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
Chuck Earls, Lake Erie and Tributary Kayak Fishing guide
Kayak fishing for Steelhead
APRIL 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Chuck with a big steelhead caught while trolling in the Lake.

Chuck is a Lake Erie Kayak fishing guide who is on the FishUSA pro staff. He will make a presentation at our April 22 membership meeting focused on a deep dive into all aspects of steelhead fishing from a kayak. He will start with the basics, the different kayak designs and options as well as how to choose the best kayak  for you. Then he will move into kayak setup, the different options to haul your fishing kayak, and entry level safety considerations that everyone should be prepared for.

Chuck will cover the multiple different presentation strategies and the best locations to target steelhead while kayak fishing.

Chuck will also cover the dangers and concerns of kayak fishing in rivers. This includes how to handle dangerous strainers, floating ice sheets as well as the invincible dangers of cold water and how to properly prepare for it.

Chuck has a lot of in depth and valuable kayaking fishing for steelhead information that you do not want to miss.

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!

A great picture of Chuck with a nice steelhead trout caught while kayak fishing off the shore of Cleveland. 

Not a Member and Want to Attend our April 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.

Chuck with a nice steelhead trout caught while kayak fishing the lower section of a Lake Erie Tributary. 

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.

FISHING DATES:

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

Dave Esner - Always Our Friend

CHECK IN ~ EAST :

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

(440)354-8473

CHECK-IN ~ WEST

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
March 14, 2021 Results

The 4th Leg of the OCBS “Members Only” Steelhead Tournament was held on Sunday 14 March 2021. A sunny and windy day with air temperatures in the mid 40’s.  The legacy streams were low and clear with moderate flow, but held good numbers of fresh fish which pushed in when water temperatures reached 40-50 degrees F earlier in the week.  Streams held a mix of fresh, hold over and drop backs.

Thirty-three fish greater than twenty-four inches in length were checked in by 18 anglers. The largest fish measured 30 inches. 

Congratulations to John Beedlow III   1st place  winner with a two fish totaling 57 inches in length.

 

 

The 5th and final Tournament Leg will be held Sunday 11 April 2021.  Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to fish.  

John Beedlow Jr

Tournament Director