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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/21/2017
Water Conditions:
7/21/2017

Walleye fishing continues to be very strong. Most of the action we are seeing are guys out between 50-70ft of water. Trolling stickbaits has been very rewarding to most of the guys. while drift fishing seems to be rewarding, too. Some guys are jigging in shallow water around 40ft and also producing limits. The one thing you will notice is that some guys, while drifting, are picking up some jumbo perch which is a bonus when hitting walleye limits, too. Like always, be careful out on the like and make sure you know the weather so you don't get caught in something nasty.

Pi and bay fishing is still rocking from shore and a boat. Panfish and some perch are still being caught in the bay. Largemouth are throughout the PI side right now, with a few smallies hanging around. Get out there and take advantage of this great natural resource we have.

Fish on!

Location: Perch Pirate
Time Observed: 7/19/2017
Water Conditions: Slight chop
7/20/2017
Great time again last evening on this boat. Huge thanks to Captain John and first mate Rob for going all out. Pulling perch again and walleye at the same time was a joy. Do everything this year for perch: use live/ dead shiners, pieces of bait, cut worms, etc. Put various presentations out there. Finally, get out when you can. It was on last night before we had to come back. I got enough of both species!!
Location: Out of walnut
Time Observed: 07/19/2017
Water Conditions: 2ft or less
7/20/2017
Drift fished for walleye from 6a.m. to 1p.m. 12 keepers and 30 shorts. Used golden shiners on #6 octopus hook with small spinners obove hook and 2 ounce sinker 2 foot above hook. Also boated 17 perch. Mostly small ones and only 3 jumbos. Right around 53 feet.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/20/2017
Water Conditions:
7/20/2017

Walleye fishing has remained great throughout the week. The fish have stayed in the same general areas for over a week. Numbers fishing for walleye has been good in 50-65 FOW and larger fish are being taken in deeper water. Perch fishing remains spotty, however, there are some fish beginning to school up between Walnut Creek and the Condos in 50 FOW.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/19/2017
Water Conditions:
7/19/2017

The lake is seeing its best conditions in a while, with waves at 2ft or smaller and the wind coming out of the southwest at 5-10 knots. Fish are still being caught anywhere from 25ft-80ft with 50-55ft seeing the most action. As for baits and presentation, harness and stickbaits are both working with some guys drifting and jigging in 40ft or less, as well. Like always, check your weather conditions before going out because these fish are not worth your life. Lake Erie can kick up quickly.

For PI and the bay, guys are still getting panfish from shore on both sides and the largemouth fishing is finally starting to heat up. The water is warm enough to really start throwing top water baits and having fun out there.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/18/2017
Water Conditions:
7/18/2017

Walleye fishing remains great this week with conditions looking ideal for the next few days. Fish are being caught any way you want to target them, from trolling to drifting. While walleye can be found in just about any depth, 55-65 FOW has been the most consistent target depth, with some bigger fish being found in deeper water. Perch fishing remains inconsistent, but there are some fish starting to school up between Trout Run and the Condos in 50-58 FOW. Move around before setting up on fish because these schools are in smaller pockets.

Fish On!

Location: The Point
Time Observed: 7/14 - 7/16
Water Conditions: Somewhat calm to rough, 1-3' waves and 3-5' swells
7/17/2017
Another choppy weekend out on the lake but the bite was on fire. We covered everywhere from 6-80 FOW and found eaters in 10-64 FOW primarily in the lower half of the water column regardless of depth. 12 Drum from 19-27" and up to 9 pounds, 32 Walleye from 14-26" averaging 15-17", 1 White Bass, 1 White Perch, and 1 Yellow Perch made it to the boat over a total of 16 hours with lines in the water. Most of the Walleye and a couple Drum caught trolling with 3-5" spoons at 2.2-3.5 mph but almost all the Drum and quite a few Walleye caught vertical jigging with light spinning tackle while just drifting, I've never seen such a hot jig bite in open water on Erie before and hopefully it lasts for the rest of this year as we caught almost as many fish with 1 jig below the boat as we did with 4 lines behind us trolling. All catch & release this weekend
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/17/2017
Water Conditions:
7/17/2017

Good morning everyone. This may sound like a broken record from the 2 prior Monday reports. The weekend weather gave us a bumpy lake again, but it was still great fishing if you were able to get out. Fish continue to be from shallow to deep water. 50 to 60 FOW seems to be where most guys are targeting, but fish are being caught in just about every depth from 30 to 80 feet. A lot of barely legals being caught with tons of throwbacks and a few bigger fish mixed in.

