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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/20/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
8/20/2018
Winds are out of the SE at 5-15 knots and waves will be 2' or less today but building throughout towards the evening. By tonight, winds will pick up to 15-20 knots out of the south and waves will build to 2-4'. The extended wave forecast is calling for a majority of weekdays with 2-4' waves, possibly 3-5' at times. As has been the case all summer, those able to get out this weekend reported finding fish, but it wasn't the most comfortable conditions. 60-70 FOW continues to be the target for anglers and the Mountain, Point, Lighthouse, and Trenches continue to produce fish, among other locations.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/17/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 2-4'
8/17/2018
Winds have slightly calmed from yesterday and will be 10-15 knots out of the west. Waves should also be subsiding throughout the day from 2-4' to 1-3'. It's still going to be a bumpy ride for many throughout the weekend as waves are expected to remain at 1-3' through Monday. For those able to get out, they are still finding a number of fish willing to bite. Harnesses continue their productivity, as do Smithwick, Renosky, and Bay Rats. Short and shallow-diving baits and spoons off 5 color, riggers, and dipsies have taken a number of fish in the previous week. Get the bait within 10' of the bottom in 60-70 FOW and you should connect. Some anglers are reporting some decent perch catches, but walleye will continue to be the main game on Lake Erie this year. Safe travels and good luck to everyone fishing this weekend!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/17/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 2-4'
8/16/2018
A southwest wind will build throughout the day to 15-20 knots and waves starting the day at 1-3' will build to 2-4' by later in the afternoon. There is a chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms this morning and again in the evening. All-in-all, its going to be a little dicey on the lake today. Use caution if going out, especially small craft. Wind and waves are expected to subside as we move through the weekend and should offer more comfortable fishing conditions. The hot walleye bite continues (as has been the case all year) and the same programs are still producing fish. Perch reports continue to be spotty and as summer is starting to wind down, spotty reports may be the best we get all year. Sabiki rigs and jigs have pulled perch from the bottom for those finding the fish. PI may offer the best fishing conditions for today and tomorrow, and having the ability to tuck in the lagoons to chase bass should reward anglers with some good fish. Topwater continues to produce. Fish on!
Location: boating out of Walnut Marina
Time Observed: August 14
Water Conditions: 2 ft or less
8/15/2018
The walleye bite is still going on. We had 2 limits by 10:30am. We fished 60-64 FOW. 185 back on 3 setting and 155 back on 1 1/2 setting. Downrigger 50 back 40 down or 40 back 50 down. All sort of colors, watermelon, purple and black, orange... Saw boats walleye fishing shallower and deeper. Talked to one fellow who was in 52 fow and caught hogs and steelies. Be safe on the water.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 8/15/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1-3'
8/15/2018
Winds are 5-15 mph out of the WSW and waves are 1-3' today. Anglers continue to report the good fishing, especially for walleye. The same program continues to fill boxes in 60-70 FOW. If you are trolling and marking fish but not catching many, try changing direction and speed. Sometimes little adjustments are exactly what the fish want. The perch reports continue to be spotty, but some anglers are finding them. Most of what they are catching have been sizeable, but the overall numbers like previous years do not seem to be there. We've had a slight resurgence of solid largemouth fishing in PI. Jigs are producing, and the top-water bite has been productive in the early morning and late evening.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 8/14/2018
Water Conditions: 0-2' Waves
8/14/2018
The lake is flat near shore this morning and waves are expected to be 2' or less during the day, picking up to 1-3' in the afternoon. There are scattered showers in the region, but most should be gone by mid-morning. Winds are light and variable. The hot walleye fishing continues for many with spoons, harnesses, crankbaits, and stickbaits all contributing. When the sun is out, the fish seem to keying into brighter colors. When skies are overcast, darker purples, reds, and blacks seem to be slightly more productive. 60-70 FOW continues to be the most productive depths. As has been the case all year, perch fishing has been spotty at best and with so many folks targeting walleye, we've heard few sustained perch reports so far. They are definitely out there, but you have to weed through the walleye to find them. Fish on!
Location: Half way to shades. Deeper than we have been fishing.
