Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 9th, 2013

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County)

An excellent bite was reported in late April, with perch, including a number of limits, and two burbot (freshwater cod) hitting off the North Pier. The South Pier also yielded some limits of perch between 9 and 15 inches, with minnows on perch rigs productive. Perch also were reported in 8 feet of water between the second and third parking lots on the peninsula and around the Yacht Club. Crappies were biting in Marina Lake and sections of the lagoons, including by the boat livery. One angler kept 23 nice crappies off the state park marina docks, fishing at night. (The docks closed to fishing at the end of April.) Northern pike were reported in the lagoons and Misery Bay. Bass fishing was picking up, with numbers of largemouth bass up to 4 pounds released on crankbaits. One angler caught a 14-pound northern on a fluke.

Erie tributaries

A few steelhead were still in the creeks, particularly in Elk and Walnut, but few anglers were targeting them. Smallmouth bass and a couple of big catfish also were reported in the lower part of Elk. Four Mile Creek on the east side was yielding trout up to 13 inches on minnows in low clear water in late April. Trout also were coming on crawlers floated off the bottom of Six Mile Creek, and on Seven Mile, were trout were reported up to 14 inches.

French Creek (Crawford County)

Anglers in late April released a few smallmouth bass, 10 to 13 inches, in high, dirty water, on soft plastic finesse baits.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County)

A hot north end crappie bite petered out in late April, with fish moving from pad stems to wood cover. Some crappies were still reported around the islands and the mouth of Stewart’s Bay. Perch up to 13 inches were reported, mostly on crawlers and some on minnows, near the rocks at the spillway, Bridge 20, and Wilson, Padanaram and the causeway, all on the north end. Some anglers were turning to post-spawn walleyes, although the bite was sporadic. Orchard access area was yielding walleyes in the evenings, with crankbaits the ticket, although bucktail jigs and minnows also were productive. Shore anglers did well at Snodgrass and Birch’s landing. One walleye measured almost 26 inches in a local tournament. Walleye anglers were inadvertently landing smallmouth bass up to 19-plus inches. Shore anglers targeting walleyes and crappies reported a couple of muskies up to 48 inches.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County)

Anglers fishing the east side on a windy day released about a dozen small largemouth bass, 20 small northern pike on jerkbaits and a 36-inch muskie.

Oil Creek (Crawford County)

The outflow of Canadohta Lake was yielding trout, including browns up to 6 pounds, in recent weeks.

Piney Dam (Clarion County)

Yellow perch and crappies were reported on minnows and crawlers. Trout were hitting at the mouths of Mill Creek and Cathers Run.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County)

Bluegills and crappies were hitting on jigs tipped with maggots or minnows.

Allegheny River (Clarion County)

Northern pike were reported at the mouth of Redbank Creek on minnows, large spinners or spoons.

Allegheny River (Forest County)

Yellow perch were reported near the sand and gravel boat launch in Tionesta, and boaters were catching northern pike from boats in Tionesta.

Sandy Creek (Mercer County)

Trout up to 20-plus inches were reported in recent weeks.

Shenango River (Mercer County)

Crappies were hitting in the backwater around Big Bend. White bass were running up the Pymatuning Creek arm of the lake to Orangeville.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County)

Shore anglers were catching crappies off Sheakleyville Bridge, at Launch No. 3 and in the little bay at Launch No. 4, with ice jigs and ants tipped with maggots and wax worms productive.

Buhl Park Lake (Mercer County)

This newly-restored impoundment drew numbers of anglers targeting recently-stocked trout. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will stock warm-water species this summer.

Allegheny River (Venango County) 

Anglers were landing smallmouth bass on shad rap crankbaits at the grass line in high water in late April. Flukes were less productive. Bass up to 3 to 4 pounds also were reported on creature baits in about 12 feet of water. 

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