CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sprawling Lake Erie and its abundant smallmouth and golden bass are drawing the most attention from northern Ohio anglers, but this week’s tumultuous northeast winds and forceful warnings kick in. wind will suspend this fishing for a while.

Anglers still have plenty of options, as a growing armada of kayak anglers has shown in recent years. Paddlers can head to the protected waters to find bite-ready fish, and inshore anglers can take advantage of the seasonal fishing and stocked fish bargains.

One of the new hidden fishing holes is located in the waters of West Harbor along the Catawba Peninsula in the Port Clinton area, a very kayak friendly area. Newly dedicated, the 7.7-acre Nehls Memorial Nature Reserve installed ADA-compliant kayak access after raising $ 87,000 for the project. The Nehls Preserve is located on the East Muggy Road in Catawba Island Township, and on the Mainland Water Trail in the region.

The nature reserve is named after the late Dr Robert “Doc” Nehls, a beloved local vet, waterfowl and sportsman. His widow, Norma, helped turn their favorite piece of the Catawba Peninsula into a public reserve.

There are also nearby kayak launches at West Harbor Landing on State Route 53 in Port Clinton; and the Great Egret Marsh Preserve just west of the entrance to East Harbor State Park, which has its own kayak launch on the waters of East Harbor. West Harbor and East Harbor are known for bass, sunfish and yellow perch.

For maps of the many water trails around the islands of Lake Erie and mainland waterways, visit shoresandislands.com or stop at its Ottawa County Tourist Center on State Route 53 in Port Clinton, just north of State Route 2.

Family Fishing Day in Cuyahoga Heights: The Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Preserve in Cuyahoga Heights is a small family park with a few ponds that will host the Fall Family Fishing Fest on Saturday, October 16. The ponds will be filled for the event with rainbow trout and farms. -the reared catfish.

Steelhead Expo at Rocky River Nature Center: Rainbow trout prepare to roam the rivers and streams of northeastern Ohio, and rainbow trout anglers will head to the Steelhead exhibit at the Rocky River Nature Center on Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is located at 24000 Valley Pkwy. on the Rocky River in North Olmsted. In conjunction with the Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders, the Steelhead Expo will once again feature angling exhibits, trout fishing experts and seminars.

Rainbow trout fishermen receive the necessary rains: This week’s rains made the rivers and streams of northeastern Ohio high and muddy for the weekend, just what savvy anglers wanted at the start of the season. The high, cold waters will attract rainbow trout around river mouths to begin their spawning from the much warmer waters of Lake Erie.

As the river level begins to drop and the waters become clear, rainbow trout fishing should improve. Early season tactics call for dime-sized drifting spawning bags and 1/64 ounce to 1/16 ounce marabou jigs under a stick float.

Rainbow trout anglers are also expected to be successful in casting spoons and line spinners from the piers and breaking walls of Lake Erie. Walleye anglers will soon be casting minnow-type dive catches from the same areas of shore after sunset.

Archers get the green light to hunt deer: As more deer hunters adopt archery tactics due to Ohio’s extraordinarily long archery season, expect to see hunters in the woods this weekend. . Ohio’s archery season begins Saturday morning and is open until February 22, a five-month campaign.

The firearms season for young deer is from November 20 to 21. The regular gun season runs from November 29 to December 31. December 5 and 18-19.


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