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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report 10-17-11

News

-The bad news this week was all the rain, cold and wind which made fishing almost impossible or at very least, plain miserable.  The good news is we needed the rain to put water in the Allegheny, French Creek andErietributary streams and cold temperatures to cool inland lake waters down into the 50s.

 

French Creek (Erie, Crawford andVenangoCounties)

Ed Lawrence’s French Creek walleye (Lawrence photo)

 

Ed Lawrence (Corry) reports catching a couple walleyes from French Creek on a ¼-ounce curly tail jig on October 11 before the heavy rains started.  His largest one was about 2.5 pounds.  He was only out for ½ an hour before work, but felt certain he could have caught more if he had the time.   Editor’s note: Looking at French Creek right now, it will be several days before anglers will be able to enjoy fishing the stream.

 

Dustin Shay (Meadville): “Before the rains came this week, my brother Boone Shay caught several walleyes on live creek chubs.  I didn’t fish the creek this week.”

 

Crawford County Waters

 

Pymatuning Lake

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “The fishermen who braved the weather over the weekend actually caught fish!  Jigging blade baits (Heddon Sonars, Vibra-Max and Reef Runner Cicadas) around the bridges on the causeways produced numerous walleyes.  A limit of nice ‘eye was reported on Thursday – nothing smaller than 18 inches.  The same angler also was fishing a minnow on a slip bobber at the same spot, catching crappies at the same time.”

 

Hall continues: “The perch fishing has picked up some, with fish in the 9- to 11-inch range taken near Espyville boat launch.  Walleyes were picked up in the area north of Snodgrass and south of Orchard – mostly trolling Bomber Long A and Smithwick minnow baits.  Some success was reported by several anglers fishing from boats between Bridge 20 and the Spillway; they were using black/green Beetle Spins.  Hopefully the weather will get straightened out so everyone can get out and catch some nice fall walleye!”

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Fish Commission Hatchery at Linesville. The viewing silo in the visitors’ center is filled with fish, including a huge flathead catfish perhaps weighing in excess of 30 pounds and reportedly taken from Pymatuning Lake; also trophy-size crappie and a hybrid striper – all from Pymatuning. (Darl Black © Photo)

Richter’s General Store reports good catches of walleyes on VibE blades on the south end of the lake.  Still catching a few crappies but they seem to be running small right now.  The hottest news is the exceptional perch fishing in the south end of Pymatuning with lots of 12-inch fish.

 

Conneaut Lake

Steve Hughes (Clarion) fished a few hours on Conneaut during Saturday’s high wind and rain.  It was not a pleasant outing, and he could only fish a small area protected from the wind.  When I talked with him by phone in the mid afternoon, he had caught several small largemouth bass by drop-shotting Houdini Worms but no quality fish.

 

Tamarack Lake

John Ensworth (John’s Bait Shop): “Several customers were in on Friday buying lots of minnows for crappie fishing on Tamarack.  They said the fishing is picking up.”

 

Woodcock Creek

Dustin Shay (Meadville): “Russ Chaney and I had a pretty interesting day on Woodcock Creek fishing for hold-over trout.  We caught a number of nice keepers on creek bait we had trapped.  We took small dace minnow, squished them a little bit between our fingers and then floated the injured baitfish through the riffles into dark shadow areas.  Anglers would be surprised how many hold-over trout are in a stream.”

 

Canadohta Lake

Ken Anderson (Tionesta): “On October 10, I fished the north end of Canadohta.  I was entertained by musky fishermen in a boat that were repeatedly having a musky follow their lures to the boat.  Those musky fishermen must have done 1,000 ‘figure 8s’ along the gunnels of the boat trying to get the fish to strike.  You’ve got to give them an ‘A’ for effort.  A man at the ramp removing pontoon boats for summer residents mentioned a 53” musky was caught recently.  As for me, I caught three largemouth bass on a Senko from around shore grass and pads.”

 

Erie County Waters

 

Presque Isle Bay

Al Nacopoulos (B.A.C. BaitErieStore): “The high winds and waves killed any fishing on the Bay or in theLakefor the past several days.  Still blowing up here this morning (October 17); customers can’t even fish the North Pier.  Winds are to continue for several days.”

 

Destin DeMarion with PIB smallmouth (DeMarion photo)

Destin DeMarion (Grove City): “I managed to get out on PIB on October 13.  We picked up about a dozen largemouth bass on an assortment of lures – Kopper’s Live Target Frogs, Santone Lures Spinnerbaits, Reaction Innovation Sweet Beaver on drop-shot rig, and even on fish on tube.  Nothing really big, mostly two pounders – but one going about 3 pounds.  But when we fished the edge of the North Pier, I managed to drop-shot a pair of smallmouth bass in the 4 to 5-pound range.

 

Lake Erie

Waves over the weekend were in excess of 14 feet, and rough seas will continue through mid week.

 

Lake Erie tributaries

Jeff Staaf (Poor Richards): “Streams were blown out Saturday, but are now receding.  Fishing should pick up today (Monday) and hopefully get some good catches in until ½ inch of rain comes in on Tuesday night.  Rain to continue through Thursday – may ruin the weekend fishing.  Fish are being taken on Power Bait, Sucker Spawn flies, skein and egg sacks.  The biggest steelhead we weighed so far was a 14.5 pounder, but there were a good number of 13 pounders too.”

 

Mike Tome (B.A.C. Trout Run Store): “There were lots of fish in the lower sections of the tribs so they should be moving way upstream with this high water.

