January in northern Ohio is brisk, but the fishing is good. D’arcy Egan at Cleveland.com reports:
In the Cleveland area, the Chagrin and Rocky rivers have been producing numbers of steelhead trout. The Vermilion River has also been popular, and the sprawling Grand River has been crowded in spots….
A week ago… black marabou jigs with green, chartreuse or orange heads were the best at luring trout to bite. In recent days, anglers are asking Moore to tie white marabou jigs with a little bit of flash in the pattern.
Steelheaders generally like jigs in the 1/32-ounce or 1/16-ounce category — best for when the river current is a bit slow — with maggots or an emerald shiner minnow for bait.
And in lakes and ponds that are being stocked with trout, Egan advises:
Anglers generally suspend tiny jigs tipped with maggots, waxworms or a hunk of Berkley PowerBait under a small float. To find success, keep changing the depth of the jig and probe a lot of locations to determine where the trout are feeding.