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Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 12/11/2019
Water Conditions: High and Stained
12/11/2019
From the lakeshore to a little south of I-90 received anywhere from 4-8 inches of snow through early this morning. This followed 1/2" to 3/4" of rain turning to sleet that we received Monday into Tuesday. The stream gauges have dropped to more fishable levels and the small tribs should offer a chance to find decent water and fish early today with the larger tribs closely behind. Temperatures are expected to rise through the weekend so make sure to watch the gauges and weather reports for signs of a big melt-off that could put the streams out of commission if the snow thaws too quickly. Also, use caution when parking and walking as some areas could be difficult to navigate in the snow and ice, with other areas potentially getting muddy as the snow melts.
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 12/10/2019
Water Conditions: high and stained
12/10/2019
With the rain we received yesterday the lake Erie tribs became off color and high. They continue to be high and stained, the gauges on the USGS site show they are coming down. Continue to watch the gauges to plan the best possible time to go fish. Usually after a high water event fishing is good. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON! -Josh
Location: Elk
Time Observed: Dec 8, 2019
Water Conditions: Low
12/9/2019
With little success thus far into the season, we began to lose hope. I decided we would hit the west side tributaries, good decision. MORE FISH THEN PEOPLE FOR ONCE. I caught my limit and went back to Pittsburgh by 8am.
Location: PI,Bay,tribs
Time Observed: 12/7/19
Water Conditions: clear
12/7/2019
Stream conditions are once again low and clear with a slight greenish tint . West side streams have been producing a lot of fish mainly coming out of deep holes and back pocket eddy's. Beads and nymphs have been on fire as well as the classic egg sac or minnow pattern. Goodluck and stay safe on the water~ Jake from the FishUSA Proshop
Location: Erie Tribs
Time Observed: 12/4
Water Conditions: Excellent
12/4/2019
Conditions are great with more consistent slow precipitation the fishing should remain well. Hook up ratio was 50/50 for chrome and colored fish. Went out to Cleveland to fish the break walls but it was just not the right time with the water conditions and the wind smashing the break walls. So if you are headed out there consider the weather even if you can handle it.
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 12/4/19
Water Conditions: good
12/4/2019
With the recent high water and a great complete blowout, the fish that have been staging in front of our tribs have finally had a chance to run the streams. Great numbers of steelhead have been caught in all stretches of our creeks. Extremely large brown trout have also been reported with sizes ranging 4-8 pounds, but numbers are few and far between. With the weather looking fish-able for this weekend, luck is on our side. Goodluck and stay safe on the water- Jake from the FishUSA Proshop
Location: elk creek off mckean
Time Observed: 11/27/19
Water Conditions: Changing
12/3/2019
Drove up from cranberry the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The water was very low but was changing over the time i was there. The fish were still biting though. I had about 3 on but didn't land a single one. I was using white power bait eggs and gulp dough bait. As everyone is saying there are more Fisherman than fish.
Location: Marinas
Time Observed: Sat.
Water Conditions: Good
11/30/2019
Perch Fishing seems to have slowed down. While the creeks had a bump in flows prior to the weekend.
Location: Walnuts
Time Observed: Observed 6pm
Water Conditions: Changing
11/27/2019
Water is pushing past the first few holes at Walnut. It’s possible there’s fresh fish moving in right now. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Location: Walnut Creek
Time Observed: Observed
Water Conditions: Terrible
11/27/2019
Extremely high winds hitting the mouth of Walnut. Not safe to fish the wall.
Location: elk
Time Observed: 11/26/19
Water Conditions: low and clear
11/27/2019
Water is almost at summer levels. Dudes are irritable out there...surrounding a few spooky fish. Yikes.
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 11/25/2019
Water Conditions: Poor
11/25/2019
With the lack of rain, the fishing conditions around the Erie tribs are poor. Aside from steelhead, perch are being caught all around the bay on soft plastics and minnows. If a lack of gear is keeping you from trying out the perch bite, keep in mind that you can fish for perch with the same equipment that you use for steelhead. As always, check the weather as well as the flows of the streams before making the trip up.
Location: Elk Creek
Time Observed: Observed Sunday
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
11/24/2019
Only seen about 20 cars mid river. Noticed a license pinned to one of the fishing signs on Elk Creek. If you lost it, it’s at one of the access points and you probably know what one. Conditions are terrible and the pressure is still on creeks. Fish are still being caught around the mouths of the creeks but has slowed down a bit. Seeing good and bad ethics around the creeks 50/50ish but that’s still not good.
Location: Cascade Creek/Liberty park
Time Observed: 3pm
Water Conditions: Great
11/22/2019
Cascade looks great which is not common. Might be one of the hardest creeks to plan to fish. On the contrary to my other report this creek gets the city run off and has a nice stain to it. It’s slow moving so live bait as well as power bait is excellent. As long as the creek is in this condition stripping streamers and minnow patterns might produce some fish. As for liberty park I couldn’t get one perch, not even a dink. Scallywags brought their boat out today and that might have something to do with it.
