This week’s Erie-area fishing report from Randy Leighton, deputy waterways conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission:
Spring bass and crappie season is picking up as Presque Isle Bay temperatures slowly rise. Most area launch ramps are in and boaters are taking to the bay and even Lake Erie when the weather permits. Area temperatures are still on the cool side. As the lake temperatures slowly warm, and it has been slow, it won’t be long before the perch schools form and the migrating walleye move in from the Western Basin. Perch and bass fishing has been fair to good along the North and South piers, as has perch. Bass anglers are reporting the action is getting better throughout Presque Isle Bay. There are still a few steelhead remaining in the area tribs, but the numbers are low having been replaced by suckers, smallmouth bass and a few catfish. Lake Erie water temperature as of this writing is 50 degrees.
Here’s the most recent report for other northwestern Pennsylvania waters.