(Photos courtesy of Tom Helbig)

Literally. It is hot along the Lake Erie tributaries, where the fish run each year. My friend Tom Helbig, a Dayton outdoorsman, sent over these shots of his recent trip to the Rocky River in Northeast Ohio. He and his girlfriend caught a bunch of nice trout, one smallmouth and a huge carp.

[My steelhead story] [Lake Erie steelhead]

They chose fly rods with specific patterns, but you can definitely snag these fish on spin- and bait-casting rods with artificial and live bait. Don't go without waders, because the water is going to be very, very cold. ODNR suggests these tips for wading safely.

If you've got pictures of an outdoor adventure, send 'em my way.