Erie tributaries are transitioning to a warm-water pattern that favors smallmouth bass and a host of “trash fish”. Steelhead numbers will continue to drop as the stream temperatures rise this month.
If you are determined to fish for steelhead, do it! There will be steelhead in the tributaries until the end of May. All you need to do is sort through the smolts, smallmouth bass, and suckers to get to the steelhead.
If you are planning to fish for stocked trout on the first-day of trout season, you should concentrate your efforts on the upstream locations. PFBC will not put “stockies” in Elk Creek north of Whitman’s Bridge.
Don’t overlook the great smallmouth bass fishing this spring. Black, white or green marabou jigs work well. Tube lures in crayfish colors are great. The red/green trout magnets catch plenty of fish. Most soft plastic minnow imitations will do the trick too. If you like natural bait, add night crawlers and minnows to the mix.
This video shows you what the fishing was like on the first-day of trout season 2015.
Plan your trip. Pick a date, your preferred tributary, check water and weather conditions.
Seasonal patterns do exist so keep reading to learn more.