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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report 8-29-11

Venango County Waters

Allegheny River

Mike Horrobin (CLTackle.com and Jigger Wholesale): “Overall this week’s fishing was a little better than it has been, but still difficult.  As the weather cools, it will get better and better.  Many anglers were fishing live bait for bass in the Allegheny this week, but no feedback.”

 

Bob Vogan (Franklin): “Ryan Williams and I were fishing the Allegheny on Monday and Tuesday last week.  Between the two of us, we caught three walleyes using Booyah Spinnerbaits with gold blades.  Sorry, no pictures…but they tasted real good!”

 

Chris Wolfgong (OilCity) fished the Allegheny one day this past week with Dale Black.  Chris says the way things started out it looked like there was going to be a Bubblegum Fluke bite going on.  But after missing several bass on pink, the fish turned off to the soft jerkbait.  Chris went on to miss several additional bass on a Yum tube while landing only one.  Dale caught six smallmouths on a 4” Yum Dinger.

 

Eric Heil’s 5 yr old daughter with Allegheny smallmouth (Heil photo)

Eric Heil (Franklin): “On Saturday, August 27, I took my daughter out on the Allegheny.  We were trying out the Aqua Vu underwater camera I acquired.  But once my daughter saw the bass and walleyes on the monitor, we had to fish for them.  For a 5 year old she is getting pretty good at casting her 4’6” rod.  I rigged it with a Zoom Speed Craw on a shakey head.  She whipped it out there on her own.  She still does the typical 5 year old thing – cast it out and do nothing.  But in a river current that’s not a bad thing. I looked back to see her line getting tight and swimming upstream.  I told her she had a fish on, and the fun began.  After a few jumps, she was able to reel it in on her own.  I reached down and lipped it.  This was the very first smallmouth she totally caught on her own. I managed to make a few casts myself using a tube.  I caught 3 smallmouths, with one pushing three pounds.  After that we went back to looking on the camera.”

 

Ed Lawrence with Allegheny pike (Lawrence photo)

Ed Lawrence (Union City): “This week I caught a 31-1/4” northern pike at the mouth of a tributary to theAllegheny River.  The fish was taken on a stick bait.”

 

 


 

 

 

Justus Lake

Last week Bill Logan mentioned observing someone running around on a gas outboard on electric-motor-onlyJustusLake.  An email from another reader of the Fishing Report sheds light on the situation.  Seems the individual in the small power boat had permission from Two Mile Run park officials to serve as a safety boat for a group of swimmers involved in a charity event on the lake.  Mystery solved.

 

French Creek (Erie, Crawford andVenangoCounties)

John Ensworth (John’s Bait) reports most of the anglers stopping by for bait at his shop were headed to French Creek for the weekend.  However, no one stopped back with follow-up report.  John is still waiting on promised pictures of a large flathead catfish taken the previous week.

French Creek flathead catfish (Shay photo)

 

Dustin Shay (Meadville): “Our flathead quest goes on.  We made some progress as my buddy Russ Chaney caught two small flatheads early in the week – our first actual flatheads from French Creek.

 

“I spent time scouting French Creek for walleye during this low, clear water situation,” continues Dustin.  “I found some real nice ‘eye in a couple holes, but the fish are not aggressive.  We tried a variety of artificial lures in addition to live bait.  If you held the lure in the current near the fish and then moved it suddenly, only then did the walleye react to it.  A fish would charge the lure but not eat it.  Same thing with live chubs – follows but would not commit.  We only caught a couple small ‘eye.

 

“On Sunday morning at one spot a huge catfish came out of thick cover to chase one of our chubs as the bait was being reeled in.  It was close to 40 inches, but in the shadows we could not tell if it was a channel or flathead.  We went back Sunday night with bigger live bait to fish for it.  However, all we caught was one 26” channel cat.”

 

Crawford County Waters

 

Pymatuning Lake

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “With the water temperature falling, the Pymatuning bite should be picking up shortly.  I was out Thursday and took a surface temp of 74 degrees.  The crappies are still biting at the causeway.  Anything white seems to be catching fish. A few lucky anglers have caught some walleye off the causeway, too.  I had a customer bring in a cell phone picture a 29”, 8-pound walleye caught off Snodgrass on a floating worm harness.  I also heard of two muskies being caught last week by musky hunters trolling Grandma Lures; no sizes provided.”

Pymatuning crappie (© Darl Black)

 

Dave Richter (Richter’s General Store): “I had one customer report catching a mess of big black crappie in the 12- to 13-inch range on the deep edge of a weebed.  A few fishermen reported some 15- to 17-inch walleye, plus smaller fish.  Catfish continue to overwhelm anyone fishing live bait.  Gail Preston ofGreenvillereported catching and releasing a 43-inch musky.”

 

Pymatuning smallmouth (Scott Kinard photo)

Scott Kinard (Butler): “Smallmouths at Pymatuning are rockin’!  I was out with Ernie Pate last week and caught them.  This week I fished a different area of the lake by myself.  I boated 35 smallmouth in three hours…the two biggest were around 19 inches.  Wolf packs of smallies are chasing balls of y-o-y shad…possibly due to the cooler nights.  Focus on wind blown areas where you see baitfish on the sonar.”

