Oh, boy, the weather can't get any better for steelhead fishing. With temperature to steadily rise to the upper 70s by Thursday anglers won't have any excuse to remain indoors.
That is especially true since Northeast Ohio streams are receding from Sunday's and Monday morning's rainfall.
Of course, the fishing pressure will no doubt become excessive starting Good Friday when many people have off and into the weekend when almost certainly the stream's will experience a huge crush of anglers.
But I called for the annual Steelhead Fishing Camp - hosted by Lake Metroparks and the Lake County Visitors Bureau - for a week later than usual. That was a good move, me thinks.
Many are the same cast of characters you've read about in previous columns; outdoors writers like Tom Cross of Adams County, Paul Liikala of Cuyahoga Falls, and Steve Pollick of the Blade in Toledo. Others are less well mentioned by me including free-lancer Ottie Snyder, Mike Mainheart and Bill Kiel.
I've tapped volunteer Jon Ondo of Painesville to help guide Snyder who's nenver caught an Ohio river-run steelhead. Jon will no doubt lead Snyder into fish.
And if I were to look into a crystal ball I would say we'll be fishing the smaller tributaries on Wednesday with the larger rivers on Thursday.
I'll keep you posted.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn