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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/21/2018
Water Conditions: Waves up to 10'
9/21/2018
The wind and waves are here. Winds out of the SE at 30 knots and a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon will bring waves of 5-8', with occasional 10-footers today. So fishing on open water isn't going to happen for folks today. Waves should begin subsiding late tonight and may offer fishable conditions by Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon and Sunday are forecast to bring more reasonable conditions and should offer a chance for anglers to get out. If you are chomping at the bit to fish this weekend, PI Bay will offer better opportunities for bass. If we get some decent rain this evening, there's a possibility that some steelhead may enter the streams and offer the first chance to really target them this year. Watch the weather prior to making the first steelhead trip up for the year and good luck to everyone! Stay safe and fish on!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/20/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
9/20/2018
We should have another nice morning on the Lake today, with winds 5-15 knots out of the SE and waves 0-2'. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, but if you're walleye fishing earlier in the day, there's a very good chance you'll limit and be off the water well in advance of any bad weather. Friday's forecast is looking to bring strong wind and waves, making conditions unfishable offshore. The weekend forecast is looking to be hit-or-miss with potential for a bumpy, but fishable, Lake on Saturday. Continue to fish in 60-70 FOW with riggers, dipsies, and 4 or 5 oz. weights and you should have no problem marking and landing walleye. For those looking to steelhead fish this weekend, its possible that rain tonight and tomorrow could bring some fish in, but don't hold you're breath just yet. We'll see what tomorrow brings and provide an update heading into the weekend.
Location: Out of PIB
Time Observed: 9/14- 16
Water Conditions: Flat
9/19/2018
Great time on the water got some eyes for the fryer
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/19/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
9/19/2018
Winds will be 5-10 knots out of the NE today and waves will be 2' or less throughout the day. Besides the continued outstanding walleye fishing, there is nothing new to report for 'eyes. Do the same thing and run the same program that has been working all summer and you should put fish in the box. There has also been very little news on the perch pack, again with some anglers finding them and others not. The streams are gin clear and the few steelhead that are in will be found at the mouths and deepest holes at downstream locations. We need rain badly to encourage new fish to come in and move upstream. It looks like some rain may be in the forecast for the weekend, so we'll keep our fingers crossed!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/18/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
9/18/2018
Winds are out of the west at 5-10 knots today, and waves will be 2' or less which should make for near ideal fishing conditions. It appears that remnants of the hurricane will not reach us, and the stream levels will remain low for the extended forecast. This will likely further delay any significant steelhead runs as well. Walleye fishing should remain red hot through Thursday when wind and waves are forecast to increase beyond safe fishing conditions. The same walleye programs continue to produce and all reports indicate that fish have started their pre-winter gorge fest. Eye's are spitting up all kinds of baitfish and are hitting baits left and right. If you're able to find the fish, chances are you won't have the full spread of gear in the water very much during your trip (because you won't have time to deploy some lines while you're reeling in others). Fish on!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/17/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 0-2'
9/17/2018
We'll have light and variable, but changing wind directions today. Waves will be 2' or less. All indications report that the weekend walleye bite was just as hot as ever, if not better (if that's even possible this year). Full boat limits of anywhere from 18-30 fish were reportedly taken within two hours of fishing for just about everyone we talked with. It doesn't matter what you throw, just get to depth (about 70 FOW) and you'll find fish willing to bite. Steelhead really hasn't kicked in yet. There are a few early fish here and there, but nothing we'd consider worth making a long trip for. Give it at least until the hurricane remnants move through later this week and we'll see how the stream levels respond.
Location: 60-75’
Time Observed: Straight north of walnut
Water Conditions: 1-2’ walleye chop
9/16/2018
Launch at 6:30. 30 boxed by 10:30. Ian Don Gary John n me went out with Lee doing the driving. He kept us in fish from the first fish hit before I could attach the first line with the in-line planer. 5 color leadcore 50 past lead. Deep divers. Any kind. Dipsys 100-120 out with spoons. Great day for a few amateurs on the first time. Couldn’t even keep our lines in. Thanks to Poor Richards fillet mongers. You guys rock. Always have and always will have our business. Can’t wait for the steel.