 

Al Moore (Cochranton): “I fished a club tournament at Pymatuning on August 28. The lake was windy and white capping.  The bass bite was on nonetheless.  I won the event with 4 largemouths going 12 lbs 4 oz.  I caught 30 bass during the tournament – every one on an XFactor Muskrat Flipping Lure in Bama Bug Color.  Every club member had a limit and a 4 lb 2 oz largemouth took lunker.  It was another great day on Pymatuning!”

 

Conneaut Lake

3rd place finishers at Conneaut tournament - Rizzo and Hughes (Walt’s photo)

Hirosky, winner of Walt’s Tavern Tournament (Walt’s photo)

The winner of Walt’s Tavern Buddy Tournament on Sunday, August 28 was Bob Hirosky with five bass for 20.55 pounds.  Bob was a last minute entry on the morning of the tournament, arriving to fun fish and was talked into the tournament by other contestants; he fished by himself.  Bob also had lunker with a 5.61 pound largemouth.  Second place went to Dan & John Mincin with 13.36 pounds; third to Steve Hughes and Tom Risso with 12.32 pounds and fourth to Scott & Justin Welker with 12.27 pounds.

 

Chuck Papinchak (Cochranton): “I fished Conneaut Lake over the weekend, landing five northern pike on a chartreuse/white Strike King Spinnerbait and missing three other pike.  I caught one nice 3.5 pound largemouth on the spinnerbait, too.  I did not see any signs of smallmouth chasing baitfish.”

 

Sugar Lake

Ken Anderson (Tionesta): “I braved the wind today, August 28, to fish SugarLakefrom 8 AMto 11 AM.  I got five quality largemouth bass.  Four came on a Strike King Spinnerbait with tandem blades and one on a Swimmin’ Senko.  Oh yes, I caught a chain pickerel.”

 

Canadohta Lake

Canadohta musky (Bill Logan photo)

Bill Logan (Pleasantville) sent a picture he snapped of a Canadohta musky ate his Lindy Musky Spinnerbait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erie County Waters

 

Presque Isle Bay

Al Nacopoulos (B.A.C. Bait): “A couple customers reported catching rock bass off the North Pier – that’s unusual for this time of year.  They were also getting some crappies off the pier.  Bluegills are biting inMiseryBayand perch are being taken off the city side of the Bay.  The emerald shiners have not returned to the shoreline of the main lake yet, so we do not have emeralds for sale – hopefully later this week.  With steelhead season almost upon us, we will be opening up our Trout Run store this week; hours will be6 AMto PM, 7 days a week.”

 

 

Erie walleye from the OH/PA line (Ken Smith photo)

Lake Erie

Jeff Staaf (Poor Richards): “Reports are still good for perch in 50 feet of water straight north ofWalnut Creek.  The best walleye fishing remains out deep over 70 to 80 feet with walleye holding near the bottom; a few steelhead are showing up in the same depths.  The hot area for walleye is right on the PA/OH line.  Worm harnesses are outfishing plugs; watermelon or black/purple appears to be the most productive harness color combos.”  (See Photo #9)

 

 

LeBoeuf bowfin (© Darl Black)

Lake LeBoeuf

Dave Lefebre (Union City) says September is a great month on Lake LeBoeuf.  Throw hollow body frog lures in the pads and matted milfoil beds for largemouth, and you will also catch pike and bowfin.  Black crappies are in the deeper weed edge where the sparse strands of milfoil are barely visible.  (See Photo #10)

 

 

 

 

 

Mercer County Waters

 

Lake Wilhelm

Mike Horrobin (Jigger Wholesale): “Largemouth bass on Wilhelm are providing some action, but walleyes are really hard to come by.  Panfish are still cooperating, with most fishermen having success with small curly tail jigs or Mike’s Ants.  Ants in black/red tipped with a maggot are producing particularly well.  The few walleyes showing up are reportedly taken on Hot-N-Tots.”

 

Shenango Lake

Laurie Frantz (R&L Bait): “Stripers are hitting at Shenango. Anglers are getting them in the 29 to 32 inch range.  Most fish are being taken on live shiners, as well as a few on shiner-like lures.  Mornings and evenings are the best times.  There are some walleye being taken on live shiners as well.”

 

Stoneboro Lake

Darl Black (Cochranton): “I had not fished Stoneboro Lake in 15 years mainly because I never figured out how to catch quality size bass down there.  But this past weekend I could not resist trying the thick pad edges of the lake with frog lures after some bassin’ buddies told me about all the big bass they catch there in the spring.  Stoneboro also has the distinction of producing a natural-occurring 8-pound-plus largemouth/smallmouth hybrid (go Google it for details).  With all the talk about big bass, I convinced Chris Wolfgong into going down.  A blow-up on a River2Sea Frog in the pads right beside the ramp seemed like it might set the stage for a great day.  But the pad pattern fizzled quickly.  We switched to drop-shotting small worms along the deep weed edge after talking with several other anglers on the lake who had managed a couple bass and pike in the 10 to 14 feet of water.  We missed several fish – which were likely bluegill.  No topwater action in this crystal clear water, either.  Chris and I tied for the morning on legal size bass: 0 to 0.”

