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Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 1/27/2020
Water Conditions:
1/27/2020
After this weekend's high water the Lake Erie Tribs are coming back into shape. Fish are spread out all through the tribs. The last couple weeks sacs and beads have been the top producers. Continue to walk and scout for fish its the best chance at success during the winter. Watch for future precipitation and snow run off that could effect the tribs. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON -Josh
Location: erie tribs
Time Observed: today
Water Conditions: Clear
1/24/2020
Tribs started opening up today with no significant run off. Most of the fish from the last high water event are spread out and/or in our freezers. Today the bite was light and the steelhead are still a little sluggish. Fished 3pm to dark and the best bite was right before dark. Finding un-pressured fish is key for a good bite.
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 1/24/20
Water Conditions: Icy
1/24/2020
Most of the streams around Erie are iced up and almost un-fishable. The few open spots should still hold fish. During the icy months, the steelhead like to sit directly underneath ice shelves. These fish are usually overlooked and will take a bait. Presque Isle is mainly frozen over with thin, unsafe ice. Goodluck and stay safe on the water~ Jake from the FishUSA Proshop
Location: Bay
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Ice
1/23/2020
With the wind calming down ice cover has increased. I've been looking for safe Ice with no luck. The amount of open water has decreased around the bay and finding open water to fish is very tough at the moment. Best chance for open water is at the end of the piers with safety being an issue with ice covering the walk ways. Ice Fishing reports are heating up in Northern Michigan. Guys are still catching walleye in the western basin of Lake Erie the last I heard. Reports of Lake St. Clair Ice are not favorable but reportedly getting better. Ohio seems to be struggling for reports. If you guys can leave tips I'll bring you reports on what is going on there when possible. Credit to Ohio DNR, JC Dropshot and Fisherman's Digest on YouTube as well as their recourses for the out of state reports. ((https://youtu.be/LEerU18JJTY)) (( https://youtu.be/WGbBBovfNGQ)) ((http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/fishing/fishing-forecasts-and-reports/the-fish-ohio-report))
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: Observed
Water Conditions: Ice
1/21/2020
Creeks have a lot of ice on them. Lake conditions remain dark and choppy by the mouth of walnut and walnut marina ice is sketchy. I had a chance to wet a line and try to catch some Perch this afternoon. Got one perch in an hour.
Location: Off walnut
Time Observed: Today /Observed
Water Conditions: Dark
1/20/2020
The lake is dark and choppy
Location: Tribs
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Terrible
1/18/2020
Creeks are filled with slush and the steelhead are lethargic.
Location: Twentymile
Time Observed: 1/17/2020
Water Conditions: Calm
1/17/2020
Not much doing tonight. Only saw one steelhead in the whole section of creek I fished and it wanted nothing to do with anything I threw at it. Here’s hoping the forecasted snow and rain mix we’re suppose to get this weekend will help.
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 1/17/20
Water Conditions: low and clear
1/17/2020
Erie Tributary's are still low and clear due to the absence of rain in the past week. The steelhead are still in the streams but are starting to get pressured in the deep community holes. Focus on little shoots and runs between the holes. Perch fishing in Presque isle is still something to consider. Soft plastics under a slip bobber has been the go to for most anglers. Position yourself to cast on a weedline and wait for your float to lightly "tick" . Goodluck and stay safe on the water- Jake from the FishUSA Proshop.
Location: Twentymile
Time Observed: 1/15/2020
Water Conditions: Calm
1/15/2020
Twentymile has dumped back out, but, surprisingly, I only saw 2 in the creek this evening. Caught the one (25-26” half chrome ‘bow) in a deep pool, didn’t try the other that was in a ripple. Nothing too exciting.
Location: Bay
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Calm/Choppy
1/15/2020
Fishing was great today at times. I slayed when the water was glass, when the wind came the fish disappeared at that very moment. Something different happened today. I’m now catching perch on both sides of the bay.
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 1/15/19
Water Conditions: low and clear
1/15/2020
Streams around Erie have been low and clear the past few days. With the CFS of Brandy Run only being at 5. Focus on the deep pools and be stealthy with your presentations. Perch and panfish are being caught on weedlines in Presque Isle on minnows and small jigs. Upcoming cold weather might be a blessing for our fellow ice fisherman with cold weather next week. Goodluck and stay safe on the water-Jake from the FishUSA Proshop
Location: Elk
Time Observed: 1/14/2020
Water Conditions: Mostly clear
1/14/2020
Great day fishing with many hookups and many were fresh fish. Great day on the water.
Location: South Pier
Time Observed: 6-8 PM
Water Conditions: Low Vis
1/14/2020
Fished the South Pier this evening and nothing. Rumor has it there were a lot of marks in the channel that looked like walleye.
Location: Bay
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Good
1/14/2020
Picked up a few nice perch this evening. I caught them cruising or the bite window was very short this evening.
Location: Walnuts
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Perfect
1/13/2020
Walnut had a good number of fresh fish but it did get pounded today and Probably will all week So if you come up this weekend don’t expect there to be a lot of fish left. Yes they come and they go. People kept showing up all the way to noon when I left. I personally lost count of the number of hook ups and fish landed. One of those days. Over all it was a great day to be out fishing. Went to the bay this evening and picked up 7 nice Perch for the dinner table.
