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Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 10/19/2018
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
10/19/2018
Today's temperature will start cold but warm to a pleasant fall day. The streams continue to be low and clear, but rain this weekend should improve the conditions. There is even potential for some snowflakes. Weather conditions for the weekend will not favor the fair-weather angler, so if you're traveling to the area, make sure to bring the appropriate gear. Most anglers are reporting that the steelhead they are finding are relatively tight-lipped, but some are willing to play. Very light leaders with little split shot is nearly a necessity with the water being so clear. Singles are usually the most productive in this situation, but very small sucker spawn has been increasing in productivity throughout the week. Good luck to everyone this weekend and safe travels!
Location: Elk Creek
Time Observed: 10/15 to 10/17
Water Conditions: Low and clear
10/18/2018
Steelhead very far and few between. Knew the Trib's have not received enough rain yet. But had to make a family trip up that way. Decided to take fishing gear along and see for myself. Trust me fellow anglers, the trib's need a good blowout. Hold back on your trip to the trib's until you see stream flow's up for at least for two days solid. Back home we've had way to much rain. The steelhead need much,much more.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 10/16/18
Water Conditions: mudy
10/18/2018
I came there around 6pm and stayed till 9:30pm just had one fish on power bait. Were slow. Hope to come this Friday so see better weather.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 10/18/2018
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
10/18/2018
Despite some isolated rain yesterday, the majority of the area didn't receive much (if any) precipitation. Streams are currently low, clear, and cold, but there are fish around if you're willing to walk to find them. With a good chance of rain expected on Saturday, we'll be looking for a bump in flows, off-colored water, and all-around more favorable fishing conditions. Some reports from yesterday indicate that even in the clear water, jigs were successful for the anglers we talked to. Marabou, bunny leach, and bugger patterns all brought fish to hand. Live minnows have been productive, especially in the deeper pools. Single eggs, beads, and glow bugs have been more productive in faster moving water. Continue to check the gauges and before making a trip up.
Location: Elk Creek / Walnut Creek
Time Observed: 10/16/2018
Water Conditions: Gin Clear and Very Low
10/17/2018
A friend and I came up for the first trip of the year. Started at Elk and saw very few fish in the lower stretches. Did not see many caught either. Did see some fish up near the chutes (I caught one) and I even saw some up near Sterrettania Access. Walnut was practically fishless. We walked the creek from the marina to the bridge and did not see any fish ... NONE. Water was gin clear and extremely low. Water temp is COLD .... we just need a lot more rain to get the creeks up for a good run. If driving along way ... check the gauges. I would say a long trip is not worth it yet.
Location: 16&20
Time Observed: 10-17-18
Water Conditions: clear
10/17/2018
is 16 & 20 fishable yet
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 10/17/2018
Water Conditions: Clear
10/17/2018
The streams have mainly cleared and dropped from the rains this past weekend. There is a chance of rain today, which should discolor the streams and offer good visibility (if we get it). Fish are spread throughout the streams and most are confined to the deeper sections at this time. Trout Run has fish, but severe wave action will likely prevent all lake shore fishing for the foreseeable future. Singles, minnows, and sacs will likely continue to draw the most bites. If water temps continue to drop, look for the jig bite to improve.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/16/2018
Water Conditions: Waves up to 14'
10/16/2018
Waves will start at 2-4' this morning, but quickly build to dangerous levels of up to 14'. Significant waves of anywhere from 3-13' are forecast for the foreseeable future, and it looks like our boating season is just about finished. Streams are looking good at the moment, as some locations along the lake shore received approx. 0.25" of cold rain yesterday. Steelhead have largely spread throughout the streams and some walking is needed to find them. Water temperatures are nearly ideal and it finally feels like we're in steelhead season. All the usual lures, baits, and flies, have been taking fish. Please respect landowner's property and fellow anglers alike, and good luck on the water!
Location: Presque Isle
Time Observed: 10/19/18
Water Conditions: Cold
10/15/2018
Heading up for one last bass fishing trip this coming Friday! Anybody fished in the bay in the last couple days with any input on how they are biting? I was up 2 weeks ago and it was really slow. Hoping the feed bag is on??!!ii
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: October 14
Water Conditions: Mid Range
10/15/2018
To all my fellow fisherman. I dropped my hat yesterday which had my fishing camera attached. I dropped between the road past the Manchester hole and up to the shutes. I know someone found it and I only hope you are an honest man and or woman. Please contact me at dwcofazio@gmail.com. Thank you and keep them lines tight, now carry on !!!!!!!!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/15/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 7-10'
10/15/2018
Strong west winds will cause waves of 7-10' today, with occasional waves up to 13', which will keep all boats on shore. The rain this weekend brought streams up and cooled them down, which seemed to encourage steelhead movement. Fish have more or less spread throughout most of the streams, but not congregated in too many places. Sacs, streamers, and bright egg patterns were the most productive in the off-colored water this weekend. The tribs should be continuing to fall today and should offer decent fishing conditions through the early part of the week.
