This week’s Erie-area fishing report from Randy Leighton, deputy waterways conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission:
Erie, like much of the state, continues to work its way through very wet spring. Monday night brought heavy wind and rain throughout the night that will likely affect fishing patterns through the week. Lake fishing is picking up when the wind and waves cooperate, with the anglers targeting smallmouth trophies along the lakeshore in 20 to 35 feet of water. Catch rates have been fair to good off the old International Paper site on the east side of the City of Erie, and west of Walnut Creek in similar depths. Anglers unable to take to the lake can find good smallmouth fishing from the shore on the south side of Presque Isle State Park and along the North and South piers along the channel. Smallmouth fishing has been fair from the boat launch north to the lake at the Elk Creek access and off the wall at the Walnut Creek Access Area. Some lake perch are being caught for the patient anglers, but no big numbers yet. A number of sizable lake trout are being brought in to the North East Marina as well. Current Lake Erie Water temperature is 51 degrees.