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NWPA Fishing Report, 8-8-18

August 10, 2018
By Darl Black , Blackwolfe Communications LLC

Published by Blackwolfe Communications, LLC

Please note: The next Fishing Report will be published on August 29 (in three weeks instead of two weeks) just prior to the Labor Day Weekend.


Article Photos

Breanna Perine with a 16-lb flathead catfish, taken on Shenango Lake.

Pymatuning Lake

Norm @ Jamestown Marina; filed 8/6: Catfish, catfish, catfish that's the hot bite right now. I'm hearing of few crappies and small perch. Most customers are renting boats in August to take a boat ride and to get a suntan. Fishing is slow.

Dave @ Richter's Bait: filed 8/6: Fishing is easy, but catching is tough right now. Walleye bite has slowed during the day, and even the night bite is off. Seems weedbeds are disappearing and alewives activity has slowed. I did have a family in this week for their first time on the lake; they took an inflatable boat out, anchored on a random spot and caught crappies one after another! Dropped that anchor on a Magic Brushpile, I guess. Musky bite is still happening mainly with 40-inch fish no monsters.

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R.J. Graham (7/29): We fished Erie on Sunday. We caught 60 smallies all on tubes; main lake obviously. I landed multiple 4 and 5 pounders, and a giant 6 pounder! Great Day!

Laurie @ Duck-and-Drake; filed 8/6: The catfish tournament last weekend was a big success. Mark and the NE Catfish Addicts will be back with another 12-hour overnight catfish tournament on September 1. One young customer brought in an 18-inch crappie this week, and another customer had a nice musky. I'm hearing that the musky bite is picking up. My fishermen are saying it was a tough week but there are signs the bite is improving for panfish and musky. The NE Ohio Crappie Club will have an open crappie tournament on August 18th; check their website or Facebook page for details.

Patty @ Poff's Place; filed 8/6: Not a lot going on. Most reports are on catfish, bluegill and perch. Two customers were up for three days this past week and had something figured out for crappies; they caught a bunch while most other anglers struggled.

Marilyn Black @ Gamma Line; filed 8/4: Darl and I set up a Gamma Line spooling station on Saturday morning at the Pymatuning Lake Association Kids Fishing Derby. PLA had another record year for attendance. For any young person signed up for the Derby and needed fresh line, we stripped the old line from their reels and spooled on fresh Gamma Optic Yellow Panfish Line in 4 or 6 pound test. Filling spools and trying on new rigs with Tru-Turn Hooks and crappie jigs from Bobby Garland Crappie Baits kept us busy all morning.

Ken Smith (Sharon); filed 8/4: I fished Pymatuning on Friday. It was one tough day out there. I fished 10 spots to get eight keeper crappies. I went through 15 baits trying to find one that they would hit consistently. I didn't find it. Probably should have brought some minnows with me. Checked some bluegill spots out before calling it day. Small bobber above a Lunker City Fin-S-Shad got me four keeper perch and four good 'gills. Good way to end the day.

Conneaut Lake

Darl @ Fishing with Darl Black Guide Service; filed 8/6: The summertime big bluegill bite is on at Conneaut Lake! I'm still searching for the deepwater pumpkinseeds, but the bluegills are stealing the show right now. Furthermore, the black crappie bite seems to holding on with fish to 14 inches not sure for how much longer; hopefully will be able to stay on crappies through August. I have a number of open dates during the month of August. Call 814-720-1407 or email me at for more information.

Canadohta Lake

Jerry @ Timberland Bait; filed 8/6: Our annual Kids Fishing Derby at Timberland Bait's Pond is this Friday, August 10 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Entry fee is $5.00 per child, and all contestants receive a hot dog and snacks. Awards are provided for the longest fish in each species. This is always a fun event for kids and parents!


