Erie Fishing Report
The small amount of rainfall is not helping anglers. Whats a steelheader to do?
All of the creeks, at least from Crooked Creek to Canadaway Creek, are low and clear. You might find adequate water at Cattaraugus Creek. A few steelhead are in Twenty Mile Creek and Four Mile Creek. Otherwise, on the east side of Erie, casting from the beaches and trolling off the creek mouths is the most likely way to fish for steelhead. To the west of Erie, a few steelhead have been caught in Walnut Creek. But fishing still is not allowed at the walls. Steelhead are up Elk Creek past the Legion Hole. Fishing has not been good, though. At Elk Creek Sports Store, Dan Seaman said the steelhead are larger this fall. Every creek needs water. Elsewhere on the west side, troll off creek mouths or cast from a beach.
A couple of catches are worth mentioning. A 12-pound 4-ounce steelhead was caught at Elk Creek. It measured 31 inches in length. A 10-pound 10-ounce brown trout was caught by the mouth of Trout Run, but that is the only report of a brown trout lately.
Pink salmon are still coming into the creeks, where they can get in. If you hope to get some of these particularly good-tasting fish there is no time to waste. Their flesh starts deteriorating just about the time they enter a creek. I suggest using either a blue/chrome or a green/chrome spoon, but a smaller size than you might cast for steelhead.
Fishing at Presque Isle Bay is still slowly transforming into a fall stage. Perch have been caught from the North Pier, South Pier, by the Intermodal Transportation Center, Dobbins Landing, Liberty Park and the Water Works. A few crappie have been caught at Misery Bay, Marina Lake and by the Intermodal Transportation Center. Some steelhead, and probably brown trout, are in the bay. This could be a good time for casting spoons just about anywhere in the bay. We need water temperatures to drop into the 50s before bass and pike get turned on.
Boaters fishing out of Ashtabula have been slamming walleye out near the Ontario border.
Very few fishermen is a problem at all of the area inland lakes. Sunfish have been hitting at Edinboro Lake. Down at Pymatuning Lake, anglers have been catching some walleye, perch and crappie. A few crappie and walleye have been caught at Lake Wilhelm.
Anglers at Chautauqua Lake have been enjoying good walleye fishing both in the center of the southern basin and around the deep holes in the northern basin. Trolling Hot N Tots on leadcore line has been effective. Also try vertical jigging with Moonshine Lures and Rapala jigs or drift-fishing with medium-size shiners. Perch fishing has been very good. Crappie fishing has been improving. Muskie fishing has been picking up along weed lines.
The water is getting cold; wear your life jackets!
Lake Erie Bait and Tackle, 317 Peninsula Drive, 790-5728
Elk Creek Sports Store, 10543 Old Lake Road, Lake City, 774-8755
Poor Richards Bait & Tackle, 6821 West Lake Road, 474-5623
Perch Pirate, foot of State Street, East Slip, 746-5809
Edward John Perch Fishing, East Canal Basin, State Street, 881-7611
East End Angler, 4702 East Lake Road, 898-3474
FishUSA.com, 6960 West Ridge Road, Fairview PA 16415, 800-922-1219
Edinboro Outdoors, 211 Mill Street, Edinboro, PA 16412, 814-734-4727
Poffs Place, Route 285 and Perry Drive, Espyville, PA 16424; 724-927-2462
Richters, 2936 Williams Field Road, Jamestown, PA; 724-932-5372