Anglers are still reporting catching nice perch and a few Walleyes on minnows and night crawlers.
Anglers are still reporting catching nice panfish and a few bass. Small jigs tipped with maggots seem to be the best baits.
Walleyes continue to be caught on minnows. Anglers have also reported catching several large Muskies.
Piney Creek DHALO Area
Anglers are catching some trout on flies and lures in the project waters.
Erie County (Eastern)
Temperatures this week are forecasted to be in the upper 30’s to low 40’s. The Mile Streams are open. Angler pressures have been low this week, but there are fish in the creeks. Lake Pleasant will receive its winter trout stockings December 16th. The inland lakes Lake Pleasant, Eaton Reservoir, Edinboro Lake & Lake Leboeuf are still open (no ice). The PFBC does not monitor ice conditions.
Area temperatures are: Lake Erie 41°; Steelhead streams 41°; Presque Isle Bay 41°; inland lakes 40º
Erie County (Western)
Steelhead shore anglers are doing well when wave conditions permit off the mouth of Walnut Creek, Trout Run, and Godfrey Run. Between the hours of 10pm and 5am, be sure to stay fifty (50) yards away from the mouth of Trout Run and Godfrey Run.
Fairview State Fish Hatchery has already been pulling steelhead from Trout Run. After egg collection, some of these fish have been returned to Upper Walnut Creek. Steelhead stream anglers are having success on Lower Walnut Creek and Elk Creek when water conditions cooperate.
Recent Steelhead catch in Elk Creek. To purchase a hat like the one this angler is wearing, go to the PFBC Outdoor Shop. Click on Merchandise/Magazine Subscriptions and follow instructions to order.
Walnut Creek Access
The water is low and clear and there are few fresh fish coming in. They are mostly little fish down at the bottom. Most fish are up high in the creeks.
Recent enforcement actions have resulted in a lot of prosecutions; the most common being snagging/foul hooking, a lot of litter, and over limit violations. Daily saturation patrols with both uniformed and plain cloths officers have continued to be very successful. A recent poaching case involved three suspects from Michigan. They were issued various charges totaling over $2000 and seizure of approximately 25 steelhead trout which were illegally taken from Walnut Creek.
Presque Isle Bay
Shore anglers are doing well on panfish off the docks in Marina Lake. Shore anglers have also reported success with panfish along the Bayfront.
Note: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit. For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.