Conneaut Lake has a lot of water in it so be aware of docks and other boats. Remember you are responsible for the wake your boat creates.
Western Erie County
Walnut Creek Access Area
Anglers are starting to report limits being caught of Yellow Perch. They are out in 51’ to 53’ of water straight out of Walnut Creek. There also is a pack that sets up in around 38’ off of Trout Run. Anglers are reporting that they have been catching some big Yellow Perch this year. The Walleye are still hard to find. There are some boats going real close to shore in 15’ – 20’ of water trolling between Trout Run and Elk Creek. Anglers are reporting having luck in 60’ of water straight out and off of Powell Ave.
Anglers are continuing to report really good fishing this year. Walleye, Largemouth Bass, and crappies are being caught in plentiful supply.
Fishing has been slow around the reservoir. Water levels are several feet above summer pool and have been there for most of June. Blue/Green Algae is being observed in the lake however with the rain it has dissipated some of it. Remember your first step in an emergency or to report on illegal activity is to call 9-1-1.
The water levels are up in the river so use extreme care when floating the Shenango River Trail. With all of the new rain, several new strainers will be present so use caution around them. There are still plenty of stocked trout in the 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.
Other parts of the County
All water levels are up. Extra precaution should be taken when recreating around these swollen water bodies.
The USGS depth gage in Franklin reflects a current water level of +/- 07’-07”. Water temperature is hovering at 63 degrees Fahrenheit, a recent drop of 9 degrees Fahrenheit due to heavy rains and cooler temperatures.
Smallmouth Bass catch rates were reported early in the month with the highest success rates on stick baits and tubes.
Fishing activity has been interrupted due to recent heavy rains. Earlier in the month, Smallmouth Bass catches were reported between Custaloga Town and Franklin. The USGS depth gage in Utica reflects a current water level of +/-05’-06”. Canoeists and kayakers are encouraged to use caution given the swiftness of the water and the potential for floating debris and newly formed strainers.
The USGS depth gage in Rouseville reflects a current water level of +/- 4’-11”. Fishing activity has been interrupted due to recent heavy rains. As waters recede, the area between Oil City and Rynd Farm should improve for the bass enthusiast.
Trout anglers are reminded that the Artificial Lure section(s) [Oil Creek State Park & Drake Well], along Oil Creek, opened to harvest on June 15th. Fish must be at least 9 inches in length, and the daily creel limit is 3 (combined species). Please refer to fishandboat.com/fishpub/summary/delayedartificial.html for rules and regulations, as well as accompanying waters, under this designation. Given current water levels, canoeists and kayakers have been observed. The area between Drake Well and Petroleum Center allows for a peaceful and scenic day trip. As always, scout ahead and do not enter dangerous or obstructed waters.
Largemouth Bass harvests are occurring with common sizes ranging from 13-17 inches. Also, Yellow Perch, crappie, and Bluegill catches have been reported.
Justus Lake (Two Mile Run Reservoir)
Anglers are beginning to target trout in the deeper water towards the dam; however, catches are still being reported in the shallow cove waters. Game fish, outside of trout, have been located at depths of 15’ and 30’. Bluegill catches on ants and jigs have been received.