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Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – May 22nd, 2015

Lake Erie — As of May 9, anglers were starting to catch a few perch in 30 in 35 feet off Walnut. The night-time walleye bite was starting along the shoreline, particularly on the west side between dusk and dark, as walleyes were feeding on smolts. Floating stickbaits, fire-tiger-patterned crankbaits and jointed crankbaits were productive. Some walleyes were running 5 to 6 pounds and an 8-pounder was reported. Lake trout and brown trout were reported off Northeast with some anglers getting nice lakers 25 feet down over 30 to 42 feet of water. The occasional walleye also was reported. One angler did well on bass up to 3 pounds, fishing the eastern water where smallmouths were hitting last fall. 

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — The perch bite had slowed off the piers by May 9, and smallmouth bass were in the bay. Several smallmouths and largemouth bass were reported on spoons, jerkbaits, or smoke-colored tube jigs, with some fish weighing 2 to 4 pounds. 

Lake Erie tributaries — Steelhead were mostly gone by early May, and suckers and smallmouth bass were moving into the creeks, as conditions allowed. Some anglers were catching stocked brown trout. 

Lake LaBeouf (Erie County) — Crappies and northern pike were reported.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Crappies and perch were reported by anglers drifting or anchoring with a bobber on the north end. Anglers did well sight-fishing for them in wood on points, and using small jigs tipped with soft plastics. Some were 12 to 15 inches and weighed up to 2 pounds. Some large perch were hitting minnows off Andover Causeway. Walleyes were reported, with the evening bite on twister tail jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water productive for some, and 20 to 21 feet productive for others. Two muskies, 40 and 50 inches, were released. Bass, including some 2- and 3-pounders, were released through early May, with chatterbaits or crankbaits productive. 

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Nice numbers of walleyes were reported, but most were small.

Geneva Swamp (Crawford County) — Bowfin and northern pike were beginning to hit in early May.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Big bluegills and crappies were reported on this large natural lake in recent weeks.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Nice numbers of crappies were reported in the canal area of this natural lake.

Union City Reservoir (Crawford County) — Northern pike were reported in the spillway.

Oil Creek (Venango County) — Many trout were seen rising to a heavy Grannom Caddis hatch in early May. Trout were hitting salmon eggs and salted minnows.

Sugar Creek (Venango County) — The upper reaches yielded brown trout on a Caddis dry fly. 

Sandy Creek — Rainbow trout were hitting green Caddis flies or eggs and bead-head nymphs through early May. Brown trout were biting minnows.

Allegheny River (Venango, Forest counties) — Numbers of smallmouth bass were reported on tubes. Walleyes also were biting. Some anglers out of Tionesta caught bass, including two 20-inchers, on spinnerbaits or paddle-tail grubs. A few northern pike were reported.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Numbers of largemouth bass were reported, with a few weighing over 4 pounds and many about 2 pounds. Jigs with creature bait trailers were productive. Northern pike also were reported. Crappies were hitting on 1⁄8-ounce jigs and baby shad soft plastics were reported, with sizes mixed sizes, but most running small. A 27-inch walleye was reported. 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Panfish were hitting in the shallows through early May. A 2¼-pound largemouth was released on a chatterbait and a 5-pounder on a coffee-colored tube. 

Neshannock Creek (Mercer County) — Numbers of rainbow trout were reported on small gold spoons tipped with maggots.

Harbar Acres Lake (State Game Land 95) (Butler County) — Anglers were catching in-season stocked trout through early May.

The Glades (State Game Land 95) (Butler County) — Nice catches of channel catfish were reported on chicken livers at night near the old Christie Road Bridge. 

Thorn Creek (Butler County) — This stream south of Butler was recently stocked but not heavily fished in early May. 

Lake Oneida (Butler County) — Crappies were reported. The outflow into Connoquenessing Creek is an Approved Trout Water. 

Bessemer Lake, Cascade Quarry (Lawrence County) — Both had in-season stockings, and the trout at Cascade Quarry were striking just about everything anglers offered.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Crappies, panfish and a few bass were reported.

Upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — Smallmouth bass and trout were reported near the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Gravel Lick access area.

Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Channel Catfish, a few walleyes, and nice numbers of smallmouth bass were reported. Anglers and boaters are advised that now through Oct. 31, 2016, Piney Dam will be drawn down about five feet below normal pool for dam repairs. Docks and recreational boating are affected.

Allegheny River (Clarion County) — Walleyes, smallmouth bass and some northern pike were reported in recent weeks around Parker islands and the mouths of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek.

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