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NWPA Fishing Report 8-9-17

August 9, 2017
By Darl Black , Blackwolfe Communications LLC

Brought to you by PA Great Lakes Region tourism. Published by Blackwolfe Communications LLC

Salute to PLA!

Congratulations to the Pymatuning Lake Association for their annual Kids Free Fishing Derby held this past weekend of August 5-6. With 250 youngsters entered, it was their largest kids' contest to date. Fish, Food and Fun for everyone! Event coordinator Celene Brooks did another outstanding job! Fishing with Darl Black was there Saturday morning to spool free Gamma Panfish Line on any spools which needed fresh line. It was fantastic to see a solid organization like PLA take a strong interest in the future of fishing by sponsoring this annual event.

Article Photos

A nice smallmouth bass, taken on the Allegheny River. Photo by Gene Winger

County by County Reports


Pymatuning Lake

Norm @ Jamestown Marina; filed 8-7: This past week I've been seeing a number of walleye come though the livery. For this time in August, it's been pretty good walleye bite. One group of three guys came in with three limits of walleyes; said they got them on blade baits but unknown how they are working them or where. But I do know they rely on top end electronics to find the fish depthfinders on their boat look like TV screens. Lots of perch are being caught but not many crappies. Water temp at 10 feet down has fallen several degrees from a week ago early cool nights impacting temp; now 73 degrees.

Dave @ Richter's Bait & Tackle; filed 8-7: Fishing this week in one word slow. Not many people out. However, some guys caught walleyes good under the windy conditions we had on Saturday. Fishing Frank and my son Bean went out night fishing a couple days ago, but did not catch a single walleyeseveral smallmouth bass but no 'eye. Channel cats are the number one fish being caught.

Laurie @ Duck-n-Drake; filed 8-7: One word to describe fishing at Pymie this past week? Catfish, catfish, catfish I guess that's three words. A couple of my regular customers had success for walleyes by trolling Rapala Shad Raps south of the Causeway, but that was the only 'eye report I have. The NE OH Crappie Club will be holding an open tournament on Pymatuning on the 19th of this month. They are going out of the boat launch across the street from Duck-N-Drake. Register the morning of the event; check their website for more information.

Becky @ Gateway Bait; filed 8-7: Bluegill and catfish that's all I am hearing right nowand the occasional musky. Crazy year!

Ken Smith (Sharon); filed 8-7: I fished Pymatuning on this past Saturday for crappies. Didn't do well. Couldn't get the crappie bite going fished both deep and shallow but no luck. Packed up and headed to Shenango.

Darl Black (Cochranton); filed 7-30: Tried several moderately deep summer crappie brush spots on South End. All I could catch were a couple very small crappies. Headed back to Conneaut Lake.

Conneaut Lake

Fishing with Darl Black; filed 8-7: On August 2, Rich Turk of Ohio joined me for bass fishing instruction on Conneaut. It was a tough day but he caught a number of largemouths with his largest going about 3 pounds mostly on soft jerkbaits. But the big news regarding Conneaut Lake is the big sunfish bite (bluegills and pumpkinseeds). I'm getting a lot of decent bluegills shallow plus some trophy 'seeds and 'gills in deep water. And on Sunday, Marilyn showed me where to catch keeper-size crappies using Bobby Garland Baby Shad in Monkey Milk! If you want to pick up nice 'gills for a fish fry, now is the time. Give me call at 814-720-1407 or email to arrange a guide trip as soon as possible.

Bassmasters of Crawford County; filed 7-28: The club held the annual Conneaut Lake United Way Bass Classic. Ben Lipiec and TJ Pennino won the event with 4 smallmouth bass and 4 largemouth bass totaling 24.61 pounds. I believe they reported this was the heaviest winning weight in all the years they have conducted this summer event.

Canadohta Lake

Jerry @ Timberland Bait; filed 8-7: There is a pretty good northern and musky bite going on at Canadohta this past week hitting anything flashy! A couple of my customers fished Union City Dam over the weekend, catching 21 bowfins! This coming Friday August 11 is our annual Kid's Fishing Derby. I open the pond here at the Bait Shop to fishing from 7 pm to 9 pm. There is a $5.00 entry fee; no pre-registration. At 9 pm we give out awards and feed the participants. Go to our Facebook Page or website for more information.


