North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - July 18th, 2014

Lake Erie — As of July 5, walleye fishing was very good on plugs in 40 to 60 feet between Trout Run and Elk Creek. Some anglers did okay with crawler harnesses. The perch bite was slow, with the best yields reported in 40 to 50 feet off Trout Run. Walleyes were eating the perch and scattering the schools.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Rock bass and the occasional perch were hitting off the North Pier, and smallmouths were gone from the bay by late June. Bluegills were biting in Misery Bay and Marina Lake. A few nice largemouth bass were reported.
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Some walleyes were reported on crawler harnesses trolled outside weedlines.

Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) — Nice numbers of crappies were reported through late June.

Union City Reservoir (Erie County) — Large bluegills, perch and some crappies were reported, with the perch and crappies hitting minnows.

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — High muddy conditions prevailed into late June, although the outflow of Union City Dam was fishing well for northern pike, walleyes, and bowfins. In stained conditions, the creek yielded a few average-size smallmouth bass in on silver and black crankbaits. An angler reported losing a large muskie from his net at the mouth of Woodcock Creek.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — As water continued to warm, the walleye bite was inconsistent and scattered, with catches coming both shallow and deep. Anglers drifting crawlers or casting minnows to the end of weedbeds were catching walleyes during the daylight hours, while the night bite was coming on minnow plugs over weedbeds. Some walleyes were catching large bluegills around weeds. Some bluegills were shallow through the end of June. Crappies were hit or miss, with some anglers catching them on minnows in 12 to 14 feet, and around deeper structure. Numbers of catfish up to 27 inches also were reported, and white bass were active mid-lake near the causeway. Bowfins also were released in recent weeks.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Bluegills were hitting in about 5 feet on a midway hump, with black and green jigs tipped with pieces of crawlers effective. Anglers also reported a few largemouth and smallmouth bass drop-shotting.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting on ¼-ounce standup jigheads and soft plastic cut-tail crawlers in watermelon through late June. Walleyes were hitting the cut-tail crawlers fished off points. The spillway of the dam was yielding walleyes and bowfins.

Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — High, muddy conditions in late June had anglers heading to local farm ponds for bass. Those who fished the reservoir did catch some catfish, but conditions put the kibosh on walleyes and crappies.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Largemouth bass up to 4-plus pounds were reported on crankbaits or flipping jigs from the banks. Nice yields of panfish were reported but many sizes were generally small.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Walleyes up to 28 inches and smallmouth bass up to 18 inches were reported on tubes in recent weeks. Bass up to 20 inches were taking other soft plastics. A 28-inch northern pike was reported on a creek chub.

Sugar Creek (Venango County) — An 18-inch rainbow trout was reported on a red worm.

Kahle Lake (Venango County) — Some bass were hitting on wacky-rigged crawlers and other soft plastics.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

West Branch Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting on various baits in early July.

Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Bass, chain pickerel, and bullheads were reported on this 389-acre reservoir in early July.

Cowanesque Reservoir (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported bass up to 5 and 6 pounds through the July Fourth holiday weekend, with anglers having success on jigs, drop-shotted plastics, and various crankbaits. Conditions were good, although the west end of the reservoir was still a little murky.

Hammond, Tioga reservoirs (Tioga County) — Anglers reported success cranking for bass through the July Fourth weekend.

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — This 137-acre state park lake was fishing well for bass through the July Fourth weekend. With weeds coming up, topwater baits, particularly weedless frogs, were the first choice of many anglers.

Cloe Dam (Jefferson County) — Rainbow and brown trout were hitting for anglers jigging redworms and pieces of crawler near the bottom in early July, with the deeper parts of the lake the best bet for many. Legal-size bass were reported on wacky-rigged soft plastic worms.

Sandy Lick, Redbank creeks (Jefferson County) — As conditions allowed at least until early July, trout were still hitting on redworms and crawlers with enough weight to stay near bottom.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — As of July 3, TCO Fly Shop reported that water was in the 50s with good flow and a little color. Cahills and Caddis provide dry-fly action, but most trout were caught nymphing in the morning and in the afternoon until evening hours. Terrestrials were anticipated, with ants and beetles and the Green Weenie expected to take fish, Hatches included light Cahills (12-14), tan caddis (14-16), midges (22-26), and little blue-winged olives (18-20).

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - July 18th, 2014

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike, Wayne counties) — Panfish were hitting around docks and other structure through early July. Numbers of crappies, perch and sunfish were reported.

