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Location: Perch Pirate
Time Observed: 7-18,7-19
Water Conditions: Perfect
7/20/2018
Awesome fishing. First day limited with 2hours time left to fish. 2nd day used all my time to limit out, tossed back 6 small but legal fish. My advice call ahead and ask John and Bob what to use. Those that followed there advice easily limited out. If you don't use what they tell you and fish the way they tell you, then you may catch a few but will be more successful if you listen to your captains. Dave, fun fishing next to you. But one correction, that was 85 walleye that John cleaned. That did not count the ones that people chose to clean themselves or the ones that got tossed back. Good luck to all.
Location: 46’ off the point aboard the Perch Pirate
Time Observed: 7/19
Water Conditions: 1-2’ rollers
7/20/2018
Might have to temporarily change the name to the Walleye Pirate. Had an absolutely incredible evening trip with many many limits. Total count was 85 Walleye caught. It was non stop action from the first cast! Great time was had by all, awesome teamwork as many helped others net their bounty. If you haven’t been, this is the most affordable Walleye fishing in Erie PA. Hats off to Capt Bob and Capt John for an amazing trip! Give them a call and get your fish on. 814-746-5809
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/20/2018
Water Conditions: Choppy
7/20/2018
Winds are relatively strong at 20-25 mph out of the south this morning and waves are 1-2'. Weekend forecasts are looking uncertain at this point as low pressure systems in the west and south could potentially bring showers or thunderstorms. Keep watch on the radar and forecasts if you are fishing this weekend. The walleye report remains consistent, with anglers taking limits in most areas they are fishing. Most reports are now coming from deeper waters as temperatures have risen and moved fish off shore. Typical programs of crawler harnesses, spoons, and a variety of crank and stick baits are taking fish. Anglers seem to be having a little more success with smaller presentations than larger. Good luck and be safe this weekend!
Location: The Point to The Light
Time Observed: 7/19 6:30 to 11am 48' to 65'
Water Conditions: 1' close chop
7/20/2018
We caught 15 eyes & numerous junk fish, even hooked up with a steelie in 52' which amazed me given the depth and water temperature. All walleye were 17" to 23", average day for an average year. 1big1
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/19/2018
Water Conditions: Calming
7/19/2018
Winds are light and variable coming out of the south this morning. The change in wind direction has helped to reduce wave action from the past few days and waves at the near shore buoys are about 1'. Even with the rough water yesterday, most anglers we heard from were able to land a number of walleye. Baitfish and walleye may have been scattered somewhat from yesterday, so if you are fishing today, be mobile to find where they have settled out. Again, water temperature readings have been changing dramatically as pockets of water continue to drift and mix. Conditions are looking at the moment for weekend fishing. Stay safe!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/18/2018
Water Conditions: Choppy
7/18/2018
Winds are 5-10 mph out of the north this morning with waves 1-3'. Water temperature readings at the buoys have been fluctuating as the wave action is stirring up water of different temperatures. Readings have changed as much as 10 degrees over the last 24 hours. Conditions should calm over the next 48 hours, offering good opportunities to fish. If you are able to get out, look for a mudline to develop and run harnesses and diving baits right up against it. Limits continue to fill many boxes, with good reports coming offshore of the lighthouse and point.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/17/2018
Water Conditions: Choppy
7/17/2018
Winds will be out of the N/NW this morning anywhere from 5-20 mph. Waves will be 1-3' this morning, building to 2-4' as we get closer to the afternoon and the next weather front moves in from the north. Forecasts show some scattered showers today with possible thunder. Small craft should use caution and continually check the radar as we get closer to noon. Some of the best walleye reports have been from anglers trolling in 40 FOW and those fishing the top 35 feet when in 60-80 FOW. With the warmer water, look for fish to more actively chase baits. When marking a lot of fish but not getting many bites, try varying speeds between 1-2.5 mph. Also, smaller trolling baits in the 3-3.5 inch range have been effective early in the season.
