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Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – April 10th, 2015

Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay — Some nice brown trout were caught through last ice off East Avenue. The bay was loaded with bait fish and steelhead. 

Walnut, Elk, Crooked Creeks and Upper Gravel Pit (Erie County) — Ice had moved out of the tributaries and water levels were falling as of March 25, although shore ice remained in some areas. Anglers were catching steelhead at the mouth of Trout Run, Lower Walnut, and Elk creeks.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — The open water of the Linesville spillway was starting to yield spring-spawning walleyes. The bite was expected to improve in warming water. The spillway also was yielding some slab crappies. At last ice, anglers were catching crappies, bluegills, perch  and the occasional walleye.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — A 32-inch, 8-pound, 9-ounce northern pike was landed in an ice-fishing tournament on this natural lake in mid-March. 

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Crappies were hitting in mid-Match on this natural lake, with catches coming in 10 to 15 feet in 25 feet of water. Numbers in mixed sizes up to 10 and 12 inches were caught on jigs and minnows or maggots. 

Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — The winning catch in a February ice-fishing tournament was a 39-plus inch northern pike; a 26-inch pike was the winning fish in a March tournament. The winning panfish was a 9-inch perch, and the top walleye was close to 22 inches.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Occasional walleyes were reported in the Oil City area before the season closed but ice made river access difficult. 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Anglers at last ice were catching nice bluegills and crappies off Launch Nos. 3 and 4. 

Shenango River (Mercer County) — A few walleyes were reported in the outflow area below Pymatuning Dam, while the inland walleye season was closed.

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