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Location: North East
Time Observed: 7/4/24
Water Conditions: Slight breeze waves less than 1

7/5/2024

Morning started out less than ideal when unable to get power to depth finder. Despite unsuccessful attempts to trouble shoot the problem ended up fishing without its use. We dropped a down rigger ball to the bottom for a reference and marked 70 feet noting the pack was inside this depth. We paralleled the shore from Freeport to the marina using this reference. We ended up with 23 catch and release eyes the biggest 25 inches and the rest ran from 16 to 20 inches with a few dinks thrown in. Ran 5 color lead core, down rigger and dipsey with the dipsey taking only one on small fire tiger spoon.The rest of the fish on plugs with flicker minnows and reef runners taking the majority of fish. I guess the "proverbial blind squirrel" does occasional gets what he wants.

Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 7/1/2024
Water Conditions: Choppy

7/2/2024

This past weekend was a difficult one to be on the water, with high winds and lots of rain. Anglers who braved the weather were met with excellent walleye fishing. Fishing remains similar to weeks past, with great numbers of fish found at a variety of depths, with 50 - 70' producing the best. All Pennsylvania waters seem to be loaded with walleyes at this point, with great numbers of fish being reported from areas such as Shades Beach, the dump, off the lighthouse, and from Walnut to Elk.

Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 6/22/2024
Water Conditions: Calm

6/24/2024

The walleye fishing continues to be nothing short of spectacular. Saturday consisted of a pretty calm lake and excruciating heat with nonstop sunshine. Lots of anglers report success in 50 - 55' as well as out in 65 - 75'. There are lots of fish out there and lots of places to go find them! Thundersticks and small spoons fished on Leadcore have been deadly. See photo from Joe of Nemesis Sport Fishing. When they eat it like that, you're on the right track. Walleye seem to be consistently in the top half of the water column.

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Location: Lake Erie Off Of Shades Beach
Time Observed: 6/20/2024
Water Conditions: Calm

6/20/2024

Hey guys it’s Dan with Erie Walleye Charters. The walleye bite has been on fire for the past couple weeks. We have been launching out of shades beach in Harborcreek PA. 55 to 60 feet of water has been the sweet spot for us. Most of our fish have been coming on #1 dipsys 100ft back with Storm Thunderstick Jrs. Any minnow color pattern has performed the best for us. We have also been catching some of our bigger fish on in-line planer boards with 3oz weights and a bomber 24a 125 to 150 back. If you’re interested in booking a trip check out eriewalleye.net or call/text Dan at 814-572-1650. Thanks!

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Location: Conneaut
Time Observed: 6/17-6/19
Water Conditions: Flat

6/20/2024

Slow bite all three days. Lots of short fish. Fished in 45-55’ water. Ran planers, down riggers, dipseys and lead core. Used plugs, spoons, worm burners and harnesses. Targeted 30-40 ‘ down. 68 keepers in three days. Speed was 1.7-2.0.

Location: walnut
Time Observed: 6 18
Water Conditions: good

6/19/2024

3 guys 18 eyes on worms and spinners

Location: walnut
Time Observed: 6 16
Water Conditions: good

6/17/2024

slow bite we got 13 eyes west

Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 6-14-2024
Water Conditions: Calm

6/14/2024

Walleye fishing continues to be awesome in seemingly all PA waters, with off of Walnut being the most productive. Success can be found in a variety of depths at the moment. There are enough fish to fill limits in 20-25ft as well as in 50-60ft. Pick your poison on technique. Limits are even being filled jigging. Crawler harnesses, spoons and shallow cranks on divers, and deep cranks on leadcore are also catching fish depending on the depth you're targeting. Get out and catch 'em!

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Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 6/3/2024
Water Conditions: Calm

6/3/2024

Walleye fishing is off to a hot start! The shallow water night bite remains excellent, but the daytime bite has started to improve. Walleyes can be found in a variety of depth ranges at the moment, with anglers reporting success in as shallow as 20' during the day. Most anglers reported 50-65' to be the most productive with fish surprisingly close to the bottom.

Location: Lake Erie
Time Observed: 5/24/2024
Water Conditions: Calm

5/24/2024

The night bite for walleye has been hot! Trolling shallow plugs in 8-20fow has yielded success for most anglers. Shore anglers are also catching fish concentrating near creek mouths. The daytime bite is not quite as stellar, but walleyes can still be caught in the 15-30+fow range. There should be some windows to get out this Memorial Day weekend, but there are some strong winds and storms in the forecast. Be cautious and use your best judgment! Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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Location: Erie Shoreline
Time Observed: 5/14/2024
Water Conditions: Calm

5/14/2024

The shore bite for walleye has been excellent in the dusk, nighttime, and early morning hours. Casting shallow stickbaits and plugs is the ticket. The night trolling bite has also been good out of Walnut. Good luck!

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Location: Walnut Creek Marina
Time Observed: this weekend
Water Conditions:

5/8/2024

Any update on walleye actions during the day? I would like to head up this Sat to troll a little.

