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NWPA Fishing Report, 5-10-18

May 10, 2018
By Darl Black , Blackwolfe Communications LLC

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Published by Blackwolfe Communications LLC

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A pair of nice Allegheny River smallmouth bass.

Crappie Fishing Seminar: Pymatuning Sportsmen's Club; May 16th, 6-8 p.m. Must have ticket due to limited seating. Check Pymie area tackle shops or Myers Sportsmen's Connection in Saegertown for free tickets.

Bluegill Bev Panfish Tournament: Conneaut Lake; June 9th. For more information, contact Loby

BMCC Father's Day Buddy Bass Tournament: Presque Isle Bay; June 17th. For more information, contact Eric Marsh

New Allegheny River Map & Guide: A revised and update version of the Allegheny Wild & Scenic River Map & Guide is hot of the pressesand now printed on waterproof paper. The free Map & Guide may be picked up at the Oil Region Alliance Office at 217 Elm St., Oil City during regular office hour from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Erie Sport Store: Holding their first storewide sale in 67 years. Everything in the store on sale including fishing tackle with up to 50% off!

FRENCH CREEK Flowing through all four counties

Angler Al Diary (Franklin)

5-4: I welcomed the opportunity to spend time wade fishing on the waters of French Creek with gentlemen attending the PA Outdoor Writers Association conference in Franklin. The morning bite showed some promise although nothing made it to the net. The afternoon session provided little results, except for one chunky smallmouth caught, filmed and released.

5-5: It's amazing what a difference a day makes. I went back down to the exact same spot I had taken the writers on Friday morning and caught three nice smallmouth bass. Evening found me back at the same spot, and I landed three walleyes and more smallmouths from the same current seam. The largest walleye went 23 inches and two of the smallies were pushing 4 pounds. Only wish these fish would have hit for the guys on Friday.


Pymatuning Lake

Norm @ Jamestown Boat Livery; filed 5-7: Action is picking up for anglers renting boats. Over the weekend, crappies started biting on the South End. Also over weekend, boat anglers had daytime walleye action by drifting with crawlers on the South End.

Dave @ Richter's Bait; filed 5-7: Fish are biting! Customers reported doing very well on crappies and walleyes. During the day, walleyes were taken by drifting with a jig-n-minnow or jig-n-crawler. There is still a decent night wading bite but it is slowing down. Musky are spawning, so incidental musky catches are up.

Laurie @ Duck-N-Drake; filed 5-7: It was a good weekend for crappies on the North End with anglers catching them very shallow with small jigs or minnows. Perch are shallow with crappies, too. The bass bite has turned on big time since two weeks ago when bass anglers were striking out. Customers are reporting two distinct walleye presentations that are producing. First, drifting crawlers in 7 to 8 feet of water is working. Second, trolling Shad Raps in 15 to 18 feet seemed a bit early for trolling that deep, but that's their report.

Russ @ Gateway Bait; filed 5-7: The PLA Crappie Tournament was a success with many good-size crappies caught in shallow water. The night wading bite is slowing but they are still catching some on the Ohio side at Cabin Beach and Fishing Point, and across the lake at Orchard Access. Daytime walleye bite is best in 6 to 8 feet with jig-n-crawler.

Sam @ Robinson's Bait; filed 5-7: Crappies in less than 2 feet of water up North. Walleyes on the hump south of Harris Island by drifting crawlers, and some taken by trolling Flicker Shads. A jig-n-minnow is catching perch right now.

Northeastern Crawford County

Jerry @ Timberland Bait Shop; filed 5-7: The crappie bite has slowed at Lake LeBoeuf; if you didn't have a very lively minnow on the hook, you didn't catch any crappies. Oil Creek is still holding trout; I caught four nice rainbows over the weekend, and transferred them to pond at the tackle shop. Timberland Bait now has everyone's favorite bait for walleyes: LEECHES!


Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie

Lake Erie Bait & Tackle; filed 5-7: The smallmouth bass bite is on in the Bay. A variety of lures are working, including tube jigs and jerkbaits. Perch are being caught on the North and South Piers.

Rich @ Erie Sport Store; filed 5-7: Lake Erie fishing is underway and there have been reports of perch being caught on the East Side of town in 50 feet of water however it is sporadic bite. Fishermen I know have not had success on the East Side. There have been some catches of perch on the West Side off Walnut and West of Walnut in 39 feet and off Trout Run in 25 feet. The early season perch fishing is hit and miss but mostly miss. Emerald shiners have been hard to get everyone hoping that changes. But the shiner population appears to be way down. Walleye fishing is just starting; had our first report of a nice catch of walleyes in 10 feet of water on jigs west of Walnut Creek. At the store, we are having a storewide sale right now on everything in the store including fishing tackle with up to 50% off!

Lynn @ East End Angler; filed 5-7: The Minnow Man at East End Angler has Emerald Shiners! Come on down for the best perch and crappie minnows! Customer reports have crappies biting in the Lagoons and perch being caught off North & South Piers. Smallmouth bass bite is hot at North East Marina. Over the weekend, they were catching Lake Trout in 62 to 67 feet of water from Shades east to the Ws. Also perch and a few walleyes were biting in 46 feet of water just east of the GE Stacks. Still some steelhead in the streams, and Seven Mile and Twenty Mile both received stocked brown trout this past week.

