Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
Lake Erie — As of May 17, Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle reported conditions were a little rough and fishing was generally slow because of colder than usual water. Some night-time anglers were catching a few walleyes from the lakeshore and from boats. The perch bite had slowed, but fishing pressure also was low. The smallmouth bite was a little off, although some anglers reported good numbers.
Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — A few walleyes and muskies were reported in recent weeks.
Woodcock Creek (Crawford County) — A few walleyes were reported when the season opened, but most were running sub-legal in size. Muskies and trout also were reported.
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — The spring crappie bite as of May 18 was slower than normal for many anglers.
Beaver Run, Tionesta Reservoir outflow (Forest County) — Trout anglers were catching fish on crawlers on Beaver Run, while fly-anglers were making nice releases on Tionesta outflow using both caddis dries and subsurface flies.
Tionesta Reservoir (Forest County) — A slow start to springtime crappie fishing was reported. The upper “slow, no wake” area near the submerged stumps is a typical hot spot, with live minnows under bobbers productive.
Allegheny River — The stretch from Tidioute and Tionesta was yielding nice catches of walleyes in recent weeks.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Appalachian Trails reported that anglers pre-fishing a May 23 crappie tournament were finding the big females in deeper water because of chilly water temperatures, instead of spawning in the shallows. Some anglers were catching largemouth and smallmouth bass and some catfish. Four muskies were released in one week, and most were around 40 inches. A few walleyes were reported by anglers targeting them with worm harnesses and floating jigheads. They were still fairly deep as of May 21, and anglers had to compete with alewives and gizzard shad for a bite. Walleyes were averaging 20 inches.
Harbar Acres Lake (Butler County) — Stocked trout were reported through mid-May. This gameland impoundment also yields panfish.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Nice crappies and walleyes were reported May 21, and angling pressure was up.