Although heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded much of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, our part of the state was spared. But the resulting northeast winds certainly stirred Lake Erie.
“That big NE shot bringing in cold water is probably going to mess things up on Lake Erie until the walleye redirect to the bait and the fishermen are able to determine where the fish are,” explains Dan at Elk Creek Sports. “There may be fishing opportunities late on the weekend, but you can’t count on it. If you are going out, I would suggest trying deep – around 70 to 75 feet – to find feeding fish. “
Jake from Fish USA reports that fishing in Erie for many anglers has been spotty for walleye over the past week and a half. “Five colors of lead core and your favorite deep dive catch has made it possible for some anglers. Personally, I think the key is to find an active school to feed the fish. This week’s northeast blow is going to be tough for walleye fishing, with a possible change in lake temperature – which could stop the fish even more.
Until the stroke of this week, Captain Eshbaugh of Dutch Fork Fishing Charters limited himself by covering a lot of water. “We find walleye all over the lake, catching them from 12 to 60 feet, the larger ones ranging from 40 to 50 feet. We pulled butterfly blades on lower bouncers and inline weights at 1.5mph. Our fish limit ranged from 15 inches to 7 pounds. “
Kirk at East Side Angler had reports before the big hit of walleye catches overnight in 20 to 35 feet of water on the catches and caterpillar harnesses. Customers also mentioned good pole fishing 47 feet off North East Marina and 50 to 60 feet off Shades Beach. Everything is now subject to change.
In Presque Isle Bay, Tim of the Presque Isle Angler Group claims shit is being caught along town from the slides and docks, especially the new fishing pier at the base of Holland Street. Other anglers like to catch largemouth bass on weedless lures from patches of lily pads all around the PIB.
Small news to report from inland lakes, with the exception of Lake Shenango which continues to produce limited catches of sunfish and Lake Conneaut which continues to abandon very beautiful sunfish. Bo at BC Baits caught blue sunfish in Conneaut on Wednesday fishing for a small yellow Terry Bug set 4 feet below a float over 10 feet of water along the deep edge of the weeds.
East End Angler, 4702 East Lake Road; 814-898-3474
FishUSA Pro Shop, 6960 W. Ridge Rd., Fairview; 800-922-11919
Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle, 6821 West Lake Road, Lake City; 814-474-5623
Elk Creek Sports, 10543 Old Lake Road, Lake City; 814-774-8755
Tudor Hook-N-Nook, 10079 Cross Station Ext., Girard; 814-323-5886
Richter’s Bait & Tackle, 2936 Williamsfield Road, Jamestown, Pennsylvania; 724-932-5372
Perch Pirate Head Boat, East Channel Basin, State St., Erie; 814-746-5809