stated.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife is reminding steelhead anglers that there’s a two-fish restrict on the Grand River.

The spawning run of the steelhead is predicted to final for a few extra weeks.

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