Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 19th, 2013

Lake Erie (Erie County) — Walleyes were in 65 to 70 feet near the tip of the trench as of July 6, but catches were less than spectacular, according to Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle’s Gary Heubel. Repeated storms kept flipping the lake over, causing fish to scatter. The same turn-off occurred with perch, which were in 40 to 45 feet from Walnut to Trout Run as of July 6. The mouths of the creeks were yielding channel catfish, with Elk fishing better than Walnut, given Walnut’s boat traffic.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Misery Bay and other parts of Presque Isle Bay were yielding largemouth bass as of July 6. A few smallmouth bass up to 3-plus pounds were reported on spinnerbaits and crankbaits, but smallmouth numbers are typically scanty this time of year. A few crappies were hitting in Marina Bay in the early morning and late evening hours and in the lagoons on salted minnows and slider jigs. An angler fishing off a public dock caught some nice bass up to 18 inches on buzzbaits. Rock bass were reported in the West Slip. Bluegills were everywhere. Some straggler perch were reported off the piers in the mornings and evenings through the end of June.

Union City Dam (Erie County) — Shore anglers made nice catches of smallmouth bass, northern pike and bluegills, with one largemouth measuring 22-plus inches.

Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — Big bluegills were reported in recent weeks.
French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango and Mercer counties) — Smallmouth bass up to 3.5 pounds, largemouth bass and northern pike were reported, with large plastic swimbaits with big boot-tails productive in the high murky water of late June. Other anglers did well on natural baits, such as crayfish.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Although the daytime walleye bite dwindles as summer progresses, the unseasonably cool conditions that prevailed through the end of June enabled anglers to catch nice walleyes on the south end and in shallower-than-normal water. Eight to 12 feet was yielding fish to anglers drifting crawlers on jigs, crankbaits and Hot-n-Tots. Casting jigs to deep weed edges also was productive during the day. Alewives were effective after midnight in shallow water. Catches were reported around Hemlock Island and south of Padanaran and between Orchard and Snodgrass ramps. Crappies moved from the shallows and were in deep cover by the end of June. Some were being caught along the causeway and Espyville Marina break wall in the early morning and evening hours. Large bluegills and a few perch were reported, along with many channel cats. Largemouth bass were hitting on buzzbaits, Texas-rigged flipping tubes, and wacky worms, where emergent grass meets wood cover in the backs of coves.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Big smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers were targeting muskies and walleyes through early July. Some big muskies had been spotted weeks earlier.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Some nice bluegills were reported from this large natural lake through early July.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Bluegills were hitting all over the lake, including many in big sizes. Numbers of crappies were hitting. Walleye anglers were catching them on crawler harnesses with chartreuse and orange-colored blades or perch-colored blades.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies and bluegills were reported near brush-piles.

Justus Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers were catching a couple of muskies up to 45 inches and bass on spinnerbaits.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Numbers of smallmouth bass up to 19 inches, some nice walleyes and channel catfish up to 25 inches were reported on soft jerkbaits, swimbaits, topwater chuggers, spinnerbaits, tubes and other lures. One catfish angler did well on shad raps.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Numbers of crappies and nice bluegills, walleyes and striped bass were reported through July 6. 

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