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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - November 20th, 2015

Lake Erie tributaries — Steelhead streams were low and clear through early November, although fish had moved up into the deeper holes around the end of October, following much-needed rainfall. Anglers were catching steelhead and brown trout on skein, single eggs, blood dots, and minnows. When the lake was calm, shore anglers were doing well on spoons, spinners, and powerbait, and boaters were making catches by trolling bright, fluorescent-colored plugs near shore.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Perch were hitting off the North Pier and in Marina Lake, which is open to fishing for the rest of the year. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Amid light angling pressure in late October, nice-size walleyes were reported on bladebaits, particularly on the south end. (The Shenango River below the dam also was yielding walleyes.) Crappies were active, with numbers of fish reported, and many 9 to 12 inchers in about 14 to 18 feet of water. Yellow perch were hitting off the causeway. Some anglers reported small bluegills, and a few smallmouth bass on jigs and minnows.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Big bluegills were reported in about 27 feet on the north end of this large, natural lake at the end of October. Northern pike ranging from 15 inches to 32 inches were hitting lipless rattle baits and jigs and minnows. One angler caught a small smallmouth bass on a swimbait.

Geneva Swamp (Crawford County) — This fishery known for bowfin received a lot of waterfowl hunting pressure in recent weeks.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Bass, including some 4-plus pounders, were reported on crankbaits and jigs in 5 to 10 feet of water. Some bass were hitting plastics flipped to weed humps on the edge of breaks.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Numbers of crappies were reported. One angler caught a 17-inch walleye while targeting crappies with soft plastics in 8 to 14 feet of water near or over brush. 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Bass were scattered in late October and the best action was in early morning, with jigs and river-darter-patterned lures productive. Leaves and floating weeds made lure presentation difficult. Some veteran river anglers said the good fall bite hadn’t yet started. In a recent tournament, the winning weight was four bass totaling 10.77 pounds. A few walleyes and freshwater drum were reported. 

Tionesta Lake (Forest County) — Smallmouths were schooled up in the deeper water in late October and hitting in the evenings for anglers fishing drop-shot rigs with two-inch tubes or spoons. Some of the larger bass were scattered in the shallows.

Harbar Acres Lake (Butler County) — A recent brown trout stocking made for good fishing on this access-friendly lake in recent weeks. 

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report - November 20th, 2015

Cowanesque Reservoir (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported a good smallmouth bass bite Nov. 7, with fish weighing 2 to 4 pounds and hitting on jerkbaits in 10 to 15 feet. Water was in the 50s. 

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Trout were biting on PowerBait, and small spinners or spoons in recent weeks. Perch and crappies were active on jigs. 

Tioga Lake (Tioga County) — Panfish were reported on jigs and fathead minnows or crawlers in recent weeks. 

Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Fly Shop reported Nov. 7 that trout were hitting nymphs during the day, as well as streamers fished along the banks and in slack water. Hatches included the occasional tan caddis (14-16), midges (22-26), and some blue-winged olives (18-22). Fish occasionally were rising.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was a little low in early November, but anglers were catching trout on streamers and various nymph patterns. Caddis larvae were productive, as were small olive streamers. 

Susquehanna River (Northumber-land County) --— The inflatable dam near Sunbury that creates Lake Augusta has been deflated for winter. 

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - November 20th, 2015

Lily Lake, Lake Irena (Luzerne, Columbia counties) — Despite recent stockings, angling pressure was light on both impoundments through early November. 

Susquehanna River  — Smallmouth bass and walleyes were reported with soft plastics or jigs tipped with leeches or hellgrammites the tickets. 

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Falling temperatures spurred striped bass action in recent weeks. Panfish also were reported along with pickerel and catfish as well this time of year.

Lehigh River — Excellent trout fishing was reported in recent weeks, with crawlers and live minnows productive. Rainbows dominated, but brown trout were hitting, too. Some smallmouth bass action continued on hellgrammites and shiners.

Little Lehigh River — Fall-stocked trout were active in recent weeks. Fish were rising to the surface as conditions allowed. Hatches included blue-winged olives (18-20), cream midges, and Griffiths Gnats (24). Egg patterns and streamers also were effective. 

Leaser Lake (Lehigh County) — Bass and muskies were reported in recent weeks. 

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Crappies were hitting, along with bass and perch.

Delaware River — Catfish remained active in recent weeks. 

Griffin Pond (Lackawanna County) — Black crappies were active on live minnows and small jigs in recent weeks.

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) — Crappies were under the Route 407 Bridge in recent weeks.

Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — The bass bite was hit or miss, but trout were reported in recent weeks. 

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - November 20th, 2015

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Nice catches of trout were reported on minnows and pastebaits.

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — Largemouth bass, white bass and hybrid striped bass were feeding at the locks and dams in recent weeks, and walleyes were hitting larger jigs and small live bait in the same areas. Muskies were reported near heavy cover in three to five feet, with anglers getting hits on 10- to 12-inch soft swimbaits. 

Dutch Fork, Canonsburg lakes (Washington County) — Nice catches of trout were reported through early November.

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Bass were reported on this Big Bass Program water in recent weeks. The minimum creel size is 15 inches. 

Beaverdam Run Reservoir (Cambria County) — Trout and bass were reported in recent weeks. Beaverdam is not an Approved Trout Water, so zero-harvest is in effect until April 16, the first day of trout season next year.

Lake Rowena, Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Both fisheries continued to yield trout in recent weeks. 

Dunlap Creek Lake (Fayette County) —This small impoundment at the base of the mountains was yielding bass and trout to shore anglers and boaters in recent weeks.

Monongahela River (Fayette County) — Walleyes and saugers were hitting below the dams in recent weeks.

Youghiogheny River (Somerset County) — Rainbow trout were hitting on artificial lures, eggs and crawlers in recent weeks. 

Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — Boaters were catching nice bass and yellow perch in recent weeks. 

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Bass and chain pickerel were reported on this impoundment high in the Laurel Highlands in recent weeks. The lake will not be drawn down this winter.

Somerset Lake (Somerset County) — Channel catfish and a few carp were reported in recent weeks.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - November 20th, 2015

Susquehanna River (Dauphin, Lancaster, Columbia counties) — Susquehanna Fishing Tackle reported smallmouth bass were hitting in nice sizes and numbers through early November, with some fish measuring 20 inches. Tubes were productive, along with lipless crankbaits, swimbaits and jerkbaits. Catfish also were reported. 

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon, Blair counties) — TCO Fly Shop reported prime fishing Nov. 7, although anglers are cautioned to avoid disturbing spawning bass. Water was clear and in the 50s and nymphing was the best bet, although streamers also were productive. Hatches included tan caddis (16-18), blue-winged olives (20-22), and  midges (20-24).

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - November 20th, 2015

Deep Creek Lake (Montgomery County) — Pierson Plugs reported nice catches of recently stocked trout through early November. Fish were hitting on minnows, crawlers, soft plastics and artificial lures.

Green Lane Reservoir (Montgomery County) — Crappies, 9 to 12 inches, were reported on fathead minnows off Knight Road Bridge in early November.

Scotts Run Reservoir (Chester County) — Recently-stocked brown and brook trout were hitting through early November.

East Branch Perkiomen, Manatawny creeks (Berks County) — Trout were hitting in recent weeks.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Striped bass were hitting on large and medium shiners.

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