Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 15, 2017

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Lake Erie — Perch fishing picked up dramatically in late August, with nice catches coming in 55 to 60 feet off Walnut Creek, off the Condos and west of Walnut into Ohio, and in 62 feet off the Point. With emerald shiners in short supply, some anglers were doing well on golden shiners and salted minnows. Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported walleyes in 50 to 60 feet out of Walnut, with crawler harnesses in purple and black, copper, and watermelon productive. A few steelhead were in the mix. East End Angler reported walleyes and a few steelhead biting in about 80 feet, with Bomber Long As in Wonderbread productive. Other walleyes were in 54 to 75 feet east of Erie and in 80 to 90 feet at Northeast. Crawler harnesses in gold, green and orange were effective for some anglers. Nice smallmouth bass catches were reported by anglers drop-shotting in both shallow and deep water.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — The state park marina and the south pier were yielding crappies in late August.

Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — This 25-acre natural lake was producing trout and panfish on mealworms and minnows at the end of August.

Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — Some panfish and small bass were reported, along with the release of a large bowfin, although the late-August bite was generally slow.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — A slow bite typical of late summer was reported in recent weeks, although some anglers were catching a few walleyes by trolling crawler harnesses. Bladebaits were successful for a few anglers. Some walleyes were hitting in the river below the dam. The catfish bite was hot. Crappies were hit or miss, with catches coming in 12 to 20 feet south of the causeway on drifted floats with minnows. Numbers of largemouth bass, including a 22-incher (released), were reported from shore on plastic worms, crankbaits and topwater lures. A 44-inch muskie was caught from shore at Bayshore Campgrounds. A few perch were reported.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Nice catches of deep-water bluegills were reported on this large natural lake in late August, although the bite was expected to go shallower in September. The occasional nice-size crappie was reported.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks, with a 5-pounder landed on a yellow Jitterbug.

Shenango Lake (Mercer County) — Crappies in mixed sizes up to 9 inches were reported in recent weeks, with soft plastic shad patterns effective around brush in shallow water.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Some crappies were reported between Launch No. 2 and Launch No. 4, but sizes were running small. Numbers of bluegills and a few perch were hitting for one angler fishing crawlers.

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Largemouth bass, a few smallmouth bass, and a couple of bluegills were reported in recent weeks.

Sugar Creek (Venango County) — A few rainbow trout were reported in recent weeks.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Flathead and channel catfish were hitting on cut-bait and live creek chubs at the end of August. In low, clear, warm water, anglers reported smallmouth bass in small sizes and a few walleyes. Tubes, crankbaits, rubber worms wacky-rigged, topwaters, and other lures were productive for the bass anglers.


Ohio River (Allegheny County) — A good catfish bite was reported during late evening hours through late August, with chicken livers and crawlers productive. Rock bass and smallmouth bass were biting live minnows and soft plastics. Walleyes were hit or miss.

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — White bass, hybrid striped bass and flathead catfish were hitting near the tributaries.

Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — Walleyes, including many sub-legals, smallmouth bass, rock bass, and channel catfish were reported from shore around the state Route 40 Bridge, Jockey Hollow and Somerfield access areas.

Youghiogheny River — The trout bite was slow in late August but the perch bite was picking up. A Sept. 1 trout stocking was slated for the river’s section 1.

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — This mountaintop fishery was yielding nice-size largemouth bass and some sub-legal smallmouth bass, as well as yellow perch, sunfish, and a few crappies.

Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County) — A Green Drake hatch was reported in late August, although the trout bite was sporadic. A ladybug pattern was effective for some fly- anglers.

Conemaugh River, Kiskiminetas River (Westmoreland County) — Both rivers were yielding smallmouth bass, with sun-up and sun-down productive times to fish.

Allegheny River (Westmoreland County) — Walleyes were hitting minnows and white jigs near Harmar.

Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County) — Panfish were hitting on crawlers in recent weeks for anglers working the shoreline near the swim area.

Beaver River (Beaver County) — Catfish, bass and walleyes were reported in recent weeks, with nice catches coming near the Brighton Dam and Fallston Bridge.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Largemouth bass were hitting minnows and soft plastics near structure.

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Nice-size crappies were reported in recent weeks.

Wilmore Dam (Cambria County) — Bass were hitting in recent weeks.

Green Lick Reservoir (Fayette County) — Bass were biting on soft plastics.

Acme Dam (Fayette County) — Bass were reported on soft plastics with jig heads in recent weeks.

Indian Lake (Fayette County) — Panfish and bass were hitting live bait in recent weeks.


