Trout stockings are underway at select fisheries across the state by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.
Boaters are reminded that, as of Nov. 1, they are required to wear a life jacket while on a vessel less than 16 feet in length and in all canoes and kayaks.
Lake Erie — As of Oct. 8, Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle reported that nice numbers and sizes of walleyes were being picked up in the First Trench as conditions allowed. Anglers were having success straight out of Walnut Creek west of the Ohio line. Anglers reported success on plugs and crawler harnesses in purple and black or green. The perch bite had slowed but catches were reported in 55 feet out of Walnut. Anglers also were catching some steelhead from the beaches at Trout and Godfrey runs when the water was calm. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass reported catches up to 3 pounds.
Lake Erie tributaries — Conditions remained low and clear in the absence of rainfall through Oct. 8, but fish were reported as far as the waterfall on Walnut and to Route 5 on Elk Creek. Single eggs and minnows were effective. Elk Creek Sports Shop reported with the wall on Walnut Creek closed for construction, anglers were crowding into the Manchester Hole, while Elk Creek had a muddy water problem due to the removal of pillars from the Old Route 20 Bridge.
Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) — Northern pike up to 29 inches and bowfin up to about 7 pounds were reported in recent weeks, with live chubs the ticket.
Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — Shore anglers were catching trout on crawlers and bobbers on this small natural lake in early October.
French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — Walleyes up to 18 inchers and smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks, with anglers having success on jigs, creek chubs, hellgrammites, and tubes.
Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Nice bluegills and yellow perch were reported in early October, when water was drawn down to about five feet below normal pool.
Beaver Creek Ponds Project (Clarion County) — Panfish and largemouth bass were reported in this series of small impoundments.
Upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — Nice numbers of smallmouth bass were reported in early October.
Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Nice yields of channel catfish as well as a few walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks.
Redbank Creek (Clarion County) — Nice walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported in the lower sections in early October.
Allegheny River (Forest County) — Trout were hitting near the confluence of Tubbs Run and the Allegheny River.
Tionesta Lake (Forest County) — Anglers trolling for muskies were reporting success in early October.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — A few walleyes were reported on crawlers or bladebaits in early October. The crappie bite was mixed, with some anglers catching a few on the south end or under the causeway bridge in the early and later hours of the day, and others catching dozens in about 14 feet over brush. A few nice perch, some bluegills, and muskies up to 44 inches also were reported in various parts of the lake.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Some crappies up to 11 and 12 inches were reported but sizes and numbers were mixed through early October. A few large bluegills also were reported on this large natural lake.
Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — White bass were hitting in recent weeks, with golden shiners and minnows productive. Crappies were spotty, but hitting early and late in the day, with some nice-size fish reported along deep water humps and submerged brush piles. Hybrid striped bass up to about 10 pounds were showing up in small groups by early October and expected to become more active as water cools. A 48-inch muskie was released in late September.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — A spotty panfish bite was reported in early October, but catches were expected to improve as water cools.
Justus Lake (Venango County) — Some largemouth bass were released on large creek chubs and shiners in recent weeks.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass up to 19 inches were reported on crankbaits, black and gold tubes, and green pumpkin and watermelon flukes from Emlenton to East Brady. Nice numbers of walleyes were reported. Channel catfish were biting after dark.
Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers — As of Oct. 5, fish were active in cooling temperatures on all three rivers. Walleyes and smallmouth bass were starting to feed, with minnows and swimbaits productive. Catfish were reported on dough baits and crawlers.
Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County) — Shore anglers were catching legal-size northern pike on live bait in the evenings of recent weeks. Catfish were hitting on crawlers and chicken livers.
Hemlock Lake (Indiana County) — In early October, shore anglers were catching largemouth bass, panfish, and catfish from shore, with crawlers and other live baits productive.
Keystone Power Dam (Armstrong County) — Panfish were hitting in big numbers in early October, but the largemouth and smallmouth bass bites had slowed.
Raccoon Creek Lake (Beaver County) — Jigs under a float, inline spinners, and paste baits were expected to take trout stocked Oct. 4. A few largemouth bass were reported on jerkbaits near the dam.
Lyman Lake (Potter County) — Yellow perch, crappies and other panfish were hitting small jigs, flies and live bait in early October. Trout were biting jigs, flies and live bait, while bass were reported on tubes, plastics, and live bait.
Tioga, Hammond, Cowanesque lakes (Tioga County) — Bass were hitting tubes, soft plastics and crankbaits as of Oct. 5, with most catches coming in deep water just off the shallows. Cowanesque also was yielding muskies, walleyes and catfish.
Pine Creek (Tioga County) — Smallmouth bass, fallfish, and trout were hitting small streamers and nymphs, but the surface bite on trout was minimal, as of Oct. 5.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Anglers were catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours on small nymphs, such as Prince and Pheasant Tail nymphs in early October when water was low and clear, despite rainfall, and in the upper 50s. Some trout were rising to caddis, terrestrials, and blue-winged olives in the late evening hours. Effective patterns also included Tan Caddis and various midges.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Fly Shop reported in early October that a little rain helped improve conditions, although flow was still slightly below normal as of Oct. 5. Water was in the upper 50s and clear. Most trout action was on small nymphs, such as Blue-Winged Olives (18-22), Tan Caddis (16-18), various midges (22-26) and Green Inch Worms (12-16).
Susquehanna River (Cumberland County) — A few walleyes averaging 19 inches were reported by anglers around York Haven as of Oct. 5. Fish were expected to become more active as water temperatures continue to drop. A 44-inch muskie was released in recent weeks on a buzzbait.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — The Seven Points area as yielding lake trout in early October. Spoons jigged in 30 to 40 feet was productive. Channel catfish were hitting on chicken livers and cut bait in and around the Aitch and James Creek areas.
Stoever’s Dam, Lion’s Lake (Lebanon County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported Oct. 9 that anglers were catching some decent bluegills and crappies but not in big numbers.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Fishing was slow as of Oct. 9, according to Hunter’s Gallery, which chalked it up to a transitional period. A few striped bass were reported, and the weights in bass tournaments were generally low.
Lily Lake, FEW Reservoir (Luzerne County) — Nice catches of panfish and bass were reported in early October. With FEW’s water levels dropped to winter pool, fish were schooling. A fall stocking was slated for Oct. 6.
Nescopeck Creek (Luzerne County) — Anglers in the delayed- harvest, artificial-lures-only section were catching trout on nymphs and other subsurface flies.
Lehigh River — Anglers were catching trout through early October, with the stretch from Gauge Road at FEW Reservoir through the old Powder Mill and Devil’s Elbow yielding some nice fish.
Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Crappies had schooled by early October and were hitting on jigs around structure in 15 to 17 feet.
Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Good panfishing was reported on this Panfish Enhancement Program lake as of Oct. 9.
Lake Tuscarora (Schuylkill County) — Yellow perch were hitting on crawlers in recent weeks, with mornings the most productive time.
Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — Catfish were hitting on chicken livers, crawlers, and shrimp near Landingville in early October. Bass were hitting in the mornings and at duck, with crawlers and rubber worms the tickets.
Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — Nice numbers of trout were reported in recent weeks.
Chesapeake Bay, Maryland — Coble’s Bait Shop reported that anglers were catching nice-sized striped bass on the flats in Havre de Grace where the Susquehanna River meets the bay. Poppers (3½ to 5 inches) were the ticket.