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After 6:30 and knowing area would be shaded at this time. Was after smallmouths with crankbaits. Water was moving good and super clear. I really don't do good with super clear water at this spot but water felt good and cold through waders and shoot! River walking is right where I love.

After a few casts I made a change to a short billed crank bc of weeds/algae with every cast. Very next cast after a few cranks of the reel line goes tight! Felt good and thought it was a very good smallmouth. Fought fish for a few seconds then it ran with current. Took a few seconds to catch up with the fish. Once back to a tight line it immediately jumped out of water right in front of me! Pike...I kinda yelled.

Short time later in hand and some pictures. Honestly my 1st EVER pike with rod/reel. Released in a calm part of river and I watched it get its strength back for a minute before it swam off.

Awesomeness.

Don.
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Definitely a trout, which in itself is quite a feat caught in the Cuyahoga near Kent! Possibly a refugee from someones(deep water) lake or pond upstream!? You should report it to Div 3 Fisheries in Portage Lakes office. Might get some very informative intel from them? Aside from that, I’m curious why you use a snap swivel on jigs? Apparently works for you but(jimo) adds extra hardware, possibly detracting from the look/presentation? Jigs(for me) cause no line twisting. Just curious….
 

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I would also report to dnr I believe it is probably a wild steelhead smelt I know of a couple small stream that will be full of baby wild steelhead in the spring literally I've caught tons of them Seineing minnows most were just inches long then the same fall went to fish early october steelhead and wa sc catching them left and right on egg patterns most then were 4-12 inches
 

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Went to call ODNR with several numbers and got message machines. Open Monday-Friday...I'll call Monday morning at work and make my report.

...swivels and whatnot when small lure fishing. I would say its 60/40 thing with 60% to lazy to direct tie. I like the smaller size swivel and the ease of changing lures out quickly. I do notice that the swivel dramatically effects smaller lures. Yesterday the spot I caught the trout had really fast moving water on far side and down the middle and near side was deep and not as fast moving water...the trout hit just inside of the fast water just like up at Daniels park when I get them in (current)

Swivel in this case is ok bc of the strong current and tension on it.

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No way a steelhead smolt. They would have to get over Cuyahoga falls + Gorge Dam. We catch them every now and again further up then that. Not sure where or how they get there.
 

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Though I know steelhead are caught in the Cuyahoga from Cleveland to below Cuyahoga Falls in the CVNP, I don’t think they were ever stocked there for various reasons known only to the DNR. Plus as stated, pretty sure they can’t get over the Edison Dam! I’m amazed to see that picture Don posted and certainly hope he posts the feedback from Div. 3!(ps-If you call them, be sure to talk to someone in the “Fisheries“ dept, otherwise you might as well ask for info abt where it came from on here!)
 

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...almost same spot downtown Kent. Fished a couple hours before sunset with micro lures and caught a variety of fish. I also caught what I believe is a rainbow trout. I thought at 1st it might have been a brook trout.

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My best guess would be it got out of Lake Hodgson and into breakneck creek and into the river.


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Lake hodgson hasn’t stocked trout in several years, that size trout is to small to have come from there I believe.


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But couldn't the trout there have reproduced? You're correct in that they haven't stocked trout in at least 10 years or longer, but there are trout still in that lake. That trout came from somewhere, and I don't put my money on someone bucket stocking trout in the Hoga in that area. Trout are so sensitive to handling amd water quality.
 

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They stock trout in Punderson. Could it have gotten out of there and into the river? Also, some local cities do trout stockings in city park ponds separate from what ODNR does.
 

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They stock trout in Punderson. Could it have gotten out of there and into the river? Also, some local cities do trout stockings in city park ponds separate from what ODNR does.
Really unlikely from punderson to Kent, not a big outflow out of punderson, plus it’s at least 15 miles to Kent and they have to go into Rockwell to get to Kent first. Would get eaten in Rockwell first.


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So after a bit a research...the hoga runs past munroe falls metropark lake wich has an out fliw connected to the hoga through a series of creek/ ditch connections. After a lot of looking into it, in the past they have stocked the lake with trout at times for children's fishing events...I found nothing recent but perhaps that's where it may have come from??? Still just speculation but I highly doubt reproduction is happening in any ohio lake...and that little fella will most Likely not survive summer Temps but who knows, either way he'll of a cool catch.

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So after a bit a research...the hoga runs past munroe falls metropark lake wich has an out fliw connected to the hoga through a series of creek/ ditch connections. After a lot of looking into it, in the past they have stocked the lake with trout at times for children's fishing events...I found nothing recent but perhaps that's where it may have come from??? Still just speculation but I highly doubt reproduction is happening in any ohio lake...and that little fella will most Likely not survive summer Temps but who knows, either way he'll of a cool catch.

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I haven't heard of any recent stockings at this lake. However, there is a small stream that runs into this lake that has good water quality and about 100 yds upstream of the lake is a freshwater spring that bubbles out of the ground and flows into this stream. Maybe this small section of stream has cold enough water year round for trout? It's a pretty small stream.
 

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There used to be a pond that they removed right near water works in the falls which they would stock annually with trout for a kids derby. It was right on munroe falls ave. There was a stream that runs from it to the river through the park. This had to be over 10 years ago though. I just got a house right on the river in silver lake, so hoping a few come through my area sometime! Would be amazing to land a trout in the backyard! Cool catch twisted, interested to see what odnr says.


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