Location: Walnut Creek
Time Observed: Observed for you
Water Conditions: Clear
11/22/2019
I honestly don’t think there was enough rain to bring in a pod of fresh fish. I will continue to update everyone as the conditions change. I should have a couple reports for this evening. If we see another increase in water flow before it drops we may see some great fishing. There might be more leaves in the creeks than there’s been all fall with the high winds we are getting. With the leaves and overcast creeks appear to have more color than there really is.
Location: Walnut creek
Time Observed: Observed for you
Water Conditions: Clear
11/22/2019
There was a enough rain to bring the water up but is still clear. Didn’t see any large pods of fresh fish but that doesn’t mean a few didn’t come in. I will post another pic to give you an idea. Hope we get some more rain.
Location: Upper Elk
Time Observed: 11/20/20
Water Conditions: a bit of color, good flow
11/22/2019
As has become a trend, walked from Sterrettania upstream to Baron Road Bridge in McKean. Saw four fish, caught none. Heads up for those who like the stretch between Streuchen's Flats and Sterrettania, a significant portion of this stretch is posted and nonnavigable. There are fishable areas above and below but will have to be accessed from above or below. Heed the signage, it is impossible to miss and the landowner is actively prosecuting trespassers, as is his right.
Location: Lake Erie and Tributaries
Time Observed: 11/22/2019
Water Conditions: low and clear
11/22/2019
Fishing the tributaries continues to be difficult. The key to success is covering the most water. Fish are scattered and still sparse. You are going to work for every fish you catch this time of year. As for species of fish other than Steelhead, guys with boats are doing very well trolling and jigging for lake trout right now. Also don't forget the bay still has opportunity with a variety of different species to catch in open water until it freezes. Continue to watch the weather for the best possible conditions to plan you trip according. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON! -Josh
Location: Erie Tribs
Time Observed: 11/21/19
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
11/21/2019
Creeks are still Low and clear. Same fish being fished in the same conditions. It’s no secret when there is better conditions and it will be posted on every forum/fishing report. I will post it as well. Casting lures at the creeks mouth into the Lake is still producing some fish if you can find a spot. Fished next to some good ol boys that were respectful to the fish they were throwing back and that’s great to see. The boat launch area/walnut marina is producing fish fist and last light for those casting lures. Erie PA has a good chunk of Lake Shore and plenty of good fishing opportunities for many species that are fun to catch. I’d love to hear some different reports for different species.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 11/21/2019
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
11/21/2019
For all users of the FishErie Fishing Reports - please keep your comments civil and respectful to ALL users. Failure to do so is a violation of our terms of use policy, your comments will be removed, you will be warned, and repeat offenders will have their accounts disabled. The Fishing Reports are a valuable source of information to many users, and are solely intended for users to share information about the fishing conditions in our area. If you would like to have civil discussions with other users, please do so on the FishUSA Forums or through private messages to other users. The tribs are mainly low and clear with steelhead scattered throughout. Fish are mostly holding in winter habitats (deeper pools and slow runs) and they are primarily taking eggs, jigs, sacs, egg patterns, and slowly swung streamer patterns. Winter stonefly patterns should become more effective as the days move on. We are expecting some precipitation through the next 48 hours which may redistribute fish currently in the streams or encourage some fresh fish to run. Anglers covering the most water are finding the most willing fish. Panfish and perch in the Bay has been hit-or-miss for most anglers. Jigs and minnows have been among the top producing baits. The schools of fish are always moving, so the best approach to finding them is to continue hitting as many areas as you can until you find the pack. Don't forget that perch regulations change on December 1st, where the minimum size limit to keep fish is 7 inches.
Location: Elk
Time Observed: 11/16-11/18
Water Conditions: Low clear
11/18/2019
Upper elk is holding some decent fish. Not too much action today. Stupidly slow weekend we had. Fish seem to be hitting small presentations. Good luck out there.
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 11/18/2019
Water Conditions: Relatively Poor
11/18/2019
Over the weekend was very hard conditions. With flows on the clearer side in most tributaries. The fishing pressure has been very high over the weekends on the tributaries for the most part. Please remember to be respectful of other people both on the water and online as one angler's report can vary widely from another. If you want to openly discuss the fishing conditions with others, please use the FishUSA Forums (https://forums.fishusa.com/) to do so. The best chance for success is walking and covering as much water as possible. Jigs, single eggs, and sacs are best baits for winter fishing. As for fly fishing yarn flies and minnow patterns seem to be the trick. The westside tributaries seem to be having better runs then the eastside but still no very good, with fish scattered. Winter steelhead is demanding on the body and you are going to work for these fish this year. Best of luck to everyone that goes out. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON -Josh
Location: Elk/12Mile/20Mile
Time Observed: 11/15-11/17
Water Conditions: Perfect
11/17/2019
AS others have stated there are more fisherman than actual fish. Between the 4 of us we had two total hookups in 3 days and I personally saw three fish landed by other fisherman. To the contrary some of my buddies were in NY for the weekend and were having ridiculous amounts of hookups and landing over 40 fish per day(3fisherman) on the Niagra which is on fire and at Burts Dam. This is my 5th and last time I waste my time coming to Erie as I have found that it is the most overrated/overhyped fishing I have ever done and there is much better fishing elsewhere. Bottom line, ERIE SUCKS!!
