Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – July 31st, 2014

Lake Erie — As of July 18, Poor Richards reported good perch fishing in 57 to 62 feet north out of Walnut. Walleyes were in 40 to 70 feet east or west out of Walnut. Fish that were 20 to 30 feet down had moved closer to the lake bottom in mid-July because conditions turned rough. Water was 73 degrees.

Eaton Reservoir, Lake LeBoeuf, Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — These fisheries in eastern Erie County were yielding panfish on grubs and minnows. Lake Pleasant is a deep 25-acre natural lake.

Presque Isle Bay — Northern pike were reported along with crappies on small minnows and crawlers. Large catfish were hitting on crawlers and dough balls near the mouths in recent weeks. Largemouth bass were reported, and some anglers were catching silver bass.

Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — Anglers caught crappies on jigs around the blow-downs. Bass were reported on spinnerbaits.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) —An angler reported releasing an 8-plus-pound largemouth bass on a crankbait. There were 13 three-bass limits in a recent tournament, with 73 largemouth bass, total, weighed. Catches averaged 15 inches, and the singled biggest bass was almost 20 inches. A few walleyes up to 27 inches were reported at the dam end of the lake in early July. Crappie success was mixed; sizes varied.

Justus Lake (Venango County) — A few trout were reported in 20 to 25 feet through mid-July. Largemouth bass in mostly small sizes were hitting crankbaits, and sporadic bluegill catches were reported on ants and jigs.

Sugar Lake (Venango County) — Largemouth bass were hitting buzzbaits. Bowfins also were reported here and at Geneva Swamp off Route 19.

Sugar Creek (Venango County) — A few trout, a couple of smallmouth bass, and a couple of bluegills were caught on redworms or tandem flies.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting mostly crankbaits and jerkbaits through July 16 in the Oil City pool and other places. Catfish were taking crawlers and chubs.

Pymatuning Reservoir, Shenango River (Crawford County) — Summer patterns prevailed in the lake in recent weeks, with anglers working to pick up a few walleyes, drifting or trolling crawler harnesses. Catfish were abundant, especially at night. Largemouth bass were in the weeds. Perch were hitting around the causeway and along the old river channel. Bluegills were biting on maggots and red worms. The Shenango River below the dam was yielding some crappies and walleyes when water was on the high side.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Some nice bluegills were reported in recent weeks in this 925-acre natural lake.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Largemouth bass and a few walleyes were reported through mid-July in this smaller natural lake.

Woodcock Creek Lake/Wood Creek (Crawford County) — A few walleyes were reported on crawlers and leeches in the lake, while the creek was yielding mostly bluegills, a few walleyes and a couple of muskies.

Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Walleyes and bass were reported in recent weeks, along with a good night-bite on channel catfish.

Upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — Good bass catches were reported from Cook Forest downstream to Mill Creek.

Kahle Lake (Clarion River) — Panfish were reported in recent weeks. Bass were hitting on soft plastics, crankbaits and top water lures.

Allegheny River (Clarion County) — Walleyes and bass were reported between Emlenton and East Brady. Channel catfish were hitting at night.

Redbank Creek (Clarion County) — Bass were reported from Mayport to below the dam in New Bethlehem.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project (Clarion County) — Bass, panfish and channel catfish were reported in this series of small ponds.

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