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NW PA Weekly Fishing Report, June 6, 2011

June 7, 2011
By Darl Black
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Note: The information in the NW PA Weekly Fishing Report is based on the observations and opinions of individuals at the reporting tackle shops and expert area anglers. Although the information is reliable, it is not independently verified.

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Mercer County Waters

Lake Wilhelm

Bob Mohra (Fergies Bait): “Anglers are still catching tons of bluegills and crappies, plus some walleyes. Crappies are being taken mostly on live minnows. Bluegills are hitting wax worms and red worms. Walleyes are hitting worm harnesses in with either orange or chartreuse blades. I heard a rumor of a 54-inch musky caught near the dam, but have not been able to verify it.”

Chad Templin (Saegertown): “My fishing buddy and I fished Wilhelm on Friday. We caught 1 bass in six hours of fishing between the two of us. We are NOT professional fishermen.”

Shenango Lake

Laurie Frantz (R&L Bait): “The hot places to fish this past week for most of my customers were Shenango Lake and Shenango River. Several customers were targeting walleye with worm harnesses and crawlers. Most of them reported limiting out. Some anglers were also catching catfish while fishing for walleye. My husband, Ron, fished Shenango Lake on Saturday and brought home his limit of walleye plus some nice crappies – yum! He also hooked and landed a 29” a striper, which he released. He said it put up a very exciting fight.

“Several customers headed to Otter Creek to try their luck with northern pike. Shiners were their bait of choice.

“Also, at Pymatuning Lake, Nick Sorg, age 8, caught a 14.5-inch, 1 lb. 5.2 oz crappie and a 13-inch, 1 lb. crappie using live minnows.”

Ken Smith (Sharon): “My buddy Randy ‘Gap’ Washington from North Carolina came up to fish with me this past weekend. We fished for crappies at Shenango and Mosquito. We caught them both days by hang-gliding Micro Spoons tipped with a minnow in 8 feet of water.” (See photo 01)

Venango County Waters

Allegheny River

Ken Anderson (Tionesta): “During the past two weeks I fished the Allegheny River. River conditions were miserable both days, but I convinced a few bass to bite. One day I caught a 14” and 17” smallmouth on a crankbait. The next time out I got a 15” smallmouth on a worm. No walleye yet!”

Chris Wolfgong (Oil City): “Dale Black and I hit the river on the evening of June 3 and in spite of the winds we had a phenomenal night! The tube bite was on. I caught 15 on the old standby YUM Green Pumpkin Tube. With the river level dropping, the bass had moved onto flats, likely in preparation for spawning. Between the wind and high water faster current, it would have been difficult to detect bites, but this was my first time using Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line on my tube rod and I did not have a problem feeling bites. The sensitivity of the line is amazing. Eventually the tube bite died, so we changed to crankbaits. Wish we had changed sooner – bass were crushing cranks. I caught another 11 for a total of 26! Dale finished with 22 smallies for a boat total of 48 bass in four hours. The fish ranged from 12” to 18”.” (See Photo 02)

Darl Black (Cochranton): “We could not pry Dale Black away from his work on Sunday, so Chris Wolfgong and I hit the river on the evening of June 5 for exactly 3 hours. The river level continues to drop, but the water is still muddy. We started out good, slowed when we changed spots, and then we returned to our original area to finish strong. We each landed 10 smallmouths, ranging from 12” to 14” – nothing larger. The fish came on a variety of tubes, swim jigs and Yum Dingers. Chris caught 4 smallmouths in the last 15 minutes to finish even with me. With our quitting time preset at 8 PM, I watched the clock and issued a ‘cease and desist order’ exactly at 8 PM so he didn’t get the lead!”

Justus Lake

Mike Horrobin reports the carp are spawning at Justus Lake. “They were raising a flap in shallow water at the north end of the lake, and had it all muddied up.”

Oil Creek and other county trout streams

Mike Horrobin ( “Trout fishing continued to be on an upward swing with the long awaited hatches finally coming. Drakes, Coffin flies and Sulphurs were all producing fish on Little Sandy Fly Project.”

Terry Farrell (Hook, Line & Stitch): “I fished Oil Creek on the evening of June 2. My friend caught a nice rainbow trout on a Prince Nymph. I did see some Blue Wing olives coming off the water and later in the evening, around 8:45, I started to see some small Sulfur flies coming off.”

Crawford County Waters

Pymatuning Lake

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “The fishing is still hot at Pymie! Walleyes are still biting. Trolling worm harnesses seem to be the preferred method right now. However, a few reports have been given by fishermen using either Bomber Model 4A or Cotton Cordell Wally Diver. Storm Hot-N-Tots have also been hot…as I am completely sold out! More Hot-N-Tots on Tuesday!

“Crappies are still being caught all over the lake, with the bulk of people fishing the ‘stumps’ off Linesville. A lot of activity and success on the causeway and Espyville Marina breakwall has been reported, too.”

Mike Kuna (Pittsburgh): “Bob & Sue Griffith and I fished Pymie on June 4th. The place was on fire! I’ve never seen that many boats at Linesville. We caught largemouth, bluegills, crappie and some walleyes. Looked to me like everyone was catching fish. Get up there if you can!” (See Photo 04)

Derek Severns (address not known) caught a 3.60 pound largemouth during a club tournament on the lake on June 4.

