Regional Reports-Midwest

Lake County

The state's smallest county offers the greatest number of public access points for anglers seeking steelhead during the peak of the spring fishing season. Arcola Creek and the Grand and Chagrin rivers flow through Lake County, where Lake Metroparks offers more than a dozen access areas along 26 miles of prime public steelhead-fishing shoreline. Water temperatures should range from the mid-40s to the mid-50s in April, and warmer waters will cause the steelies to become more aggressive and therefore more vulnerable to your offerings. Drift everything from spawn sacks and maggot clusters to streamers, nymphs and egg patterns to successfully tempt spring steelhead. Contact: Lake Metroparks (440-358-7275; www.lakemetroparks.com).