April7fA spring fishing trip to Lake Erie during the month of April is worth the effort.  In addition to steelhead, anglers can target stocked trout, pike, crappie and smallmouth bass.

Steelhead that have wintered in Lake Erie tributaries are joined by a small, spring run of fish.  This month the weather is good and fishing pressure is light to moderate so you can experience some fine spring steelhead fishing.

When spring rains blow-out the tributaries, you can head to Presque Isle Bay and take advantage of some early season crappie fishing or catch a few pike, pickerel or the occasional musky.

An April "bonWalnut2015sm2us" may be waiting for you if you fish Elk Creek.  Lake Erie is famous for its smallmouth bass action in May, but when emerald shiners enter Lake Erie tributaries in April the smallmouth follow.  If you hit it just right, you can expect to catch dozens of 12” to 15” smallmouth, and some 20” fish.  No special tackle is needed.  Steelhead jigs catch smallmouth too.  Usually a black jig tipped with a maggot does the trick.  Some anglers who target smallmouth will break out the crayfish colored, tube lures.

Trout Run and Godfrey Run offer good lake fishing for steelhead and brown trout, and the boat launch in Northeast PA provides some great brown trout action as well.

So you have plenty of options when you fish Erie during the month of April.  To keep track of FSA fishing reports posted on a more frequent basis following Jack’s Fishing Blog and Jack’s Twitter account by clicking one of these linked accounts.

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