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Location: Tribs, Lakes, PI
Time Observed: 1/18/2019
Water Conditions: Icing Over
1/18/2019
The ice is here! Horseshoe Pond has about 4" of fishable ice and anglers are catching some perch. Misery had about 1.5" yesterday and should be fishing by the weekend. Eaton Reservoir has a good layer of ice and some slush, but the reports are saying that fishing has been a little slow. With low temperatures into the single digits over the weekend, just about all areas will be fishable. We're expecting anywhere from 4-12" of snow in the area over the weekend as well, so safe travels and make sure to pack warm gear. Good luck!
Location: Tribs, Lakes, PI
Time Observed: 1/17/2019
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
1/17/2019
Not much has changed in the streams since yesterday. Cold temperatures into the teens last night is continuing to ice up the water. Shelf and shore ice is widespread and open water for steelhead is somewhat limited. We could potentially see high temps a little above freezing today and tomorrow, but it won't be enough to thaw much before very cold weather sets in late in the weekend. Those cold temperatures are definitely encouraging steady ice formation on the inland bodies of water and we'll have a lot of options for ice fishing by the weekend. The Presque Isle lagoons and bays are setting up as well with most recent reports of 1-3" of ice.
Location: Tribs, Lakes, PI
Time Observed: 1/16/2019
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
1/16/2019
A new coating of snow covered the ground today, but nothing has melted yet and the streams remain low and clear. Temperatures may get above freezing today, which could cause some meltoff and a bump up in flows. Many stream areas remain iced over, especially the deeper and slower pools. You may have to do some walking to find good open water, but it will likely be worthwhile if you can find those spots. Eaton has a nice solid layer of ice, and folks are catching a few decent walleye. Misery Bay has a skim layer of ice which may be good for fishing by the end of the weekend, along with some of the other slower developing waters. We're expecting a dip into the single digits later this week which will speed up ice formation. Keep safety at the front of your mind and best of luck out there!
Location: Tribs, Lakes, PI
Time Observed: 1/15/2019
Water Conditions: Icing Over
1/15/2019
The cold temperatures have finally begun to make it look like its winter in Erie. Streams are icing over with significant shelf ice and slush. Open water will continue to decline going into the weekend as high temperatures aren't expected to be much above freezing. Steelhead fishing opportunities in the streams will also be reduced as the ice sets in. Inland lakes and ponds now have a layer of ice formed, some of which offer safe fishing. Eaton Reservoir has several inches of fishable ice, with Pyma, Wilhelm, and Arthur right behind it. Make sure to take your spud bar and safety gear, and keep checking the ice thickness as you venture onto new ice. Some bays and lagoons in Presque Isle are starting to freeze as well, but they have a little further to go before we have safe ice.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 1/14/2018
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
1/14/2019
It was a cold weekend along the lake shore with moderate winds and several inches of snow. The streams are pretty low and clear at this time, with shelf ice and slush developing. Those anglers braving the cold temperatures were, for the most part, met with some success. Steelhead are spread throughout the streams and are holding in the deep, slow sections. Sacs, live/salted minnows, jigs, crystal meth, and stonefly patterns continue to take the most fish. This trend will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Good news for ice anglers - many waters now have a layer of ice, albeit still thin at this time. But some folks were able to find safe and fishable ice over the weekend, allowing for the first ice fishing opportunity of the season. The report is that ice on Wilhelm and Lake Arthur isn't safe just yet, but getting there. Look to Eaton for likely the best ice at this point. As the cold temperatures continue through the week, more bodies of water should become available for ice fishing.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 1/11/2019
Water Conditions: Dropping
1/11/2019
We still have a little color in the streams, but the flows are stabilizing and continuing to clear from the high flows a few days ago. The lake shore areas did receive about 2-3" of snow, while some snow belt areas received 12"+. Steelhead will start to settle back into their usual holding areas when the water is low, so look for those deep and slow-flowing pools to hold the most fish. Natural baits have been productive, as have different egg fly patterns, particularly in orange colors. Expect some shore and shelf ice to start developing with the cold weather, and please use caution when wading. We're expecting to start seeing some skim ice redeveloping on the inland lakes and ponds this weekend (if it hasn't started already). We're forecast to have high temperatures below freezing just about everyday over the next week, so fishable ice looks like it will be possible after a few days. As always, use caution on the ice, especially when early ice is developing. Good luck and be safe out there!
