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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/18/2017
Water Conditions:
8/18/2017

Waves are starting at 3-6ft, building up to 4-7ft with the occasional 9ft wave in there. Depending on the size of your boat, you could fish today but you're going to get beat up out there. No walleye is worth losing your life over. Most of the action has been in that 50-70ft of water on the west side. Anything from trolling stickbaits to drifting harnesses will work.

PI and the bay are still producing lots of panfish and other species like bass, white bass, catfish and carp. Most guys are bottom fishing or using jigs with floats and other small stickbaits.

Fish on.

Location: North East
Time Observed: 8/15/2017
Water Conditions: 2-4's
8/18/2017
Drifted for perch 55-65 fow off McCords, picked up a few decent perch but a really slow day? Anyone know what's the story with the guys setting nets, I thought the lake Erie stamp bought out the commercial nets?
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: Wed. 8-16
Water Conditions:
8/17/2017
Stayed in and did some maintenance on the Troll Doll, but everyone coming back into the marina had decent numbers of perch. 20 to 25 fish a person, and a few limits. Getting better!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/16/2017
Water Conditions:
8/16/2017

Lake conditions today are pretty ideal for fishing. With 2ft or less waves and 5-10 knots out of the northeast, it's looking like a good day to get out and do some perch or walleye fishing. For walleye, the same program has been producing fish between 50-90ft of water, with almost any presentation works if you're at the right depth with the fish. For perch, most of the guys are having luck are on the west side of town, fishing in about 50-55ft of water.

Fish on.

Location: Walnut North
Time Observed: 8-15-17
Water Conditions: 1-2'
8/16/2017
58 FOW, Took grandkids out for some perch fishing. 40 nice perch in a little over 2 hours. Steady bite. Grandpa was loading hooks and removing fish. Kids were having a ball. Doesn't get any better. Told kids (from Maryland) they just experienced some of the best fresh water fishing in the USA.
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: Aug 15, 2017
Water Conditions: 1 and 2s
8/16/2017
60 foot north of light house, bite was slow but manage to pickup a dozen nice sized perch. Caught 9 on Monday. Perch fishing is slowly getting better. Lost a fender and pole holder, vibrated loose,,came off a track. Lesson learned. Oh well, still a nice eve on the water.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/15/2017
Water Conditions:
8/15/2017

Today's conditions are looking ideal for lake fishing with waves under 2ft. The walleye bite has been very steady between 60-80ft of water. Guys are using stickbaits and spoons or drift fishing with harnesses. Perch have been picking up on the west side of town. it's not slamming yet, but it’s picked up enough that some guys are limiting out. It's all about finding the perch school and staying on top of them.

The bay and PI are continuing to be good for panfish and some perch here and there. Bass are being caught anywhere in the bay. Get out there and take advantage of this blessing we live next too.

Fish on!

Location: NW Walnut 57 FOW
Time Observed: 8/14/2017
Water Conditions: 1 ft'ers
8/15/2017
Wife and I Caught about 30 perch from 4:30pm till about 6 when they turned off. The action was constant! Many nice jumbos with some cigars mixed in. Trolled towards home and picked up 2 shorty eyes that went back for next year. Great eve on the lake. "To God be the glory..."
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/14/2017
Water Conditions:
8/14/2017

Walleye fishing was steady throughout the weekend. While larger fish were hard to find, mid-size fish were plentiful. Most fish were being caught between 62-75 FOW. This week, the weather conditions appear to be ideal for fishing. The perch bite has been consistent on the west side of Erie between Godfrey Run and the condos. While the bite is not on fire, it is still very good and occasionally limits are being caught within a few hours.

Fish On!

Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 08/13/2017
Water Conditions: 3 footers in the morning
8/13/2017
Straight out of walnut in about 58 ft. 40 perch from 6 to noon. 4 keeper walleye. Golden shinners.
Location: walnut
Time Observed: 8/13/17
Water Conditions: 2' to 1'
8/13/2017
started strait nw of walnut in 58'. lots of fish on the screen. nothing would bite. moved west to big perch pack. still lots of fish on the screen.they were a little more hungry there. we ended up with 35 nice perch!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/11/2017
Water Conditions:
8/11/2017

With the EPSFA/Bay Rat Big Fish Friday tournament starting today, there will be boat traffic on the lake. The conditions are awesome - 2ft or less waves, with the majority of the fish still being caught anywhere from 40-90ft of water. That’s a very big gap in depth, but it just shows you how many walleye Lake Erie has to offer right now. Stickbaits and harnesses are the go-to right now, but guys are jig fishing and bottom bouncing also. Make sure you check the weather before you go out and make sure your boat can handle the waves. Better to be safe than sorry.

