CLEVELAND - Lake County is a destination spot for springtime fisherman. Anglers travel from states away each spring to enjoy some of the best trout fishing east of the Mississippi River.
Each spring, right on cue, adult rainbow trout leave Lake Erie and head upstream into the smaller tributaries of the Grand and Chagrin rivers to spawn. This is the time when fish fans rejoice.
And the Lake Metroparks is a big reason why Lake County has such a great trout-fishing reputation. On Friday, MetroParks officials along with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources released 900 pounds of adult trout into Paine Creek near Perry.
"It’s unusual for one small county to have two major rivers flowing throw it,” said John Venen, Metroparks spokesman. "The Chagrin and Grand rivers provide excellent fishing for area anglers."
The annual trout stocking on Paine Creek provides weeks of recreational angling opportunities. Lake Metroparks has been stocking rainbow trout in Paine Creek in Leroy Township for more than 20 years.
Lake Metroparks’ stocking project begins with dividing the fish into water tanks with oxygen aeration mounted in all-terrain vehicles. Those ATVs travel a stretch of Paine Creek extending from the parking lot at Indian Point MetroPark, off Seeley Road, to beyond the Interstate 90 bridge.
Lake Metroparks staff from several different departments net and place fish into pockets of appropriate habitat in the stream. Staff identifies fast-flowing riffles and deep, cold pockets along the stream into which the fish are placed. The stocking date is set to coincide with favorable stream conditions and the steelhead fishing for which this region is known.
Since the newly-hatched trout minnows return to the same spot to breed as adults, this release assures many more years of active fishing for anglers in northern Ohio and beyond.
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A winter storm delivered a sloppy smorgasbord of snow, freezing rain and sleet to the southern Mid-Atlantic region and other states Sunday, with parts of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey seeing more than 3 inches of accumulation.
There was a mix of snow and slush on the roadways Friday as snowstorms from the south pushed their way into Northeast Ohio.