French Creek Conditions

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2018/08/24 20:15:45 (permalink)

French Creek Conditions

Does anyone know if French is high and muddy right now (Friday the 24th)?  I figure with all the rain we got this week it may be high and stained.  The Utica gauge shows its about 1.5' higher than it was at the beginning of the week, but i'm not sure how that translates into heavy current or murk.  Any insight/current observations would be appreciated...
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/08/24 20:42:26 (permalink)
    Meadville looked low but had some color. 1.5 higher than the beginning of the week doesn’t mean a whole lot as last week the creek was extremely low.

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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/08/24 20:59:50 (permalink)
    Thank you Mike!
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/08/24 21:02:37 (permalink)
    I dropped down RT 19 from Erie today passing through Cambridge Springs, Venango and Saegerstown the crik looked stained and maybe a bit fast but definitely not high.  Go get em!!
     
    Tight lines and good times on the mighty pristine French Creek.

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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/08/24 21:11:11 (permalink)
    Thanks BTDT!
     
    I'll hope it comes down just a bit more by tomorrow morning and clears a tad.  I like a little clarity for spinners.  Water temps have been dipping into the upper 60s too - good time to hit a creek. 
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/08/30 12:06:10 (permalink)
    As a follow up, I'd like to thank everyone for their help.  I went out tossing musky baits and ended up catching a 29" walleye on a 6" topwater lure.  NOT what I was expecting when the surface water blew up and the reel starting ripping.  Either way...fun times!
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/08/30 12:43:29 (permalink)
    I was gonna warn ya about those darned elusive PA. Walleye.... pesky things.  Good for you and congrats.

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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/08/30 20:51:51 (permalink)
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    As a follow up, I'd like to thank everyone for their help.  I went out tossing musky baits and ended up catching a 29" walleye on a 6" topwater lure.  NOT what I was expecting when the surface water blew up and the reel starting ripping.  Either way...fun times!


    Nice! That's a fun suprise
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/08/31 07:20:18 (permalink)
    Fallschirmjaeger.........
     
    First off, congrats on the fish !! That is a good one from French creek. 
     
    Without getting specific.
     
    How was the clarity ? Does it seem like the water is cooling down ?? Last time I waded FC, the fish I was catching were already 1/2 way cooked. I got a stretch of water I want to kayak down, but just seems like the water is still too warm. I should probably just get off my rear and take a drive to the creek to see first hand......being I live less than 1/4 mile from it. I see it was down to 2.5 feet, that is usually doable. 
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/08/31 10:20:54 (permalink)
    Bass,
     
    I haven't been since Saturday, however the water had some murk to it at the time.  There were nice clear holes around islands, but the main rifles still were carrying a fair amount of sediment in the water column.  Temp seemed fine, as I said, the USGS temps for last week showed night time dips in the 60's, but the temp graph for Cambridge Springs showed a high point of 79 on August 29th. However, its down to 74 today, so its falling.  We need some cold nights to fire up the fish.
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/09/01 04:26:13 (permalink)

     

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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/09/04 06:32:20 (permalink)
    Nice !! That is a beauty of a creek walleye. Nice job, and nice catch. Who would expect to get that guy on a plug. 
     
    I went down to French Creek on Monday to wade for a few hours. Water was like bathwater ! Lots of "yakers", tubers and paddle boarders (which I still don't understand).
     
    Managed a few rock bass and missed a few small-mouth.....but was in a hurry to get home and fire up the smoker. Labor day ribs are a pretty steady tradition around us. 
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/09/04 12:58:55 (permalink)
    Totally understandable....smoker ribs are not to be rushed...
     
    I fished the Kinzua tailrace on Sunday.  I had a large trout follow in a spinner and had some big hits on a big creek chub, but ended up getting skunked.  No one near me pulled out a fish either.  Very disappointing, but an amazing place to fish regardless.  
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/09/04 13:26:19 (permalink)
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    Totally understandable....smoker ribs are not to be rushed...
     
    I fished the Kinzua tailrace on Sunday.  I had a large trout follow in a spinner and had some big hits on a big creek chub, but ended up getting skunked.  No one near me pulled out a fish either.  Very disappointing, but an amazing place to fish regardless.  




    The heat was unbearable....I think for me and the fish. Once daylight hit, the fish shut off. 
     
     Sorry to hear you got skunked......that is too bad. Quite the drive for no fish ! That is an awesome place to fish, quiet and beautiful. I think later in the fall it might be 100X better to fish. However, I usually get skunked on the top side of the dam. 
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/09/13 07:14:06 (permalink)
    The creek dipped into the very low 60's this week - sadly it's more than likely blown out from all the rains.  
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/09/13 08:23:18 (permalink)
    French was pretty high and muddy in Utica and all way down to the Allegheny yesterday. Saw a beach ball floating down the creek. 
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    Re: French Creek Conditions 2018/09/13 08:57:11 (permalink)
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    French was pretty high and muddy in Utica and all way down to the Allegheny yesterday. Saw a beach ball floating down the creek. 




    That's what I figured.  Better temps ruined by flooding.  
     
    Does anyone know about when the Union City dam starts to fill up on the top side?
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