Lake Erie

Rich @ Erie Sports Store

8-7: We did well on perch fishing yesterday, Sunday 8-6-17. We caught perch in 59' of water just East of Walnut. We also caught a record number of sheephead on my boat probably between 40 and 50! On Sunday, limits of perch were taken West of Walnut in 55' to 60'. Walleye fishing remains outstanding in 55' to 75'.

8-3: This is a mess of perch "the kids" caught on Sunday 7-30. The walleye was caught by Ben Bauer, 12 years of age; fish was 26 inches long; he caught it while perch fishing. My grandson 10-year-old Christian Ludwig is shown with double 12-inch perch. Perch fishing has picked up on Erie. Limits are being reported both East and West of Erie. Hot spots are off Shades in 55' to 63', and off The Point and off the Lighthouse in similar depths. On the West side lately the best fishing is off Walnut in 57' but that could change. On Wednesday evening Aug 2, we caught a mess of perch off Walnut in 57', including a 31-inch walleye I landed on a #6 perch hook.

Mike @ Lake Erie Bait & Tackle; filed 8-7: There has been no slowdown in walleye success for boat anglers. The number one plug for Erie walleyes has been the Bay Rat; manufactured right here in Erie, this minnow plug is available in specific colors that produce here in Lake Erie it is our number one seller! I had some reports of perch biting in 50' to 65'-but don't know if that will hold. And with emerald shiners pulling a disappearing act, perch fishing may be tough in the days to come. Only thing biting in the Bay seems to be catfish.

Dan @ Elk Creek Sports; filed 8-7: Guys are still catching walleyes lots of small and some legal size if you stay long enough you can get a limit. But the perch are a puzzle; I had some reliable info of perch catches in 52' to 57' off Walnut Creek. We've got used to summer perch in recent years, but traditionally the perch bite doesn't turn on until late summer and early fall so there is still hope for the season.

Someday Isle Tackle; filed 8-6: Recent wind and storms have slowed fishing a bit. But the good news is the catfish are making their August return. They add a whole other flavor to drift fishing on Erie with Water Puppets. We've picked up a lot more silver bass this weekend, and big walleyes are eating them. Things will improve once the weather gets steady. Have fun and be safe!

Uncle John's Elk Creek Campground; filed 7-30: When guests cannot get out on the Lake for walleye, they catch catfish in Elk Creek.

Ken Smith (Sharon); filed 8-6: The bite is amazing on Erie right now. Almost any color Stinger or Contender spoon behind a dipsy will put fish in the boat. Getting walleyes on everything, too. Downriggers are working but must keep a close eye on them and check frequently as smaller walleye will hang.

Dave Horvath (Edinboro); filed 8-4: Walleye bite still strong into August. Aubrey Pursel and I boxed some very nice walleye. Aubrey got an 8 pounder. Still lots of short fish. We are using 25-pound Gamma for walleye trolling. Perch bite is picking up; couple guys got a limit in 62 feet of water. At Lake Edinboro, shore anglers on west side were catching catfish and panfish plus a few bass.

Paul Stewart (Butler); filed 7-31: Went out on a perch head boat for afternoon trip. Slow start drifting other spots and did very well. Got 40 jumbo perch between two of us.


Mike @ CDS; filed 8-7: We've been moving a lot of baits this past week. Everyone seems to be going fishing now that it cooled down some. Stripers and walleyes are hitting at Lake Arthur; heard of a 6-pound largemouth bass from Arthur, too. One customer reported an 18-inch crappie from Lake Wilhelm. I've been fishing Neshannock Creek for smallmouth by kayak catching 30 to 40 bass a trip on lures; mostly small ones but some in the 12 to 14-inch range. Still some hold-over trout I got a 20 incher recently. Stream fishing is a lot of fun.

Lake Wilhelm

John @ Lake Wilhelm Marina; filed 8-6: We had a nice crappie entered in our contest this past week.

Vicki and John @ Fergies Bait; filed 8-6: Not hearing about many good catches. Largemouth bass seem to provide the best action. A few crappies are being taken with some of very respectable size. Bluegills are being caught all over.