Location: Perch Pirate
Time Observed: 10/10/18
Water Conditions: 1' or less
10/12/2018
Set out with intentions of catching whatever showed on sonar. Most often it is best to let mother nature choose target species. With commercial net boat in path ahead, forced to adjust coarse to the north. Reached a depth of 70 feet. With intentions to check an area that yielded a boat limit of perch at this time in 2016, decided to stop well shy of destination when sonar lit up with signs of walleye. Dave from New Wilmington landed 3 walleye before rest of boat had any bites. He shared what had worked for him and his younger coangler also boated a nice eye. Ward on the bow decided to get in on the action and landed 3 nice eyes in no time. I decided to change harness colors and it payed off. Water melon harnesses with silver or gold blades shined. Don't be stubborn and stick with what worked previously. Adapt to what works for successful anglers, recently. Great trip for most that were willing to adapt to successful tactics. Weather looks perfect for final Sunday. Don't miss the action! Perch Pirate thanks to all scallawags and scurvy dogs who made 2018 season epic!
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 10/12/18
Water Conditions:
10/12/2018
Did anyone catch anything yet there? Because I want to come today I hope I can catch something but O well if I don't I hope I will have a good time its about good time.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/12/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 3-6'
10/12/2018
NW winds at 15-25 knots will bring waves of 3-6' today, subsiding to 2-4'. Wind and waves will continue to be relatively strong through the weekend, with Sunday looking like the most likely chance for boaters to get on open water. With the change in temperature from yesterday, it appears that our record walleye season may finally be winding down. Steelhead fishing continues to slowly pick up. The dramatic temperature drop should encourage fish movement and activity, but we still need rain badly. Streams continue to be low and clear, and fish are very spooky. Anglers continue to pick away with sacs, singles, streamers and minnows. As temperatures drop, fish should be more willing to move for food. Safe travels to everyone coming up for the weekend and fish on!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/11/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 5-8'
10/11/2018
West winds at 15-25 knots will build waves throughout the day to 5-8', with occasional 10-footers. Winds will further increase tonight and wave action will remain significant through Friday afternoon which will keep all boats on land. The streams continue to see a steady trickle of fish moving in and they are holding enough fish to make a trip up worthwhile. Now that the flows have receded from the recent heavy rains, it appears that some fish had used the opportunity to run far up some of the trips. We definitely need more rain and cooler temperatures to encourage more fish, but the weekend forecast looks encouraging.
Location: Home
Time Observed: Nex Week
Water Conditions: Hope good
10/10/2018
OxyBob is in New York so I tole him to get us sum samin eggs. He send me a pic and got me all exsited and then he ate them. He asked the Orient lady for a sack fool and she say "you crazy"
Location: Elk & Walnut
Time Observed: 10/7-8/2018
Water Conditions: Nice
10/10/2018
I fished on Sundey and Mundey. The water was perfeck. The only thing is it was sooo hot that I all most swetted to deth. I manajed to cetch a cupple jacks. I dident see to many cot either. Sum girl in Sim waders and a fly rod cot fish in the Caskade hole. She was impresuv. Tite Line, OxyJohn PS. I don't no how fast a knot is but if its based on how long it take OxyBob to tie a not it muss be vary slow. 5 nots wood take him a few hours to tye.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/10/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 2-4'
10/10/2018
Winds are 5-15 knots out of the south this morning and will build to 10-15 knots by this evening. Waves will start at <2' but build to 2-4' later in the day. The walleye fishing continues to be strong and the extended summer weather we've experienced has allowed many anglers to fish beyond their yearly end-date. Spoons and lures from 3.5-4.5" continue to fill boxes. There is enough steelhead near the creek mouths and lower stretches to make a trip up worthwhile. The larger tribs are holding the most fish currently. Eggs, sacs, and jigs are taking the most fish while land casters are having success on blue/silver and green/silver Little Cleos, Kastmasters, and other similar casting lures. We're expecting a significant cool-down in temperatures later this week, coupled with chances of rain. Hopefully this will trigger the first big push of the year.