Walnut should be fishable by this afternoon (Monday) and Elk Creek should be down by Tuesday.  What’s been working?  In the dingy water go to bigger baits – black Wooly Bugger, brighter Sucker Spawn, and skein.  When the water drops and clears, go smaller and less bold in color – single eggs, light color Sucker Spawn, minnows.  One of the hottest flies going is only available at our store, created and tied by one of our former employees – the P-Flash minnow imitator.  If the expected rain mid week isn’t too heavy and the streams don’t get blown out, we might have a great weekend of steelheading, but it’s too early to tell.”

John Hall’s steelhead (Hall photo)

John Hall (Erie) reported that west side creeks were high and stained on Friday night but Twenty Mile was still gin clear at8 PMwith decent number of fish between the lake and Route 5.  Then the serious rains came on Saturday which pushed his fishing trip back to Sunday.  “Elk Creek was fishable on Sunday, October 16 – barely.  Attached is a picture of one hen I landed.  Not real big but a nice fish.  Caught it on upper Elk.  I was fishing solo today so no smiling faces to accompany the catch!”  (See Photo #4)

 

Ed Lawrence with a 7.5 pound steelhead (Lawrence photo)

Ed Lawrence (Corry): “I went to Twenty Mile Creek on Wednesday, October 12.  I hooked a few steelheads but landed only one – it was 7-1/2 pounds and 26 inches in length.  Fish were striking both nightcrawlers and Wooly Buggers.”  (See Photo #5)

 

Ken Anderson (Tionesta): “Last week I checked the Erie East Side tribs, although I did not fish personally.  Orchard Beach Creek (nursery waters) had been stocked with browns.  At Sixteen Mile Creek I watched one angler catch and release a nice steelhead on sucker spawn pattern, and another angler foul hook a small brown on a fly; another angler had 3 trout on a stringer at the mouth of the creek.  At Twelve Mile Creek at the Rt. 5 Bridge, I watched an angler take a medium steelhead on a Wooly Bugger.  An angler had 3 fish on a stringer at the mouth of Four Mile Creek and I observed fish at the base of the fish ladder.  Overall, there were many nice fish in the lower end ofEast Sidetributaries.”

 

Mercer County Waters

 

 

Scott Kinard with Wilhelm largemouth (Kinard photo)

Lake Wilhelm

Scott Kinard (Butler): “I took a short trip to Wilhelm on Sunday for about 4 hours.  Despite the constant rain and windy conditions, I landed 5 largemouths up to 4.5 pounds.  Although not the best day for numbers, I had several other hits but could not get them to commit to a bait.  With the water temperature approaching 55 degrees, a stable weather day could activate the lake for the fall bite.  I caught my fish on crankbaits, soft plastics and All-Terrain Tackle Jigs.”

 

Al Moore (Cochranton): “I’ve gone to Wilhelm several times in the past week without much success – usually one bass per trip and no size.  In frustration of the week’s outcome, I went again on Sunday, October 16.  I headed up the lake into the ‘sticks’ (electric motor only area).  Arriving at the cover, I immediately got a hit but missed the fish.  I threw back at the log, felt a strike, set the hook and broke off the fish.  I continued fishing the sticks, ending up with five largemouths in the boat.  All were taken on a black-n-red fleck Berkley Chigger Craw.  Nice day despite the rain.”

 

Destin DeMarion (Grove City): “I went to Wilhelm with a buddy on Wednesday, October 12.  We caught a dozen bass on Kopper’s Live Target Frogs, Trigger X Flappin’ Bugs and Strike King KVD 2.5s”

 

Shenango Lake

Ken Smith (Sharon): “ShenangoLakecrappies were biting strong this week. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, I could have kept a limit of fish, but only kept 20 for a friend’s family fish fry.  I caught most of my fish this week by casting a jig-n-bobber to shoreline blow-downs.  Most crappies were over 9 inches and dominated by blacks.  The ones I kept were white and over 10 inches.  Sorry, no picture this week!”

 

Ken Anderson (Tionesta): “Last week I fished the east arm ofShenangoLakefor the first time this year.  I caught a 3-pound smallmouth bass, a 3.5-pound largemouth bass and a 25-inch northern pike.  I’ve got to remember a camera on my fishing adventures!  I observed several crappie fishermen on the lake, and noticed schools of baitfish and apparent crappies on the fish finder but had not brought a crappie outfit – darn.”

 

Neshannock Creek

Bob Shuey (Neshannock Creek Fly Shop): “Last Tuesday, October 4, we had 700 trout stocked behind the shop and several hundred yards downstream from the bridge in town.  Anglers report fishing has been pretty good, so stop by and wet a line!  Our new guide Damon Newpher says the steelhead fishing is as good as it gets right now.  But you had better hurry to book because space is limited.  (Contact the shop’s website for more information)  We still have a limited supply of select Orvis, Winston and Sage rods at 15% to 25% off.  Stop in, call the shop or email me while the supply lasts.”

 

Venango County Waters

 

Allegheny River

Mike Horrobin (Jigger Wholesale & CLTackle.com): “They are getting a few walleyes using live bait, but not much fishing activity over weekend due to weather.”

 

Steve Hughes (Clarion) with the FOPRiverBass Tournament report for Sunday, October 16: “The river came up two feet since Friday when I was last out and turned muddy.  Mark Hughes (Saegertown) and Wade Adams (Tidioute) won the tournament with just over 16 pounds.  All fish were caught on spinnerbaits and chatterbaits.  I started deep and caught a few small ones, then moved over a shallow flat and caught a small limit on a Booyah Boogee Bait.”

