OCBS September Meeting
September 19, 2024
Emerald Necklace Marina
Curt Wagner, Division of Wildlife Supervisor
Ohio Steelhead Program Update and Creel Survey Report

Curt Wagner, Ohio Division of Wildlife District 3 Fishery Management Supervisor is our featured speaker this month. Curt will report on the current state of the Ohio steelhead program and current creel survey. Curt will also be happy to 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.

30th Annual Steelhead Expo
September 28, 2024
Rocky River Nature Center

OCBS and The Cleveland Metroparks will host the 30th Annual Steelhead Fishing Expo on Saturday September 28, 2024 at the Rocky River Nature Center in North Olmsted, OH.

We will have informative educational seminars covering Traditional Fly Fishing, Spey Fly Fishing, Center Pin Fishing and Spin Fishing for Steelhead.

The Expo will also have a great line up of tackle vendors, fishing clubs, conservation groups and fly tiers on hand to answer all your questions.

We will update this page with the seminar speakers and Expo details once they are completed.

OCBS in Action

2024 Barbie Rod Tournament

Barbie Rod Tournament was held on Saturday March 30th, 2024. It generated $13,545 for Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Fund which is a record.

OCBS conducted the raffle which generated $5,682 of the total.

Thanks to OCBS members John Beedlow Jr, John Beedlow III, Jim Berryman, Bob Hajek, Scott Grossnickle, Ben Mott, John Brochue and Tom Blotzer for working the Barbie Rod raffle this year.

The money raised will help assure there are plenty of fish in the Cleveland Metroparks lakes and streams for kids fishing programs and local anglers alike.

OCBS Member Photos

OCBS "Members Only" David K. Esner memorial
Steelhead Fishing Tournament
Sponsored by erie outfitters

2023 to 2024 OCBS Championship Steelhead Tournament
Sponsored by Erie Outfitters
Final Overall Results

Please see the Steelhead Tournament tab for complete results of this year’s Steelhead Championship Tournament Series Results

2024-2025 OCBS “Members Only”
David K. Esner Memorial Tournament
Sponsored by Erie Outfitters

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, sponsored by Erie Outfitters, 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 as follows:

  1. US Postal Service: Print the below registration form, fill it out and mail with check for payment to OCBS PO Box 29577 Parma, OH 44129.
  2.  Online: Complete online registration form and credit card payment on our tournament page. Click here to go to online registration.
  3. OCBS Meetings: You can register and pay in person at our monthly 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.

Be certain to read the tournament rules.

2023-2024 OCBS Championship Tournament Series

Ken Harper, the OCBS 2023 – 2024 Steelhead Tournament winner releasing a huge, alpha male steelhead. Congratulations Ken!

John Rhoades, second place winner in the 2023 – 2024 OCBS Steelhead Championship Fishing Series with a nice fresh run fall steelhead.

Casey Smith, third place winner in the 2023 – 2024 OCBS Steelhead Tournament Series with a beautiful, dime bright, female steelhead.

THANKS to our OCBS Sponsors!