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Location: PI Bay
Time Observed: 2/20/2017
Water Conditions: lightly stained 35degree
2/20/2017
Launched out of Marina Lake at 8:30am. Fished the head of the bay until 2:30pm in 7' of water fishing four feet below the bobber using a 1/32oz Shimmerling baited with grubs. The hot color was copper early then switched to glow colors. Two of us brought home 48 perch and 18 crappie with lots of fish returned. Sure is nice finding good crappie in the bay this year I hope they stick around.
Location: crooked
Time Observed: 2-18-17
Water Conditions: low but tinted
2/18/2017
Got my buddy his first steelhead ever today. It was looking like we were gonna get skunked but kept covering the water and he nabbed a nice 25" hen. This fish was spawning hard by the looks of it. Put up a nice fight. I turned a fish or two but none landed. Proud of my buddy Tony today... he fought his first steelie and did not panic at all like a real pro. Congratulations on your first taste of world class steelhead action!
Location: crooked
Time Observed: 2-18-17
Water Conditions: low but tinted
2/18/2017
Got my buddy his first steelhead ever today. It was looking like we were gonna get skunked but kept covering the water and he nabbed a nice 25" hen. This fish was spawning hard by the looks of it. Put up a nice fight. I turned a fish or two but none landed. Proud of my buddy Tony today... he fought his first steelie and did not panic at all like a real pro. Congratulations on your first taste of world class steelhead action!
Location: Crooked
Time Observed: 2-15-17
Water Conditions: tinted w good flow
2/16/2017
Had to report this one. Its warm yesterday and got juices flowin to slam some steelies. Not so good driving conditions today,snow on roads n people cant see $h!T and make it worse white out driving in a pack at 50mph and hitting the brakes, I avoided a pile up on 79,seemed like everyone was loose there for a second and i pinned it risking life n limb for steelhead action. I made it alive to crooked.Notice it is I not we cause i cant convince any buddies to go fish with me. Anyhow....creek was nice. First year i caught steelhead on spinners and ive been fishing them for years. Good times...no worries if i got i bite cause these fish nabbed the lure out of no where. Ice in rod eyes...no problem. Ha joke there see. Icing up but spinners work well n able to cast. Landed 2 outta 3.
Location: Lower Walnut
Time Observed: 2/14/17
Water Conditions: a little high to start, but dropping
2/14/2017
Caught 8 n lost 1 on egg sacs. 2 were spawned out hens, and I caught 1 Sat. that was dripping eggs. I didn't think they were ready to spawn until April, go figure, the Lake Erie "mutts". 4 of those 8 were jacks.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 2/13
Water Conditions:
2/13/2017

As of today (2/13), streams have fallen drastically from the blowout this weekend. We did not receive the snow that was anticipated, but it's cold and windy, with gusts up to 35mph. There will be a slight warm up tomorrow (2/14) before snow and cold temperatures move back in again on Wednesday. Streams will be fishable for the next couple days.

Perch limits are being caught at PI, but there are a lot of smaller fish to pick through to get a decent bunch for eating. Steelhead and the occasional brown trout are also being caught while perch fishing.

I know some may not want to hear it, but the ice fishing is probably over. Next week temperatures are reaching the high 50s with rain forecasted. The upside means tons of open water fishing is available for all to find active fish.

You can contact FishUSA at 800.922.1219 for additional information. Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 2/7/17
Water Conditions:
2/7/2017

Heavy rain has been falling all day (2/7) and levels are on a fast rise. Warm temperatures, along with the rain, are melting the foot of snow that was on the ground. Combined melt off and rain are setting us up for flood stage waters and hazardous fishing conditions for a couple days on the tribs.

Colder temperatures are in the forecast, which will slow the process of streams returning to normal levels.

The majority of PI has been locked up with unfishable ice, but with the rain and warm temperatures, it will probably be fishable for the next couple days. Inland lakes have had more ice this week and may take a little more time until they’re free and clear of ice.

Contact FishUSA at 800.922.1219 for any additional information. Fish on!