 

Steve Chaconas with Allegheny River smallmouth (Darl Black © Photo)

Dale Black with Allegheny River smallmouth (Darl Black © Photo)

Darl Black (Cochranton): “On Friday, October 14, I hosted an outdoor writer’s event on the Allegheny Riveron behalf of Oil Region Alliance.  It was a windy, wet and tough day of fishing.  River was still low and clear with water temperature of 61 degrees.  Five anglers in three boats fished out of Franklinramp in the morning without catching a smallmouth over 15 inches.  Several small ones were caught by Steve Hughes (Clarion) drop-shotting in a deep pool.  After lunch, we moved up river to the OilCityramp.  Fishing alone, I could only put two smallmouths and one pike in the boat.  Steve Hughes and writer Larry Claypool (East Liverpool, OH) came up a good number of sub-legal smallies by drop-shotting Yum Dingers.  However, late in the day, Dale Black and writer Steve Chaconas (Alexandria, VA) figured out the smallmouth; in short order they both had a limit of fish on shad-colored Yum Houdini Shads – saving the day for a photo shoot undertaken between rain showers!”

 

 

 

 

Lou Letterle with Allegheny River pike (Letterle photo)

Letterle with Allegheny River smallmouth (Letterle photo)

Lou Letterle (Franklin): “Good seeing you on the river on Friday.  Well, I don’t know how you guys did, but I had to work for my fish.  During the morning hours, I only managed to land a pike, taken on a 4-inch live creek chub.  Most of my casts, as well as my jet water intake were continuously fouled by weeds and leaves.  The only area that I could find that was relatively free of weeds was in the middle of the river.  So I ended up fishing several mid-river pools and finished the day with 9 or 10 smallmouth – but no walleye.  Some of the bass were caught on a tube jig, but most were caught on live creek chubs.”

Venango Trout Streams

Mike Horrobin (Jigger Wholesale): “The streams like Oil Creek with the fall trout stocking are getting some play, although it was slow with the bad weather weekend.  Actually, the bad weather was good for the fly-tying business since guys didn’t want to fish in the rain and wind.”

 

Gamma Salutes

The winner of the spool of Gamma Line this week is John Hall of Erie.  Locally, Gamma Line is available at Poor Richards Bait, John’s Bait Shop, Espyville Outdoors and Consumer Discount Sports (CDS).

 

Weekly Drawing

The winner of the Road Runner Lure pack for October 17 is Ed Lawrence of Corry.  Your prize will be shipped direct from TTI-Blakemore.

 

Outdoor Calendar of Events

 

Nov 5              PA Steelhead Expo atRainbowGardens,Erie,PA

Go to www.steelheadexpo.com for more information

 

Nov 5              Steelhead Fishing Contest (in conjunction with Steelhead Expo)

Go to www.steelheadexpo.com for more information

 

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

 

 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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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report 9-12-11

News

– The upper Shenango River from Pymatuning Dam Outflow to Greenville is now clear of blockages and may be paddled by canoe or kayak – thanks to the Shenango River Watchers and both the Jamestown and Greenville Lions.  See “ShenangoRiver” section for more details.

 

Crawford County Waters

Pymatuning Lake

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “The water temperature continues to drop!  That is a good thing!  The crappie bite has slowed a little by the causeway, but anglers are still pulling out good fish.  Anything ‘white’ seems to be effective.  Walleye catches have started to pick up slightly. StockerIslandand off Snodgrass ramp have produced decent-size ‘eye this past week.  Green blade worm harnesses and Hot-N-Tots were most productive.  Largemouth bass were hitting small shad-colored crankbaits around lily pads.”

 

Dave Richter (Richter’s General Store): “The few anglers who are chasing crappies are still catching some nice ones – just as they have all summer.  These are 12- to 14-inch fish, being taken in deepwater; nothing shallow yet, although the water temp is dropping.  Some keeper walleyes were reported this week – just not a lot of guys fishing.  That will change as the water cools.  I had reports of smallmouth bass caught on shallow-running square-bill crankbaits.”

 

Ken Smith (Sharon): “I fished Pymatuning twice last week.  The water temp was 72 degrees, and the bite was good.  I caught crappie, bluegills and perch on jigs tipped with maggots in 13 feet of water over brush.  MicroSpoon’s new Triple-Tail Grubs accounted for almost all of my catch.  I spooled up the Gamma PloyFlex line won in a Fishing Report drawing; it is a very good line.  No pictures because it was raining both days – anyways, I left my camera at home!”

 

Conneaut Lake

Al Moore (Cochranton): “I went to ConneautLakeon Sunday morning for a few hours.  In three hours, I caught seven bass flippin’ the weedbeds and docks.  I used a Berkley Chigger Craw.  I pulled up on one particular weedbeds, pitched in and caught a 21-3/4” smallmouth!  What a fight!!  I also caught two northern pike and bowfin on the Chigger Craw.”

 

Conneaut Lake smallmouth bass (© Darl Black)

Marilyn Black (Cochranton): “Darl and I fished Conneaut for just over three hours on Saturday morning, September 9.  We were looking for big smallmouth.  Using a variety of different topwater plugs on an extremely calm and overcast morning, we had some nice brown bass blow up on our surface lures.  But most strikes were more tail slaps than trying to grab it; hook-ups were few and far between, with only one decent smallmouth landed.  On one occasion, a pack of 3-pound smallmouth made a beeline from a weedline for Darl’s prop bait, but all veered off before striking it.  Another time a huge smallmouth came up and rolled over his bait.  Darl blamed it on five days of steady, unchanging low barometer that have smallmouth in a strange mood.”

