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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/29/2017
Water Conditions:
3/29/2017

Stream conditions are low and clear. Some steelhead are still being caught, along with suckers and a few smallmouth, in the middle to lower sections of the creeks and streams. Unfortunately, it seems the steelhead is on it’s way out.

PI is still producing limits of perch, along with crappie, steelhead and the occasional brown trout. Boat and shore fishing have both been productive. Fishing pressure has increased dramatically around the bay, in all the popular spots. Boat pressure has been minimal, but expect it to get busy as the weather warms up.

Pymatuning is starting to show good numbers of walleye and crappie. The night-bite has been the most productive with walleye.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/28/2017
Water Conditions:
3/28/2017

With recent rain, the creeks have risen a little. Steelhead are still being caught in the lower sections of Elk Creek. Smallmouth and suckers are mixing in with the steelhead. All the smolt stocking is officially finished. Please be mindful of these fish, as they are the future, along with the fingerling brown trout that have also been recently stocked. Best patterns right now are still jigs, minnow imitations and nymphs.

Conneaut Creek is experiencing a very strong Spring run right now.

Due to the recent rain, temperatures in the bay have risen. Anglers are catching perch and other panfish. The shore bite is very strong off most of the piers and docks. People are de-winterizing their boats and starting to troll the bay.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/27/2017
Water Conditions:
3/27/2017

Creeks are low, however, they will rise with the forecasted rain. Fishing has been tough in the streams. Steelhead numbers are limited.

Perch are being caught all over the bay, in large sizes and numbers. Best patterns are jigs and minnows under floats. Success has also been seen with crappie floats.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/24/2017
Water Conditions:
3/24/2017

Creeks are low and clear, however, they should rise with the anticipated rain this weekend. Fish are being caught throughout the streams and should become more active with temperatures rising. Fish are biting on jig and minnow patterns. Pay attention to the weather reports over the weekend because the forecast indicates that streams may be blown out.

PI is producing good numbers of perch and crappie. Staying mobile is key to finding larger schools of fish. The rising temperatures will create even more ideal conditions.

Fish on.

Location: Elk wanut
Time Observed: 3-19
Water Conditions: Good
3/23/2017
https://youtu.be/OvVv143XWwE check out our fishing video from 3-19-17 at Walnut and elk. Good conditions. Tight lines to all
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/23/2017
Water Conditions:
3/23/2017

Conditions were cold again overnight creating a bit of ice and slush for this morning. Stream conditions are low and clear. Not much has changed from yesterday as far as fish locations. Fish continue to drop back and fresh fish are entering lower stretches. Keep in mind smolts have been stocked, so please be careful handling these fish. They are the future.

PI conditions remain the same from yesterday. Both shore and boat fishing have been productive.

Fish on.

Location: Walnut & Elk
Time Observed: 3/21
Water Conditions: Walnut clear, Elk great
3/23/2017
Fished many of the favorite spots (stop sign, manchester, flats, rope hole, rick road, elk access) and found the smolts were hungry and the colder temps slowed the suckers down. However, the chrome were far and few between. Either they were shacking up elsewhere on the streams or they went back home to the lake. Trout season is upon us. Good luck.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/21/2017
Water Conditions:
3/21/2017

With melt off and ice affecting the tributaries right now, they are high. This means that fish will be spread out a bit. You will still need to weed through smolts and suckers to find steelhead, though. Warmer temperatures and rain on the way mean you can expect the creeks to rise even more. The best baits are still minnow immitations, jigs, buggers and small nymphs.

With the near shore ice almost gone, PI should open up in multiple spots for fishing in the bay. Fish are being caught throughout the bay, at a number of different depths. Don’t forget that fish are found next to structures like piers and launches, which are all great places to set up camp for the day.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/20/2017
Water Conditions:
3/20/2017

Happy first day of spring! With the temperatures warming up and open water becoming available, fishing conditions will improve over the next few days. Steelhead are still in the tributaries, along with smolts and suckers. Please make sure to handle the smolts carefully, as these are our future fish! Fresh fish are also available in the tributaries. The best baits right now are jigs, minnow immitations, nymphs and buggers.

