Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 8th, 2012
Anglers were catching perch in 35 feet on the west side in mid-to-late May. The nighttime walleye bite was still on for anglers trolling stickbaits just offshore or casting from shore near the creek mouths. Rainbow trout-pattern crankbaits were effective. Charter captains were boating some nice walleyes, including a 10-pounder, trolling in 12 to 15 feet. Night-fishing out of Walnut Creek yielded walleyes in 18 to 15 feet, with stickbaits on the inline boards producing most of the fish. Brown trout from 8 to 17 inches were reported at Four Mile Creek in mid-May.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County)
Bass were hitting on soft plastics in dark colors on leadheads or rigged wacky-style in shallow water. Largemouth bass dominated, but some nice 3- to 4- pound smallmouths were reported. Yellow perch were moving from the bay to the main lake. Perch were being caught anywhere from 30 to 50 feet out in the lake. The crappie and northern pike bites slowed in late May, although a 35-inch pike was released at the Stink Hole. Anglers on the south and north piers reported seeing schools of emerald shiners. In Misery Bay and Marina Bay, anglers were catching a few 10- to 13-inch crappies on minnow-baited perch rigs. Bluegills were being caught everywhere in the bay.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Venango, Crawford)
Channel catfish were hitting on floating cut bait just below the surface from full dark to about midnight. The walleye bite slowed in late May and many fish were sublegal. Smallmouth bass and bowfins were hitting on tube jigs during the day. Excellent water conditions were reported May 20 along with numbers of smallmouth bass over 15 inches. A 44-inch muskie was caught just south of Meadville, and northern pike were reported on live suckers and shiners.
Allegheny River (Venango County)
Smallmouth bass reports varied from slow to good in the Oil City pool in recent weeks, with some fish released on soft jerkbaits along the weedlines, on the edges, or in shallow water with current. A few bass were coming from deeper water, and some were on spawning flats. Sizes ranged up to 18 inches. A northern pike was reportedly caught on a spinnerbait. A couple of 19-inch walleyes also were hitting on hard jerkbaits.
Kahle Lake (Venango County)
Nice numbers of largemouth bass up to 2-plus pounds were reported May 20, with most fish hitting along deep weed edges. Bluegills were on their spawning beds.
Oil Creek (Venango County)
Optimal trout fishing was reported during the sulphur hatch in mid- to late May, providing some of the best dry fly action of the season.
Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County)
Limits of walleyes were still being taken in shallower water – from 8 to 10 feet – on various baits, including floating jigheads, leadheads tipped with crawler chunks or minnows, plain hooks with minnows, and worm harnesses. One father-daughter team caught a limit between 17 and 25 inches on a jig and crawler in 4 feet around a weedbed. Decent crappie fishing also was reported. Hot spots have included the breakwall at the Espyville Marina in the evenings, the rock shoreline north of the spillway, and brushpiles. White crappies were turning on again in mid-May, with Bryan Stuyvesant, of Meadville, and his son, Colin, catching them in 9 feet of water. Bluegill reports were mixed. The Stuyvesants had some nice largemouth bass action on jigs in grass beds and topwater lures.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County)
Large bluegills were holding over sand and gravel patches in 3 to 5 feet of water on the inside weedlines. Several small bass hit on panfish baits. Chub Hornstein, of Meadville, caught 10 largemouth and two smallmouth bass of average size. Water was dirty in mid- to late May. Northern pike were reported on spinnerbaits.
Woodcock Lake (Crawford County)
Walleyes were reported on leeches in deep water – down to 30 feet. Some anglers caught them as shallow as 2 feet, with tube jigs and hair jigs effective. Several smallmouth bass, including a 5-pounder, also were reported.
Tamarack Lake (Crawford County)
The lake has been drawn down several feet for dam repairs, and low water has concentrated the crappies, with nice catches reported from shore near the dam on Pettis end. Maggots fished alone or on small white plastic grubs tipped suspended below a float were the tickets.
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County)
Cappies had moved off the banks and out of the canals in this natural lake by late May, and were hitting outside deep weedline on jigs tipped with grubs or a minnow.
Shenango River, Reservoir (Mercer County)
Crappies and walleyes were biting in recent weeks, with Kris Derrick’s 133⁄8-inch crappie one of the nicest. Several perch were reported, including a 14¾-inch, 1-pound, 3.8-ouncer caught on a minnow by Seth Yoder. Dan Alabran caught a 33½-inch, 9-pound, 5-ounce northern pike.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County)
Crappies and bluegills dominated through mid- to late May, with a few 15-inch crappies reported.
Stoneboro Lake (Mercer County)
Chuck Papinchak, of Cochranton, released five largemouth bass up to 15.5 inches on a drop shot rig.