Water flow: Fair
Visibility: 18 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 63 Degrees F
Water condition: Slightly Turbid
Best time of day to fish: Early AM/Evening
Best stretch: PA border to downtown Conneaut
Best access point: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/9/pdf/conneaut.pdf
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Fish species: Smallmouth Bass
Fishing season: Spring
Nearest airport: Erie International and Cleveland Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Freshwater Bass WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
Conneaut Creek is a larger version of Pennsylvania's Elk Creek which winds its way through urban areas, rural lanscapes, valleys, and gorges in both the states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The " Conny" gets excellent returns of both Fall Pennsylvania strain steelhead and Spring run Manistee Strain Steelhead.
Due to the managment efforts of both the PA Fish and Boat Commission and the Ohio Division ...
of Wildlife Conneaut Creek has become a solid steelhead fishery, with great public access, and a solid steelhead fishery from October to May. Conneaut Creek is also classified as one of Ohio's Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Casting streamers to fallen trees or big boulders that provide cover for smallmouth bass. Throwing topwater flies for smallmouth in the early morning or evening. Stripping small nymphs or crayfish along the bottom when sight fishing for feeding carp.
Conneaut is up and still somewhat dirty from the recent rains. Look for the river to level out over the next few days. Friday may be your best bet to fish. More rain coming over the weekend will make the river unfishable for a while.