Neshannock Creek

Bob Shuey (Neshannock Creek Fly Shop): “Trout wise, there hasn’t been much going on since spring due to the low, warm water.  Starting in September, we have new fall and winter hours: we will be closed every Sunday until March 4, 2012.  We are optimistic that this fall will bring better fishing conditions.  There will be a stocking on Tuesday, October 4th in the Special Regulation Area of Neshannock Creek.  And of course steelhead season is here, so stop by for all your steelhead needs.”

 

Fishing Tip of the Week

If you want to catch French Creek or Allegheny Riversmallmouth in the next couple weeks, go catch some riffle runner baitfish.  For black crappies in the weed fringe, swim a Charlie Brewer Crappie Slider very slowly.  Think topwater and crankbaits for lake and reservoir smallmouth bass.

 

Dock Talk

Mike Horrobin (CLTackle.com): “On the fly-tying front, I talked with the folks at Whiting farms regarding flying tying hackles.  The news is not good.  Girls are still wearing them in their hair and supplies are exhausted.  The new crop seems to be pretty well sold out before they are even raised.  We may have better luck with necks and short saddles for tying purposes.”

 

Outdoor Calendar of Events

 

Monthly          Fly-Tying Class – Free, Walk In                814-590-1366

Farrell’s Hook, Line & Stitch (At the Bank Mall),Meadville

2nd Tuesday of each month;6 PM to 7:30 PM

 

Sept 3             Family Fishing Festival, 9 to 1,PymatuningState Park

Mandatory registration at www.fishandboat.com/fishforfree.htm

 

Sept 4             Oil Creek Fly Fishing Presentation by Mike Laskowski

Petroleum Centre next to State Park office;4:30 PM to 6 PM

 

Sept 5             PF&BC Fish For Free Day; more info kedwards@state.pa.us

Fishing license not required but all fishing regs in effect

 

Sept 18         Allegheny RiverBass Team Tournament #1

$100 per team; for info contact Eric Heil lt.heil@yahoo.com

 

Oct 1               River Watcher Float on Shenango; Pymi Outflow toGreenville

Info: Hugh Clark greengrass@windstream.net

 

Oct 1&2          Antlers and Anglers Showcase, CrawfordCountyFairgrounds

For information, contact Joan Kocan at jkocan@agoc.com

 

Oct 16            Allegheny RiverBass Team Tournament #2

$100 per team; for info contact Eric Heil lt.heil@yahoo.com

 

Nov 5              PA Steelhead Expo at Rainbow Gardens, Erie,PA

1 PM to 9 PM; contact steve@steelheadexpo.com for info

 

 

Information contributed by:

-       Chris’ Tackle Box, Jamestown, PA

-       Maurer’s Trading Post, Franklin, PA

-       Oil Creek Outfitters, Titusville, PA

-       John’s Bait & Tackle, Meadville, PA

-       Van Tassel’s Timberland Bait, Canadohta Lake, PA

-       Fergie’s Bait & Tackle, Sandy Lake, PA

-       R & L Bait & Tackle, Greenville, PA

-       B.A.C. Bait & Tackle, Erie, PA

-       Poor Richards Bait & Tackle, Fairview, PA

-       Presque Isle Angler, Erie, PA

-       Neshannock Creek Fly Shop, Volant, PA

-       Erie Sports Store, Erie, PA

-       CLTackle.com

-       Espyville Outdoors, Espyville, PA

-       Farrell’s Hook, Line & Stitch, Meadville, PA

-       Consumer Direct Sports, Grove City, PA

-       Jigger Wholesale Tackle, Franklin, PA

-       Area anglers

 

Sponsored by: PA Great Lakes Region

GAMMA Fishing Line (now owned by Black Knight Industries of Oil City)

 

Connect to all counties at www.PaGreatLakes.com

-       Crawford County Convention &Visitors Bureau at www.visitcrawford.org

-       VisitErie at www.visiterie.com

-       VisitMercerCountyPA at www.visitmercercountypa.com

-       Oil Region Alliance at www.oilregion.org

 

 Note: The information in the NW PA Weekly Fishing Report is based on the observations and opinions of individuals at the reporting tackle shops and expert area anglers.  Although the information is reliable, it is not independently verified.

 

If you have fishing information or a picture of your catch from one of the waters in the following counties, please contact Darl Black at darlblack@windstream.net

In providing a picture, you are agreeing to it being posted on the Fishing Report.

Keep Up with More NW PA Fishing at http://darlblack.blogspot.com

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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report 8-22-11

News

-          Not news to the anglers who have been out, but we are in the late summer slump.  However, there is a noticeable drop in water temperatures by several degrees this past week.  As temperatures slide downward, fishing success for many species will climb over the next couple months.

-          For something a little different this coming weekend, stop by Franklin’s River Front Park between 11 AM and 4 PM for the Rock-N-River Festival – youth activities, live music, barbeque, and of course the PA Stone-skipping Championship.  This is the site where the Word Record Stone Skip was accomplished by Russ Byers ofFranklin; Russ will be there competing.