Location: any one getting perch in the lake
Time Observed: still getting eyes of walnut
Water Conditions: calm

4/12/2024

any one getting perch in the lake

Location: Lower elk
Time Observed: 4/2/2024
Water Conditions: Blown out

4/2/2024

Very high and brown this afternoon.

Location: Erie Tributaries
Time Observed: 3/15/2024
Water Conditions: Rising

3/15/2024

The tribs are on a slow rise, but have good flow and color at the moment. They will probably continue to rise and color will become more stained, but if they plateau out and begin to drop again conditions will be solid. You will find mostly dark fish with the occasional stray fresh one mixed in this late in our steelhead season. There is still potential for good fishing though. Remember, you will catch smolts while steelhead fishing in the spring. Handle them with care as they are extremely fragile!

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FAQs

Where are the walleye biting on Lake Erie? ›

Eastern and Central Basins offer an excellent bite on the hottest days of summer. Because these fish are always on the move, it takes a seasoned guide to help you find them. Depending on the time of year, they hunt in the parts of the lake that are 5–60 feet deep.

What is the easiest fish to catch in Lake Erie? ›

1) Walleye

This is the go-to Great Lakes fish, especially in Lake Erie. It's abundant, grows to 30 inches or better, tastes great and is easy to target with a variety of techniques. Ice anglers jig for them just like early spring anglers.

Are steelheads running in Erie yet? ›

Mature Washington strain steelhead enter the Erie tributaries as early as mid-September; however the bulk of the run occurs from mid-October through April.

Where is the best walleye fishing right now? ›

Throughout most of North America! However, the best Walleye action is in the Midwest. Lake Erie is right now the most famous fishery, but other places such as Lake of the Woods, Mille Lacs, Lake St. Clair, and even the Columbia River also offer fantastic angling.

What is the best depth for walleye in Lake Erie? ›

Summer. Offshore Great Lakes trolling techniques are the preferred methods for walleye in the summer months. Anglers usually target walleye in 60 to 80 feet of water using lead core line, downriggers, Dipsy Divers, Jet Divers or other devices that can get your offering down to the desired depths.

What month is best for walleye fishing Lake Erie? ›

July. July is the best month for limit catches of Lake Erie Walleye. The weather is stable and walleye are schooled up in their normal patterns and migrations.

What is the most abundant fish in Lake Erie? ›

If you have to choose one fish to target on Lake Erie, it should undoubtedly be Walleye. There are over 150 million of these creatures and the numbers keep growing.

What is the biggest fish in Lake Erie? ›

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the largest fish overall was a 38-inch channel catfish followed by:
  • a 36-inch freshwater drum.
  • a 35-inch steelhead.
  • a 34-inch Walley.
  • a 24.5- inch largemouth bass.
  • a 15.5-inch yellow perch.
Apr 5, 2024

Where is the best place to fish for steelhead in Erie, PA? ›

Elk Creek. Elk Creek is the largest and most popular of the Erie County tributary streams. It enters Lake Erie about one-half mile west of State Route 18 in Girard Township. Elk starts south of the Town of McKean.

What pound test to use for steelhead? ›

For most Great Lakes steelhead 10 lb line would be ideal, for ocean-run steelhead 15-20 lb line would be a better choice.

What is the best time to fish for steelhead Lake Erie? ›

As the water temperature warms, the fish return to Lake Erie for the summer. March is generally considered the "second best" month for steelhead, after November (depending, as always, on water flow and the number of fish in the creeks).

What is the best bait for Lake Erie? ›

Productive lures include jigging spoons, blade baits and spoonbill jerkbaits; however tube jigs, soft plastics and live bait are angler favorites. "Tubes" are a top artificial bait for Erie smallmouths and can be used effectively through cast and retrieve, vertical jigging or combined with a drop-shot rig.

Where is the best place to catch catfish in Lake Erie? ›

Fishing at both the North Pier and the South Pier can be good at times. I expect more would be caught if more anglers targeted them. There also is good fishing at times at the mouth of Walnut Creek. With a mud line, channel catfish might be found just about anywhere along our Lake Erie shoreline.

What is the best fishing line for Lake Erie? ›

To start out, get a 7' Medium Light action spinning rod, a 3000-size spinning reel, spool it up with some 10lb braided line and an 8lb fluorocarbon leader and you're ready to go! Finding smallmouth in the vastness of Lake Erie can be a daunting task, but don't overcomplicate things to start.

What is the best month to catch walleye in Lake Erie? ›

July. July is the best month for limit catches of Lake Erie Walleye. The weather is stable and walleye are schooled up in their normal patterns and migrations.

What is the best lure for walleye in Lake Erie? ›

Small spoons like a Dreamweaver WD and Michigan Stinger Scorpions are great options for catching walleyes! Worm harnesses and small shallow crankbaits such as Storm Jr. Thundersticks are also killers behind dipsys. Line is the most important part of the whole setup.

Why are the walleye not biting? ›

Weather plays a very important role in walleye activity, and a lack of optimum conditions will usually result in a sub-par day. Due to their light-sensitive eyes, walleye will be most active during overcast days.

What time do walleye bite the most? ›

Walleye move to deeper locations as water temperatures rise throughout summer. Hours near dawn and dusk are often the best time to fish for walleye.

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