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Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – November 21st, 2014

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Crappies and bluegills were starting to hit on grub- or minnow-tipped jigs in Marina Lake and Misery Bay in early November. Perch up to 13 inches were reported on minnow rigs, with Dobbins Landing, the South and North piers in the channel, and the marina walls productive. The channel piers were also yielding a few walleyes, which is unusual. Northern pike were reported in the bay, along with steelhead and brown trout up to 10 pounds. The salmonids were biting spoons in silver/orange or silver/blue. 

Lake Erie tributaries  — Numbers of steelhead were in the streams in early November. In low, clear water, anglers were using small, pastel-color egg patterns, single eggs, or live minnows. Wind was a problem in recent weeks, by putting leaves in the streams and making the lakefront too tough to fish. Morning and evening hours were the better times to fish.

French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — Walleye action began heating up in late October, with anglers making catches on 3⁄16-ounce jigs tipped with medium shiners or streamers. Northern pike up to 30-plus inches were hitting on 8-inch creek chubs. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Anglers were catching walleyes on bladebaits, in low fishing pressure. Crappies and bluegills were hitting off the docks. Nice catches of perch were reported by one angler.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Some nice smallmouth bass were reported on this large natural lake in late October, when fishing pressure was low. Perch were hitting off the docks.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — The bluegill bite was picking up off Sheakleyville Bridge, the ice-skating area, and Falling Run as water temperatures dropped to 57 degrees in early November. Grub- or waxworm-tipped ants were effective. 

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappie reports were mixed through October’s end, with some fish still in deep brush, and many fish running small. Bluegills and white bass were in 10 to 15 feet, and also running small.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Some walleyes were hitting on jigs and grubs or live bait through early November, with one angler reportedly catching a 9-pound, 29-incher. Smallmouth bass were stacked up in several spots in five to six feet of water. River darter-pattern lures were out-producing jigs for the bigger bass, up to 20-plus inches. Tubes and hair jigs also were effective

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