The wildlife propagation area in Swamp Run has been opened substantially for boating and fishing. The new restricted area is located at the back end of the finger, and is marked with “Keep out” buoys and floating orange markers. Since opening in the last couple of weeks, anglers have reported fantastic fishing. Large Channel Cats and crappie are hitting minnows trailed behind bobbers the moment they hit the water! This area is full of old stumps and root systems which wreak havoc on angler’s lines. Try using a high test line, and get those fish landed quickly before they can retreat to the roots or else you will lose many of those battles. Nice catches of day time walleye have been observed off of Nealey’s Point on the North Shore. Anglers are making very slow trolls or wind drifting over the drop-off with a worm harness. Various colors of crank baits have also been successful.
Thorn Run Reservoir
Only have an hour or two to wet a line? Try the upper end of Thorn Run Reservoir at Love Road Bridge. Late afternoon and early evening catches of bass have been reported. Worms and minnows are favored.
The USGS water level gage in Franklin reads +/- 4’-03” and water temperature has dropped from 77° to 67° due to all the rain on July 27th and 28th. Smallmouth bass hookups continue. Local hotspots have been near the Walnut Islands, Oil City pool, and Witherup Island with successes reported on tube baits. Catfishing continues to be curtailed due to elevated water levels. Walleye harvests are being reported. Hot spots include the mouth of Stewart Run, Reno rapids, the mouth of Twomile Run, Foster Islands, and the Mill Creek eddy. Tube baits also provided success as well as crank baits and jigs within the more vegetated areas. The water temperature drop should provide continued success.
Angling activity continues to increase. Heavier pressure areas have been around the old Amalie refinery, Sugarcreek Station, and Utica. Suckers have gathered in good numbers at the mouth of Sugar Creek just above its confluence with French Creek. Although generally a spring target species, some have begun taking advantage of this immediate opportunity. Many sucker anglers typically use “real”, not artificial, bait… worms, dough, et cetera. Suckers are bottom feeders, so use sinkers to get your bait down. Also, suckers generally tend to be good fighters. Have tackle worthy of the job. Many recommend 6-8# test. Although many anglers choose to use harvested suckers as bait, others prefer them as a meal. Pickled, pressured cooked, or ground into patties are three of the top reported preparations.
The USGS water level gage in Utica reflects a current of 2’-10”. Low water levels like this can cause problems for canoes and kayaks but recent rains may improve these conditions.
Bass harvests using soft artificial baits have been reported. Remember, Kahle Lake is governed under BIG BASS regulations.
Two Mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Remember, Two mile Run Reservoir/Justus Lake is governed under BIG BASS regulations.
Many anglers/boaters have provided positive feedback on the new boat ramp located in the Park Office and Crosby swim area. Larger (18’) boat owners report no difficulties in launching/retrieving at this location.
Water levels are up with all the rainfall we have had. The Shenango River is at flood stage, and the Reservoir is slowly rising. Fishing is starting to pick up with the cooler nights. Catfish are being caught throughout the reservoir.
Trout are still being caught in the outflow. Fish the deeper holes for success during the day. Remember a trout/salmon stamp is required to fish there year round.
The summer is quickly slipping away. There are only a couple of weeks before its back to school for some. Take this time and get out on the water to enjoy the rest summer. Enjoy the rest of your summer!