On Friday I was joined by Mark , Sam , and Stan from Youngstown , OH for a nice day of angling on Elk Creek . The one & a half inches of rain from Tuesday night brought good flow to the stream in the morning and a tough bite ensued in the afternoon when the water cleared up . We hooked around a dozen fish and landed 6 . Two of the six fish were over 8 lbs and were hard fighting fresh fish ; just out of Lake Erie . Excellent November weather has been the story here with mid day temps in the 50's . A splendid day with excellent company .
I am very thankful to have a wonderful family , great fishing at my door step , and wonderful company to share it all .
On Thanksgiving Day I was joined by Ken & Daryl for what was an epic bite . The morning at Walnut yielded many hookups and when we moved to Elk the bite was even better after the rain that fell Tuesday night gave us prime conditions to give the chrome some sore lips : ) Collectively around 30 fish were brought to hand and I was thankful to be apart of the day of catching .
John & son Johnny joined me for a long walk , beautiful scenery , and a tough bite . Fish were inactive for us . We hooked four fish and Johnny brought a nice 7lber to hand . Thanks for the excellent company .
On Sat 10-22-11 I was joined by Josh , Jim , Gene , & Randy from Pittsburgh , PA for an excellent day of catching upon the local Lake Erie tributaries . Numerous fish were brought to hand by the guys . Saturday we started at Walnut Creek in the AM and shifted our focus to Elk Creek in the Afternoon . The fish were hitting fast & furious in the off color Autumn flows. Thanks for an awesome time on the water fellas.
On Sunday 10-23 an old friend joined me for a great morning bite as the water turned from off color to low & clear in the afternoon . Local pics & videos to follow.
A thank you to all that has been aboard this season ..... I plan to get her winterized and ready for the 2012 season . I would love to run into late October ; but as of late the lake has been averaging 6 -12 foot waves daily and shows no sign of letting up .
On a positive note many fish are entering the tributaries in the high water that 3+ inches of rain has brought over the past weekend.
Franco's group from Pittsburgh , PA landed 7 chromers and hooked up with 11 while trolling in front of the tributary mouths . Stream fishing for steel head continues to be excellent .
10/7 / - 10/8
Jesse from Beaver County , PA had an excellent day on the tribs landing a bunch of early chrome .
Steelhead bite slowed for Mike 's group on a lake charter with a 20 inch 5 lb small mouth & one 7 lb steel head brought aboard . The gin clear water and 64 degree lake temperatures made for a tough trolling bite .
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 .
After a month break due to an old fashioned Erie freeze up the tributaries are open once again and most ice has been washed away to the lake . The month of December was a memorable one with a great bite prior to temperatures hitting the single digits . The bite was good on Monday 1/2/11 and Wednesday 1/4/11 . I did not fish Tuesday but I also heard of fresh fish being caught by others .
Ice fishing Presquel Bay has been decent with hand sized bluegills , Perch , and Crappies heading for the skillet . The creeks were for the most part locked up from Dec. 10th - January 1st until the recent warm temperatures broke the ice jam loose ; along with another inch of rain to help matters . Some fresh fish are to be found within a couple miles of the mouths and a few moldy ones mixed in .
Fish have begun a deep winter holding pattern with most success coming bouncing egg patterns , nymphs , and jigs off the bottom . I included a few ice fishing pics , the smallest Walleye I have ever caught , the coast guard practicing ice rescue techniques on the bay , and a video shot before freeze up in December .
The fresh fish can be identified as the Steel head without marks on them from the ice scraping their bodies . The ice will begin to form again and I encourage all to get out while the gettings good : ) ....... Happy New Year and Tight Lines to all ........... Don <>< <>< <><