I’m always looking for new waters to fish. Thanks to my friends over in Crawford county for providing some timely and useful fishing reports!
Reporting date: May 4, 2010
Information contributed by:
* Chris’ Tackle Box, Jamestown, PA
* Sue’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Cooperstown, PA
* Mauer’s Trading Post, Franklin, PA
* Oil Creek Outfitters, Titusville, PA
* John’s Bait & Tackle, Meadville, PA
Crawford County Waters
Chris’s Tackle Box reports crappie fishing at Pymatuning has been very good all spring, with the bite even better this past weekend. As the fish prepare to spawn, crappies are being caught at depths from 2 feet to 16 feet all over the lake. Black crappies are generally shallower than white crappies, but both species are found primarily around submerged wood cover at all depths. Although live minnows are favored by many anglers, Dave Lefebre and Jimmy Lunsford made an impressive catch of black and white crappies with 2-inch swim-tail grubs around stumps on a deepwater flat on May 1. Walleye success has been sporadic with live bait the most successful tactic. Bass anglers have been making strong catches of largemouth in the shallows on jig-n-chunks, soft jerkbaits and stick worms.
Conneaut is slower to warm than other county lakes, so fishing success has been slower as well. Recently, a few anglers have caught and release quality largemouths on lipless rattle plugs. Crappies are just starting to move on the main lake; the bite should pick up as the water temperature increases over the next two weeks. The best fishing has been for northern pike, with numerous pike taken on soft plastic swim baits fished over weedbeds on the west side of the lake.
John’s Bait & Tackle has reports of walleye and musky taken from French Creek on live creek chubs this past weekend. Heavy rains in this agricultural watershed on Monday of will likely keep the water dirty into the weekend. Good time to try an orange blade Mepps spinner for pike and musky.
Several muskies were reported from Tamarack Lake this past weekend, including one fish on a Jointed Rapala Minnow. Crappies and bluegills are being caught, but they are on the small side.
County Trout Streams
At the present time, butter worms are the number one live bait for stream trout according to John’s Bait & Tackle. Little Sugar, Woodcock Creek and Conneaut Creek have been producing nice trout.
Venango County Waters
According to Mauer’s Trading Post, the walleye season on the river opened with a yawn. Fishing was uncharacteristically poor – likely due to heavy rain over a week ago that dirtied the water. With no additional serious rainfall later this week, water color in the river should improve by weekend. Try a long minnow plug or #3 spinner for walleye. The catch-and-release spring season continues to provide river opportunities; this past weekend bass were reported on tube jigs, grubs and swimbaits.
Trout are the hot ticket at Justus Lake right now. Sue’s Bait and Tackle reports the better catches of trout are being made on wax worms, red worms and nightcrawlers. Justus Lake will be stocked mid week just in time for this coming weekend.
Oil Creek Outfitters reports excellent trout fishing on the Creek with lots of insect hatches. Caddis and Blue Wing Olives are the hot hatches this week. Oil Creek will be stocked on Thursday in time for the weekend.
County Trout Streams
Water levels remain strong in the smaller streams. Good trout catches from Sugar, Little Sandy and Two Mile Creek have been noted.
Regardless of the species – from bass to trout – when a river or stream is discolored by heavy rains, try a straight shaft spinner or spinnerbait with brightly colored blades (chartreuse, orange or red).