Well, I got busted last week. It was my own fault. Shoulda went fishing at a different spot. Was mowing the lawn at the old house that we are converting into a rental. When I was done, I realized that I had some fishing gear in the car, an hour and a half of daylight and the Cuyahoga River was only 5 minutes away! Figured that I deserved some fishing time after doing to mowing so off I went.
Went to Cascade Valley Metropark. Parked my car and grabbed my gear. Got about 5 steps from the car, when I heard someone yell, Hey! Knew right away who it was. It was my wife with the kids and the neighbors that live near our new house! She recognized my car and balding head from clear across the parking lot! I knew she was taking the kids on a hike, but couldn't believe she picked the same park as I did!!! Another 10 minutes earlier or later and I would have been scott free! Luckily, she wasn't mad, and after a little chastising, she let me continue my fishing trip.
Ended up catching 2 fish. My biggest ever redear from the Hoga, 6" and a bluegill. Was trying a Berkeley trout worm drifted through the deep holes. It didn't work out. The river was also super low and I didn't have time to hike to the good deep holes. At least I didn't have to sleep on the couch though!
One of my biggest fears... Being caught fishing or golfing after leaving work early. It's fine any other time, but leaving work and not telling her, oh boy!!! Congrats on the fish and the "cool" wife and kids. Lol.
Cascade valley is one of my favorite stretches ive fished in the hoga. Used to be an every weekend thing in the summer. For smallmouth, theyre great in numbers on leeches, minnows, and crayfish. Best and biggest fish ive gotten there were all on live bait. Either way, awesome place if you like to dry wade. My old man told me the water level was REAL low last week. Whats it like now?
Me and a friend were there last Wednesday.
Places that are usually up past the family jewel(s) (some of you may get this, lol), were only at the middle of my shins, and I'm about 6'. It was the lowest I've ever seen it.
Last updated: May-8-13
The river was as low as I've ever seen it, and I've fished there for 10 years. Should have come up a bit with the rains we had on Sunday. I usually use live bait too. Creek chubs will catch the bigger ones too. Sometimes hard to catch the smaller creek chubs though.