 

Mercer County Waters

Lake Wilhelm

Fergies Bait Shop report is the same as the past several weeks – anglers catching mostly small panfish.  Ernie Pate (Butler) called in to report low-catch rate of bass this summer on Wilhelm – a lake so popular with the bass-fishing crowd in previous years; he asks what the problem might be with the largemouth at Wilhelm.

 

 

Black with Shenango black crappie (© Darl Black)

Shenango Lake

Darl Black (Cochranton): “Marilyn and I headed to Shenango on Saturday afternoon to fish for crappies.  Over the years I’ve had decent success in the late summer on this reservoir.  But this time my usual spots didn’t pay off.  We fished several hours without a bite, before finally catching a few black crappies on stumps in 8 to 10 feet of water near the old river channel.  We also stumbled into a couple chunky smallmouth bass that were interested in our 1/16-ounce crappie jigs.  Lots of pleasure boat traffic, but few fishermen.  Better fishing will be coming this fall.”

 

Shenango River

In case you have not heard, the Shenango River Watchers are currently funding an effort to remove the many downed trees blocking the Shenango between Jamestown and Greenville.  When the work is completed, it will be possible to canoe or kayak this section of the river.  Fishermen with paddle craft should look forward to being able to float this section next spring.  There are some hotspot holes on this section for crappie and walleye in the late spring, but you have not been able to get a canoe or kayak down this part of the river for years.

 

Venango County Waters

 

Allegheny River

Mike Horrobin (CLTackle.com and Jigger Wholesale): “This was a goofy week of thunderstorms and heat with some decent in-between moments.  Catfish are still being caught in the River.  Smallmouth are hitting in both the River and French Creek.  Most of the decent fishing seems to be in the morning and evening with topwater baits.”

Sand pike baitfish used for river smallmouth and walleye (Dustin Shay photo)

 

When the bass bite gets this tough on the River, Rob Genter and Darren Potts say it’s time to collect live bait.  Riffle runners and sand pike are the minnows to have for bass and walleye right now.  Both species are caught from riffles with a #14 hook and maggot as bait.

 

 

 

Justus Lake

Bill Logan (Pleasantville): “On Monday I caught four smallmouth on tubes in the Allegheny and on Tuesday I had four bass hooked onJustusLakebut landed only one.  There were two idiots running around on a gas-powered outboard on this electric-motor-only lake.”

 

Casual anglers taking it easy on the banks of French Creek (© Darl Black)

French Creek (Erie, Crawford andVenangoCounties)

John Ensworth (John’s Bait): “Most of the fishing action seemed centered on French Creek this past week.  One of my customers caught a 23” flathead catfish from the Creek.  He said his fist fit entirely in the mouth of the fish.”

Dustin Shay with French Creek smallmouth that almost pulled his rod form his hands (Dustin Shay photo)

 

Dustin Shay (Meadville): “Fishing was difficult for me this week due to both hands being injured last Monday.  I tried to fish mid-week and the first smallmouth that hit almost ripped my new Fenwick Rod from my sore hands.  The swelling is down and dexterity is improving but still painful.  Hope to be back at it next week.  My buddy Russ Chancey ofMeadville caught a nice channel cat from French Creek but we are still looking for our first flathead.”

 

Crawford County Waters

 

Pymatuning Lake

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “Crappies are still biting around the causeway, with anglers catching decent numbers of 9” to 12” fish.  White curly tails on jigheads and Leland’s Crappie Magnets are the hot items for crappie.  We sold out of Crappie Magnets over the weekend, but will have more before this next weekend.  Two anglers stopped in Sunday afternoon to report catching 7 keeper walleye off Snodgrass on Saturday night.  They were using nickel and green colored worm harnesses.  The largest ‘eye was 21 inches.”

 

Al Moore (Cochranton): “I fished Pymatuning yesterday, Saturday the 20th.  The flippin’ bite is still strong.  I had 4 bass for 12 pounds in just an evening of fishing.  Fish came on a black & blue Jigger Craw.”

Ernie Pate with Pymatuning smallmouth bass (Pate photo)

 

Ernie Pate (Butler) reports the bass fishing on Pymatuning has been excellent this summer.  One day last week, he caught 23 bass of which 17 were smallmouth.  Several of the bass were over three pounds.  No word on how he caught them.

 

Dave Richter (Richter’s General Store): “The crappie bite is still fairly good for the few anglers still pursuing them.  Lots of catfish being reported, with most taken while anglers are trolling worm harnesses for walleye.  I fished one evening this past week, catching four legal walleye in two hours.  Jim Bresman of Greenville caught a 48.5 inch musky this past week.”

 

 

Conneaut Lake

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “The northern pike have been really active onConneautLake.  No reports on sizes; most fish are reportedly caught on golden shiners along the weed edges.  Bluegills are being taken from 20 to 25 feet of water on the bottom; redworms or piece of nightcrawler works best.”

Marilyn Black with Conneaut Lake pike (© Darl Black)

 

Marilyn Black (Cochranton): “Darl and I fished Conneaut on Friday afternoon, August 19, attempting to catch some decent largemouth bass for photos on Lunker City’s Ribster Drop-Shot Worm.  Best he could do was 8 or 9 under 12 inches.  On the other hand, while fishing for big bluegills using leeches, I caught two northern pike – one at 22 inches and one at 30 inches – plus jumbo ‘gills.  Bryan Stuyvesant came out to the lake about5 PM.  He caught a number of smallish largemouth on a jig, and then nailed a 4-pound smallmouth on a shaky worm from the very rock pile that Darl and I fished about an hour before.”

