Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 13th, 2013

Lake Erie (Erie County) — Hot perch and walleye fishing was reported around the lake, with good numbers of perch hitting in 52 to 60 feet off Walnut Creek, Trout and Elk runs, and the lighthouse. Walleyes were reported on plugs and spoons in 60 to 75 feet. A spotty walleye bite was reported off Virginia Beach. A shallower bite came on crawler harnesses. Smallmouth bass were reported in 20 to 25 feet on drop-shot baits, deep diving crankbaits and tubes. One angler targeting smallies on the east side caught fish up to 4 pounds, drop-shotting. The tributary mouths were yielding a few steelhead on emerald shiners, single eggs, and crawlers in the early morning, but fish were gone by sun-up. A few brown trout were spotted around the mouth of Trout Run in late August.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —A few largemouth bass were reported, and crappies were starting to feed and hit rigs tipped with crawlers and minnows in late August. The west-side docks were yielding 12- and 13-inch perch on minnows and crawlers. A 4-pound, 23-inch brown bullhead was reported.

Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) — Numbers of northern pike were reported.

Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — Fishing for suspended crappies was hot as of late August.

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — Smallmouth bass in mixed sizes were reported by several anglers, who did best on creek-caught baits, such as riffle minnows. One angler caught his larger bass targeting logs in deeper water. Grubs and plastic worms also worked. Other anglers landed walleyes ranging from sub-legal to keeper size, and flathead catfish up to 26 inches on creek bait. While gathering bait in a feeder stream, a couple of anglers caught and released a nice brown trout. One group got into some bowfins up to 23 inches and 5 pounds in a weedy slack-water area.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Night anglers jigging bladebaits below baitfish were catching walleyes. Daytime plug pullers also reported some catches, but the action was slower. Numbers of catfish were reported, along with some bluegills, perch and crappies. A few largemouth bass were reported on plastic worms in weedbeds. Smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds were beginning to move shallow on humps at the end of August. The same humps yielded a 4-pound smallmouth release, along with slab crappies, a keeper-size walleye, a 14-inch perch, and some big bluegills to a couple of anglers. An old roadbed in 15 feet of water produced crappies on vertical deadstick presentations. A 7-pound, 13-ounce largemouth was released from under a docked pontoon boat.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Perch up to 12 inches and bluegills were reported in 6 to 8 feet of water on a mid-lake bar of this large glacial lake. Numbers of bass up to 21 inches were reported on drop-shot rigs and soft plastic creature baits flipped near weed edges. Northern pike up to 40 inches were reported on flipping sticks.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers in late August were waiting for the fall muskie bite to kick in on this natural lake.

Woodcock Creek Reservoir (Crawford County) — Several quality smallmouth bass up to 21 inches were reported on swim jigs through the end of August.

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Muskies were biting in recent weeks, with spinnerbaits the best bet.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass releases were reported in the early- and late-day hours in late August. A deep-flowing hole rising onto a mid-river rock-bar produced many hits on riffle minnows as well as tubes, and soft-plastic shad and crawler patterns. Other anglers fishing President to Ahrensville midday caught numbers of bass up to 17 inches on hellgrammites under slip bobbers and flukes rigged semi-weedless to get around floating vegetation. Walleyes up to 27 inches, channel catfish up to 30 inches, flatheads up to 24 inches, and a 28-inch northern pike were reported.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Some locals were catching legal-size walleye on worm harnesses. Bass fishing was on the slow side, but numbers of bluegills, although small, were reported.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Walleyes were hitting in 12 to 14 feet, but other bites were slow at the end of August.

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