Fishing report January 7, 2020
Fishing conditions were more winter-like today. Below freezing temperature at first light caused icing in rod guides and made for an uncomfortable morning. The steelhead were not aggressive, and they were “biting short”. Jig fishing suffered the most and sacs anglers lost may fish that were not hooked enough to land them. Temperatures rose to near 40 by the afternoon and the bite got better, but not great.
Elk is nearing the “low/clear” level so the approaching weather will deliver much needed precipitation. It starts with snow tonight/tomorrow and cold temperatures followed by a 40 degree day on Thursday. You can expect snow melt to add some water to the tributaries. Unfortunately, the forecast for Friday and Saturday will not do any favors for the weekend anglers. They are calling for nearly 2” of rain by the end of the day Saturday. Sunday and the week ahead will be a wait and see deal.
If you can put up with the below freezing temperatures and snow, the best fishing days will be tomorrow and Thursday. Be prepared of equipment icing issues.
On Friday morning before the rainfall and the snow melt takes water flow higher, you may get a short rising water bite. That is a very optimistic maybe!
We caught some really nice, fresh steelhead today.
Conneaut Creek returned to a fishable level late yesterday and fished great today. Fishing pressure was moderate to heavy depending on your fishing location. That tributary got a solid run on winter fish.