Location: Point to West of weather bouy
Time Observed: 7-13 to 7-15
Water Conditions: calm all weekend
7/16/2018
This weekends "walleye drifts" had several "cast and drag" anglers on each trip who gave a "clinic" on how to use "Erie Dearies" and worm harnesses to catch "eyes" from a drifting platform that the Perch Pirate provides! At least one "hog" was caught on each trip along with many "shorties" and some "jumbo" perch." A steelhead was also boated on one trip. A few "eyes" were caught on minnows fishing straight up and down for perch. The crew of the Perch Pirate will continue to learn the "ins and outs" of Walleye drifts. For trip and other questions call 814-746-5809
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/16/2018
Water Conditions: Calm
7/16/2018
A south wind at 5-10 mph will keep waves at 1' or less for the early part of the day before a front moves in from the north in the afternoon. Watch for changing skies as scattered showers and thunderstorms will show up in the region in the early to mid-afternoon. Walleye fishing continues to be strong, but reports from the past week have been relatively average compared with the hot fishing this season. Limits are still being taken but it appears that more fish have begun moving offshore and are starting to move into deeper water. There are plenty of fish from the Ohio to NY lines, but the huge numbers that were in shallow have moved to the more typical 60+ FOW areas. Harnesses continue to produce, as does deeper diving crankbaits.
Location: trout run
Time Observed: 7/14/18
Water Conditions: calm
7/15/2018
three man limit of walleye. most of them caught on willow leafs off dipsies!
Location: The Point then East
Time Observed: 7/14 7 to 11am
Water Conditions: 1ft to 2ft nice
7/15/2018
We trolled harnesses all morning, marked a fair amount of fish, nothing too great. Ended up with 7 eyes and some white perch. A special thanks to C.W., a.k.a. "Capitan Walleye" for showing us how to winch them in. Nice morning on the big pond. 1big1
Location: North of tip of Presque Isle
Time Observed: 7/14/18 7am-2pm
Water Conditions: 1'-2'
7/14/2018
Had another really good day. Boated more than thirty walleye with a few perch mixed in. Drifting and casting weight forward spinners was the ticket.
Location: North of tip of Presque Isle
Time Observed: 7/13/18
Water Conditions: 1'-2'
7/14/2018
Drifted for about an hour and a half before throwing the anchor. Caught walleye the entire time. While the perch fishing has been tough the walleye are bitting very well. Some customers that target walleye have been catching limits. Overall there was about 30 walleye that came over the rail.
Location: The Point
Time Observed: 7/12 7am til 11am
Water Conditions: Calm
7/13/2018
We trolled harnesses and stick baits the whole time out, harnesses were by far the best producer. Caught 14 Eyes with 1 throwback and 1 dropped at the net. Not LIMITED OUT. 1big1
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: Thur 7/12
Water Conditions: nice, light chop
7/12/2018
40-50 foot, they're everywhere. Got limit of walleye in no time. Bigger ones seem to be a little deeper, but no need to go far, get out there! A nice evening on the big fish bowl.
Location: West of dump to Lite House
Time Observed: 7-11-18
Water Conditions: East wind 0-5 mph
7/12/2018
The evening East wind Walleye drift for 12 anglers in water from 42' to 52' was very successful with everyone LIMITING OUT. The trip was back to the dock before dark. For info on this weekends walleye drifts call at 814-746-5809.
Location: West of dump to Lite House
Time Observed: 7-11-18
Water Conditions: East wind 0-5 mph
7/12/2018
The evening East wind Walleye drift for 12 anglers in water from 42' to 52' was very successful with everyone LIMITING OUT. The trip was back to the dock before dark. For info on this weekends walleye drifts call at 814-746-5809.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 7/10/2018
Water Conditions: 2 ft
7/10/2018
North east just about even with the Condos other boats also in the area...Set up to troll fish all over the screen dept40 to45 ft...Limit in 40 min..4 of the six on spoons...2 of the six reef runner off the planer boards...one was 24in other 26in...Eyes off the spoons 16 to 18 in
Location: The Point to the Light
Time Observed: 7/8 7am to noon
Water Conditions: Flat
7/9/2018
We fished in 46 to 60 FOW, picked up 6 decent walleye, not bad for us, but not the fantastic fishing this year is supposed to produce. I have seen reports of the best walleye fishing in 30 yrs, can't prove it by me, I have been fishing walleye for 40 yrs on Erie now and I can't see anything but a average year. 1big1
Location: West of Walnut
Time Observed: 07/08/18
Water Conditions: 1' chop
7/9/2018
Nice conditions Sunday evening west of Walnut. The screen indicates what was happening.
