November 8, 2019
Erie had a snowy start to the day away from the lake and a mixture of snow and rain near the lake.
Today anglers experienced a decent daybreak bite. The afternoon bite was slow. Daybreak was all about sacs and/or skein. The afternoon had jigs taking the most fish and sacs a distant second. Not sure what jig those anglers were throwing. Very small, perhaps a nymph and they fast jigged constantly – it worked.
As the day progressed, the cold, artic air pushed into Erie County from the NW. By late afternoon, exposed fingers were popsicles, and the fishing slowed.
It seemed to me that the afternoon fish were stacked in one particular location. Anglers with the proper cast caught steelhead. That observation reinforces my contention that the steelhead are tightly grouped at certain locations; especially now that water levels have remained low and clear.
There must be something happening at Cascade, UJ, Tubes, and Whitman Bridge. Even weekday anglers fill the parking lots. Lower Elk, on the other hand, is getting less attention since upstream locations have received fish.
Tonight into tomorrow will be cold. Use your best “clear-water” presentation. Expect the standard weekend pressure. Lakeshore fishing remains off limits.