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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/26/2017
Water Conditions:
5/26/2017

Good morning! We have had significant rain in the last 24 hours. Streams are up and dirty this morning. West winds and 2 to 3 footers are registering on the buoy right now. Wind suppose to turn out of the SW then South late. Fishing in the region has been fair-to-good depending on what you're fishing for. Walleye bite has been good for a lot of boats during the day and night. Shore casting has still been on the slow side, even with the lake being flat most of the week. Fish are being caught from shore, just not huge numbers.

From a few angler reports, PI is starting to heat up for smallmouth. Big gills, pike and a few perch still being reported as well. Perch are being caught out in the lake, east of PI, at 30 to 40 ft of water. Weekend weather is looking pretty good, so get out and enjoy some fishing. Also this Sunday (May 28) is the first of 2 Fish-For-Free days offered by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. This is a great opportunity to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing!

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/25/2017
Water Conditions:
5/25/2017

Walleye fishing has been productive on the lake when the water is clear. The wind forecast looks more promising over the next week and should make for some fishable conditions. Fish are being caught during the day and night, however, the day bite is definitely more sporadic.

Smallmouth are still being caught in the bay and along the lake shore. This will die down within the next few weeks.

Fish On!

Location: Shades Beach to Dump
Time Observed: 05/21/17
Water Conditions: calm, 1 foot or less
5/24/2017
Perch Pirate head boat 2017 season is underway. Fished 40'-50' of water. Caught perch each anchor drop. Dumping Grounds area proved best bite...marked most bait. Perch were stuffed full of very small gobies and shrimp. Boat will run 05/25 thru Memorial Day.
Location: Lagoons, PI bay
Time Observed: 5/23/17
Water Conditions: Calm to light chop
5/24/2017
Fished around the group of bass boats by misery hoping to pick up some perch, no dice. moved over to marina lake, started getting a few chunky gills. trolled over into the lagoons and surprisingly got some good jumbo perch, and plenty of gills. Good day on the water.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/24/2017
Water Conditions:
5/24/2017

The walleye bite has been most productive at night, with some being caught off the shore and piers, but most of the action happening while trolling. For both trolling and shore fishing, use shallow-mid diving lures. As always, every night can be different, so bring a decent amount of different colors - what worked one night might not work the next.

PI is starting to pick up with smallmouth and largemouth. Smallmouth have been reported in the bay and out to the lake in up to 30ft of water. Perch and big panfish are still being caught off the shore and piers. Some pike are being caught in the lagoons also.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/23/2017
Water Conditions:
5/23/2017

As of this morning the sun is out with very little wind and lake conditions will only be improving as the day goes on. As everyone should know by now, the night walleye bite has been very productive when conditions are favorable to get out trolling. As for the shore bite, it hasn't been as great. With very few fish being reported. For the best chances, carry a large selection of shallow to mid diving baits when fishing in both scenarios.

PI has been very busy with bass fishermen. Reports have been of smallies in the bay and out to 30ft of water in the lake with some on beds in the bay. Pike, big gills, crappies and perch are all still being caught daily.

One more thing I'd like to add, PLEASE know what the weather is doing and understand the limitations your watercraft has. Be smart because no fish is worth your life.

Fish on!

Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 5/20
Water Conditions: Low/Clear
5/22/2017
Fished the Tribs for Smallies on Saturday. Low densities compared to what I've seen in the past, but still enough to pull a few. Went 5/6 in a few hours with crystal buggers and stoneflies on the 7wt and lost track of how many uncommitted takes I had.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/22/2017
Water Conditions:
5/22/2017

Smallmouth fishing has been good in Presque Isle over the last few days. Fish are being caught throughout the bay and along the lakeshore. Smallmouth are still being caught in the creeks, but they have spread out, making them more difficult to locate. Walleye fishing has picked up a little, but fishing conditions have been less than ideal recently. The water temperatures are still low, however, the west winds expected this week should warm up the water and make fish more active.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/18/2017
Water Conditions:
5/18/2017

Good morning! As most of you know, the night walleye bite has been a busy one the last few days. Walnut Creek parking lot has been packed with trailers when conditions have been favorable to get out on the lake. As far as the shore casting goes, guys are not having much success. I only know of a couple fish that have been caught. It looks like a cold front is coming through tonight with some thunderstorms in the area. Southwest winds 15 to 25 knots will be in place the next couple days, which takes the walleye bite out of play for the most part.