Not much for reports as far as PI. Smallmouth are being caught in the lake in 20 to 40 FOW from the few reports we are getting. So it's now the 3rd weekend in a row that we have had boats sinking. I can only keep saying PLEASE understand the conditions of this lake, know your vessel and what it can handle before you make a deadly mistake.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/14/2017
Water Conditions:
7/14/2017
Today's report remains consistent with previous reports from early this week. Walleye fishing remains excellent on days that are fishable. Weather predictions look great for the weekend. Walleye are being caught almost anywhere on the lake and in almost any depth. The most consistent bites are coming from 50-65 FOW with some bigger fish being found in deeper water, however, this has been spotty fishing. Perch fishing continues to be slow. Fish On!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/13/2017
Water Conditions:
7/13/2017
Walleye fishing remains excellent heading into the weekend, however, thunderstorms will more than likely keep most anglers off the lake today. Tomorrow morning looks promising for fishing the lake as long as storms do not pass through. Walleye continue to be caught in 50-65 FOW on almost any tactic. Perch fishing is still stagnant however there are some fish being caught from Trout Run to the condos in 50-53 FOW. Fish On!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/12/2017
Water Conditions:
7/12/2017
Walleye fishing remains excellent as weather conditions continue to improve this week. They are being caught just about any way you want to catch them from trolling to drifting. The fish are being found at multiple depths. Using stick baits, spoons and crawler harnesses have all been producing. Most fish are being caught in 50-65 FOW. Perch fishing remains slow, however, some perch have been found east of walnut toward the lighthouse in 50-53 FOW. Fish On!
Location: Boating out of Walnut
Time Observed: 7/10/2017
Water Conditions: 2-4ft settling down to 2ft or less
7/11/2017
Best walleye fishing was between 20 to 16 west on the GPS in the 50-58 fow. Caught probably 30+ plus a limit of sheephead and nice size perch. Kept 8 legal, couple 20" one 24". Ran worm harnesses 140 back on 3 1/2 setting, 90 back on 1 1/2 setting. Mostly watermelon. Saw a lot of boats drifting picking up good amount of fish too.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/11/2017
Water Conditions:
7/11/2017
When the lake is willing to corporate, the walleye bite has been very strong. A lot of short fish though, but that is good for the future of this lake and fishing opportunities. The average fish is between 15-18 inches. Guys going out deeper are getting into some bigger fish around 65+ feet, but most of the fishing is taking place at 50 feet and up. Everything from stickbaits to jigging and dragging harnesses is working. For the PI side of fishing and Bayfront, guys are still catching perch here and there. Some big bluegills are coming out of the Peninsula side of the bay. Smallmouth are still hanging around and the largemouth bite is picking up with the warmer weather.
Location: The Point, PIB
Time Observed: 7/8 - 7/9
Water Conditions: Rough, 2-5' waves
7/10/2017
The Point- Very tough trolling with the horrendous waves out there this weekend, difficult to maintain a 4 rod spread even. Still managed to find fish anywhere from 12-64 FOW through the entire water column. Fished harnesses and plugs for a while with little success before switching to all spoons and banging the fish. Lots of 16-20" Walleye with some little White Bass and a very nice 8 pound Drum mixed in as well. Kept two eyes for dinner and released everything else. Surface temps 70.1-72.5°. Hoping for some better weather next time we're up. PIB- Drift fishing with worms for a couple hours and the panfish were on fire whenever we'd go over a school. Mainly Pumpkinseeds with a few small Yellow Perch and the odd Bluegill mixed in. Lots of 8-9.5" slobs.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/10/2017
Water Conditions:
7/10/2017

Good morning everyone. It was a great weekend weather-wise, except for the wind. The lake was rough all weekend and again people were rescued. The boats that made it out did very well. It sounds like a broken record, but the walleye fishing is phenomenal! Targeted areas range from 30 to 75 feet with numerous patterns bringing in limits. I believe this will be the fishing report the rest of the summer, except for some minor depth changes.

