Fishing Pictures & More
On July 21-22 Apple Creek and Grosjean Park was flooded by heavy rains on the watershed. The creek overflowed with 15 feet of water including 5-feet in the parking lot. Here are some of the piles of trees and logs removed from the creek as well as a few of the more than 100 tires, refrigerators, mattresses, etc. removed by heavy equipment. Members voluntered to remove the small litter; bottles, cans, plastic, Styrofoam and much more. Some new deep holes were created by the storm, others were filled in with silt, sand and gravel. The stream is now ready for the October and November stocking.
Skip Nault with a 17-inch brown that took an Aurora nymph on the Clear Fork River. These signs were posted by Steve Wade along the Clear Fork River at Wade & Gatton. They are meant to keep out the picnickers and campers that litter the property and have caused problems for the Wade family. Steve Wade welcomes fly anglers. Display a Trout Unlimited or Mohican Fly Fishers sticker on your car window to let them know why you are parked there. Skip Nault. A small brown trout taken on a #20 zebra midge by Braeden Oackes on the Clear Fork River. A pretty yellow belly caught and released back into the Clear Fork River. A Clear Fork brown, after a hard fight, comes to hand. A big Apple Creek rainbow trout caught by Brad White. An upper Clear Fork brown takes a zonker. A 15-inch rainbow from the lower Clear Fork River. A pretty Apple Creek rainbow. Visitors from Geneva, NY, find steel in Ohio tributary. Brian with a 6-pounder Kyle with a pretty Ashtabula steelhead. Pictures below from last day of 2018. See details under Fishing Reports from Steelhead Alley, 12/31/18. Pretty cheeks! Seven pounder! Another seven pounder. More steelhead color. Pictures from Apple Creek Nice rainbow caught by a young fly angler. Steve Ferrell fighting a nice rainbow trout on ultra light spinning tackle on Apple Creek. Steve with a pretty 18-inch rainbow. Apple Creek stocked for a second time this fall on November on Saturday, November 17. Please help us sustain the fishery by practicing Catch & Release and using only flies and lures, no bait fishing please. Remind others who may not be aware of our request to follow these practices. Thanks! Offloading trout from the stocking truck. Trout stocking plan over a mile stretch of Apple Creek. Buckets of trout headed for the creek. Carrying trout downstream. Another dozen rainbow and brown trout added to Apple Creek this weekend. Trout finding a happy home in Apple Creek. Pictures from the October 20, 2018 stocking of Apple Creek at Grosjean Park in Wooster and the October 20 and 21 Fly Fishing Clinics. Two dozen of the more than 30 TU members and friends getting ready to stock Apple Creek with trout and clean up litter in Grosjean Park. Offloading trout from the stocking truck. A net full of trout emptied into transport buckets. Another dozen rainbows added to Apple Creek. Father & daughter help to stock Apple Creek. Saturday, October 20 Fly fishing clinic. Sunday, October 21 fly fishing clinic. A 17-inch rainbow brings on a big smile. First trout on a fly rod. See the squirmy-wormy fly in the rainbow trouts lip. A pretty Apple Creek rainbow trout caught on the fly. A 12-inch Clear Fork River brown trout taken with an Aurora nymph, 6/26/18. June 9 macroinvertebrate survey of Apple Creek at Grosjean Park. A small group of members prepare to sample Apple Creek at Grosjean park for macroinvertebrates. Dip net sample yielded a trove of stone fly nymphs. Looking through kick seine samples for macroinvertebrates. Maddy found a stone with two cased caddis fly larvae. Cased caddis flies. Fishing pictures from Clear Fork River, spring 2018. A nice day to be out on the Clear Fork River. A nice 14-inch brown from the Clear Fork. A healthy brown from the Clear Fork River. A 20-inch brown from the Clear Fork River. A Clear Fork River brown taken on a 3-wt fly rod. A 13-inch brown caught while nymphing the Clear Fork River “Learn to fly fish” program, CFRTU teams up with OHIO DOW. Instructions for the “Learn to fly fish class.” Learn to fly fish students fishing ponds at Ohio Dow ponds at Portage Lakes A fat yellow perch from the DOW ponds. A rainbow trout caught on the fly. Fishing the lower Clear Fork River. Last class, students and instructors pose for picture after picnic dinner on the Clear Fork. Ken Fry, Outdoor skills instructor for the DOW and “Learn to fly fish” coordinator. Trout in the Classroom, May 2018 Students from Old Trail School prepare to release rainbow trout raised in classroom into Apple Creek, May 8, 2018. Looking for aquatic insects, food for newly released trout. Ready to stock rainbow trout fingerlings in Apple Creek. Last of the trout to stock. Five rainbow trout fingerlings checking out their new home waters in Apple Creek.
Trout in the Classroom, April 2018
Dalton Middle School students with buckets of rainbow trout fingerlings to stock in Apple Creek. It was a rainy day and a muddy walk to the stream April 24, 2018. Dalton Middle School Students getting ready to acclimate trout fingerlings as the final act of their Trout in the Classroom project. Some of the 75 fingerling rainbow trout raised by Dalton Middle School students in the Classroom. And off they go! Makeshift raingear was the order of the day. Taking a rest after stocking Apple Creek with rainbow trout fingerlings.
Winter & Fall Steelhead, 2017-18
A cold but beautiful day for steelhead fishing. Five-pound steelhead caught and released from Ashtabula River. 3/26/18 Randy Rowe with a pretty buck taken with a White death streamer. 3/19/18 Randy Rowe with a pretty hen. 11/5/17 Harry Hoitink with a big buck steelhead. Skip Nault with 8.5 pound steelhead 12/5/17
Wounded Warriors, November 2017
November 10, 2017, CFRTU members instructed Wounded Warriors to fly fish on Castalia’s Cold Creek. Another happy Wounded Warrior. WW with the biggest fish of the day, a 5-5 pounder. Paul Swarmer with a happy Warrior. Yes it was cold that day.
Stocking Apple Creek, Fall 2017
Dan Curtis unloads netfull of trout from stocking truck. 10/14/17 Buckets of fish taken to Apple Creek. 10/14/17 Rainbow & brown trout swim away. 10/14/17 Checking to see how trout are doing in new home. When fish go in, trash comes out of the creek. Second fall stocking. 11/18/17 Nice fish going into creek. Water was high & muddy for 11/18/17 stocking.