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Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – June 5th 2015

Lake Erie — The lake trout and smallmouth bass bites were excellent out of North East Marina, with lakers on the move mid-May north of the mountain from Freeport to the state line in 65 to 105 feet and hitting spoons on downriggers within 10 feet or the bottom and dipsey divers at 1½ setting 165 feet out. 

Presque Isle Bay — Numbers of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass were reported on soft plastics, such as tubes, through May 18. Bluegills were hitting off the North Pier, and northern pike were reported in Misery Bay. (The South Pier is closed for repairs until July.) A couple of muskies were reported. Nice perch up to 14 inches were being caught from Liberty Park to the Border Patrol Pier.

Lake Erie tributaries — Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported May 22 that smallmouth bass were still hitting, and the walleye bite remained strong near the mouths of the tribs in 8 to 15 feet. Perch were hit or miss in 35 feet off Walnut Creek and Trout Run. A few trout were reported earlier in the month on Fourmile, Sevenmile, and Twentymile creeks on the east side.

Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) — Crappies were reported in recent weeks, along with a 22-inch largemouth bass.

Union City Reservoir (Erie County) — Assorted panfish were reported in the lake, and the outflow was yielding northern pike in recent weeks. 

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — Smallmouth bass and walleyes were reported, with the bass hitting tubes and other soft plastics

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Nice smallmouth bass up to 18 inches were released in 4- to 6-foot-deep current breaks and faster water. A 20-incher was reported. Hot baits were tubes, creature baits and solid-body river darters. Some nice walleyes up to 24 and 26 inches were reported on tubes. A 42-inch muskie was released. 

Oil Creek (Venango County) — Numbers of brown and rainbow trout were reported on Stoneflies (14) in the fly-fishing-only section.

Geneva Swamp (Crawford County) — Crappies and bowfins were reported. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Crappies up to 14 inches were hitting through mid-May, depending on conditions, with minnows and soft plastics, such as baby shads, effective. Limits of walleyes were reported on crawlers drifted in five to seven feet, particularly when wind put a chop on the water. Night-time anglers reported walleyes on crankbaits. One angler caught an 8-pound, 7-ounce walleye on a jig and minnow. The winning weight in a recent walleye tournament totaled 14 pounds, 1.5 ounces. The lunker was 8 pounds, 3.5 ounces. Perch and smallmouth bass also were reported, with bass coming in grass, but the muskie bite slowed by mid-May. Bluegills turned on in recent weeks. Anglers also reported catfish.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — This natural lake was yielding crappies through May 18, and numbers of brown bullheads were reported.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Some nice walleyes were reported from the I-79 Bridge to the Access No. 3. Crappies also were hitting. 

Neshannock Creek (Mercer County) — Rainbow trout were reported through mid-May. A gold spoon tipped with a live maggot was productive for at least one angler.

Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — Some walleye limits were reported on crankbaits and stickbaits below the Sharpsville Dam. Smallmouth bass up to 4 pounds on reported on soft plastic grub-type baits. 


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