Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – December 18th, 2015
Presque Isle Bay — Two anglers reported limits of perch totaling 15 pounds on a mild day in late November. Several anglers said this past November was the best for perching they could remember, with great catches coming on small minnows on Subiki rigs. Several anglers also reported walleyes, which followed emerald shiners into the bay. Burbot (freshwater cod) were reported on cut bait on the bottom off the north and south piers. Steelhead were hitting at the Borders docks.
Lake Erie tributaries — With low, clear flow persisting through the season, some of the better steelhead action was off the beaches near the creek mouths, especially at Trout Run. Steelhead were moving into the mouth of Walnut Creek and hanging there until after sunrise. As conditions allowed, anglers were catching steelhead that had moved up into Elk and Crooked creeks. Tackle shops reported that steelhead were running small this year, overall. More brown trout over 10 pounds were reported, with nice catches coming in the lower sections of Elk and Crooked creeks. Minnows, single eggs and small natural egg sacks were the best producers.
Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — Average-size bass were hitting in 5 to 10 feet near rocky areas. A 41-inch muskie also was reported.
French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — Small northern pike were reported on large creek bait.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — The walleye bite was mixed, with some anglers making nice catches up to 28 inches on blades. Falling water temperatures were expected to spur a better bite. Reports were better on crappies and bluegills were reported off the Jamestown Marina docks. Some big channel catfish and a few perch also were reported.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — This large natural lake was yielding crappies and bluegills in recent weeks.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Bass up to 3.5 pounds were reported in recent weeks on tube jigs and jig-n-pigs. A few slab crappies also were reported.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies were hitting for anglers vertically jigging small minnows in recent weeks. Numbers of white bass also were reported, with 1/8-ounce jigs and soft plastic shad bodies in monkey milk productive.
Sugar Lake (Venango County) — Numbers of crappies were reported through late November.
Justus Lake (Venango County) — Numbers of rainbow trout were reported by anglers drifting crawlers and small shiners in recent weeks. Trout were stacking within the tail reaches of Two Mile Run as it entered the northern end of the lake.
Allegheny River — A poor fall bass bite was reported at the end of November. The Oil City pool was yielding smallmouths in the 12- to 15-inch range and just a few pushing 19 inches. They were hitting on jigs, tubes and creek chubs. Walleyes up to 28 inches were reported, with one angler doing well on hair jig/soft plastic minnow combos.
Allegheny River (Forest County) — Muskies and walleyes were hitting near Tionesta.
Tionesta Creek (Forest County) — Numbers of trout were reported around Barnes and Duck Eddy.