Weekend Beaver County Fishing Report
Local River System
Anglers fishing below the New Brighton Dam on the Beaver River continue to have the best fishing according to Shooters Place in Fallston. From the dam down to the swimming hole is the best area. Fatheads, shiners and nightcrawlers are catching drum, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Same conditions below the Montgomery Dam on the Ohio River. Clyde Hudson of Rochester landed a 16.75 pound flathead catfish below the Montgomery Dam. Island Firearms reports Chris Zeze of Neville Island landed a 33.8 pound flathead catfish below the Emsworth Dam on the Front Channel of the Ohio River. At the Back Channel Dam the anglers are doing good on a variety of fish including smallmouth bass, hybrid stripers and walleye. Live bait is your best bet.
Lake Arthur, Butler County
Ron at Appalachain Trails reports a fair number of largemouth bass are being caught on plastic worms and lizards. Otherwise it is slow. Other reports have a good musky bite still going on. Spinners are working well. Many big musky atre being seen cruising at the surgface, though they are not biting when in this cruising mode.
Crawford County Waters
Anglers are havin success catching crappie late at night at Pymatuning Lake. They are jigging with small jigs or small minnows. The recent fish kill on Pymatuning was worse than normal. Every year some fish, usually walleye, die from a lack of oxygen in the hot water temperatures of summer. This year’s kill included about 500 to 600 adult walleyes. Fish biologist for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission say it should not hurt future fishing at the lake. A few musky are still being caught at Tamarack Lake.
Lake Erie Region
Reported by DWCO Randy Leighton and WCO Brook Tolbert in the Erie Report: As of late a dozen people will give you a dozen different reports. Anglers are still having the most success for walleye and steelhead in the colder, deeper waters of the lake which in many cases may often be too far off shore for some of the smaller watercraft. Boats fishing north of the point off Presque Isle nearly to the Canadian line and west have been doing well. Perch fishing is sporadic with schools on the move and anglers still having to move often to bring in their limits. As of this writing the most productive perch fishing has been in 52 to 54 feet of waters off the Presque Isle condos and the point. The exceptionally warm lake temperatures this year seem to have fish on the move in search of colder more oxygen enriched waters. A few anglers have been spotted fishing the wall at Walnut Creek at night in search of that first tributary steelhead but it’s early. The tribs are still very low and there hasn’t been any evidence of early staging at the mouths.
Current Lake Erie water temperatures off Toledo are 76 degrees, off Cleveland, 75 degrees, and off Erie, 78 degrees.
©Beaver County Times Allegheny Times 2005