Location: Erie and PI
Time Observed: 7/7/2018 - 7/9/2018
Water Conditions: 1-2 Foot Waves
7/9/2018
A rough lake early Saturday morning calmed throughout the weekend to more comfortable conditions by yesterday evening. Today, winds 10-15 mph out of the SW should continue to lay the waves down. The walleye bite continues to be strong throughout the region. As the water continues to warm, more fish are making their way to off shore waters. Even in 60-80 FOW, most fish are still in the top 30' and are being taken on flat lines and off planers with little to no added weight. Still very few folks chasing perch and no reports as of this morning. PI has many weeds and vegetation, offering great cover for what appears to be another strong year of panfishing. Largemouth fishing remains strong and the topwater action is taking fish in the early morning and evening.
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: Sat. 07/06/18
Water Conditions: 2 and 3 footers
7/8/2018
Bounced around 45 foot for a little while. Took 6 nice walleye boating and then home for dinner. also had 2 T-backs. Nice day
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/6/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 2-4'
7/6/2018
Today, more wavy conditions in the 2-4' range will diminish to 1' or less by tomorrow. We will finally get a break from hot weather and we are looking at light and variable winds through the weekend. The weather is setting up to offer some great fishing opportunities with a nice walleye chop. Fish continue to be spread from 15-30 FOW near shore, out to the upper 35' in 70-80 FOW. Be mobile until you mark the big groups of fish and you should pick up bites right away. All the programs are working now; spoons, crankbaits, harnesses, it doesn't matter. Be safe and good luck this weekend!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/5/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1' or Less
7/5/2018
Winds are from the S-SW at 5-10 mph this morning and waves are 1' or less near shore. The morning and early afternoon should provide calm conditions for fishing, but unstable air, changing wind, and thunderstorms will be making their way into the area by mid-afternoon. Be sure to frequently check radar and weather charts as 3:00 pm approaches and give yourself time to get off the water. Walleye fishing continues to be strong, with fish spread throughout the area and the same programs continue to produce.
Location: trout run
Time Observed: 7/4/18
Water Conditions: calm
7/4/2018
Two man limit off trout run. 40' to 45'.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/3/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1 Foot or Less
7/3/2018
Conditions are largely unchanged from yesterday. Waves less than 1' are being reported from the buoys. Light and variable winds will be the norm today, with thunder cells popping up over land in the afternoon. None are expected to extend over water, but may make for threatening skies. Reports are that the same programs are working in the same locations and depth as the previous 3 days. If you aren't marking fish after a few minutes, don't wait. Make a move to different water until you find them. There are plenty of fish out there, the trick is to be mobile until you find the pod. Fish On!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 6/30 - 7/1/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1 Foot or Less
7/2/2018
Fish are spread throughout the region and being caught as shallow as 15 FOW out to 80 FOW. In shallow, more fish are suspending in the water column and are actively chasing bait. In deeper water, fish are concentrated in the top 30' above the thermocline. There was a lot of boat traffic this weekend, with some mixed reports. Most anglers generally fished well and many limits were taken. Bigger numbers of larger fish up to 28-30" are being reported, along with a tremendous number of fish in the 15-18" range. With hot weather this week, look for more fish to continue moving off shore. No report on a viable perch pack yet as most anglers are chasing walleye.
Location: trout run
Time Observed: 7/1/18
Water Conditions: calm
7/1/2018
We fished from 2:30 till 7:00 pm. Caught 10 & lost 2. One was a 30" Nice Day!!!
