Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – February 26th, 2016
Walnut Creek, Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, Upper Gravel Pit (Erie County) — Mild temperatures kept streams open as late as Feb. 10, but angling pressure was light. The lower stretches of Walnut and Elk creeks were yielding steelhead, and one local angler did well in the lower reaches of Crooked, where he reported catching fresh steelhead on emerald shiners. Limited success was reported at the Gravel Pit. Single-digit temperatures were causing the tribs to freeze as of Feb. 12.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Lake Erie Bait & Tackle reported Feb. 13 that Marina Lake was yielding bluegills and crappies through the ice. Horseshoe was yielding bluegills, crappies and perch. Misery Bay was on the way to making fishable ice Feb. 13. In open water during a prior mild spell, crappies, perch and largemouth bass were hitting. Ice jigs or tip-ups and emerald shiners were the ticket.
Allegheny River (Forest County) — Mild weather in early February cleared ice from the river, and boaters and shore anglers in the Tionesta pool were catching northern pike and muskies. The walleye bite wasn’t as good as in past years, according to some anglers.
Woodcock Creek (Crawford County) — Walleyes and the occasional muskie were reported below the dam through early February.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Milder weather in early February brought walleye anglers to the river at the mouth of Mill Creek and from Oil Creek to French Creek. Boaters are reminded that the ice control device spanning the river upstream of the State Street (Veteran’s) Bridge in Oil City is in place. Caution must be exercised when operating in this area. A navigation channel/slot for recreational boating traffic is located just left of center (southern shore).
French Creek (Venango County — Stream conditions made for poor walleye fishing from above Utica to Takitezy through early February.
Justus Lake (Venango County) —Despite a sizable stocking of trout in recent months, angling pressure was low through early February.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — O’Donnell’s reported Feb. 12 that the Muddy Creek arm was yielding bass, northern pike, crappies, and bluegills and some nice perch through the ice on tip-ups and jigs. Much of the lake was open water except for areas like the Muddy Creek arm.