Weekend Fishing Report
Local River System
Anglers report a variety of nice catches at the New Brighton on the Beaver River. Fatheads or shiners on leadhead jigs continue to be tops. The dams on the Ohio River are still producing good catches of a variety of species. The mouth of Montour Run continues to confound anglers with low catch rates this year. Huricane Ivan is the culprit as the sandbar and bottom structures have all changed. Dennis Tubbs, Southwest Region Aquatic Resources Program Specialist for the Fish Commission reports in the Weekly Fishing and Boating Report that last Saturday the 1st Team Bass Tournament was held during the Hyundai Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. The team of Jim and Craig Bushey (father and son team) from Greensburg won the tournament with 5 bass weighing 11.27 pounds. With a bass weighing-in at 4.32 pounds the team of Lawrence Hermes and Rick Vucina won the Lunker award, single largest bass of tournament. Five fish weighed-in at 11.27, could this be a preview of the Citgo Bassmaster Classic? Could the pros weigh-in ten pounds, 5 fish limit, each of the three-day tournament? Could it take 30 plus pounds to win the Classic? We will see on July 29 to 31, 2005.
Hereford Manor Lakes
Bass are being caught consistently on live bait on both lakes. Top water lures and crankbaits are also catching bass in the early morning and late evening hours.
Venango County Waters
Recent rains have the water levels in the Allegheny River at a good level for a canoe trip and the bass are hitting well. Live baits, minnow plugs and jigs are catching fish. Panfish and bass are being caught from the shore at both Justus and Kahle lakes.
Lake Erie Region
Reported by DWCO Randy Leighton and WCO Brook Tolbert in the Erie Report: Walleye action on Lake Erie has picked up considerably over the last few weeks with early reports indicating that catches seem to be better overall than last season. Action has been good on the west side in anywhere from 35 to 65 feet of water depending on the time of day and surface conditions. Early morning anglers have had good success along the south edge of the first trench trolling from Walnut Creek west to the Ohio line. Although a variety of baits abound, the greatest success centers around the tandem willow-leaf crawler harnesses tipped with a fresh crawler. Good color choices seem to be watermelon, copper, chartreuse, purple prism, and gold. Michigan Stinger spoons have also been hot and will also trigger the occasional steelhead or salmon strike in deeper water. Perch fishing is still strong with many anglers bringing in their limits at will. Perch have been large with many jumbos weighed in at Walnut. With the state record yellow perch recorded at 2 pounds, 9 ounces and a length of 16-1/4 inches, anglers might consider carrying a small hand scale in the tackle box just in case. It wouldn’t be surprising with the number of large perch caught that a new record has already come and gone to the frying pan to an unsuspecting angler. Smallmouth fishing is still good along the Lake shore in 25 to 40 feet of water. Lake Erie water temperature as of Wednesday was 73 degrees.
©Beaver County Times Allegheny Times 2005