Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – September 11th, 2015
Lake Erie (Erie County) — On the west side, numbers of freshwater drum were hitting at the end of August. Wind was a problem this summer, but as conditions allowed, walleyes were reported in 65 to 75 feet as well as 80 to 100 feet off the Point. Perch were in 43 to 53 feet, and in about 54 feet from the Peninsula to Walnut Creek. Some limits were reported off Walnut Creek. Walleye anglers were picking up numbers of steelhead in the trenches, and while there were no steelhead in the streams in late August, anglers were gearing for the annual fall runs. The occasional brown trout was reported near the mouths of the creeks. One angler caught three browns, 18 to 22 inches, on a 1¾-inch chartreuse spoon at the Walnut Creek access area. On the east side, a good walleye bite was reported if conditions cooperated. Nice catches were coming at 60 feet down in 105 feet of water from the marina to the state line, with dipsy divers, spoons, and crawler harnesses effective. The bite seemed best in the hour before sunrise. Perch were hit or miss, with 42 feet of water between Greenfield and McCord’s Point productive for some. Steelhead were hitting at 60 to 65 feet in 110 feet of water on blue and chrome or green and chrome spoons. Some nice brown trout were in the mix.
Union City Dam (Erie County) — Northern pike were hitting at the spillway in late August. The reservoir was yielding bass, catfish, crappies, perch and sunfish on live baits ranging from minnows to leeches to grubs.
French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — The deepest holes of the upper reaches were yielding smallmouth bass and walleyes on hand-tied hair-jigs in crayfish patterns at the end of August, when water was shallow. Some anglers were catching nice walleyes on crankbaits during the evenings. Some of the smaller holes of the South Branch of French Creek were yielding a few trout on a Joe Fly with a yellow tip for one angler.
Pymatuning River Reservoir (Crawford County) — A few anglers were still catching walleyes by trolling shad-pattern crankbaits or drifting crawlers in deep water at the end of August. Eleven to 16 feet just north of the causeway was productive for some anglers. Numbers of crappies, including limits, were reported in 18 to 20 feet. Many were positioned near humps topping out at 15 feet. Muskies were hitting on top, with the largest reported a 44-incher. Some anglers were drifting live bait for perch, but the key was finding them, and sizes were running small. Numbers of catfish were reported.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) —The panfish bite was hot last month on this 925-acre natural lake. Big bluegills were schooled up in deeper water in August. Crappies also were reported, with anglers seeing them chase schools of small minnows on select weed flats.
Woodcock Creek Reservoir (Crawford County) — Walleyes were hitting at the spillway in late August.
Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) —The crappie bite was mixed in late August, with some anglers getting skunked and others catching numbers. Smallmouth bass up to 20 inches were reported, along with largemouth bass and white bass. Northern pike were reported, with one angler catching nice-size pike on 3/8-ounce jigs. Some nice keeper bluegills also were reported.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) —Walleyes up to 28 inches were reported on Hot-n-Tots. Some quality crappies were reported off the Three Posts area. A couple of largemouth bass up to 4 pounds were reported.
Allegheny River (Venango County) —Bass up to 4 pounds were reported on Jitterbugs and other lures and baits, although low, clear water made for tough fishing at the end of August. The evening bite was the most productive, with smaller-size fish hitting in the shallow, fast-running riffles and in the lower end of the deep pools, and larger smallmouths in the deepest pools of the river. Buzzbaits, stickworms and tubes were productive.