 

Chuck Papinchak (Cochranton): “On Saturday, September 9, I caught 15 northern pike with the biggest one 26.5 inches, along with four small largemouth bass; almost all fish came on drop-shot worms.  I was back out on Sunday with my buddy Robbie.  We caught 8 largemouth and several small pike.  Again, drop-shotting caught most fish, except for Robbie’s 16” bass which fell for a Strike King crankbait.

 

Chad Templin (Meadville): “My fishing buddy and I fished Conneaut this week.  Water temperature was in the 70s.  Each of us caught about a half dozen small bass and half dozen small pike.  Most of the fish came on Strike King KVD Spinnerbaits and locally-made BS Jigs fished along the weed edges.”

 

 

Erie County Waters

 

Presque Isle Bay

Al Napocopoulos (B.A.C. BaitErie): “Some of my regular customers are catching nice perch off the North Pier, and one of them got a 12 pound catfish.  They are also getting a few crappies inMarinaBay.  There are scattered reports of largemouth bass in the Bay – but no reports of steelhead in PIB.  Perch are still out deep, but I expect to see more perch in PIB by the end of September.”

 

Lake Erie

Mike Tome (B.A.C. Bait Fairview): “I wish there was a better report for steelhead, but there isn’t any water in the tributaries to get the fish moving.  A few trout are being caught at the mouths of the tributaries, mainly by casting spoons into the surf.  We have the most popular colors plus some custom colors for the Little Cleo, Kastmaster and KO Wobbler.

 

Jeff Staaf (Poor Richards): “Perch are still going strong in 50 to 62 feet of water.  That bite should continue into the fall until it simply gets too rough to get out to the perch.  The big school of walleye that was down east off the point appears to be moving west.  Anglers were catching them good in 75 feet of water just north ofWalnut Creek.  There are a few steelhead being caught by walleye trollers out deep, and there are a few steelhead being caught at stream mouths.  Last year at this time, there were some trout in the streams but this summer was warmer and it’s taking longer to cool down.  Overall, it’s not worth a trip toEriefor steelhead yet.  We need water temperature in the streams to drop into the mid 60s before we see a run – and of course we need water in the streams, which we do not have right now.”

 

Chad Templin (Meadville): “I fishedEriefor perch with Don Ishimaru this week.  We had our limit in two hours.  Live minnows from B.A.C. Bait did the trick.  Minnows were fished on standard perch rig.  We actually caught some fish on a bare hook with fly-wing attractor!”

 

Lake Erie tributaries

Bait shops report a few steelheads beginning to stage at mouths of stream, and anglers picking some up casting into the surf.  But tributaries are without water flow and no significant rain is in the forecast.

 

Mercer County Waters

 

Lake Wilhelm

Bob Mohra (Fergies Bait Shop) reports that with the cooling of water a bit, largemouth bass have started to hit again.  He had anglers say they caught good largemouth on a white Moss Boss as well as purple plastic worms – size and brand not mentioned.  Bluegills are hitting Sam’s Ant tipped with a waxworm.  “The bigger crappies are being taken down near the dam on minnows.  Crappies are suspended five feet below the surface.”

 

Al Moore (Cochranton): “I went to Wilhelm on Labor Day Monday for three hours.  I caught nine bass, including two in the 18- to 20-inch range…and broke off a big fish.  All fish were taken on a black Berkley Chigger Craw.”

 

Laurie Frantz (R&L Bait): “My daughter was fishing at Wilhelm this week from the causeway.  She caught 50 bluegills with 25 of them being keepers.  But the big surprise: she caught most of them on a Heddon Sonar jigged along the bottom!  She also caught a catfish and couple bass by casting a Storm Hot-N-Tot – again from shore of the main lake causeway.”

 

 

Shenango Lake panfish (Ken Smith photo)

Shenango Lake

Ken Smith (Sharon): “ShenangoLakeis cooling down quickly.  It went from 78 to 71 degrees this week.  The crappies haven’t moved shallow yet, but I expect that to happen in the next week when temperatures drop into the 60s.  I found a bunch of crappies on deeper brush; they hit just about any jig I threw at them.”

 

 

Amish horse team pulling deadfalls from the Shenango River (© Darl Black)

Shenango River

Hugh Clark (Shenango River Watchers) on theShenangoRiverproject that removed obstructions from the river: “The purpose of the project is to return the upperShenangoRiverto the community and region as a recreational amenity, suitable for safe and accessible paddle craft use.  We plan to incorporate the stretch into the PF&BC’s Water Trail system, thereby projecting the river’s profile on a state platform.

 

“PaddleFest 2011 will be on Saturday, October 1,” continues Hugh.  “We’ll shuttle paddlers fromRiversideParkinGreenvilleback to their boats at the put-in site just below Pymatuning Dam.  Drop your canoe or kayak at the dam outflow, drive toGreenvilleand leave your car at theRiversidePark.  We will drive you back to your boat for the float.  The free shuttle will operate between8:30 AMuntil about10:00 AM.  At the end of the float (about 3 hours), we will serve a free hot dog lunch inRiversidePark.”

 

Venango County Waters

 

Allegheny River

Dale Black (OilCity): “On Sunday, September 11, just before the big storm arrived, I got out on the river at OilCityto fish for less than 30 minutes.  I was fishing the mud line of Oil Creek merging with the river water.  Before the storm, the smallmouth bass were biting like crazy.  I was using a shad-colored Houdini Shad soft jerkbait.  On my first cast, I had a big bass throw the bait.  I landed two bass in the 15-inch range, and missed four other fish – then the lightening arrived and I left.”

 

Rob Genter (Tidioute): “I fished a club tournament out of OilCityon Sunday, September 11.  The mud from Saturday’s rain up river had not reached OilCityarea until afternoon.   I caught 15 to 20 bass in the morning on a Chug Bug and Fluke; my boat partner had another 11 bass.  I won the tournament with five bass for 13.63 pounds, which included three smallmouth over three pounds.”