West Branch Clarion River (Elk County) — Numbers of trout were reported on a variety of flies, in the wake of cooling rainfall in late August.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Small mayfly, stonefly and caddis nymph patterns were taking trout in low, clear conditions in late August when water temperatures were in the 60s. Productive flies included Frenchies (14-16), gold bead-head Pheasant Tails (12-18), Prince nymphs (12-16), and swimming ISOs (10-12).  Trout were rising occasionally during midday to evening hours. Effective dries included Slate Drakes (10-12), Midges (22-26), Blue-winged Olives (18-22), Tan Caddis (12-14), and Light Cahills (12-14).

West Branch Susquehanna River (Clinton County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting live minnows, Rooster Tails, crankbaits, and poppers. Many bass were coming in shallow water, and near islands, grassy areas and submerged logs.

Susquehanna River — Bass were biting minnows, crankbaits and poppers in the early morning and later afternoon to dusk hours. Anglers are advised that, with the Fabri-Dam in Sunbury deflated for maintenance, they should exercise caution while navigating the river. The river is several feet below normal, so boaters should stay within the deeper channels and stay out of the “exclusion” zone for their own safety and to avoid interfering with work on the dam.

Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — The lower reaches were yielding bass to white and yellow poppers and white streamer patterns, particularly around fallen trees, in the shallow water near banks, and at drop-offs into deeper water in mid-afternoon hours to dusk.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Crappies were hitting on minnows and twister tails at the causeway. Bass were hitting chartreuse crankbaits, as well as black and blue jigs, over old roadbeds, and around woody debris, rock piles, and other structure. Channel catfish and bullheads were hitting at the Upper Greens access area on crawlers and liver.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was low and clear and in the low 60s in early September and anglers were catching trout on nymphs throughout the day. Trout occasionally were rising to dry flies. Tricos (20-26) were hatching in the mornings. Other productive flies included Tan Caddis (14-16), Light Cahills (14-16), and Blue-Winged Olives (18-22). Terrestrials also were effective.


Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — An excellent smallmouth bass bite was reported from the 1,000 steps area downstream to the mouth of Aughwick Creek through the end of August. Spinnerbaits and soft plastic jerk baits were productive.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — The waters around the resort area were yielding channel catfish and sunfish to chicken livers and other cut bait through the end of August.

Juniata River (Mifflin, Blair counties) — Water levels were fluctuating with the weather through the end of August. As conditions allowed, smallmouth bass were reported on artificials and live bait.

Memorial Lake (Lebanon County)— Largemouth bass 12 to 16 inches were hitting chartreuse and white spinner baits in recent weeks. Crappies and bluegills were taking live minnows.

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Panfish were biting crawlers in 8 to 12 feet of water. Largemouth bass were hitting jerkbaits in the late evening hours.


Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — Muskies and smallmouth bass were hitting through the end of August. Muskies were taking large suckers and bucktail spinners, while smallmouth bass were taking soft plastics and lipless crankbaits.

FEW Reservoir (Luzerne County) — Bass and trout were reported in recent weeks, with medium shiners and crawlers the tickets. Crappies were taking jigs tipped with small fatheads.

Lily Lake (Luzerne County) — A slow bass bite was reported through the end of August.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Striped bass and other bass were hitting in recent weeks, along with panfish and catfish. The catfish were biting stinkbaits from dusk into the night hours.


Lehigh River — Carp were reported on dough balls near Hugh Moore Park in Easton. Bass were reported on jigs near the PPL boat launch while panfish were taking crawlers and small twisters in the canals by Walnutport, Bethlehem and Easton.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — The deeper water and grassy areas were yielding bass, with crankbaits and spinner tails, large plastic worms, and jigs productive. Good colors on this Big Bass Program fishery were black, purple, and pumpkinseed. Bluegills and crappies were taking minnows, waxworms, and mealworms. Perch and chain pickerel were biting minnows and crawlers. A few muskies were hitting, including some on bass spinnerbaits.

French, Pickering, East Brandywine, and West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Rainfall helped keep these streams fishable in early morning and late evening in recent weeks. Terrestrials were taking trout through late August.

Schuylkill River — Some nice-size flathead catfish were reported on bluegills, crawlers, and chicken liver in recent weeks.

Perkiomen Creek (Berks, Lehigh, Montgomery counties) — Smallmouth bass, rock bass, and panfish were hitting spinners, small plastic worms and plugs in recent weeks.

Tohickon Creek (Bucks County) — Rock bass and other sunfish were reported in recent weeks.

Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) — Yellow perch, bass, and crappies were hitting minnows, grub bodies and spinners in recent weeks.

Delaware River — Bass were biting on live minnows, grubs, top water lures, tubes and spinners in recent weeks. A few walleyes and small striped bass were reported.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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