Welcome to FishErie.com
Your complete source for information on fishing the Erie, Pennsylvania area

Fishing Reports


 

Before you go fishing in the Erie area, check here for recent reports from other anglers!

Please share your recent fishing experience and Submit a Report.

For questions, comments, or to discuss fishing in the Erie area, or to post a question, please use the FishUSA Forums.

 

Select date range for reports: -
Location: from elk to the dump
Time Observed: 5/25/18
Water Conditions: calm
5/25/2018
first trip of the year. great day weather wise. the fish just could not be found. from 20' to 43' nothing. did not mark any fish till we got to the dump. we picked up 3 slabs & 2 little ones. till next time.
Location: Erie and PI
Time Observed: 5/25/2018
Water Conditions: Clearing
5/25/2018
Waves are 1' or less at the shore. With the exception of some scattered thundershowers this weekend, we should have good fishing weather going into the holiday weekend. Water temperatures are warming into the upper 50's, even low 60's in some locations, especially PI and inland waters. The smallmouth are hitting most presentations throughout the Bay and near the lake shore. Walleye are hitting jigs and slowly-trolled baits anywhere between 10-40 FOW, with some reported catches out to 65'. As the water warms, look for walleye to more actively chase baits.
Location: Erie and PI
Time Observed: 5/24/2018
Water Conditions: Clearing
5/24/2018
Wave action over the past few days should continue to decrease with a south wind this morning and help to settle the mudline in the lake as we head into the weekend. Those fishing the line and out into slightly deeper water continue to report a good walleye bite with jigs and trolling. Presque Isle and its larger bays are still stirred up with murky water. Some of the shallow and flowing waters in the bays are clearing and have 4 to 5 feet of visibility. Anglers are generally still finding a lot of smallmouth, with more largemouth being caught as well. Moving around to find the clearing water will be key to locating fish after the recent rough weather. Reports from Pymatuning are telling of a good walleye and crappie bite as well.
Location: Erie and PI
Time Observed: 5/23/2018
Water Conditions: Clearing
5/23/2018
The wind and weather have subsided and should be offering more comfortable fishing conditions over the next few days. Water in Presque Isle Bay, Misery, and other bays on the peninsula continues to warm slowly and the smallmouth bites gets stronger everyday. Pike are still chasing bait and panfish in the shallows. Twitching jigs and stick/jerk baits has been productive for bass, pike, and walleye in the lake. The mudline is clearing and should offer near-shore boaters and land-casters some good opportunities moving closer to the weekend.
Location: Erie and PI Bay
Time Observed: 5/22/2018
Water Conditions: Stained
5/22/2018
Walleye fishing has remained good over the past few days and they are being caught during the day and at night. Trolling slower and jigging is still the hot bite. Bay Rats 60-100ft behind boards in 8-15 FOW have been producing well along with bucktail jigs. Perch fishing has still been very hit and miss with mixed reports coming in. Small mouth bass fishing has been good in both Presque Isle Bay and the lower stretches of the creeks. Jigging, live minnows, and slow jerk bait and creature bait presentations are taking fish. The smallmouth bite should continue strong as further warming trends are expected for the next week. Lake trout fishing has been fairly consistent, however, this will likely slow down over the next week or two. Fish On!
Location: Dump to Shades
Time Observed: 5-20-18
Water Conditions: 1-2s
5/21/2018
The trip for Saturday was cancelled due to weather. Sundays trip was both drifting and anchoring from the DUMP to Shades Beach from 20' of H2O to 55'. A mixed bag of perch and walleye were landed, with many JUMBOS! The PERCH PIRATE is booking trips from this coming Friday to Memorial Day. For trip info look on this web sites forums and regional sites under lake charters for Perch Pirate Head Boat.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/21/2018
Water Conditions: Clearing
5/21/2018
Walleye fishing this weekend is good from most reports. There is a number of fish on rock piles and humps from the Condos to the Ohio line. The day bite has been very good for this early in the season. Anglers are catching fish both trolling and jigging in 10-15 FOW and some fish are being taken in up to 40-50 FOW. Perch fishing is still very hit and miss. There are some panfish being caught in Presque Isle Bay. Pymatuning Lake has been consistent all spring and anglers are still catching a lot of crappie and walleye. Fish On!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/18/2018
Water Conditions:
5/18/2018

Fishing conditions for today and tonight look less than ideal, with strong northeast winds coming in. Tomorrow and Sunday should be good if the rain and thunderstorms hold off. Walleye having been hitting at night at the creek mouths and trolling along the shorelines. There are some being caught during the day, jigging and trolling slowly. Perch have been hit and miss off of the stacks in 45-52 FOW. Lake trout have been hitting on the edge of the mountain in North East. Pymatuning Lake has also been very good for walleye and crappie during the day and at night.

