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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012

Lake Erie (Erie County)

Anglers were doing well both on walleyes and perch as of July 7, with walleyes hitting crawler harnesses in 60 to 70 feet in the trenches, and perch reported on minnows in 48 to 56 feet. The smallmouth bass bite was better east of the peninsula than west of Erie, because the east area has better structure. Depths of 25 to 46 feet eastward of the peninsula were productive in late June. A few largemouths were reported in the lake.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County)

Weeds were becoming an issue in late June, with reports of thicker-than-normal vegetation. Some anglers caught nice numbers of largemouths but sizes were unremarkable. A few perch and rock bass and a northern pike were reported.

Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County)

Bill Logan, of Pleasantville, caught four bass on flipping jigs in recent weeks.

Union City Reservoir (Erie County)

Some northern pike were reported in late June.

Brokenstraw Creek (Warren County)

Ed Lawrence of Corry caught a 31-inch northern pike and a 2-pound-ounce brown bullhead in late June.

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

A few smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds, a northern pike, and a muskie were reported in late June.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County)

The walleye bite slowed dramatically in late June, and a few big crappies were reported in deep brush and the channel drops. Nice-size bluegills were reported on the deep edge of weedbeds. Numbers of channel catfish were reported all over the lake. Brian Rozewicz, of Pittsburgh, caught a 19-inch, 2-pound, 10-ounce saugeye with 9¾-inch girth on a crawler above a slip sinker while drifting. A nice bass bite was reported. One angler caught a 12-inch perch near Jamestown marina in late June.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County)

Fishing was on the slow side in late June, but largemouth bass were caught in the weeds on a variety of lures from topwater plugs to flipping jigs.

Sugar Lake (Crawford County)

Some nice-size largemouths were reported in late June.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County)

As of late June, before the oppressive heat set in, anglers were catching panfish and walleyes on this natural lake.

Woodcock Lake (Crawford County)

Smallmouth bass, from sublegal to 3 pounds, were reported on tubes.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County)

Crappies were hitting jigs and chartreuse/orange curly tails after dark near state Route 846 in late June. A few walleyes were reported from shore near Golden Run and hybrid striped bass were reported along the shore opposite Golden Run in late June. Largemouth bass and bluegills also were reported. Numbers of large catfish were reported in recent weeks, with stinkbaits, chubs, and panfish productive in the reservoir and the Shenago River. Erie Pate, of Butler, caught a 36-inch pike on a jig in late June.

Stoneboro Lake (Mercer County)

Largemouth bass from sublegal to 19 inches were reported at the end of June.  The bass were in grass 8 to 12 feet deep.

Allegheny River (Venango County)

Hot weather made catching difficult but as conditions allowed in late June, anglers caught nice bass up to 18 inches and, before the extreme heat set in, a few walleyes.

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