Presque Isle is producing a nice mix of fishing opportunities right now. Smallmouth, big gills, crappie, perch and northerns have all been reported caught this week. On a side note, Elk Creek is still holding good numbers of smallies if you're interested in doing some stream fishing. As for baits, suggestions are to carry a host of different minnow patterns (live or artificial), leeches and jigs.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 5/17/17
Water Conditions:
5/17/2017

Small mouth fishing is still producing in the bay, as well as panfish. This is the peak time to hit these fish over the next few weeks as they spawn and the water temperatures continue to rise.

Walleye are just starting to be caught, however this is still sporadic as the water temperatures need to rise to make fishing conditions ideal.

Some stocked trout can still be caught throughout the streams. Staying mobile will help produce more fish because they are spread out.

Fish On!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/16/2017
Water Conditions:
5/16/2017

Fishing for smallmouth has been good in both the streams and the Bay. Fish are very active as they prepare to spawn. Bluegill and crappie are being caught throughout the bay and are beginning to bed. The next several weeks will be the peak season for them.

Walleye season has begun, however, conditions have not been ideal. With cold fronts and high winds this made the lake muddy, creating less than ideal fishing conditions. The warmer temperatures this week should increase success rates and set up the next few weeks for walleye trolling.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/15/2017
Water Conditions:
5/15/2017

With the recent drop in water temperatures, bay and lake fishing has been slow. More action has been happening in the bay, with some smallmouth and pike, but no notable numbers yet. Perch and panfish are also being caught, but locating them is proving to be difficult. Walleye fishing is on pause for the nighttime and shore bite until the lake warms up. There have been a few reports of nighttime walleye being caught, but it's like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Fish on.

Location: Mountain; Tribs
Time Observed: 5/13 - 5/14
Water Conditions: Glass; Low/Clear
5/14/2017
Mountain- Four hours trolling for Lakers in 80-120 FOW. 4 fish from 28-33" including the best one of the season yet at a fat 18 pounds. First fish on in under two minutes and then a double an hour later. Three more hours to find the last guy then they shut down. Dodgers and blades. Nice morning bite and some nice fish. Two weeks left of our Spring Char fishing. Tribs- Couple nice Smallies and White Suckers plus my new personal best Steelhead at 32" 12 pounds. Nice way to end the weekend. Catch & Release
Location: Presque isle
Time Observed: 5/14/2017
Water Conditions: High water a bit murky
5/14/2017
Started out at 6 a.m. fished hard until noon. 2 largemouth bass. Was targeting smallmouth most of the time. Didnt see anybody getting anything. Fished horseshoe and missery and the inlet wall among other smallmouth places. Got windy around noon and headed to shenango. No luck there either. Worst day ever up in erie. Tight lines everybody
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/12/2017
Water Conditions:
5/12/2017

Panfish and perch are still being caught off the piers in the Bay. Finding them is the hardest part, so be prepared to move around from spot to spot if you want a decent chance at catching anything. Some smallmouth and pike are being caught throughout the Bay and lagoons.

With the lake still being rough and muddy, walleye fishing has been on a pause for the last week. Some lake trout are still being caught out on the water using flies and spoons.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/11/2017
Water Conditions:
5/11/2017

As of this morning, it's raining AGAIN! No significant rain as of yet, but the next couple days have rain in the forecast. There is nothing different to report from yesterday on conditions. Everything is the same with the exception of a few steelhead being caught at Walnut yesterday.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/10/2017
Water Conditions:
5/10/2017

As of this morning stream conditions are back to normal flows, but there isn’t much information on fishing activity in the tributaries. A giant tree has fallen across the stream at Elk Creek access and the launch is currently closed until further notice. Any questions, please contact the PA Fish and Boat Commission at Presque Isle for the latest information. As for the night walleye bite, it has been non-existent since the season opened. The biggest reason being that the conditions have been horrible.

Muddy shoreline conditions and waves are keeping guys from venturing out. This also goes for the lake trout fishing. The lake temperature has actually dropped 2 or 3 degrees this past week when it should be rising. Water levels are at an extreme high right now, as well. I was at the North Pier yesterday and the water level was only 1 foot from the top of the walkways across on the South Pier. I did see a few perch being caught on perch rigs tipped with minnows. A lot of bass boats in PI were working the area right outside Horseshoe Pond and Misery Bay.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/09/2017
Water Conditions:
5/9/2017

Stream fishing for Lake Erie tributaries is slowing down, but due to recent rainfall, might give a small window for steelhead by the mouths of the creeks. Smallmouth are in most of the tributaries by the mouths and lower sections.

Fishing has been slow for the last couple of days on Presque Isle and the Bay. The smallmouth aren't stacking up in the Bay just yet. Panfish and largemouth can be caught throughout PI and Bay, though, with many shore opportunities for fishing.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/08/2017
Water Conditions:
5/8/2017

Streams were blown out throughout the weekend, but they should become fishable later today. The cold rain over the weekend may help create some fishing opportunities for more fall back steelhead and stocked trout that have been pushed downstream. Fishing conditions should improve throughout the week.

