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Location: Condos to Shades
Time Observed: Memorial Day weekend
Water Conditions: North East Winds all weekend
The Memorial Day weekend of the North East winds did little to dampen the joy of many of the regular customers on the PIRATE who had not fished since before covid. There were enough EYES caught in the shallow waters to remind all the customers that the EYE fishing will only get better and they will be back to fish for them.
Location: Shades Beach
Time Observed: 5/29/2023
Water Conditions: Calm.
We caught several nice walleye in 55’ of water between Shades and Shorewood. Three of them were 27” and very fat. All were caught on a watermelon colored, small Bayrat spoon (had four other lures out which caught nothing). Dipsies were set 106’ at a 3 setting. Fished last two hours before sunset.
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 2023 season
Water Conditions: Nice
The 2023 season for the PERCH PIRATE will be starting this weekend. With the early warm weather this year we are expecting a earlier than normal western basin EYE migration and some bonus small mouth fishing. For trip information call 814 746 5809.
Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 5/6/2023
Water Conditions: Calm Morning, Choppy Afternoon
Those who walleye fished Lake Erie on PA's opening day were met with a beautiful morning, followed by a stiff NE wind in the afternoon adding some chop to the lake. Decent catches were reported inside in 25ft and less, while some fish were taken out deep from the mountain by Lake Trout anglers. Lake Trout fishing continues to be excellent. Spin-n-glos and mag spoons have been the ticket.
Location: Erie Tributaries
Time Observed: 3/21/2023
Water Conditions: Good
Elk and Walnut Creeks continue to provide solid steelhead fishing, most fresh fish at the moment are on the smaller side, but there are plenty of quality sized dropbacks hanging around. Be aware of smolt stockings as well. If you do catch a smolt, be sure to handle them with care!
Location: Presque Isle Bay
Time Observed: 3/20/2023
Water Conditions: Slight Chop, cold
Panfish fishing in the bay continues to be good, and should stay that way with the warm weather forecasted ahead. A slip float with a Bobby Garland plastic never fails!
Location: Presque Isle Bay
Time Observed: 2/14/2023
Water Conditions: Ice Free
Although ice fishing may have been relatively non-existent this year, an early spring means excellent perch and crappie fishing on the bay will be upon us in no time!
Location: Erie Tributaries
Time Observed: 1/29/2023
Water Conditions: Perfect
Steelhead fishing continues to remain good on the west side Erie tributaries with consistently good flows and a good mix of fresh and dropback fish. A short cold spell may put fishing on the tribs at a halt for a short time
Location: Elk / walnut
Time Observed: 1-15-23
Water Conditions: Average little color
Ice flows most of the morning and mid afternoon was amazed at the lack of fish compared to a week ago no hookups
Location: Erie Tributaries
Time Observed: 1/8/2023
Water Conditions: Perfect
The Erie tribs are loaded with steel from top to bottom and water conditions look like they'll remain in good shape for a while. Now is a great time to be steelhead fishing in Erie! Good luck out there!
Location: NW PA
Time Observed: 12/28/2022
Water Conditions: Frozen
We want to encourage everyone to use extreme caution when venturing out on the first ice of the year! We're all chomping at the bit to get out there, but this warm-up isn't going to do our newly formed ice any favors. Be safe!
Location: Elk
Time Observed: 9/92022
Water Conditions: Good
A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do ! LOL
Location: Erie Tributaries
Time Observed: 12/17/2022
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
Low and clear conditions combined with very cold weather made for some lethargic steelhead over the weekend. Downsizing line and bait presentation was the ticket and put lots of fish in the net Saturday!
Location: Erie Tributaries
Time Observed: 12/9/2022 Weekend
Water Conditions: Low and Clear
Looks like we will likely have low and clear conditions on the Erie tributaries throughout the weekend, with the potential for some rain/snow mix on Sunday. There is no lack of fish; however, with both Elk and Walnut putting up good numbers.
Location: Elk
Time Observed: 12/8/2022
Water Conditions: clear
Most steelhead I've ever seen (but not caught). At least the fish population is not a concern.