More photos from Sunday's stroll about the Rocky River Reservation. I love watching and talking with the anglers who fish the river. No matter what the season - or the weather - you can always find people fishing the river. On Sunday the anglers had a beautiful winter day.
I learned that this is the time of year to fish for steelhead trout. I also learned the easiest way to distinguish female steelhead from a male steelhead - the key is the jaw, the male has a longer jawbone which ends up somewhat knobby compared to the smooth lower jaw of the female
Understandably and wisely there are a few rules and regulations that govern fishing in the Metroparks. The first is that one must possess a current fishing permit - to learn about obtaining a permit to fish in the Metroparks go here. Another rule pertains to the size of the fish - in terms of trout and salmon the regulations require that if a fish is less than 12 inches long it must be released unharmed - immediately!
As you will note the fish that I saw caught on Sunday were much bigger than 12 inches - the largest of the four I saw was a female trout which came in at 28 inches - the smallest of the other three was a respectable 25 inches!