Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – January 29th, 2016
Lake Erie steelhead tributaries (Erie County) — As of Jan. 16, streams were icing up. Prior to the downturn in temperatures, eastside tribs had numbers of steelhead, which high water had moved to the upstream reaches.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Water was beginning to freeze as of Jan. 16, but ice was not fishable. There was still a little open water off the piers, and a few anglers were targeting burbot. Prior to the formation of skim ice on the bay, anglers were catching numbers of yellow perch, although sizes were mixed.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — O’Donnell’s reported that ice anglers were fishing the upper bays as of Jan. 16 and catching largemouth bass, a few smallmouth bass and bluegills. One bass angler released a 28-inch muskie. The bass were hitting shiners and tip-ups. A few anglers were catching bluegills on jigs.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Fishable ice hadn’t formed as of Jan. 16, but a few anglers were catching panfish off the docks.
Shenango River Reservoir, Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Neither lake had formed fishable ice as of Jan. 16, although skim ice was reported. More than a week earlier, the outflow below the dam was yielding a few small crappies.