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Location: 11/23
Time Observed: Lake Erie tribs
Water Conditions: Dirty
11/23/2020
Most of the tribs are blown out after the rain we got over the weekend. The tribs should be fishable in a day or two depending on future rain. This will bring more fish in and spread fish out even further on the creeks. Continue to watch the CFS gauges on the tribs to pick the best day to go out. TIGHT LINES -Josh
Location: Erie tribs
Time Observed: 11/21/20
Water Conditions:
11/21/2020
Yesterday some Erie tribs received snow melt that made the creeks dirty. Water should be clearing up but leaves might be a problem with fishing due to false takes. This melt off would not have been seen on the USGS gauges. TIGHT LINES -Josh
Location: Lake Erie tribs
Time Observed: 11/20/20
Water Conditions: low and clear
11/20/2020
Nothing has really changed in the creek conditions. Through out the week the tribs had a quick spike in flow and color because of snow melt. Fish are still catchable, you just have to have a stealthy presentation in low and clear water. Remember if you can see the fish the fish can see you and any movement. Continue to watch the gauges on the weather and waves page on Fisherie.com. TIGHT LINES-Josh
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/18/20
Water Conditions: Getting better!
11/18/2020
Snow south of I-90 is a great sign for upcoming steelhead fishing. Tomorrow and this weekend are forecasted being warm, thus melting the snow and making for favorable conditions! Melting snow will create a off color to the water and turn fish on! Fish bright colors like chartreuse, hot pink and bright white like a rabbit hair zonker! Good luck and stay safe~ Jake from the FishUSA Pro Shop!!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/18/20
Water Conditions: Getting better!
11/18/2020
Recent snow will add to the stability of water conditions. As of today (Nov. 18th) there is still snow south of I-90. But with warming temps in the forecast, the snow will start to melt creating good water conditions for this weekend! Added color and flow to the streams tend to make fishing better and it looks like the odds are in our favor!! Good Luck and stay safe on the water- Jake from the FishUSA Pro Shop
Location: Lake Erie Trib
Time Observed: 11/13 11/14
Water Conditions: Clear and Low
11/18/2020
This was my first time up in several years, but I did land a total of 6 with a few others that got off. My biggest disappointment was the amount of newly posted property along the streams. When did they post past Folly's Campground? You used to be able to walk quite the distance down and now you can't. This was the saddest trip I've ever had in the 20+ years of going there.
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 11/16/20
Water Conditions:
11/16/2020
The rain that Erie received yesterday did not effect the tribs. Fish continue to be through out the system in most of the major creeks. Minnow baits or egg baits both continue to work. Watch the CFS gauges that are located on the "weather and waves page" of Fisherie.com to pick the best days to fish. TIGHT LINES-Josh
Location: Lake Erie Trib
Time Observed: 11/13
Water Conditions:
11/13/2020
Water conditions continue to be difficult, with most tribs being low and clear. Fish are being caught through out the entire creek system. Single egg presentations or egg flies are what most anglers are using. Some fly fisherman are also stripping streams for an aggression strike. Continue to watch the CFS gauges for rain, which will make the fishing better. TIGHT LINES-Josh
Location: 20 Mile
Time Observed: 11/9/2020
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
11/10/2020
Walked along way, saw beautiful sites but only 2 areas of fish. Walnut had many more fish than 20 mile. Even the honey holes were empty.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 11/9/2020
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
11/10/2020
Fished 1/2 day and hooked up twiced, once on a pink mop fly and once on a pink crytal meth. There are a couple good pools of people with a pool of people. Found a couple of pods of 6 and fished thosed hard from downstream and through a ton of stuff at them. No Interest what so ever. They were jumping at leaves, never saw anything on the leaves picked up a bunch to see but they definitely were jumping at them.
Location: All streams
Time Observed: Mid October-November
Water Conditions: Up and down
11/9/2020
Listen to the locals for accurate details. Fished many days to be totally skunked,did well other times depending on flow! Watch the radar and water gauges before planning a trip to streams. Maybe concentrate on some hunting then come back to the streams before ice up! 2020 is a year to remember!!! Nothing normal and nothing like last year. Tight lines to all and good luck when water cooperates.
Location: Lake Erie tribs
Time Observed: 11/9/20
Water Conditions:
11/9/2020
Difficult fishing over the weekend with extremely low and clear water. Some fish were caught between spinning gear and fly gear. Stealth and finding unpressured fish is the key to success. Almost every trib has fish in it by now. They are just spread out and very spooked because of the low clear water. Continue to watch the weather to pick the best days to fish. TIGHT LINES -Josh
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 11-6 to 11-8
Water Conditions: Little satanised
11/8/2020
Fished from Friday to Sunday caught 3 fish were jumping crazy but not biting used a blue and sliver spinner fish were not active seen only 3 people land a fish out of like 20 recommended waiting couple weeks.
