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Reports compiled by Chad Foster (, Northwest Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – July 22, 2015
Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir 
Anglers are reporting catching Muskellunge throughout the lake with most of them being caught while trolling.

Anglers are reporting the summer Walleye bite has picked up recently. Worm harnesses and stick baits seem to be getting the most limits.

Anglers are reporting catching several Channel Catfish throughout the lake. The Channel Catfish population in Pymatuning Reservoir has been increasing over the last few years. Anglers are reporting using dough balls or night crawlers as bait.

Conneaut Lake
Anglers are reporting Smallmouth Bass being caught on the weed lines near the North end of the lake. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits have been producing the most Smallmouth Bass and several nice Largemouth Bass.

With the dry weather forecast this weekend, the lake will be used by recreational boaters and anglers so please give each other plenty of space on the water.   

Mercer County

Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are reporting that the Largemouth Bass are still hitting top water lures in early morning and late evening. Lake Wilhelm has produced several bass in the 4-5 pound range this summer.  Most kayak bass anglers are targeting the Northern end in the stumps area.

Walleye has been equally as strong this summer. Most Walleye that are caught are legal and of good size.

All indications lead most anglers to believe that the fishery has responded from the Gizzard Shad explosion of the past 10-15 years.  The best fishing might be in the years to come.

Erie County

Lake Erie
The fishing this summer has been hit or miss. Anglers will go out one day and limit out. They will go to the same spot the next day and won’t catch any.

Anglers targeting Yellow Perch should look in 52-58 foot of water off of Greenfield and the W’s.

Anglers targeting Walleye should try in the First Trench in about 45 to 55 feet of water. Worm harnesses and stick baits seem to be the bait of choice.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 15, 2015
Clarion County

Kahle Lake
Anglers continue reporting good numbers of Largemouth Bass and some Yellow Perch, crappies & Bluegills.

Upper Clarion River
With the cool temperatures anglers are still reporting good numbers of Smallmouth Bass and some trout. The bass continue to be caught along the entire length of the river while the trout are still being taken near the mouths of Cather’s & Blyson Runs. All boats, including canoes & kayaks using the PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Areas must be registered to use this facility.

Piney Dam
The Toby boat ramp will be closed starting July 7th to July 11th. Brookfield power has hired a contractor to remove the sand bar in front of the boat ramp there. With the lack of recreational boats due to the drawdown anglers continue to report catching Channel Catfish in good numbers, a few Walleyes and good numbers of Smallmouth Bass.

Allegheny River
With the cool temperatures Walleyes and Smallmouth Bass are still being reported near the Parker islands and the mouth of the Clarion River. All boats, including canoes & kayaks, using the PFBC’s Parker & Brady’s Bend Access Areas must be registered to use these facilities.

Venango County

Allegheny River
Anglers are reporting catching several nice Smallmouth Bass throughout the Franklin area when the water and weather cooperate.  Tubes, flukes, and a few smaller jerk baits or crankbaits seem to be the ticket when the bass hit.

Justus Lake
Anglers are reporting catching several nice Tiger Muskellunge and Rainbow Trout recently. They are also reporting Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass being caught in the shallows on frogs or buzz baits late in the evening or early morning.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 8, 2015
Butler County

Lake Arthur
Hybrid Striped Bass season is in full swing.  Most access areas are productive from shore.  Try shiny stick baits.  Anglers are reporting the best times for strikes are from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Thorn Run Reservoir
Channel Catfish are hitting on chicken livers in the main creek channel.  Try fishing from the Love Road bridge area on the upper end of the lake.  This impoundment is closed from dusk until dawn.

Glades Lake/SGL 95
This is also a catfish hotspot that has been producing very nice catches with chicken livers.  Try Christie Road bridge access from early evening until early morning.

Central Erie County

Lake Erie
Yellow Perch fishing off Gull Point in 50 to 55 foot of water is slow right now. There have been a few good days but it’s frustrating. Good numbers of Walleyes are being caught when the lake is calm.

Remember BOW RIDING is no longer allowed on any boats above Slow No Wake Speed unless there is a factory installed seat of some type on the bow and there is a railing. Reminder to pontoon boat operators, there is no one allowed outside the passenger carrying area.

Eastern Erie County

Anglers are reporting some panfish being taken at Eaton Reservoir, Lake LeBoeuf, and Lake Pleasant. The bait of choice is still grubs and minnows. Anglers out of the North East Marina are reporting Walleye in 42 to 52 feet of water from the marina to Shades Beach and off the mountain. Smallmouth Bass are still being taken from the W’s to East Ave. in 25 to 35 feet of water. Perch action has picked up, 42 to 52 feet of water off of the Greenfield, Shades Beach, Freeport and 20 Mile. Lake Erie’s water temperature is 61°.  For current Lake Erie conditions call the North East Marina at 814-725-8244.

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