After a few rain showers the upstream migration has begun . Fish are now scattered from the mouths of tributaries to approximately 4 miles upstream on most Erie tributaries to Lake Erie .
After a noble trolling effort for near shore steel head we decided to anchor up at Trout Run and my first mate ( James ) landed a 24" 4 lb brown trout ( pictured below ) on a 1/3 ounce cleo . We landed a few small mouth bass while trolling . The lake temperature was 67 degrees ; still too warm for a consistent steel head trolling bite near shore .
Had 13 hook ups on lower Elk ; was only able to bring 3 of them to hand as they are fresh fish and difficult to land . After raising my tippet size from 6lb to 8lb test the fish began to co-operate . Nick landed his first fish with a fly rod on a white flash articulated stone fly ( pictured below ) .
The rains came and dumped .75" raising the Lake Erie tributaries enough for some upstream movement.
Fished middle Elk Creek for about 2 hours hooked 6 and landed 3 of the 6 fish . A few dozen fish were observed moving upstream quickly under the cover of darkness .
On the eve of one of our country's greatest tragedies there are thankful Americans catching chrome and valuing our freedom . A huge thank you to those who have served our armed forces and died that fateful day a decade ago .
Fish are beginning to show up on the lake shore and tributary mouths with the bite being best from first light until 10 AM . We need a good inch of rain to start moving them into the tributaries and some cold weather . The lake temp as of this writing is 73 degrees and makes for a difficult bite but some Steelhead are being caught in the 4-7lb range early .
Took a perch trip to 50 FOW out of Conneaut Harbor , OH for a spanking of some perch . 120 bit the dust in about two hours time . My thanks to Dave Blend & company for coming aboard .
Teamed up with a few good friends for a meat run of Walleye . 19 Walleye met their demise from down riggers , dipsey program , 5 color LC's w 4 ounces , and bagley bango-o's .
Andy's group from Franklin , PA had an excellent experience on a flat September lake with 12 Walleyes hitting the ice on a full day run . Thanks again Andy , JT , Gary , Russ , & Brian for the first rate company : ) Most action came on big boards , 5 color LC's , 4 ounces , and bango-s once again . See pic of a blue phase walleye a beautiful rare site .
9/5/11 Cancelled due to 8 foot waves .