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NW Pennsylvania Weekly Fishing Report - June 14, 2011

June 16, 2011
By Darl Black
Sponsored by: PA Great Lakes Region & GAMMA Fishing Line

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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.

If you have fishing information or a picture of your catch from one of the waters in the following counties, please contact Darl Black at darlblack@windstream.net



Erie County Waters

Presque Isle Bay

Al Nacopoulos (B.A.C. Bait) says Presque Isle Bay is still on fire. “Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught all over the Bay. The rock bass bite is strong. Bluegills are hitting in Misery Bay, Head of the Bay and Horseshoe Pond. My customers are catching crappie off the Yacht Club and in Marina Lake.”

Lake Erie

B.A.C. Bait reports yellow perch being taken around 40 feet of water in the Lake and walleyes on the east side of the Peninsula off the Condos.

Jeff Staaf (Poor Richards): “The main lake is too rough today for anyone to be out. But this past week, they were catching walleye in 20 to 24 feet of water off Walnut Creek. Bagley minnow plugs or worm harnesses with crawler were the best bets. Perch were coming from 35 to 40 feet of water off Trout Run. On the shoreline, the water temperature has warmed enough that the night walleye bite is over, but lots of channel cats are moving to the creek mouths at night. Customers have brought in many channels in the 24-25 inch range.”



Mercer County Waters

Lake Wilhelm

Bob Mohra (Fergies Bait): ”The crappies and bluegills are still hitting near shore. Jim Winkle of Sheakleyville caught a 17” crappie fishing from shore this week. A few walleyes are being taken on crawlers with worm harnesses, but the bite is slow.”

Destin DeMarion (Grove City): “The bass fishing at Wilhelm has been solid this week. Most of the fish I’ve been catching are between 2 and 5 pounds. I’ve caught them with a variety of lures, including War Eagle Spinnerbaits & Buzzbaits, Z-Man Chatterbaits, and a 1/2-ounce Omega Flipping Jig. You can fish most any weedbed and pick up a few bass on a spinnerbait.”

Shenango Lake & River

Laurie Frantz (R&L Bait) says she had a solid week of business but few reports back from anglers. Anglers are hitting Shenango Lake and catching legal size walleye at a better rate than Pymatuning. “I had one customer report catching 87 walleye at Pymatuning over the weekend, but only 3 were keepers. I think he was using a jig with curly tail grub tipped with a piece of nightcrawler.”

Ken Smith (Sharon): “I did some fly rod fishing for bluegills on Shenango on two different days this past week. I did pretty well even though the ‘gills were not bedding yet. I managed to put 20 good ones from 7.5 to 9 inches in the box. I got them on a popping bug and a Grandpa Bob’s Black Ant tipped with a Berkley Crappie Nibble. For me the crappie bite is slowing down with the majority of ones I caught in the 8 to 10-inch range…it must be time to do some Lake Erie perch fishing.”

Stoneboro Lake (i.e. Sandy Lake)

Bob Vogan (Franklin): “On June 9th, I went with Ryan Williams and his son Casey to Stoneboro Lake. We caught about 30 smallmouth using spinnerbaits in several different colors. The fish weren’t large, but we had fun.”



Venango County Waters

Allegheny River

Mike Horrobin (CLTackle.com & Jigger Wholesale): “This was a pretty good week for fishing. Water levels are closer to normal. The Allegheny is looking more like it should. I had reports of flathead catfish, smallmouth bass and some panfish being caught.” (See photo 04)

Chris Wolfgong (Oil City): “I fished the river on Tuesday evening with my Dad and Dale Black. The water level was still dropping. And I had good success on the tube – catching 5 or 6 smallmouth on it. Switched to topwater about 1/2 hour before dark and had a blast! Caught something like 8 to 10 bass…lost count with all the missed strikes. All in all, it was a good night. I finished somewhere around 16 bass. Dale was having an off night, catching less than me.”

Justus Lake

Bob Vogan (Franklin): “I don’t have any pictures, but I fished Justus Lake with Dave Williams on June 8. We caught several smallmouths around 12 inches in length. We were using drop-rigs with Zoom Magnum Finesse Worms in Green Pumpkin, plus some fish on a Booyah Spinnerbait.

Oil Creek & Trout Streams

Mike Horrobin (CLTackle.com) “Trout fishing remains strong and fish are spread out in the stream – that will be good for later on. The bridge pools are not holding numbers of trout as earlier in year.”



