Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – February 12th, 2016
Walnut Creek, Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, Upper Gravel Pit — As of Jan. 26, most tribs were frozen over, although a few stretches of open water remained. There was also bank ice. Some anglers were targeting steelhead through the ice at the Walnut Creek Marina Basin.
Presque Isle Bay, Misery Bay — Ice anglers were doing well on panfish as of Jan. 26, with numbers of nice-sized bluegills, crappies, and yellow perch reported. One angler reported catching 40 perch including 11 keepers in 20 feet of water in front of the new hotel.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Boaters are advised that the ice control device spanning the entire width of the river upstream of the State Street (Veteran’s) Bridge in Oil City, is now in place, and to use caution when boating in this area. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission advises using the provided opening situated nearest the north shore for passage.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Edge ice had deteriorated to an unsafe point by Jan. 30. Preceding the change, Robinson’s tackle shop reported ice fishing on the north end from Tuttle Point to Wilson’s Landing and at Red Cross and Alcatraz. Perch and crappies were hitting. Alcatraz and Red Cross were also yielding bluegills..
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Ice anglers were still crowding the lake as of Jan. 29, in advance of a forecast that predicted balmy weather. Nice crappies, bluegills, bass and northern pike were hitting. Panfish, including a 15-inch crappie, were biting live bait on jigs, while the bass and pike were hitting tip-ups.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Ice anglers reported nice catches of crappies through Jan. 28.