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Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – November 7th, 2014

Lake Erie  — As conditions allowed, shore anglers were catching steelhead off the mouth of Walnut Creek and Trout and Godfrey runs through late October. Stream anglers were doing well on lower Walnut, and rainfall in late October allowed steelhead to move upstream of Route 5, upper Elk Creek, and upstream of the nursery waters on Crooked Creek. Brown trout were starting to appear in some tribs.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — As conditions allowed, anglers were catching nice perch, including jumbos, on spot-tail shiners off Dobbin’s Landing, the North and South piers, and other parts of the bay. The occasional steelhead also was reported. In a recent tournament where the maximum take was two bass (a largemouth and smallmouth, at least 15 inches), just half of the 50 participating teams caught the two bass. The main lake was yielding better catches. 

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — Sub-legal walleyes and a few legal-size rainbow trout were reported on jigs and creek chubs and crankbaits in cool, rainy weather Oct. 18. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — A few walleyes were reported by the bridge on the causeway around dusk during a rainy period in mid-October. Numbers of small perch also were reported, although they were generally smaller than in recent years. Some nice-size crappies and bluegills also were reported by anglers drifting the point of bays, especially around fish structures. 

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — A nice bluegill bite was reported around weeds in 4 to 6 feet Oct. 20, with white split-tails tipped with maggots productive. A couple of small northern pike and a couple of even smaller largemouth bass were reported. 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Bluegills were biting along the upper causeway, particularly in the evening.

Oil Creek (Venango County) — Trout were reported on Wooly Buggers and streamers near Drake Well, on this Allegheny River tributary.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Falling water temperatures began to spur the smallmouth bass bite in recent weeks, with fish in mixed sizes up to 4 pounds reported on River Darter swim baits, jigs, tubes, stick worms, and drop-shot rigs. Numbers of sub-legal bass were in the mix. Walleyes and northern pike also were reported.

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