Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – May 23rd, 2014
Lake Erie — Anglers were catching walleyes around the old Hammermill plant on the east side. Numbers of lake trout up to 17 pounds were hitting off Northeast.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Good numbers of smallmouth bass were finally reported in early May, with some anglers doing well on tubes. Largemouths were released on rattle-type baits in Misery Bay. Crappies were in the lagoons, around marinas, and at the head of the bay. Perch were spotty, but some were hitting off the North Pier. A number of steelhead and brown trout were reported off the East Pier and at the Water Works.
Erie tributaries (Erie County) — Smallmouth bass were reported on live baits and small crankbaits in early May. Suckers also were in the streams. Some steelhead were in the streams from east to west, including fair numbers in Elk Creek, where they were heading downstream as far as Foley’s Campground in early May. Steelhead were biting shiners, crawlers, minnows, Prince Nymph flies, and powerbait. Anglers were trolling the shoreline at night for walleyes.
Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — Trout were hitting in recent weeks in this 25-acre state-stocked natural lake.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Venango, Crawford counties) — Some anglers limited out on walleyes with soft plastic swimbaits during evenings after the season opened. Smallmouth bass up to 15 inches were released on shiners on suspended drifts. Numbers of northern pike in mixed sizes were reported.
Sugar Creek (Venango County) — A few walleyes, brown trout and rainbow trout were reported on 3- to 5-inch baitfish in recent weeks.
Big Sandy Creek (Venango County) — Brown trout up to 21 inches were reported on crankbaits in early May.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Numbers of smallmouth bass up to 4.7 pounds were released, both shallow and deep, from boat and shore, on a variety of lures, including rattle-type hardware, jigs and tubes and other soft plastics in recent weeks. Anglers were catching walleyes, including one about 30 inches.
Oil Creek (Venango County) — Trout catches varied with conditions, with crankbaits productive in high, discolored water in early May.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Keeper-size walleyes were biting on crawlers on the bottom through early May. Crappie fishing was spotty, with fish moving to the shallows to spawn a little later than usual. White crappies were hitting around deeper stumps and brush piles. The winners of a May 3 crappie tournament weighed five crappies totaling 7 pounds, 4 ounces. The lunker was 1 pound, 13.2 ounces. Muskie anglers inadvertently hooked largemouth bass, while a bass angler released a large muskie on a spinnerbait near a row of stumps in 5 feet of water. Anglers in a recent bass tournament reported numbers of bass, with the winner weighing close to 17 pounds, and the lunker largemouth weighing 5.2 pounds. Perch and bluegills were reported on crawlers.
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — The canal and the lagoon on the north end were yielding crappies, including a 15.5-inch slab, as of May 7. Walleyes were slow, although a couple up to 24 inches were reported, with one angler doing well fishing a rattle-type bait from a dock.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — This 925-acre natural lake was yielding panfish, while crappies were heating up on in the north end in recent weeks.
Geneva Marsh (Crawford County) — Northern pike and bowfins were active in early May.
Union City Dam (Crawford County) — Numbers of northern pike were reported in the outflow of this dam on French Creek.
Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Small walleyes and the occasional legal walleye were reported in the spillway in recent weeks.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — The crappie bite improved in early May, with crappies and bluegills hitting maggot-tipped jigs. Launch No. 3 and Dugan’s Run were productive spots. Largemouths up to 4 pounds were released shallow, around weeds. Schools of gizzard shad were reported.
Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — Nice catches of walleyes were reported in early May. Crappies were in deeper water, but expected to move shallow with warmer weather.
Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Some nice crappies and perch were reported on minnows, and anglers trolling the shoreline were catching walleyes. Shore anglers at the PF&BC’s Mill Creek access area were catching trout.
Upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — Water from the Gravel Lick Bridge downstream to Blyson Run was yielding trout and nice smallmouth bass releases.
Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Bass, crappies and panfish were reported.
Allegheny River (Clarion County) — Walleyes and bass were reported between Emlenton and Parker, while northern pike and an occasional muskie were reported near the confluences of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek.
Redbank Creek (Clarion County) — Some northern pike and a few walleyes were reported in the area below the dam in New Bethlehem. Nice numbers of trout were still being caught upstream of the dam.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Crappies and hybrid striped bass were hitting in recent weeks, with the shallow parts of coves yielding nice fish.
Lake Oneida (aka Thorn Run Reservoir) (Butler County) — Crappies were starting to hit, but most were small in early May. The rocky areas along shore were productive. Fishing or trespassing on the dam is a violation.