Time Observed: 8/12/18
Water Conditions: ?
8/13/2018
Report from the Captain. The boat moved out into a little deeper water. Drifted willow leafs closer to the bottom and casted weight forward spinners closer to the bottom. Thirty walleye came over the rail. Worm harness outshined the weight forward spinners a little. fished seem to have moved out deeper.
Location: Light house to half way to shades
Time Observed: 8/12/18
Water Conditions: 2.5'-4'
8/13/2018
You could not ask for better conditions to drift Lake Erie on a head boat. Winds were sustained but not too much to really get the boat rocking. Drifted all day with only the early am producing eyes. Another big fish as soon as the boat settled into the first drift. Caught on a perch rig. Had lot of people dragging worm harness and casting weight forward spinners with no luck. Had marks on the finder the entire time. Could not get the fish to bite. Tried everything. Drifted Erie dearie no weight. Drifted worm harness with weight. Bouned bottom with perch rigs. The fish were there. Just could not get them to eat.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 8/13/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1'
8/13/2018
Waves are about 1' near shore and wind is 5-10 mph out of the north. Weekend reports indicate the fishing continues to be strong with a number of walleye and some perch brought to the boxes. 60-70 FOW continues to fish well for walleye, especially off the lighthouse and the Mountain. The usual baits and lures continue to produce, with no particular color seeming to outperform all the others. The weather in the early part of this weeks looks to be decent for fishing. Good luck!
Location: Weather Bouy to Shades
Time Observed: 8-7 to 8-12
Water Conditions: Windy most of the week!
8/12/2018
The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie sponsored trips on the boat occurred on Tuesday, The morning trip was hampered by strong west winds so the several conflicts of vets fished shallow with a few fish caught. The lake laid down a little for the afternoon trip and some eyes were caught by the weather bouy. The vets all had a good time! The rest of the week was fished off of Shades Beach in water 50 to 60' deep. The anglers who know or are learning the western basin method of Cast, Count Down And Drag are producing nice no.s of EYES each trip! Fishing Perch Style for EYES may produce some EYES but not many. Erie Dearie style of hardware with worms and Colorado style worm harnesses of all colors are producing the best results from the fishing platform the drifting boat provides. The boat carries a good selection of hand made Colorado worm harnesses. Nice No.s of fish on all trips with some limits and near limits. The more the crew of the Perch Pirate learn about this style of walleye fishing, "IT WILL ONLY GET BETTER."
Location: Between channel and shades. North of tip of peninsula.
Time Observed: 8/11/18
Water Conditions: Calm to 2-4.
8/12/2018
Set off the new water. Great walleye chop entire day. Had a walleye over the rail in minutes after the boat started to drift. Next one came shortly after that on a perch rig help up off the bottom. Then we drifed over fish for the rest of the day with only one more perch. One more short walleye.
Location: Between channel and Shades.
Time Observed: 8/10/18 Pm
Water Conditions: 1.5'-3.5'
8/12/2018
Set off to the same marks as the morning. Hoped the fish would cooperate even better. Still had marks all over the finder. Set the anchor several times and only pulled up a couple of eyes. One being a 30" walleye caught on a sabiki rig with a rosy red minnow on it. Conditions calmed and we drifted for the remainder of the evening. Just a couple of more eyes over the rail the rest of the trip.
Location: Between channel and Shades.
Time Observed: 8/10/18 Am
Water Conditions: 3-5.
8/12/2018
Started in 45'. Anchored up and marked fish all over the fish finder. Brought a few eyes over the rail. No perch. Moved out and and set anchor. Still marking tons of fish. Couple more eyes and some perch. Wind calmed down and we were able to drift. That's when the walleye cooperated. Drifting worm harnesses and casting Erie Dearies worked well. Had perch coming over the rail too. Had one really nice perch triple on a sabiki tipped with grubs. On a side note. Dramamine works best if you take it before you get on the water.
