Fishing report: Smallmouth bass aplenty in Lake Arthur weed beds
• At Lake Arthur, anglers are catching plenty of smallmouth bass on worms and tubes. The bass appear to be congregating in the weed beds, for the most part. Fishermen are also doing well with panfish at the lake, primarily using minnows to lure them in. The panfish are being spotted in the areas around the shoreline that are littered with brush.
• Anglers fishing The Glades by boat are reeling in solid numbers of largemouth bass and channel catfish. Those who are casting out from the shoreline are scooping up catfish as well, with minnows and crawlers providing good results as bait.
• The Allegheny River in Allegheny County is yielding catfish to anglers who are trolling its waters with chicken livers. According to reports, the bluegill bite is heating up in this area, too.
• Deer Creek is still harboring trout, with anglers reporting successful catches utilizing spinners in their setups.
• Largemouth bass and panfish are biting for fishermen who are trolling from their boats in Lake Pleasant. Live bait appears to be working well at the lake.
• Lake LeBouef is offering up a variety of fish, including bowfin, panfish and northern pike. Anglers are reporting solid results with the fish while casting out from the docks. Nightcrawlers appear to be the go-to bait.
• At Elk Creek, fishermen are picking up channel catfish in the vicinity of the mouth of the creek. The dawn and dusk hours seem to be the most productive times to fish, according to reports.
• The fishing at Lake Erie is going well of late, with anglers finding trout, yellow perch and walleye within the last week or so. Trout are swimming in the deeper areas of the lake, and perch are populating the lake in about 30-40 feet of water. Fishermen are using crawler harnesses and spoons for the walleye, which are being found in 40-plus feet of water.
• The smallmouth bass and walleye are active at Oil Creek, particularly in the area where the creek merges with the Allegheny River.
• In Venango County, the Allegheny River is giving up smallmouth bass at a solid rate. Anglers are using tubes and live bait for the bass. There were a few northern pike catches here, too, with anglers using spinners and topwater lures to productive results.
Kevin Lohman is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.