Lake Erie tributaries Fishing Reports
Anticipated rain last weekend did not amount to much, leaving the Lake Erie tributaries low and clear.
Steelhead fishing is about what you might expect under these conditions. East side creeks are barely worth fishing, except for casting from the beach. On the west side things are a little better. A few steelhead have been caught at lower Walnut Creek, but with work going on at the walls, there is little room for fishing. Elk Creek holds some steelhead upstream past Interstate 90. Some are being caught early mornings and late evenings using single eggs, small egg sacks, spinners and various flies. Crooked Creek holds some steelhead. Trolling near creek mouths probably has been the most consistent steelhead fishing.
Pink salmon reportedly are in some creeks. These are the best tasting of the Great Lakes salmon, but they deteriorate very quickly once they get into creeks. Cast for these now at creek mouths.
Perch fishing has been slow on Lake Erie, largely because fewer boats have been on the lake.
Walleye fishing has been fair. The best area may be along the inside edge of the First Trench at depths of 55 feet to 60 feet.
Steelhead have been hitting in Presque Isle Bay. Along the North Pier and South Pier, perch have been caught along with a few steelhead and walleye. Perch also have been hitting by the Intermodal Transportation Center, Dobbins Landing, Liberty Park, Marina Lake and Misery Bay. Some crappie were caught close to bottom by the Intermodal, in Marina Lake and Misery Bay. Cooler weather this weekend might turn on the pike. Wait for the water temperature to get down into the 50s before expecting good bass fishing.
Fishing for crappie and perch is picking up at Pymatuning Lake. A few walleye have been caught.
An 11-pound walleye was caught at Lake Wilhelm. The fish hit a nightcrawler harness between the Causeway and Launch No. 2.
Some perch and walleye have been caught lately at the Allegheny Reservoir. Smallmouth bass fishing is slow.