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Location: Boating out of Walnut
Time Observed: Friday October 14
Water Conditions: 1-3 ft
10/16/2017
Trolled for steelhead at Trout and Elk. Got out limit at Elk. Morning we were 8-10' using red and black reef runners . Afternoon 10-12' all black plugs. Had some vicious hits. Lots of action. Putting boat away for season. Be save on the water
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/16/2017
Water Conditions:
10/16/2017

For this morning, there is a small craft advisory. Keep a look out on the weather for the waves to diminish to 1-3ft. Guys are still getting walleye, but they are definitely scattered out there. The boats that are turning to the skinny water for steelhead are getting there limits. Spoons and small crankbaits seem to be working the best for the steelies. For the creeks, Walnut still has the most fish, but also it has the most pressure right now. Elk is producing fish throughout it. The best presentations are small jigs and minnow imitations or singles when the water is clearer or sacs if the water has some color. Remember check your weather before coming up and make sure the conditions allow for fishing.

Fish on.

Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: Sat. 10-14-17
Water Conditions: calm
10/16/2017
Got out for a few hours, headed to 60 ft off the Lighthouse, caught 2 nice perch, then nothing. Moved west to 72 ft. off condo's and caught a dozen more nice sized perch, a couple goats and 3 silvers. Nice afternoon on the big fishbowl.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 10-14-17
Water Conditions:
10/15/2017
I know this is not the place for a rant but to the so called anglers out there please start using your heads. I seen so many fish being snagged it was sad. I also watched a walking cabelas store catch a very nice fish well over 24" and put it on his brand new blue rope stringer and 15 minutes later the fish went swimming down stream with the stringer wrapped through his gills still. COME ON GUYS !!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/13/2017
Water Conditions:
10/13/2017

As of this morning, the lake has 2ft or less waves. With the last couple colder nights there should be more fish staging at the mouths. 10-15ft of water is where a lot of guys are getting steelhead. For the creeks, we still need more water but there are fish there. Walnut has the most fish in it, but Elk does have fish - they are just more scattered. Check your stream gauges before going out and fishing, the slightest difference can make a good day turn into an awesome day.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/12/2017
Water Conditions:
10/12/2017

For the guys trying to troll this morning, it's a little rough out there. There is a small craft advisory this morning. The wind is coming out of the east with 3-5ft waves. Steelhead are being caught at the mouth of Elk and Walnut. Walnut being the creek that is producing the most fish. Some of the east side tribs have fish in them. Those tribs are always a little behind the west side ones, but in a few weeks fishing should pick up if we get some more rain. Before coming up, check the stream gauges and make sure it's worth the trip to come up and fish.

Fish on!

Location: walnut
Time Observed: 10/11/17
Water Conditions: Low n clear then rising n muddy
10/12/2017
A couple friends and I drove up on Wednesday. To the mouth of 4 mile first. We caught a couple right off the bat. The fish shut down at 4 mile almost instantly with the sun. we packed up and ran over to Walnut. When getting to Walnut the water was low and clear. The stream had a ton of fresh fish. The rain started and persisted all day. By the end of the day the stream was high and muddy and full of leaves. The steel were running in full force. While this is happening you could use anything for bait. we were using old chunks of carpet and chunks of yarn. We caught a ton at walnut. By the end of the day the fish were jumping the falls. I haven't seen a real run like this since the early 2000s. Mixed pink yarns n carpet worked for me. Buddy did great on minnows.
Location: Boating out of Walnut
Time Observed: 10-10-17
Water Conditions: 1ft or less
10/11/2017
Trolled for trout off Walnut, Trout and Godfrey. No takers, saw fish being taken from shore at Godfrey. Trolled for Walleyes 72 FOW off Godfrey from 1:30-4pm. Kept 10 walleye and released the smaller ones. Nice day on the water
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/11/2017
Water Conditions:
10/11/2017

Walleye fishing is a little hit or miss right now with the season coming to an end. You can still get out there, just finding the fish is the biggest problem. Today, there is a small craft advisory so trolling for walleye, and trolling in the skinny water for steelhead is going to be rough. Guys are still catching steelhead on spoons at the mouth and floating bait off the bottom like PowerBait, egg sacs, etc. If we get more rain, things will greatly improve for steelhead fishing.

Fish on.

