Boating pressure has been busy during weekends this summer. Angles are reporting Largemouth Bass are being caught regularly throughout the lake. Wacky rigged or Texas rigged senkos have been producing the most bites for Largemouth Bass. Early morning and late evening are the perfect time to try top water baits such as: frogs, buzzbaits, etc.
Anglers are catching Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Musky, and crappies throughout the reservoir. During the hot summer season, Channel Catfish seem to bite more often than other parts of the year. Often times, a simple nightcrawler under a bobber will do the trick. A recent Fisheries Biologist Report for Pymatuning Reservoir is on the PFBC website www.fishandboat.com so head over and check it out.
Mason H. with an impressive 19.25 Smallmouth Bass caught out of Pymatuning Reservoir on August 7, 2016. The Smallmouth Bass was measured and released.
Lilly C. caught this nice Channel Catfish near the Spillway on Pymatuning Reservoir on August 7, 2016
Josie C. caught this nice Channel Catfish while fishing with her sister Lilly near the Spillway on Pymatuning Reservoir on August 7, 2016
Anglers are reporting Bowfin are being caught. Remember they are NOT an invasive species and should be returned to the water unharmed. Throwing them into the weeds is illegal.
With the recent rains it has helped the water level but it is still low.
Water levels are low and jet boat operators should be cautioned when navigating the river. Canoers and kayakers should be aware that they should be courteous to jet boat operators and not group together, blocking the river channel. If, as a canoer or kayaker you see a jet boat navigating the river, please move close to shore and allow the jet boat operator to pass.
Anglers have been successful fishing in the evening hours from the Nebraska Bridge. Anglers have reported catching Channel Catfish, Musky and panfish. Anglers fishing from the bridge deck should exercise caution with passing traffic. While on Tionesta Lake, boaters are reminded that they must wear at ALL times a Personal Flotation Device while onboard boats less than 16 feet in length and onboard all canoes and kayaks regardless of length.
Water levels are low. There are many canoe liveries that operate on the Clarion River near Cook Forest State Park. If renting a canoe or kayak please be sure the livery covers all laws and regulations that pertain to the type of watercraft you are renting. Always remember that each person must have onboard any watercraft a wearable Personal Flotation Device and children 12 years old and younger must wear a Personal Flotation Device while onboard any canoe, kayak or boats 20 feet or less in length.
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club will be stocking Maple Creek with trout in October from Coon Road downstream towards the Clarion River. * If water levels and temperature permits.*
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club will be stocking Spring Creek with trout in October from Durhing downstream to the Hill Farm. *If water levels and temperature permits.*
Anglers are reporting some Smallmouth Bass are hitting on green and white tubes on the Neshannock Creek near Papermill Bridge.
In daytime hours, Striped Bass are being caught on Lake Arthur at the bottom using worms.
Area Trout Streams
There are also a few reports of stocked trout still being caught in Big Run just outside of New Castle.
Anglers are reporting pretty good fishing this year for Walleye, Largemouth Bass, crappie, and Bluegills.