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.

Steelhead Expo Seminars

 9:00 – 9:10 Steelhead Expo Welcome
Tom Blotzer – OCBS President

9:15 – 9:50 Ohio Ohio DOW Steelhead Report
Curt Wagner, DOW Fishery Management Supervisor

10:00 – 11:00 Center Pin Fishing for Steelhead
Mike Durkalec, Cleveland Metroparks Aquatic Biologist

11:15 – 12:15 Fly Fishing for Steelhead
John Brochue – Orvis Westlake, OH Manager

Lunch provided by the local girl scouts
outside in front of Nature Center

12:30 to 1:30 Advanced Float Fishing for Steelhead
Roger Hinchcliff Steelhead Manifesto & Lamiglas Pro Staff

1:45 to 2:45 Kayak Fishing River Mouths for Fall Steelhead
Chuck Earls – Lake Erie Kayak Fishing with Chuck Earls Owner

3:00 PM Steelhead Rod and Tackle Raffle
Raffle will be Conducted in the Seminar Room

Expo Concludes at 3:30

Steelhead Expo Vendors, Conservation Groups and Fishing Clubs

 Fishing Equipment Vendors
Cleveland Fishing Co
Furball Baits
Lake Erie Kayak Fishing with Chuck Earls
Lamiglas Fishing Rods
LS Fish Smoker
Orvis Crocker Park
Risen Fly Co
River Roe
Steelhead Manifesto
Steelhead Stuff
Studio E Outdoors
Voodoo Custom Tackle

 Conservation Groups
Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.
Rocky River Chapter of Project Healing Waters
Ohio Sea Grant
Rocky River Watershed Council

 Fishing Clubs
Firelands Fly Fishers
North Coast Fly Fishers
Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders

Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders - Fishing Strong in our 38th Season!
1984 to 2022
September Membership Meeting
Emerald necklace Marina cafe, lakewood, oh
Thursday September 29, 2022
Curt Wagner, Dow Fisheries Management Supervisor
Annual Ohio Steelhead Program Update

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 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 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.