Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - December 7th, 2012
Lake Erie steelhead tributaries
Superstorm Sandy brought fresh fish into the streams midmonth. Early morning and late afternoon were the best times to catch, with fish in the deeper holes and shaded areas. Minnows and single eggs were working for spin fishermen, while fly-anglers did well on light-colored Sucker Spawn and black Wooly Buggers. When wind was from the south, shore fishermen did well casting spoons, egg patterns, PowerBait, small jigs with maggots, and skein into the lake, especially at the mouth of Trout Run. When the lake was flat, anglers were catching brown trout and steelhead on crawlers, eggs sacks, and spoons. Trout Run Bait Shop reported the biggest brown of the week at 8½ pounds, and also said it weighed a 14-pound, 12-ounce salmon. Elk Creek Sports staff said the steelhead they weighed in recent weeks were averaging 7 to 8 pounds.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County)
A slow bite was reported overall mid-month, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the debris it kicked up, but perch fishing started to pick up in recent weeks, and falling water temperatures were expected to bring more numbers into the bay. Anglers were catching perch off the Marina Lake docks and the North Pier. Two-hook crappie rigs and small jigs tipped with a maggot or minnow were the tickets. The crappie bite had slowed. Shore anglers at the Waterworks were catching some steelhead.
Lake Edinboro (Erie County)
An angler lost a 50-inch muskie at the side of his boat in recent weeks.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties)
Increased flow from Superstorm Sandy spurred the walleye bite, mid-month, with decent numbers of nice fish up to 30 inches reported. Live creek chubs were the ticket.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County)
Increased water levels made launches easier for boaters in recent weeks. The blade-bait bite for walleyes was fairly productive, with the most popular colors black and white shad or orange and chartreuse. Some anglers were trolling for muskies, without much success. Incidental catches of perch were reported. The perch bite off the Espyville causeway was hit or miss, with early morning and dusk the better times to fish. Sizes were running 9 to 11 inches with a few 13 and 14 inchers mixed in. Crawlers and minnows off the bottom were producing the best yields. The same baits were catching a few walleyes. Crappies and bluegills were hitting off the docks of the Jamestown Marina. One angler caught 20 largemouth bass up to 3.5 pounds midmonth.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County)
A 29-inch northern pike was reported on a big muskie jerkbait. A large muskie was lost by an angler trolling with planer boards.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County)
In the better water levels of mid-November, anglers were fishing the deep brush and catching nice crappies up to 16 inches. A spate of warmer weather predicted for Thanksgiving was expected to send crappies shallower.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County)
Crappies, bluegills and some decent perch were reported off the marina docks on small jigs tipped with maggots and waxworms.
Allegheny River (Venango County)
On a 65-degree day mid-month, an angler released 20 smallmouth bass, 2.5 to 4 pounds, in shallow to deep water (2 to 20 feet), with several coming on a 3⁄8-ounce white and chartreuse spinnerbait. He also caught a nice northern pike on a swimbait. Other anglers caught smallmouth bass up to 20 inches on tubes, hard-bodied minnow patterns, and flukes in green pumpkin color. One angler fishing around Oil City’s Pithole Creek reported catching a number of average-size brown trout on No. 2 black and gold Panther Martin spinners.