Boating was down over the holiday weekend. There are plenty of days left in the summer, and fall is a beautiful time to boat the reservoir. With the amount of rain we’ve had, boaters have been fortunate to have higher water levels and fewer sandbars and shoals usually visible this time of year. Crappies are starting to pick up around the reservoir. Anglers are reporting that they are thickening up for the winter. A large number of fillet sized bluegills are being caught as well. Catfish fishing is also progressing very well.
Water levels on the river are up also. The boaters using the Shenango River Water Trail can enjoy the higher flow to avoid portages. Make use of the new boat launch in the Village of Hamburg. The Shenango River Watchers have done an outstanding job providing access to the river at this location. Fall stocking of trout will be in October below the Shenango Reservoir outflow. This area is designated as a year round trout fishery. A current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish the area from the outflow to the Walnut Street Bridge, regardless of the species of fish you are targeting or harvesting.
Enjoy the last days of nice weather. As always, make sure your safety equipment is onboard and serviceable to prevent a relaxing day on the water from turning into a disaster.
Crappies in decent numbers have been caught lately.
A few Walleyes and some nice size Smallmouth Bass have been caught.
Woodcock Creek (below the dam)
A few bluegills are still being caught along with plenty of Bowfins.
Reminder: Winter drawdowns of Woodcock Lake and Canadohta Lake will most likely begin in the middle or late October.
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club will be stocking trout this fall in Maple Creek and Spring Creek. Musky anglers have been successful trolling Tionesta Lake and casting lures at the Tionesta Outflow. As water temperatures cool, trout fishing should pick up on all local trout streams. Angler’s reported catching trout this summer on Salmon Creek and Tionesta Creek downstream of Kellettville.
Presque Isle Bay
A northwest region law enforcement officer reported catching nothing but gobies while fishing night crawlers off of the Waterworks Pier recently.
Walnut Creek Access
Perch catch rates have been on and off this year. Most anglers are fishing in around 50 feet of water straight out from Walnut Creek to catch them. Some weeks this summer, fish caught have been small while other weeks have seen big ones.
Walleye catches have been good this year whenever the weather allowed boaters to get out. Many have been bringing in their limits. There is speculation that the algae problem in the west basin may have made fishing better here. While most anglers have been fishing the trenches to get them, some have started going further west lately. However, many have reported more catches of Silver Bass and White Perch than perch and Walleye.
Note: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit. For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.”