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Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – October 25th, 2013

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — An outstanding crappie bite, including many limits, was reported in recent weeks, with most fish concentrated in deeper water through early October. Four-inch plastic worms and ½-ounce weights in 15 feet around mid-bay humps were productive for some anglers. Largemouth bass up to 4-plus pounds were reported. Perch up to 12 and 13 inches were hitting off the docks, along with bluegills on crawlers. A limit of perch was reported on shiners off a dock.

Lake Erie — Jumbo perch were reported in 25 to 30 feet and in 58 feet in calm conditions in early October.

Erie tributaries — Although some steelhead had moved upstream, others were close to the mouths of the streams in low, clear flow. Fish were holding in deeper holes, but the holes’ tailout sections as well as undercut banks could be productive. Catches were coming on crawlers, maggots, shiners and flies. Anglers released some steelhead on orange eggs and Powerbait on Fourmile Creek and a limit on minnows on Twelvemile, both on Erie’s east side.

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — A 38-inch muskie was released by a kayaker in recent weeks. Occasional muskies were reported on topwater baits. Walleyes were biting artificials. Largemouth and smallmouth bass were hitting shiners and jerkbaits. Smallmouths also were taking flukes and other soft plastics.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Perch were reported along the causeway and hitting minnows or pieces of crawlers on the bottom. Bluegills also were hitting. A few walleyes, including a 29-incher, were reported on live bait and bladebaits. Catfish and numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass also were hitting.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Big bluegills were hitting white split-tails and maggots in mid-October. Northern pike also were reported, along with largemouth bass on swim jigs, spinnerbaits, and drop-shot rigs. A 4-pound smallmouth was released on a swim jig.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Several nice smallmouth bass were reported on topwaters cast from shore. One angler released 45-inch muskie on a vertical prop bait.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Numbers of northern pike were released in recent weeks.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies were starting to turn on in early October. A nice catfish bite also was reported. Catfish were reported throughout the reservoir. A state trout stocking was slated for the river from the outflow to the Walnut Street Bridge this month.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Walleyes were reported on crawler harnesses, with orange blades productive. Crappies were hitting on minnows and maggots; and a few bass around 4-plus pounds were released on black buzzbaits and other artificials. Bluegills were taking jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass up to 20 inches were reported, but most fish were small. A variety of artificials were productive, including soft jerkbaits, tubes, flukes, jigs and drop-shot rigs.

Justus Lake (Venango County) — A fly-angler caught numbers of bluegills and a smallmouth bass.

Glades Lake/Game Land 95 (Butler County) — Schools of panfish could be seen at the discharge pipe below the impoundment in mid-October. The outflow can yield nice catches.

Allegheny River (Forest County) — The Tionesta Pool was yielding nice walleyes, with minnows at sunrise and sunset the best bet.

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