Lake Erie — Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle reported that nearly a week of rough water made fishing difficult in mid-August, but, when conditions allowed, anglers were catching walleyes in mixed year classes on crawler harnesses and plugs in 55 to 60 feet straight out of Walnut, and all the way west to Elk Creek. Perch, including a number of jumbos, were hitting 60 feet straight out of Walnut, and west to Elk. Anglers fishing out of Northeast Marina reported good walleye and perch bites.
Presque Isle Bay — Numbers of largemouth bass, silver bass and panfish were reported, along with nice-size northern pike up to 38 inches. Crappies were hitting off the border dock, with wax worms and small spot-tail shiners under floats, in 6 feet the ticket. The south pier was yielding silver bass on spoons, as well as smallmouths and catfish.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — Smallmouth bass up to 18-plus inches were hitting on crankbaits, flukes and other lures as conditions allowed. One angler reported catching a 19-inch smallmouth on a floating jighead rigged with a salamander. Walleyes up to 23-plus inches also were reported on crawler harnesses and jointed crankbaits, along with a 33-inch muskie.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Some anglers continued to catch walleyes on long minnow plugs in the shallows at night, and by drifting jigs and crawlers or trolling plugs during the day. In early August, walleyes were in 20 to 23 feet. Crappies and bluegills were on deeper humps and brush in 13 to 15 feet. Carp were hitting on canned corn. A nighttime catfish bite also was reported, with channels up to 16 inches hitting on chicken livers. Bass up to 16 inches were biting on rubber worms or jig-n-pigs around lily pads and weedbeds.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Bass in mixed sizes from 10 inches to 19 inches were reported, with fish hitting on silver-shad soft jerkbaits, tubes, crayfish-color chatterbaits, rubber worms, stickbaits and flukes. A few walleyes were reported. A good catfish bite was reported. A 12-pound freshwater drum was released on a creature bait.
Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — The bass bite was hit or miss in changing weather and lake conditions. One angler released nine bass, with only one over 15 inches. Crappies up to 12 inches on a spinnerbait and a small northern pike on a chatterbait also were reported.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Walleyes were reported in the lower part of the lake from Launch No. 4 to the dam, with crawler harnesses effective. Bass were hitting on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, but panfish were generally very small.