Location: Upper elk
Time Observed: 11/5
Water Conditions: Low and clear
11/8/2020
Fishing was slow fish were sporadic and extremely spooked. On my way back to my car I talked to Someone I met earlier. It was the pink worm Success story guess what I didn’t have in my flybox.? People were very courteous mainly sharing stream time That’s the real point of this report let’s be brothers at the Creek
Location: Lake Erie tribs
Time Observed: 11/07
Water Conditions:
11/7/2020
Low and clear water is the current state most of the tribs are in. With fishing pressure high for weekend stealth is the key to success. Finding unpressured fish will also be key. This time of year aggressive strikes with minnow baits can be productive. Also beads and single eggs do well in the riffles and faster spots on the creek. TIGHT LINES-Josh
Location: Upper Elk
Time Observed: 11/5/2020
Water Conditions: Clear but goo flow
11/6/2020
I fished in Sterrettania yesterday and there where plenty of fish which is upstream from Foley's. Stop in and get a Limit-grabber stringer handle with stringer $2. There where plenty of fresh, active and wiling fish taking small green and chartreuse streamers. Tight lines and screaming reels
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/4/20
Water Conditions: Dropping
11/4/2020
Erie tributary's are constantly fluctuating with the amount of precipitation that Erie gets. Seems like one moment the stream is blown out with what seems like more mud then water flowing down the stream to low and clear. To insure your next trip is going to be a successful one, check the stream gauges before each outing. Fish Erie does have the gauges readily available with accurate water conditions that can be viewed at any time. The classics seem to be working just like most years. Glo bug flies and minnow patterns are producing favorable numbers! Don't forget to tie on a bead now and again also! in high water, fish tend to be upstream and in low clearer water they tend to slide into deeper pools in lower elk or deeper holes upstream. Good Luck and stay safe- Jake from the FishUSA Pro Shop
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 10/30-10/31
Water Conditions: Blown out to stained
11/4/2020
Got up last Friday, and fished the east side tribs, struggled to get much going, with only a few hook ups in a driving rain storm and the temperature dropping. Saturday, it warmed up a little, and I headed west, where the water conditions were just perfect, fish were taking crystal meth sucker spawns, hares ear and black stonefly nymphs, mop flies, and trout beads. Some Video: https://youtu.be/XF5pBdkw5uw
Location: Upper Elk
Time Observed: 11/2
Water Conditions: stained, slightly high (ideal)
11/3/2020
Fished for several hours near Sterrattaina and did okay. Most pools held fish. Hooked 4, landed 2, all on streamers. Swinging worked. They seemed to prefer anything white and minnow-like. Don't overlook the small pockets when the water is high and stained.
Location: Lake Erie tribs
Time Observed: 11/2
Water Conditions:
11/2/2020
Water flow is everything this time of year. Watch the CFS gauges on walnut and brandy run(small trib of elk creek). Spikes in water levels can cause great fishing conditions or blow out the creeks due to low water conditions. Most presentations are working right now. Get out and do some creek walking if you wanna find fish and fewer anglers. TIGHT LINES -Josh
Location: 20 Mile Creek
Time Observed: 10/28/2020
Water Conditions: Stained
11/1/2020
Beached 6 lb fresh Steelie at lower Parking area. Hot pink bead head size 12 wooly bugger. Saw 3 others landed. My best friend and long time fishing buddy lost his net(long handle wooden) with a GoPro attached, somewhere between the water and the parking lot. He thinks it came off climbing up the bank. Know it's a long shot, but would love to get the GoPro back for the fish pics. I can be contacted at troutflyrodder55@aol.com. Thanks
Location: Walnut lower
Time Observed: 11-1-20
Water Conditions: Perfect...stained
11/1/2020
Not seeing much in the line of reports so here’s what I’ve seen over the past week. Small run in lower walnut. Walked from mouth up to Route 20 and only saw decent pods of fish below Route 5. Nothing above 5. Literally perfect conditions today but action was spotty at best. Elk flow is slow. Didn’t make it to the mouth but boat access and up saw very little action. Thinking the mouth must be clogged with debris again blocking good flow. Need major rain to get the numbers in the creeks. Trout run was on fire every day but lots of guys.
Location: Mid Elk
Time Observed: 10/30/20
Water Conditions: Rising/good
10/31/2020
Fished 4 hrs, hooked one, landed one, lost 1 quickly. Saw 4 others landed between 7 - 8 people. Leaves were becoming a true issue by noon. Zonkers, brighter eggs and saw one hooked up on a scented plastic minnow.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/28/2020
Water Conditions: Good
10/28/2020
Water conditions are starting to bring chrome fish into the streams. Streams are still struggling to get into PERFECT conditions but are still very much fishable. The nice thing about this time of year is the water color will be off color due to dead leaves. The water tends to be a tannic, tea color. Bright colors have been working well like bright pinks, chartreuse and orange. Good Luck and stay safe on the water- Jake from the FishUSA Pro Shop
Location: Lower Elk
Time Observed: 10/25/2020
Water Conditions: Good
10/26/2020
Very busy with fishermen, but not much action. Saw 4 caught in 6 hrs. Thru many flies, then hooked one for 10 seconds on Gulp minnow. That was my day. SMH. Next time...
Location: Elk
Time Observed: 9/26/2020
Water Conditions: Stained 12-18" visibility
10/26/2020
I did not see any fish moving or in holes due to the limited visibility. I only saw one smaller fish hoked for a brief time. Went to 20mile in afternoon managed to hook a creek chub on orange sucker spawn. I lost a black fly box near the sewage treatment plant in Girard. If found please contact me via Email Dolmyster @gmail.com Tight lines
Location: Lower Elk
Time Observed: 10/23
Water Conditions: Slightly high, colored
10/26/2020
Fished lower Elk, after rain, on Friday. I have fished these conditions many many times with good success. Arriving before daybreak, many fisherman on the steams. Tubes were arms length apart. By 10 am fisherman were pretty much gone. Very few hookups. Still a few diehards and some newcomers. Only saw 7-9 hookups all day and I saw only 3 landed until 2:30 and I packed 'er up. Very very disappointing day. Everyone of course had their own theories. but bottom line if the fish were there, they weren't biting anything. And I tried everything.
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 10/26/20
Water Conditions:
10/26/2020
The streams are coming back into shape after all the rain the Erie area has gotten the last few days. This means that fish are now spread through out most of the Erie tribs. Sacs, beads, jigs, and flies are all working right now. Continue to watch the weather to plan the best days to come up and fish for steelhead.