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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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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report 8-1-11

News

-       Weather & Water: Although the temps have dipped slightly and there were a few more thundershowers recently, it wasn’t enough rain to help surface water conditions.  Water levels are critically low and too warm – from the smallest streams to the Allegheny.  Lakes are near record high water temps.  The best bets for fishing may be smaller lakes that are fed by springs or canopy-covered tributaries so their water temps are a few degrees cooler.

 

-       My fishing forecast for coming week: (1) I plan to fish frog lures on LakeLeBoeufand Edinboro, especially to test out the new River2Sea Diver Frog and Tuscaroran Rude Frog. (2) I plan a night fishing trip for smallmouth later this week. (3) I still hope to get to Pymatuning or Shenango for crappie trolling with some new crappie baits.  (4) And I want to gather hellgrammites to fish for smallmouth in French Creek and Allegheny River.

 

-       Prize Patrol: For August, the weekly giveaway lure packet will be a Booyah Jig and bag of Craw Papi trailers.  And Gamma will also award a spool of line drawn from among the photos sent in and used in the Report.  Lure packet winner this week for Report contribution is Edward Lawrence of Corry.  Gamma Line winner this week for Photo contribution is Hunter Cascio of Greenville.

 

French Creek (Erie, Crawford and Venango Counties)

Dustin Shay with French Creek bluegill (Shay photo)

 

Dustin Shay (Meadville): Dustin and his fishing buddies have been on both French Creek and Cussewago this past week.  “Both waterways are unbelievably low and warm; fishing success has been mixed.  We caught a number of northern pike between 25 and 35 inches on Yum Money Minnow and jointed Sebile Swimmer.  The crayfish are pretty much done molting, so smallmouth are hitting topwater and live creek minnows again.  We got into big bluegills on French Creek – caught some on a small Rapala Husky Jerk.  We’ve struck out on walleye.  But had several muskies explode on a Top Raider musky plug on Cussewago.  We watched one big musky chase down and swallow a 20-inch plus sucker.”

 

Crawford County Waters

 

Pymatuning Lake

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “A limit of walleye was reported by an angler trolling around Harris and Clark Islands in 4 feet of water using Hot-N-Tots and worm harnesses.  The crappie bite has been good underneath the PA bridge on the Andover causeway; crappies running 12” to 14”, plus smaller ones.  Catfish activity has been good all over the lake; Magic Bait Dough and Van-Do Strawberry have been hot sales leaders at the shop.”

Ken Smith’s catch of Pymatuning crappie (Smith photo)

Dave Richter (Richter’s General Store): “All fishing action except catfish has slowed with the summer heat.  However, even with the slow down, the walleye and crappie fishing is better than it has been in recent summers.  A few dedicated anglers are getting 16 to 17-inch walleye.  Anglers are still hauling in nice crappies on deepwater brush and stumps in 12 to 18 feet of water.  Bass anglers are catching largemouth on buzzbaits in the evening around weedbeds.  Several C&R musky in the 30 to 40-inch range reported.”

Ken Smith (Sharon): “I fished Pymatuning on Friday, finding a school of crappies in 13 feet or water; they were big crappies, going 12 inches and longer.  I fished a slip bobber with a new lure I have been field-testing: Joe’s Jigs’ Shark; it is available online at Crappie.com.

 

 

 

Steve Hughes with Conneaut Lake smallmouth (© Darl Black photo)

Conneaut Lake

Steve Hughes (Clarion) and partner Lon Wilson (Meadville) won the United Way Charity Tournament on Conneaut Lake on July 29 with a limit of 8 bass going 21.43 pounds – three pounds ahead of the second place team.  Their catch included two smallmouth over 4 pounds.  They caught fish on a variety of lures, but most bass came on drop-shotting the outside weedline with Yum Houdini Worms.

 

Derek Severns (Pittsburgh) reports Mingo Creek Anglers had a tournament at Conneaut over the weekend.  Dan Mincin won with 5 bass going 8.8 pounds.  Mike Jones had lunker with a 2.68 pound largemouth.

 

Bryan Stuyvesant (Meadville) has been catching 2 to 3 pound largemouth and smallmouth bass by jerking Yum Houdini Shads and by drop-shotting Yum Houdini Worms.

 

Chub Hornstein (Meadville) has fished ConneautLakeseveral times in the last couple weeks.  He enjoys battling 20 to 35 largemouths mostly in the 1- to 2-pounds range on each trip.  “I like to fish for numbers and let the big fish come when they do.  My secret is a Zoom French Fry on a Brewer Slider Head fished on the weedline.”

 

Chuck Papinchak (Cochranton) phoned in a report from Conneaut this morning.  “I’ve caught five largemouth, including one 3.5 pounds – all taken on a Rebel Pop R.”

 

Tamarack Lake

John Ensworth (John’s Bait) reports that over a dozen of his customers this past weekend were buying minnows to fish crappies at Tamarack; they say the bite is still good.

 

Ken Anderson (Tionesta): “I fished for bass at Tamarack from 7 AMto noonone day last week.  Slight breeze and overcast skies early, then glass surface and sun from mid morning.  I caught 6 largemouth bass.  I got two fish on a Jewel Eakins Jig with Powerbait Chigger Craw trailer on deep wood.  The other 4 fish – including a 16.5-incher – came on a Z-Man Chatter Bait.  The big fish was in the pads, but all other on shoreline wood.  Only one other boat on the lake.”

 

 

Dale Black with Woodcock smallmouth (© Darl Black photo)

Woodcock Lake

Darl Black (Cochranton): “The recent issue of the PA Angler carried my article about my long history of fishing Woodcock Lake, noting I had not fished the lake in several years.  Dale Black and I decided to try it on Saturday because the Allegheny Riverwas so low and smallmouth running oh so small.  Dale had never been on the lake.  Both of us were pleasantly surprised to catch smallmouth at every spot that I directed us to – including one over 4 pounds.  Our bass came on Get Bit Tubes and Yum Dingers.  I broke off one fish that was likely a musky.  Lots of musky fishermen trolling, but didn’t talk to anyone who caught a fish.”