Location: off the point presque isle
Time Observed: 6/30/18
Water Conditions: 1-3 or less
7/1/2018
Fished in 75-80' of water. Walleye were in top 20' of water. Never seen 'em that far out and that shallow at the same time! Caught 10 with 3 being over 26".
Location: walnut
Time Observed: 6/29/18
Water Conditions: 1' or less
6/29/2018
Got a late start at 9am. Never saw so many fish on the screen. The only proble was they would not bite! Lost one & caught one. both were 25". fished till 3:45 pm. never stopped marking fish!
Location: Erie and PI
Time Observed: 6/29/2018
Water Conditions: 1' Or Less
6/29/2018
The near-shore buoy reported waves of 1 foot or less this morning and with south winds 5-10 mph, should make for a great morning on the water. As of last night, there was mudline from the previous day's wave action, but no report yet this morning on the extent, or whether the line has diminished or changed. Fishing was mixed yesterday, with some boats bringing in quick limits of walleye while others found fish but had to work for them. As hot weather moves into the area for the next few days, expect more near-shore fish to move to deeper water. Still no solid report on the perch pack. The water temperature in PI is in the low 70's, with good reports of largemouth bass being caught.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 6/28/2018
Water Conditions: 1 - 3' Waves
6/28/2018
There is a small craft advisory until 10:00 am this morning. Waves at the near-shore buoy were reported at 1 - 3 feet and are expected to diminish throughout the day. While the walleye fishing remains strong, mixing water temperatures made fishing more difficult yesterday. Many boats still took limits and found some success, but compared with the historically good fishing of the last two weeks, things were slower. Hot temperatures are expected to enter the region tonight through the weekend which should help to warm the water closer to shore.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 6/27/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1-2 Feet
6/27/2018
We have a south wind at 10 mph, along with waves of 1-2 feet this morning. Mid-morning showers and potential storms later in the day may bring mixing conditions, so please use caution if you're planning on being out in open water throughout the day. The great walleye fishing continues and fish are being taken on spoons, crankbaits, and harnesses. The weather front moving through today is expected to bring hot weather through the weekend, which may shuffle fish around.
Location: Erie and PI
Time Observed: 6/26/2018
Water Conditions: Mixed
6/26/2018
The Lake is still a little agitated with waves reported from 1-3', but is fishable for most vessels. As the water remains choppy, continuing to move until you find the right pocket of water will be key in finding feeding walleye. Anglers are still catching them in 30 FOW, as well as off shore to the first trench. For those fishing deeper water, look for the majority of fish to be above the thermocline. Reports on the perch pack have still been spotty at best, with most anglers choosing to target walleye in open water. The bay is still producing some smallmouth and the largemouth fishing continues to be strong in and around the weed beds. Vegetation will be problematic in the shallower areas, but should hold fish.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 6/25/2018
Water Conditions: Mixed
6/25/2018
Choppy conditions Saturday morning gave way to a flat lake by the evening, with some chop returning Sunday. Warm and cold water is mixed throughout the region, and the key to finding fish at the moment is to cover water until you find the right pocket. As of Saturday evening, the water was stratified and many walleye could be found at the first trench from the surface down to 35 FOW. Flat-lining deep divers and off boards was bringing many fish to the boats. The spoon bite has also started to pick up. With a warming trend expected over the next few days, look for our typical summer fishing conditions to really start setting up.
Location: Erie and PI
Time Observed: 6/22/2018
Water Conditions: Waves
6/22/2018
Winds will be 15 to 20 knots from the east today with a chance of showers this morning. There is also a chance for additional showers and scattered thunderstorms later today. Waves will build to 5-8 feet today before subsiding to 3-5 tonight. Use extreme caution if going out on the water, especially small vessels. Fishing in the Bay would be a safer option for today. Tomorrow, the wind and waves will subside and provide much safer fishing conditions on the open water. The water will likely be stained. Sunday may offer the best conditions for fishing this weekend. Good luck and be safe to all who fish this weekend!