PinkSalmon1by D’Arcy Egan, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Steelhead trout start to leave their summer waters of Lake Erie at this time of year and head up the Northeast Ohio rivers and streams. When aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec of the Cleveland Metroparks surveyed some of those waters in recent days, he found some surprises.

Durkalec and his crew were checking Euclid Creek during an electroshocking survey on Sept. 19 and were delighted to find a pink salmon, especially such a big one.

“I looked up the Ohio pink salmon record, a 3.06-pounder that was just over 20 inches long caught (by Andy Janoski of Chagrin Falls) from Conneaut Creek in 2004,” said Durkalec. “The pink salmon we caught and photographed was bigger than that.”