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Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/24/2017
Water Conditions:
4/24/2017

Fishing over the weekend was very good. Lower Walnut and lower Elk are both still holding plenty of steelhead and smallmouth. Small jig patterns and streamers have been the most effective. With no rain in the forecast, good fishing conditions should continue for the next couple days. The Gravel Pits has been unproductive for the past few days.

PI is also fishing very well for perch, big gills and the occasional steelhead and brown. Live bait and jigs have been the patterns of choice. Pymatuning nightbite has been very good. Pymy baits of choice have been two to five-inch stickbaits and plastic search baits.

Fish on.

Location: Mountain
Time Observed: 4/22 - 4/23
Water Conditions: 1-2' Saturday; 6" Sunday
4/23/2017
First weekend offshore for the 2017 season. Trolled for a total of about 11 hours and brought 8/10 Lake Trout to the boat. Saturday was a grind, 7 hours for two back-to-back fish and dead the rest of the day. Sunday morning was much better, 6 fish to the net in three hours and lost another 2. Dodgers and spoons in 50-80 FOW. Every fish we landed fell in the 27-31" and 12-20 pound range. Great start to the season. Catch and release!
Location: Peninsula
Time Observed: 4-22-17
Water Conditions:
4/22/2017
Nice hog
Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/20/2017
Water Conditions:
4/20/2017

Most Lake Erie tributaries are blown out right now, but when the tributaries get back into shape, the stocked trout will be scattered throughout the creeks. Some steelhead are being caught at the mouths. Smallmouth are in the tributaries and have made it up pretty far. The best baits are still minnow imitations and jigs. Note: If you catch what looks like a small rainbow trout it is actually a smolt. Please be gentle and release it. These are our future steelhead and the fish commission does not stock rainbow trout in the tributaries.

With rising water temperatures in the bay, panfish and perch are still being caught. The shore bite is still on, along with some fish being caught throughout the lagoons on Presque Isle. Small minnow imitations are best along with small jigs.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/19/2017
Water Conditions:
4/19/2017

Trout fishing will continue to be good for several weeks. Thunderstorms are expected today and this should push some fish downstream which will add more fishing opportunities throughout the tributaries. Steelhead are tapering off, however, some small jacks are being caught around the access points.

Crappie fishing on PI is almost at its peak as the fish are almost ready to spawn. While numbers are not always being reached, some sizable fish are being caught. Smallmouth are starting to be picked up throughout the Bay and this should pick up within the next week or two.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 4/18/2017
Water Conditions:
4/18/2017

Trout are still being caught in good numbers in the streams with conditions being ideal. This should continue over the next few weeks with the Fish Commission restocking and the weather staying moderately cool. Steelhead season is tapering off, but smallmouth are being caught at the access points.

Presque Isle is producing decent numbers of crappies. The crappies are still in pre-spawn and feeding heavily. The perch bite seems to have come to a close, however some stray fish are being caught. Smallmouth are starting to be caught in the bay and it will get better and better each day for the next few weeks.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/17/2017
Water Conditions:
4/17/2017

The tributary levels are holding pretty well at a moderate level. Steelhead and smallmouths are still being found at the mouths of the tributaries. You can also find stocked browns throughout Elk Creek since the spring trout season opened up this past Saturday. The best baits to use are minnow imitations along with jigs, spinners, buggers and nymphs.

Good numbers of perch and panfish are still being caught throughout the Bay. The rising water temperatures, anglers are finding fish along the shoreline, but keep in mind that being mobile is always the key to success. As far as what to use, any small bait fishing presentation will work, along with small soft plastics.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/14/2017
Water Conditions:
4/14/2017

All Lake Erie lake tributaries are closed today until 8am Saturday morning for the start of trout season. Check the local stocking schedules to see where they stocked trout so you don't show up to the wrong spot. Saturday will be a mixed catch, with some steelhead, smallmouth and stocked trout. The best baits are still minnow imitations, buggers and jigs.

Perch, crappie and panfish are still being caught in the Bay and along the shoreline. Being mobile is the key to success and finding the fish. The best baits are shiners and jigs with some soft plastics.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/13/2017
Water Conditions:
4/13/2017

Creeks are moving at higher levels this morning, however the color should be good for fishing. Throughout the day, the creeks should drop and conditions will be excellent. Steelhead are being caught around the access points in good numbers, as well as a few smallmouth. Jigs are the most productive baits.

PI is at its peak currently for perch fishing. If you are planning on hitting the perch before they leave for the main lake, do it now, as they will be moving shortly. Fish are being found in both shallow and deep water depending on whether they have spawned or not. Crappie fishing has picked up on the Presque Isle side of the bay, with some sizable fish being caught this week.

Fish On!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/12/2017
Water Conditions:
4/12/2017

The rain yesterday had little-to-no effect on stream conditions. Lower Walnut is holding very few fish and the marina is currently drained and closed until April 20th. Lower Elk has been productive with good numbers of smallmouth and some steelhead mixed in. The season closes on this Friday (April 14) and opens Saturday, April 15 for trout season. Please be mindful of what you're putting on your stringer. Steelhead and brown smolts are still in the streams and are right around the legal size limit. Rainbows have not been stocked in Elk for opening day, so if you catch one, it's a smolt - please return it.

Presque Isle is still going strong with good numbers of perch, gills and crappie. The dock areas and numerous shore fishing opportunities throughout the bay, long with North and South Pier have all been producing fish.

Pymatuning has been a hot spot this week with numbers of walleye showing up. Word has it that the night bite has been the most productive.

Fish on!

