STRONGSVILLE, OH – I’m usually a person of many words. Lately, not so much. During this pandemic, I needed to do something that would provide salve to the soul of a thoroughly exhausted person. Thankfully, the Cleveland Metroparks would provide the prescription.
I had only been to Bonnie Park on one previous trip, and it wasn’t to fish. That didn’t matter. This is not in the sense that I had an abundance of confidence that I could catch Rainbow Trout considering they had just been stocked. It was more simply that I was outside with a fishing pole in my hand watching my kids having fun running around and playing outside. The world once again seemed normal, at least for a few fleeting hours.
On a day that was destined for perfection, the fish had no choice but to cooperate. I had my two fish limit within the first hour. The Rainbow Trout measured 17.5” and 16” respectively, both being marked up handsomely with a bright red stripe. I found myself content and my fishing effort waned, as I took in the surroundings and enjoyed the peace of the beautiful evening. I’m convinced I could have assisted the kids to get our three person limit had I tried, instead I believe those extra four fish still swimming were meant for someone else who is arriving to the park in the same state I did. I hope they catch them.