ERIE (Erie News Now) – Here’s the latest fishing report for northwestern Pennsylvania from the state’s Fish and Boat Commission:
Anglers are catching bass by fishing heavy cover, such as lily pads and hydrilla. Anglers are catching catfish all day by finding some deeper water. As for boating, many boaters are off the water with kids back to school. This leaves many with the opportunity to get out on the water and relax. Just remember, all unpowered boats such as canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards need a personal floatation device (PFD) and a sound producing device (whistle).
Anglers are catching Walleye anywhere between 55 and 80 feet of water. Some anglers are also fishing shallow in about 20 feet of water and finding Walleye.
The water temperatures are high, and the rain is constant. Fish are hanging out in the cooler, deeper water. As the temperature cools off, look for fish to head to shallow water to fatten up for the winter. A reminder that Shenango Reservoir is designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake. Crappie must be nine inches to harvest and the creel limit is 20.
The Shenango fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.
Trout Stocked Waters
The delayed harvest areas and other deeper trout streams are still producing trout. A fall stocking of trout will occur at the Shenango River.
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using rubber worms and crankbaits. Anglers are catching Northern Pike in the bays around the reservoir using spinners and stickbaits. Anglers are catching Walleye in depths of 6 to 40 feet of water using crawler harnesses, spoons, and spinners.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge below the Kinzua outflow using live bait and large lures. Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using tubes and jigs in pockets throughout the river. Anglers are catching Northern Pike around structure and weed beds using spinners and stickbaits.