Lake Erie steelhead fishing report and commentary: Rain produced high off-color water in tributaries. Saturday bite is slow. Fish upstream and work toward the lake. Forget lakeside locations. Keep in mind, Walnut Creek channel usually/ gets some PFBC post-spawn putbacks at this time of the year. Then PFBC puts some of those putbacks are stocked at upstream Elk Creek locations as well. Adjust your catch-rate expectations because winter fishing pressure depleted the number of steelhead in the tributaries. Open-water angling will continue and so will the increased fishing pressure. Winter anglers are not inclined to keep steelhead. Catch and release happens now more often than not. Always keep a close watch on the stream gauges as you plan a trip to suit your fishing presentation. When you do gear-up and plan a trip, take a friend and enjoy.
Lake Erie tributaries, over the next 30-days, will welcome other fish species like suckers and smallmouth bass. Warm spring rains will trigger the run for those fish. Smallmouth bass also follows bait fish that enter the tributaries. If you notice the presence of schools of shiners, the smallmouth are in the tributaries as well. Also smolt stocking begins this month as well so be kind to those little fish.
A fan of the Elk Creek "mudhole?" Check out the three images below. You now have a new place to tangle and lose that steelhead. Sent the images to Regis - Google changed the voice text to "butthole photos." More accurate, I think. As you walk the trail to the mudhole the path slants downhill. The last obstacle is a large oak tree with a series of roots that serve as steps and then you are at the flat. It is that massive tree that fell. Enlarge the image and you will recognize the "fallen monster."
...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT... .TONIGHT...West gales to 35 knots diminishing to 30 knots. Snow showers. Waves 8 to 12 feet building to 9 to 13 feet. Waves occasionally around 16 feet. .SUNDAY...West winds to 30 knots. Snow showers likely in the morning, then a slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 6 to 10 feet subsiding to 5 to 8 feet. Waves occasionally around 13 feet. .SUNDAY NIGHT...Southwest winds 15 to 25 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to 3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet. .MONDAY...Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 3 to 6 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. Waves occasionally around 7 feet.
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