Lake Erie

Mike @ Lake Erie Bait & Tackle; filed 8/6: The stellar summer walleye fishing continues! Last evening my dad, uncle and cousin went out. They had their 3-person limit in 2.5 hours. Fish were in 62 to 64 feet of water. Other customers report eyes in 58 to 59 feet. Walleyes are running 17 to 22 inches perfect eating size. Walleyes are everywhere. I have one customer still catching walleyes in Presque Isle Bay on Erie Dearies. Our nightcrawler sales far out distance our minnow sales. We are going through 30 flats of Canadian Crawlers per week that is 15,000 worms a week! I'm hearing perch are starting to school up problem is the emerald shiners have left the shallower water and no one is going to have the best minnows when the perch bite gets going until the lake cools down some and the emeralds return. In the Bay, customers are catching panfish but the weeds are getting pretty thick.

Jeff @ Poor Richards Bait; filed 8/6: The Erie walleye saga continues. Guys and gals are still getting limit catches in relatively shallow water on the West Side roughly 56 to 57 feet deep; walleyes are usually suspended around 30 feet. They are catching them on everything crawlers, spoons, plugs in just about any color. Perch are just now starting to show up with a few guys catching them in 50 to 55 feet off the Clay Banks.

Dan @ Elk Creek Sports; filed 8/6: Walleyes are everywhere! Most guys are running out to about 60 feet. The walleyes will be suspended around 35 feet at sunrise, but drop deeper when the sun is high. Walleyes are looking for food in all the strange places. I continue to receive reports of guys casting Rapalas from the shoreline at night near creek mouths and still catching walleyes! In August! Up next: Perchearly reports of perch schooling in 52 to 59 feet off Walnut Creek.

Lynne @ East End Angler; filed 8/6: We have Emerald Shiners! And we have reports of perch being caught in 48 to 50 feet off the Lighthouse and Stacks! Go get them!

Richard @Someday Isle Tackle; filed 8/6: Team Someday Isle Tackle has been pounding the water on the east side of Erie. It's hard to believe the number of fish out there. We've fished from west of Shades Beach to the New York line and the screen doesn't change much. Jigging up 17 to 19-inch walleyes has been the norm; a few 20-inch 'eyes and assortment of other species. Using 1-3/8 and 3 ounce Water Puppets tipped with crawlers, drifting and jigging at 45 to 50 feet. Trolling harnesses are hard to beat, too. Have fun out there!

Dave Horvath (Edinboro); filed 8/4: Erie West reportWalleye bite still hot. Fishing 55 to 75 feet of water with small spoons and worm harnesses working best. Pink, black, purple all seem to work!

Captain Hook; filed 8/3: Just got back from Erie, and it was a letdown. We only caught one walleye drifting and casting from daylight to about 11 AM -- along with a few other species. My Daughter and I had two good trips earlier, so I guess two out of three isn't bad. We went out of Lampe in my boat at daylight. We cast Erie Dearies and drifted with minnows but the walleyes apparently had moved. We fished 50 to 60 feet as we did on previous trips, but it appears the walleyes had moved out deeper. I'm not into trolling just not my style. Forget the dipsy, cannonball, and trolling stuff. I did that routine years ago, but I'm no longer a fan of that style of fishing. Now I like the rod in my hand and feeling the strike. My buddy over at Ashtabula was 10 miles out and limited out with 24 'eyes in three hours by trolling spoons. Too far out for my 16-foot boatI respect the lake and changing weather conditions.

Dave Lefebre @ Erie Extreme; filed 7/31: So all corners and back waters of PIB choked with aquatic vegetation? TIME TO GO FROG FISHING! Check out the Terminator Frog!

RJ Graham (Tionesta); filed 7/29: We fished Erie on Sunday. We caught 60 smallies all on tubes; main lake obviously. I landed multiple 4 and 5 pounders, and a giant 6 pounder! Great Day!