Brittney @ Poor Richards; filed 5-7: The Lake is muddy near shore due to recent winds. I've had customers report catching Lake Trout in 55 feet of water off North East. They are calling the walleye bite spotty in 55 feet and the perch bite super spotty.

Rebecca @ Uncle John's Campground; filed 5-7: Hard to believe, we are into the first week of May and our campers are still catching steelhead in Elk. We have video posted of steelhead jumping out of the water over the weekend, plus some weekend catches.

Dan @ Elk Creek Sports; filed 5-7: There are still some steelheads in Elk Creek mostly down low and on their way out as the water finally warms. Smallmouth bass are moving into Elk; I've had reports some are as far upstream as the Legion Hole. There are also some stocked brown trout and suckers in the stream. But smallmouth numbers will only improve over the next week or so.

Erie County Inland Lakes

Lynn @ East End Angler; filed 5-7: Customers are still catching crappies at Eaton Reservoir. The trout and panfish bite at Lake Pleasant is going strong.


Lake Wilhelm

Vicki @ Fergie's Bait; filed 5-7: There were a good number of anglers on the lake over the weekend, but no one provided feedback about catches. We are still only getting lake temperature readings in the 50s.

Corey @ Lake Wilhelm Marina; filed 5-7: It's been a slow start to spring weather, but finally some of our rental customers are enjoying success on crappies. One group came back in with 40-some crappies. Two other guys really had the crappies dialed in they brought in 99 crappies from 8 to 13 inches, just one shy of a two-person limit. However, many other anglers struck out completely. I guess we would have to say the bite was spotty but great if you found the right spot!

Shenango Lake

Scott Selle; filed 5-7: Here is a pic of a Shenango Lake slab crappie caught this past weekend by my son Rob Selle. We kept 10 keepers to fillet. All crappies were caught on small panfish tubes suspended below a bobber.

Kevin Austin (Farrell); filed 5-7: The crappies are biting at Shenango Lake. I came home with 20 fish all 10 inches or bigger, and threw back a lot of smaller ones. I was using a glow in the dark jig, fishing it 20 inches deep.

Rick Como (Sharpsville); filed 5-7: Shenango Lake fishing has been steadily improving with warmer air and warmer water temperatures. Pike fishing remains good with nice size fish being caught; they are holding in shallow water and shoreline points. Minnow-imitating lures are best. White bass fishing are biting and these fish have started entering Pymatuning Creek and Shenango River on the annual spawning run; the river run usually lasts through month of May. Crappies are hitting right now and there are some nice size ones being caught; catches should improve in next few weeks as temperature goes up. Walleye season opened this weekend and the lake bite is starting. We are looking for a better walleye season on Shenango due to the extensive shad winterkill.


Sugar Creek

Angler Al; filed 4-27: Ten year old Mikey Galkowski was drifting a crawler in sweet ol' Sugar Creek. The end result was a 21-inch brown trout and a very happy youngster.

Oil Creek

Bill Logan (Pleasantville); filed 5-4: Fish Commission stocked Oil Creek at Petroleum Center this week with 270 trophy trout. So I went trout fishing! I broke one off, lost one and landed two over 19 inches, as well as four regular stockies in just two hours. All on a Triple Threat Streamer.

Allegheny River

Bill Logan; filed 4-27: Today I caught 51 smallmouth bass and a small pike. Top lures were tubes, swimbaits and Galida's Grubz. Two bass hit the 20 inch mark. My hands are cramping!

Gene Winger (Oil City); filed 5-6: Over the past two weeks I've had exceptional bass fishing despite fighting high winds and rain. With water temperature finally reaching the mid-50s bass have started moving towards typical spawning areas. I've been catching most smallies on tubes and jerkbaits in five to six feet of faster moving water and in current breaks adjacent backwater flats. I've also been experimenting with River2Sea 168S Glide Bait and having really good success; caught several bass tipping the scales at 4-plus pounds. Big bass love these glide baits!

Jeff Knapp @ Keystone Connection Guide Service; filed 5-6: River smallmouth action has been good. Bass are showing up near spawning sites as result of dramatic rise in water temperature. We are getting bass in the 18 to 20-inch range on all guide trips. Patterns change from day to day, but Z-Man TRD Tubez, soft jerkbaits, soft stickbaits, and hard jerkbaits are all in the mix. Water temp on May 6 was 60 degrees.

Pete Cartwright @ Guide Service

4-25 Allegheny River: cool rain cloudy 52 degrees; water temp 52 degrees. High water forced us to target eddies. Bass were there! I caught some real hawgs using a slow roll with my 412ube Illusion color that I helped to design; using 8 lb. Gamma Edge means I didn't lose the big ones. Fish can be caught in all conditions if you find the right bait.

5-1 Allegheny River: warm 78 sunny; water temp 57 degrees. I caught smallmouth in current using 412 tubes from 412 Bait Company. I also targeted eddies using Rapala X-Rap for some additional nice fish. As always, spooled with 8lb. Gamma Edge. Two biggest bass were 20 inches.



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