This week’s Erie-area fishing report from Randy Leighton, deputy waterways conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission:
A few hearty anglers were found fishing the open water in the Erie channel between Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. This is a good time of year to target burbot from both the North and South piers along the channel as well as perch moving into the bay to spawn.
Ice on Presque Isle Bay is melting fast with reports on Tuesday of a few inches or so inches of soft unstable ice with considerable slush and water. Anglers are advised that ice conditions should now be considered unsafe. There have been a number of reported fall-throughs on Presque Isle Bay over the last few weeks. Rain and warm daytime temperatures this week may bring the hardwater season to an end by the weekend.
On the bright side, ice-out typically means the beginning of an abundance of slab crappie in and around Presque Isle Bay.
Current tributary conditions as of this writing are high and flowing with good color. The stage is set.
More northwestern Pennsylvania reports are available here.