Location: tribs
Time Observed: 10/7/17
Water Conditions: low
10/10/2017
more people then fish. caught three right before the sun went down. saw 90% of the fish foul hooked. elk has no mouth again. temperatures are too warm.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/10/2017
Water Conditions:
10/10/2017

Walleye season is coming to an end, but some guys are still going out to troll. It's a little harder to find the fish, but you still can pick them up between 70-85ft. Also, guys are having luck with trolling in close for steelhead anywhere between 10-20ft. There are some fish in the creeks, but fishing pressure is heavy this time of year. Walnut seems to be doing the best so far. Rain is definitely still needed to get the fall run started. This time of year check your stream CFS gauges on FishErie.com. It can make the difference when traveling up for steelhead.

Fish on!

Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 10/7 - 10/8
Water Conditions: Low/clear
10/9/2017
Went 7/8 this weekend on 15-27" chromers. Decent numbers of fish present but anglers still outnumber the Steelhead in most places. This coming rain should help push a few more fish up. Egg patterns were the ticket. Catch & release
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/9/2017
Water Conditions:
10/9/2017

Walleye season appears to be on the decline as most reports are indicating the bite has slowed quite a bit. Perch fishing remains spotty, with most decent reports are coming off Shades Beach anywhere from 65-80 FOW and nothing with consistency. Steelhead are being caught near the mouths of the creeks, but with some rain, this should push them up the creeks a bit.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/7
Water Conditions: Wet
10/8/2017
Some fish in the Creeks . Alot of fisherman out . Probably out numbering fish 3 to 1. Creeks are still low. Need rain. The bay fishing was slow. North pier we only caught 1 giant sunfish.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/6/2017
Water Conditions:
10/6/2017

With guys still limiting out on walleye, you still have a little longer to get out there and do some fishing. Perch reports have been all over the place, with some guys hammering them and others getting skunked. Steelhead fishing is going to be hit or miss until we get some much needed rain, but guys are getting some around the mouths and beaches.

Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 10-4-2017
Water Conditions:
10/5/2017
Went up to Erie to work on my boat trailer. While I was up there, Seawolf charter came in around 2pm. He had three men with him. They had 3 steelies and 24 walleye. Nice day on the water
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/5/2017
Water Conditions:
10/5/2017

Walleye appear to be scattered, as some fish are still being caught but not like they were last week. It appears there will be an opportunity to catch them for a little while, however, you will have to work for them. Perch reports have been mixed since the lake flipped this past weekend. Steelhead fishing should be good from the rain we had last night. The creeks are a little up and muddy which should make for some good conditions for the remainder of the day, but we did not get enough rain to make the flow last for long.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/04/2017
Water Conditions:
10/4/2017

Even with the temperatures starting to drop a little, there is plenty of walleye action still going on. Guys are still limiting out, just not as fast. Most of the action is between the light house and Ohio line in the 75-80ft range.

As for steelhead, we desperately need some rain right now. Guys are catching some at the mouths of the tribs, but those fish have been pressured for days now. Still no reports on the perch. Like always, check the weather reports/fishing reports before coming up.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/3/2017
Water Conditions:
10/3/2017

Walleye reports coming from yesterday indicate there are still great numbers of fish in Erie water between the Ohio Line and the Light House. Most reports are coming from the same general depths of 75-80 FOW. No reports of perch being caught have come in over the last few days. Steelhead are still being caught at the access areas, but the same fish have been targeted for weeks so they may be lethargic.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 10/2/2017
Water Conditions:
10/2/2017

Walleye fishing slowed down over the weekend due to cooler temperatures and the lake flipping. Yesterday, however, was an indication that, while some fish may have left, there are plenty of walleye still here with some good reports coming in. Perch fishing remains up and down, with no reports coming in over the weekend. Steelhead reports were mixed as areas with large concentrations of fish also had large concentrations of anglers and fish were spooked.

Fish On!

Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 9/30
Water Conditions: Low/clear
10/1/2017
Scouted a few tribs on Saturday and went 1/3 plus missed a couple more. There's some fish around but not all that many and the ones that are already in the creeks are being harassed by guys all day. Desperately need some heavy rain to bring more fish in. Catch & Release
Location: PERCH PIRATE
Time Observed: Sunday 10/1/17 a.m.
Water Conditions: Choppy, then perfect
10/1/2017
On board This cold but sunny Oct. 1st with the Pirate and special guests... Lake Erie Yellow Perch!! Yes, Probably because of climate change, October may just be the month to slam them. 70 FOW with the rest of the pack; there they were. Nice school. You had to learn them though. The bite was different. Some taps, some rapid taps, spit them out perhaps and back again. Everyone missed many but just about everyone went home with enough. They hit on all sides and front and back of boat. Some were even snagged on their taint! You needed to pull, not jerk if using braid ( which I love ) to a gentle jerk if not using braid. Had to read them and then you were good. But they were on and hitting like mad. I think the count was like 170 with 2 eyes with limited people. Captain is going through October so get out when you can. He even talked to the E.J. About where we were and asked them to come close to join in the fun. He finds the fish. It's true professionalism. Thanks John again once again for helping my freezer fill up. - Stay Perchy my friends...
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/29/2017
Water Conditions:
9/29/2017

