Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 29th, 2013
Lake Erie (Erie County) — The best perch and walleye fishing of the year were reported in mid-August. Walleyes were on the south side of the First Trench in 60 to 72 feet from Walnut Creek to Conneaut Harbor and hitting on deep-running plugs on leadcore line, crawler harnesses, or shallow plugs on Dipsy Divers or planer boards. They were hitting all colors. One angler reported catching 18 walleyes averaging 8 pounds in 75 feet, and another caught numbers of walleyes on crankbaits trolled at 2.2 miles per hour in 62 to 64 feet on the south side of the Walnut Creek’s First Trench. Perch were in 55 to 62 feet up and down the lake, with 58 feet the magic depth for many. Steelhead were hitting on spoons and walleyes on crawler harnesses and crankbaits over 100 feet off the Peninsula. A few steelhead were appearing at the mouths of creeks, with a couple being caught early and late in the day. Some anglers reported catching them as far upstream as the trestle on Elk Creek. Low clear water in the tribs caused the catfish bite to fade
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Bass were hitting off the East and West piers, and the North Pier was yielding crappies, perch and sheephead. One angler caught crappies and numbers of sunfish off the West Slip Marina, with grubs and minnows under bobbers the tickets. Very small pinhead minnows on perch rigs produced numbers of perch 8 to 11 inches. Anglers fishing the convention center area caught crappies on twister tails with grubs, and perch on minnows.
French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — Releases of pike and bowfin were reported in the spillway of Union City Dam. Smallmouth bass were reported on shiners elsewhere on the creek in the evening hours, but most were under 14 inches. A few legal-size walleyes were reported on creek-caught minnows and riffle chubs. Other baits weren’t effective. Some big catfish were hitting, with one channel cat reportedly 30 pounds.
Woodcock Creek Lake, Woodcock Creek (Crawford County) — Nice-size smallmouth bass were reported, along with a few walleyes in the lake, while the dam outflow was yielding quality bluegills.
French Creek (Crawford County) — The water near Saegertown and Meadville was yielding smallmouth bass and a few walleyes through early August, when pressure from kayaks and canoes increased in recovering water levels.
Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County) — Walleye action was slow in mid-August, although some anglers were catching them by trolling plugs and a few by drifting crawlers, mostly from midnight to 2 am. Some nice crappies were reported in deepwater brush piles and cribs in mid-August. Earlier in the month, the north stumps were yielding slab crappies on chartreuse ball heads with soft plastic creature baits in 12 to 14 feet. The late-summer channel catfish bite was in full gear. No muskie action was reported as of mid-August.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — A good bluegill bite was reported on this big glacial lake in mid-August. One angler caught three largemouth bass on a spin-jighead with chartreuse tail, and another caught nice smallmouth bass on topwater lures just after sunrise.
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — A 41-inch muskie and a 21.5-inch walleye were caught by anglers slow-trolling willow-leaf crawler harnesses on this natural lake, which is smaller than Conneaut but also productive.
Shenango Reservoir (Crawford County) — A stump-covered point yielded crappies in mid-August, with a white-marabou and silver-tinsel jig productive for one angler fishing 9 to 16 feet of water under early morning cloud cover. Sunfish were hitting from the riprap of one of the bridges. Walleyes were reported on medium shiners in 12 to 14 feet. The Shenango River was yielding nice channel catfish on shiners and stinkbaits at night.
Justus Lake a/k/a Two Mile Run Lake (Venango County) — Numbers of largemouth bass were reported on this Big Bass Program water, with its 15-inch creel minimum. Shiners, creek chubs, and crawlers were productive. Crappies also were hitting.
Middle Allegheny River (Venango County) — Nice numbers of smallmouth bass up to 18 inches were hitting in mid-August on soft jerkbaits, plastic worms, hellgrammites on slip bobbers, wacky-worms, tubes and spinners. Some walleyes up to 25-plus inches were reported on spinners. In low, clear conditions, some anglers were targeting the deeper pools with swimbaits on a slow pause and drag routine in the early morning and late evening hours. Some anglers targeted faster-moving shallows with river-darter patterns. Flathead catfish up to 28 inches were reported on live chubs.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Locals were picking up a few walleyes, with two to three catches per trip considered an improvement over earlier this year. Orange blades on crawler harnesses were the ticket. Average crappie and bluegill bites were reported.
Glades Lake in SGL 95 (Butler County) — The catfish bite improved in early August, with reports of late-night catches coming on crawlers and chicken livers. A good bass bite was reported here, too. Boating is prohibited on the last day of August, for early goose season.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — The walleye bite picked up in recent weeks, with the humps and road beds yielding nice catches on crawler harnesses.
Lake Oneida (Butler County) — Nice-size bass were reported on crawlers off the bottom by anglers casting to the old creek channel.
Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Walleyes, bass and perch were reported in the early morning and late evening hours. Catches were coming for anglers trolling the shoreline with gold or brown and orange lures. Channel catfish also were reported by nighttime shoreline anglers.
Upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — Numbers of smallmouth bass were reported on topwater lures and soft plastics in recent weeks.
Beaver Creek Ponds Project (Clarion County) — This series of small ponds continued to yield nice bass and panfish in recent weeks.
Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Bass and panfish were reported.
Allegheny River (Clarion County) — Numbers of bass continued to bite through early August.