Cleveland Metroparks, winter trout stocking

Cleveland Metroparks Aquatic Biologist Mike Durkalec displays trophy Brook & Golden Trout

A beautiful Brown Trout

A huge Rainbow Trout that would surely make any angler’s day

BEREA, OH – I started this post with pictures for a reason, I can’t possibly come up with words that capture the excitement of actually seeing some of the amazing trout available to us via the Cleveland Metroparks trout stocking efforts.  I have come to learn it is a recurring theme with the overall amazing quality of fish they stock.  Along with the Rainbow Trout, a good number of Brook, Golden, and Brown Trout are mixed in.  Across all these trout species are about every size, shape, colorization, and/or markings you could imagine.  While you will encounter some Rainbows that are more less clones of each other, there is plenty of diversity.  It makes every hookup exciting!

I’m the type of angler that appreciates every catch, but my hope is always to get one of the ‘bonus’ fish.  This would be any of the trout besides the predominantly stocked Rainbows.  I seem to have disproportionately bad luck with these ‘bonus’ fish as I have only caught a single Brown Trout despite a pretty good overall success rate of catching the trout.  The elusive Golden Trout is my Holy Grail as I have never caught one, stocking or wild.  I would like to take a moment to thank every little kid and grandma fishing around me that has allowed me to see one up close, when they caught it right beside me <insert disgruntled humorous sarcasm>.

If you want to keep up on the stocking schedules or want to see a weekly report that chronicles some of the catches, the Cleveland Metroparks Fishing Report is your resource.  It can be seen here  I keep it conspicuously posted in my links on the top right of this blog.  This is done with purpose, as I want people to visit for the great information it provides.  I also find it entertaining to see the pictures and read the small associated stories that sometimes accompany.

Good luck chasing these beautiful stockers, I hope to see you out there!

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  1. […] I didn’t realize what I had until it was in the net.  If you read my post from February 6th (here), you know how stoked I was to catch one of the ‘bonus’ fish.  I was near speechless […]

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