Location: PI,Bay,tribs
Time Observed: 1/13/2020
Water Conditions:
1/13/2020
Anglers continue to catch steelhead when the water conditions allow. Fish continue to be spread out with a mix of chrome and dark fish after the weekends blow out. Best presentations continue to be egg sacs and jigs. If you are fly fishing egg yarn patterns and minnow patterns can produce very well in cold weather. Continue to watch the CFS gauges to plan your best opportunity to get out. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!-Josh
Location: Bay
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Excellent
1/10/2020
Perch fishing was very slow this evening. Kept 6/15-ish. Overall the size ratio was favorable. Could be a good weekend to get out and look for perch. Trying different things can help increase the number of fish, perch and steelhead. Remember folks there’s no fish worth fighting over and if you feel like you’re be encroached on politely let the lady or gentleman know. Tight lines everyone!
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 11:55 am today
Water Conditions: Blown out
1/10/2020
Walnut is blown out and there’s lots of debris floating down what looks like a river at the moment.
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 1/10/2020
Water Conditions: on the rise
1/10/2020
With the rain that the Erie area is receiving this will most likely raise the tributaries. Check the CFS gauges on the tributaries to make sure they aren't blown out before making a trip to them. Remember fishing a tributary on the rise or drop can be very productive if you catch it just right. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON! -Josh
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 1/8/20
Water Conditions: low and clear
1/8/2020
Stream conditions have been favorable the last couple days, but with the melting snow and impending rain, that will soon change. Panfishing in the bay has been a go-to for the fisherman that have had their fill of steelhead or are looking for something to deep fry. Perch and the occasional steelhead can be found in the head of the bay. Good luck and stay safe on the water- Jake from the FishUSA Pro Shop
Location: Bay
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Calm and clear
1/7/2020
Fishing was slow and worked my tail off for some fish. Kept moving! 15 perch 8-11” threw back lots of 7-8” fish.
Location: Bay
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Cold, clear, some chop
1/6/2020
Perch fishing remains slow at this time for the bank angler. Fishing picked up the last 45 minutes all the way until it got dark. Erratic twitching of the bait got a couple in very low light this evening. The last month the larger perch, 8”+ have not been mixed in with the tiny 4” ish perch. Fish are being caught we’re most people are not. Today the best bite for me was off shallow points leading out into the water. I continue to look for slight changes like structure, points, trees, flats with a slight drop off and this has put more fish in the bucket than most. Changing it up and trying new things Is more work but that’s what it takes right now.
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 1/6/2020
Water Conditions: decent
1/6/2020
The snow that Erie received last night didn't really effect the tribs. There is a minimal amount of color on the larger west side tribs. Fishing over the weekend was rough, but fish were caught. You just had to work for them. Egg sacs and beads continue to be the top producing baits. This time of year watching the CFS gauges is very important with snow and precipitation run off. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!-Josh
Location: Lake Erie and Tribs
Time Observed: 1/3/2020
Water Conditions: good
1/3/2020
Some of the larger tribs that receive run-off have a small amount of color to them. Fish are also spread throughout the larger tribs. As always, walking and finding fish is the key to a successful day. Any dark spot on the bottom could hold a fish or two so fish those in between spots. Egg sacs, jigs, beads, and flies all work this time of year. Finding willing fish and presenting the bait is the most important part, so you don't stand over fish that have lock jaw and waste time. Continue to watch the gauges on the streams and weather to pick the best days to plan a trip. TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!-Josh
Location: Bay and Erie Tribs
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Fair
1/2/2020
Perch fishing was extremely slow this morning. Switched things up and caught some steelhead that were beat up. Looked like they were dragged across rocks and kicked back into the water, something I witness frequently.
Location: Elk
Time Observed: 1/1/20
Water Conditions: Clearish
1/1/2020
I caught this interesting fish on the upper elk today. Tiger trout is what I think it is... I've only ever caught 2 others and they were much smaller and not in spawning colors. Really beautiful fish!
Location: Bay area
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: COLD
1/1/2020
Only got a handful of keeper perch today, 8/30-ish. Threw back plenty of 7-8” fish. Catching a few fish and waiting a few minutes to toss my set up back into the hole paid off. I found hammering the same spot slowed the fishing down today significantly. Every time I went back to the car to warm up they were ready when I got back to fishing. The water was low, clear and cold! Be safe out there!
Location: Bay
Time Observed: Today
Water Conditions: Up and Down
12/30/2019
Put some waders on and went perch fishing today. Just used my noggin to find them. The key to success was to keep moving until I found them. kept 18/50-ish, 9-13”. The water was up and down at least a foot. The action was so hot and I didn’t notice the water came up, stepped out off the ledge and was I in for a surprise. Be careful out there! Almost got water in my waders. Water dropped, fish moved out. 1/2 hour later it came back up a foot. Started catching larger fish again. Something big came through making that “wake” large fish make and they turned off. I didn’t stay put to see if they’d turn back on. If you’re into large toothy fish it might be worth targeting them if in season and legal.
Location: Tribs, Bay,
Time Observed: 12/30/19
Water Conditions: high and stained
12/30/2019
With our local streams roaring today, not much fishing will be happening. The recent rain has really raised the streams to a high and muddy flow. On the bright side, there has been a steady perch bite in Presque Isle. Good numbers and size are around, but are in scattered groups. A bucket of emerald shiners will always to the trick. Goodluck and stay safe on the water~ Jake