Crooked Creek and Elk Creek appear to hold the largest steelhead.
Steelhead fishing conditions in the creeks are about as bad as they can get. Flows are low and clear.
Fishing, though, is pretty good. Creeks are loaded with steelhead. Average size is a distinct improvement over last year.
Crooked Creek and Elk Creek appear to hold the largest steelhead. Steelhead are several miles up Elk Creek and moving. A 15-pound fish was caught from Elk Creek this week.
Walnut Creek Access has been very crowded. The lower part of the creek, between the walls, has been muddy due to rough lake conditions. Try egg sacks in this muddy water. Above the mud, try single eggs colored peach, off-white or pink, or Power Bait and minnows, which have been the best baits in most creeks. The largest steelhead reported this week from Walnut Creek was 10 pounds. It took a pink egg sack.
A fresh run of steelhead came into Four Mile Creek on Wednesday. Steelhead are upstream past Interstate 90 in Twenty Mile Creek. The largest steelhead reported this week on the East Side weighed 10¾ pounds. New York creeks may be in slightly better condition.
A few walleye have been caught from Lake Erie between the foot of East Street and Shades Beach from 45 feet to 65 feet, but to a large extent lake fishing is about done for the season. Lake conditions have been rough, and most of the larger boats have been winterized.
If you can get on Lake Erie, smallmouth bass fishing is on fire.
At Presque Isle Bay, perch fishing has been good from the South Pier and North Pier. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good at the East Pier, West Pier and at Liberty Park. Pike fishing and crappie fishing should be improving.Walleye fishing at Pymatuning Lake has been fair. Fish close to the causeway. Muskie fishing is getting better.
Without a lot of fishing pressure, anglers have been doing quite well at Lake Wilhelm. Crappie in the 9-inch to 13-inch class have been caught in depths of 14 feet to 16 feet near the dam, and in the area of the marina. Walleye have been hitting from the Causeway to Launch No. 2 using chartreuse lures. A 26-inch walleye was reported.
Walleye have been scattered between 5 feet and 40 feet at Chautauqua Lake, yet fishing has been good. Muskie fishing has been fair, and should improve very soon. Look for good perch fishing at Lakewood Bay, Colburns, Mayville, Maple Springs and Long Point. Bluegill fishing has been good.
Lake Erie Bait and Tackle, 317 Peninsula Drive, 790-5728
Elk Creek Sports Store, 10543 Old Lake Road, Lake City, 774-8755
Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle, 6821 West Lake Road, 474-5623
East End Angler, 4702 East Lake Road, 898-3474
FishUSA.com, 6960 West Ridge Road, Fairview 1-800-922-1219
Perch Pirate, East Canal Basin, 746-5809
Edinboro Outdoors, 211 Mill Street, Edinboro, 814-734-4727
Poff’s Place, Route 285 and Perry Drive, Espyville, 724-927-2462
Richter’s, 2936 Williams Field Road, Jamestown, Pennsylvania, 724-932-5372
Hogan’s Hut, 3503 Old Bridge Road, Stowe, New York, 716-789-2148
Fergie’s Bait & Tackle, 857 Georgetown Road, Sandy Lake, 724-253-3655
Bill’s Hooks, 5139 West Lake Road, Dunkirk, New York, 716-366-0268