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Lake Erie Steelhead Reports - November 2020
« on: November 13, 2020, 09:23:02 AM »
Nov 13, 2020

Anglers are saying that steelhead seem to running a bit bigger on average this year, compared to the previous two. Fishing action has slowed this week on falling stream levels. Cattaraugus Creek is running at about 400 feet per second at report time, but is still a touch cloudy. The Catt should be in prime fishing shape through the weekend. All other tributaries are running low and clear. With no rain in the forecast, look for levels to go even lower. Downsize baits, lines and move stealthily if fishing those streams. Lake Erie steelhead commonly hit natural baits like egg sacs or worms, flies including egg imitations, black stone flies, nymphs, streamer and bugger patters, and lures such as minnow-type stickbaits, in-line spinners and small spoons.

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Re: Lake Erie Steelhead Reports - November 2020
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2020, 09:09:09 AM »
Nov 20, 2020

Cattaraugus Creek has been at a ideal fishing level for more days than usual this fall and steelhead fishing has been quite good. The Catt is currently running a bit high at about 690 cubic feet per second (cfs). The ideal flow range on the Catt is between 250-500 cfs. Monitor USGS Lake Erie Tributary discharge rates at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/rt. Other popular Erie tribs have fished well when flows are up, but fish have had severe lockjaw during frequent low and clear periods. Eighteenmile Creek and the Chautauqua County streams are currently in prime shape with moderate flows. Remaining snowmelt in the hills should help to sustain flows into the weekend. Without additional rain, expect levels to drop back to low over next few days. Lake Erie steelhead commonly hit natural baits like egg sacs or worms, trout beads, flies including egg imitations, black stone flies, nymphs, streamer and bugger patters, and lures such as minnow-type stickbaits, in-line spinners and small spoons.

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