Like always PI and the Bayfront are still producing fish. Anything from bass to panfish and carp. Fishing stickbaits and small jigs have been the key to the panfish and bass. Fishing off the bottom out there can catch anything from carp to catfish and the occasional bass as well.

Fish on.

Location: Off Condos
Time Observed: 8/9/17
Water Conditions: 2 to 4' rollin
8/9/2017
Fished walleye for a change instead of perch, caught 20, kept 9, including a 30" 9lb hog. Gotta send a shout out to Chris @ Colussy for all the advise given based on his many years of fishing Erie and surrounding waters. A reel fishy guy. P.S. ALL fish were taken with spoons. 1big1
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/09/2017
Water Conditions:
8/9/2017

Walleye fishing has been on the slower side compared to what we have experienced all summer. It appears a lot of the fish have spaced out, so covering water is crucial to finding larger groups of fish. Walleye fishing remains good in 55-70 FOW, with bigger fish being taken out in deeper water and skinnier water fishing close to the bottom. It seems like fishing has changed up a bit and the spoon bite has slowed down. Stickbaits and harnesses are taking the majority of the fish.

Perch fishing remains consistent on the west side between Godfrey Run and the Condos. Fishing has been good in 50-63 FOW and groups can be found between these depths depending on whether a front pushes them.

Fish On!

Location: PERCH PIRATE
Time Observed: 8/7/17 EVENING
Water Conditions: 3 TO 4 FOOTERS
8/8/2017
Well we broke some long standing truths last night; east winds and full moon? Not a problem! Myself and buddies were pulling in perch. No one could believe they would hit in this weather but it goes to show you. Get out with this boat when you can. Hell, the first mate Rob was up to 15 before he had to clean fish. The Captain was pulling as he was taking multiple phone calls. I heard him say that so many people are ready to cancel like 5 days ahead because they heard rain in the forecast! Unless you are a captain on this lake or a professional weather forecaster, what are you talking about? We were out in 4 foot waves and the boat drifted beautifully and then calmed down more and more. More Perch coming in each time I go. Thanks John and Rob for a great time as always. See you on the 18 th and the 24 th.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/08/2017
Water Conditions:
8/8/2017

Depending on the size of your boat and what you are comfortable fishing in, you should be able to get out on the lake today. There will be 2-4 foot waves in the morning, subsiding to 1-3ft waves later in the day. With most of the fish still being caught from 55-90ft of water, you can use anything out there from harnesses to stick baits and spoons of all sizes!

PI and the bayfront are still producing fish of all kinds, from bass to panfish and huge carp. Most guys are fishing off the bottom or using small crappie-style jigs with slip floats. Get out there, have fun and take advantage of the lake.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/07/2017
Water Conditions:
8/7/2017

Morning all. Fishing was non-existent on Saturday, with the big blow we had. Sunday, however, a lot of boats got out to chase the ‘eyes again. Definitely was a tougher day for some and not so much for others. Still great reports of limits caught Sunday for ‘eyes and the perch. Yes, that's right, anchoring on perch! Walleye are still eating just about everything and numerous presentations are being used. 50 to 70 foot of water has been the main report, with some guys fishing deeper and targeting bigger fish and steelhead. Perch reports are 50 to 60 feet of water from Walnut to the clay banks with most reports of limits west of walnut. Weather outlook for today and tomorrow is pretty similar and will be fishable. Please note, there is a forecast of possible water spouts, so please keep an eye on the horizon and be safe.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/02/2017
Water Conditions:
8/2/2017

The weather is looking good for today and tomorrow with a chance of a shower or thunderstorm. Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th, however, are not looking fishable to say the least. The weather is setting up to be 7 to 10 footers with high winds and thunderstorms. Sunday the 6th appears to be looking pretty good, so keep your fingers crossed. The fishing has still continued to be great for walleyes. Various depths and patterns are producing plenty of fish. 5 cores of lead with deep diving baits have been very effective, along with dipsys and riggers with spoons and shallow baits. Drifting has also been boating a lot of walleyes with a number of nice perch in the mix. Erie Dearies, jigging raps, bucktails and perch rigs have all been baits of choice.

PI has still been hit and miss for smallmouth, but the bluegill have been pretty consistent. Piers and bays have been the targeted areas. I may sound like a broken record, but PLEASE know the weather and what your vessel can take. Be humble and make the smartest decision you can to have a safe experience on Lake Erie.

Fish On!

