Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA Ideas?

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Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA Ideas?

Does anyone have a good walleye lake in western pa they would like to share?

I used to fish Lake Wilhelm a lot for walleye however the fishing up there the past two years has significantly gone down hill...has stocking stopped up there?

any information or comments would be great!
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    carpin06
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Three river's......
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Looking for a good lake, I live in Pittsburgh. I frequent Moraine, Wilhelm, and Erie. However the catfish population in lake arthur has really taken over the lake, and up Wilhelm the fishing hasn't been good for walleye in 2 years. Anyone have information on Wilhelm if it is still being stocked yearly, or reasons for it's decline.

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    wilhelm still has eyes and some nice ones to boot
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    some not as many as in previous years. I have had success in the past with thundercranks and drifting twister tail jigs. But most catches are in the mid 20's range!.

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Pymie
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    I have never fished pymie but read the 2011 biological report and was quite encouraged by the numbers. Have you fished there much? any portion of the lake or artificial baits you would reccomend?

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Check the nw pa boards.
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    If you are not interested in fishing the 3 Rivers, then your options are fairly limited with a few exceptions mentioned above.
     
    If you are willing to drive all the way up to Wilhelm, you might as well keep trucking to Lake Erie.  I can certainly say that you aren't going to find any lakes in Western PA that will compete with the quality of Lake Erie's walleye fishery.  For that matter, you probably won't find many in the nation that could.
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    From second hand knowledge only, Erie if you have the boat that can handle, or Pymie if not. Both, you need to follow the seasonal patterns, and put ample time on both to figure out (which I haven't).

    First hand knowledge, Pymie eyes don't like me... Although, I usually go in better family vacation times of the year, than fishing times. I have caught the most, legal eyes from Arthur, although all came while targetting other species. This is the lake that I have dedicated the majority of my fishing time for the past few years though. I spent two seasons trolling for them at Arthur, and none to show for it. I did get one trolling, but really targetting wipers. I would imagine, if I kept it up, I would crack the code. A ton of great information on here, as well as meeting a few of the lake regulars in person. BTW - One of the largest channel cats that I have ever seen, fell victom to my walleye trolling, so know what you mean.

    I have caught hands down, the most legal eyes from the 3 rivers. Allegheny is probably #2 in the state, behind Erie. Which might be the best in the country.
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    another vote here for the 3 rivers. I keep thinking i should make a trip up to my cabin at pymy but the average river eye is better than the average pymy eye IMO.

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Lake Erie is the world's greatest sportfishery in the world.
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    3 rivers also Yough dam

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    If you can get in there - Deer Valley YMCA camp's lake. Erie Dearie's slayed them back in the 1980's - but haven;t been back there since.............

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    all rivers in the pgh area.yough res.pymie for shore on a lake w now and late oct being the best times.get a pymie lake map.woodcock crk lake.tamarack lake shenango river
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    I caught a boot at erie once....wouldnt of thought much about it, except it was full of hypodermic needles.

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Porktown, I have a varied success at Arthur fishing the Humps, and Road Beds for eyes. But I seem to catch more catfish walleye trolling then anything else.
    I appreciate all the input from everyone!
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Pymie bro
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    good walleye lakes for guys with smaller boats are few and far between in western PA. i think pymie is the best option. i used to do very well at keystone power dam but that place has turned into the dead sea (see other posts for opinions as to why). kinzua used to produce nice catches but i gave up on that one also. high point lake is devoid of walleye - fished there for over 15 years and never caught one.

    so now i've decided to save the $$ i would've spent chasing walleye ghosts in western PA and do a flyin trip in northwestern ontario - one week at one of these lakes will not only satisfy all your walleye needs (AND the walleye are all Black and Gold!!) but will also "fill you walleye tank" as one of our outfitters would say during the spring feasting.

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Blue lagoon,
     
    If you're catching catfish, then you're probably in the ballgame for walleyes at arthur.  If we're catching catfish there, we know its just a matter of time before the eyes start to feed in the same area.  Just gotta wait them out.  Don't change the presentation.  If we get into the stripers, we usually move.  When  the stripers are biting deeper, it seems like you can't get your bait to the walleyes. 
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Erie,Pymy,Arthur. Erie hands down numbers and size,Pymy eater 16 -19 with numbers on the up.Arthur not many but larger size fish,I never caught a small eye there,few here and there ,humps,sunken island next the the deep drops plenty of cats mixed with eyes.
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    I live in Butler, but I'm originally from East Brady.
    My best Walleye fishing has been in the Allegheny,from
    Parker to below Lock 8.

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Anyone going out for the May 5th Opener? ...I'm probably going to head up to Wilhelm ...even though I haven't done well up there in 2 years.
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    Be out for sure at midnight, hoping to beat the last years time of 36 minutes for 12 keepers between two of us. All the fish we kept were 22"-26".
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    what lake did you fish mike?

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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    I'm hoping to head out for the opener itself, but likely bump to mid week. Weekends are filling up too fast. It sucks that I have to take vacation days from work to get out. I guess that is what vacation days are for though. It's nice getting out with less traffic on the water, although dealing with the traffic on the commute is twice as bad.
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    RE: Best Walleye Lakes In Western PA (permalink)
    I love mid week fishing, empty lake...so nice and relaxing.

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