Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – January 1st, 2016
Lake Erie, Walnut, Elk, Crooked creeks, Trout, Godfrey runs (Erie County) — Shore anglers were catching steelhead off the mouths of the creeks. Stream fishermen had some success as conditions allowed, but low, clear water has prevailed through much of the season so far. Steelhead were far up in some of the streams – 10 to 15 miles on Elk – and hitting single eggs or emerald shiners. A 14-pound brown trout was landed on Crooked Creek. Anglers are reminded to stay 50 yards away from the mouth of Trout and Godfrey runs between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., as hatchery personnel continue to pull steelhead from these streams. Lake trout up to 25 pounds were spawning the lake’s shallows and hitting spoons, bucktails, and bladebaits in 15 feet from Shade’s Beach to the New York line on the east side.
Presque Isle Bay — Excellent numbers of perch in mixed sizes were biting in recent weeks. One angler reportedly caught a 17-incher. Bass were hitting on crankbaits. Walleyes were biting minnows and burbots were taking cut bait off the north and south piers.
Lake Pleasant, Lake Leboeuf, and Eaton Reservoir (Erie County) — All were producing some panfish on grubs and minnows. Lake Pleasant recently was stocked with trout.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — Walleyes up to 26 inches were biting in recent weeks. Chubs were productive, as were chartreuse floating jigheads tipped with medium shiners targeted to current breaks. Small northern pike also were reported.
Upper Clarion River — Walleyes and yellow perch were hitting through mid-December.
Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Some nice walleyes, yellow perch, and the occasional muskie were reported in recent weeks.
Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Large bluegills and some nice crappies were reported through mid-December.
Allegheny River — The water between Emlenton and Parker was yielding walleyes in recent weeks, while the confluence of the river and Redbank Creek produced a few muskies and northern pike.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Numbers of crappies were reported through mid-December along with small perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, rock bass, and sublegal walleyes, with most fish hitting soft plastics.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Small perch were reported, and one angler caught a 5-plus pound smallmouth bass in recent weeks.
Allegheny River (Crawford County) — Walleyes up to 7 ½ pounds were reported in recent weeks. One 31-incher also was reported. Hair jigs tipped with soft plastic minnows, creek chubs, suckers, and curly-tail grubs were all productive. Some quality bass also were released on tube jigs, blade baits, drop-shot rigs, and swimbaits.
Sugar Creek (Venango County) — Brown and rainbow trout were hitting on minnow rigs in recent weeks.
Little Sandy Creek (Venango County) — The fly-fishing-only stretch was yielding rainbows in recent weeks. One angler released two wild brown trout on nymphs, olive Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tail (14).
Allegheny River (Forest County) — Walleyes and muskies were reported in recent weeks in the Tionesta pool.
Tionesta Creek (Forest County) — Productive trout angling was reported in recent weeks.
Allegheny River (Warren County) — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks.
Chapman Lake (Warren County) — This popular fishery will not be stocked with trout this spring because of a scheduled draw-down for dam repairs.