Prompton Dam, White Oak Pond (Wayne County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass were active in the mornings and evenings.

Duck Harbor Pond (Wayne County) — Crappies and perch were reported on small minnows through early July. 

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Good smallmouth bass and catfish bites were reported in recent weeks.

Beaver River (Beaver County) — Freshwater drum and flathead catfish were hitting around Rochester. Nice-size bass were reported near Ambridge on the Ohio and on the Beaver. Two big walleyes were caught on shiners below the dam in New Brighton in late June.

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Panfish and trout were reported in late June, with bluegills reported near the beach on redworms and trout taking pastebaits.

Monongahela River (Fayette County) — A good channel catfish bite was reported in early July.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette, Somerset counties) — Walleyes and saugers were reported in early July on this Monongahela River tributary. The tailrace of the Yough Dam was stocked with trout for the July Fourth holiday weekend, and anglers were catching them on crawlers, minnows, eggs, and soft-plastic scented worms.

Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — Channel catfish were hitting in the Jockey Hollow access area through early July. Anglers also reported perch, rock bass and bluegills.

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Largemouth bass, northern pike, crappies, perch and bluegills were reported, as were a few walleyes in the shallow water around fallen trees.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County) — Catfish were hitting in the high, muddy water of late June, with the slack water at the mouths of the tributaries the best bet.

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — The Rice’s Landing lock wall area was yielding channel and flathead catfish on a variety of baits from cut baits to soft-paste stinkbaits in recent weeks. Walleyes and saugers were also doing well near the Maxwell and Grey’s Landing lock-and-dams.

Enlow Creek (Greene County) — Bass were reported on live baits in recent weeks. Trout were still active in late June.

Lake Wilma (Greene County) — Largemouth bass have been active near weed beds in recent weeks. The panfish bite was generally slow.

Conemaugh River Reservoir (Westmoreland County) — The outflow yielded numbers of catfish and walleyes through the end of June.

Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County) — Panfishing slowed by the end of June, but anglers were catching nice bass in the cool early morning hours.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Susquehanna River — In early July, Koinonia Guide Service reported a hot channel catfish bite, with numbers of fish up to 25 inches hitting on fiber bait or live bait in 80-plus degree water. Flatheads up to nearly 26 pounds were hitting on live bait or Koinonia bobber rigs.

Clark’s Creek (Dauphin County) — Low, clear conditions were reported in early July, which made for tough trout-fishing, Terrestrials and small Caddis larvae were effective patterns for the patient angler.

Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumberland County) — Good conditions were reported as of July 1. Hatches were limited, but anglers downstream of Allenberry were catching trout on Pheasant Tail nymphs, Flashback nymphs, and dark Hare’s Ear nymphs (16-18).

Susquehanna River (York County) — Catfishing on chicken livers, crawlers, and shrimp was productive from Yorkhaven south to the Conowingo Reservoir.

Cononwingo Reservoir (York County) — Nice numbers of walleyes and bass were taken through early July.

Lake Redman, Lake Williams (York County) — Crappies, bluegills, catfish and carp were reported through early July. The early morning hours also were yielding nice catches of bass.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Octararo Lake (Chester County) — White perch were hitting on just about everything all over the lake as of July 1. The spinnerbait bass bite improved in the last two weeks of June. Wacky-rigged soft-plastic worms were productive, with jigs and creature baits getting the big bass mid-day, according to Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle. White crappies were hitting fathead minnows on slip bobbers around submerged trees. Boaters were doing better than shore anglers for the slabs. Channel catfish were hitting large shiners and clam snouts, or, a day after rainfall, green crawlers.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Bluegills and crappies were reported on mealworms, waxworms, minnows, and small jigs. Bass were hitting crawlers and minnows as well as jigs, spinners and crankbaits, with big black, purple, pumpkinseed, or dark green plastic worms the top colors.

French, Pickering, East Brandywine, and West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Light trout-fishing pressure was reported by early July, with water in the high 50s to low 60s. Fly-anglers had success on Blue-Winged Olives, midges, and Sulphurs, as well as Pheasant Tail and Hare’s Ear nymphs.

Schuylkill River — The smallmouth and largemouth bass bites were slow around the Black Rock area in early July. (Anglers are reminded to steer clear of the Black Rock Dam fish ladder.) Anglers caught some large channel and flathead catfish.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Good bass fishing was reported on plastics worked deep starting near-shore. Some nice crappies were taken on jigs and minnows around structure. 

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