Mike Horrobin (Jigger Tackle): “Quite a few of our customers were venturing to Pymatuning this week for walleye. They reported good success with the Jigger Crawler Harness and June Bug spinner in green, chartreuse and watermelon.”

Conneaut Lake

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors) reports Conneaut is giving up a good amount of bluegill the past 7 to 10 days. Many are in the 9” to 10” range.

Chad Templin (Saegertown): “On Wednesday, June 1, I fished Conneaut Lake for panfish. It was very windy. Water temps in the low to mid 70s. Caught crappie and panfish, but most of the fish were small; I used a mix of jigs and small worms. Live bait seemed to be the ticket over jigs. The next day I fished Conneaut again, this time for bass with a buddy. It was also very windy that day. Fishing was terrible…only a few small bass and a few even-smaller pike. We saw them applying herbicide chemical to kill the weeds.”

Woodcock Lake

Bob Adams (Blooming Valley): “I heard you were looking for local fishing information. I fished Woodcock Lake last Thursday afternoon, and caught 5 walleyes plus a musky trolling the main channel edge. All fish were caught on a Cordell Wally Diver.”

Canadohta Lake

Ken Anderson (Tionesta): “I fished Canadohta Lake on Saturday, June 4, from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. Got two nice largemouths (15” and 17”) on a jig-n-pig, and dropped several smaller fish on tubes. Witnessed another angler catch a 22” walleye.”

Sugar Creek

Ken Anderson fished Sugar Creek on Tuesday evening for about an hour. He caught 5 trout – both stocked and wild fish.

Erie County Waters

Presque Isle Bay

Destin DeMarion (Grove City): “I took my little 14’ boat to Presque Isle Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday this past week. My buddy and I caught them pretty good. We launched at 6 a.m. and within five minutes I had three smallmouths from 3 to 5 pounds on a Bomber Fat Free Shad. I also caught another dozen bass on a Strike King 6XD crank. Those fish were wild, but my Powell Glass Cranking rod had enough flex to prevent the fish from throwing the treble hook baits. Once the sun came out the bite died on crankbaits, so I went to drop shotting a Jackall Crosstail Shad and managed another 20 to 30 bass by 9:30 a.m. After burning up most of my Crosstail Shads, we went exploring – but didn’t catch anything until late in the afternoon when we returned to our original spot. (See photo 04)

“On Wednesday, it was too rough to take my small boat on the Bay proper, so we went after largemouth in Misery Bay and Horseshoe Pond. We caught somewhere around 20 largemouth in a couple hours on a War Eagle spinnerbait. We managed another 10 bass by flipping a Gene Larew Biffle Bug. We put the boat on the trailer and went over to the city side to fish around the marina walls. We caught smallies up to 3.5 pounds; many were cruising along the drops apparently after leaving beds. All the smallies fell for an ISG Tube on drop shot presentation.”

Lake Erie

Al Nacopoulos (B.A.C. Bait) says several of his customers mentioned catching walleye on the east side of the peninsula in the lake off the condos. Also walleye plus some perch were being caught in the lake between Trout Run and Godfrey Run. “Bluegills are biting everywhere in the Bay,” he adds.

Lake LeBoeuf

Bill Logan (Pleasantville): “I went to LeBoeuf on Wednesday, June 1. Whitecaps on the lake, but I managed to catch 2 largemouth in the 2.5 pound range by flipping cover, plus a 41 inch musky on a Grandma Lure. The musky hit right at boatside – what a thrill!”

GAMMA Salutes

Todd Hilenbrandt won the Mingo Creek Bass Club tournament at Pymatuning on June 4th with 5 bass going 10.40 pounds. (Submitted by Derek Severns)

Outdoor Calendar of Events

June 18 Fortune and Fury: A history of commercial fishing in Erie; book signing at Watson-Curtze Mansion, Erie, 10 AM – 3 PM

June 19 BMCC Father’s Day Open Bass Tourney 814-382-0686

Presque Isle Bay; $100 per team

June 25 Walt’s Tavern Bass Tourney

Conneaut Lake; $50 entry per 2-person Team

Information contributed by:

- Chris’ Tackle Box, Jamestown, PA

- Maurer’s Trading Post, Franklin, PA

- Oil Creek Outfitters, Titusville, PA

- John’s Bait & Tackle, Meadville, PA

- Van Tassel’s Timberland Bait, Canadohta Lake, PA

- Fergie’s Bait & Tackle, Sandy Lake, PA

- R & L Bait & Tackle, Greenville, PA

- B.A.C. Bait & Tackle, Erie, PA

- Poor Richards Bait & Tackle, Fairview, PA

- Presque Isle Angler, Erie, PA

- Neshannock Creek Fly Shop, Volant, PA

- Erie Sports Store, Erie, PA


- Espyville Outdoors, Espyville, PA

- Farrell’s Hook, Line & Stitch, Meadville, PA

- Consumer Direct Sports, Grove City, PA

- Jigger Wholesale Tackle, Franklin, PA

- Area anglers

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Article Photos

Randy Washington with crappies. (photo by Ken Smith)

Fact Box

Pymatuning Lake
Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “The fishing is still hot at Pymie! Walleyes are still biting. Trolling worm harnesses seem to be the preferred method right now.

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