 

William Logsdon (Pittsburgh) fished Conneaut on Saturday the 20th.  “The bite was slow.  We caught one nice pike and some small largemouth bass.”

Chuck Papinchak (Cochranton): “My buddy Robbie and I went to Conneaut on Saturday morning about5:30 AM.  We caught 5 bass on surface poppers before the fog cleared.  When the fog lifted, Robbie got a 3.5 pound largemouth on a drop-shot worm, and I got a 30 inch pike on a drop-shop.”

 

Canadohta Lake

Jerry VanTassel (Timberland Bait): “We had our annual kids Fishing Day this past week; 45 kids caught 158 fish in 3 hours from our bait shop lake.  A big snapping turtle caused the most excitement.  Sort of a late summer slump on Canadohta – seem to only be catching a few panfish.  This coming week of Crawford County Fair means few anglers on the water.  Fall musky bite should pick up in October.”  Bill Logan caught a 34-inch musky on a Lindy Musky Spinnerbait on Wednesday.

 

Conneaut Marsh

Mike Horrobin (CLTackle.com): “Several customers ventured into the Conneaut Marsh aroundGenevato fish for bowfin.  Live shiners are the best bait, although several anglers were using minnow-type lures.  Although not a glamour fish, bowfins put up a good fight and are a lot of fun to catch.

 

Erie County Waters

 

Presque Isle Bay

Al Nacopoulos (B.A.C. Bait) says fishing over the weekend was extremely slow due to the unsettled weather and high winds.  “During the week, anglers were catching a perch and a few crappies from the North Pier.  On the East Pier they have been getting bluegills and crappies.  Also a bass caught here and there but not much more to report recently.  Water temperatures are beginning to drop, so fishing success should turn around in the near future.”

 

Lake Erie

Jeff Staaf (Poor Richards): “Anglers are still hauling in the perch in good numbers and respectable size; try north of Walnut Creekin 52 to 58 feet of water.  The walleye are out deeper.  Over by the Ohioline, ‘eyes are in 72 to 80 feet, and off the Point on the East Sidethe fish are in 80 to 100 feet.  Most anglers are fishing worm harnesses with watermelon or purple blades to catch their fish.  But a few fishermen are still scoring with Renosky or Reef Runner stickbaits.

 

“Fishermen are getting a few steelhead out with the deep walleye; the trout should be heading in sometime in September.  This past spring we saw more jacks than usual, so we are hoping for a strong fall run.”

Smith and angling buddy with Lake Eire walleye (Smith photo)

 

Ken Smith (Sharon): “I went up to the Big Water with my friends Adam and Quentin.  We caught our three man limit of walleyes using Dreamweaver’s Spoon-Harness combos.  Adam had the biggest ‘eye – a 31” 10.7 pound hog.” (See photo #7)

 

Steve Hughes (Clarion): “Gus Glasco and I fished Erieon Sunday, August 20.  We launched out of Lampe.  There were lots of fish from 24 feet clear out to 45 feet.  But the best depth seemed to be the humps in 26 feet that rose up to 20 or 18 feet.  We caught over 40 nice smallmouths on tubes and drop-shotting 3” Yum Wooly Bugs.  Most of the bass were in the 3 pound range.  But we did get several in the 4 to 5 pound range, and one over 6 pounds.”

 

Gamma Salutes

Gamma salutes Ken Smith for sending photos of his Lake Erie walleye trip this past week.  A spool of Gamma line will be mailed to Ken.  Locally, Gamma is available at CDS inGrove City, Espyville Outdoors in Espyville, John’s Bait inMeadville and Poor Richards inErie.

 

Booyah Winner

Ernie Pate’s name was drawn as the winner for the Booyah/Yum bait combo.  Good luck Ernie!

 

Dock Talk

Mike Horrobin (Jigger Tackle): “We received information on a new Rapala Minnow that is an ultra-light configuration, but made heavier to cast better.  That is why I favored the AC Shiner minnow lure – heavier and easier to cast.  I’m anxious to test this new Rapala Minnow. Watch for it in our store.”

 

Outdoor Calendar of Events

 

Monthly           Fly-Tying Class – Free, Walk In                   814-590-1366

Farrell’s Hook, Line & Stitch (At the Bank Mall),Meadville

2nd Tuesday of each month;6 PM to 7:30 PM

 

Aug 26            Rock-N-River Festival from 11 AM to4 PM

FranklinRiverfrontPark

 

Aug 27            Walt’s Tavern Bass Benefit Tournament; $100.00/team

Information contact: Dan Mincin at 724-986-6557

 

Sept 3             Family Fishing Festival, 9 to 1,PymatuningState Park

Mandatory registration at www.fishandboat.com/fishforfree.htm

 

Sept 4             Oil Creek Fly Fishing Presentation by Mike Laskowski

Petroleum Centre next to State Park office;4:30 PM to 6 PM

 