Location: Elk & Walnut
Time Observed: 10/2018
Water Conditions: unknown
10/9/2018
Did the steelhead enter the creeks yet? I thing of coming up next week around the 17th & 18th. What the best bait to use at this time? Lures, eggs, minnows ect, can you help me out? CB17
Location: home
Time Observed: not today
Water Conditions: no sure
10/7/2018
Anybody doing any good at the south pier???
Location: Erie pa
Time Observed: 10/5/18
Water Conditions: 2 to 4 65 deg
10/6/2018
Any boats heading out of walnut beware !!!!!!!!!!!!! Very shallow at the end of wall . Couple guys including me toasted their props . Game commision guys sittings in building only cared about their card game . Awesome walleye fishing tho . Left launch at 9:30 done by 1 . Fishing in 75 to 65 fow . Running spoons on dipsies around 100 ft out and reef runners . Limited out . Be safe and watch your prop...
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/5/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 2-4'
10/5/2018
East winds at 10-15 knots will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms later in the day. Waves will start out ta 2-4' but subside to 1-3' by this evening. The weekend forecast is showing light and variable winds with waves from 0-3', which should offer boaters a decent weekend to get out. Another late-season warmup will bring temperatures back into the 80's and will extend the hot walleye season yet again. Continue fishing water in and around the 60' depths with Smithwick Top 20's, Bay Rat Long X-Deep's, Reef Runner 800's, and similar baits, and you should continue to find success. Steelhead continue to make their way slowly into the streams, but the coming warmup may slow their upstream travel or slow their bite. The usual baits (singles, sacs, jigs, etc.) have been producing, but we've heard of quite a few anglers having success with streamer patterns (wooly buggers, egg sucking leaches, Mickey Finn's, etc.). Good luck and safe travels to everyone coming up for the weekend!
Location: 62' off of Lighthouse - Perch Pirate
Time Observed: 10/3/18
Water Conditions: 1'-2'
10/4/2018
Headed out to seek a massive school of Perch found Sunday, no luck, fish were scattered about. A few small schools. We anchored up and gave it a shot. Not great action but some real huge slabs caught. Awesome company and great laughs as always. Time is running out, give Capt John a call and get out ASAP.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/4/2018
Water Conditions: Waves up to 9'
10/4/2018
Strong SW winds of 15-25 knots, with gusts to the mid-30's, and waves up to 9' have caused a small craft advisory on the lake today. Waves will be subsiding throughout the day and tomorrow is looking to provide better lake fishing conditions. The recent rains are helping to increase flows in the streams. Steelhead fishing seems to be running a few weeks behind normal as warm temperatures and a lack of rain later in the summer had driven poor stream conditions well into September. The fishing has been slowly picking up as the successful bait anglers have been catching fish on singles, sacs, live shiners, while fly anglers are taking fish on glow bugs and small streamer patterns. With another warmup in store for the coming week, we may still have to wait for a significant push of fish well into October.
Location: elk
Time Observed: N/A
Water Conditions: Low
10/3/2018
Tribs need water for any push to begin
Location: ELK
Time Observed: 10/2/18
Water Conditions:
10/2/2018
how is the steelhead fishing?
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: Aug. 30 1991
Water Conditions: flat
10/2/2018
On 9/27/2018 my boy read me a forum posting about perch fishing on Lake Erie. He went on to read about the T.H. Raven talking about the nets on the lake and how they were hurting the perch populations. Doe's any one remember how the gill nets raped the lake. Look at how the fishing improved over the years with out the nets. I have the video of the gill netters we used to ban them on Lake Erie. Have we all forgotten and become to lax on protecting our fishery. We are all wrapped up with the walleye fishing we forgot about our perch fishing resource. Who is monitoring the commercial fishing boats? Every time we go out fishing the nets are out there. How is their quota determined and once again who monitors it? Do they have to stop and weigh in or are they on the honor system? I have yet to see the fish commission inspecting the commercial fisherman. We need to get to the bottom of this before things get back to the 1990's. I haven't see a perch pack fishing for perch in two years instead I see commercial fishing nets in their place. Let me know your thoughts. No Tomorrow
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 09/28/2018-09/29/2018
Water Conditions: Clear
10/2/2018
Dad and I went up and fished the tribs for the first time this season. Water very low and clear, and some steelhead around, but not a lot yet. We managed to catch them on single eggs, zonkers, mop flies, and san juan worms. Still need a good rain and some colder temps to really get the run going. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIMVDYpESiU&lc=z23bchibll2sjnqpj04t1aokgqd0xtz410ey5taxhj1crk0h00410
Location: boating out of Walnut Marina
Time Observed: Sept 30, 2018`
Water Conditions: 1-3ft
10/1/2018
What a great day on the choppy Lake Erie! We got 22 walleye thought it took us a while. The most productive place was 68-74 ft straight out of Walnut. Worm harnesses, spoons and plug. Dipsies were at 130-140 outside 100-120 inside. downriggers 40-50 down. Looks like the walleyes will stick around a little longer. Be safe on the water
Location: walnut
Time Observed: 9/30/18
Water Conditions: 1' to 3' early. then 1'
9/30/2018
three man limit in 3 hours. lost my cooler on the run back in. some one found it and left it at walnut. who ever found it . thank you !!!
