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NWPA Fishing Report, 4-19-17

April 19, 2017
By Darl Black , Blackwolfe Communications LLC

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Published by Blackwolfe Communications LLC

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Jim McClave with a pair of nice Pymatuning crappies. (Photo courtesy of Jim McClave)

French Creek Flowing through all four counties.

Editor: French Creek continues to flow high and somewhat discolored, but fishable. No recent fishing reports. However, with the recently opened Miller Sportsman's Connection in Saegertown joining the list of contributors to the Fishing Report, we expect to hear more about fishing success on French Creek and Woodcock Lake in the future.


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Allegheny River

Dale Black @ Gamma Line; filed 4-14: Darl and I fished the Allegheny on Friday afternoon for a couple hours. Weather was incredibly warm and water temp was in the upper 40s. Smallmouths were chewing in selected spots (bottom hugging current break near fast water). Small tubes were the best bait.

Pymatuning Lake

The Pymatuning Lake Association will host two upcoming team tournaments open to the public. The Crappie Tournament is scheduled for April 29, and the Walleye Tournament for May 20. For more information on fees, payout and rules go to All proceeds benefit the PLA Habitat Fund.

Dave @ Richter's Bait & Tackle; filed 4-17: Anglers are finally enjoying some good catches on the South End. They are doing very well on walleyes at night from shore and from boat. Even picking some 'eye up during day by drifting minnows. Incidental musky catches are high since the fish are near the shore spawning. Good reports on crappies and perch in the shallows, too.

Norm @ Jamestown Marina; filed 4-17: It has been a slow start to fishing season on the South End this year. The bite is running behind schedule. Water temp has reached 50 degrees this week. Most action I'm hearing is walleye catches in evening and after dark.

Laurie @ Duck-N-Drake; file 4-17: With improved weather, I can say spring is here! The big news is the unbelievable catches of perch from the Andover/Espyville Causeway. Crazy catches of nice perch! Walleye success has been spotty in the area of lake but should pick up soon. I'm hearing bluegills and crappies in the pads in 2 to 3 feet of water. We have waterproof maps of Pymatuning showing all the waypoints of the official fish habitat structures placed in recent years.

Russ @ Gateway Tackle; filed 4-17: They are catching perch off the causeway almost every day. I've seen some nice crappies come in. Remember the crappie regs are 9 inch minimum with 20 fish creel. I had a 48 inch and a 45 inch musky come into the shop this week; both caught off the causeway while fishing for walleyes. Walleyes are coming by casting jig-n-minnow or Rapala Minnows on the points and humps.

Robinson's Bait reports the spillway walleye bite has slowed down. Anglers continue to catch crappies and perch in the shallows. We now carry maps of the lake showing the structure put in by PLA. Don't forget the crew from Someday Isle Tackle will be at the shop on Saturday, May 13 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to talk fishing and demo their Puppet Jigs. (See photo)

Paul Hellmann @ Someday Isle Tackle; filed 4-16: Crappie bite has been good at Pymatuning and we are starting to see more bluegills in the coves, too. (See photo)

Jim McClave (Andover); filed 4-16: Crappies are starting to bite in the southern part of Pymatuning in the evenings.

Canadohta Lake

Jerry @ Timberland Bait; filed 4-17: The bluegills and crappies have finally started biting at Canadohta; it's been a slow spring at the lake. Trout season took off like wildfire, sold a lot of bait and hearing positive feedback on catches.


Presque Isle Bay

Presque Isle Angler Bait Shop reports the crappie bite in the bays is picking up. Perch fishing has been spotty over the weekend, but there have been some very nice perch taken this spring.

Paul Stewart (Butler); filed 4-16: A very windy day at PIB on Sunday, but we got some nice perch. The biggest ones I've caught in over a year!

Justin Seemann; filed 4-17: We hit the Bay on Saturday, chasing down some early season bronze. The shifting winds made for a tough bite, but we managed a few decent fish. The smallies are not real thick in the Bay yet, but should not be long. Attached two photos from the trip.

Bryan Stuyvesant (Meadville); filed 4-14: I fished the Bay on Good Friday. Forecast was reasonable with zero chance of rain, but it turned sour with a cold wind and rain. I managed five good smallies before I headed in to get warm. First one came on a tube, and the other four on one of my secret handcrafted baits.