Location: 70 fow off point
Time Observed: 9/16
Water Conditions: Less than 1
9/15/2018
Got a little bit of a late start this morning about 9. Started in 50 fow trolled out to 60 no luck. Pulled up went to 70 fow and had 4 hogs in 20 min one over 30 inches...180 foot back on a 3 and 135 on a 1. Firetiger bayrat and worm harness. Good luck just wanted to let everyone know not to waste time in shallower seems they moved out
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/14/2018
Water Conditions: Waves <1'
9/14/2018
We have a nice morning to fish, with winds 10 knots or less out of the SE and waves less than 1'. The forecast will largely remain unchanged through tomorrow morning an we should have nice fishing conditions all weekend. The walleye fishing is still off the charts and fish are being caught from 40-80 FOW on all the regular setups. If you're coming up to camp for the weekend, you shouldn't have much trouble finding them. As reported yesterday, there is a few steelhead near and in the creek mouths, but mostly in one's and two's. Warm temps and low water levels will be the case through the weekend and will offer limited chances at best at the first fish of the year for most anglers. Let's see where the hurricane path will go next week, as we may get another round of heavy rain. As always, safe travels this weekend and good luck!
Location: Boating out of Walnut
Time Observed: Thursday September 13
Water Conditions: 1-3 decreasing to 2 Ft or less
9/13/2018
Great day for "catching" walleye. 70-78 FOW. Straight out of Walnut. Downriggers 50 down 40 back and 40 down 50 back. Purple spoon and copper spoon. Outside dipsy 125-130 back, inside 80-110 back. Watermelon and copper worm harnesses. 2.4-2.8 mph. 3 limits by 9am. Lots of boats finished earlier than we did.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/13/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1-3'
9/13/2018
Winds are out of the East today at 5-15 knots with waves 1-3'. The walleye report has been as strong as ever and fish are beginning to gorge themselves to put on weight for the winter. The same baits, locations, and depths that have been productive continue to be walleye hot-spots. There wasn't much steelhead action to report on from yesterday, as creeks dropped and cleared with little fish action. The streams and lake are still warm, and despite the rain earlier this week, creeks are still low. With the warmup coming, we expect little steelhead movement for the next few days.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/12/2018
Water Conditions: Waves <2'
9/12/2018
East winds at 10 knots will become NE later in the day, but waves will be at 2' or less throughout the day and should provide comfortable fishing conditions. Several anglers stated that they were able to pick up on the walleye with no problem after the Lake calmed from the weekend storm. Its just been that type of year; the fishing continues to be phenomenal and nearly all anglers are filling boxes. Steelhead report - we can confirm that a few fish were spotted in the larger tribs once the high water cleared, so the season has officially started! This is not to say that the run is on, as we do mean only a FEW fish were seen. If you're looking to make you're first trip up for the season, its probably best to save your gas as another warmup is expected going into the weekend. But it is exciting to know that steelhead season is just about here. Fish on!
Location: Perch Pirate
Time Observed: 09/06/18
Water Conditions: 1' or less
9/11/2018
Hot walleye action despite Northeast wind. Located a good school in 62-64' of water. Fish were suspended 20' from bottom as anglers scored using Colorado blade harnesses and Erie Dearie style lures. All passengers caught walleye and a bonus steelhead was boated. Call now before migration to western basin begins. Look for perch action to heat up this month. Call Captain John... 814-746-5809 for details.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/11/2018
Water Conditions: Waves <2'
9/11/2018
Winds are 10 knots or less out of the NW and waves are less than 2'. The rain and wind this past weekend definitely stirred up the Lake and muddy water is extending a significant distance off shore. However, the waves have really calmed and the excellent walleye fishing should resume. As the Lake continues to settle, start at the regular walleye fishing grounds to find fish that may have scattered. If you don't find them quickly, make a move. With the northern winds we've had, shallower depths in the 40-45' range may hold fish. Most streams in the area were blown as of yesterday evening, but should fall to good levels today and tomorrow. We had no reports of steelhead located in the creeks yesterday, but the poor visibility could have easily hid them. We'll see what happens once the water drops and clears.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/10/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 2-8'
9/10/2018
Winds are 15-25 knots out of the SE with rain in the morning. Waves will start the day at 5-8' and subside to 2-4' later in the day. Lake Erie was unfishable this weekend as high winds and rain kept her stirred up and angry. Conditions likely won't offer any good chances for anglers to get out today, but by tomorrow the Lake should be back to fishable. Walleye anglers should anticipate a significant mudline. Chances are likely that fish will pick up their usually fast-bite habits that we've seen all year, but they may have been scattered by the rough water from the weekend. The perch bite will be anyone's guess once the lake calms, although some anglers were finding small packs before the weekend. With cooler conditions and increased water in the streams, this week may offer the first look at some steelhead moving in. We wouldn't bet on big numbers yet, but we'll give an update once the streams clear and we have a chance to see what (may have) come in.
