Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – March 13th, 2015

Walnut Creek Marina (Erie County) — The few anglers ice fishing the marina were catching an occasional small, fresh steelhead on jigs tipped with minnows, waxworms or grubs through late February.

Presque Isle Bay — Perch up to 14 inches and bluegills were reported but heavy winds midmonth blew some ice shanties across the bay. The waters straight out of Chestnut Street ramp and Dobbins Landing were yielding perch in mixed sizes, but several anglers said catch rates were disappointing compared with last year. Crappies were hitting in the Stink Hole, with maggot-tipped ice jigs under bobbers the ticket.

Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — This tiny natural lake yielded yellow perch and stocked trout through the ice in February.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Some anglers were icing walleyes up to 27 inches in recent weeks. Some reported limits, but catch rates were mixed, and anglers had to contend with strong winds mid-February. The north end of the lake was producing nice fish on Sonars.

Lake Canadohta (Crawford County) — A northern pike close to 29 inches took top place in a recent ice-fishing tournament on this natural lake Feb. 14. 

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Two muskies, including a 48-incher, were reported in early February, with live minnows jigged on Swedish pimples and large shiners on tip-ups productive. The smaller muskie was just over 32 inches.

Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — A few perch on minnows were reported by ice anglers, who also caught a 24-inch chain pickerel.

Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — The swim beach area yielded numbers of nice crappies for ice anglers in February, with maggot-tipped small jigs effective. Brush in about 8 feet of water in the Golden Run area also was yielding numbers of nice-size crappies on small plastics, jigs, or maggots on Swedish pimples. Bluegills were biting. Winds were at times a big problem.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County)  — Perch, bluegills and crappies were reported, with grubs or wax worms on ice ants, and minnows effective. 

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — A flurry of crappie action was reported in February, with some nice keepers reported. Snow put the skids on fishing Feb. 28. A few bass and walleyes were reported, along with nice northern pike.

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