Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 31st, 2104
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Ice anglers were fishing through Jan. 19, with the main bay yielding perch, crappies, nice numbers of bluegills, and some steelhead, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Misery Bay was producing bluegills, although on some days, it also was yielding perch. Steelhead were being iced in the marina at Walnut Creek. Anglers were fishing mostly minnows or ice jigs with waxworms or grubs.
Chapman Dam Reservoir (Warren County) — The Fish & Boat Commission stocked the lake with adult brook trout for the annual winterfest fishing derby held in mid-January in this state park impoundment.
Kinzua Reservoir (Warren County) — Walleye catches were reported in Willow Bay and Webb’s Ferry.
Allegheny River (Forest County) — Walleyes were reported in the sand and gravel pool near Tionesta, which also was yielding northern pike and muskies in recent weeks.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Anglers in the Reno pool reported walleyes and slush ice in early January. Boaters are reminded that an ice control device is now in place upstream of the State Street (Veteran’s Bridge) near Oil City. Caution is urged, because the device spans the entire breadth of the river. The Fish & Boat Commission advises passage through the opening provided nearest the north shore.
Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — A few walleyes and a couple of muskies were reported below the dam in mid-January.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Numbers of walleyes, including many keepers, and crappies were being iced through Jan. 19. Fathead minnows and shiners were the baits of choice.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Rainfall eroded the shorelines in mid-January, putting the kibosh on ice angling, but in the frigid temperatures that followed, ice anglers were back on the lake by Jan. 19, and catching medium-size bluegills and crappies in “the stumps” area, and near the causeway at old Launch No. 3, with waxworms the ticket.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Dozens of anglers were ice fishing as of Jan. 19, with most action on Muddy Creek arm and some of the Shannon Run arm. One angler iced three northing pike up to 34 inches on shiners. Other anglers caught nice crappies, 10 to 13 inches, on shiners and fathead minnow. There were sporadic reports on largemouth bass.