North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - September 12th, 2014

Lake Erie — Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported Aug. 28 that the perch bite remained solid, with numbers of mixed-size fish hitting straight out of Walnut Creek in 50 to 55 feet. Walleyes in mixed sizes were hitting in 60 to 75 feet from Walnut to Elk Creek, but moving westward.

Presque Isle Bay — Anglers willing to contend with weeds were getting largemouth bass and panfish.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — Smallmouth bass up to 19 inches and walleyes were hitting shiners from above Meadville to Cochranton. In

rain-stained water, bass were hitting spinners. Freshwater drum up to 27 inches also were reported. The tailrace of Union City Dam was yielding northern pike.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Yellow perch, including some jumbos, were reported in six to 12 feet. Hot n Tots were taking walleyes up to 20-plus inches, while bucktails were taking muskies. Crappies were biting after dark off the causeway, the Linesville stumps, and starting to hit in shallower water, with minnows the ticket. Channel cats also were reported, but the bluegill bite had slowed a bit.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Larger bluegills were still biting in deep water; smaller bluegills were feeding on the surface above weeds. A few bowfins were reported, along with northern pike up to 35 inches, and rock bass on plastic crawlers flipped to weeds on points and midlake humps. An angler caught a 19.5-inch, 4.1-pound smallmouth drop-shotting. With Labor Day and the approach of fall, boat traffic has slowed on this natural lake.
Conneaut Marsh (Crawford County) — Bowfin up to 26 inches were reported, along with largemouth bass and catfish, all on minnows.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Walleyes up to 7-plus pounds and largemouth bass were reported. Crappies were hitting around the main causeway, launch Nos. 3 and 4, and the shoreline along Creek Road from mid to late afternoon. Largemouth bass also were reported on 3⁄8-ounce jigs, with catches coming off the causeway and the river channel.

Buhl Lake (Mercer County) — Largemouth bass and bluegills, mostly on the small side, were hitting crawlers under floats.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Water was about one foot above normal pool and about 73 degrees in late August and fish were biting. Smallmouth bass up to 19-plus inches were reported on tubes and crankbaits. Walleyes also were reported, while catfish, including a reported 40-pound flathead, were very active on cut baits and on live baits, such as chubs.

Oil Creek (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass in mixed sizes were reported, with tubes the best bet. Rainy weather in much of August kept water high and cool enough for some trout action.

Two-mile Run Reservoir (Justus Lake) (Venango County) — Crappies were hitting in recent weeks on this Big Bass Program water.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Cowanesque Reservoir (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Aug. 28 that numbers of bass up to 6 pounds were hitting on creature baits, crankbaits and drop-shot rigs.

Lake Hamilton (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported that nice numbers of panfish were hitting on waxworms, mealworms and live minnows through Aug. 28.

Colyer Lake (Centre County) — The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission was slated to begin a final drawdown on Sept. 2, to prepare for reconstruction of the dam and spillway. The drawdown will occur at a rate of about one foot a day, and is expected to take several weeks. A fish salvage and relocation will be performed at the end of the process.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Channel catfish were reported around Upper Greens Run in the evening hours, with chicken livers on the bottom productive. The causeway was yielding crappies and sunfish on minnows mostly in the mornings and evenings. Bass were hitting north of the causeway on jigs and rubber worms, with black and blue the colors of choice.

Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — Bass and chain pickerel were reported at access areas, with rubber worms and spinners the tickets.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Trout were hitting live baits and spinners in the lower reaches, and small dry flies and nymphs in Fisherman’s Paradise.

Kettle Creek (Potter County) — The upper reaches were yielding brown trout in recent weeks, after rainfall, with minnows productive. Sizes varied from sub-legal to 22 inches.

Kyle Lake (Jefferson County) — Bass were hitting weightless crawlers and tubes, although weeds near the surface were a challenge.

Curwensville Dam (Clearfield County) — Nice-size yellow perch were reported near launch areas, and channel catfish up to 10 pounds were hitting elsewhere on the lake. 

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Brown trout were hitting nymphs, wet flies and minnows in the lower reaches. Wet flies and nymphs also were productive in the upper reaches, with trout up to 14 inches reported in the evening hours.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - September 12th, 2014

Promised Land Lake (Pike County) — Small minnows and jigs and plastic  grubs were taking panfish in recent weeks.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Smallmouth bass up to 6 pounds were hitting through the end of August. Crawler harnesses and jigs were taking walleyes. Perch were biting meal worms off the bottom, and chain pickerel and northern pike were taking spinners and spoons around weedbeds. Channel catfish over 20 pounds were taking stinkbaits off the bottom.

