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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - July 3rd, 2015

Lake Erie (Erie County)  — Windy conditions had the lake stirred up in mid-June. Perch were scattered, with some anglers making catches in 40 to 50 feet on the west side. Walleye charters were in search mode, with some of the better catches reported in 22 to 25 feet on crawler harnesses trolled at one to one-and-a-half miles per hour on the west side. The Walnut Creek area was yielding walleyes near the perch pack on stickbaits. Some walleyes were hitting in 20 to 40 feet between Trout Run and Elk Creek for anglers using willow-leaf crawler harnesses. The lake trout bite was winding down on spoons trolled 75 to 85 feet down in 80 to 100 feet of water.

Presque Isle Bay — Smallmouth bass and brown trout were reported through mid-June. Numbers of smallies up to 3 pounds were hitting on various baits, including topwater lures. Some limits of perch were reported. Catfish were biting cut bait off the South Pier.

Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) — Crappies were hitting on Mini-Foo style jigs tipped with minnows in the old swimming area in the evening hours. 

Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — This deep, weedy 25-acre natural lake was yielding stocked trout on corn, and large sunfish on green Power-Bait from shore.

Lake Edinboro (Erie County) — Crappies were reported through mid-June. Try minnows.

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — Water was high and the color of chocolate milk in mid-June, but a northern pike was occasionally reported. Bowfins also were hitting.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Walleyes ranging from sublegal to 28 inches continued to bite through mid-June, with anglers having success drifting crawler harnesses off weedbeds or trolling crawler harnesses on bottom-bouncers out deeper, and casting Bomber Long As at night. The bluegill spawn peaked in mid-June, and fish were biting waxworms. Some crappies were reported in 8 to 12 feet and sizes were mixed. A couple of slabs were reported. Largemouth bass up to 22 inches and smallmouths up to 4 pounds were reported. A 24-inch hybrid striped bass was released on bread.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Pumpkinseeds and a few small bass were hitting, but anglers reported an absence of weedbeds due to recent herbicide treatments.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Numbers of largemouth bass up to 21 inches were reported, along with a good crappie bite in deeper water. 

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — The spillway below the dam and the lake were yielding muskies and walleyes, most of which came on live bait.

Sugar Lake (Venango County) — Water was high and muddy in mid-June, but, as conditions allowed, perch and crappies were reported. 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Walleyes, including a 30-incher, and bass were reported as conditions allowed, although the river was blown-out in mid-June. In early June, anglers reported flathead catfish up to 9 pounds, and pike up to 25 inches on live bait.

Oil Creek (Venango County) —Some nice trout were reported on bead-head nymphs in early June. 

Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — Bass were hitting plastics and spinnerbaits, with many relating to wood in shallow areas. Northern pike also were reported.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Very good walleye and crappie bites were reported by some anglers. A walleye angler trolling crawler harnesses said small perch, white crappies, and bluegills were taking his worms until he moved to 14 feet of water, increased his trolling speed to 2 mph. Anglers trolling crankbaits were catching nice panfish. Crappies also were hitting wax worms and grubs. A few big largemouth bass also were hitting, with one angler releasing two just shy of 5 pounds each by going deep on a point

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Slate and Cedar runs (Lycoming County) — Some trout fishing continued, as conditions allowed, through mid-June.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Rainfall in mid-June caused flow to rise and have color, creating good streamer-fishing conditions. Water was in the high 50s. Nymphing was generally recommended along banks and slack water during the day. Tan caddis (14-16), midges (22-26), and blue-winged olives (18-22) were hatching. With terrestrial-time approaching, beetles also were recommended.

Little Fishing Creek (Centre County) — Trout anglers reported that smaller nymph patterns were still working throughout the day, and streamers were the ticket during early morning hours.

Pine Creek (Centre County) — When conditions included normal water levels and temperatures less than 68 degrees, evening trout-fishing with emergers and light Cahill dries was productive in mid-June In warmer water, early morning fishing was advised. 

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Some bass were reported around the lake on plastic worms and spinners. Catfish were hitting on chicken liver and nightcrawlers around the causeway. Panfish also have been reported on minnows and crawlers. The spillway was yielding perch, crappies, and bluegills on minnows under bobbers. Bow fishermen were shooting carp.

Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — Bluegills, bass and chain pickerel were hitting on spinners, twister tails and live bait in access areas around the lake.

Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — The lower reaches downstream of Milesburg were yielding trout on crawlers, minnows and flies.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - July 3rd, 2015

Susquehanna River (Wyoming County) — Despite high flow, bass anglers reported nice catches on the opening day of bass season.  

Lake Winola (Wyoming County) — Nice catches of smallmouth bass and trout were reported, with anglers reporting the best bites in the early morning and evening hours. 

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Ray Cichocki of Ray’s Guide Service reported June 21 that smallmouth and largemouth bass were hitting well on buzzbaits and plastic worms in 10 to 15 feet. Good walleye and striped bass bites were hitting at night. Bluegills and perch were biting around vegetation in 8 to 12 feet on vegetation, with crankbaits effective on the bigger bluegills. 

Lake Greeley (Pike County) — Chain pickerel dominated through mid-June, with a variety of baits effective. 

Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — Ray’s Guide Service reported big brown trout hitting on live bait, trolled. 

Prompton Dam (Pike County) — Ray’s Guide Service said largemouth and smallmouth bass were hitting, and yellow perch were taking small paddletail grubs.

Francis Slocum Lake (Luzerne County) — Nice numbers of bass, perch and crappies were reported as of June 21. 

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) — Largemouth bass in mixed sizes were hitting plastic  worms on this Big Bass Program lake.

Duck Harbor Lake (Wayne County) — Crappies and perch were reported as of June 21

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Monongahela River (Allegheny, Greene, Washington counties) — An 18-pound paddlefish was released by an angler targeting catfish June 11. Catfish were biting near tributaries and structure through mid-June, although anglers had to deal with heavy rainfall. A 35-plus pound flathead was released near the Rice’s Landing lock wall. The Maxwell lock and dam was yielding catfish and walleyes. Grey’s Landing lock and dam was producing nice catches of walleyes and yellow perch. Some anglers were reporting American eels between Grey’s Landing and Maxwell. Freshwater drum also were biting in recent weeks.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Good bass, northern pike and walleye bites were reported, with one angler catching a 26-inch walleye. The big brown trout bite had dwindled with warming water.

Somerset Lake (Somerset County) — Channel catfish and carp were hitting, along with largemouth bass, in mid-June. Anglers are advised that launching larger boats is practically impossible because of the draw-down.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Stocked trout were still being reported in mid-June.

Allegheny River (Westmoreland County) — Fishing behind the locks picked up in mid-June, with anglers catching walleyes on jigs and shiners, although a number of fish were sub-legal. Overcast days and the early morning hours were the most productive.

Lynn Run, Mill Creek, and Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County) — Trout were still reported in mid-June.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Susquehanna River — Koinonia Guide Service reported June 20 that sunfish were hitting on jigs and crawlers, and channel catfish up to 25 inches were being released.

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Largemouth bass were reported at this Little Buffalo State Park impoundment, with tubebaits and crawlers productive. The best bite was in the early morning hours. Panfish were taking jigs and twister tails.

Koon, Gordon lakes (Bedford County) — Bass season opened with a generally slow bite, but bluegill fishing was productive for anglers who could locate them. 

Juniata River — Channel catfish were biting on chicken livers and cut baits through mid-June.

Little Juniata River — Blown-out conditions were reported as of June 21. As conditions allowed, TCO Fly Shop suggested fishing streamers along the banks. Nymphing would be productive during the day, as conditions allowed, and caddis, if trout are rising. Hatches included tan caddis (14-16), sulphurs (pale yellow) (14-16), tiny blue-winged olives (20-22), and midges (20-24).

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 3rd, 2015

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported an excellent largemouth bass bite on plastic worms, Texas-rigged, June 21. The crappie bite was dying down. White perch were still hitting, as were channel catfish up to 9½ pounds.

Perkiomen Creek (Montgomery County) — A 53-pound flathead catfish was reported on a crawler below the dam off the Perkiomen Trail.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Bluegills and crappies were hitting mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small jigs along shoreline areas with structure. Bass were biting a variety of baits and lures in deeper water, about 9 to 15 feet. Anglers reported success on crawlers, crayfish, and minnows, as well as jigs, spinners, crankbaits, and large black, purple, pumpkinseed or dark-green plastic worms.

Schuylkill River — The smallmouth and largemouth bass bites were slow around the Black Rock area. Channel catfish were hitting chicken livers. Flathead catfish were reported on live bait as well.

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