Fishing Season: Spring

Grand River - OH

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Orvis Westlake's Tip of the Week

Throw streamers at the deeper holes or structure like logs and big rocks for the lake run smallmouth.

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Map of Grand River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 5/17/23

Great temps are being called for all weekend but with some rain in the forecast. River is low so any rain that comes will help.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/17/23

Running streamers will be the way to get the fresh smallmouth to bite anytime of the day. Poppers and sliders will work in the early morning before the sun is up.

Local Species Available Spring

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    Steelhead / Smallmouth / Carp

Orvis Westlake's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Flash Zonker White 6,8
Hawkins Triple Double Rainbow 4
Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger Black,Olive 6,8,10
Sneaky Pete Popper Black, White, Chartr 8,10,12,14
Senyo's AI Intruder White 4
Little Rascal White, White/Olive 6,8,10

Bead Head Flash Zonker

When fishing for bass, this pattern fills the need for an all-purpose big fish fly.

Orvis Westlake's Recommended Gear

Description: About Grand River

The Grand River has over 50 miles of fishable water, which winds its way through urban areas, rural lanscapes, valleys, and gorges in Ohio. The " Grand" gets excellent returns of both Fall Pennsylvania strain steelhead and Spring run Manistee Strain Steelhead. Due to the managment efforts of the Ohio Division of Wildlife the Grand River has become a solid steelhead fishery, with great public access, and a solid steelhead fishery from October to May. The Grand River is also classified as one of Ohio's Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Grand also provides outstanding warmwater fly fishing! Excellent populations of smallmouth bass, some stretching to 18 inches or better, make streamer and topwater fishing exciting all summer. Carp, panfish and musky are all possible catches as well.

Nearest Airport:

Cleveland Airport, Erie International


This fishery is based off of subsurface activity, and there are no key hatches. Matching baitfish (Emerald Shiners, sculpin and crawfish) is more important.

Best Time to Fish:

Late morning/Early afternoon

Best Stretch:

Lower river

Best Access:

Lake Metroparks Public Access Points