Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report – March 11th, 2016
Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County) — During periods of open water last month, Elk Creek and other tribs were yielding fresh-run steelhead to egg sacks and emerald shiners.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —The South Pier was yielding burbot in the late afternoon hours last month, while the water off Dobbins Landing produced some nice perch up to 14 and 15 inches on Subiki rigs and glow jigs. Some bay anglers reported catching a few bass and some bluegills.
French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer county) — During periods of thaw, anglers were catching walleyes, including a 24-incher released on a chartreuse floating jig head tipped with a minnow.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — With ice “iffy” on the main lake for much of last month, some anglers turned to fishing the Shenango River below the dam and caught walleyes.
Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — As ice allowed this winter, anglers caught quality-size crappies, perch and bluegills on jigs tipped with maggots and Swedish pimples.
Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — As ice allowed last month, anglers were catching nice numbers of crappies. The tailrace was yielding walleyes, an occasional northern pike, and rainbow trout. Numbers of trout were reported in the outflow.
Neshannock Creek (Mercer County) — Anglers are reminded that the delayed harvest section of this scenic stream has been classified this year as a Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters stream, meaning it will receive an allotment of trophy-size trout in advance of the start of trout season.
Kahle Lake (Venango County) — As ice allowed last month, some anglers caught bluegills and some nice crappies, while one fisherman reported a bass on a teardrop.
Allegheny River — In high water around Franklin last month, an angler reported catching smallmouth bass up to 19-plus inches on a crankbait, and walleyes up to 25 inches on a jerkbait. Other anglers caught walleyes near Oil City on jigs tipped with minnows. Catfish also were reported.