A friend of mine and I decided to go up to Erie for a weekend between 10/26 and 10/27. Unfortunately, there had only been one good rain up to that point, so only the larger creeks had fish. Our plan was to hit the lake pretty hard.
On day one we started out doing just that, fishing the lake. I got one after an hour or so on a spoon, but the bite never really took off. So, we decided to travel around to some of the streams. We had a few opportunities, but not much. The wind really kicked up pushing a forest of leaves onto the low creeks. It made it almost impossible to fish with lures. (I'd much rather catch fish that way over bait fishing).
Day two ended up being a lot more action packed. The weather was awful with 40 mph gusts and 45 degree air temps, but we pushed through. We hit the mouth of the first stream, which of course, was covered in leaves. I saw fish rising, so I knew they were there. I had a small trout magnet on, just pitching between the leaves. A fish rose just off the bank, so I took a cast. Out of the dark water came a very good sized steelie. Unfortunately, I was in a sea of timber. It did not take long for the fish to get himself wrapped. The fish jumped once and it was very dark with great colors. I never saw it again, however.
After a few more failed attempts on some streams, we ended up at our last spot of the day and the trip. I started with a small hair jig, just weighted enough to fight the wind. They were crappie jigs however, and the first fish promptly bent my hook out. This was an older jig, so I put on a new one. Just a couple casts later I hooked into another steelhead. This time the fight lasted a while longer, but again, bent out the hook. Last shot was to use a keitech swimbait. I had never tried this for Steelies, but it worked pretty well. I missed one on the first cast, and a few casts later I hooked and landed my first fish of the day. I ended up getting one more before dark, which I forgot to hit record on my camera.
Overall it was a super tough weekend, but man are these fish worth it. I have a video below for anyone interested!