Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – December 5th, 2014
Lake Erie — An angler caught some smallmouth bass up to 6 pounds, lake trout and walleyes Nov. 10, with bladebaits the ticket.
Presque Isle Bay — The few anglers fishing midmonth reported bluegills and crappies off the piers.
Walnut Creek Access (Erie County) — Brown trout up to 7 pounds, 4 ounces were reported in recent weeks, with white and gray colored streamers productive.
Erie tributaries — Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported creeks were icy and slushy Nov. 17. A warming trend was predicted for Thanksgiving week. Runoff could leave creeks high and muddy, which would call for large, “smelly” baits. In clear, low, frigid water, single eggs or Blood Dots and other small nymphs were recommended. Two Coho salmon were landed this year, including one on Elk Creek, and presumed to be strays from Canada.
Allegheny River (Forest County) — The walleye bite was picking up from boat and shore around Tionesta in early November. Anglers are reminded that the sand and gravel boat launch in Tionesta is private.
Tionesta Lake (Forest County) — Muskie anglers were finding the outflow productive in recent weeks. Falling temperatures were expected to heat up the crappie bite on the lake and at Nebraska Bridge.
Spring Creek, Maple Creek (Forest County) — The Marienville Rod and Gun Club stocked trout in October.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Crappies and perch were reported off the causeway as of Nov. 17. Walleyes also were hitting off the causeway bridge and at Linesville spillway. The Jamestown Marina docks were yielding crappies and bluegills, but sizes were tending to be small. Anglers jigging blades were catching walleyes in 14 to 18 feet. An occasional walleye was reported in the Shenango River in the Pymatuning Dam outflow.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Nice bluegill and crappie catches were reported off upper Sheakleyville causeway at dark.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies up to 12 inches were reported. Early in November, they were hitting in deep water over sunken brush, and midmonth, the bite was shallow on deadfalls. Soft plastic shad patterns on 1⁄32-ounce heads under bobbers were effective.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Walleyes up to 28 inches were reported through mid-November, with jigs and live bait productive. Smallmouth bass were being targeted on jigs worked slowly on the bottom, tubes, and suspending jerkbaits in the Oil City pool. Some muskie follows were reported by bass anglers.
Allegheny River (Warren County) — Muskies, 48 and 49 inches, were reported, along with brown trout up to 28 inches and a 30-inch northern pike in mid-November.