PI is open, but you might find some shore ice that will disappear with the warmer temperatures over the next day or so. Panfish and perch are being caught in the bay area, but the bite should increase in the next week as temperatures rise.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/17/2016
Water Conditions:
3/17/2017

With the continuation of ice-locked waters, fishing conditions will be less than ideal. Even with a few open spots available, fishing will still be rough with slush, colder temperatures and the possibility of rain and snow.

Until we break into warmer temperatures, PI fishing is very touch and go as far as where you can fish. There are perch and crappie being caught in the bay, but the availability of open water is affecting the bites.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/16/2017
Water Conditions:
3/16/2017

As of this morning, cold temperatures and high winds are keeping everything locked up at this point. Warmer temperatures with rain and snow are projected through this weekend, so there will not be much improvement in conditions.

PI has ice and slush, so fishing in very spotty at best. When temperatures do eventually return to above freezing, it will be a few days of high water and less than ideal conditions.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/15/2017
Water Conditions:
3/15/2017

As of today, everything is iced up. The last few days (before ice) streams have not fished well. It looks like cold temperatures are in place until at least Friday, so there will be no fishing anytime in the near future. If you decide to travel, please use extreme caution, as the roads in and around Erie are drivable, but not completely clear.

For any questions, please feel free to contact FishUSA for more information.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/14/2017
Water Conditions:
3/14/2017

Over the weekend, there was spotty fishing due to cold weather and low stream conditions. Not many fish were being caught, which will unfortunately continue over the next few days due to Winter Storm Stella moving into the area. Hopefully by this time next week, fishing conditions will be better, but weather reports are not promising.

Today, conditions are difficult this morning due to snow and high winds. While fish can be found throughout the creeks, there are only a few spots where they are being caught. Some roadways are experiencing white outs, so be careful if you are traveling around the Erie area.

Fish on.

Location: Erie tribs
Time Observed: 3/9-3/11
Water Conditions: good
3/13/2017
Crazy is right need your walkin shoes right now. Not many fish left in tribs but there are slackers, just have to work for em. Look at this first time and hooked newbie : )
Location: Erie tribs
Time Observed: 3/9-12
Water Conditions:
3/13/2017
Pretty tough fishing but still managed to catch a few had to put the walkin shoe on. Buddy Tommy got his 1st steelie on his 1st cast. Always a great time in erie good luck to all
Location: Lower Walnut / Elk
Time Observed: 3/8
Water Conditions: Falling but muddy
3/11/2017
Chocolate milk water and high winds made for challenging fishing. 2 of us managed only 5 legit steelhead hook ups. At least the suckers and smolts were active...if that's your game. Good luck.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/10/2017
Water Conditions:
3/10/2017

Creeks are low and clear. Fish are still being caught throughout, but conditions will be tough over the weekend due to close-to-freezing temperatures and high wind gusts. Panfish are being caught around PI, however, the colder temperatures may cause a slowdown with the bite.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/09/2017
Water Conditions:
3/9/2017

Depending on what stream you are fishing, conditions today are anywhere from fair to good. Streams are starting to produce large numbers of suckers and all smolts and browns have been stocked.

Today, temperatures are 30 degrees colder than yesterday, and will continue to be cold through next week.

As far as fish locations on the streams, it’s changing day to day with dropback fish on the move.

PI is still producing numbers of perch, bluegills and the occasional steelhead and brown trout.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/08/2017
Water Conditions:
3/8/2017

As of this morning, streams are still high and muddy from significant rainfall all day yesterday and overnight. Gale force winds all day today will create very tough fishing conditions everywhere. With no rain forecasted today, stream conditions will improve greatly for tomorrow and the rest of the week. There is a cold front that is set to come through on tomorrow, bringing some snow with it on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will be in the teens until Sunday, 3/12. We will keep you posted with updates on the stream and PI conditions.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/07/2017
Water Conditions:
3/7/2017

As of this morning, all streams are high and blown out from the rain overnight. It is currently thunderstorming and downpouring, which will increase stream levels even more. Also, there are high winds today that will turn into gale force winds tomorrow, but with warm temperatures.