Location: Out of walnut
Time Observed: 08/01/17
Water Conditions: Very choppy
8/2/2017
Managed 5 walley and 7 perch drifting worms with small spinner blades. 7 shorts and at least 40 whites and drum. Fished from 55 to 70. 5:30 to 1:30. Bigger fish out deep.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 8-1-17
Water Conditions: 1-3
8/1/2017
Hit 60-54 fow with my buddy this afternoon. 5 nice size eyes with only 2 shorts. Couple nice perch mixed in. Caught a countless amount of white perch.
Location: Out of Walnut Creek Marina
Time Observed: July 31, 2017
Water Conditions: 1-3ft
8/1/2017
Much the same as listed below. We drifted and trolled. Trolled dipsies 3 1/2 160-200 1 1/2 90-120. Harnesses with gold, green, purple, 1.5-2.0 mph. Caught 7 keeper walleye and then again that many undersized. Caught about 30 jumbo perch drifting. Fished 50-70 ft. Walleye seemed best at 65 ft and perch about 55-57 ft. We fished 20-16 West/East lines
Location: OUT OF EAST AVE
Time Observed: 8/1/2017
Water Conditions: 1-2s
8/1/2017
Didn't think it was possible this year not to have eyes to clean when we got home but the winds and waves over the weekend must have scattered them elsewhere. Trolled 5 hours with spoons, harnesses and Reefs anywhere from 55 ft to 73 ft from the point out past the light house and only managed 4 undersized walleyes and a couple of white perch. Marked very few fish on the finder today.
Location: north east
Time Observed: 7-31
Water Conditions: 1-3
8/1/2017
Second trip up with Greg's guppie guide service, did well first evening then slow next day an a half, some nice keepers, a few shorts and sheepsheads, an nice white perch. Fish on an be safe : )
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 08/01/2017
Water Conditions:
8/1/2017

Fishing remains the same as it has been all summer. Boxes are being filled early in the day and walleye are being caught mainly in 58-70 FOW from Trout Run to point of Presque Isle. The bite for bigger fish remains most productive out deeper. Perch fishing has been picking up in 47-58 FOW.

Fish on!

Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: Mon. 07-31-2017
Water Conditions: 2-4 footers
7/31/2017
Went out west of point to 60 foot. Drift/trolled east to past GE stack. Picked up 8 walleye and 1 nice perch, a few throwbacks, and a couple goats and silver bass. Dipsy's 125 back with meat. Great day on the water.
Location: Perch Pirate
Time Observed: 07/30/17
Water Conditions: 1'-3'
7/31/2017
Perch bite surprisingly good following a northeast blow. Both morning and evening trips boating best catch of the year along with several keeper walleye. Both anchoring and drifting produced over 60' of water. Several anglers nearly limited both trips. Boat runs Wednesday thru Sunday.
Location: The Point
Time Observed: 7/30
Water Conditions: Morning 2-4', afternoon 1-2'
7/31/2017
A bit slower bite than the past few weeks but we still found fish. Trolling for Steelhead in 70-109 FOW produced 1/2 chromers (landed fish 22") plus 5 bycatch Walleye 16-22" and a nice White Bass. Pulling 4-6" spoons, large stickbaits, and flasher-flies at 2.4-3.7 mph, everything took fish. Also did some inshore jigging for Drum in 10-20 FOW and pulled out 6 fish from 19-26" in about half an hour, one fish almost spooled me with only 8-9 wraps of line left before I could gain anything. Fun day on the water, hopefully conditions are a bit more favorable this coming weekend. Catch & release
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/31/2017
Water Conditions:
7/31/2017

With 1-3ft waves and winds out of the west, the lake isn't too terrible today. Walleye are still being caught pretty much everywhere. Depths of 50-80ft seem to be the ticket to finding them. Some guys drifting are also picking up a few jumbo perch with their walleye, which is an added bonus. Just keep an eye on the weather when going out that far - our lake can change very fast.

As for the bay and PI, panfish are being caught on the bayside, along with other species including bass, carp and catfish. Largemouth has been pretty good in the weedy areas and the lagoons.

Fish on!