As for PI, big gills are about the only consistent reports we are receiving. Majority of the smallmouth have pretty much left the bay and are in the lake in 20 to 40 feet of water. Largemouth reports have been slow as well. I have said this in numerous posts prior to today, but please understand that Lake Erie can kill you in a split second. Please know your boat and check and double check to make sure it’s safe to launch.

Location: Walnut Creek
Time Observed: 6-30 ---- 7-6
Water Conditions: 2'to4' to calm
7/9/2017
Did not fish every day.Fish were located between 50' and 60 ft off the condos. Ran planer boards with 4 colors of lead core reef runners and thunder sticks all worked . Off the riggers one at 40' other at 45' using stinger spoons. We were never bored. Best day for catching was 59 fish only Kept 8. One day kept 11. If we kept the 15 inchers we would have limited in short order. Only kept fish that didn't need measured. At the dock while getting the boat ready to travel the guy across from me asked about fishing told him only 8 that day. He said we all caught our limit in short order. He said tak a look. One decent fish around 20" the rest were just legal I assume. He said he was going to have a big fish fry for his neighbors and friends. This s how we destroy our fishery.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 07/06/2017
Water Conditions: Calm lake, Light breeze
7/7/2017
Alot of boats out of the marina for a weekday - Went to the NW and marked fish starting in 50 fow - trolled at 1.7-2.2 mph - 2 of us fished worm harnesses behind 2 riggers, 1 dipsy, 1 mini-diver on wire - As long as we stayed in 50-52 fow we marked fish and caught fish - mostly walleye - ended up with 57, keeping 6 - only kept those over 18" - largest 23" - about half of the others were 15"-17" - There were reports of larger fish though not as many out deeper - caught 'junk' fish if you went shallower. Harness colors: copper, char/pink, char, ora/blk Riggers at 43'-47', #1 Dispy back 120', Wire w/2"diver back 120' - All rods caught fish but the best of the day was the wire line and 2" mini-disk - must of landed 25 of the walleye on it. Can't wait to get out again next week - 2 weeks ago, 3 of us landed over 70 walleye, keeping 14 that day
Location: Boating out of Walnut
Time Observed: Thursday July 6, 2017
Water Conditions: 1 ft or less
7/7/2017
FishUSA reports are good and accurate. Thanks! Yesterday we had 2 limits of walleye by 9 am. Most were 15 1/2 to 18 inches. We did have 2 - 20" and 1- 24" We fished 52-61' FOW. Boats out deeper seemed to catch bigger fish. We ran 4 dipsies with worm harnesses, watermelon seemed to work the best. 3 1/2 setting 140' back, 1 1/4 setting 90' back. I ran downrigger 45' down and 45' back and caught one legal. Temperature at 45' down is about 4-5 degrees cooler than surface. Trolling 1.5-2.0 mph. Mostly straight out of Walnut and a bit west. Needed keep checking lines and taking short fish off. Also went perching from 11 am to 2pm. Caught 14 nice ones in 54' of water a little west of Walnut. One fisherman I know had over 35 perch from 8am - 11am at the same spot. The perch would come under the boat for a few minutes and then be gone.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/07/2017
Water Conditions:
7/7/2017