Just a reminder, Smolts and browns were stocked in the tributaries, so please handle these fish with extreme caution.

PI will be fishable today. Numbers of perch are still being caught throughout the bay, with a few steelhead mixed in. Very few bluegills and crappie are being caught at this time.

With the weather conditions today, please be safe if you are traveling to or around Erie. Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/06/2107
Water Conditions:
3/6/2017

Fishing over the weekend was tough due to the cold temperatures at night which created a lot of ice in the mornings and into the afternoons. Fish are still being caught at the lower sections of the streams. In the middle part of Elk, large numbers of suckers are showing up, as well as a lot of dropback fish. A large number of brown trout were released at the access area at Elk. All the streams and PI are officially stocked with smolts, so please handle these fish with care.

For today, temperatures have warmed up overnight. Streams are currently low and clear making fishing conditions less than ideal. PI will be completely ice free today if you’re interested in chasing panfish and steelhead. Good numbers of perch have been caught the last two weeks from both boats and the shore.

Fish on.

Location: Elk
Time Observed: 3/4 - 3/5
Water Conditions: low, cold & clear
3/6/2017
Saturday - landed one fish high on Elk the other mid creek. No icing problems despite temps below freezing. Sunday - fished middle Elk in the AM after spending an hour breaking ice and putting up with slush and freezing guides - no luck. Checked out the Elk access around noon and it was frozen over. Temps (and water) came up a tad in the afternoon. Got lucky and found a spot on upper Elk with some takers. Ended up going 4 for 6. Jigs and single eggs were the bait of choice. Always great coming up to the "Alley"
Location: Walnut, elk
Time Observed: 2/18/17
Water Conditions: Good
3/5/2017
Check out our video of our day trip to Erie. Tight lines to all https://youtu.be/Ye7oeKKXA20
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/03/2017
Water Conditions:
3/3/2017

Steelhead can be caught throughout the Walnut and Elk Creek access areas, though both places are currently low. The access areas are the most abundant, with Jacks running throughout. Please be gentle with these, as they are next year’s fish. You will start to see drop-back steelhead in the middle sections of Elk. The best things to use are still jigs, egg sacs, natural colored buggers, sucker spawns and single egg flies.

The cold front that has moved in will stay until Sunday, which will make the fishing difficult on PI and the bay. With warmer temperatures moving in early next week, expect the bite to pick up. Again, most are hooking up on minnows, live bait and any rubber/soft baits.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/01/2017
Water Conditions:
3/1/2017

The creeks are low and clear this morning, but due to the rainfall overnight and forecasted today, the levels could rise. Steelhead are being caught in the lower stretches of the east and west side tributaries. Gale force winds forecasted for at least the next two days will make Lake Erie unfishable. For PI, most of the panfish have moved out of the shallow waters, into slightly deeper water. Perch are being caught off the second parking lot.

Fish on.

Location: Walnut Creek
Time Observed: 2/28/2017
Water Conditions: low and clear
2/28/2017
I went up to Walnut today to do a little fishing but I only really saw a few fish here and there. There are a few spots that have around 5-8 fish in them but not many. Not many people out fishing today. I took my nephew up to walnut and trout run last friday and let him use my Gopro Hero 5 camera to film the fish at Trout Run...Check out the video. I think he did a great job!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 02/28/2017
Water Conditions:
2/28/2017

The creeks are pretty moderate at the moment. Decent steelhead are being caught down near the access points at Walnut and Elk Creeks. Panfish are being caught in the bay, a lot of perch in the marinas and crappie are being caught in the same areas, however they are more sporadic. The next few days should be good with the warmer temperatures. Later in the week, though, colder temperatures will move in and fishing will slow down.

Fish on.