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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 12/11/17
Water Conditions:
12/11/2017

Conditions are very difficult, if not unfishable. To find fishable water without ice it's going to involve some hiking and scouting. The best baits to use during winter are sacs, jigs, egg flies and nymphs. Continue to watch the stream gauges to figure out the best time to come up. Also, check out these cameras so you can see if Elk Creek is frozen before you make the drive up.

FISH ON!

Location: McKean to Dunkirk, NY
Time Observed: 12/1-5
Water Conditions: low, clear in Pa., murky east
12/8/2017
I caught fish in Elk, no luck @12, or 16, though I hooked one there. I caught fish in NY, too. Elk was the best, had pretty good numbers of fish on Fri., Sat. All fish caught on skein, cut small and dried.
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 12/02/2017
Water Conditions: Clear
12/8/2017
Fished 12/02, mostly on the west side. Good numbers of fish around, but very finicky with clear, cold water and pressure, not much they haven't scene. Managed to have some success on san juan worms, glo bugs, and molted trout beads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu7qutFFVEY
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 12/8/17
Water Conditions:
12/8/2017

With Erie getting anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow in some areas over night, the streams are still flowing! Walnut shot up with some run off over night and Elk is holding at the same level. East side reports have been good, with 16 and 20 Mile producing fish. Best presentations are egg flies and streamers along with nymphs. For the gear guys, it's jigs and sacs producing the fish with some single action. Reports of perch at both piers and the bay have been good. The key to success is having live minnows for perch. Continue to watch the stream gauges for the best time to plan your trip for steelhead.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 12/7/17
Water Conditions:
12/7/2017

With water conditions continuing to be low and clear, it is forcing anglers to be more stealthy. Reports from the east and west sides say there are fish, but you just have to figure out the best presentation. Egg flies, streamers, jigs and sacs are always good choices. Continue to watch the stream gauges to choose the best days to go fishing.

Perch fishing has picked up off the north and south pier. There have also been some reports of perch coming from the bay here and there. Minnows seem to be the key to success with perch.

Tight lines and fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 12/6/17
Water Conditions:
12/6/2017

Steelhead fishing and conditions were difficult yesterday. Anglers reports were fair at best. Most guys say they saw plenty of fish, however, they seemed very picked over. Conditions for the next few days appear to be cold and less than ideal for steelhead fishing. Perch are still being caught in the bay and this should continue right into ice fishing season.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 12/5/17
Water Conditions:
12/5/2017

Steelhead fishing has been up and down the last few days. Stream conditions should rise from the rain we just received and the incoming snow should make for some good fishing conditions. There are still plenty of small runs of fresh fish coming into the streams at times. Perch fishing throughout the bay remains productive.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 12/4/17
Water Conditions:
12/4/2017

Conditions on the streams remain low and clear from this past weekend. There are still a lot of fish in the streams to be caught, however, many of the fish are educated. Fish smaller presentations with light line and move frequently to find fresher fish. Perch fishing in the bay still remains very productive on certain days as long as you do some searching.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 12/01/17
Water Conditions:
12/1/2017

Happy December!

Guys are catching fish on the west and east side. Even though fishing conditions are less than perfect, you can still catch fish. Jigs, small nymphs and egg patterns are going to be a go-to. With how clear the water is, stealth is your best bet at landing one of these fish. Remember to keep an eye on creek levels when planning a trip up here.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/30/17
Water Conditions:
11/30/2017

Steelhead streams have been low and clear the last few days. When temperatures have warmed up, fishing has been more productive. Most reports are coming from just above the access points and upstream on streams. Again mostly egg and minnow patterns have been productive. There are still plenty of perch in the Bay in various marina slips. If you do not catch fish right away change your depth because there are a lot of perch in the Bay to catch right now.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/29/2017
Water Conditions:
11/29/2017

Steelhead fishing has remained steady throughout the streams. Jigs and egg patterns have been most productive. The access points of the creeks have been the more popular areas with fresher fish, rather than upstream with older fish. Perch are being caught in the bay and marinas around boat docks.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/28/17
Water Conditions:
11/28/2017

With the stream gauges still on the fall, levels are going back to low and clear. Fish are spread throughout the tribs. Reports from the west side tribs say guys are catching fish on beads and sacs. Jigs will also work this time of year. If you are fly fishing, small emerald shiner streamers and egg patterns are a good choice. Keep checking your stream gauges and plan your trips around good fishing.

Fish on.

Location: Elk
Time Observed: 11/26/17
Water Conditions: Tinted Green
11/27/2017
Fished the afternoon, conditions were great mid-stream and water was slowly clearing. Slightly green with 2-3 feet of visibility. The fish were there but shy to bite, maybe the colder water or higher weekend pressure put them down? Went 1/2 on beads, several other missed hookups.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/27/17
Water Conditions:
11/27/2017

Streams are returning back to normal - low and clear. The west side tribs are still holding a little water. No reports on the east side tribs. Fish are spread out through the tribs right now with some fresh fish still coming in.

Single eggs and sacs along with jigs, small nymphs and streamers are all good choices. Keep your eyes on the stream gauges to choose the best time to come up.

Fish on!

Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 11/24-11/25
Water Conditions: Slightly tinted to clear
11/26/2017
Made the annual Black Friday trip up. Found good numbers of fish, but getting them to cooperate was another story. Managed to catch 6 on 10 hookups, all on san juan worms, glo bugs, and trout beads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKGz4urENbc
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/22/2017
Water Conditions:
11/22/2017

With last night's rain, the Erie tribs and surrounding tribs are running higher. Finding fish and getting them to see your presentation is key today. Guys running bait are going to have the upper hand. That doesn't mean fly fisherman still can't catch. Gawdy egg patterns and streamers are always a go-to when the water is high. Remember the east side tribs clear first, so use that to your advantage today.

Fish on!

Location: Elk Creek Mc Lean
Time Observed: 11/21/2017
Water Conditions: good
11/21/2017
Lots of fish being caught. Water was good. The two of us hook about 5 steelhead in 5 hours. Lost a few. We use fly rods. The bait guys were doing well but they kept the fish. We release the fish for another day.
Location: WALNUT / ELK
Time Observed: 11\21\2016
Water Conditions: MODERATELY STAINED
11/21/2017
FISHED WALNUT FROM 7A -1P , ELK FROM 2P-5P. USED PRIMARILY SINGLE EGGS. WATER WAS GOOD DEPTH GOOD COLOR BOTH AREAS BUT LOTS OF LEAVES. WENT 4 FOR 8 AT WALNUT ; 7 FOR 8 AT E!K. LARGEST WAS ABOUT 9#. I SAW A LOT OF FISH CAUGHT ... ALSO A LOT OF CATCH/RELEASE. ALL MINE WERE RELEASED TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. FISHERMEN WERE ALL COURTEOUS AND FRIENDLY. TIGHT LINES TO ALL.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/21/2017
Water Conditions:
11/21/2017

With the Erie tribs coming into shape after the weekend rain. This should scatter fish throughout the tribs. Hardest part now is figuring out what presentation and bait the fish wants. Anything from egg sacs and singles to jigs and streamers could work today. Go in with an open mind. Continue to check the stream gauges to figure out when the best time is to make a trip for steelhead.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/20/2017
Water Conditions:
11/20/2017

With stream water conditions slowly coming down after the weekend, most of the Erie tribs are fishable, but there will be some stain on most of them. Figuring out where the fish are after this rain is going to be the challenging part. fFashy jigs and streamers or egg fly patterns and sacs are going to be your go-to today. Keep a watch on water levels to figure out your best opportunity for fishing the tribs.

Fish on!

Location: elk creek
Time Observed: 11/18/17
Water Conditions: wet lol
11/19/2017
I would like to thank the people fishing at Elk Creek. Giving my son permission to fly his drone in the area(didn't want to upset anyone)got nice pics of the area. We didn't have any bites but. A special Thanks to the gentleman for making my 4 yr. old G-Daughters day! He hooked and let her reel in a small one, and keep it. Goes to show the kind of people from Pittsburgh area. May all of you there have tight lines and full stringers!!!
Location: Elk
Time Observed: 11/17
Water Conditions: stained to clear
11/18/2017
Elk is holding steelies like all the other tribs. Small and lite presentations will get fish on. Awesome day, new friend, good fellowship. Thanks Rick. }}<<<[[:>
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/16/2017
Water Conditions:
11/16/2017

Most of the Erie tribs received rain last night, making the stream gauges rise. Fish should be on the move today. Surf fishing the beaches could be rough with the weather predicting 6-10ft waves for most of the day. Depending on the clarity of the water today will dictate what bait, lure or fly you use. Jigs, nymphs, egg flies and sacs should all work at this time of year. Remember, follow the stream gauges closely to figure out the best time to plan your trip.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/15/2017
Water Conditions:
11/15/2017

With the wind coming out of the south, waves should be at minimum 1-3ft. Fishing should be good in the surf. Water conditions are still low and clear throughout the Erie tribs, but there are fish through out the creeks to be caught from the west side to the east side. Best presentations are small nymphs, streamers, jigs and single eggs.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/14/2017
Water Conditions:
11/14/2017

Steelhead fishing remains steady throughout the streams. Incoming rain should space fish out and bring in another run. The access areas of the streams have been the most productive. Walnut Creek and upper Elk Creek have been very productive. Most fish are being caught on egg and minnow patterns. Perch are still being caught in Presque Isle Bay near Waterworks, Marina Lake and off of the Dobbins Landing.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/13/2017
Water Conditions:
11/13/2017

Steelhead fishing was excellent over the weekend, however, the fishing was also heavily pressured. Incoming rain over the next few days will improve water conditions. Panfish are biting in the bay - mostly in Marina Lake and Misery Bay.

Fish On!

Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 11/11/17
Water Conditions: Low clear
11/12/2017
Started a little after daylight. Manchester was loaded with people. There were more people than fish in every hole that you could see the fish. Ended up fishing the wall by the mouth. Emeralds were doing ok but this awesome gentleman hooked us up with some Berkley power minnows. Ian caught 2 I caught 1. Tons of hits plenty of fish on 3 landed. Not our best performance but great day to be frozen and fishing. So cold in the am that your line freezes to the tip of the rod. Thanks a bunch to the man that hooked us up. I also saw fish being taken on skein, sacks, black jigs, Cleo’s, nightcrawlers.