Fishing Erie Reports
There is reason to be optimistic about steelhead fishing. Daily temperatures have dropped, as has the water temperature. Rain on Thursday was not enough to have any significant effect on the Lake Erie tributaries, but with rain in the forecast for a few days, hopes are up.
Some steelhead have moved into the lower pools of most creeks, and more are just off the creek mouths. In the creeks, fishing early mornings has produced some steelhead. Among these have been some larger fish. Egg sacks, skein and minnows have been the effective baits at the creek mouths, with single eggs having the edge in creeks. No word yet on steelhead at creek mouths being caught on artificial lures, but we can assume spoons, spinners and stick baits will be effective.
Anglers who have longer drives to reach the creeks should watch the weather reports for amounts of rainfall. If we get enough rain, better than fractions of an inch, things should happen quickly. We have come to the time to speculate. Anglers who guess it right will enjoy the good early fall action.
Perch fishing should be good now, but rough lake conditions have held down fishing this week. A few reports indicate spotty perch fishing between Trout Run and Godfrey Run at a depth of about 57 feet.
Reports indicate good walleye fishing if boats can get on Lake Erie. Check 55 feet down over bottom depths of 65 feet to 75 feet off North East Marina, and at 68 feet to 75 feet from the Condos all the way to Elk Creek.
Fall patterns are just beginning at Presque Isle Bay. Some crappie have been caught at Marina Lake and the Lagoons. Perch have been hitting at the North Pier, South Pier, the Intermodal Transportation Center and Dobbins Landing.
Fall crappie fishing is just getting started at inland lakes, including Pymatuning Lake, Edinboro Lake, Lake Wilhelm and probably also at Eaton Reservoir. Fish early and late in the day.
At Chautauqua Lake, muskie fishing along the weed lines is picking up. Some muskie also are being caught over deep water, and close to bottom in depths of 14 feet to 18 feet south of the bridge. Fall walleye fishing is showing signs of getting underway. Fish the northern basin in depths of 30 feet to 50 feet vertical jigging with Rapala Jigs, Moonshine Lures and Got-Chas. Also some walleye have been caught by drifting pink or chartreuse nightcrawler Harnesses. Perch fishing is very good. Some crappie have been hitting from Prendergast to the Bell Tower, Mayville Park, Cheney Point, Lakewood Beach, Lakewood Bar and Coburns. Bluegill fishing has been excellent. Bass fishing, both smallmouth and largemouth, is improving.
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
Hogans Hut, 3503 Old Bridge Road, Stowe, NY 14785, 716-789-2148