Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 5th, 2013

Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — As of June 24, a calm lake was yielding perch and walleyes, with the best perch bite in 38 to 40 feet towards Trout Run. Walleyes were hitting in 55 to 60 feet, but high in the water column, about 15 to 23 feet down, on crawler harnesses. The rock piles off Elk Creek were yielding smallmouth bass in 25 feet. With weeds thick in the bay, anglers were catching bluegills, largemouth bass and pike.  Some fly- fishermen were catching bluegills on nymphs on the flats earlier in June. The North Pier was yielding some smallmouths, catfish, rock bass, perch (early and late), and even a walleye. The South Pier was yielding perch up to 14 inches on fathead minnows or crappie rigs.

Lake LaBoeuf (Erie County) — Pike and crappies were reported in recent weeks.

Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Bass, walleyes and perch were reported, along with a night-time channel catfish bite.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Nice bass, bluegills, perch and crappies were reported.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — As conditions allowed, bass were hitting on wacky-rigged plastic worms, tubes and spinnerbaits in recent weeks.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Walleyes and crappies were hitting in June, with numbers of white crappies reported around humps or suspending minnows under bobbers at about six feet in 10 feet of water. Black crappies seemed to spawn earlier and were outside weed edges. The causeway was yielding crappies, too. One angler reported “awesome” crappie numbers from the Linesville stumps. Cooler-than-normal temperatures in early to mid-June kept walleyes shallow, along weed beds, where anglers did well drifting crawler-tipped jigs. Crankbaits weren’t as effective, but anglers also reported success on floating jigheads behind walking sinkers and worm harnesses. Walleye anglers were inadvertently catching channel catfish, which were everywhere, and nice crappies. Bluegills were reported in the weeds. An excellent bass bite was reported, with largemouths up to 6 pounds released. Bass numbers have been high in recent years. Bass anglers were picking up a few small perch.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — A good bluegill bite was reported on this 925-acre natural lake in June, but pan fishermen didn’t catch as many big crappies. Nice largemouth and smallmouth bass and northern pike were reported, with spinnerbaits and top-water poppers effective. 

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Pike and crappies were reported on this smaller natural lake in recent weeks. A couple of anglers reported encounters with big muskies, but none was boated.

Woodcock Lake (Crawford County) — Recent electrofishing by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission yielded some impressive smallmouth bass and black crappies. Muskie anglers came up empty in recent weeks.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Numbers of crappies were reported in recent weeks, with minnow-tipped green jigs fished under bobbers productive. Bluegills also were hitting. Anglers were targeting stripers, with Chestnut Run swim beach one of the evening spots targeted.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Numbers of bluegills and crappies were reported, with small jigs tipped with maggots or wax worms effective. Bass were hitting off Cemetery Road.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — The hybrid striped bass run began in early June, with many jacks caught near shore on crawlers on the bottom. Most action was at night on native alewives or stickbaits in flashy, iridescent colors.   Anglers using cast nets to collect alewives must be permitted.

Glade Lake in State Game Lands 95 (Butler County) — Nice crappies were reported off the old Christie Bridge access, with minnows under bobbers effective. This electric-motor only lake is a good catfishing spot, too.

Lake Oneida (Butler County) — Conditions dictated the crappie bite in June, with the lake’s limited structure yielding the largest fish. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission advises that carp bow-fishers typically do well here and at the sister-reservoir, Thorn Run.

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