2018 March

March OCBS Membership Meeting
Captain Don Matthews
Fishing Steelhead Alley and the Garden River
March 22, 2018

Captain Don Mathews is a full time guide who grew up in North Eastern Ohio. He has been steelhead fishing since 1979 and enjoys sharing his passion with other anglers. He started the “steelheadschool” in 1998. 

Don guides on “steelhead alley” in the spring and fall.  During the month of September Don hosts a salmon trip on the private Garden River in Ontario Canada. He splits the remainder of the year chartering offshore trips out of Sarasota FL and Conneaut OH.

Don is a long time OCBS member and one of the top Steelheaders in the Great Lakes. He will make a presentation on fishing Steelhead alley and the Garden River in Canada. Don is a great speaker with a lot of good information to share with fellow club members. Don has a good sense of humor and will have some interesting and entertaining stories about his fishing adventures.

This will be a great meeting that you will not want to miss.

Meeting           Firehouse Grille and Pub
Location:         2768 Stark Drive
                        Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
                        Phone: 440-943-4983


11 March 2018 LEG RESULTS

The 4th Leg of the OCBS “Members Only” Steelhead Tournament was held on Sunday 11 March 2018.  A beautiful day with temperatures in the low thirties.  The majority of streams were in good condition and held sufficient numbers of fresh fish.  Cold overnight temperatures out East   significantly cooled the Eastern streams shutting down the bit. The Western streams had favorable temperatures and produced decent numbers of quality fish.  Twelve of the fifteen fish checked in came from the Western streams.

 Congratulations to Eric Tancak who turned in two quality fish measuring 29 and 28 inches.  John Rhoades and Brad Vaughn placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.


11 March 2018 Leg Results        
# Name #1 #2 LENGTH
1 Tancak Eric 29.00 28.00 57.00
2 Rhoades John 27.00 27.25 54.25
3 Vaughn Brad 26.50 26.00 52.50
4 Gibson Joe 27.50 24.50 52.00
5 Telep Justin 26.00 26.00 52.00
6 King Frank 25.50 24.50 50.00
7 Krause Keith 29.00   29.00
8 DiRuggier Shane 28.00   28.00
9 Calkins Brian 27.00   27.00


26 Anglers tied for 10th Place

The 5th Tournament Leg will be held Sunday 8 April 2018.  Be sure to mark your calendar and plan on fishing the Final Leg.

John Beedlow

Tournament Director





17 December 2017 LEG RESULTS

The 3rd Leg of the OCBS Members Only Steelhead Tournament was held on Sunday 17 December 2017. A frigid day with temperatures in the thirties.  Several Artic Clippers earlier in the week blanketed the area with significant snow accumulation and caused air temperatures to drop into the single digits during the evenings.  Area streams were choked with ice and the deep wintering holes where the fish were holding were ice covered. Few anglers braved the wintery conditions to fish the tournamenT.

A total of 4 steelhead were checked in for Leg 3. Congratulations to John Rhoades and Ken Harper for putting 2 fish each on the board despite unfavorable stream conditions.

NOTE: The previous tournament date in December, the rivers and creeks were all at flood stage and as a result no fish we turned in.

17 December 2017 Leg Results        
# Name #1 #2 LENGTH
1 Rhoades John 28.000 24.125 52.125
2 Harper Ken 25.750 25.500 51.250


2017 – 2018 OCBS Steelhead Tournament

Overall Championship Series Standings

Place Name Leg #1 Leg #2 Leg #3 Total Length
Fish 1 Fish 2 Fish 3 Fish 4 Fish 5 Fish 6
1 Harper Ken 28.500 26.500 0.000 0.000 25.750 25.500 106.250
2 Rhoades John 27.000 26.250 0.000 0.000 28.000 24.125 105.375
3 Annandono Mike 27.000 28.500 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 55.500
4 Vaughn Brad 28.000 25.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 53.000
5 Gibson Joe 25.750 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 25.750
6 31 tied at: 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

The 4th Tournament Leg will be held Sunday 11 March 2018.  Be sure to mark your calendar and plan on fishing the 4th Leg.  Hopefully stream and weather conditions will be favorable.

John Beedlow

Tournament Director