Location: boating out of Walnut Marina
Time Observed: August 10
Water Conditions: 1-3 becomine 2-4
8/12/2018
Rough day on the water. Harder to stay on fish. Almost limited out. Walleyes are deeper. 185 back on 3 setting and 155 on 1 setting. Downrigger 40 back 50 down. Fished in 58-65ft. 2.2-2.7mph. Be safe on the water.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/9/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
8/9/2018
Waves will be 0-2' today with winds 5-15 mph out of the west. Conditions look great early in the day before scattered showers move into the area. The broken record player continues - walleye fishing continues to be strong throughout the PA waters. Now that water temperatures are in the mid- to high-70's, most walleye have moved to their usual deeper water habitats. 60-70 FOW has been the most productive for anglers the last two weeks. Trolling speeds from 2.2-2.6 have been the strongest producers, as have the continued bite on harnesses and regular trolling baits. Good luck!
Location: Between channel and shades. North of tip of peninsula.
Time Observed: 8/6/18, 8/7/18
Water Conditions: 3-5. 1.5'-3.5'
8/7/2018
8/6/18. Am trip. Fished out by the nets on the am trip. Between channel and shades. The marks on the fish finder were unbelievable. Could not get the fish to cooperate though. Ended up only boating a few perch. No walleye. Not even a sheep head. 8/6/18. Pm trip. Headed out to the same marks. The fish cooperate a little better. Caught a few yellow perch. White perch. Moved north of rip of peninsula. Got back into the walleyes. Ended up with fifteen with not very many people on board and even fewer casting for them. 8/7/18. Pm trip. Now we are back into the walleye. Headed back out north of the point and had the first walleye within under a minute. They kept coming over the rail all evening. The perch are still starting to show more and more everyday. Hitting sabikis tipped with maggots.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/7/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
8/7/2018
Waves are up to 2' out of the NW this morning, while winds are about 5-15 mph out of the SW. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day today, so make sure to check the radar frequently if you're heading out. The same walleye programs continue to produce, especially riggers and dipsies in the 60 FOW range. If you're finding but not catching fish, switch up your baits, speed, and depth often until you find the right combination. With so many fish in the water, there should just about always be fish willing to bite if your presentation delivered well. Good luck!
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 8/6/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
8/6/2018
Winds are 5-15 mph out of the SW this morning, with waves less than 2'. Temperatures will be in the low 90's today and a chance of pm showers and/or thunderstorms is in the forecast. Walleye fishing continues to be great with most anglers getting their fish around 60' FOW (with some deeper and others more shallow). Worm harnesses continue to produce, especially watermellows, blueberry muffins, and similar patterns. The usual trolling baits are also taking fish left and right and with most fish being deeper now, dipsies and riggers are the top performers. With walleye fishing so good, there continues to be little information on the perch pack. Good luck today!
Location: trout run
Time Observed: 8/5/18
Water Conditions: 1' to 3' early. then 1'
8/5/2018
great weekend fishing. three of us limited out today. same ticket as yesterday. 35' back & 50' down on the riggers. 135 back on dipsies!
Location: trout run
Time Observed: 8/4/18
Water Conditions: 1' to 2'
8/4/2018
Three of us had our limits by 10:30. Riggers took half. 35' back 50' down. Caught most of them on meat. some on a perch stick bait & some on trout colored sick bait. Dippsies 3 1/2 back 135'. nice day!
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 8/3/2018
Water Conditions: Calm
8/3/2018
Erie is very calm this morning with waves 0-1' and a south wind from 5-10 mph. Conditions are very similar to the last few days and the good fishing continues for most anglers. The majority of fish have moved to slightly deeper water, but there are still many fish being caught in 40 FOW as well. Harnesses have been very productive in the last week, as have all the standard trolling baits. Anglers are reporting a good Thunderstick bite and spoons are contributing to fill boxes as well. The weekend looks like it will bring good fishing weather as well. Good luck and be safe to everyone heading out. Fish on!