Greeley Lake (Pike County) — Perch, including some jumbos, and crappies were biting small fatheads.

Fairview Lake (Pike County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting tubes and crankbaits. Some trout were reported.

Shohola Lake (Pike County) — Bass up to 6 pounds were hitting shiners and plastic worms.

Prompton Dam (Wayne County) — The upper end was yielding both smallmouth and largemouth bass.

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Striped bass and largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks.

Lehigh River (Carbon County) — Nice-size largemouth bass were active on artificials in recent weeks.

State Game Land Pond, Athens Township (Carbon County) — Chain pickerel and largemouth bass were hitting chartreuse-color crankbaits and plastic worms in recent weeks.

Delaware River — Excellent smallmouth bass fishing was reported on plastic worms in the daytime and evening hours, while catfish were hitting crawlers and chicken livers.

North Branch Susquehanna River — Muskies were hitting on big black and orange-color spinners.

Susquehanna River — Smallmouth bass, walleyes, and muskies were reported on soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Catfish also were hitting.

Lily Lake (Luzerne County) — Bass, panfish and trout were reported, mostly from deeper water, in recent weeks.

Bushkill Creek (Monroe County) — The catch and release area was productive for fly-anglers using small nymphs and black gnat patterns in mid-August.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Ohio River — Catfish were very active in late August, with flatheads up to 41 inches and weighing 34-plus pounds reported on cut shad and other traditional baits. Smallmouth bass and freshwater drum also were reported.

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County) — Panfishing was productive, with bluegills hitting redworms and wax worms.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — The mouth of Deer Creek was yielding catfish and carp in recent weeks. Walleyes, including many in small sizes, were biting elsewhere on the river. 

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Susquehanna River (York County) — Channel and flathead catfish were reported on live bait, bluegills, and small suckers from York Haven downstream to Wrightsville. 

Lake Marburg, Pinchot Lake (York County) — Nice numbers of largemouth bass were reported.

Yellow Breeches, Sherman’s, Conodoguinet creeks (Cumberland County) — The lower reaches were yielding nice numbers of smallmouth bass, the occasional largemouth bass, and sunfish, with spinners, 1⁄16- to ¼-ounce bucktail jigs, and soft plastics such as tubes in smoke and motor oil productive. Yellow Breeches also was producing trout on Pheasant Tail nymphs and other wet flies (16-18).

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Striped bass and lake trout were hitting, although action was on the slow side in recent weeks.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - September 12th, 2014

Lake Minsi (Northampton County) — Bluegills and other panfish were active in recent weeks. A good largemouth bass bite was reported, with rubber worms along lily pads taking nice fish. Pickerel were hitting the same baits, as well as live minnows.

Leaser Lake (Lehigh County) — Panfish were hitting jigs and rubber grubs and small minnows in recent weeks
Lehigh River — A good smallmouth bass bite was reported on silver spinners and small jigs and grubs. Trout were reported from Lehighton through Northampton. Sporadic Trico hatches were reported.

Little Lehigh River  — Tricos were hatching into early afternoon, Caddis and small Yellow Sulphurs also were occurring, although terrestrials remained a good bet.
Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Tackle Shop reported Aug. 28 that white perch fishing continued to be fantastic on chunks of crawlers, 2- to 3-inch

jigheads, and downsized crankbaits. Bass fishing was average on Carolina rigs fished deep off the Girl Scout Beach. Channel catfish were hitting clam snouts or, after a rainfall, green nitroworms. Some anglers were targeting the bigger channel cats with live bluegills.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — A good crappie bite was reported on small jigs and minnows around structure at sunset, although daytime anglers were having success, too.

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Evening bass anglers reported decent action.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Largemouth bass up to 20 inches were reported in deeper water, with weedbeds yielding some of the larger fish on this Big Bass Program water. Crawlers were effective, as were jigs and rubber worms in black and purple, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Bluegills and crappies were hitting jigs, minnows, mealworms and wax worms. Bass anglers reported catching a few muskies on spinnerbaits close to shore.

French, Pickering, East Brandywine, West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Terrestrials were effective on trout in the early morning and evening hours.

Schuylkill River (Chester County) — The bass bite was slow from the Cromby Power Plant area down to the Black Rock Dam area, although the same water was yielding flathead catfish on bluegills and crawlers, and channel cats on liver and other go-to baits. Anglers are reminded to stay clear of the Black Rock Dam fish ladder.

Chambers Lake (Chester County) — This 90-acre fishery was yielding nice yellow perch up to 11-plus inches on minnows near the bottom, from shore.

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