Fishing Report: Pymatuning Reservoir yielding wide range
• Pymatuning Reservoir is developing into a bit of a hot spot, with fishermen reporting a variety of catches, including crappie, catfish, muskie and walleye. The walleye catches have been on the large side and can be found in about 15-20 feet of water. The crappie bite has been a little more unpredictable, but the catfish and muskie are biting in solid numbers.
• Anglers fishing Sugar Lake are bringing in crappie, perch, chain pickerel and largemouth bass. Carp catches have been increasing in numbers lately, with a few larger carp spotted in the last few days.
• Neshannock Creek still is harboring a few trout, with anglers using maggots and trout magnets to lure them in. The more popular catch of late has been smallmouth bass. The bass appear to be biting at live baits, mostly, such as nightcrawlers.
• Fishermen at Shenango Reservoir are using minnows to reel in hybrid striped bass.
• At Lake Wilhelm, anglers are faring well with crappie and bluegill. According to reports, a handful of bass and perch have been caught in the past couple of weeks, too.
• Anglers at Lake Arthur are catching plenty of largemouth bass using stick baits. The bass don’t seem to have a preference as they are biting at a wide range of differently colored stick baits.
• In Venango County, the Allegheny River is offering up northern pike and muskellunge to fishermen who are casting spinnerbaits and live bait. The smallmouth bass catch rate is increasing, as well. Anglers report using live bait and jigs to positive results with the bass.
• Freshwater drum has been the popular catch at the Youghiogheny River. Some combination of redworms, minnows, spinners and crankbaits should give anglers a chance to reel one in.
• At Youghiogheny River Lake, smallmouth bass and walleye have been rather active recently. Anglers report reasonable catch rates for both.
• Anglers fishing High Point Lake are catching plenty of bluegills and a number of largemouth bass, as well.
• Raccoon Lake is yielding solid numbers of largemouth bass and trout. The trout appear to be more interested in nightcrawlers. Anglers are catching panfish lately, too, according to reports.
• Gar and flathead catfish are swimming the Beaver Rivers’ waters, with anglers seeing the highest rate of success in the vicinity of the dams.
Kevin Lohman is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.