Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – November 6th, 2015
Lake Erie and tributaries — Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported low, clear conditions in the creeks Oct. 22 but said anglers were catching brown trout and steelhead up to the Legion Hole on Elk Creek, mostly on single eggs and minnows. The lakeshore was yielding some nice fish as conditions allowed. The Fish & Boat Commission reported Oct. 21 that perch were still being harvested in about 61 feet of water out of Walnut Creek but urged caution to anglers and boaters as conditions can be difficult at this time of year.
Presque Isle Bay — Yellow perch, including many 8 to 10 inchers, were reported around the marina, the yacht club, and off the north pier through late October. Minnows were the ticket. Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass were reported mid-October, with the smallmouths hitting a drop-shot-rigged green-pumpkin plastic worm and 1/16-ounce marabou jig for one angler, and the largemouths biting crankbaits.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Walleyes were hitting blades off the bridges in recent weeks. One angler caught a 26-inch walleye trolling a blue and chrome Hot-n-Tot. Small yellow perch also were hitting but the crappie bite was slow. Nice releases of smallmouth and largemouth bass and some catfish were reported. The bass have hit on ½-ounce mop jigs for some anglers.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — A few nice-size bluegills were reported in about 25 feet in mid-October.
Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — A few smallmouth bass, including a 19-incher, were reported in mid-October.
Allegheny River (Venango County) —Falling temperatures triggered a walleye bite, with fish up to 24 inches reported in recent weeks on live chubs, crankbaits, and other presentations. An inconsistent bass bite was reported in recent weeks, with some fish hitting Texas-rigged wacky worms and slip sinkers, and others taking small plastic worms, but big numbers were not there. Floating leaves and grasses have been an issue for some anglers.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Average-size bluegills and crappies were reported in recent weeks.
Tionesta Lake (Forest County) —A few nice-sized bass were reported in recent weeks.