 

Dustin Shay with Allegheny River smallmouth on live bait (© Darl Black)

Darl Black (Cochranton): “With high expectations on Friday, September 9, Dustin Shay and I set out with some jumbo riffle runners which Dustin had caught to target big smallmouth.  A fall onto the rocks at theFranklinramp almost ended the day for me.  Even though sore, stiff and bleeding a bit, we pushed on figuring things would get better.  Not really.  I hit a big rock with my jet going through Belmar riffle – first bump ever in that riffle.  And the hoped for bite on live bait did not materialize.  Lots of short strikes simply killed our riffle runners.  Few fish hooked, and none in the lunker class.”

Big bluegill from Beaver Creek Pond (Steve Fleckenstein photo)

 

Kahle Lake

Steve Fleckenstein (Clarion): “Haven’t had much to report this summer as I spent most days after work at home in air conditioning!  However, I’m getting out again, and I started catching some decent bluegills at Beaver Creek Ponds (near KahleLake).  I’ve been using 1-inch split-tails, hair jigs and some home-made ice jigs tipped with live maggots or Gulp!.  I’m waiting for the water to cool some more; then I hopefully will get into some perch.”

 

 

 

French Creek (Erie, Crawford andVenangoCounties)

 

Lou Letterle (Franklin): “I had a great fishing trip on French Creek on Thursday, September 8.  I was initially going to the river, but with heavily overcast skies and the threat of rain, I didn’t feel like launching the boat for what may have ended up as a short trip.  I decided to wade-fish French Creek.

Lou Letterle’s 20 inch French Creek smallmouth (Letterle photo)

 

“I ended up fishing near Utica,” continues Lou.  “I had consistent action with smallmouth using topwater baits – primarily a Rapala Floating Minnow and a Heddon Torpedo.  Aroundnoon the skies cleared and the topwater bite ended.  I switched to a Senko rigged on a jighead, and ended up catching a 20-inch smallmouth (measured without squeezing the tail).  I tried to take some ‘one-arm’ photos since I was alone.  But to get the fish in the picture, I had to hold the fish behind me – making it look smaller.  Tally for the day was 19 smallmouths – a very nice ‘early fall’ day on French Creek!”

 

Dustin Shay and Russ Chaney with 14 &16 pound channel cats from French Creek (Shay photo)

Russ Chaney with snapping turtle from French Creek (Shay photo)

Dustin Shay (Meadville) had a darn good week on French Creek.  Early in the week during his quest for a big flathead catfish, both he and his buddy Russ Chaney caught a couple nice channel cats (14 and 16 pounds) using 9- to 14-inch hog suckers as bait.  They also caught a mess of smaller eating-size cats on fresh dead baits at night – along with a snapping turtle.  (See Photo #7, #8)

 

 

 

 

Dustin Shay with 5 pound largemouth taken on SPRO Frog from French Creek oxbow pond. (Shay photo)

Dustin Shay with French Creek smallmouth on T1 Spinnerbait (Shay photo)

Dustin continues: “On September 10, using a SPRO Frog, I caught seven largemouth bass from weed mats on oxbow ponds off French Creek.  Two of those bass were in the 3.5 to 4 pound range, and the biggest one was a thick five-pounder.  That was my best day ever for largemouth on the Creek.  On the Creek proper, I caught a couple smallies; both fish came on a 3/8-ounce Terminator T-1 Spinnerbait in a new perch pattern.”  (See Photo #9, #10)

 

 

 

Gamma Salutes

This week the spool of Gamma Line goes to Dustin Shay.  Having submitted numerous photos of fish from French Creek., four of them were used in the Report.  Gamma Line may be purchased in Northwest Pennsylvaniaat CDS, Espyville Outdoors, John’s Bait, or Poor Richards.

 

Rapala Lure Pack Winner

Al Moore of Cochranton was the name drawn from contributors this week for the Rapala Lure Pack.  Watch for it in the mail.

 

Fishing Tip of the Week

Mike Horrobin (CLTackle.com): “Well, we needed the rain this week to fill the creeks and cool things off.  Surprisingly, given all the water that came down, it didn’t fill the mountain streams that much.  I love to fish the fall season for trout.  By summer’s end, trout have gotten pretty fussy having seen all the offerings by now.  Before the real bite gets started, right now is great time to try out a few new things that will hit the market in the spring.  I’ve seen some new fly tying materials and tools from J:son of Sweden; they are in the WOW category.  Fish Skulls has a new head for sculpin imitations that should tie up real nice for this bait imitation when fishing smallmouth on French Creek andAllegheny River.  These items should be in shortly.

 

Dock Talk

This fall at Jigger Wholesale on Georgetown Road, Mike Horrobin will conduct free fly-tying and tackle-making classes.  Call Mike at 814-437-6987 or cltackle@hotmail.com for details.

 

Outdoor Calendar of Events

 

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 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 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 8-8-11

News

August Dog Days? The so-called Dog Days of Summer can actually be rewarding from a fishing perspective if you choose your species and waterways carefully.  Check out this week’s Report to see what is being caught and where.  Don’t whine.  Go Fish!

 

Crawford County Waters

 

Pymatuning Lake

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “Fishing along the Espyville causeway has been hot.  Crappie and walleye are being caught underneath the PA bridge in the mornings and evenings with regularity.  Most have been taken on jigheads with a white curly tail or split-tail grub; some success has been reported with minnows.  Bluegills are being caught in select bays; taken on red worms or pieces of nightcrawlers.

