2020-2021 OCBS Steelhead Season Adjustments due to Covid-19

Due to the uncertainty associated with the resurgence of Covid-19 across the USA this summer and predictions of a second wave in the fall, the OCBS board of directors made a unanimous decision to conduct virtual meetings for the 2020 – 2021 season. We believe the decision to move to virtual meetings is in the best interests of the safety and well-being of OCBS members as well as their families and friends.

OCBS Virtual meetings will be conducted via Google Meets. A link to the meeting and instructions to connect to the meeting with your computer or iPad will be communicated in your monthly newsletter.

We will hold the OCBS steelhead tournament this year with a few changes to help social distancing. 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. 

Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders - Fishing Strong in our 36th Anniversary Season! 1984 to Present

OCBS Virtual membership Meeting
Kevin Feenstra, Michigan Guide and Author
Fly Fishing for Steelhead and Migratory Fish in Western Michigan
January 28, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Kevin with a huge buck steelhead caught on the Muskegon River from his jet boat on a beautiful winter day in Western Michigan.

Since he was quite young, Kevin Feenstra has fished West Michigan streams.   In his early 20’s he began guiding as an alternative to graduate school. Now 25 years later, he has never looked back.   Kevin’s passion is swinging flies for migratory fish, but he loves to fly fish for any predator that swims.   He now resides in Newaygo, Michigan, guiding around 200 days/year on the Muskegon River System (and fishing whenever he can).   His flies have been published in books, magazines, and online and he has written articles for international, national, and regional fly fishing magazines.

Kevin has recently written a new book, Matching Baitfish, which is written from a fishing guides point of view on fishing for steelhead using flies based on baitfish and includes sections on reading the water, fly fishing equipment and great fly patterns.

Kevin is featured in a handful of DVDs and has authored current DVDs for steelhead and smallmouth bass. His most recent title is “Striking Steel” a DVD about Midwestern steelhead fishing.   Other current titles are “Searching for Steelhead” and “Big Appetite, small mouth”.

 In the past year, Kevin has participated in fly fishing shows in Indianapolis, Indiana, Cleveland, Ohio, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Warren, Michigan.   During the off season, he often speaks at fly shops around the Midwest.

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!

Kevin releasing a beautiful female steelhead caught on a swung spey fly.

In addition to fly fishing, Kevin has developed a real passion for outdoor photography.   Through photography he hopes to capture the special character of Midwest fish, rivers, and wildlife.

Kevin will make a presentation on fly fishing for steelhead and salmon in western Michigan rivers. It will include information on matching baitfish from his book.

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


Not a Member and Want to Attend our January Membership Meeting ?

Due to Covid-19 concerns, this will be a virtual meeting held using Google meets. A link to the meeting will be sent to all OCBS members via the newsletter. If you are not an OCBS member, you are welcome to attend, but must register. To register, please send an email to OCBS@wowway.com including your name and address. We will register you for the meeting and send you a meeting link.

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!

2020-2021 OCBS “Members Only” David K. Esner Memorial Tournament

2020-2021 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 8, 2020
November 22, 2020
December 13, 2020
March 14, 2021
April 11, 2021

Dave Esner - Always Our Friend


Harbor Bait & Tackle
1248 High Street, Suite 6
Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077



Erie Outfitters
5404 E. Lake Road
Sheffield Lake, OH 44054

(440) 949-8934

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.

2020-2021 OCBS Championship Tournament Series
December 13, 2020 Results

The 3rd leg of the OCBS “Members Only” Steelhead Tournament was held on Sunday 13 December 2020.  An overcast day with intermittent snow showers and drizzle throughout the day. Air temperatures were in the high 30’s.  Anglers who dressed accordingly enjoyed a pleasant day on Steelhead Alley.

Moderate rains prior to tournament day had the major legacy streams out of shape, but conditions on the Vermillion and Conneaut Creek were favorable with good numbers of fish in the streams. 

A total of 24 fish 24 inches or greater in length were checked in by 13 anglers. The largest fish caught measured 29.25 inches.  Anglers reported catching good numbers of fish that measured under 24 inches.

Congratulations to Ken Harper  1st place winner of the 3rd Tournament Leg.



The 4th Tournament leg will be held Sunday 14 March 2021.  Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to fish the leg.  

                                                                                  John Beedlow Jr
                                                                                  Tournament Director