Location: Perch Pirate
Time Observed: O9/27/18
Water Conditions: 1' or less
9/28/2018
Departure time 2 PM. Spotted a decent school of perch on the bottom in 59' of water and set up a drift. A yellow perch was caught on an Erie Derie immediately. Walleye were there as well and a steady bite lasted the whole trip. Crawler harnesses with gold or silver blades shined. Purple and green bead combinations did damage as well as orange. Several near limits were caught and everyone on boat caught fish. A sizable predator chomped a 20 pound mono harness in half and escaped. The bite is hot, plenty of eyes remain in our waters.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/28/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 3-6'
9/28/2018
Winds are 10-15 knots out of the SW and increasing to 15-20 knots as the day goes on. Waves will start out at a choppy 1-3' but build to 3-6' throughout the day. The weekend is forecasting waves of 3-5' on Saturday to 2' or less by Sunday, so make sure to check the weather and wave reports before starting out. Small craft may find uncomfortable or iffy conditions, so please use safe practices. Strong walleye fishing is expected to continue through the weekend and many anglers are commenting on the longevity of the season we are experiencing. The bite has been consistently strong all year and as anglers begin putting their boats away at this time in most years, many are keeping their vessels rigged to chase walleye well into October. The high water mid-week has brought some steelhead into the streams and they have been dropping and clearing since Wednesday. Yesterday was productive for a number of anglers and the bite is finally starting to pick up. Spoons and jigs have been taking a number of early fish, but never count out sacs, singles, and live shiners/minnows. If you're traveling to the Lake this weekend, stay safe and fish on!
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: When able
Water Conditions: To be determined
9/27/2018
A reply to 2 old guys: yes, perchers are fishing for them. I am one of many. No reports because it is poor once again. This marks 3.5 years of poor perch numbers. Three years ago my friends and myself were seeing flags on the water and saying ; 'what the ( blank ) are those ? ". Commercial netting came back with legal trap nets! It's not just a change in conditions of water, diet , climate change, etc. They are pulling great numbers of perch in their nets. For anglers with rod and bait, our chances become close to nothing. No one talks about it though! I hate when professional organizations say they don't know what's happening to the perch problem. Come on !! Because walleye are a success now, all attention is on that. In a short time, that too may change and will anyone question where they went?Blue pike were A species of walleye, not pike. They are gone. Talk to a biologist if you wish. Species communicate, like we do. The drum fish sounds its " drum" to find its mate. Perch, like others, find each other and school. Should their large school find its way into a trap net, others will follow. It's nature. We, as man, sit and wonder' what this 'and 'what that ' but yet are educated? Sorry to go on. I love fishing. But do you study it? I mean look at you watching creek rising for steelhead, full moon phases , water temps , winds, etc. Do you read the history of commercial netting? It's quite a read. I don't support it. Thats just me. Why do you think so many have their boats for sale? They went out for perch...the beloved species of this lake. Okay, end of rant.. I remain , ThERAven.
