29th Annual Steelhead Expo
Saturday September 23, 2023
Rocky River Nature Center
24000 Valley Parkway
North Olmsted, OH 44070

We will kick of the 2023 to 2024 Steelhead season with our 29th annual Steelhead Expo on Saturday September 23, 2023 at the Rocky River Nature Center in North Olmsted, OH.

We will have a great lineup of seminars, conservation groups, fishing clubs and tackle vendors on hand to help you unlock the secrets of catching steelhead.

Expo details will be posted to our web site as soon as they are finalized. 

September OCBS Membership Meeting
Emerald Necklace Marina Cafe, Lakewood, OH
Thursday September 28, 2023
Speaker: Curt Wagner, Ohio DOW Fisheries Management Supervisor
Topic: Annual Ohio Steelhead Program Report

Curt Wagner, Ohio Division of Wildlife District 3 Fishery Management Supervisor is the featured speaker at our September 28, 2023 meeting. Curt will report on the current state of the Ohio steelhead program and answer any questions we may have.

Curt became interested in the fisheries field by working summer seasonal positions for both a private pond management company in southcentral Pennsylvania and then for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission while completing his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Penn State University.

Upon completion of his undergraduate work, Curt relocated to Illinois where he completed his M.S. in Fisheries Management and Ecology at the University of Illinois. In 2008, Curt joined the Division of Wildlife as a Fisheries Biologist in District Three (northeast Ohio) and was in that position for about 10 years before promoting to the Fisheries Management Supervisor in District Three, coordinating of fisheries management activities in northeast Ohio.  He enjoys fishing and hunting with his two teenagers any chance they get. 

Curt has a lot of information to share with OCBS members. We are very fortunate to be able to learn about the latest news regarding the Ohio Steelhead program directly from a DOW Fisheries Supervisor. This will be another excellent meeting you will not want to miss. I hope you can attend.

Location: Emerald Necklace Marina Café, Scenic River Room
1500 Scenic Park Dr, Lakewood, OH 44107

Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM; Meeting Starts at 7:30 PM

OCBS in Action

OCBS raised $4,600 for the Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Fund running the Barbie Tournament Raffle on April 2, 2022. Thanks to OCBS members John Beedlow, Jr, Larry Singleton, Tom Blotzer, Joe Moravec, Jim Berryman and John Beedlow, III for your fund raising efforts

OCBS Member Photos

OCBS "Members Only" David K. Esner memorial
Steelhead Fishing Tournament

2022 to 2023 OCBS Tournament
Final Standings
See Tournament Tab for Individual Tournament Legs

2022-2023 OCBS “Members Only”
David K. Esner Memorial Tournament

Matt Hainzey with a beautiful 32 inch alpha male steelhead caught in the March 13, 2022 OCBS Tournament. Well done Matt!

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.


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Dave Esner - Always Our Friend

Our annual OCBS Steelhead Fishing tournament is for OCBS members only. If not a member, you are welcome to join OCBS in order to register for the tournament.

Members can register for this year’s tournament via mail using the registration form provided below or in person at one of our fall membership meetings.

All participants are required to fish with another OCBS member who is in the tournament and is responsible for verifying the length of each fish checked in.

Check in has been modified to permit members to call or text their catch to the Tournament Director.

Entry fee is $20.00 per participant.

Click here to print the 2022 to 2023 OCBS tournament registration form.

Be certain to read the tournament rules.

2022-2023 OCBS Championship Tournament Series

Casey Smith, the OCBS 2022 – 2023 Steelhead Tournament winner releasing a huge, colored up buck. Congratulations Casey!

Adam Hillman., second place winner in the 2022 – 2022 OCBS Steelhead Championship Fishing Series with a hefty male fall run Ohio steelhead.

Tom Blotzer, third place winner in the 2022 – 2023 OCBS Steelhead Tournament Series with a fat Fall run hen caught on an Ohio Tributary.

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!