Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – December 19th, 2014
Lake Erie — Creeks were muddy Dec. 6, but were coming down. Steelhead fishing turned slow after Thanksgiving, with creeks freezing and water turning very cold. Then milder temperatures turned streams high and muddy. The lakeshore was productive as conditions allowed. On the whole, more brown trout were hitting than steelhead this year, and many 10-plus pounders were reported, according to Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle. The largest brown weighed at the shop so far was 13 pounds.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Crappies and perch were hitting in early December, mostly from the north and south piers. Perch also were reported from the yacht club.
Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Anglers were catching some walleyes by slow-trolling or drifting crawlers and shiners along the shoreline. They also were catching a few perch by drifting minnows and crawlers.
Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Nice numbers of quality panfish and the occasional bass were reported through early December, with small jigs tipped with maggots or minnows productive.
Allegheny River — Nice catches of walleyes and a few muskies and northern pike were reported at the mouths of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek. Walleyes were hitting minnows, while the muskies and pike were taking large shiners and artificials.
Woodcock Creek Lake, Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Winter drawdowns have been completed on both fisheries, and the bite is slow.
Shenango Reservoir/Shenango River (Mercer County) — Water levels were high on both reservoir and river through early December. Anglers are reminded there is a new boat launch in the village of Hamburg. There were nice numbers of stocked fish in the outflow of the Shenango Reservoir, which is designated as a year-round trout fishery.
Harbor Acres Lake (Butler County) — Brown trout were reported on minnows in recent weeks on this lake that is open to year-round fishing.
Lake Oneida (Butler County) — Catfish were hitting on large live chubs off the bottom. Ice fishing is not permitted on this water supply reservoir.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — A few largemouth bass, bluegills and crappies were reported.