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/11/2017
Water Conditions:
4/11/2017

With rain on it’s way in, you can expect the water levels to rise and conditions to be less than ideal. The PA Fish and Boat Commission has been working for the past few days to drain and dredge the marina at Walnut (they do this every 10 years or so). The marina is expected to reopen by April 20. A few steelhead are still being caught in the lower sections of the tributaries, but most anglers are weeding through the suckers, smallmouth and smolts. Best patterns have been jigs, minnow imitations and buggers.

Crappie and perch are still the most commonly caught fish in Presque Isle Bay. With the expected rain, water levels probably won’t rise, but the temperature of the Bay might. Live minnows and minnow imitations, as well as jigs are the best patterns at the moment. Being mobile is the key to success on the Bay.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/10/2017
Water Conditions:
4/10/2017

Creeks were high and muddy throughout the weekend. Water levels are dropping and should be ideal to fish today. Fishing has been difficult, however covering water to find drop back fish has been the most effective method. Jigs have been the most productive bait.

Presque Isle is producing lots of panfish, mainly perch. Jigs and minnows have been extremely productive. Fish are being found in shallow bays, with some spawned-out perch schooling in deeper water. Crappie are being caught on the Peninsula side and moving around is crucial to finding fish.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/07/2017
Water Conditions:
4/7/2017

Streams are high and muddy today from snow and melt runoff. Streams will likely be unfishable for the remainder of the day, however, they may be fishable tomorrow. With the cold temperatures and precipitation this may draw in a final small run of steelhead.

PI is still producing perch in good numbers and we expect this to continue for the next week or two. Crappie have been sporadic, but are still being caught in shallow bays.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/06/2017
Water Conditions:
4/6/2017

The tributaries are at normal levels this morning and fishing continues to be good at the mouths of most of the tributaries. If the rain persists, you can expect the water levels to rise. Fresh jacks and drop backs are being caught, along with smallmouth bass and suckers. Minnow patterns have been shown to be the best to use, as well as jigs and small nymphs. Be careful with the smolts and baby brown trout - they are our future fish.

Presque isle has been doing well. The temperature of the bay has warmed up a bit with the recent rain. The near shore bite continues to do well with crappie, perch and other panfish. Being mobile is the key to great success for finding fish. Jigs and small soft baits continue to be top producers.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/05/2017
Water Conditions:
4/5/2017

Streams conditions are ideal to perfect today. There are fresh steelhead in the streams, along with suckers and smallmouths. MIddle to lower sections are the target areas. There is a chance of thunderstorms tonight, so if you are making a trip to Erie this weekend, check the stream conditions before you leave.

Presque Isle is still producing decent amounts of perch, however, locating them in key. Crappie are being caught in the shallow bays, but finding fish of size has been a challenge for some anglers. Jigs and minnows are proving to be the best patterns to use.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 04/04/2017
Water Conditions:
4/4/2017

With the recent rain bringing the creeks up, the water conditions should be favorable towards the mouths of the tributaries. Some steelhead are still entering the lower sections of the tributaries. You can expect to also catch smallmouth bass, suckers, smolts and baby brown trout. Be gentle with the smolts and baby browns, as these are our future fish. Minnow imitations, jigs and buggers are the best patterns.

Even with the rain, Presque Isle Bay temperatures have not risen. The nearshore bite is still on, but don’t be afraid to move around to find fish. Good numbers of perch and crappie are being caught around the Bay.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/31/2017
Water Conditions:
3/31/2017

Recent rain has made most of the tributaries unfishable and will continue to affect the flow as the rain keeps up.

Perch and crappie are still being caught throughout the Bay. The shore bite is strong and anglers are finding success in various locations around the Bay. Best patterns are still jigs, minnow imitations and emerald shiners.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/30/2017
Water Conditions:
3/30/2017

Streams are low and clear, but it is currently raining, so this may change. Rain and thunderstorm are in the forecast until tomorrow morning. Winds out of the southeast, predominately, will allow for some shore fishing at the stream mouths if targeting steelhead.

PI is still fishing well. There are lots of perch being caught is all areas around the bay. Crappie, gills, steelhead and the occasional brown are also being caught. Jigs and minnow patterns are the baits of choice.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/29/2017
Water Conditions:
3/29/2017

Stream conditions are low and clear. Some steelhead are still being caught, along with suckers and a few smallmouth, in the middle to lower sections of the creeks and streams. Unfortunately, it seems the steelhead is on it’s way out.

PI is still producing limits of perch, along with crappie, steelhead and the occasional brown trout. Boat and shore fishing have both been productive. Fishing pressure has increased dramatically around the bay, in all the popular spots. Boat pressure has been minimal, but expect it to get busy as the weather warms up.

Pymatuning is starting to show good numbers of walleye and crappie. The night-bite has been the most productive with walleye.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/28/2017
Water Conditions:
3/28/2017

With recent rain, the creeks have risen a little. Steelhead are still being caught in the lower sections of Elk Creek. Smallmouth and suckers are mixing in with the steelhead. All the smolt stocking is officially finished. Please be mindful of these fish, as they are the future, along with the fingerling brown trout that have also been recently stocked. Best patterns right now are still jigs, minnow imitations and nymphs.

Conneaut Creek is experiencing a very strong Spring run right now.

Due to the recent rain, temperatures in the bay have risen. Anglers are catching perch and other panfish. The shore bite is very strong off most of the piers and docks. People are de-winterizing their boats and starting to troll the bay.

Fish on.

Location: Erie
Time Observed: 03/27/2017
Water Conditions:
3/27/2017

Creeks are low, however, they will rise with the forecasted rain. Fishing has been tough in the streams. Steelhead numbers are limited.

Perch are being caught all over the bay, in large sizes and numbers. Best patterns are jigs and minnows under floats. Success has also been seen with crappie floats.

Fish on.