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 1/10/2019
Water Conditions: Dropping
1/10/2019
The creeks are falling to nice conditions this morning and flows should offer anglers with a chance at some fish. However, a few inches of snow and fairly strong winds throughout the day will make conditions difficult. Today marks the start of what looks like a cold spell in our area, and high temperatures are not expected to be much above freezing for the next week. Shelf ice will start to develop soon, so please use caution when wading. Those who have been able to get out have reported a decent number of fish in the streams, still including some fresh fish. Steelhead are spread out from top to bottom, so as the water drops, look for holding water and deeper pockets. The cold weather will most likely start another round of freeze-up conditions on our inland lakes and ponds, as well as the shallow inlets in Presque Isle. Depending how warm these water bodies are from the last warm-up we had, some may have fishable ice by the weekend. If you're trying it, take out the spud bar and safety gear. Good luck and be safe!
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 1/9/2019
Water Conditions: High
1/9/2019
Bands of heavy rain moved through the area all day yesterday, dumping quite a bit of water. Stream flows rose very fast, peaked overnight, and are now blown out. We're also expecting up to 5 inches of snow today with strong winds. It will definitely be winter steelhead fishing conditions today and likely for the next day or two. We're about to dip into pretty cold conditions over the next week, which is exciting to think about some potential ice buildup. Be on the lookout for skim ice to start developing at Eaton, Pymatuning, Misery, and other shallow, inland bodies of water by the weekend.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 1/8/2019
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
1/8/2019
Despite a round of rain and wind last night, the tribs didn't see much of an increase in flow. We are forecast to receive additional rain and snow through Thursday, so it is likely that flows may tick upwards slightly or gain some coloration. The same baits appear to continue working for anglers, and those who are able to get out continue to report success, especially those willing to walk to lesser-pressured locations. Its a warm 53 degrees this morning, but those temperatures will be falling rapidly throughout the day and we'll settle into the high 20's and low 30's for the next few days. A few days with low temperatures into this range and we could just so happen to be on the verge of another ice up. We'll have a better idea of conditions once we get closer to the end of the week.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 1/7/2019
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
1/7/2019
The streams are low and clear this morning, but anglers had a pretty productive weekend chasing steelhead. Minnows, sacs, jigs, and singles were all working. Most of the fish have been in the streams for awhile now, and they are darker. But there are a few fresh fish in the mix that came in on the last high water. Temperatures are expected to drop and a wintery mix will be moving into the region today, so please use caution if driving up to the area.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 1/3/2018
Water Conditions: Slightly Rising
1/3/2019
Strong winds and fast-moving showers came through the area last night, dropping a little precipitation. Just enough rain fell to cause a slight uptick on the stream gauges and with only a very small chance of rain through the weekend, we're expecting flows to continue dropping at least for the next 72 hours. A few anglers who have been able to fish in the dropping water conditions since Tuesday morning have had pretty good success with a number of baits, lures, and flies. With the water continuing to drop, look for fish to begin holding in those deeper areas with slow flow. Unfortunately for ice anglers, we're going to be seeing temperatures from the high-thirties to the high-forties for at least the next five days, so we'll move our sights to mid-January in the hope that colder temps will bring some ice formation.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 1/2/2018
Water Conditions: Dropping
1/2/2019
Welcome to the New Year! As far as the weather goes, 2018 went out with a bang. Heavy rains and wind stirred up the Lake, Presque Isle Bay, and blew out the streams. However, things have calmed down and the creek levels are dropping and in good condition right now. We expect relatively good steelhead conditions for the next 24-48 hours but the streams should continue to clear during this time. As the water gets clearer, make sure to downsize your hooks, leader, and baits. All the regular baits continue to produce fish, some of which are pretty fresh. With moderate temperatures forecast for the next week, we don't foresee ice formation anytime soon. We may have some skim ice on the shallow lakes and ponds in the mornings, but that is likely to melt off by noon each day over the next week. Ice anglers everywhere are still patiently waiting the deep freeze. Regardless of what our weather does, here's to great fishing in the New Year!