Location: shades
Time Observed: friday 9/7
Water Conditions: 2ft/east side
9/9/2018
Limit of walleye in I/2 hour tried to follow up with perch got a little better than half way
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/7/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1-3'
9/7/2018
Winds will be 10-15 knots out of the NE today with waves at 1-3' and a chance of rain. This morning and afternoon will be the last (safe) chance to get out and fish until early next week. Waves are expected to build to 3-6' by tonight and continue to potentially the 10-13' range by Sunday. Remnants of the tropical storm will move into the area over the weekend and is expected to dump several inches of rain. The best chance to fish this weekend will be inland bodies of water and streams. Even PI will likely be questionable. Please check the weather and wave links before heading out, and check them often if you're already on the water. Good luck to everyone and safe travels if you're coming up for the weekend!
Location: boating out of Walnut Marina
Time Observed: Sept 5, 2018
Water Conditions: 2 ft or less
9/6/2018
Another great day on the water. A lot of boats out for a Wednesday. Most boats got their limits of walleye by 10 am. We got a little more than 4 limits by 11:30. Outside 125 inside 110. speed 2.4-2.8. riggers 45 down 45 back and 40 down 50 back. Trolled North South 71 ft to 80 ft. Straight North out of Walnut. Be safe on the water
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/6/2018
Water Conditions: Waves <2'
9/6/2018
Winds are 5-10 knots out of the N-NE today with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Waves will start at less than 2' and increase to 1-3' by tonight. The forecast is expected to intensify through the weekend, with winds building to 25 knots and waves of potentially 9' through Sunday. For those able to get on the water today and Friday, you should be met with continued success if you're chasing walleye. Perch continue to be found be some anglers, but allude others. Even when finding perch, the bite has been inconsistent at best. It will be interesting to see what the conditions are like after the rough weather moves through this weekend. If things get as rough as forecast, this may be the event that flips the switch from summer to fall fishing conditions. Good luck out there!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/5/2018
Water Conditions: Waves <1'
9/5/2018
Winds will be 5-10 knots out of the SW today, with waves less than 1'. Waves will increase slightly in the late-evening, but are still expected to be 2' or less. The fishing report largely remains the same as walleye continue to fill boxes. If you aren't catching them within an hour of setting up, make a move to another location. 65-70 FOW is a key depth range and fish are being taken everywhere from the Trenches to the Condos, the W's, the Mountain, etc. Some fish continue to be taken in water as shallow as 42', but the fishing is tougher. A few more steelhead have come over the side of boats, but the hot weather and low creeks will continue to keep fish in the lake. Watch for conditions to potentially change later this week and a few fish possibly sticking their noses in the creeks by the weekend.
Location: Walnut
Time Observed: 9/3/18
Water Conditions:
9/4/2018
Just to add to the report on 9/2. We also hit something just outside of the launch at Walnut about 300 yards. Completely trashed our prop.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 9/4/2018
Water Conditions: Waves <1'
9/4/2018
The Labor Day weekend brought some bumpy conditions, but also put a lot of fish in freezers. When boats were able to get out, many anglers took home limits of walleye (or very close). 65-70 FOW was the most productive, and dipsies and board lines with 4 oz weights took the most fish. Riggers still took fish, but those lines were more quite. All the regular baits are still working and with fish starting to gear up their metabolisms for the upcoming winter season, we're expecting to continue seeing the great bite that we've enjoyed all summer. A good perch bite has still been hit-or-miss. When you find them the fishing can be good, but its been difficult to locate a solid pack. Steelhead talk was quite over the weekend. While folks were trying the streams, the hot weather likely pushed their trips into the tribs back a few days. Cooler conditions with potential rain in the next few days could put them back on course. Today, wind will be 10 knots out of the east and waves will be less than 1'. It should be a good day to get out. Fish on!