Walleye fishing remains excellent heading into the weekend. The bite has been consistent from the Ohio Line to the point of Presque Isle in 40-70 FOW with fish stacked between these depths. Fish are being caught on stickbaits and crawler harnesses close to the bottom. Perch fishing has been up and down with some boats catching fish and others getting skunked. Most reports for perch are coming off Trout Run and Walnut Creek in 40-45 FOW.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/05/2017
Water Conditions:
7/5/2017

Good morning! We hope you had an enjoyable and safe holiday! The walleye fishing still continues to be the best we have ever seen and shows no signs of slowing down. Yes, there are a lot of little fish and yes it is a lot of work checking and re-checking deployed rods for hanging fish, but it makes for a great fishing experience for anyone with a rod in their hand. The future looks to be bright for Lake Erie walleyes!

As for presentations, I would honestly need a whole page to give you everything guys and gals are using to boat limits. Anywhere from 25 to 70 FOW will produce fish. You can almost do no wrong and still boat walleyes.

One last thing I will say about the walleyes - please check your rods when you're trolling to make sure that you are not dragging fish and handle with care when boating undersized fish. These small fish are not of age to reproduce yet and are the future of this fishery.

The weather forecast for lake conditions looks very favorable for the next couple days, so get out and enjoy.

Fish On!

Location: East peir
Time Observed: 7/2/17
Water Conditions: Rough
7/3/2017
Fished the East pier in Presque from 11 to 3 on 7/2 and 7/1 caught about 20 perch a piece between 2 people around 7 inches on night crawlers and a Lot of blue gills .
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 06/30/2017
Water Conditions:
6/30/2017

This morning is looking a little rough out on the lake, but it should be transitioning to more mild conditions by 3-4pm. Guys are catching fish anywhere from 20-70ft, using lures and worm harnesses. Like always check your weather conditions and make sure it's safe for you and your boat to go out. There have already been 20+ rescues this year from the Coast Guard.

The PI bite continues to be good for panfish, it's just a matter of finding them. Largemouths are starting to become more active with some smallies, still hanging around. For the kayak angler, this is the perfect time of year to get out there, have some fun and take advantage of the Peninsula.

Fish on.

Location: Lake Erie, West of Point
Time Observed: 6/28/17
Water Conditions: FAC
6/29/2017
Fished the evening from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Setup in 62'-66' with 4 dipsey's out between 85' to 120' back. And 2 downriggers set at 40' and 50' down with spoons back 35'-40'. all fish caught on a combination of spoons and Renosky's . Couldn't get planner boards out due to all the other rods going off constantly. Numerous shorts, but managed a 3 man limit when it was all over. Beautiful night to be out.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 06/29/2017
Water Conditions:
6/29/2017

Fishing for walleye has been great over the last week. The difficulty has been both locating larger fish and a day that is fishable. Today looks like a wash, with the forecast calling for thunderstorms and 5 to 7 ft waves with 9 footers mixed in. Weather permitting, there may be some decent fishing opportunities in the next couple of days.

Fish are being caught in 45-65 feet of water from the Ohio line to the point of Presque Isle. Most fish are being taken on deep divers with a few ounces of lead or crawler harnesses. Tripz Divers and spoons have also been very productive.

Perch fishing has been sporadic, however, the perch being caught have been decent-sized fish. Most reports are coming from between Trout and Godfrey Run in 42-45 FOW or off the tributaries on the east side in variable depths.

Fish On!

Location: Walnut Condos
Time Observed: 6-28-17
Water Conditions: 2-4 rough
6/29/2017
Slow trip out to 50' started trolling around 8 am. Slow pick due to rough conditions. This is our first trip of the year. Kept hanging on waiting for a wind shift. Finally the winds started to slack around 4 pm We started catching fish lots of fish. They were suspended between 40 and 50' . The count 29 total walleyes. 15 shorts some just 15 they were put back. Kept 9 largest was 29" shortest 17" One 13 in perch on a plug 3 sheep heads. The fish all came off cranks best were reef runners no specific color. The wife and I are trying to limber up after getting beat up due to the rough conditions. Depth were out to 65' most came from 60 ' range
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 06/27/2017
Water Conditions:
6/27/2017

