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Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - July 4th, 2014

Posted on July 3, 2014

Lake Erie —  As of June 22, perch were hitting in about 45 feet west of Walnut Creek and 40 feet out of Elk Creek, but the bite had slowed considerably because walleyes moved in. Walleyes were also in 25 to 35 feet between Elk and Trout Run, and in about 58 feet off the point. Worm harnesses and Bagley plugs were productive. Numbers of smallmouth bass were reported up and down the lake.

Fairview Gravel Pit (Erie County) — Just a few people continued to target stocked trout in late June, with first light the best time to fish; at sun-up, trout were going deep.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks. Northern pike were hitting in Misery Bay.

Erie tributaries — A few straggler bass were still in Elk Creek around June 22. Channel cats were hitting in Elk and other creeks at night.

Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) — A good crappie bite was reported in recent weeks. Bass and pike were hitting in the outflow of Union City dam.

French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — Nice smallmouth bass and walleyes were reported, with one angler catching a 24-plus-inch walleye on a fire tiger crankbait near the bottom. Average-size muskies have been reported.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Reports on walleyes were mixed, with plain crawlers, jigs and crawlers, orange and chartreuse crawler harnesses, and leeches productive for some anglers, and others finding the bite slow as fish began moving into summer patterns. The crappie bite slowed in recent weeks as spawning fish returned to deeper brush. Bluegills, carp, and channel catfish also were reported. Bass were both shallow and in deep weeds down to 5 or 6 feet. Five bass totaling 15 pounds was the winning haul in a recent local tournament. Jigs and chatter-type baits were effective for some anglers. Yellow perch were reported on the north end.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers reported walleyes caught while slow-trolling crawler harnesses, with chartreuse the hot blade color. Smallmouth bass up to 5.5 pounds were reported on various baits, including Flukes in watermelon with or without black and gold flakes. Larger bass were hitting 3-inch surface baits, with black the best color until late afternoon when crawdaddy became more productive.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Largemouth bass were hitting through mid-June in different depths and on different lures. An angler caught a 7-pound, 10-ounce northern pike on a lime-green spinnerbait in mid-70 degree water June 7.

Sugar Creek, East Branch of Sugar Creek (Venango, Crawford counties) — Trout were hitting on crawlers and waxworms until early June when anglers reported more success with smallmouth bass and a few walleyes on large creek minnows.

Oil Creek (Venango County) — As conditions allowed, trout were hitting through mid-June when Cahills and blue-winged olives were hatching. Smallmouth bass fishing was a better option in recent weeks.

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — As conditions allowed, bass were active in recent weeks and hitting various baits, from stick worms to tube jigs to chatter-type baits. Northern pike and one muskie were reported.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Anglers reported largemouth bass and bluegills on panfish jigs, grubs, and some topwater baits, but fish were running small. Crappies also were reported over brush in 8 to 10 feet, but many were small.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Largemouth bass up to 22 inches were reported on plastic worms and slip sinkers in recent weeks. Walleyes were hitting on crawler harnesses, with orange blades the ticket. Crappies and bluegills also were reported on jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds were reported on crawlers, swimbaits, and flipping jigs. A few walleyes also were reported