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 12/24/2018
Water Conditions: Dropping
12/24/2018
Merry Christmas Eve everyone! After their Friday peak, flows have quickly dropped and are now stabilizing at decent levels. The creeks are not as low as they were before Friday, so there should more holding water in most places. We heard that a few fresh fish moved in on the high water and are now mixed with the older, darker fish. Most anglers over the weekend were able to hook a steelhead or two, and there was even reports of a few stocked and lake-run browns sprinkled throughout the PA tribs. Looks for singles, small sacs, black stoneflies, jigs, live and salted minnows to continue taking most fish. Crystal meth, wooly buggers, and PowerBait on the bottom is also taking a few fish. The perch didn't seem too affected by the recent weather. PI and the bays have some perch moving around and some anglers are finding success casting from the docks. Everyone is still waiting for the ice to form, but another warmup after Christmas will definitely delay ice formation until at least the first or second week of the New Year. We haven't heard much from Eaton, Pymatuning, and Lake Wilhelm as a lot of folks are waiting for the ice there as well. Eaton had fishable ice about 10 days ago, but it didn't last long. For all you ice anglers, here is to a cold start to 2019! For everyone this holiday season, safe travels, best of luck on the water, and we're looking forward to more excellent fishing in the New Year! Take care.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 12/21/2018
Water Conditions: High and Muddy
12/21/2018
As expected, the gauges are way up and most of the tribs are blown at this time. It looks like flows peaked overnight and are just now starting to fall. Today's forecast is showing some additional rain and potential snow through tomorrow morning which should slow the decline in flows. While streams may be unfishable today, tomorrow and Sunday should offer good conditions to chase steelhead and browns. The water is still going to have some color through the weekend, so look to throw larger profile and brighter bait/lures. With the overnight rains, folks haven't had a chance to chase perch in PI and the marinas since the weather system came through, so the pack may be dispersed at this time. We'll provide an updated perch report when the sun is out and anglers are able to get back out after them. If you're traveling up for the weekend, we wish you safe travels and best of luck on the water!
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 12/20/2018
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
12/20/2018
The tribs are still low and very clear right now, but that should change later today as a nice round of rain is expected to move into our area and drop upwards of an inch. Along with mid-to-upper 40 degree temperatures today and tomorrow, fish should become more active and willing to hit. Temperatures will be dropping into the 30's for the weekend, but at least the water conditions should be much improved over their current status. The perch conditions haven't changed much, but anglers reported a more spotty bite yesterday. We'll see how this weather system affects the bait fish movement in and out of the marinas. Hopefully some color and warmer temperatures will be in store for the marinas as well and folks will be able to fill their cooler. Sunday should be a good day to cast a line from the docks.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 12/19/2018
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
12/19/2018
Conditions are largely unchanged from yesterday. We're expecting a warmup into the mid-40s today which may warm up the water slightly and encourage more active fish. Continue fishing singles, small sacs, glow bugs, minnows, and small jigs for the best chances at hooking into a few steelhead. If the fish do become active today, swinging wooly buggers or other streamer patterns may encourage an active fish to chase. Just about all the ice has completely melted from Misery, Lake Arthur, and all the other surrounding lakes and ponds. We'll have to hit the reset button on ice development and at this point, we're not expecting fishable conditions through the ice until at least the New Year.