Location: trout run
Time Observed: 9/27/18
Water Conditions: calm
9/27/2018
very few fish in trout run. did watch two guys land two trout. saw fish on peoples stringers.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 9-27-18
Water Conditions:
9/27/2018
Note to Admin. Why are there no perch reports? It's a long ride to the lake for perch and a lot of time to locate them if there are no reports. Surely someone is fishing for them.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/27/2018
Water Conditions: Waves <2'
9/27/2018
Winds are light and variable with waves 2' or less today. Today should offer nice conditions to get after walleye off shore. The broken record report continues, as the same programs are still putting fish in boxes throughout the region. All reports indicate that walleye are gorging on shad, smelt, perch, and anything else they can chase down in preparation for the winter. Stickbaits of 3.5"-4.5" are often the most productive in the fall in most years, but as we all know, this year is different. Really as long as you find fish, they will be willing to strike whatever you offer. Many streams were blown out as of yesterday evening from the heavy rain, but should be dropping and clearing throughout the day today. Steelhead anglers should target the smaller tribs or lakeshore early in the day as the Elk, Walnut, and the larger tribs generally take a little longer to clear. Its worth betting that more fish are moving in on the high water and this weekend should provide a good chance for many to hook up with their first steelhead of the 2018-19 season.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/26/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 3-5'
9/26/2018
Winds will start at 15-20 knots out of the SW but become NW later in the day. There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day and waves will be up to 3-5', making for an uncomfortable day on the water. If you are planning to get out, wind and waves are expected to decrease tonight. The walleye bite continues to be as hot as ever, with Reef Runners, Renosky's, Thundersticks, spoons, and crawler harnesses being the most reported baits of choice. With shifting winds the last few days bringing some cooler water into shallower depths, anglers have been catching fish in 50-70 FOW. More steelhead have been caught while trolling the last few days, indicating they are continuing to move closer to the tribs. Streams are up and discolored right now, but should be fishable by this afternoon/evening if we don't get too much more rain. Stream conditions should be good for the next few days leading into the weekend.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/25/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 3-6'
9/25/2018
SW winds at 15-25 knots will start the day, but diminish to 10-15 knots by the evening. The Lake is forecast to see waves anywhere from 1-6' today, and will largely make for unpredictable and unfishable conditions. Also along with the chance of thunderstorms, today will not offer much opportunity for boaters to fish off shore. Wind and waves are expected to remain strong through Wednesday before diminishing through the weekend and offering better chances to chase walleye. The lake shore received roughly .25-.5" of rain from yesterday evening which should increase and stain stream flows. While likely not enough rain to sustain higher streams for long, this can only encourage the early running steelhead to enter the tribs. Later today and into tomorrow should offer good fishing conditions for those chasing steelhead. Good luck!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/24/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 2-4'
9/24/2018
Saturday was a blow day with strong winds and a rough Lake. The waves calmed by Sunday morning and some folks were able to get out early before the Lake got rough again in the afternoon. Those who did get after walleye were largely rewarded with limits and full boxes. Today will bring ESE winds of 10-20 knots and waves building to 2-4' by the afternoon. Stronger winds will build waves up to 9' by tonight, so get out early if you plan to try it today. Some anglers are having more success for walleye in shallower depths of 50-60 FOW, while the main bite remains around 70'. The Friday rains and cold weather did bring the streams up and cooled them down, which brought some steelhead into the streams. We would say this weekend marked the start of the steelhead season in our region. However, if you're looking for a banner day on the creek, its still early and there aren't a lot of fish yet. Some folks were able to hook a fish or two, but most anglers went empty handed. The streams dropped to very low and clear conditions by Sunday and we're needing much more rain to trigger a solid push.
Location: ELK
Time Observed: 9/22/18
Water Conditions: ?
9/22/2018
Any Steelhead running yet?
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/21/2018
Water Conditions: Waves up to 10'
9/21/2018
The wind and waves are here. Winds out of the SE at 30 knots and a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon will bring waves of 5-8', with occasional 10-footers today. So fishing on open water isn't going to happen for folks today. Waves should begin subsiding late tonight and may offer fishable conditions by Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon and Sunday are forecast to bring more reasonable conditions and should offer a chance for anglers to get out. If you are chomping at the bit to fish this weekend, PI Bay will offer better opportunities for bass. If we get some decent rain this evening, there's a possibility that some steelhead may enter the streams and offer the first chance to really target them this year. Watch the weather prior to making the first steelhead trip up for the year and good luck to everyone! Stay safe and fish on!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/20/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
9/20/2018
We should have another nice morning on the Lake today, with winds 5-15 knots out of the SE and waves 0-2'. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, but if you're walleye fishing earlier in the day, there's a very good chance you'll limit and be off the water well in advance of any bad weather. Friday's forecast is looking to bring strong wind and waves, making conditions unfishable offshore. The weekend forecast is looking to be hit-or-miss with potential for a bumpy, but fishable, Lake on Saturday. Continue to fish in 60-70 FOW with riggers, dipsies, and 4 or 5 oz. weights and you should have no problem marking and landing walleye. For those looking to steelhead fish this weekend, its possible that rain tonight and tomorrow could bring some fish in, but don't hold you're breath just yet. We'll see what tomorrow brings and provide an update heading into the weekend.