Anglers are reporting panfish are in the shallows and hitting live bait as well as grubs. Largemouth Bass are found in the lily pads and along the woody structure near the lakes edge. Walleye continue to be caught in 8-10 foot of water and some Bass anglers are picking them up shallow fishing for Largemouth Bass.
Boaters are reporting tons of pressure by kayaks, canoes, and floats throughout the county. Boaters are reminded that the water is lower than normal so you might have to scout ahead to make sure no strainers exist.
Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are reporting a few Walleye, Muskellunge, and Smallmouth Bass are being caught.
Woodcock Creek (below the dam)
Anglers are reporting a few smaller Walleye and Muskellunge are being caught. A lot of trout are still left in the creek since it was stocked on May 24th.
Anglers are reporting a few Rock Bass and Largemouth Bass are being caught.
Anglers targeting Yellow Perch report they seem to have not schooled up yet. Most of the boaters are going out in anywhere from 35 ft. to 51 ft. of water. Boaters are not coming in with any big numbers but it’s early. Anglers targeting Walleye report that night seems to be the best for the Walleye fishing. Anglers are fishing close to shore mainly from Walnut Creek going west to Elk Creek and beyond. Lake Erie’s water temperature is now 65 degrees and that is normally when the fish start biting.
Smallmouth Bass catches continue to be reported especially through the northern portion of the county. Anglers are reporting the best success was on tubes. Additionally, Channel Catfish anglers report the highest number of hook-ups just at sunset, especially during the new moon phase, which during 2016 is the first full week in June. Cut bait, chubs, or live baits are the preferred choices.
Fishing activity continues to increase, as weather and water conditions improve. From Utica through Franklin, anglers have begun reporting sporadic Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye hook-ups.
Smallmouth Bass, and the occasional Walleye, are being reported along the lower reaches of the waterway.
The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure Only section(s) will open for harvest beginning June 15th. The daily creel limit is three combined species.
Given water temperatures, Largemouth Bass will be the preferred target of anglers. Focus your efforts along both the weedy and woody cover areas. Top choices may be lures, crank baits, jigs or a spinner. Occasional crappie harvests are being reported with the majority of those catches occurring on jigs.
Two Mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake)
Trout continue to hold the attention of anglers, with the majority of hits occurring in the deeper water along the lake’s southern reaches.
REGISTRATION OF NON-POWERED WATERCRAFT REQUIRED AT PFBC LAKES/ACCESS AREAS:
With the 2016 boating season beginning in full swing, boaters are reminded that ALL non-powered watercraft are required to display either current registration or a launch permit when launching or retrieving at all PFBC lakes and/or access areas. For a complete listing of regulations pertaining to PFBC properties, please refer to the following link: http://fishinpa.com/pfbcproperty.html.