PI has been muddy over the weekend due to high winds. This should change throughout the week. With warmer temperatures on the way, panfish and bass fishing should pick up. While the smallmouth have not stacked up in the Bay like normal years at this point, there are still plenty of opportunities for largemouth bass in the Bay.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/05/2017
Water Conditions:
5/5/2017

Creeks will remain high and muddy throughout the weekend. It does not appear there will be fishable conditions this weekend for the tributaries with heavy rains and dropping temperatures forecasted.

PI is still a slow bite and will probably continue until the cold front snaps. Smallmouth and panfish are being caught, but good reports are few and far between this week. Towards the end of next week temperatures will rise, hopefully increasing fishing opportunities.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/04/2017
Water Conditions:
5/4/2017

Streams have been high and muddy the past few days, however, they are on the fall now. Fishing should be good for trout and smallmouth throughout the creeks today and tomorrow. Smallmouth and trout have spread out throughout the creeks creating more fishing opportunities. Staying mobile is the key to getting more fish.

PI has been slow lately. Smallmouth are being caught in the Bay, however, fishing is slow compared to normal years. This should pick up over the next couple of weeks and should catch fire by the end of May. Crappie are still being caught in the Bay, however, the bite is also sporadic and locating fish can be difficult.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/03/2017
Water Conditions:
5/3/2017

As of this morning, a Small Craft Advisory is still in effect. The lake will be calming down later today into this evening, but will be picking back up tomorrow which will make it difficult to chase walleyes for the shore bite. Unfortunately the weather is not looking promising for the rest of the week either.

PI is still producing some great fishing opportunities. Panfish and pike are the main targeted species, but some anglers are taking advantage of decent smallie fishing as well. Large stick baits, jigs, inline spinners and minnow patterns are the baits of choice. Bass guys are throwing tubes and small crankbaits.

Fish on.

Location: elk creek
Time Observed: 4-29/4-30
Water Conditions: low and clear
5/3/2017
the high trestle still has steelhead in it my buddys and myself caught about 20 in the 2 days all on single eggs and green power worms. tight lines
Location: elk
Time Observed: 5/1/17
Water Conditions: high
5/2/2017
Go here mattwierz.....https://creek-cam-3.click2stream.com/. It's a webcam of Elk Creek and will show you the conditions at Uncle Johns Campground on lower Elk.
Location: Lower elk
Time Observed: 5/3/17
Water Conditions: ???
5/2/2017
How much rain fell yesterday? Was planning a vacation day tomorrow to try catching some smallies on elk but wanted to see what the water would be like before Making the drive up
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/02/2017
Water Conditions:
5/2/2017

As of this morning, streams are still high and off color. Steelhead are pretty much gone with the exception of a stray here and there. Smallies are paired up and in spawn mode in middle to lower Elk, which is making for some tough fishing when conditions are low and clear.

Note: With the focus changing over to walleye fishing, stream reports will not be given everyday unless something affects the launching of boats.

PI is still producing some great fishing opportunities from shore and in the boat. Big gills and crappies have been the major focus. Some perch still being caught from shore and fish have been caught in the 30ft range in the lake as well. Walleye season opened May 1st for Lake Erie and the night bite will be picking up weather permitting.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 05/01/2017
Water Conditions:
5/1/2017

Steelhead fishing has come to a close for the season, however, there are still a respectable amount of stocked trout left in the streams. Smallmouth fishing has been good to excellent in the lower to middle portions of the streams.

Presque Isle has been producing good numbers of perch and crappies, if you can find them. Perch have moved out of the Bay and are being found in 35-40 feet of water, but finding schooled fish has been difficult. Smallmouth are being caught throughout the Bay, but the bite is slower than normal for this time of year.

Walleye season began for Lake Erie today. Conditions look unfavorable for most of the week. The temperatures are a little low for the bite to be very productive. NOTE: Please remember that while Lake Erie opened today for walleye, all inland waters open on Saturday, May 6, except for Pymatuning Lake.

Fish On!

Location: Mountain
Time Observed: 4/29
Water Conditions: Glass Calm and Foggy
4/30/2017
Fished 55-90 FOW on the mountain for about six hours yesterday for Lakers. Extremely tough bite, had to w-o-r-k for 2 fish, changed speed, lures, leader length, direction, and depth until we finally picked up each one over the course of the day. 31" 12-13 pound fish bouncing bottom and 26" 7-8 pounder a few feet off. Both on the riggers. Catch & release