Ed Lawrence with Woodcock walleye (Lawrence photo)

 

Edward Lawrence (Corry) reports catching several small walleye at the Woodcock Spillway this past Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

Erie County Waters

Erie perch (© Darl Black photo)

Lake Erie

Mike Tome (B.A.C. Bait): “I’m still finding bigger perch in shallower water than out deep.  I’m fishing 39-40 feet for the last couple weeks.  Most boats are out in 50-60 feet – probably because there are more fish and can quickly limit out; but bigger perch are inside that range.  Walleye fishing off the Condos on the west side of thePeninsularemains strong.”

 

Jeff Staaf (Poor Richards): “Perch are in 55’ north out of Walnut.  Walleye are in 65’ to 68’ both east and west of Walnut.  Crawler harnesses with purple, copper or watermelon blades are taking most walleye.”

 

Fuhrmann with Erie walleye (Fuhrmann photo)

John Fuhrmann (Visiting from Arizona): “Erie Dearie success continues to provide fun.  A black Dearie with stinger hook and four-inch crawler was the ticket.  My buddy and I fished Wednesday from9 AM to4 PM in 20’ to 25’ depth, drifting with the NW 10 knot winds and sunny sky.  The first cast brought a walleye.  My partner and I kept six ‘eye from 3 to 5 pounds.  We returned more than thirty walleye in the 13 to 16 inch range.  Those young fish left no doubt the next couple year’s walleye fishing will be excellent.  We also boated largemouth, smallmouth, bluegill, rock bass, drum and a 3 lb. golden sucker – a first for me.  All onErie Dearies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercer County Waters

 

Lake Wilhelm

Vicki (Fergies Bait) reports not many anglers fishing; she had one good report of several nice walleye in 12’ to 14’ of water on worm harnesses.

Hunter Cascio with Wilhelm walleye (Frantz photo)

 

Laurie Frantz (R&L Bait): “Three generations of Cascios from Greenville went fishing at Wilhelm for walleye this week and had great luck drifting worm rigs.  Gary, Chris and Hunter all caught some fish.  But Hunter caught the largest.  It was 28 inches long and weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces.  This was the first time they had all gone fishing together.  Hunter, the youngest, usually outfishes everyone, and he did it again this week.  It warms my heat to see a grandfather, father and son all enjoying themselves so much.  These are memories Hunter will carry the rest of his life!”

 

Shenango Lake & River

Laurie Frantz (R&L Bait): “Several customers are fishing for catfish at the Shenango Reservoir and ShenangoRiver.  The hotter the weather, the better cats seem to bite.  At customer request, I special ordered catfish bait called Wicked Sticky, which I am told is the cat’s meow.  Catch & release musky fishermen are having some luck at both Shenango and Pymatuning, but nothing of trophy size.  Grandma Lures is again manufacturing a jointed 7” lures, which I will carry in the shop.

 

Stoneboro Lake (i.e. Sandy Lake)

Chuck Papinchak (Cochranton) fished Stoneboro this past week, catching a 30” pike on a blue back Bomber crankbait and 7 largemouths by drop-shotting a Yum Dinger.

 

Neshannock Creek

Bob Shuey (Neshannock Creek Outfitters) says it is way too hot for remaining trout in freestone streams.  Some smallmouths are being taken early and late in the day.

 

Venango County Waters

 

Allegheny River

Allegheny flathead (Lawrence photo)

Eric Heil (Franklin): “A co-worker and I fished the Allegheny on Friday evening for three hours after work.  We focused on areas south of Franklin.  We fished primarily soft jerkbaits including the Zoom Super Fluke.  Action was spotty but we managed to land about 10 smallmouths and saw several chasers.  The up river wind made casting difficult.  Water temp remains in the 80s and the water is very clear.  The more active smallmouths were in moving water, and color of our baits didn’t seem to matter.  I was using a 7’ MH action Kistler Helium spinning rod with 8 pound braided line with a 10-pound Gamma Edge leader.”

 

Edward Lawrence (Corry): “We caught a small flathead at Kennerdell bridge on Saturday night using a sunfish as bait.  We had lots of snags and lost lots of jigs.”

 

 

Fishing Tip of the Week

Mike Horrobin, CLTackle: “Late summer is a great time to take kids out for bluegills, panfish or catfish.  Kids don’t seem to mind the summer heat as much as us older folks – as long as there is a fish or two to pull on the line.  However, don’t forget the bug dope as youngsters’ skin seems to attract mosquitoes like candy.

“It may not be the best time for big fish, but if you start the kids off with a live worm, or a basic artificial like Mike’s Ants, Black Gnat Fly or small curly tail jig – each sweetened with maggots – kids will catch something.  Don’t start the little ones out with spinning gear because their fingers are not long enough to control the line.  Instead, go with a push-button reel, but not the cheap ‘toy’ category outfit; get a decent rod & reel combo.  Expect tangles, know how to take the cone off the reel and bring some extra line to spool on if necessary.

“Remember the objective is for the kids to have a good time and learn something about the outdoors.  If they get bored and want to skip stones or chase frogs – let them, it’s only natural.  The most important thing to accomplish is to instill in them a love for and respect of the outdoor life.”

 

Shop Talk

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “Archery season is approaching.  Espyville Outdoors is able to “special order” items such as complete bows or crossbows, arrows, broadheads, tree stands, etc.  Anyone mentioning this Fishing Report will save 10% off their entire archery order!”

 

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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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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