Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 6th, 2012

Lake Erie

Good perch fishing was reported in 45 to 50 feet of water just west of Walnut Creek, and in 41 to 46 feet off the point of the peninsula, and just east of Harbor Creek, June 18.  Walleyes were in 50 to 60 feet of water east of Walnut, and hitting on stickbaits. Tom Watral, of Erie, caught some nice walleyes, 24 to 30 inches, on dipsy divers off planer boards and downriggers on June 16. Smallmouth bass were hitting in anywhere from 18 feet to 35 feet. Catfish were reported off the marina in North East.

Presque Isle Bay

Nice yields of panfish were reported in mid-June, with bluegills everywhere and warmouths in Horseshoe Pond and Marina Bay. A few large perch were reported in shallow water, which is unusual for mid-June. Numbers of bass, including a surprising number of smallmouths, were reported, but beginning to move deep June 18, when water was 72 degrees. Thomas Watral, of Erie, caught five bass, nice crappies, and a few large perch off the North Pier. Glenn A Hoover III, 15, caught a 34-inch, nearly 14-pound freshwater drum off the North Pier.

Union City Reservoir (Erie County)

Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike were reported in recent weeks.

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

The walleye bite slowed dramatically in the hot weather in mid-June. Water was low and clear. One angler caught some nice crappies June 17. Another angler caught trout on spinners and trout jigs tipped with live maggots on the South Branch of French Creek. He also caught some bass and a northern pike.

Allegheny River (Venango County)

Numbers of smallmouth bass, mostly in small sizes, were released in mid-June. Guide Jeff Knapp, of Kittanning, boated some nice bass, including a 20.5-inch smallmouth, in 75-degree, relatively clear water. A decent smallmouth bite was reported near the mouth of Oil Creek, in shallow water, with green pumpkin tubes productive.

East Sandy Creek (Venango County)

Excellent trout fishing was reported June 14 before the intense heat started.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County)

Bryan Harsh, of Sheakleyville, caught five nice walleyes, 16 to 28 inches, trolling a Hot-N Tot and a worm harness. A recent fishing tournament results in numbers of nice bass, with soft plastic baits taking most of the fish. Al Moore, of Cochranton, won with five largemouth bass totaling 15 pounds, 4 ounces caught off a stump in 10 feet of water.

Shenango Lake (Mercer County)

Ken Smith, of Sharon, caught some nice crappies on jigs and bobbers around deeper brush along shoreline blow downs.  He caught a 30-inch pike, a 20-inch hybrid striped bass, and crappies June 16. He did well on a black and chartreuse twister tail and 1⁄8-ounce jighead fished over shallow brush.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County)

Largemouth bass averaging less than 2½ pounds, a smallmouth bass, bluegills, crappies around 12 inches, white bass, and a northern pike were reported in recent weeks.

Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County)

Walleyes up to 28 inches were reported on worm harnesses, floating jigheads and other lures in both the shallow weed edges and deeper water. Some limits were taken. Night-time fishing was productive, with walleyes following alewives near shore. Crappies were hit or miss, with one angler catching more than two dozen under the causeway bridge, and another angler catching nice sizes off the Orchard launch area. Minnow-tipped jigs were productive. Catfish were all over the lake, and hitting crawlers. A couple of muskies, including a 40-incher, were reported. Dan Shay, of Meadville, reported his grandson, Tanner, caught a 9-pound, 13-ounce hybrid striper on a dough ball while carp fishing June 17. A very good bluegill bite was reported close to shore June 17. Fish were about 9 inches. Smallmouth and largemouth bass were reported around calmer shoreline areas.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County)

Nice yields of walleyes were reported at dusk by anglers trolling worm harnesses outside weedlines. Panfish were reported along with the occasional northern pike. A couple of big muskies were hooked. 

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County)

A 26-inch walleye was reported in recent weeks.

Piney Dam (Clarion County)

Nice bass, walleyes, and yellow perch were reported through mid-June.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County)

Bluegills, and some yellow perch and crappies were reported on this partially drawn-down impoundment.

Redbank Creek (Clarion County)

Anglers have been doing well bass and an occasional walleye and trout in recent weeks.

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