Location: Erie Tributaries
Time Observed: Mid January
Water Conditions: Good Flow
2/3/2017
There's something magical about fishing in the snow. Tight lines everyone! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHjikiQm9MA
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 2/2/17
Water Conditions:
2/2/2017

Anglers have had mixed reports of catch rates the last few days. Near freezing water temperatures are making it tough to find active fish. Moving around to find pods of fish has been productive for some anglers. As of this morning (2/2), streams are still mostly open. Cold, blustery conditions have set in overnight and will be the weather pattern for next 3 days, so streams will become full of slush and ice overnight tonight and tomorrow. Egg patterns, jigs, nymphs and streamer patterns have been the most popular.

PI and inland lakes are starting to form some ice, but remember just because ice is forming,doesn't mean ice fishing will happen. Please use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice and avoid fishing alone.

If you have any questions, contact us at 800.922.1219.

We fish daily. Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 1/28-1/30
Water Conditions:
1/30/2017

Steelhead fishing over the weekend has slowed due to a drop in stream temperatures and snow, making fish less active. Some fish are still being caught on sacs, singles and jigs. Fly guys are having some success with streamers, egg and nymph patterns.

As of this morning (1/30), there is heavy slush on streams and 4 to 6 inches of new snow overnight, bringing snow totals to around 8 inches on the lakefront, with higher amounts inland.

PI is still producing fair numbers of perch, gills and steelhead, with the occasional Brown trout.

Perch rigs, jigs and minnows under floats are producing the most action. Anglers in boats are taking advantage of open water and shore anglers are able to target areas normally frozen at this time of year.

All Inland lakes are ice free for now, but with temps continuing to dip below freezing we may see some ice fishing again. If you're off work or thinking about traveling to Erie County, please use extreme caution, as roads are not completely clear.

FISH ON!

Location: crooked
Time Observed: 1-25-17
Water Conditions: almost clear
1/29/2017
Fish swimming between my feet hammering eggs and probably a rock that even resembled an egg. Landed one out five.
Location: 12 mi., to NY
Time Observed: 1/25,26
Water Conditions: mixed
1/26/2017
Arrived Wed., started @12 mile, which was medium flow, gin clear, saw one dark male @rt. 5 that wouldn't bite. Same type water @16 mi., got 2 there at the falls below the sani plant. 20 mi. was perfect, and for the first time ever, I was the only guy @Rt. 5, but I got skunked there, and did not see any. Ny streams were high, and stained, but fishable. I got 3 there, all on Powerbait. Pa. fish were caught on egg sacs. Very few other guys out.
Location: Lake Erie Area
Time Observed: 1/23/17
Water Conditions:
1/23/2017

Fishing on the Lake Erie Tribs was solid this weekend. Warm days and nights had stream temps climbing and making fish active. Good numbers of fish around.Stream conditions are ideal, with good flow and color. Egg patterns. jigs, single eggs, nymphs and streamers are the go-to baits. Please keep in mind, all streams are a little different and conditions will vary.

PI Bay is now completely open and anglers are taking advantage of the open water. Panfish, perch and steelhead are the targeted species. Perch rigs, jigs and simple minnow and float set ups are catching fish. Tip for catching fish is be mobile around the smaller bays and marinas.

Gravel Pits Lake was stocked with Browns a few weeks back and is still producing good numbers of fish. Jigs, spoons and minnow patterns are the top choices for anglers here.

Most, if not all inland lakes are ice free for now but with ever-changing weather patterns, that can change overnight. Snow is expected in our region Monday night (1/23) and Tuesday (1/24), with some accumulation, so be safe if you plan on traveling.

If you would like more information, please contact FishUSA at 800.922.1219. We fish daily. FISH ON!

Location: Elk
Time Observed: 1/15/2017
Water Conditions: Perfect
1/17/2017
My buddies and I fished a good hole on Elk. There were a lot of fish in the hole we were in. Each had 10+ hookups but only landed 9 between a few guys. Most fish were fresh. Even caught one female that was dumping eggs when we lifted her up. Fairly decent day. One of the better ones we've had in a while. Definitely worth the drive if you know where to find them.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 1/16/2017
Water Conditions: good color, flow
1/17/2017
Beautiful day on the 'Nut, lots of walking, few fish, scuffled with all of them, caught 5+, missed 10+, soft bite, mostly fresh steel...great way to get the year started