Sept 5             PF&BC Fish For Free Day; more info kedwards@state.pa.us

Fishing license not required but all fishing regs in effect

 

Sept 18         Allegheny RiverBass Team Tournament #1

$100 per team; for info contact Eric Heil lt.heil@yahoo.com

 

Oct 1&2          Antlers and Anglers Showcase, CrawfordCountyFairgrounds

For information, contact Joan Kocan at jkocan@agoc.com

 

Oct 16            Allegheny RiverBass Team Tournament #2

$100 per team; for info contact Eric Heil lt.heil@yahoo.com

 

Nov 5              PA Steelhead Expo atRainbowGardens,Erie,PA

1 PM to 9 PM; contact steve@steelheadexpo.com for info

 

 

Information contributed by:

-          Chris’ Tackle Box, Jamestown, PA

-          Maurer’s Trading Post, Franklin, PA

-          Oil Creek Outfitters, Titusville, PA

-          John’s Bait & Tackle, Meadville, PA

-          Van Tassel’s Timberland Bait, Canadohta Lake, PA

-          Fergie’s Bait & Tackle, Sandy Lake, PA

-          R & L Bait & Tackle, Greenville, PA

-          B.A.C. Bait & Tackle, Erie, PA

-          Poor Richards Bait & Tackle, Fairview, PA

-          Presque Isle Angler, Erie, PA

-          Neshannock Creek Fly Shop, Volant, PA

-          Erie Sports Store, Erie, PA

-          CLTackle.com

-          Espyville Outdoors, Espyville, PA

-          Farrell’s Hook, Line & Stitch, Meadville, PA

-          Consumer Direct Sports, Grove City, PA

-          Jigger Wholesale Tackle, Franklin, PA

-          Area anglers

 

Sponsored by: PA Great Lakes Region

GAMMA Fishing Line (now owned by Black Knight Industries of Oil City)

 

Connect to all counties at www.PaGreatLakes.com

-       Crawford County Convention &Visitors Bureau at www.visitcrawford.org

-       VisitErie at www.visiterie.com

-       VisitMercerCountyPA at www.visitmercercountypa.com

-       Oil Region Alliance at www.oilregion.org

 

 Note: The information in the NW PA Weekly Fishing Report is based on the observations and opinions of individuals at the reporting tackle shops and expert area anglers.  Although the information is reliable, it is not independently verified.

 

If you have fishing information or a picture of your catch from one of the waters in the following counties, please contact Darl Black at darlblack@windstream.net

In providing a picture, you are agreeing to it being posted on the Fishing Report.

Keep Up with More NW PA Fishing at http://darlblack.blogspot.com

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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report 7-25-11

News

Hopefully the high temperatures and humidity are about to take a slight downturn.  The weather of the past two weeks has not been good for fishermen or fish in smaller waters.  Our trout fishing contributors have repeatedly warned anglers that trout in our smaller streams are stressed and recommend fishermen target other species.  The water is so low and so warm that even smallmouth are under stress in streams the size of Oil Creek, Neshannock and Sugar Creek.  Not only do we need cooler air temperatures, but we are in desperate need of good soaking rain to refresh streams, rivers and lakes.  The good news, however, isLake Erieperch are on fire.

 

Venango County Waters

Allegheny River

Chris Wolfgong (OilCity): “Dale Black and I made it out on the river for about two hours on Thursday evening.  The water is very low and very warm.  There was a bit of a topwater bite.  Dale had three bass on top, including a 16.5” one on a Jitterbug.  I managed to catch one smallmouth bass on a tube, one on a wake bait (both around 15 inches) plus four rock bass on the wake bait – including one that was only two inches long!”

Mr. Rodgers of Seneca with Justus Lake rainbow trout (Darl Black © photo)

Justus Lake

Darl Black (Cochranton): “I took my visiting father-in-law toJustusLakefor bluegills on Monday, July 25.  Fishing the north end of the lake, our net catch was not impressive.  However, at the ramp I chatted with two anglers from Seneca.  They had been fishing in 40-some feet of water down near the dam.  They had caught 7 rainbow trout (up to 17 inches) and a mess of big bluegills on small white twisters tipped with a wax worm.”

 

 

Dustin Shay with French Creek white perch (Shay photo)

French Creek (Erie, Crawford andVenangoCounties)

Dustin Shay (Meadville) has been trying to figure out the walleye bite this summer on the creek.  “We’ve been seeing walleye follow our baits out of deepwater holes, but we can’t get them to hit.  We have only caught a few small ‘eye.  The water is so low, so clear and so warm that we are struggling.  However, we have been catching lots of panfish on a jig-n-nightcrawler, including white perch and big bluegills.  We have been gathering hellgrammites and soft shells, too, and enjoying success on smallmouth bass.”

 

Crawford County Waters

Pymatuning Lake

Dave Richter (Richter’s General Store): “The walleye bite has slowed down, due in part at least to fewer anglers fishing in the heat.  However, one customer brought in 3 big walleyes which he picked up drifting a nightcrawler on a jig.  A handful of anglers still targeting crappies are enjoying success on the southern end of the lake; best success is early and late in the day in 15’ to 21’ on stumps or brush.  The musky guys are seeing a little more action with fish striking big plugs in the prop wash of outboards – but no landing of big fish reported to me.”