Location: Boating out of Lampe Marina
Time Observed: 08/02/2018
Water Conditions: 2ft or less increasing to 2-3ft
8/2/2018
Weather forecast for increased waves and wind made us decide to launch out of Lampe. We were able to get into 50ft of water easily. We trolled east. Got 9 keepers with lots of shorts. Mostly on worm harnesses on dipsies. Couple nice walleye on riggers with Kevorkian spoon, 40 back 35 down.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/2/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
8/2/2018
Today will be an overcast day with light winds, up to 10 mph, from the SW. Wind direction may shift slightly to the north as a front moves in from the east, bringing some potential scattered showers. Waves should be mild today and ranging from 0-2'. Strong numbers of walleye continue to be reported throughout the region. Depending on wave direction and depth, the best trolling speeds have been 1.9-2.3 mph. With cloudy skies today, make sure to pull out the brighter colors - pink lemonade, wonder bread, acid green, and fire tiger patterns would be good patterns to try. Keeping a spoon or two in the water should pay off as well. Fish on!
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 8/1/2018
Water Conditions: 1-3' Waves
8/1/2018
A calm lake this morning with waves <2' will become somewhat more active with waves rising to 1-3' by the afternoon. We will have a SW wind of roughly 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25. There is also a chance for afternoon showers. The best depths for walleye have been about 60 FOW, with many boaters finding fish in 70'+ as well. Few anglers have found success in water more shallow than 40'. The majority of fish have moved to deeper waters and are being taken on divers and riggers. We've heard from a few folks who have found good topwater largemouth action in the PI lagoons over the last week with frogs producing some quality fish. Good luck!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/31/2018
Water Conditions: 0-2' Waves
7/31/2018
The lake is nice and calm this morning with a very slight walleye chop. Winds are 5-15 mph out of the SE but will be changing direction as the day wears on and the temperature rises. Waves are 0-1' this morning and will increase to 2' or less later today. There is a chance for showers later this afternoon. If you are able to get to the eastern waters, that has been where the majority of the walleye have been caught lately. The Mountain continues to produce with the usual baits and lures. In our central and western waters, most fish are being marked and caught deeper than 40', with many solid reports coming in the 60-70' range. Some perch have been caught, and while we're hearing of some jumbos being taken, the numbers have been few and far between. With so many walleye in the water, anglers have mainly targeted these fish all summer.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/30/2018
Water Conditions: Calming
7/30/2018
The rough lake on Saturday has subsided to a much calmer 1-3' waves today. Winds are forecast at 5-15 mph with a variable direction and a chance of showers later in the afternoon. Most walleye have moved further offshore to 40 FOW and deeper. Divers and downriggers pulled a lot of fish this weekend, with the same baits still producing. Thundersticks and spoons pulled their weight this weekend. Also, most reports indicate that the majority of the school has moved to the east side with the point and Mountain fishing well. We're also hearing rumors of a little perch action starting to pick up; we'll see what the upcoming week has to offer.
Location: PERCH PIRATE
Time Observed: Sun. 7/29/18
Water Conditions: 1/2 footers to calm
7/29/2018
Amazing Walleye drift fishing this morning! I'm a perch guy but have to admit that until they are feeding like they used to, you cannot have a better time on this charter for the walleye. Last count I heard was over 40 beasts ranging from 17 to 25 inches. Three seniors next to me had fishing experience but none really good at throwing a Carolina type harness. By 10:30 a.m , they were on freakin fire! Just moments before, one of them said he was quitting. Just moments later, they turned into children again.... Great guys that got the tune of things. Unlike trolling, you get that rush, the fight and the guess if it's an eye or something else. You are not bored. Perch? Yeah, but here/ there but just a handful. I switched on/off quickly for both but the star of the show this year again is the marble eye. People were so roudy having fun pulling these bad boys up one after another. When the lake went flat, they came in even faster. What the??? No wonder the Captain had his phone blow up with calls every 2 mins! He has to drift but will cover many areas if he isn't happy. Today, he could have anchored because the screen was that full. These creatures are everywhere from 15 to 50 feet!! Colors: blue, light blue, chartuse, pink, yellow blade with black spots. 1/2 worm was the key. People using the so called Weapon rig single hook were also catching perch, white perch and drum on these. If you have no experience drift/ casting for walleyes this year, no worries... You will after a mere 5 minutes with this charter.. Listen, learn, have fun and stay Perchy my friends..... Or stay PERLEYE I should say from now until my striped guys return. Thanks To you John and Logan. Great day!!!
