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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/25/2018
Water Conditions:
4/25/2018

The rain yesterday and today has brought the streams up, and they will likely stay high and dirty throughout the day. This evening and tomorrow should offer improving conditions to target remaining steelhead, stocked trout, and the first smallmouth of the year. Anglers fishing inland lakes and ponds have reported fair to good panfishing from most waters, as well as stocked trout, especially as the water continues to warm up. The highly anticipated walleye season opens in a few days for Lake Erie.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/24/2018
Water Conditions:
4/24/2018

Steelhead remain in the streams, but are dropping back with some chrome jacks still being mixed in. Most of the creeks have had a second or even third stocking for guys wanting to trout fish. There have been a few reports of smallmouth caught around the lower sections of the creek - this can only improve with warmer temps in the future. Perch and panfish continue to be caught in the bay. Pymantuning is heating up with perch and crappie, also improving for night time walleye bite and throwing stickbaits. Continue to watch the weather to plan fishing trips.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/23/2018
Water Conditions:
4/23/2018

Steelhead season is winding down, however, there are some fish remaining in the streams. Perch fishing in the bay is still producing, however, this will also slow down over the next week or two. Pymatuning Lake is heating up for crappie and perch fishing and the night casting for walleyes will continue to get better with rising temperatures.

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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/20/2018
Water Conditions:
4/20/2018

Fishing conditions heading into the next week look very promising. Stream conditions are receding and should be at good heights by late afternoon and will remain good throughout the weekend. With most of the stocked streams being restocked and fish that were already stocked being washed downstream, this should provide some good stream fishing. Perch are still biting in the bay, however, with warmer temperatures coming in this may be short lived. The panfish bite is picking up at Pymatuning Lake almost every warmer day we have.

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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/19/2018
Water Conditions:
4/19/2018

Steelhead and trout fishing remain consistent in most of the streams. The streams are being restocked this week and next week, which will create more opportunities for fishing. Perch fishing remains good in Presque Isle Bay and Pymatuning has been producing perch and walleye.

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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/18/2018
Water Conditions:
4/18/2018

As of yesterday, the Lake Erie tribs are coming down, but they are still high and muddy. Some might be fishable with big jigs and egg sacs. For the bay, the wind is coming out of the northwest at 5-15 knots so there will be chop on the bay but perch fishing continues to be good. Continue to look at the 7-day forecast and watch the stream gauges to plan fishing trips.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/17/2018
Water Conditions:
4/17/2018

As of last night, Erie has been hit with a snowstorm. With the Lake Erie tribs still being high and off color, it could be a rough fishing day if you brave the weather. As for the bay, the wind is still ripping out of the west at 15-25 knots making it impossible to fish almost. Continue to check the 7-day forecast to plan your fishing trips and look at the stream gauges.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/16/18
Water Conditions:
4/16/2018

With the weather today, strong winds will be coming out of the west at 15-25 knots. If you brave the weather, guys are still doing good in the bay from shore and in a boat for perch. As for steelhead the tribs are high and muddy from the rain we received last night. Continue to watch the weather and check the stream gauges for future fishing.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/13/18
Water Conditions:
4/13/2018

Fishing conditions for streams look good heading into opening day tomorrow. The weekend will be determined by how much rain we receive tomorrow. There are still a lot of steelhead in most of the tributaries. Perch continue to bite in Presque Isle Bay.

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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/12/2018
Water Conditions:
4/12/2018

Heavy rain looks inevitable heading into the weekend, which could make opening day of trout difficult on most streams. Steelhead fishing has been productive as of late. Perch fishing has been good on Presque Isle Bay, however, it appears most of the fish being reported are coming from the middle of the bay. Pymatuning has been productive at times for mixed panfish and walleye have been hitting at night.

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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/11/2018
Water Conditions:
4/11/2018

The warming weather this week should encourage more active fish. A mixed bag of fresh and older steelhead are still fairly prevalent, mostly in the western tribs. These remaining fish are mostly late-spawners and will be increasingly aggressive to bait and lures as the water warms up. Fishing conditions in Presque Isle Bay have improved since the rough weather last week. Migrating steelhead are being taken throughout the Bay and panfishing has been good. Reports of decent numbers of jumbo perch have been trickling in. Also, pike and smallmouth fishing in the Bay is expected to pick up in the upcoming weeks. It's a good time to get out!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/10/18
Water Conditions:
4/10/2018

Perch are still in the bay, with some decent size to them, along with nice panfish. Best baits to use are minnows on jigs and rigs for the perch. If you decide to panfish, grubs under a float work very well along with soft plastics. Some guys are catching pike and largemouth around the lagoons and misery bay. Steelhead continue to stay in the tribs for now with a good mix of fresh and dropback fish. Best baits to use are minnows along with minnow-like soft plastics and egg sacs. Continue to watch the 7 day forecast for the best time to fish and watch the stream gauges.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/9/2018
Water Conditions:
4/9/2018

Fishing in the bay has been hit or miss with jumbo perch still being caught. The key to success is being mobile and being able to find the fish. Most of the guys are using minnows on rigs or jigs with others using small soft plastics that mimic minnows. As for steelhead in the tribs, guys are still doing good with a good mix of fresh fish and drop backs. They are spread through out the entire creeks with the west side producing more then the east side tribs. Best presentations are minnows and jigs along with sacs and small nymphs and minnow pattern flies. Continue to watch the weather and stream gauges to pick the best possible day to fish.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/6/18
Water Conditions:
4/6/2018

Streams still remain a little high, however, they may be fishable this weekend depending on how much rain we receive. Perch are biting throughout the bay and panfish are biting in the north end of Pymatuning.