 

“I had two gentlemen at the shop on Friday who said they caught over 300 carp at the Linesville Spillway…no pictures, but they were back to buy more Magic Bait and Van-Do Strawberry and Anise dough bait.  Catfish are still being caught in decent numbers just about anywhere on the lake.  Magic Bait Shrimp and Chicken Blood have been hot for channel cats.  Actually Shrimp flavor is outselling all other flavors by a wide margin.”

 

Dave Richter (Richter’s General Store): “Walleye catches have been spotty – it’s August after all, a tough month in this shallow lake for walleye.  Crappies are still biting in deep water in the southern portion of the lake closer to the dam.  And I’ve had several customers tell me the largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing is darn good, too.  One regular customer caught several smallmouths up to 3.5 pounds on crankbaits this week.”

 

Conneaut Lake

Steve Hughes (Clarion): “I fished the Conneaut Lake PA Bass Federation Tournament at on Sunday.  Mark Hughes won it with 19.30 pounds of smallmouth off the humps, using tubes and drop-shot.  I took 2nd with 17.94 pounds of largemouth by cranking a Bomber Fat Free Shad in Citrus Shad and flipping a Yum Wooly Bug in deep weeds.”

 

Conneaut Lake bluegill success (© Darl Black photo)

Darl Black (Cochranton): “The crappie fishing seems to have slowed somewhat at Conneaut, but the bluegill bite is very good – if you get out early.   Marilyn and I found schools of decent size ‘gills around 14 to 17 feet off the weed flats and weed-capped humps where gravel or rock rubble bumped the deep weed line.  I caught my ‘gills with a 1.5-inch Yum Wooly Beavertail on a 1/8-ounce Kalin Panfish Head.  Marilyn caught twice as many on a generic split-tail grub tipped with a one-inch Berkley Gulp Alive! Leech fished on super fine 3-pound Power Pro Microline.  Conneaut is somewhat off-color, so brighter, bolder colors seemed to work best for bluegills.  In addition to the most ‘gills, Marilyn also wants it known that she caught the largest bluegill, the most crappies and the biggest smallmouth bass.  She hooked the sole incidental 3-pound smallmouth on a 1/16-ounce Northland Bug-A-Boo Jig (marabou) on her first drop of the day to a sonar-found school of ‘gills on Granny Bar.”

 

Destin DeMarion (Grove City): “I have been fishing ConneautLakequite a bit and I must say I really like it.  There are definitely some nice smallmouth and largemouth bass in the lake.  On my most recent trip there on August 2nd, I caught three smallies in the 2.5 to 3.5 pound range plus eight largemouth bass in the 1.5 to 2.5 pound range.  Most fish came by drop-shotting the deep weed edge with a TriggerX Spadetail or Jackall Crosstail Shad.  I also caught a couple bass on a Strike King 5XD in Sexy Shad.”

 

Tamarack Lake

Ken Anderson (Tionesta): “I fishedTamarackLakethis past week.  I landed two largemouth bass on rubber worms from shoreline wood, but had seven other bass come unbuttoned at the boat.  The bite was good – but I must need new hooks!  My daughter Breanna caught perch, crappie, sunfish and bass on Joe’s Fly Spinner.”

 

 

Night fishing success at Woodcock – pictured with smallmouth are Dale Black, Chris Wolfgong and Marilyn Black (© Darl Black photo)

Woodcock Lake

Darl Black (Cochranton): “After our brief visit to Woodcock during the last week of July, Dale Black and I had decided to try night fishing the lake this week.  Four of us in two boats (Dale and Chris Wolfgong, Marilyn and me) fished from about 7 PMto 11 PMon Friday, August 5.  Each of use scored a respectable smallmouth with topwater lures, plus some smaller bass on topwater and jigs.  The hot topwater baits were the Arbogast Jitterbug and the Heddon Crazy Shad. There were two boats launching at the same time going for walleye; one angler said they had caught walleye at night a week ago, but we didn’t see them later and thus don’t know how they made out on Friday night.”

 

Canadohta Lake

Larry Phillips (Spartanburg) reports having a very good summer on walleye at Canadohta.  “This has been my best year ever, taking more legal walleye than any past year.  My best single day this summer was three legal walleye – a 25”, 20” and 17” fish.  All my walleyes have been taken by slow trolling a crawler harness in 10 to 13-feet of water.  The hottest harness has been a Walleye Delight brand with glow-in-the-dark blades and red beads.  Of course, having fat, healthy nightcrawlers to put on the worm harness is critical, too.  I get my bait at Timberland Bait and Tackle.”

 

Erie County Waters

 

Presque Isle Bay

Danny Jones (North East): “On Thursday, August 4th, I caught 57 largemouth bass during an evening tournament.  My best four fish weighed 10.3 pounds.  I caught them all cranking deep!”

 

Lake Erie

Mike Tome (B.A.C. Bait): “Walleye success has slowed; more hit and miss now. Fish have moved deeper, out to the north side of the First Trench, into the Second Trench and out at the Mountain.  Some of the best walleye fishermen have switched over to perch.  Perch catches remain strong – phenomenal may be a better word.”

 

Jeff Staaf (Poor Richards): “Walleyes are out in 70 to 80 feet of water on the West side; crawler harnesses are out producing plugs.   A few steelheads are showing up, too, in walleye catches.  Perch are biting in 52 to 57 feet of water this past week; emerald shiners and small golden shiners are all that’s needed to limit out in short time.”