Location: walnut
Time Observed: 9/2/18
Water Conditions: 1' to 2'
9/3/2018
We caught a two man limit in less than two hours. Made up for yesterday. Saturday fish would only hit dipsies. we got blown off the lake early. Today 11 came off riggers 40'back & 45' down . All but one fish came off meat. one on a double jointed rapala off dipsey 3 1/2 out 160'.
Location: ELK
Time Observed: 9/2/18
Water Conditions: high
9/2/2018
Any steelhead in the river yet
Location: PERCH PIRATE
Time Observed: 9/1/18 Eve trip
Water Conditions: One foot to less
9/2/2018
Fun time again on this date. Big group of people ( like 30 ) but not all of them fished so it was still comfortable. Including gobies, 7 species of fish were landed : smallmouth, huge catfish ... A lot of them, white bass, drum, perch and of course the walleye. Erie dearie and harnesses did it again. Had a great time with Guy and Joe from team Fat Katz fishing. Perch count remains slow but their size is huge. Get out before it's over. I know it's been 3 years since big perch numbers. I talked to many in the business from Ny, Oh and here. You can blame netters , gobies, walleye and overall our own species for that. Disagree if you wish. Still, keep trying . At least on this head boat, I catch, have fun and find peace in this hobby. Thanks guys. Stay Perchy my friends..
Location: walnut
Time Observed: 9/2/18
Water Conditions: 2' to 4'
9/2/2018
we caught 5 eyes then we had to get off the lake! Be careful coming into creek. there is something just west of the center of creek. we chipped the scag & took a chunk out of one of the props.
Location: walnut
Time Observed: 8/31/15
Water Conditions: 1' to 2'
9/1/2018
left walnut at 9am today. by 11am we had 10 fish. took 2 more hours to catch 2 more walleye for a 2 man ticket. not one eye on a rigger. all on dipsies. 3 1/2 150 to 165 back. 10 fish were off meat. two on my perch stick bait.
Location: boating out of Walnut Marina
Time Observed: August 31
Water Conditions: 2 ft or less
8/31/2018
Super Day on the water! Lots of boats. Most success 68-70ft. Dipsies outside 135-145 inside 105-115. Downriggers 40 down 50 back, 45 down 45 back. Brighter colors early, purple and black later. Took some hogs in today. 1 shy of 3 tickets. Should be a great weekend. Be safe on the water.
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/31/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 2' Or Less
8/31/2018
Winds are 5-10 knots out of the East today and will transition to a South wind by tonight. Waves are expected to be 2' or less through Saturday night. The Labor Day weekend forecast is looking good with light and variable winds and waves 0-2' each day. Expect significant boat traffic out on the Lake this weekend and please be courteous of others. The walleye report continues to be strong as fish are starting to bulk up for the winter. Target depths continue to be in the 60-70' range, with 62-65 FOW being the most productive. Worm harnesses, spoons, Bagleys, Reef Runners, and similar trolling baits continue to put fish in the boat. The perch story continues to be the same as the bite has been sporadic, but when anglers have found them, they are mainly larger fish. There are some steelhead in shallower depths, but a forecasted warmup next week may put a hold on their run to the tribs. If you're heading to the lake for the weekend, safe travels and fish on! Happy Labor Day to all!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/30/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 3-4'
8/30/2018
Winds are 5-15 knots out of the NE today with waves 3-4'. Wind and waves are expected to decrease throughout the day with waves becoming 1-2' by tonight. The forecast going into the weekend continues to look decent and conditions are looking favorable to get out and fish. Sporadic reports of perch continue to trickle in, and while the large numbers aren't there, the fish that are being caught are big. Walleye continue to fill boxes throughout the region and with a more northern wind today, anglers may find fish in shallower water. Steelhead are being taken in shallower water in small, but increasing numbers. Safe travels if you are heading to the Lake for the weekend!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/29/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 3-6'
8/29/2018
We're greeted with a windy and wavy morning today as winds are out of the SW at 15-20 knots becoming west at 10-15 knots in the afternoon. Waves are 3-6' and will be subsiding to 2-4' throughout the day, but the lake will likely be too rough for many boaters to get out. There is also a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Rough conditions are forecast to persist through Thursday before subsiding for what is looking to be a nice Labor Day weekend to fish. Walleye are still being taken in the most numbers in 60-70 FOW. Bagley's, Bay Rats, Thundersticks, spoons and harnesses continue to take fish. Anglers trolling in shallower are picking up an increasing number of steelhead as well. Look for these numbers to increase further if we get a strong north wind that blows some cold water into our region. Stay safe out there!