Brandon Hanna (Grove City); filed 7-29: Hey Darl! I got a good largemouth last night at Wilhelm. This one scaled at 5.22 pounds. Taken on a spinnerbait. Windy conditions had them tucked into wood the past couple days. Been tough up there for me; many small fish every day with one over 5 pounds every now and then.

Shenango Lake

Rick Como (Sharpsville); filed 8-7: Fishing on Shenango the past two weeks has slowed down for walleyes but catches of white bass has remained very good. Large schools are still feeding on top during all times of the day. Crappies are hitting well all around the lake in shallow and deep water areas. Channel cats can be caught using live bait and are very abundant. I'm catching a lot of small stripers while fishing for white bass that's fantastic for the future, but anglers must be able to identify the two species and release the small stripers. The shad spawn has been overwhelming this year. There are so many young-of-year shad that it's a wonder that fish hit lures at all. But they will hit lures if you match the size of your artificial to the size of baitfish. Best fishing is still coming in as we move into fall.

Ken Smith (Sharon); filed 8-7: I caught over 30 crappies at Shenango on Saturday but only a dozen were keepers. I fished brushpiles planted by COE out of boat trafficgood idea and good bite!


Allegheny River

Dave and Dan Parisi; filed 8-6: We gave the jetboat a rest and went wading. Landed 70 smallmouths in three trips. Numbers are looking good!

Steve Udick (Oil City); filed 8-6: Our group of "outsiders" took our annual river trip from Tionesta to Oil City last weekend. There were 20 of us on the water, but only 13 fishing. Saturday was a waste with 20 mph north wind. No one got more than four fish. Sunday water was flat with bluebird sky. Mark Miller of Meadville caught a small musky and his biggest bass was 16 inches. Jim Allen of Oil City got five smaller bass on a Bandit 100. My biggest of weekend was an 18-inch smallie caught minutes after launching under Tionesta Bridge; on a Green Pumpkin Mizmo Tube. Fishing was not great, but as always the food and friends were best part of trip.

Jeff Knapp @ filed 8-5: I've been very busy guiding on the middle Allegheny the past two weeks, and the river has been kind. For the most part, we are finally getting more typical summertime flows and water temperatures. Some trips produced 60 to 80 smallmouth bass, with several fish within a half-inch of the 20-inch mark. Several walleyes, too. Productive lures have been Winco's Solid Body River Darters, Rapala X-Raps, BPS Speed Shad, and Galida's Grubz (fished as a swimbait). All lures fished on 15# Gamma Torque with 10# Gamma Edge leader. Folks wanting to experience summertime river smallie fishing should consider arranging a trip, as I have August openings.

Pete Cartwright @

-8-5: I had some great clients on the Allegheny River on August 5th. Three generations out there. We had a blast catching smallies. The bite wasn't great but we caught them on a very cool August morning. This was their first ever river fishing experience and first Smallmouth Bass congrats to them! Pete

-7-26: We started at 7 am on a foggy river. The bite was pretty consistent all day. We landed some decent fish using soft plastics including 412ubes from 412 Bait Company. Summer is one of my favorite times to fish because the smallies can be anywhere and we caught them in all types of spots.

Gene Winger (Oil City); filed 8-3: My granddaughter Olivia and I had a blast fishing four evenings last week on the Allegheny using Winco's Precision Poppers and 2.5" tubes. On our best night, Olivia broke her all-time smallmouth record by boating five nice bass and missing several others on topwater. She also helped Grandpa net two walleyes, a 29" that weighed 8 pounds and a 27" that came in at 7 pounds both on a Winco River Rascal with grub. Sharing the river with my granddaughter has been a great fishing experience for both of us and I can't wait to get back out with my little fishing buddy!

On Wednesday, Aug 2, Denny Watson and I fished from Franklin to Witherup Island and caught a couple dozen bass. Most were small and found in shallow fast flowing riffles. But nicer bass (16" and over) came from deeper pools using 2.5" tubes.

Bill Logan (Pleasantville); filed 8-3: I fished the river on Wednesday. Tried a variety of baits and different areas. The only pattern working for me was a Rapala in the fast water, but fish were small six dinks and one1 1.5 lb. bass.



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