OCBS Steelhead Championship Series
~ Fishing Tournament Rules ~


The $15.00 entry fee is good for all five tournament dates. Entries must be paid prior to the dates of the outing and you must be a current OCBS club member.


You can register for the tournament at monthly OCBS Membership meetings or by mail. To register by mail, please click the below link, print the form, then mail with payment to the OCBS PO Box listed.

Tournament Dates:

Each season, there will be five (5) tournament dates (legs) scheduled for the months of October, November, December or March. The dates will be determined by the Tournament Director and approved by the OCBS Board of Directors. Dates will be published in the monthly newsletter and the OCBS web site.


You may start fishing at 6:00 AM the day of the Tournament and must stop fishing at 4:00 PM. Any fish caught after 4:00 PM are not permitted to be checked in.

You must check in and report your catch to the Tournament Director or his assistant between 4:30 and 5:00 PM only.

NO FISH will be accepted after 5:00p ~ NO grace period, NO exceptions.

Check In:

Fish will be checked in electronically via text messaging to the Tournament Director at (440)840-2774. Facebook messaging is not authorized


Fishing is permitted only in Ohio tributaries and surf of Lake Erie.  No lake or river fishing from a boat is permitted. Watercrafts are permitted for transportation ONLY.

Tournament fishing is NOT permitted at the Ford on the Ashtabula River. O.C.B.S. considers this a sensitive area and hopes to work with the landowner to allow access in the future.


You may enter a total of 2 Steelhead trout per tournament leg. A total of 10 fish can be checked in for the five tournament legs; i.e. two fish per leg. The minimum fish length is 24″ inches. Only steelhead trout may be entered. No Salmon or Brown trout will be accepted. Dressed or frozen fish will not be accepted.


All entries must follow current State of Ohio Fishing Regulations.


All Competitors must have the fish length verified by their partner or a fellow competitor. Measure the fish from lip to the tip of tail along the lateral line using a soft material measuring type to the nearest 1/8 inch. Sweep the tail to determine the maximum length. The Club will provide measuring tapes to those members signed up for the Tournament. Tapes are available at the general membership meetings.

Any fish brought in to the check in station, will be measured by the Tournament Director or his assistant, using the prescribed method to verify length.

Catch-Photo-Release - Ohio SteelheadersPLEASE CATCH & RELEASE:

Catch and Release of fish is highly encouraged. Please remember to gently release fish and return them to the water as quickly as possible, using proper catch and release techniques.


The winners of each individual tournament leg will be determined based on the total length of the two longest fish checked in that day. The overall series winner will be the OCBS Member with the longest six fish total checked in after the five tournament legs. While a total of ten fish may be checked-in during the series, only the longest six fish will be counted to determine the overall tournament winners. Winners will be notified within two days of each fishing date. 


In the event of a tie for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, the winner will be determined using the length of their largest fish. If the measurement of that fish results in a tie, the winner will be determined using the length of their second largest fish, etc.


A engraved plaque will be awarded to the 1st place winner of each individual tournament leg. The winner of the combined overall tournament series will be awarded a plaque, and a silver O.C.B.S. belt buckle. Second and third place overall winners will each receive an engraved plaque.


All participants will receive a ticket at entry to be used in a drawing for prizes at the end of series raffle. Participants will earn an additional ticket for each fish checked in that meets tournament requirements; a maximum of two fish for each tournament leg. (Entry fee, plus up to 10 fish equals a max of 11 tickets in the raffle drawing.)


Please note that 1st and 2nd place winners and their partners may be subject to a polygraph exam.


Practice Stream Ethics; Remember that you represent OCBS and that your actions while stream-side are a reflection on the Club and its members. Be considerate of other anglers and treat them as you would want to be treated.


The Tournament Director’s decision will be final.


If you have any questions, please contact either John Beedlow Jr, Tournament Director, Tom Blotzer, President or Wael Dardir, Vice-President at the monthly membership meetings or give them a telephone call. Their individual phone numbers are listed on the inside cover of the monthly newsletter.

Revised: 7/5/2020