Fishing Season: Spring

Grand River - OH

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Orvis Westlake's Tip of the Week

Smallmouth are in and feeding aggressively!! Fishing in the morning and evening is your best opportunity to throw poppers. Baitfish patterns will up you on fish all day long. Just look for structure where the fish are hiding.

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Map of Grand River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 5/18/22

Warmer Temps are on the way for the weekend. Rain is on and off the week to come, but it's needed rain with the low water levels.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/18/22

Stripping streamers is your best success!

Local Species Available Spring

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Orvis Westlake's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Schultzy's S3 Sculpin Brown 4
Schultzy's Single Fly Cray Olive 4
Hawkins Triple Double Brown 4,
Schultzy's S4 Sculpin Tan, Olive 2
Jan's Carp Tickler Olive 6
Little Rascal White, White/Olive 6,8,10

Schultzy's S3 Sculpin

Trophy fish fall for this deadly sculpin fly every time.

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