Fish On!

Location: East of the Mountian
Time Observed: 5/17- 7 til noon
Water Conditions: Flat
5/18/2018
We went trolling around in 30 to 75' looking for walleye, didn't find any. We did however catch 2 lake trout one 28" & one 29'' in 49' & 62'. Not impressed with marks at all, still too cold I guess. 1big1
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/17/2018
Water Conditions:
5/17/2018

Walleye fishing is heating up with guys getting fish at night in the shallow water and during the day anywhere from 10-30ft of water. Jigging can be very productive this time of year and tipping the jig with a night crawler can drive walleye crazy. Smallmouth in the bay continues to be good with pike being caught by accident. Perch fishing continues to be spotty with locating fish being difficult. Continue to check the weather to plan the best possible day to fish.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/16/2018
Water Conditions:
5/16/2018

Walleye fishing is picking up in the shallow water. Fish during the day are slowly starting to hit more in 15-30 FOW and at night in 8-15 FOW. Perch are schooling up off the point in 45-52 FOW and off of Trout Run in 40-45 FOW. Smallmouth bass fishing is in full swing in Presque Isle Bay, the fish are just now beginning to move up on shallow flats to start spawning.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/15/2018
Water Conditions:
5/15/2018

For this morning, the wind is out of the south at 5-15 knots and waves are 2ft or less. Guys are catching walleye around the mouths of the creeks from boats during the day and casting plugs at night. Any shallow running stickbait with a decent size profile will work at night. A few favorites are Bomber's and Rapala's. Steelhead fishing in the tribs is pretty much over, but smallmouth bass are as far up as Route 20 in Girard. Fishing in PI continues to be good with large and smallmouth being caught along with nice sized pike. Continue to check the local forecast and weather to pick the right times to go out and fish.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/14/2018
Water Conditions:
5/14/2018

Heavy rain over the past weekend likely pushed most of the remaining steelhead out of the creeks. There are still some panfish biting in the bay. Perch fishing has been decent just outside of the channel of Presque Isle and several decent reports off of Trout Run in 38-45 FOW. Lake Trout fishing has been good in North East on the edge of the mountain. There are some lake trout in shallower water as well, however, most of the fish are closer to the mountain. There are some walleye hitting during the day and at night. Most of the night fish are being caught trolling in 8-15 FOW and during the day anywhere from 15-30 FOW. Jigging and slow trolling have been the more productive methods.

Fish On!

Location: The Mountain
Time Observed: 5/13
Water Conditions: 1' or less
5/13/2018
Went 5/5 on nice Lakers this morning in a few hours. All 29-32" fish. 90-120 FOW pulling lures at 1.5-1.6mph. Catch & Release
Location: Out of Presque
Time Observed: 5/8/18
Water Conditions: calm - nice!
5/12/2018
It ain't on yet! Bait shop say still a month behind due to bad winter. Need another week or so of warm days to get thing going. Fished all day nothing - no small mouth or walleye. Lots of guys trying for a Tuesday, didn't see a fish. I'd call before you haul. Good Luck!
Location: lAKE ERIE
Time Observed: 5-11-18
Water Conditions: NICE
5/11/2018
The 2018 season for the PERCH PIRATE is underway! This season will include a lot of drifting for the large school of walleye that will be legal this year so dig out your favorite spinners and other hardware you have used in the past for drifting for walleye! The perch fishing will once again depend on what natural feed the lake produces, the perch are there! For trip info look on this web sites forums and regional sites under lake charters for Perch Pirate Head Boat.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/11/218
Water Conditions:
5/11/2018

Colder night temperatures have delayed the warming trend we've been experiencing, making the bite sluggish at times. With the cold water, most anglers are experiencing fishing conditions that are 1-2 weeks behind typical conditions. Smallmouth bass are being caught in the tributaries, bay, and lake as more fish continue moving closer to shore preparing to spawn. Pike fishing in the PI lagoons has been above average, assisted by the cold water following their spawn. For walleye, vertical jigging or slow trolling from a boat, or casting stickbaits/crankbaits from shore has produced a few fish. Expect the bite to improve as the water warms, even only a few degrees.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/10/2018
Water Conditions:
5/10/2018

