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Steelhead lacking in Lake Erie's streams

| Friday, Jan. 5, 2007

There haven't been any sizable runs of fresh steelhead moving into Lake Erie's tributary streams lately, and what fish have shown up have been on the small side, according to reports from the region.

The Fish and Boat Commission released several hundred spawned-out breeder fish into the McKean hole off I-79 and the Gloski hole. The McKean hole, in particular, is deep, so anglers fishing the bottom generally have the best success, said deputy conservation officer Randy leighton.

Elsewhere along the streams, fishermen using small, natural presentations are having the best luck, said Gary Heubel of Poor Richard's Bait Shop.

The warm weather and little rain has left the creeks low and clear, so small orange sucker spawn patterns, bead head hare's ears, blue and black stonefly nymphs, black, brown and olive wooly buggers and marabou micro jigs fished alone or tipped with a maggot have all been producing. Small natural baits like a single waxworm, single cured eggs, live and dead shiners and one or two grubs on a 16 to 18 egg hook can work well when dead drifted with the current, Leighton said.

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