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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - August 16th, 2013

Posted on August 15, 2013

Lake Erie (Erie County) — Walleyes were hitting on plugs, crawler harnesses and spoons in 60 to 80 feet, with fish suspended at 40 to 50 feet through the end of July. Purple, purple-pink and purple-black were the best spoon and harness blade colors, while the better plug colors were green, blue or purple.  A hot walleye bite was reported on crawler harnesses out of Elk Creek launch in the rocks at 28 to 30 feet down by Virginia Beach. Reports on perch were mixed, with numbers reported in 52 feet out of Walnut Creek and 38 to 42 feet out of Elk.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — A few bass were reported on live minnows, buzzbaits and plugs. Crappies were hitting all over the bay, with live minnows and power bait minnow jigs the tickets. A few perch were reported on the north and south piers, but sizes were running small. Nice crappies, large sunfish and perch were reported on minnows and crawlers on perch rigs off the docks.

Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — Five bass totaling 10 pounds took top prize on crankbaits fished in seven to eight feet in a recent bass tournament.
French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — The wet summer kept color and flow in good shape at the end of July and smallmouth bass up to 4 pounds and 18 inches were hitting on crawlers, creek chubs and crayfish-pattern lures, but the catfish and walleye bites were slow. A 26-inch bowfin was reported on a floating jighead with a shiner in late July.

Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County) — Walleyes were still biting on drifted crawlers in seven to 12 feet of water from Espyville causeway to the dam in late July. A 21-inch walleye was reported on a soft plastic shad-pattern lure in 12 feet at an offshore hump. Crappies, including some slabs up to 14 inches, were hitting around deep brush in the south end, around stumps, and along the causeway on minnows or jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass up to 22 inches were released in the stumps area. Big bluegills were reported around deeper wood cover. Perch also were hitting in deeper water. 

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Reports on smallmouth bass were mixed, with some nice ones hitting crankbaits along the weed lines in the early morning hours through the end of July. Drop-shotting small plastic baits worked on largemouth bass, but sizes were running small. Anglers were catching white bass on topwater lures in the evening hours.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Bluegills, crappies and perch were hitting right at weed-lines in recent weeks. 

Shenango Lake (Mercer County) — Bass were hitting in 5 feet or less on jigs, jigs-and-pigs, crankbaits, and rubber worms in recent weeks. Larger fish were holding on structure in 12 to 16 feet, but weren’t biting as well. Numbers of crappies were hitting on jigs, although some anglers think sizes were generally smaller this year.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Walleyes were hitting on worm harnesses with orange blades and on silver and black hot-n-tots. Largemouth bass were released on purple rubber worms and other soft plastics as well as crankbaits and jigs.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — A 30-inch muskie was released near Oil City. Nice smallmouth bass up to 18 inches were reported on a variety of baits, from tubes to buzzbaits to soft jerkbaits, to crankbaits. One angler reported smallmouths were scattered but hitting predator craw-type baits in the deeper pools, and river darter patterns in the shallow riffles. Another angler caught a 5-pound smallie on a spinnerbait with swimming grub trailer. A couple of walleyes also were reported. Walleyes up to 7 pounds were released on crankbaits in silver or gold.