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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/5/18
Water Conditions:
4/5/2018

Streams were blown out yesterday, however, they are coming down quickly and should be fishable the rest of the day. This should spread out the fish including the smolt that were stocked. Perch fishing in Presque Isle Bay has still been productive. Panfish are hitting at Pymatuning in the north end.

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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/04/2018
Water Conditions:
4/4/2018

Conditions will make it difficult to fish most locations today. From the rain we received last night and early this morning, tributaries are blown out but should be fishable by tomorrow. Winds up to 40 mph will keep boaters off the open water but will ease as we move to tomorrow. The best fishing today will likely be indoors: take this opportunity to prep your gear, boats, plan for the spring, and ready yourself for the good fishing to come!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/3/18
Water Conditions:
4/3/2018

Guys are getting decent numbers of steelies on the lower sections of the creek and some in the bay too. Live minnows or minnow style soft baits on jigs seem to do the trick, but egg sacks will work also. For the bay, guys continue to find perch on the city side. Some guys are finding panfish and crappie on the PI side of the bay. Using jigs and grubs are the best presentations. Continue to look ahead at the local weather and check the stream gauges for the best time to plan a fishing trip.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/2/2018
Water Conditions:
4/2/2018

Fishing conditions for the streams over the weekend were less than ideal. Streams are coming down and should start to become fishable today. Perch fishing in the bay has still been very good, however, it has become more difficult to locate them. Panfish are hitting at the north end of Pymatuning Lake as well.

Fish On!

Location: Tribs
Time Observed: 3/31/18
Water Conditions: Perfect
4/1/2018
Went back up just to see if I was wrong about the streams staying blown out... Clearly I was. Creeks had perfect color. Since its late in the season I didn't put up big numbers, but enough to keep me entertained. I started off the morning with a sucker and soon followed with ten steelhead. Not many out which was surprising . Please catch and release https://youtu.be/WoSngxgJwI0
Location: trout run, walnut, elk
Time Observed: 3/30/2018
Water Conditions: very high/ blown out
3/30/2018
tried to fish all three, but unfortunately the water was just too high. made the trip up and didn't even throw a rod in the water. when i left the creeks were dropping slowly, but not quick enough for the weekend. i suspect monday and tuesday will be very productive levels for all fishermen. watch my youtube video showing the conditions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVoHKLwz-so
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/30/2018
Water Conditions:
3/30/2018

It's snowing. Again.

All of the creeks appear to be blown out at the moment and with as much rain as we received, it is very likely they will remain blown out throughout the weekend. There are still plenty of perch being caught in Presque Isle Bay. There are also some decent reports of panfish being caught on Pymatuning on the north end of the lake, however, these reports are spotty.

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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/29/2018
Water Conditions:
3/29/2018

Guys are still catching steelhead in the tribs mostly on the west side but there are some fish still on the east side tribs. The best presentations for this time of year are minnow patterns and soft plastics but egg sacs will still produce fish also. As for the bay, it continues to produce perch and panfish on the city side. There is going to be some fishing pressure at the more popular spots, so be sure to get there early. Continue to check the weather and the stream gauges to plan the best possible day to fish.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/28/2018
Water Conditions:
3/28/2018

Steelhead fishing has been good as of late, however, most of the streams are blown out and will most likely be blown out for the remainder of the day and possibly for tomorrow as well. Perch fishing in the bay has been hit and miss over the last few days many of the areas anglers were fishing heavily appear to be fished out. If you are looking for panfish on the bay, move around.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/27/2018
Water Conditions:
3/27/2018

Fishing for steelhead continues to be good on the lower parts of the tribs with some fish still high up. Best presentations are minnow patterns or jigs along with sacs off the bottom. For the bay, guys are still getting perch and panfish, but it switches every day as to where they are. The key to success is being mobile. The best presentations are live minnows and small jigs with minnow style soft plastics. Continue to watch the weather and stream gauges.

TIGHT LINES AND FISH ON!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 3/26/2018
Water Conditions:
3/26/2018

There were mixed reports over the weekend as steelhead fishing. Most reports indicate the east side tributaries have very few fish and the west side streams have fish, however, it will require some searching to find them. Perch fishing remains consistent throughout the bay with some small ones to pick through mixed in. Anglers from Pymatuning are reporting some crappies and perch being caught as well.

Fish On!