Lake Wilhelm

Marci @ Lake Wilhelm Marina; filed 8/5: We've had reports from customers catching nice size crappies in deep water around 18 feet on the south end of the lake. Nice size? How about 17 inches and 2 lb. 10 ounces! No word on walleyes.

Bo Bartholomew @ BC Bait & Tackle: This week I caught my largest biggest Wilhelm bowfin to date 31.5 inches. I had anglers tell me they are catching crappies around the lily pad beds in bays; I caught several crappies in the shallows myself this weekend. Also I had a great morning on Hartstown Swamp catching and releasing 14 bass of various sizes.

Shenango Lake

Rick Como (Sharpsville); filed 8/5: We are at the summer peak periods here at Shenango Lake. Warm water temps mean lots of feeding hybrids. Large schools are showing up to feed on shad near main lake points and on shallow flats. Surface feeding activity is picking up. Also some nice size white bass are joining in some whites as big as 16 inches. White bass populations are down slightly from recent years but there are still plenty to be caught. Channel cats are hitting, and an occasional smallmouth can be caught. Crappies are schooled up and can be caught if you spend the time finding them.

Randy @ Fish West PA; filed 8/5: Beautiful weather and steady water temps are keeping fish active at Shenango. I'm getting good reports of catches of crappie and other panfish, bass, hybrids and catfish. Great time to be outdoors enjoying the weather! Stay safe everyone!

Ken Smith (Sharon):

8/4: I fished Shenango on Saturday. Found crappies holding on brush on the drops from 8 to 12 feet. I cast and retrieved a Bobby Garland Baby Shad on a 1/16-oz jigheadand slammed the crappies. Caught over 60 fish; kept 30 from 8.5 to 12 inches. Not bad for two hours!

8/5: I fished Shenango on Sunday. Found crappies on brush, right on drop-offs. Jigs got them all. Kept a little over 20 fish out of over 70 fish caught in three hours. Off the lake by 10:30. Sorry no photos this week.


Justus Lake

Angler Al (Franklin): I had a very good day for bass at Justus Lake this past week. Check out these smallmouths and largemouth! Not your typical Justus Lake bass.

Allegheny River

Jeff @ Keystone Connection Guide Service; filed 8/4: The Allegheny is providing good action for both smallmouth bass and walleyes. We're finding smallmouths in typical locations, such as the heads and tails of pools and "soft water" pockets within riffle areas. Soft jerkbaits, Rapala X-Ramps and soft swimbaits are all taking fish. A wide range of bass sizes this time of year, but most trips are producing some bass in the 18-19-inch plus range. Bigger bass tend to respond better to lures/baits worked more slowly (i.e. longer pauses with X-Raps and a deadstick presentation for jerkbaits). Plenty of walleyes show up too, taking the same baits directed at bass. We use Gamma Torque braid for hard jerkbaits, but have been using Gamma Polyflex copolymer line for soft jerkbaits, as the line stretch is adding finicky bass in eating the bait.

Pete Cartwright @; filed 8/5: Today we got into a few nice fish on the Allegheny. The biggest was 19 inches, with a lot in the 13 to 17-inch range. We used 412ubes and stick baits along with Rapala X-Raps. Our line was 8-pound Gamma Edge, of course!

Gene Winger (Oil City); filed 8/5: Denny and I made a couple day trips last week to the river. We caught lots of bass a few decent ones but most on the smaller side. We managed to connect with a couple decent walleyes using inline spinners and short-arm spinnerbaits with grub trailers. This week my granddaughter Livy and I fished several evenings, targeting shallow riffles and tail out sections of larger pools. The best bite was the last hour before dusk at the bottom of a tail out just before going into a riffle. Our most productive topwater was a Whopper Plopper Livy's favorite!

Eric Heil: The Duff Kerle Memorial Tournament will be held on the Allegheny River at East Brady on Sunday, August 26. Proceeds for the event will benefit the Jacob Kerle college fund. Please contact me with questions and check the event out on Facebook. Email:



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