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

Conneaut Creek clean up
MAY 8, 2021 at 8:00 AM

The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders and Friends of Conneaut Creek are teaming up to conduct our annual Conneaut Creek clean up on Saturday May 8, 2021. We will meet at the CYO baseball fields at 140 Center Street Conneaut, OH 44030 at 8:00 AM.

We are looking for volunteers from the local fishing community to help. This is a great opportunity for anglers to support Conneaut Creek conservation efforts and give a little back to the Ohio steelhead fishery we enjoy.

Volunteers will be split into several groups to clean up as many sections of Conneaut Creek as possible. We will supply all the necessary gloves and trash bags. Friends of Conneaut Creek will provide lunch.at noon.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tom Blotzer, OCBS President, by sending an email to OCBS@wowway.com or call/text to 216-701-4227.

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
April 11, 2021 Results

 

The 5th Leg of the OCBS “Members Only” Steelhead Tournament was held on Sunday 11 April 2021.  A partly sunny day with air temps in the high sixties.  Anglers woke up to find the legacy streams which had low water levels and highwater temperatures the previous day to be blown out.   The only streams  reasonably fishable were the Vermillion and Conneaut Creek.  The majority of anglers did not fish the Leg due to unfavorable stream conditions.  Those that did struggled to find any cooperative fish.   Streams held large numbers of spawning and drop back fish days prior to the tournament, but the fish seemed to disappear on tournament day.

A total of eight fish were checked in by 4 anglers for the Tournament Leg.  The largest fish measured 30.5  inches. 

Congratulations to Ken Harper  1st place  winner with a two fish totaling 58.5 inches in length.

 

The Tournament Awards Presentation will be held during the 22 April 2021 Membership Meeting followed by the End of  Series Tournament Raffle. 

Be sure to mark your calendars and attend the virtual meeting.

John Beedlow Jr
Tournament Director