French Creek (Erie, Crawford and Venango Counties)

Dustin Shay (Meadville) reports that smallmouth bass fry have hatched so adult smallmouths are off beds and smacking spinnerbaits on the flats. He caught smallmouth up to 3.5 pounds this past week, along with some small walleyes. He also caught a small fish from French Creek which he believes is a white perch (not a white bass). If it is a white perch – an Atlantic drainage species – it would unusual to find it in French Creek; it would be the first time I’ve heard of one in that stream. When both species are so small, it is difficult to tell them apart – I cannot ID it from the picture alone.



Crawford County Waters

Pymatuning Lake

Dave Richter (Richter’s General Store) says the crappies and walleyes are still biting at Pymatuning. “There have been so many crappies taken this spring, you’ve got to wonder where they all are coming from. Most walleye being caught are on the sub-legal side. But on Sunday, June 12, we had a pretty good chop on the lake. I saw a lot of respectable legal size walleye come into the shop. I see this often – high winds seem to turn the bigger ‘eye on, including moving them into shallow weedbeds to feed.”

Dave goes on to say the big bluegills are hitting on the South end of the lake. And anglers are catching high numbers of incidental channel cats while drifting worms for walleye. Musky bite seems to be off.

Mike Horrobin (CLTackle.com/Jigger): “A lot of our customers are having good success at Pymatuning. Walleyes are hitting our custom-made crawler harnesses and floating jigs tipped with a single crawler. One customer surprised us with a bunch of nice crappies taken on live minnows on a day that temperatures were above 90 degrees.”

Chris Hall (Espyville Outdoors): “Lots of sub-legal walleye again this week. No one reported a limit of legal fish. Walleye are being taken on worm harnesses, Hot-N-Tots, and Wally Divers. And some anglers are taking advantage of the high numbers of catfish in the lake; my sales of Magic Catfish Bait have been very high.”

Chuck Sari (Franklin): My son Kevin and I have made three trips to Pymatuning. We trolled Storm Hot-N-Tots – anything in silver pattern seemed to catch fish. We caught a total of 74 walleye in those trips which included 10 keepers. We picked up about 30 very large crappies on the Hot-N-Tots. We fished the Linesville “Stumps” to catch all our fish.”

Marilyn Black (Cochranton): “Darl and I fished Pymatuning for crappies on June 9th for a couple hours in the evening. The first brushpile we stopped at was the only spot we needed to fish. On the first cast, we each had strikes. Within the first 40 minutes we caught 20-some crappies with most of them keeper size. We did a lot of switching baits and colors to see what the fish would and would not bite. White and chartreuse were by far the best colors. Hand-tied hair jigs, Charlie Brewer Whirly Bee, Blakemore Road Runner and Lindy Fuzz-E-Grub all caught fish. We also caught a couple smallmouths off a rock pile.” (See photo 06)

Canadohta Lake

Jerry VanTassel (Timberland Bait): “Anglers on Canadohta are still catching good numbers of walleyes and panfish. They are taking walleye by slow trolling live bait rigs with either a shiner or leech. Panfish are being taken on hand-tied Ants tipped with a maggot. No musky were reported caught this week, but anglers did see a couple big ones follow baits.”



Shop Talk

At Jigger Wholesale Tackle they are building spinnerbaits and buzzbaits for the opening of inland bass season this coming weekend. These lures are relatively easy to make and do not require any special tools. Jigger carries all the components needed to get you started making your own lures. (From Mike Horrobin)

GAMMA Salutes

Winners of District 6 Pymatuning Tournament: Rob Genter (boater), Derek Severns (rider)

Winner of BMCC Pymatuning Make-Up Tourney: Darren Potts, Tidioute

Special Report

Fishing Report contributor Kerry Gonnam took a break from Pymatuning walleye fishing last week and headed to Canada. Kerry and several friends fished out of Deer Horn Lodge on Cabonga Lake in LeVerendye Provincial Park. He said most of the group trolled 8’ to 16’ of water using worm harnesses and Hot-N-Tots. (Sound familiar?) Kerry’s best lure was a shad dart tipped with a nightcrawler. (See photo 07)



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 wjcc@windstream.net

Conneaut Lake; $50.00 entry per 2-person Team

June 25/26 - Pioneer Frolic at Goddard State Park 724-253-4833

Marina Area 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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

- CLTackle.com

- Espyville Outdoors, Espyville, PA

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

- Consumer Direct Sports, Grove City, PA

- Jigger Wholesale Tackle, Franklin, PA

- Area anglers

Keep up with more NW PA Fishing at darlblack.blogspot.com

Article Photos

Marilyn Black with Pymatuning crappies (Darl Black photo)

Fact Box

Presque Isle Bay is still on fire. “Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught all over the Bay. The rock bass bite is strong."
— Al Nacopoulos (B.A.C. Bait)

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