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Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – August 14th, 2015

Lake Erie  — Walleyes were reported in 70 to 75 feet close to the Ohio line at July’s end. Some anglers were doing well on deep-diving crankbaits in 55 to 70 feet. Although hit or miss for much of this summer, perch fishing was picking up with some limits being taken in 50 to 52 feet, and in 43 to 45 feet off both Walnut Creek and Trout Run. White bass and freshwater drum were mixed in with the perch for many anglers. The South Pier also was yielding a few walleyes, while the Borders Dock was producing perch and crappies. Catfish and a few bass also were reported on larger minnows, leeches, and crawlers from dusk to darkness.

Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) —Some northern pike were reported in late July. 

French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — The bass bite was hit or miss at July’s end, with one wader landing several smallmouths up to 20 inches and others landing none. Northern pike were hitting in the Union City outflow.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) —A good muskie bite was reported as of July 26, as anglers even targeting bass reported hook-ups. One angler released a 30-inch muskie on a white spinnerbait with double willow blades during a bass tournament. Bass fishermen were getting both smallmouths and largemouths in recent weeks. Walleyes were reported by anglers trolling Shad Raps on lead core line in about 20 feet, or casting crawlers to weed edges in 6 to 10 feet. One angler caught a 29-inch walleye trolling a blue and white Shad Rap on the north end. Hot-n-Tots were taking walleyes on the south end. Catfish were hitting all over the lake, and a few anglers were catching crappies over deep-water cribs and off the causeway in the evenings in late July. One angler caught a 14-inch crappie on the south end. Some locals were catching jumbo perch in 8 feet on gravel points. Slightly larger soft plastics were productive.

Lake Canadohta (Crawford County) — Walleyes were reported on Hot-n-Tots trolled by electric motor in late July. Largemouth bass also were reported.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Muskies were hitting on live bait near the causeway. Smallmouth and largemouth bass and a few walleyes also were reported. The water below the dam was yielding a few walleyes, some small muskies, and numbers of bowfins. Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to kill or discard bowfins; they must be returned to the water, unharmed.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) —Decent early morning and late-day walleye bites were reported, particularly in 18 to 20 feet near the dam at the end of July. Hot-n-Tots were taking walleyes up to 28 inches. Crappies were reported suspended below the surface on shady banks early and late. The area near Launch No. 4 provided good shoreline fishing. One angler caught a nice largemouth casting to the weedline near Launch No. 4. 

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Anglers were targeting walleyes and stripers on Bomber Long A’s in late July. The bass bite was hit or miss. 

Sugar Creek (Venango County) —One angler caught a brown, a brook, and a rainbow trout on crawlers just before dark here in late July. 

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Bass, mostly largemouths, were hitting live creek baits on blood-red hooks. 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — After two months of high, muddy water, the river was back to normal although somewhat dirty around Oil City in late July and yielding smallmouth bass up to 19 inches, along with dinks, on tubes and other baits. Walleyes also were reported, with one angler catching a 10-pound and a 7-pound walleye on a tube. The river near Tionesta was yielding nice smallmouths up to 4-plus pounds on jig-n-craws.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Some nice largemouth bass and bluegills were reported at the end of July.

Upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — As of July 29, numbers of smallmouth bass were reported all over the river, and a few trout were still hitting near the mouths of Cathers and Blyson runs. 

Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Nice numbers of channel catfish and smallmouth bass were reported, along with walleyes at the end of July.

Allegheny River (Venango, Armstrong counties) — Some nice walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported from Emlenton to Parker through the end of July. Channel catfish were hitting at night from Emlenton to Lock No. 9.

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