Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 3rd, 2013

Erie tributaries (Erie County)

Anglers were catching steelhead at the mouth of Trout Run in mid-December, with dusk the most productive time to fish. With each high water episode, fresh steelhead moved into the tribs, although conditions have varied in terms of clarity and color. Cold temperatures can cause slush ice, so anglers should plan to fish during the warmest time of the day. One angler fishing the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek released four steelhead in two hours and saw several hookups by other anglers. There was a surprising number of steelhead on Cascade Creek in mid-December. Fish were spotted in Mill Creek, also. One angler released four steelies at the mouth of Mill Creek, and eight more upstream on a single red egg drifted through the hole. One angler released a big brown trout on a green egg sack on a center-pin reel on Elk Creek.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County)

Perch, a few steelhead and brown trout were reported at the Waterworks. Perch also were hitting off the marina docks, with minnows or grubs on multi-hook crappie rigs the ticket. One angler said sizes ranged from 10 to 14 inches. Big perch also were reported off the South Pier.

Lake Pleasant (Erie County)

This small natural lake was recently stocked with trout, making fishing minnows under bobbers productive.

French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer)

Walleyes were reported on creek minnows and hair jigs from Franklin north almost to Union City. Smallmouth bass also were released.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County)

Decent walleye catches were reported on blade baits—an improved bite over those during the extremely low water conditions of this past fall. Two anglers limited out on blade baits in 12 feet of water, and released several shore walleyes. A shore angler reported nice walleye catches on blade baits and long minnow plugs. Nice crappie catches were reported off the Jamestown Marina docks, with some fish measuring 12 to 14 inches.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County)

Big white and black crappies up to 16 inches, were reported on jigs drifted over deep water stumps. 

Allegheny River (Venango County)

The good fall smallmouth bite continued into December, with some fish coming off current breaks in seven feet of water on perch-color crankbaits, and others hitting soft plastic grubs, live creek chubs, or tubes.  Nice walleyes up to 26 inches were reported on jigs and minnows, or plain creek minnows. Blade baits fished near drop-offs was productive for bass up to 21 inches. 

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