• Can I fish for brook trout?

    Question

    In the Westwood’s, are you allowed to fish for Brook Trout within the little creeks. Also if allowed, what locations on the trails are you allowed to fish at. Only to catch and release of course.

    Naturalist's Response

    Native Ohio Brook Trout are a protected fish in Ohio and are listed as a “Threatened Species.”  This means that possession of brook trout in the Chagrin River (and its tributaries, some of which are in The West Woods, etc.) and the Rocky River (and its tributaries) is strictly prohibited.  If you would like to fish for a different trout, Rainbow Trout, Geauga Park District offers anglers a chance to catch this species at Beartown Lakes Reservation; we stock them in the late fall.

    Thank you for your interest in the parks!

    – Park Biologist Paul Pira