Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – November 20th, 2015
Lake Erie tributaries — Steelhead streams were low and clear through early November, although fish had moved up into the deeper holes around the end of October, following much-needed rainfall. Anglers were catching steelhead and brown trout on skein, single eggs, blood dots, and minnows. When the lake was calm, shore anglers were doing well on spoons, spinners, and powerbait, and boaters were making catches by trolling bright, fluorescent-colored plugs near shore.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Perch were hitting off the North Pier and in Marina Lake, which is open to fishing for the rest of the year.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Amid light angling pressure in late October, nice-size walleyes were reported on bladebaits, particularly on the south end. (The Shenango River below the dam also was yielding walleyes.) Crappies were active, with numbers of fish reported, and many 9 to 12 inchers in about 14 to 18 feet of water. Yellow perch were hitting off the causeway. Some anglers reported small bluegills, and a few smallmouth bass on jigs and minnows.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Big bluegills were reported in about 27 feet on the north end of this large, natural lake at the end of October. Northern pike ranging from 15 inches to 32 inches were hitting lipless rattle baits and jigs and minnows. One angler caught a small smallmouth bass on a swimbait.
Geneva Swamp (Crawford County) — This fishery known for bowfin received a lot of waterfowl hunting pressure in recent weeks.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Bass, including some 4-plus pounders, were reported on crankbaits and jigs in 5 to 10 feet of water. Some bass were hitting plastics flipped to weed humps on the edge of breaks.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Numbers of crappies were reported. One angler caught a 17-inch walleye while targeting crappies with soft plastics in 8 to 14 feet of water near or over brush.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Bass were scattered in late October and the best action was in early morning, with jigs and river-darter-patterned lures productive. Leaves and floating weeds made lure presentation difficult. Some veteran river anglers said the good fall bite hadn’t yet started. In a recent tournament, the winning weight was four bass totaling 10.77 pounds. A few walleyes and freshwater drum were reported.
Tionesta Lake (Forest County) — Smallmouths were schooled up in the deeper water in late October and hitting in the evenings for anglers fishing drop-shot rigs with two-inch tubes or spoons. Some of the larger bass were scattered in the shallows.
Harbar Acres Lake (Butler County) — A recent brown trout stocking made for good fishing on this access-friendly lake in recent weeks.