 

Mercer County Waters

Charles Kinney with 13 lb. tiger musky (Laurie Frant

Charles Kinney with 38 lb. musky (Laurie Frantz photo)

Shenango Lake & Shenango River

Laurie Frantz (R&L Bait): “I’ve got some exciting fishing news.  Charles Kinney of Clarks Mills had a banner day on theShenangoRiverthis week.  Fishing somewhere above theShenangoLakewaters in the river proper, he caught a 48-inch, 38 lb 10 oz musky plus a 41-3/4 inch, 13 lb 6 oz tiger musky.”

 

R&L Bait announces new hours –6 AM to 6 PM, six days a week; closed on Mondays.

 

 

Stoneboro Lake (i.e. Sandy Lake)

Chuck Papinchak (Cochranton): “I was back atStoneboroLakethis past week, and again caught several 1-1/2 pound largemouth bass on drop-shot worms, plus a couple on spinnerbaits.  The water in the lake is very clear.  I hope to try there for musky later in the week.”

 

Neshannock Creek

Bob Shuey (Neshannock Creek Fly Shop) reports the creek is too warm and too low, and trout are severely stressed.  “We need rain and cooler temps.”

 

Venango County Waters

 

Dale Black with river smallmouth (© Darl Black photo)

Allegheny River

Dale Black (OilCity) says smallmouth fishing in the river is slow, but if you downsize to a 3” Yum Dinger and drift it with the current, you can catch a few bass.  (See Photo #5)

 

 

 

 

French Creek (Erie, Crawford and Venango Counties)

John Ensworth (John’s Bait) reports selling shiners and nightcrawlers like crazy this past weekend, with most of the bait headed to French Creek.  One customer reported catching both northern pike and smallmouth on shiners.

Christi Zaboroski with French Creek smallmouth (Lou Letterle photo)

 

Lou Letterle (Franklin): “I managed to fish a couple times this past week on both French Creek and the Allegheny River. The most productive trip was on lower French Creek near Franklinwhen I took my kids and two of their friends wade-fishing.  To keep things simple (and reduce snags), I rigged each rod with either a Yum Dinger or a Fluke – both baits rigged un-weighted on a circle hook.  All four kids (Brandi & Corey Letterle and Christi & Carly Zaboroski) caught smallmouth and had a great time.”

 

 

Russ Chancey with 4 lb. French Creek largemouth (Dustin Shay photo)

Russ Chancey with 30 inch French Creek walleye (Dustin Shay photo)

 

 

Dustin Shay (Meadville) and friends have been on French Creek several days this week.  “Russ Chancey caught a 30” walleye on a riffle runner minnow.  We also caught some nice smallmouth on riffle runners as well.  On another day, Russ caught a 4 pound largemouth from French Creek on a Big Bite Cane Stick which I won in a Fishing Report drawing earlier this year .”

 

Gamma Salutes

The winner of Gamma Line this week is Lou Letterle for the photos submitted of  his son and daughter, and their friends, fishing French Creek for smallmouth bass.

Carly Zaboroski with French Creek smallmouth

Brandi Letterle with French Creek smallmouth

Corey Letterle with French Creek smallmouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gamma Line is available locally at CDS (Grove City), Espyville Outdoors (Espyville), Poor Richards (Erie), and John’s Bait (Meadville).

 

Lure Pack Winner

Winner this week of a Booyah/Yum lure packet is Ken Anderson.

 

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 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 Eric Heil lt.heil@yahoo.com

 

Nov 5              PA Steelhead Expo atRainbowGardens,Erie,PA

Details to come

 

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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Good Fishing

This past weekend was one of the most unbelievable fishing weekends that I have ever experienced. It started with fishing the KBBC event at Pymatuning Lake on Saturday. My dad had practiced for the event on Thursday and was confident in his spots and what made me happy is where and how they were getting them. Plus, I had been there the previous saturday for a 1/2 day and my spots were close to his. That makes for a maximized fishing day. It took me about 3 flips and I had our first keeper and we never looked back. We had our first limit in the first hour of the tournament and had 1 good fish in the well. Then it was time to start culling. And boy did we cull a lot of fish. Switching between flipping, working soft plastic on breaks, and topwater we were able to boat between 45 and 50 keepers. The majority of which were largemouth bass. More than likely we caught 4 limits of 6 fish that would have been over 12lbs. It was a record setting day for the Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit. 81 limits were brought to the scales and over 1100 pounds of fish were weighed in. If it wasn’t for a 1/2 pound dead fish penalty we would have collected a check, but we still finished 22 with 15.11 pounds. More importantly we moved up to first in the standings. It is a long season, but this is by far the best start we have ever had.

Sunday we got up and decided to ride to Presque Isle Bay to try and get into the smallmouth bass. We got there and there was a very strong wind out of the northeast. These are not good conditions to fish the bay. Especially when the wind is blowing 20-25mph and raining hard the entire time. Unlike the weather the fishing was unbelievable. Between the 2 of us we boated over 50 smallmouth in 6 hours. A couple were over 5lbs and about 10 were probably in the 4lb range. most of the fish were in the 3lb range though. The key to the day was actually getting your lure to the bottom. If you didn’t you weren’t catching fish, but as soon as you got down you were getting bit.

If you are looking for somewhere to fish this weekend I highly recommend both of these fisheries, as this could be the best weather we have had in weeks to fish during the weekend. Good Luck.

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Presque Isle Bay – Lake Erie

One of the best fisheries in Pennsylvania is located in Erie County. Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie is home to some of the best fishing I have ever experienced. Everyone knows how good Lake Erie can be, but no one thinks about how fishing the Presque Isle Bay. There are many species of fish and certain times of year some species are more abundant than other times. The Erie area is thriving right now so there is plenty to do inside and outside the state park. It truly has something for everyone.