Location: Off point
Time Observed: 8/26/2017
Water Conditions:
7/30/2017
50 large perch. 53 feet all nice size.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 7/27
Water Conditions: Choppy
7/29/2017
Same old thing. Drifted minnows and night crawlers with eagle claw spinner rigs in gold, silver, and green. 50 to 75 feet. Limited out by 10 a.m. 12 decent fish. This is what fish finder looks like on big walleye school.
Location: Out of walnut
Time Observed: 7/26 wednesday
Water Conditions: Very choppy in morning
7/29/2017
Also caught these nice walleye in 65+ drifting shinners with a #6 eagle claw hook and spinner rig. Flourescent green color. 2 ounce weight.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 7/26 wednesday
Water Conditions: Very choppy in morning
7/29/2017
Found a bunch of perch mixed in with the walleye earli in morning before 8 a.m. fished around 53 ft. Drifted with emerald shiners and night crawlers with a 2 ounce weight and number six hooks.
Location: Our great lake
Time Observed: When able
Water Conditions: When able
7/28/2017
So Nice to see those Pics From stadiumjoe of perch. Just wanted to Post regarding perch fishing; Yes, we all want them. But I hear From captains And others things like ' they are gone' or things like ' the weather was too bad' , ' the lake conditions are bad this year'...etc. No reportts mention netters out There ,that our state, allowed , that are doing well With their Numbers caught! Many people have even Cancelled charter trips ( on a SHORT notice ) because they heard the waves were going to be 2 to 3 feet. Are you serious? The bigger charters like the PERCH PIRATE can handle that. Trust the Captain. When he says it is okay then go With it. When you Cancel, you cancel the rest of US as well. I like the PERCH PIRATE because of their Professionalism, experience And their drive to catching those bad Yellow guys. They go all out! Please, get out before the season ends. Try everthing like I posted before And let´s compare notes . I did well on dead shiners And salted ones. I am going to try cut perch belly meat next. Just try. I am on the PIRATE evening trips 8/2 , 8/7, 8/18, And 8/24 so far. Trust me, on my other trips we caught perch! No, we díd not limit but we came Home With enough And some walleyes. Join me, please. Call them. Let´s get out . Try presentations that seem crazy but do it. The perch are feeeding on water fleas ! That´s crazy too but true. Let´s get out And try ! Stay perchy my friends ...
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/28/2017
Water Conditions:
7/28/2017

This morning, there is a small craft advisory in effect with 2-4ft waves building to 4-7ft, so be careful out there - these walleye aren't worth your life. With that being said, fishing has been good when the lake is cooperating. Fish are anywhere from 40-90ft right now. All presentations are working. Finding the right colors, depth and speed is the challenge, as well as avoiding the smaller fish. Please be as gentle as possible with the smaller fish, these are our future fish.

PI and the bay have been a little hit and miss. Guys are still catching panfish and other species off the piers. Largemouths are definitely starting to pick up with the weed growth and warmer temperatures in the bay. Some guys are catching pike in the deeper parts of the bay. Get out there, have some fun and take advantage of this beautiful resource in our backyard.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/27/2017
Water Conditions:
7/27/2017

Walleye fishing remains the same old story. Fish are stacked in 55-65 FOW from Elk Creek to Shades Beach with fish also being caught all over the place. Some bigger fish are being caught in deeper water from 80-100 FOW, however, this bite is not as consistent. Friday and Saturday both look unfishable with predictions calling for 3-6 ft waves, however, with the forecast you can expect to hear reports of waves as big as 10 feet.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/26/2017
Water Conditions:
7/26/2017

With the forecast looking very promising for lake conditions, it should be a good day. Guys are still catching fish anywhere from 50 feet of water and up. A lot of guys are starting to drift fish because it's been hard to run boards with all the smaller fish. Continue to watch the weather and make sure it's safe to go out on the lake.

Plenty of fish to still be caught in the bay. Big gills and panfish are still roaming around and can be found if you're in the right spot. The head of the bay has been producing some nice largemouth along with a few pike.

Fish on!

Location: Lake Erie, 58'62'
Time Observed: 7/22/17 am
Water Conditions: Light south chop
7/24/2017
Drifted Erie Dearies and worms in 58'-62' with my nephew and brother in law. Made several short drifts over productive area. Numerous shorts. Kept 17 eyes and 5 white perch. Great day to be out.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 7/23/17
Water Conditions: 2 ft or less
7/24/2017
53 ft a bit west out of walnut. Found large school of walleye. Fished fron 1 to 8 p.m. 2 big ones. Many small mixed with some perch. Same as before just drifting with shinners.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 07/24/2017
Water Conditions:
7/24/2017

Good morning everyone. This was one of the best weekends as far as wave conditions on the lake. A lot of people fishing and having great success. The walleye are still piled in that 50 to 70 foot range with a better number of more mature fish being reported. Anglers are still having to go through a lot of dinks, but limits have been pretty common for most. It seems that just about every presentation is catching fish with a lot of guys just running dipsy divers and downriggers, not even bothering to set up big boards. Drifting has been very effective as well and the benefit is boxing some really nice perch with the walleyes.

As far as PI, we have had some reports of smallmouth at the North Pier, but nothing else from the bay. Please be safe and aware of the ever-changing weather and know the limits and capabilities. The lake is bumpy today and will get worse. Tomorrow looks to be the same - be safe.

Fish On!

Location: Near PI
Time Observed: 7/23/17
Water Conditions: 1-2 foot
7/24/2017
Started fishing around 10:00 am. Ran crankbaits, crawler harnesses, and spoons at .9 to 2 MPH trying to figure out the bite no luck except one small walleye and a perch until approx. 2 pm. We moved shallow approx 20 foot and the bite was on from 2:30 until 6:30 pm we landed approx. 20 walleye with the largest measuring 27 inches. Most walleye came on a 1 oz erie deerie tipped with a crawler or imitation leech. Lots of nuisance drum.
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!