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 start the 2020 season with virtual meetings. We believe the decision to temporarily 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
October 29, 2020 at 7:30 PM

First Presentation
Cuyahoga River Conservation Efforts

Jordyn Stoll, Cuyahoga River Areas of Concern Committee Member and Ecology Ph.D Candidate , Costello Lab at Kent State University

Jordyn is a PhD Candidate at Kent State University in Dr. Dave Costello’s aquatic ecology lab, currently studying the role of nutrients in algal community processes in streams and lakes. She has done resesrch in both Lake Erie and Lake Michigan, as well as a handful of tributaries to the Cuyahoga. For the last three years, Jordyn has  served on the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC) Advisory Committee and is very familiar with the various restoration projects occurring on the river and the resulting improvements. Paddling the river and various reservoirs in NE Ohio with her dog is one of her favorite hobbies. For further information about her work at Kent State, please visit her lab website: https://costellolab.weebly.com/people.html

 Jordyn will talk about river ecology broadly, and specifically about what has occured in the Cuyahoga watershed over the last 50 years. She will discuss the role we all play in supporting river health, and some of the various restoration efforts that have taken place or are ongoing in the Cuyahoga. She will provide membership with knowledge about the river, and encourage you to get out and appreciate our beautiful natural resource more! 

Not a Member and Want to Attend our October 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 your for the meeting and send you a meeting link.

Second Presentation
Cuyahoga River Steelhead Fishing

Bob Hajek, OCBS Board Member and Avid Steelhead Fly Fisherman

Bob is a long time member of the OCBS currently serving on the Board of Directors with a focus on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Grant program.  In cooperation with Cleveland, Lake, and Medina Metroparks, Aquatic Education Grant funds have been donated through the OCBS to provide a variety of mentored fishing opportunities for young people and families: many for the first time.

Regarding fishing, Bob considers himself an all-around angler, fishing for multiple fresh and/or salt water species using a variety of techniques. However, pursuing salmonids with a swung fly has been his passion for the last several years and  has taken him to a variety of locations throughout the Great Lakes region as well as the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Ontario, and Alaska. Each experience has been an opportunity to learn from local experts and add to his understanding of the wide range of techniques used to pursue Steelhead and other salmonids.    

Since the Cuyahoga is likely a “new” venue for most (considering the Brecksville Dam removal), I plan on talking about my approach to understanding and fishing new water along with some tips about access, reading the water, fly selections, and on-line resources.

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.

2019-2020 OCBS Championship Tournament Series ~ Final Results

The 5 April 2020 Leg of the OCBS Steelhead Tournament was cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This action was taken to comply with Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home Order and to do our part to prevent spreading the virus.

The Final Tournament standings are listed below and are based on the results of the first 4 Tournament Legs.  The tournament awards and raffle will be conducted at our next meeting, hopefully on September 17, 2020.

Congratulations to Justin Telep, Casey Smith and Ken Harper who placed 1st,2nd and 3rd respectively.

John Beedlow, Jr.
Tournament Director