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/28/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 3-5'
8/28/2018
Winds will be out of the SW today, increasing from 10-15 to 15-20 knots. Waves will also be increasing from 1-3' to 3-5' later in the day. We didn't hear many reports from anglers out on the lake yesterday, but those who did manage to get out did well on walleye. The standard 60-70 FOW continues to hold the most fish, and some reports seem to be indicating that fish are starting to gorge for the winter season. Some better quality fish have been landed in the past few days, along with an increasing number of steelhead being taken on trolling gear. The perch report continues to be spotty, with some anglers finding numbers but others striking out. 68-72 FOW straight out of Walnut was the most common area for the perch bite.
Location: 60' off of Shades - Perch Pirate
Time Observed: 8/24
Water Conditions: 2-3' rollers
8/27/2018
Had trips scheduled on The Perch Pirate for 8/22,8/23, 8/24, 8/25 & 8/26. Was only able top get out the one day due to rough water and very windy conditions. The bite was hit or miss and fish were hugging the bottom. There was one individual who pulled in a 31" 11.5lbs HOG, then another HOG about an hour later that was 30" 10lbs. The perch were also there and we had some real SLABS caught. The Perch Pirate will be running Monday 9/3 (Labor Day) doing a perching trip. You can contact Capt John at 814-746-5809 to reserve your spot. Hope to see ya on there! Dave from York,PA
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/27/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 2-4'
8/27/2018
Winds are 10-15 knots out of the SW today. Waves are starting the morning at 1-2', but are expected to steadily build to 2-4' by tonight. A strong band of thunderstorms is making its way through the region this morning, but should pass by mid-morning. Temperatures will be in the high-80's once the storms leave the area. Fishing was hit-or-miss this weekend as rough water kept a number of boats off the water. Waves calmed down by Sunday and more anglers had a chance to get out. However, the reports were somewhat slower than the previous weeks. By all other accounts, the walleye catches were decent, but considerably slower for the numbers so far this season. The usual spots were productive, and 65-68 FOW were the most consistent depths we've heard. Calmer conditions are expected for the upcoming week, so hopefully the lake settles back into more routine fishing conditions.
Location: Lighthouse
Time Observed: 8/24 7 to 11am
Water Conditions: 2-4' rollers
8/25/2018
We trolled in 60 to 68' pulling the usual assortment of spoons and worm harnesses. Caught 14 eyes and assortment of junk, 2 sheep,1 white bass and 1 steelie. Ho-hum day. 1big1
Location: erie
Time Observed: 11/4/18
Water Conditions: ??
8/24/2018
do you get any salmon or lake trout in the streams??
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/24/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1-3'
8/24/2018
The lake is looking much better this morning as south winds at 5-15 knots have waves at 2' or less. Conditions are expected to pick up this evening, with winds increasing to 15-20 knots and waves from 1-3'. The weekend is looking somewhat iffy at this point, with waves anywhere from 2-5' expected Saturday and Sunday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Anglers who have been able to get out over the past few days indicate the strong walleye bite has not been impacted by the rough conditions from earlier this week, and the same programs continue to work. 60-70 FOW with harnesses, Thundersticks, Bay Rats, and spoons (among others) continue to put fish in the box. If you're planning to go out this weekend, check the weather and wave report frequently and stay safe out there!
Location: ELK
Time Observed: 11/4/18
Water Conditions: ??
8/23/2018
STEELHEAD FISHING HOWS THE STEELHEAD FISHING LOOKING FOR THIS YEAR IN NOVEMBER
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 8/23/2018
Water Conditions: Waves 1-3'
8/23/2018
Winds will be 10-15 knots out of the NW today, changing to more of a west wind at 15-20 knots as the day goes on. Waves have significantly subsided from yesterday, and are forecast to be 1-3' today, increasing to 2-4' by tonight. Expect bait balls to have scattered and looking to reform after the rough weather. With the west wind, the walleye should fall back into a more typical feeding pattern relatively quickly. We haven't received word of a mudline forming yet this morning, but chances are one has/will be setting up as the day goes on. If this is the case, try running planers and dipsies with worm harnesses and spoons right up against the mudline (if you're in roughly 35+ FOW). Its difficult to say where the feeding walleye will be right now, but that has worked for folks in the past after the lake is stirred up. Good luck!