Let’s start by talking about all of the species of fish that can be found in Presque Isle Bay. The most abundant species in the bay depends on the time of year in which you are there. The most consistent species you can find is largemouth bass. Fisherman can experience some of the best largemouth fishing in the state from the time the ice comes off the bay until the bay freezes over. From mid April until early July you can find a huge population of smallmouth bass that move into the bay to spawn. Panfish such as perch, crapie, bluegill, rock bass, white bass, and sunfish. During the cold water temperature time of the year you can find steelhead and trout that have migrated in from the main lake. There is a healthy population of northern pike. Some other species that can be found include: muskie, freshwater drum, carp, catfish, and alligator gar. Whatever your target species there are ample oppurtunies at Presque Isle State Park.

As many species as there are in the bay there are many more ways to catch fish depending on the species. In the spring and fall months fishing aggressive tends to be the best when fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and topwater lures are my favorite lures. During the water summer months I tend to switch gears and pull out more of my heavy punching gear because of the abundance of weeds. Heavy weights and heavy line are a must to get fish out of the mat weeds. No matter what time of year that I there I expect to boat 50 bass a day. It doesn’t always happen, but it happens more often than not. Some of my favorite soft plastics include berkley chigger craws and tubes of various colors. Creature baits such as brush hogs are also very effective.

Early in the year steelhead move into the bay. You can effectively catch these fish on your typical lures for them. Spoons, blade baits, and jerkbaits are some of the common lures used. For muskie and northern pike you should start with white spinnerbaits and swimbaits. Everytime I fish this lake I catch a couple of these guys early in the morning while I am fishing aggressively for bass. Try fishing Misery Bay for these toothy guys. Try looking that the beginning of the penninsula for carp and panfish. However, panfish can be found throughout the bay. If you are looking to find an alligator gar you should look in the lagoons and horseshoe bay.

There are ample opportunities to fish from boats and from shore. There are e public boat launchs in Presque Isle State Park. There is the Vista Boat launch which is more for small water crafts and jet skies. Niagara Boat Launch and the Lagoons Boat Launch and handle small to medium sized boats. The largest boat launch is the West Pier Launch. It will handle whatever boat you choose to launch. There is a marina attached to the west pier launch with plenty of slips to accommodate. There is also a boat launch on the city side of the by on Chestnut Street.

Presque Isle State Park offers many more activities that just fishing. There is a paved bicycle trail that can be jogged, biked, or walked on that goes the entire way around the penninsula. At the beginning of the park there is a shop that you can rent bicycles. On Graveyard Point there is a boat rental where you can rent kayaks, canoes, or multiple types of boats. There are plenty of picnic shelters that can be rented or used on a first come first served basis. Scuba diving is permit is certain areas of the bay, but you must be a registered diver and check in with the park before doing so. Water skiing is also permitted as this is an unlimited horsepower body of water. Except for the no wake and lagoons (electric only) area.

My favorite time of year to be at Presque Isle State Park is May. At this time the trees are turning green and the flowers are blooming. Let’s not forget that the smallmouth bass are in the bay spawning or getting ready to spawn. The largemouth bass fishing is unbelievable as well.

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Father’s Day Open

The Bassmasters of Crawford County
Father’s Day Open
Team Tournament
Presque Isle Bay
Sunday, June 19, 2011

 

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Presque Isle and Pymatuning Lake

Saturday my dad, Dave, and myself went up to Presque Isle Bay because we heard that the smallmouth bass had started to move into the bay. For anyone who hasn’t been to the bay in the spring you have to make the trip. We started by fishing for largemouth straight across from the launch. It didn’t take long and Dave caught one on a tube and I hooked up with a swimbait. I was determined to use the swimbait because I knew the chatterbait would catch a bunch of fish. I managed to catch 3 largemouth on the swimbait through the day. that isn’t impressive, but it is a little confidence builder to keep trying them. throughout the day we caught smallmouth on jerkbaits, tubes, and drop shot worms. We spent most of the day fishing for them. I believe we caught over 20 between the 3 of us and we caught over 25 largemouth. We caught largemouth on brush hogs, swimbaits, chatterbaits, tubes, beavers, and jerkbaits. The water temperature was 58 – 60 degrees. The fish were not spawning, and the males were not making beds yet. I believe in 2 weeks there will be an explosion of fish getting on the beds.

Sunday even though there were bad weather predictions I decided to head to Pymatuning Lake to fish a club tournament. The club I belong to (West Penn Bass Hunters) was launching from Jamestown Marina. With strong winds predicted to come out of the South we were protected from the wind to some degree. I pulled up to my first tree and caught a nice 2.5lb fish. I started throwing rattletraps to my next tree and caught a nice 15 inch largemouth out of a small weed bed. I started work the tree and nothing. I decided to just keeper moving down the shore throwing the rattletrap because I have had some success for smallmouth bass there. It didn’t take long and I had caught 5 more keepers, and lost 2 on the rattletrap. Even though they were keepers I released them all because I feel that stressing 12-14″ bass is unnecessary at that lake. You aren’t going to win with one of them in the well anyways. Jumping spot to spot landed me catching another nice 2.86lb largemouth on a chatterbait. My gut told me to run north, but with building wind and aready high waves I decided to stay in the south. I caught some fish flipping, but decided to try a variety of different tatics with no success. During the last hour I decided to run around the lake and flip every tree I could find. It turned out to be the right move. I culled five bass in the last hour. I won the tournament with 3 fish that weighed 7.45lbs. I also won lunker with the 2.86lb fish. Not a very impressive day, but it was fun none the less.

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