With the wind coming out of the southwest today at 15-20 knots, waves should be 1-3ft, building to 2-4ft. The lake dropped back to a chilling 43 degrees overnight. Guys are catching a few walleye off the shore with plugs at night - it's still early though with water temps being a little on the low side. Smallmouth fishing continues to be good in the bay and tribs, with a few steelhead still in the lower trib systems. Continue to watch the lake temp and waves and weather forecast to plan the best possible fishing time.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Lampe to Walnut Creek
Time Observed: 5/9 7am til 1pm
Water Conditions: Flat
5/10/2018
Trolled around deep and shallow on a scouting trip yesterday, found nothing to report. Nice day for a long boat ride, that was about all. 1big1
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/9/2018
Water Conditions:
5/9/2018

Small and largemouth fishing in the bay is very good right now. There are still some perch being caught from North and South Pier and a few still in the bay. There have been a few walleye hitting, however, this is still a very slow bite.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/8/2018
Water Conditions:
5/8/2018

Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting in Presque Isle Bay. Some stocked trout and steelhead still remain in the streams. There are still a few perch being caught in the bay, however, most of them are being caught from North and South Pier. There have been some walleye being caught, but this is still sporadic. Lake trout fishing has been slower, but the fish are there and it should pick up after the water cleans up a bit.

Fish On!

Location: The Mountain
Time Observed: 5/5
Water Conditions: Morning: 1-3' ; Afternoon: <1'
5/7/2018
First day out for Lakers this year (thanks, relentless wind). Went 5/7 on 25-30" fish in 80-110 FOW. 1.2-1.8mph was the best range we found. Hit everything outside of the mudline where there was still very good visibility. Catch & Release
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/7/2018
Water Conditions:
5/7/2018

Perch fishing has been good off north and south pier. The perch have spawned out and are heading into the lake. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in Presque Isle Bay. There are still some steelhead and stocked trout in the streams, however, this is spotty. There are a few walleye being picked up in shallow water, however, this bite will still be a few weeks before it really picks up. Some lake trout are being caught in North East and this bite will be good for a few weeks depending on the weather. Some crappie and walleye are also being caught at Pymatuning Lake.

Fish On!

Location: East of Mountian 49 to 62'
Time Observed: Sunday 5/6
Water Conditions: 1' or less stained & lots of trash from Firday's wind
5/7/2018
We took our first trip of the year, no catch but good marks on what I believe were walleye. Didn't fish much anyway but I'm encouraged by what I saw on the finder. 1big1
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/4/2018
Water Conditions:
5/4/2018

Smallmouth bass fishing in the bay continues to improve and should continue to be steady heading into next week. Perch fishing in the bay has slowed down, however, there are some reports of crappie being caught. Steelhead and stock trout still remain in the creeks, but with incoming warm temperatures this will likely put an end to the season. Walleye season has begun on the PA side of Lake Erie and while there have been only a few reports of fish being caught, this should get better within the next week.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/3/2018
Water Conditions:
5/3/2018

Steelhead fishing is coming to a close, however, there are still some stockies in the streams. Smallmouth are moving into the bay and in the shallow water along the lakeshore. Perch fishing in the bay is also coming to a close. Pymatuning Lake has been producing perch and crappie.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/2/2018
Water Conditions:
5/2/2018

The warm weather has finally arrived, which should bring changes to the fishing conditions. The streams are low and clear with stocked trout and some steelhead remaining in the larger creeks. Smallmouth are making their way into the streams and bays, and fishing will continue to improve as the fish prepare to spawn. Walleye fishing is now open in the PA waters of Lake Erie and the early reports indicate mixed results for those who have been out already. Fishing close to shore in the late evenings and early mornings should provide boaters and shore casters decent opportunities at the first walleye of the year.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/01/2018
Water Conditions:
5/1/2018

Happy first day of walleye on Lake Erie, as it opened today 5/1. As for inland, 5/5 is the opening day for walleye. For today, the wind is out of the southwest at 10-15 knots and waves are 2 foot or less. For tribs, steelhead are still in the creeks, but fewer are there every day as it's starting to wind down with more suckers coming in every day. Smallmouth are showing up at the mouths and lower sections of the tribs. As for the bay, panfish and perch are still being caught, along with some lunker largemouth and some decent sized pike. Continue to watch the weather and temps of the water to pick the best day to go fishing.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/30/2018
Water Conditions:
4/30/2018

Reports from over the weekend are saying steelhead fishing is still in swing with fish throughout the system on the west side tribs, plus bonus stocked trout too. Being mobile is the key to success during this time of year. Fish will be dropping back and sometimes holding in the fast ripple water (make your sure you have a good pair of sunglasses to spot fish). Perch and panfish are still being caught in the bay. As the temps warm up panfishing will get better and perch will start to move to deeper water. Largemouth and pike are also being caught around the bay. Continue to watch the temps and forecast for the weather to pick the best possible day to fish.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!