Location: 20 mile
Time Observed: oct 15 to nov 5
Water Conditions: good
11/17/2019
I have fished steelhead since the 70' and this has been the worst fall fishing that i can remember. Two possible reasons could be the high surf conditions in the lake around Halloween when the streams were finally recieving rain and the high concentration of bait fish in the nearshore waters. I have never seen as much bait on the graph and at the surface before we pulled the boat the end of October. Tight lines!
Location: Erie Tribs
Time Observed: Every Day
Water Conditions: Terrible
11/17/2019
Guys are wondering where all the fish are. As a local fisherman I see the fish come in water levels drop and hundreds of fishermen pic at them over and over again. I bet since the run started I’ve seen a couple hundred fish come and go. The only break fish are getting are at night well for the most part. Initially there was also people going above the bridge around 11pm with head lamps. I don’t know why people can’t give the fish a break. You kill them they are gone and not replaced immediately. Plenty of poor fish handling leading to higher mortality rates. Some fish are being caught several times a day sometimes. Let’s stop and think before we go fishing. I’ve been perch fishing around the marinas to give the steelhead a chance until sporting conditions arrive. Perch fishing has been better than steelhead. I’m catching around 20-30 perch a day and keeping a few larger ones 10” or better. Let’s be ethical sportsmen and women and do the right thing. Stricter regulations need to be applied Like a smaller creel and larger fish size. Seriously I bet thousands of fishermen and women have came through fishing regardless of the conditions since the fall run started. Is this good for the tackle shops? Yes! Is it bad for the fish and future of fishing? Yes, absolutely terrible! I’m not exaggerating I live here, I see it!
Location: Elk - 20mile
Time Observed: 11/16/2019
Water Conditions: Decent
11/17/2019
More humans than fish. Thats all.
Location: Elk
Time Observed: 11/15 to 11/17
Water Conditions: Strong flow, clear
11/17/2019
Thought we would have hit the weekend just right, after heavy rain fall 2 weeks ago to help bring fish up and got completely skunked. Where are all the fish?? Fished every part of elk, alot of guys walking around trying to figure out what to do, where to go. No one seeing or catching any. Heard alot about how the mouth of elk is now so small ( approx 5 ft wide spillway) , fish have not been coming up in the numbers they used to. Is there anything that can be done about this?? Frustrated and thinking back on better years...
Location: Lake Erie Tributaries
Time Observed: 11/15/2019
Water Conditions: decent
11/15/2019
With temperatures still hovering in the low 30's Fishing has been tough. Every tributary of Lake Erie has fish scattered through out it now. The guts of the pools are what you want to focus on and any slight current breaks, steelhead are lazy by nature. Drift fishing continues to be the best presentation with jigs and egg sacs. Minnow patterns and egg style flies are the best for fly fishing. Watch for any bumps on the gauges with snow melt this could be the key to getting fish to move better. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON! -Josh
Location: elk/walnut
Time Observed: 11/10-11/13
Water Conditions: snow cold
11/14/2019
caught a few at elk then just shut down for the most part too cold??? walnut had so few people fishing am still baffled saw no fish caught there but ??
Location: Lake Erie Tributaries
Time Observed: 11/13/2019
Water Conditions: Good
11/13/2019
Despite the cold weather the fish are still biting. With water temps in the low 30's, steelhead become less wiling to move. This is when drift fishing becomes the best presentation. Popular baits of choice are egg sacs, jigs, and beads. If you are fly fishing small minnow patterns shine during the winter months along with yarn style flies. Continue to watch the gauges of the creeks for any snow melt off if we get a bump in temperature. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!-Josh
Location: Elk Creek
Time Observed: 11/11/19
Water Conditions: Slight stain / good flow
11/12/2019
Once I figured out what the the fish wanted the bite was hot and aggressive. In a few short hours landed 5 and lost 2 others. Be creative and willing to switch it up. Water was just stained enough in Elk and Walnut to not see the fish very well. Not all that busy yesterday including the mouth of Walnut, which was a practically a Ghost town around 2:30 - 3:30pm
Location: Elk Creek
Time Observed: 11/11/2019
Water Conditions: Perfect
11/12/2019
Our group had nice success catching 10 fish. It was a great day. Nightcrawlers were the major play yesterday.