Lake Erie — Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported Aug. 28 that the perch bite remained solid, with numbers of mixed-size fish hitting straight out of Walnut Creek in 50 to 55 feet. Walleyes in mixed sizes were hitting in 60 to 75 feet from Walnut to Elk Creek, but moving westward.
Presque Isle Bay — Anglers willing to contend with weeds were getting largemouth bass and panfish.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — Smallmouth bass up to 19 inches and walleyes were hitting shiners from above Meadville to Cochranton. In
rain-stained water, bass were hitting spinners. Freshwater drum up to 27 inches also were reported. The tailrace of Union City Dam was yielding northern pike.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Yellow perch, including some jumbos, were reported in six to 12 feet. Hot n Tots were taking walleyes up to 20-plus inches, while bucktails were taking muskies. Crappies were biting after dark off the causeway, the Linesville stumps, and starting to hit in shallower water, with minnows the ticket. Channel cats also were reported, but the bluegill bite had slowed a bit.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Larger bluegills were still biting in deep water; smaller bluegills were feeding on the surface above weeds. A few bowfins were reported, along with northern pike up to 35 inches, and rock bass on plastic crawlers flipped to weeds on points and midlake humps. An angler caught a 19.5-inch, 4.1-pound smallmouth drop-shotting. With Labor Day and the approach of fall, boat traffic has slowed on this natural lake.
Conneaut Marsh (Crawford County) — Bowfin up to 26 inches were reported, along with largemouth bass and catfish, all on minnows.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Walleyes up to 7-plus pounds and largemouth bass were reported. Crappies were hitting around the main causeway, launch Nos. 3 and 4, and the shoreline along Creek Road from mid to late afternoon. Largemouth bass also were reported on 3⁄8-ounce jigs, with catches coming off the causeway and the river channel.
Buhl Lake (Mercer County) — Largemouth bass and bluegills, mostly on the small side, were hitting crawlers under floats.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Water was about one foot above normal pool and about 73 degrees in late August and fish were biting. Smallmouth bass up to 19-plus inches were reported on tubes and crankbaits. Walleyes also were reported, while catfish, including a reported 40-pound flathead, were very active on cut baits and on live baits, such as chubs.
Oil Creek (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass in mixed sizes were reported, with tubes the best bet. Rainy weather in much of August kept water high and cool enough for some trout action.
Two-mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake) (Venango County) — Crappies were hitting in recent weeks on this Big Bass Program water.