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors) says there wasn’t much to report this week with the number of anglers on the lake way down.  Catfish seemed to be the primary fish being caught.  “The Big Kids/Little Kids tournament at Erie this past weekend – sponsored in part by Espyville Outdoors – was won by Steve Hughes and Dakota with 14.24 pounds of bass,” adds Chris.

Conneaut Lake

Bryan Stuyvesant (Meadville) reports the largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing at Conneaut is fairly good for this time of year.  “The weedbeds are growing back following weed control measures earlier in the season, and largemouths like the green cover.  Texas-rigged worm are producing largemouth on the weed edge.  Even spinnerbaits are working some days.  I’m catching smallmouth on drop-shot rigs on rocky outcroppings.  Seems to be more juvenile bass than usual, but I’m also catching some decent ones, too.  My largest this week was 3.5 pounds.”

Erie County Waters

Lake Erie

Mike Tome (B.A.C. Bait): “The big news this past week surrounds perch moving into shallower water.  Anglers out ofErieare catching them in 39 feet.  The perch schools have moved in closer instead of going deeper in the heat – likely following baitfish.  I was out this week and had some perch in the 13” to 14” range – nice fish.

“Walleye bite seems better to the East side of Erie, particularly out by the Mountain.  The depth for the schools will vary day to day based on bait movement, but generally the fish are 45 to 50 feet over 75’ bottom.  The long minnow plugs are catching fish, plus willow-leaf worm harnesses.  We have the hottest colors here at B.A.C. Bait,” concludes Mike.

Ken Smith with Erie walleye (Smith photo)

Jeff Staaf (Poor Richards): “Perch are in 44 to 47 feet of water straight out ofWalnut Creek.  Walleye are in 65 to 75 feet on the West side, with some smaller eye – up to 17 inches – being taken in 30’ to 35’.  Reports are leaning towards worm harnesses over plugs.  Here at Poor Richards, we have the most popular blade colors in worm harnesses.”

Ken Smith (Sharon): On Wednesday, July 20, I fished Lake Eriewest ofErie.  Walleye fishing was tough but three of us managed to put six ‘eye in the box before the heat and lack of breeze drove us from the water.  We caught them in 72 feet, using Dipsy Divers with worm harnesses.”

Dean Waldbaum with Erie steelhead (Waldbaum photo)

Dean Waldbaum (Pittsburgh): Last week we fished out of Northeast around the “Mountain.”  We landed about 15 walleye up to 9 pounds on worm harnesses and a couple steelheads on spoons.  My largest steelhead was 31” at 14.5 pounds.”

 

 

 

 

John Fuhrmann’s Erie catch with Erie Dearie (Fuhrmann photo)

John Fuhrmann (Phoenix,AZ): “As a former Erie resident, I return toLake Erie each year for a summer of walleye fishing.  But we don’t head out to the deep water.  Instead we fish the 20 to 25-foot depths just a short ride from the launch.  And rather than trolling, we apply the old Western Basin technique of a controlled drift with Erie Dearie countdown bait tipped with a nightcrawler. In the last ten years, this technique has not failed us.

“We tie a two-foot fluorocarbon leader to 8-pound Fireline,” continues Fuhrmann.  “Our rods are 8-1/2 foot Fenwick spinning rods.  We make long casts opposite (into the wind) our drift direction or quartering casts to the drift direction.  Count the rig down 15 to 20 seconds to the bottom, engage the reel and begin line recovery.  Slowly sweep and retrieve the lure with six to eight foot sweeps, maintaining light line tension as you pick up line from the sweep.  The key is to keep the Erie Dearie within a foot or two of the bottom.  Walleye hammer it, along with perch, big bluegills, smallmouth, largemouth, white bass, catfish and drum.  This is a far more enjoyable active presentation than slowly trolling.”

 

Frog fishing on Lake Edinboro (Darl Black © photo)

 

Lake Edinboro and Lake LeBoeuf

Dave Lefebre (Waterford) reminds bass anglers that now is the best ‘frog lure’ bite in the pads and thick floating mats of Edinboro and Lake LeBoeuf.  Several companies make a hollow-belly frog lure designed to fish heavy surface weeds by skimming over the top.  The key to success is to use 50-pound braid on a 7’ heavy action rod.  Tie the frog direct to the braid.  Experiment with retrieves from steady swimming to pull-pause.  Don’t set the hook at the first explosion of weeds and water – wait until the line goes tight.

 

 

 

 

Mercer County Waters

 

Lake Wilhelm

Bob Mohra (Fergies Bait) says the number of anglers on Wilhelm has been marginal during the past heat wave.  However, one of his customers reported catching 35 crappies in deep water off brushpiles; the bait was live minnows.

Eric Heil (Franklin): “My fishing partner and I went bass fishing to Wilhelm on July 24.  Fishing was slow, really slow.  Between the two of use, we caught 8 fish all day.  We caught our bass on small crankbaits, football jigs and 10-inch Berkley Power Worms.  The baits had to be worked very slowly on the bottom.  The surface temperature was 85 degrees and there was no breeze.  Bass fishing on Wilhelm is as slow as I’ve ever seen it.”

