Channel Catfish have been biting in the most popular locations. Nice catches have been reported around Lakeview picnic area. A minnow off the bottom produced the best results. There have also been reports of good Hybrid-Striped Bass fishing on the submerged road bed at the Old Rt. 422 access.
Harbor Acres Lake
The lake is scheduled for trout stocking on 10/28 weather permitting.
Western Erie County
Walnut Creek, Upper Gravel Pit, and Lake Erie
In the lower stretches of Walnut, Elk & Crooked Creeks, anglers have had limited success with Steelhead in the early morning hours in the deeper water. With recent rains and cooler temps shore anglers are having limited success with minnows in the Gravel Pit. Boat anglers are also working the shallow waters on Lake Erie around the tributary mouths and having sporadic success. With the overlap of the boat anglers and tributary anglers, conflicts are occurring at Walnut Creek Access. Shoreline anglers in the Walnut Creek Channel are being cited for failing to yield to boat traffic. Additionally, other common violations occurring are littering, other than intended use, and failure to follow posted traffic devices.
Access to the Tionesta Outflow is still closed from the Tionesta side of the campground. Anglers can access the Outflow from the regulated camping area. Anglers will have to park at the entrance to the camping area and walk in to fish. Anglers have reported catching and observing trout in Tionesta Creek, between Kellettville and Nebraska Bridge. Numerous Golden Rainbow Trout have been observed at the mouth of some of the small tributaries. The Marienville Rod and Gun Club is scheduled to stock Spring Creek and Maple Creek in October. The stocking will be subject to change due to water levels and water temperature.
Fishing is starting to pick up with the cooler temperatures. Water levels are slowly declining due to the winter draw down. Leaves are starting to change around the lake so this a beautiful time to boat and observe the fall foliage from the water. Remember your first step in an emergency or to report on illegal activity is to call 9-1-1.
The Shenango Outflow down to the Walnut Street Bridge is designated as a year round trout fishery, so a current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish that area regardless of species of fish that you are targeting or harvesting. Trout will be stocked for the fall so plenty of fishing opportunities still are available. The creel limit for trout this time of year is 3 fish.
Anglers are reminded that Chapman Lake will be drawn down for repairs and will not be at normal levels until 2017.