Location: Perch Pirate- west of the point
Time Observed: 7/29
Water Conditions: 1’ or less - perfect drift conditions
7/29/2018
This is a report and recommendation. We fished the am trip. We headed out to where the last known bite was and no fish marked. Captain John started hunting, found the fish but they were tight against the bottom. He found the best school marked amd we started drift fishing. The first hour was extremely difficult and frustrating. They were there but not cooperating. Captain John decided a move was needed. While we were making the move he noticed the fish were rising from the bottom. After locating some nice marks we started fishing again. First mate Logan figured out the count and once that was shared the action was consistent throughout the day. You have to listen to the Captain and First Mate if you want to have success and catch fish. The end results were 50 Walleye and 10 Yellow Perch caught along with some white perch and some fighting Sheephead. Overall a fantastic day as always aboard the Perch Pirate! Plenty of laughs as there are some amazing people you meet on the boat. So my recommendation is pick up the phone, call Captain John at 814-746-5809 and get your trip booked. Happy fishing and hope to see you on the Perch Pirate soon!
Location: trout run
Time Observed: 7/29/18
Water Conditions: 1' or less
7/29/2018
three man limit today. they were a little deeper today. most caught on meat.
Location: East of penisula
Time Observed: 7/27/2018
Water Conditions: 1.5'-3.5'
7/28/2018
Fishing has changed from last week. Walleye are still coming over the rail. Not marking the fish as high in the water. Have to let the Erie Dearies sink farther down. The perch fishing is beginning to pick up. They seem to be schooling up more. The water has a little more color to it than last week. With a little calmer wind and water the clarity should improve. Hopefully that should improve the perch fishing.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/26/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1-2'
7/26/2018
Winds are 5-10 mph out of the southwest this morning and waves are about 1-2 feet near shore. Conditions haven't changed much from yesterday, and we heard from a number of folks late in the day that they were still filling boxes, so we expect much of the same today. As we get closer to dinnertime, make sure to check the weather and radar for potential showers or thunderstorms that might pop up in our region. Worm harnesses, especially watermellon and blueberry muffin (and similar colors) have been doing well for anglers. If the sun comes out today, make sure to try brightly colored trolling baits - pink lemonades, green lime crush, and wonderbreads (and similar colors) should do well. Fish on!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/25/2018
Water Conditions: Walleye Chop
7/25/2018
Winds are light and variable this morning out of the NW with a nice walleye chop on the water. Good walleye reports are coming from the Mountain, with the word being that fish are all over the screens. On the other hand, we are hearing more and more anglers commenting on the number of juvenile walleye and perch that the legal walleye are spitting up. Putting more emphasis on fishing smaller baits will likely be key to catching more walleye as the season continues.
Location: North East PA
Time Observed: July 14-22nd
Water Conditions: Great
7/24/2018
fished out of North East Pa for the week and absolutely hammered the walleye pulling limits and getting picky on what fish to keep. caught over 120 walleye fishing 6 days
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/24/2018
Water Conditions: 1-2' Waves
7/24/2018
Shore winds are out of the south at 5-10 mph this morning and the lake is a little choppy with 1-2' waves. The good fishing continues for most folks. For those not able to fill boxes, the two most common factors seems to be lure size and mobility. With the smaller-than-usual size of fish this year, downsizing crankbaits and spoons has been essential. Also, if you are not marking fishing, don't stay in an area too long. It takes time, but picking up and running to a new location has produced for most anglers. Good luck!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/23/2018
Water Conditions: Choppy
7/23/2018
Winds are 5-15 mph out of the SSE this morning and will build to 15-25 as we move into the mid-afternoon. Expect wave action to be a little choppy today and some afternoon showers/thunderstorms to move through around dinnertime as a weather front makes its way through the area. Anglers continue to take walleye throughout our area, with typical mid-summer conditions and locations fishing well. Most reports are of fish being taken from 40-70 FOW. We're hearing good reports from the trenches, mountain, and point off the light house, but there really hasn't been a bad report unless the lake gets angry. As most fish have moved to the deeper waters, larger baits in the 4-4.5 inch range will likely start to be a more effective part of the program.