Walleye fishing has been great recently, however, this cold push may slow down fishing for the next few days. Perch reports have been slow on the west side of town, but fishing off of Shades Beach has been good in 68-74 FOW. The cooler temperatures should improve the steelhead bite and hopefully we receive some of the rain we are expecting.

Fish On!

Location: erie tribs
Time Observed: 9/28/17
Water Conditions: too low
9/28/2017
got out last night and i saw even less steelhead. many of the steelhead have went back to the lake. every steelhead i saw had a lure or a fly in the side of it. we need some MAJOR RAIN. some rain projected on friday but not enough. i would recomend holding off coming up untill you see atleast two day of solid rain. good luck this season everyone. tight lines. and please catch and release
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 9-27-17
Water Conditions: 1-2's
9/28/2017
Everyone on Perch Pirate happy. everyone caught a limit of very nice perch and a few walleyes Thank you capt John and capt Bob. Great Job!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/28/2017
Water Conditions:
9/28/2017

Walleye fishing has remained excellent, as usual, mostly in 70-80 FOW. Perch fishing has been spotty, however, some reports of fish being caught off the lighthouse in 65-68 FOW came in yesterday. Steelhead are still staging at the mouths of the creeks until we receive some heavy rain.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/27/2017
Water Conditions:
9/27/2017

Walleye fishing remains unbelievable this week with limits being caught easily without planer boards. Incoming cooler temperatures may push some of the bigger schools over to Ohio, but with the numbers of fish we saw this year, some walleye should stick around until mid-October.

Perch fishing is beyond spotty. While the fish are there, some days they bite and some days they don't. Most perch have been found in 64-70 FOW off of Godfrey to Walnut. Steelhead are showing up at the mouths, however, the extreme low water conditions, high temperatures and large amounts of fishing pressure are making fishing less than ideal. The upcoming drop in temperature and forecasted rain should move some fish up the streams.

Fish On!

Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: Tues. 09-26-2017
Water Conditions: calm
9/26/2017
Perfect weather. Sparkplug came to town after school and we shot out to 70 foot of water off Shades. Non-stop action from the minute we dropped lines. Caught about a half dozen silver bass, but ended up with 2 limits of jumbo perch! Great day on the big fish bowl!
Location: erie tribs
Time Observed: 9/23/17
Water Conditions: too low
9/26/2017
guys unfortunately the weather is not cooperating this year. went up last weekend and barely saw any fish. most of the fish headed back to the lake because of the hot temperatures. if you catch and release i would recommend not fishing right now. the fish that endure the stress of being hooked will die in this warm water. october should be good
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/26/2017
Water Conditions:
9/26/2017

As of this morning, it's pretty much the same as it's been all week. The wind is coming out of the south at 10k or less and by tonight should be southeast. Waves for today should be 1ft or less, staying that way through the night.

For depth, pushing out and being on the bottom seems to be producing some nice fish any where from 70-80ft. drifting harnesses and trolling stickbaits and spoons or any presentations seems to work, just some work faster.

Steelhead trolling the mouths in skinny water is starting to happen. Small crankbaits and spoons seem to be the key.

Get out there and take advantage of this weather right now before it changes. Like always, stay safe out on the lake and check the weather updates.

Location: West of Walnut
Time Observed: 9-25-17
Water Conditions: 1ft.
9/25/2017
Two old guys and one son of an old guy limited out in 3 hours on walleye. Just west of walnut in 73-74 f.o.w. 2 dipsys and 2 down riggers with worm harness and spoons. What a great day on the best great lake. God is awesome.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/25/2017
Water Conditions:
9/25/2017

As of this morning, the lake has waves 1ft or less and the wind is coming out of the southeast at 10k or less. For walleye most of the action is happening around 65-80ft.

As for presentations, if you're a trolling or a drift kind of guy they will both work at this point. Guys that want a little more challenge for walleye fishing have started vertical jigging and have found it to be successful.

