Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – October 23rd, 2015
Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County) — The lower reaches of Walnut, Elk and Crooked creeks were yielding a few steelhead in the early morning and late evening hours. Creeks were low as of Oct. 11. Anglers were doing well at the mouths of the creeks on spoons, spinners, skein and baits.
Lake Pleasant (Erie County) —The trout bite picked up in early October, with anglers reporting success on grubs and minnows.
French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — Smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern pike and channel catfish were reported on live bait and spinners, stinkbaits, and other artificials in recent weeks.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) —Walleyes, largemouth bass, and crappies were reported along with a northern pike in recent weeks. Pike are seldom reported in this fishery.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Cooler fall temperatures spurred fishing activity in recent weeks in slowly declining water levels during the winter draw-down. The outflow down to the Walnut Street Bridge is a year-round trout fishery.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass and walleyes were reported mostly on spinners and tubes in recent weeks, although boaters were finding floating weeds to be a challenge.
Oil Creek (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass as well as some walleyes in the lower reaches were reported.
Lake Tionesta outflow (Forest County) — Trout were reported between Kellettville and the Nebraska Bridge.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) —Nice catches of channel catfish were reported on minnows off the bottom around the Lakeview picnic area. Hybrid striped bass also were biting on the submerged roadbed at the Old Route 422 access.