Shenango Lake

Ken Smith (Sharon): “I fished Shenango from shore on Tuesday around the Mahaney area for about three hours.  I caught 15 fat black crappies from 8 to 11 inches plus a couple bluegills.  I fished a jig and bobber around the new trees they put in this past spring – you can see them sticking above the water.  Bobber set at 5 feet was most effective depth.”

Neshannock Creek

Bob Shuey (Neshannock Creek Fly Shop): “Low water and very hot water in our freestone streams.  Many trout have already died and remaining ones are stressed.  Leave them alone.  Even trout in tailwaters and spring creeks are likely feeling the effects of this drought and hot temperatures.”

 

Gamma Salutes

This week Gamma salutes Ken Smith for his submitted photo of anEriewalleye.  A spool of Gamma Ploy Flex Line is on its way.

Dustin Shay, a previous winner of Gamma Line, had this to say: “In French Creek, I fish a lot of flowing water with rocks.  That is tough on a line.  I tried some Gamma earlier this season – what a line!  I like thin diameter lines in 6 and 8-pound test.  With Gamma I was able to drift baits through rocky sections without breaking off every time I got hung up – most of the time I simply pulled loose.  Gamma seems to stretch less than regular monofilament, and is far better abrasion resistant than any other line of the same diameter that I have used.”

Jewel/Gene Larew Lure Packet

The name drawn for the Jewel/Larew lure packet this week is Eric Heil.

 Shop Talk

Mike Horrobin (CLTackle.com): “When I am fishing just for casual fun, I like both topwater fishing with a fly rod as well as old-time plugging for bass.  It reminds me of the fun I had when we made much of our tackle at home.

“There was a popper built by Gill Gallasch of Richmond and popularized  by famed author Joe Brooks, called the Gerbubble Bug.  Gallasch also made a skipping bug that was a great saltwater popper and worked well on bass.  Another great one is the deer hair bass bug; Paul Young made a number of them.  Larry Dahlberg’s Diver is yet another great fish-catching pattern.  Any of these topwater bugs can be tied at home.

“If not into fly fishing, break out an old casting outfit such as a Pflueger, Shakespeare, Langley, Coxe or Meek plus  and a 5/8-ounce wood plug like a Bass Oreno, Pal-O-Mine or Jitterbug.  If you had forgotten how it was back in 1953, the occasional backlash will remind you.”

Outdoor Calendar of Events

Monthly          Fly-Tying Class – Free, Walk In                814-590-1366

Farrell’s Hook, Line & Stitch (At the Bank Mall),Meadville

2nd Tuesday of each month;6 PM to 7:30 PM

 

July 29           United Way Bass Classic atConneautLake

Information contact: Eric Marsh at 814-382-0686

 

July 30           PF&BC Fishing Skills Instructor workshop at Woodcock

Contact Chad Foster at 814-683-5126 for information

 

Aug 27           Walt’s Tavern Bass Benefit Tournament; $100.00/team

Information contact: Dan Mincin at 724-986-6557

 

Sept 18         Allegheny RiverBass Team Tournament #1

$100 per team; for info contact Eric Heil lt.heil@yahoo.com

 

Oct 16            Allegheny RiverBass Team Tournament #2

$100 per team; for info contact Erie Heil lt.heil@yahoo.com

 

Information contributed by:

-       Chris’ Tackle Box, Jamestown, PA

-       Maurer’s Trading Post, Franklin, PA

-       Oil Creek Outfitters, Titusville, PA

-       John’s Bait & Tackle, Meadville, PA

-       Van Tassel’s Timberland Bait, Canadohta Lake, PA

-       Fergie’s Bait & Tackle, Sandy Lake, PA

-       R & L Bait & Tackle, Greenville, PA

-       B.A.C. Bait & Tackle, Erie, PA

-       Poor Richards Bait & Tackle, Fairview, PA

-       Presque Isle Angler, Erie, PA

-       Neshannock Creek Fly Shop, Volant, PA

-       Erie Sports Store, Erie, PA

-       CLTackle.com

-       Espyville Outdoors, Espyville, PA

-       Farrell’s Hook, Line & Stitch, Meadville, PA

-       Consumer Direct Sports, Grove City, PA

-       Jigger Wholesale Tackle, Franklin, PA

-       Area anglers

 

Sponsored by: PA Great Lakes Region

& GAMMA Fishing Line (now owned by Black Knight Industries of Oil City)

 

Connect to all counties at www.PaGreatLakes.com

-       Crawford County Convention &Visitors Bureau at www.visitcrawford.org

-       VisitErie at www.visiterie.com

-       VisitMercerCountyPA at www.visitmercercountypa.com

-       Oil Region Alliance at www.oilregion.org

 

 Note: The information in the NW PA Weekly Fishing Report is based on the observations and opinions of individuals at the reporting tackle shops and expert area anglers.  Although the information is reliable, it is not independently verified.

 

If you have fishing information or a picture of your catch from one of the waters in the following counties, please contact Darl Black at darlblack@windstream.net

In providing a picture, you are agreeing to it being posted on the Fishing Report.

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