Good morning. Nothing to report for lake fishing due to rough conditions over the last day or so. The lake continues to be very rough this morning. A small craft advisory is still in effect until this evening. The good news is that it looks like we will have a fishable lake tomorrow. The forecast has winds from the SW at 5 to 15 knots and waves 1 to 3 feet. The lake shore is really muddy as far as the eye can see, so how productive it will be is unknown. Please check the weather and waves report and make a smart decision before you venture out.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 6/26/2017
Water Conditions:
6/26/2017

Good morning. Over the weekend, the fishing on the lake was really good for walleyes if you were able to get out. On another note, it was also a very dangerous weekend to tangle with mother nature. There was a total of 19 people rescued this weekend, plus 2 experienced captains lost the battle, sinking their boats in the rough conditions. This goes to show that this lake takes no prisoners. Whether you're a seasoned vet or a newbie, this lake will take no mercy on you. All that were rescued are very fortunate to have another day with their loved ones and escaped Lake Erie's grasp. Please be mindful of the ever changing conditions and stay humble. As for the fishing, walleyes are being caught from 25 to 65 feet on just about every presentation being thrown at them. A lot of small fish being caught with some bigger ones mixed in.

The first day of the EPSFA Summer Slam Tournament was Saturday (6/24) and there were 10 teams that had over 40 lbs for the 6 fish they weighed - big fish are out there. Congrats to Team Bayle Out on their record box of 6 fish weighing in at 49.90 lbs.

As for PI, not a ton to report. Smallies and largemouth are still being caught everywhere throughout the bay and into the main lake up to 30 feet of water. Tubes, cranks and jerkbaits seem to be doing very well. Again PLEASE check the weather and make good decisions because no life is worth losing over a fish.

FISH ON!

Location: 40-45ft West out of Walnut Creek
Time Observed: 06/24/17
Water Conditions: 3ft and building
6/26/2017
Anchored up in about 42ft, lake building every hour started fishing at 7:30am caught alot of under sized walleye while fishing for perch, caught 20 nice sized perch between three of us on the boat. alot of junk fish. managed two keeper walleye as well out of the 17 we caught rest returned to grow for another day. not the best trip for catching but nothing beats being on the lake.
Location: PI Off the lighthouse to the point
Time Observed: 6/21
Water Conditions: 1 foot or less
6/22/2017
Fished from 3pm to 7:30 pm, started in 60ft of water off the lighthouse and used the west wind to drift over past the point near 4 mile. Had 3 lines in the water right on the bottom w/ 3 different colored harnesses. 3 sheephead, 2 eyes, one keeper, two missed . Didn't have enough speed I suppose.
Location: The Point
Time Observed: 6/21/17
Water Conditions: 1'-3'
6/22/2017
Fished in 50-55 ft off the point. A little bit more east really, pretty much straight out the channel. Rods in at 8 and boated 30 or so by 2. Only 9 of them legal size. #1 dipseys at all settings 70-115 back. Purple and watermelon harnesses did all of the damage.
Location: Lake Erie, West
Time Observed: 6/21/2017
Water Conditions: Calm, strong current to west
6/22/2017
First perch trip out. Wife and I fished from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Anchored at first and then drifted in 37-49 fow. Picked up 18 perch between 11"-13" and one short walleye and a few sheephead. Huge schools of fish. All caught on goldens. Fish were packed full of zebra mussels and shrimp like critters. Beautiful night to be out on the big pond.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 06/22/2017
Water Conditions:
6/22/2017

Walleye fishing has continued to be good from the Ohio line to the point at Presque Isle. Fishing has been very good from 35-50 FOW with fish being taken on deep stickbaits, crawlers and spoons. Perch fishing has been sporadic, however, the fishing has started to pick up. Most reports are coming from off of Trout Run near the perch nets in 40-44 FOW.

Bluegill and bass fishing in Presque Isle remains steady as we move into summer. Fish are being caught in deeper water along the city side.

Fish on!