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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - February 15th, 2013

Posted on February 14, 2013

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County)

Ice was iffy on much of the bay in late January, but as conditions allowed, Misery Bay was yielding bluegills and a few crappies, while bluegills and steelhead were reported in Horseshoe Pond. A few huts were on Misery Bay as of Jan. 24. Earlier in the season, anglers were catching big perch off the docks, until ice started to form.

Erie steelhead tributaries

As conditions allowed, anglers were steelhead fishing through the ice in the Walnut Creek marina basin in late January. Fish were hitting jigs or live minnows. Fluctuating temperatures and rainfall made for variable conditions.

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties)

Walleye action was limited in recent weeks, but hand-tied hair jigs or live creek bait were taking nice numbers of muskies, northern pike and a carp.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County)

In late January, anglers were icing perch at the drop-offs where the main channel and feeder streams meet on the south end. Ice was thicker on the north end and yielding crappies on teardrops and black Hookerbugs tipped with a maggot or piece of crawler. Best yields were on the north end stump field. Walleyes were in the deeper water but sporadic. Bluegills also were reported.

Sugar Lake (Crawford County)

This 90-acre natural lake was yielding big perch at the end of January.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County)

Anglers were catching bluegills on ice jigs tipped with maggots or wax worms at the end of January.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County)

Ice anglers limited out on crappies on small maggot-tipped jigs in January.

Kahle Lake (Venango County)

Nice catches of panfish were reported in January.

Allegheny River (Venango County)

As conditions allowed, anglers in January reported nice catches of walleyes up to 25 inches, smallmouth bass up to 18 inches, and northern pike on minnows. Crankbaits and swimbaits were less productive. Two muskies, 35 and 40 inches, were released. River conditions varied, and temperatures fluctuated up to 35-plus degrees on some days.

Lake Arthur (Butler County)

Ice anglers were still catching largemouth bass up to 6 pounds, 22 inches long, on shiners, as of Feb. 2. Northern pike were hitting shiners, and crappies were biting maggots and waxworms.