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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - January 31st, 2013

Posted on January 31, 2013

Lake Erie steelhead tributaries  

Streams such as Twenty Mile and Sixteen Mile on the east side and Walnut Creek on the west side were yielding steelhead in recent weeks, with sucker spawn, skein, and dark-color Wooly Buggers the tickets.

Lake Pleasant (Erie County)

A state trout stocking is slated for Feb. 4.

East Basin Pond (Erie County)

A state trout stocking is slated for Feb. 4.

Chapman Reservoir (Warren County)

This popular impoundment was trout-stocked on Jan. 15.

French Creek (Crawford County)

A few walleyes were reported near Meadville and Cambridge Springs in open water of mid-January.

Justus Lake (Venango County)

A state trout stocking is slated for Feb. 6.

Allegheny River (Forest County)

Shore anglers were catching walleyes and muskies; a boater also made some nice catches in the Tionesta pool. The boat launch at Tionesta Sand and Gravel is open.

Tionesta Outflow (Forest County)

Anglers are required to have a trout and salmon permit from March 1 until midnight May 31, even if they are fishing for non-salmonid species, such as walleyes.

Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County)

Crappies and other panfish were hitting fathead minnows and other live baits in the outflow of the lake in recent weeks.

Shenango River (Mercer County)

A state trout stocking is slated for the outflow of the Shenango Dam Feb. 5.

Harbar Acres Lake (Butler County)

This state game land (95) impoundment is a former Early Season fishery and now open to year-round fishing as an Approved Trout Water. With the Early Season program now disbanded, a final early season stocking was performed Jan. 15, and anglers were icing numbers of trout. Fathead minnows were out-producing waxworms, maggots and mealworms.

Lake Arthur (Butler County)

Fishing was below par as of Jan. 19, when about two dozen ice anglers were on the lake from Muddy Creek arm to the upper 528 launch. Largemouth bass, including a 5-pound, 2-ounce, 20-inch largemouth, northern pike, and the occasional crappie were reported. Shiners were out-producing other live baits.