Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders - Fishing Strong in our 38th Season!
1984 to 2022
28th Annual Steelhead Expo
Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00 am to 3:00 PM

OCBS and the Cleveland Metroparks will conduct our 28th annual Steelhead Expo on Saturday September 24, 2022 from 9:00 am to 3:00 PM at the Rocky River Nature Center In North Olmsted, OH.

We will have top speakers from the Great Lakes area making informative presentations covering fly and spey fishing, fly tying, spin fishing and center pin float fishing. They will help you unlock the secrets to locating and catching Ohio Steelhead.

Conservation organizations will be on hand to educate about protecting our rivers and the steelhead fishery.

Local tackle and clothing companies will have displays with advice on the right equipment and products. They will be able to sell you all the latest gear.

More details regarding programs and speakers.

Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders - Fishing Strong in our 38th Season!
1984 to 2022
September Membership Meeting
Thursday September 29, 2022

The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders meet each year from September to April which aligns with the Ohio steelhead fishing season. 

Our September membership meeting will be held on Thursday September 29, 2022 at the Emerald Necklace Marina Cafe in Lakewood, OH.

A DOW representative will make their annual Ohio Steelhead Program Report and answer any quesitons you may have.

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

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!

OCBS “Members Only” David K. Esner Memorial Tournament

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.

2021-2022 OCBS Championship Tournament Series

Adam Hillman, the OCBS 2021 – 2022 Steelhead Tournament winner releasing a huge, colored up buck. Congratulations Adam!

John Beedlow, Jr., second place winner in the 2021 – 2022 OCBS Steelhead Championship Fishing Series with a nice fall run Ohio steelhead.

Casey Smith, third place winner in the 2021 – 2022 OCBS Steelhead Tournament Series releasing a nice Fall run hen caught on an Ohio Tributary.