Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders - Fishing Strong in our 37th Season!
1984 to 2022
OCBS January 2022 Membership Meeting Will be Virtual
Jeff Liskay, OCBS Founding Member is our featured Speaker
Reading Water, River Access Including gear/fly fishing tips to improve your success rate
January 27, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Walnut Creek with David

OCBS founding member, Jeff Liskay, has been a self-admitted steelhead junkie for nearly four decades. From his home base in northern Ohio, Liskay has fished across the entire Great Lakes and is now reaching into Alaska, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and beyond. He is well recognized for both his two-hand casting and fishing skills and is a regular on the Spey fishing gathering circuit as both an observer and a presenter.

Jeff spends the warmer months prowling Great Lakes shoreline areas chasing warm-water species on the fly, but as the weather cools steelhead take over. He is considered one of the top guides on Ohio’s Lake Erie tributaries and is also in high demand as a Spey casting instructor.  He is an established speaker and presenter, giving numerous club and show programs each year. 

Jeff is also a talented fly tier- his creations are generally simple, functional, fish catchers.

Jeff is a Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador and a Pro Staff member for a number of companies, including Scientific Anglers and Scott Fly Rods.  He has been featured in books and magazines, on television, and in podcasts for his angling skills.  Liskay owns and operates Great Lakes Fly Fishing Guide Service and Instruction, where he focuses on the use of two-hand rods and swung flies for migratory fish.

Jeff is a great speaker with over 40 years of steelhead fishing  knowledge and steelheading adventures that he wants to share with his fellow OCBS club members and friends at our January 2022 meeting.

This is a meeting you do not want to miss. I hope you can attend.

Jeff Liskay Big Steelhead

January 2022 Membership Meeting will be Virtual Due to Covid-19 Concerns

Due to the recent spike in Omicron covid cases and hospitalizations, the OCBS board of directors made a unanimous decision to cancel this year’s workshop and conduct a virtual membership meeting on January 27, 2022 instead. We believe this decision is in the best interests of the safety and well-being of OCBS members as well as their families and friends.

We are expecting the covid cases and risk to diminish in the next month and are planning to hold live membership meetings in February, March and April at the Emerald Necklace Marina in Lakewood, OH.

You will receive a link to the meeting in your newsletter. If you are not an OCBS member and want to attend, please send an email to OCBS@wowway.com with your name and contact information. We will send you a link to the meeting.

New Meeting Location for Spring OCBS Meetings

Emerald Necklace Marina Cafe Scenic River Room

Both of our regular meeting rooms at the BW3 in Strongsville, OH and the Firehouse in Willoughby Hills, OH are not presently available to rent for our monthly membership meetings. Both restaurants have temporarily closed their meeting rooms due to a lack of staffing which has been a problem across the restaurant industry in our area.

Our February, March and April membership meetings will be held at the Emerald Necklace Marina Café, Scenic River Room at 1500 Scenic Park Dr, Lakewood, OH 44107.  This is the marina located near the boat launching ramp and “The Rocky River Wall”.

Click here for a map and directions.

Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders
 Marina Café Dinner Menu 2021

Walleye Sandwich
Toasted bun, breaded walleye, tartar sauce, tomato, shredded lettuce $11

Classic Burger
Toasted bun, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce & onion $10

Shrimp Hoagie
Breaded Shrimp on hoagie bun with tomatoes, lettuce and sriracha aioli $9

Cleveland Proper
Potato and cheddar cheese pierogis with kielbasa served with sauerkraut and sour cream $13

Side of Tater Tots $3

There will also be a cash bar selling an assortment of beer and soda.


OCBS Member Photos

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!

2021-2022 OCBS “Members Only” David K. Esner Memorial Tournament

2021-2022 OCBS “Members Only”
David K. Esner Memorial Tournament

This season’s OCBS Steelhead Tournament is dedicated to the memory of David K. Esner, a long-time Ohio Steelheader who passed away on May 6, 2018.


November 7, 2021
November 21, 2021
December 12, 2021
March 13, 2022
March 27, 2022

Dave Esner - Always Our Friend

All contestants will need to register for the tournament via mail using the registration form provided. Check in will be modified to permit members to call or text their catch to the tournament director. 

Entry fee is $15.00 per participant.

Please be certain to read the Tournament Rules posted HERE.

2021-2022 OCBS Championship Tournament Series
December 12, 2021 Results

The 3rd Leg of the OCBS “Members Only” Steelhead Tournament was held Sunday 12 December 2021.  A brisk sunny day with air temperatures in the mid 40’s.

The legacy streams were blown out due to a significant rain event the day prior to tournament day. The majority of anglers elected not to fish due to the unfavorable stream conditions.  Those that fished concentrated their efforts on the feeder streams flowing into the main rivers systems.  Anglers found good numbers of fish concentrated in these feeder streams.

A total of 22 fish twenty-four inches or greater were checked in by 11 anglers.

Congratulations to Marty Calkins who placed first with two 29” fish totaling 58.00 inches in length.

John Beedlow Jr
Tournament Director