The lake was sampled for Young-Of-Year (YOY) Walleye the night of September 24, 2014. Six electrofishing runs yielded a total of 58 YOY Walleye for a catch rate of 0.48 fish per minute; double last year’s catch. These fish should reach legal size in 3 years.
Erie County (central and west)
Lake Erie & Presque Isle Bay
When wave conditions have allowed, boat anglers have had success in deep waters in the lake off Gull Point. Try fishing off of Walnut & Elk Creeks for Walleye as well as Yellow Perch. Bucket anglers have reported success fishing for Steelhead in the Erie Channel in the early morning hours.
Western Erie Tributaries
Shore anglers are having some success catching Steelhead in the lower stretches of Elk & Walnut Creeks. Low water conditions are keeping most of the Steelhead north of State Route 5 on all the western tributaries. Enforcement details have already resulted in numerous snagging, over limits, and litter violations.
Eastern Erie County
Anglers are reporting that panfish action has picked up at Eaton Reservoir, and trout fishing has picked up at Lake Pleasant. The bait of choice is still grubs and minnows. There are even reports of hold-over trout being taken in the South Branch of French Creek.
Angles are reporting panfish, perch and bass off of the North & South Piers, Port Authority dock and the Public Dock using minnows and wax worms. The heavy rains and temperatures in the mid 50’s have brought a run of steelhead into the Mile streams. Plan your trip around the weather. If there is rain in the forecast, that equals steelhead in the streams.
If you’re coming to Erie to fish for steelhead make sure you have the required permits. A Trout/Salmon stamp & Lake Erie permit are required to catch and keep steelhead and trout.
The stream temperature is 62°. Edinboro Lake temperature is 62°. Lake Erie Temperature is 63°. Call ahead for current Lake Erie conditions. Call the North East Marina at 814-725-8244.
Timothy Sabella caught this Walleye September 28, 2014 on the Allegheny River north of Tidioute, PA using a crank bait. The fish was 31" long and weighed 12.5 pounds.
James Landon caught this steelhead on October 5, 2014 at the PFBC Walnut Creek Access Area using a white sucker spawn under a float. The fish was 26" long and weighed 7 pounds.
On Sept 25, 2014 Area One biologists electrofished the lake for Young-Of-Year (YOY) Walleye. In two hours of effort, 60 YOY were collected for a catch rate of 0.5 YOY Walleye per minute; just under the long range average. Also noted were a few adult Walleye, some pike, bass and many small White Bass.
Boating traffic has been down. Fall is a beautiful time to go boating on the reservoir. The lake levels are still up but slowly receding. Use caution when boating around the sandbars and shoals that are just under the water’s surface.
Crappie are starting to pick up around the reservoir. Anglers report that they are thickening up for the winter. A large number of fillet sized Bluegills are being caught as well. Catfish and Largemouth Bass fishing is also progressing very well.
Water levels on the river are up and down. Boaters using the Shenango River Water Trail can still enjoy the trail with the changing foliage. 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. The river will be stocked with trout below the Shenango Reservoir outflow.
This area is designated as a year round trout fishery, so a current trout/salmon stamp is required to fish the area from the outflow to the Walnut Street Bridge regardless of species of fish that you are targeting or harvesting. The fall creel limit is 3 fish.
Enjoy the last days of nice weather, and as always, make sure your safety equipment is serviceable to prevent a relaxing day on the water from turning into a disaster.
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current water level of +/- 3’-08”. Through August 2014 we have received in excess of 8.9” above normal precipitation. Currently the Allegheny River is just over 0’-06”above normal pool. The water temperature is hovering between 62-64° Fahrenheit.
Smallmouth Bass hookups continue, primarily in the Oil City pool. The majority of catches reported were caught using artificial lures and plastics. Walleye harvests continue in the Reno Rapids. Minnow-type stick baits have had the highest catch rates. Catfish are being reported in both the Oil City and Rockmere pools.
The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of 2’-01”, down about 1‘-0” since last report. Recreational boating traffic (canoes/kayaks) will experience difficulty at this level. Bass and Walleye are the species of choice.
The USGS depth gage in Rouseville reflects a current water level of +/- 2’-01”, which is down 0’-08” since last report.
Smallmouth Bass continue to be targeted around Rouseville. Walleye are being targeted near Oil City below the White Bridge (Upper Seneca Street). Trout fishing remains viable, due to the summer’s high precipitation and cool temperatures.
Oil Creek State Park is a popular local destination for many trout fishing enthusiasts, and the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Section was stocked with adult trout on October 1, 2014.
Twomile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Crappie were reported as having been caught during both August and September 2014.
Additionally, remember, Twomile Run Reservoir/Justus Lake is governed under Big Bass regulations.
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.