Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – January 30th, 2015
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Ice anglers were on Misery Bay, Horseshoe Pond and the Stink Hole in mid-January. Numbers of crappies up to 13 inches and a 4-plus pound bass were reported from Misery Bay. The Stink Hole was yielding nice perch and other panfish.
Lake Erie steelhead tributaries — Ice had the streams locked up in mid-January, and ice anglers were catching a few steelhead in Walnut Creek Marina Basin.
Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — This 25-acre natural lake was yielding stocked trout through the ice in mid-January.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — Severe cold in mid-January froze the slower pools and bend holes and created edge-ice. Prior to that, when water was open, anglers were catching walleyes up to 21 inches, and northern pike in mixed sizes on chubs or jigs tipped with shiners. One angler released a 17-inch sucker on a floating jig tipped with medium-size shiner. A 28-inch brown trout also was released.
Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — Ice anglers were catching northern pike on tip-ups and large shiners and largemouth bass on tip-ups and minnows in mid-January. Some anglers caught nice bluegills as well as a few 15-inch rainbow trout, with the trout hitting on jigs and waxworms or maggots in 6 feet of water.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Ice anglers were catching bluegills and northern pike on jigs tipped with minnows, meal worms, or maggots on the north end of this 925-acre natural lake in mid-January. Large shiners on tip-ups were the bait of choice for the pike.
Kahle Lake (Venango County) — A few largemouth bass were iced on spoons in mid-January. A few crappies and perch also were reported. Most of the fish came in deep water, about 20 feet.
Allegheny River (Venango, Forest counties) — Chunks of ice made boating too difficult in mid-January. Prior to that, when water was open, anglers fishing the Tionesta pool reported a generally slow bite that included a few northern pike and a muskie lost at the boat ramp. The Oil City pool yielded walleyes up to 20 inches and a few bass, most of which came on crankbaits.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Bluegills and crappies were being iced in mid-January, with tip-ups and maggots or mealworms productive. A few walleyes also were reported.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — As of Jan. 18, anglers were icing numbers of crappies in mixed sizes up to 1½ pounds, 14 inches on fathead minnows, northern pike up to 28 inches on shiners, and nice numbers of largemouth bass on shiners.
Harbar Acres (Butler County) — Nice catches of stocked trout were reported through the ice through mid-January.