Fishing report: Shenango Reservoir yielding white bass, hybrid striped bass
• Anglers casting into Shenango Reservoir are reeling in white bass and hybrid striped bass. The hybrid striped bass are typically visual feeders, so rapidly moving a crank bait should tempt the fish to bite. Another solid option for bait for both varieties of bass is shad or any topwater lure that resembles shad. Fishermen also are catching panfish at the reservoir.
• Youghiogheny River Lake is yielding walleye and smallmouth bass to anglers fishing its waters in the past few days. Live bait such as minnows, leeches or night crawlers usually work well for walleye.
• The Youghiogheny River has panfish and trout swimming its waters, according to reports. The trout bite may not last for long however, as the river’s most recent stocking occurred almost one month ago.
• Despite the heat, trout are biting at Laurel Hill Lake. Anglers seem to be having the most luck at the top end of the lake. Bright-colored spoons should provide anglers with a solid approach for the trout, which inhabit the deeper pockets of water on warmer days.
• At Quemahoning Reservoir, fishermen are picking up some hefty largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. According to reports, anglers are catching northern pike as well.
• The section of the Allegheny River that runs through Venango County is offering up smallmouth bass, channel catfish and northern pike. For the smallmouth bass, fishermen are seeing positive results while using spinnerbaits and buzzbaits.
• At Justus Lake, anglers are doing well with catches of northern pike in the last week or so. Reasonable options for bait include dardevles and jerk bait.
• Anglers fishing French Creek are catching both smallmouth bass and rock bass. In addition, anglers are reeling in the occasional walleye using top-water lures.
• At Lake Erie, fishermen are reeling in plenty of walleye and a few yellow perch. The walleye are being found in about 50-70 feet of water throughout most of the lake and are biting at worm harnesses and lures. According to reports, the yellow perch appear to be grouping up in bunches around Shades Beach, Elk Creek and Gull Point.
• The Tionesta Outflow is giving up muskellunge and channel catfish. Anglers are using a variety of live baits to catch the muskie and the catfish.
• The Muskellunge bite at Tionesta Lake is still going strong, with anglers using swimbaits, crankbaits and vertical jigs to positive results.
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.