Some guys are starting to troll the skinny water close to the mouths for steelhead. They are having some success, but it's still hit or miss.

Like always check the weather conditions before coming up and make sure it's safe to go out.

Fish on.

Location: EAST OF SHADES 75'
Time Observed: 9/23
Water Conditions: FLAT
9/25/2017
DROPPED IN @ 10:30 THE ACTION WAS NON STOP,TILL WE HAD OUR 60 @ 12:30,HUGE PERCH!GREAT DAY ON THE BIG POND!
Location: Off Shades Beach 71 fow
Time Observed: 9/24/17
Water Conditions: Calm
9/24/2017
Fished aboard the Perch Pirate. We started out with lots of action for first couple hours. Some JUMBO Perch over the rail. Had a few Walleye brought in. Great times as always! Approximately 175 fish caught during am trip.
Location: Presque Isle Bay
Time Observed: 09/22/17
Water Conditions: warm calm
9/24/2017
fished the bay for panfish, between weed beds in15 fow with slip bobbers and live bait, crawler pieces meal worm ect. fish turned on at 4 pm with constant action, large sunfish, bluegills, dink perch, couple smallmouth and rock bass, very few boats on the lake this day. easy limit, great day on the bay.
Location: Lake
Time Observed: 9/15-17
Water Conditions: Flat
9/23/2017
Great time on lake erie aboard the Greg's guppy guide caught lots of eyes a hand full of perch and a chrome beauty my buddy's 1st one. Probably the most action was running the baits at 40 to 55 foot in 60+ fow. Best colors was watermelon wonderbread and purple monkey puke spoons and 4 inch stickbait in them colors too. Happy fishin and safe boatin.
Location: Walnut Creek
Time Observed: 9/23/17
Water Conditions: 1 Footers or Less
9/23/2017
Fished in 76 Foot of water and caught our limit in 6 hours put about 75 fish and the boat and kept 18. The legendary walleye captain Todd Finn ran everything perfectly. WALLEYES ARE HITTING CRANKS!!!
Location: north east
Time Observed: 9/15-17
Water Conditions: perfect
9/23/2017
Couldn't ask for better weather, great weekend on the lake with Greg's Guppie Guide. Caught 14 keeper eyes, with many throw backs. Did well perching this trip, an my buddy caught his first steelhead jigging for perch. What a surprise for him : ). Be safe an fish on.
Location: Boating out of Walnut
Time Observed: 9-22-17 Friday
Water Conditions: less than 1 ft
9/22/2017
Another awesome day on the water. Boats galore. Most people limiting out on walleye by 9 am. We kept releasing anything under 16 inches (at least 12 fish) but we got our limit by 10 am. Combination of worm harnesses on dipsies and spoons on downriggers. Increased speed to 2.1 mph. If you haven't been up, you got to take off. They are predicting these calm waves at least till Tuesday
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/22/2017
Water Conditions:
9/22/2017

For this morning, the wind is coming out of the southeast and will be shifting northeast. This isn't going to affect anything with the waves, though. As of right now the waves are at 1ft or less and should stay this way for the rest of the day and tonight.

There has been a lot of walleye and steelhead action out on the lake that last couple weeks. 60-70ft is where most of the walleye action is happening. For now, steelhead trolling guys are picking them up while walleye fishing, but also close to the mouths and in skinny water.

Like always check your weather before you come up and make sure the fishing conditions are right and safe.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/21/2017
Water Conditions:
9/21/2017

Walleye fishing is probably better than anyone has ever seen it before. Fishing is more productive in 70-78 FOW with fish being caught on nearly anything within 15 feet of the bottom. Perch fishing is very up and down at the moment with the best reports ranging from 62-70 FOW from Walnut to Trout Run. Steelhead are filling in at the mouths of the creeks, however, they are confined to small sections with very low clear water and plenty of fishing pressure for the fish that are there. There should be a good push once there are some cooler temperatures and rain.

Fish On!

Location: erie tribs
Time Observed: 9/15/17
Water Conditions: extremely low
9/20/2017
for the very few steelhead that came in, most of them went back into the lake with the warm temperatures. caught two fish in two full days of fishing. if you have a long drive i would recommend waiting ( i know everyone has the itch for steel head fishing but the weather is not ideal in any way) catch and release
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/20/2017
Water Conditions:
9/20/2017

For this morning, the lake has waves at 1ft or less and should stay that way all through tonight. The wind is coming out of the southeast and will shift to northeast at 10k or less. For walleye, guys in the 60-70ft range are doing very well. Stickbaits, spoons and harnesses all work right now, its just finding the right colors. Guys are also picking up steelhead while trolling for walleye on spoons. Perch has been hit or miss on the west side of town - 60ft or so deep has been the magic number. Like always, check the weather before going out make sure it's safe.