Eric Marsh; filed 4-10: The Bassmasters of Crawford County will host their annual Father's Day Open on PIB on Sunday, June 18th. Contact Darren Potts at 814-463-9256 for more information.

Erie Tributaries

Jeff @ Poor Richards; filed 4-17: Still catching a few steelhead in Elk between Rt. 20 and the lake. Some in lower end of Walnut, too. Minnows, single eggs or light colored egg patterns are working in clear water. A few smallies are starting to show up in the streams. Walnut Creek Ramp is closed for rest of month; dredging the boat basin.

Becky @ Elk Creek Sports; filed 4-17: Not a lot happening right now. Streams are low and clear; a few guys are fishing after dark to catch and release steelhead. Smallmouth bass are moving into Elk.

Uncle Johns Elk Creek Campground, filed 4-12: Our guests were catching numerous nice steelhead the last two weeks. Everyone enjoying the stream.

Edinboro Lake

Jerry @ Timberland Bait; filed 4-17: Reports of good crappies catches in the stumps at Lake Edinboro.

Dave Horvath (Edinboro); filed 4-15: Spent the trout opener at Mallory Run in Edinboro. Fishing event put on by Oasis Lodge #416 F&AM. Kids and adults had a great day. Many trout plus a few bowfins were caught. Rained only briefly. I enjoyed my time helping kids. Hats off to Gander Mountain for prizes.


Lake Wilhelm

Jerry @ Timberland Bait; filed 4-17: Some of my customers have been going to Wilhelm to fish crappies in the Marina bay; they say it is loaded with crappies.

Vickie @ Fergie's Bait; filed 4-15: Only reports are panfish off the upper causeway and at Launch #3 from shore. It has been slow start.

Marci @ Lake Wilhelm Marina; filed 4-15: We are just getting boats ready this week; hopefully will have some rentals ready by next weekend. Nothing to report at this time, but it looks like there wasn't any shad die-off this winter; with too much bait in the lake, it may be a tough season to catch gamefish.

Shenango River Lake

Rick Como (Sharpsville); filed 4-17: It has been a tough month of April here on Shenango with the lake going from 5 feet low to high and dirty. These last few days the lake has improved and water temperature is starting to climb. Northern pike fishing is really on right now with many nice size fish being caught on crankbaits in very shallow water. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught also in shallow water. White bass and hybrid stripers should really turn on in the coming days as long as the water temperature remains steady or rises a bit. The best fishing for these species should be in the next couple weeks if the lake doesn't get muddy.

Mike @ CDS; filed 4-17: Locals had a good opening weekend of trout; we sold a lot of product. I was over to Shenango over the weekend looking for crappies, but only caught a couple; crappies should turn on at Shenango shortly.


Trout Streams

Bill @ Griffin's Bait; filed 4-17: Fishing wise, it's been quite around here other than for opening day of trout. Check out the 19 inch Golden Trout taken by 14-year-old Antonio Nieves from Sugar Creek!

John Hummel (Kennerdell); filed 4-16: Lots of anglers catching trout on a beautiful April day along East Sandy Creek. Thanks to property owners along the creek for their hospitality. See photo of trout taken by Joshua Varhola of Vandergrift, PA.

Dennis Beggs (Franklin); filed 4-15: Great time on Oil Creek with friends and family for opening day. Kory Slye (Russel, PA) fished with our group and is pictured with one of many trout caught and released today. My son, Devin Beggs caught and released this nice rainbow trout using salmon eggs. Devin and I caught and released 13 trout. Jesse York (left) and Tyler Hanna (right) landed a couple really nice palomino trout fishing next to us on Oil Creek. They were excited to have a photo taken for the Fishing Report. I went back to the stream this evening with my daughter Dia who is home for Easter from NYU; she caught and released 3 trout.

Allegheny River

Dale Black @ Gamma Line; filed 4-14: Darl and I fished the Allegheny on Friday afternoon for a couple hours. Weather was incredibly warm and water temp was in the upper 40s. Smallmouths were chewing in selected spots (bottom hugging current break near fast water). Small tubes were the best bait. We had several doubles. Most were in the 15 to 17 inch range. Worked some isolated boulders on edge of a flat to catch a couple larger bass in the 18 to 20 inch range.



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