firestone park river

Discussion in 'Northeast Ohio Fishing Reports' started by castmaster00, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. castmaster00

    castmaster00 very avid fisherman

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    anyone catch anything out of the river in firestone park? or is it just garbage. i am a smallie, bucketmouth kind of guy and i was wondering if there were any bass in there of decent size. 10-15 in. is considered decent sized. comment back. pm if needed.
     
  2. JoJo

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    The only fishing that I have ever done in Firestone Metro Park in the river (creek) is with night crawlers for 10 to 12 inch catfish.
    That was 20 years ago before I had a boat and started going for the green and brown fish majority of the time.

    I would expect that if there are catfish in there, there might be some small bass too.

    Good luck !!
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  3. If you are talking about the canal that comes from the spillway then yes there are bass in there. I fished there allot as a kid and caught lots of small bass, nothing big though, but I was just a kid. Good luck.
     
  4. castmaster00

    castmaster00 very avid fisherman

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    so what constitutes as small for the river? and has anyone fished there recently?
     

  5. The canal isn't as good as it was in the past. Back when they let a more consistent flow from firestone, the canal had a decent fishery for big bluegills, crappies, and some nice largemouths. Even caught a few gars in there at night. This was back in the 1980s. I stop along the canal every once in a while and the water is normally weedy and stagnent.

    The river below firestone and extending to long is actually the tuscarawas. I have waded it a few times (a long time ago) and only caught some small bluegill and bass. The hole at the dam below firestone does look inviting, but I never pulled anything from there.

    I wouldn't eat anything out of the canal or creek since the fertilizer runoff of three golf courses ends up there.
     
  6. castmaster00

    castmaster00 very avid fisherman

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    dont usually eat my catches.
     
  7. It was a long time ago when I fished there also, at least 15 years ago. I fished the hole at the damn, walked along the wall at the start of the canal. It was very slick and and about 1 ft under the water. I would also walk the path and fish the river. The only thing of size I ever caught there were carp and turtles. I don't think I ever caught a bass larger then 10-12 inches. It was a great place to fish when I was 10-13, lots of fish and lots of types of fish.
     
  8. castmaster00

    castmaster00 very avid fisherman

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    huh. what all is in there? as in what all have any of you seen?
     
  9. bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, carp, rock bass, and lots of silver crap fish that I never new what they were.
     
  10. castmaster00

    castmaster00 very avid fisherman

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    creek chub maybe?
     
  11. Shad. Lots of big ones in there. Used to net smaller shad on the canal side until the park guys said that I couldn't net then there. Saw quite a few bigger shad under the spillway on the river side.
     
  12. castmaster00

    castmaster00 very avid fisherman

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    i know that there are some HUGE shad in springfield lake. hidin in the weeds. what do they eat?
     
  13. WhoolyBugger

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    From what I understand- shad are forage fish that don't prey on other fish. (please correct me if I'm wrong) I've seen them snacking on algae. With tiny mouths, I wouldn't pursue them with a rod and reel. Good bait though..........
     
  14. castmaster00

    castmaster00 very avid fisherman

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    i was thinking flies. and i have seen them gorging themselves on algae. they get BIG in springfield. 12-14 in. thats probably why the cats get so big.