Fish on!

Location: Boating out of Walnut
Time Observed: 9-19-2017
Water Conditions: 1-3ft
9/19/2017
This is turning out to be a bumper year for walleye on Lake Erie. Many boats were out between 70-78 ft of water. Fish were being caught drifting and trolling. Worm harness, spoons and plugs were all working. Heard of many limits. We got 5 limits with a couple at 29". Didn't hear about the perch fishing.
Location: Erie Tribs
Time Observed: 09/16-09/17
Water Conditions: Low and Gin Clear
9/19/2017
Made my first trip of the steelhead season up this past weekend. It was tough fishing, with only a few fish around, and very low and clear conditions. Despite this, I managed to catch 11 fish in two days. Pink and red san juan worms, squirmy wormies, black crystal buggers, and emerald shiner patterns all caught fish. However, would wait a few weeks to go up so that things cool down a bit more and we get some rain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apf3DNXj0mg
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/19/2017
Water Conditions:
9/19/2017

Good morning!

As of this morning the weather is still sunny and warm. Lake conditions will be ideal for the walleye slaughter that's going on, but the bugs have been terrible. 70 to 80 foot of water is stacked with walleyes and some junk fish as well. This weather pattern seems to be in place for a while, but I will not speculate on it being correct - check everyday for changing conditions.

Most guys that I know are just running dipsys and riggers, having no problems getting their tickets quickly.

Perch are being caught in numerous places in 55 to 65 foot of water from Elk over to Shades Beach. Move around until you find a feeding pack. As for the streams, - very low, clear and warm conditions have put a halt to any significant action. Early morning and last light have been producing a few, but it's very limited. This past weekend was elbow to elbow for the very few fish that were in the streams. Some guys were on the snagging side of the game roping fish. It's your right to keep fish, but we only ask that you have some ethics and streamside manners to make it enjoyable for the other people around you.

Conditions are looking the same until the end of the month, so not much change will happen with the quantity of fish entering the tributaries unless we get a freak rain day.

Fish on!

Location: walnut
Time Observed: 9/18
Water Conditions: perfect
9/19/2017
70ft of water with minnows. 6 eyes, 25 perch, lots of throwbacks. one happy kid.
Location: Boating out of Walnut
Time Observed: Sept 18 Monday
Water Conditions: less than 1 ft
9/18/2017
Seems like the walleye are hitting almost anything we put out to them. Ran dipsies 165 3 setting, 135 1 1/2 Used deep running reef runners, firetiger and a few others. Ran superman spoon 30 back and 68 down on the ball. Try again tomorrow
Location: The Point
Time Observed: 9/17/2017
Water Conditions: calm
9/18/2017
Headed out on the Perch Pirate for the morning trip. Though it is always a great time aboard the Pirate with Captain John and First Mate Rob the fish did not want to cooperate. Captain John did everything possible for the patrons (we moved I believe 5 or 6 times, we drifted). Though there were 5 or 6 Walleye caught. A few BIG Silverbass and approx. 30-40 Perch. Good lord willing we will give it another shot next Sunday until then tight lines to all. Fish On! Woooooooo!!!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 09/18/2017
Water Conditions:
9/18/2017

As of this morning, the lake temp has risen to 70 degrees. The wind is coming out of the south at 5-10k. With waves at 2ft or less, it should be ideal to go out if the weather stays the same for the rest of the day. Most of the action is still happening in a pretty wide gap from 50-80ft. Some guys are getting steelhead while trolling for walleye. Spoons seem to be an all-around favorite with anglers out there on the lake.

Perch fishing is still hit or miss. Finding them is going to be the hardest part, but it seems like most of the action is happening on the west side. Like always, check your weather conditions before going out and stay safe.

Fish on!

Location: Boating out of Walnut
Time Observed: September 16
Water Conditions: less than 1 ft
9/17/2017
Though it is the waning days of Summer, the fishing on Lake Erie is phenomenal. We limited out on walleye yesterday. The Lake was as calm as a farm pond. Must have been 200+ boats out of Walnut Marina. All sorts of lures and all sorts of depths worked. The fish were just hungry