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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Crappies were moving into the bays by April 18 and hitting minnows. A few perch were reported. The walleye bite – normally strong in spring – was hit or miss. Shore anglers were catching them by jigging minnows and on long minnow plugs around dusk, but the daytime bite was a bit slow. Some anglers said on breezy days, they did well drifting jigs and crawlers. The causeway was producing walleyes on jigs and minnows or on bladebaits. Fish measured up to 25 inches. Releases of several small muskies were reported by anglers trolling around islands and bays, although one angler released a 45-incher. Bass were reported on crankbaits when water hit 57 degrees. In one tournament, an angler caught five fish totaling 10 pounds, all on jigs along the bank in 64 degree water. In another club tournament, a team took first place with eight fish totaling just over 22 pounds; the second place team caught the lunker, at 4.67-pounds.

Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — The perch bite in the bay had slowed after more than a month of great fishing although anglers were still catching perch on the peninsula side (rather than the docks city-side) by late April. Some crappies were hitting in the marinas. Fishermen were turning to the main lake by late April. A good perch bite was reported off Walnut Creek in 30 to 40 feet of water, off the Point in 40 to 50 feet, and off Shades Beach in 35 to 45 feet. Anglers catching numbers of perch off the Point also reported large white perch and silver bass. Smallmouth bass were starting to move in near the Ws and the Stacks and the mouth of the channel.

Lake Erie tributaries — Stocked trout were the main focus in late April. Opening day brought anglers to the streams, where they caught some nice stocked brown trout and a scant number of fresh-run steelhead in a pool. Smallmouth bass and suckers were in the lower reaches of Elk Creek. An angler reported catching a tiger trout (hybrid brown/brook trout) from Conneaut Creek.

Slippery Rock Creek (Mercer County) —A kayaker released smallmouth bass on a crankbait in recent weeks. Another angler released his first bass of the season on a minnow.

Lake Julia at Buhl Park (Mercer County) — This 7-acre lake was yielding bluegills mid-April.

Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — Despite high, muddy water from snow melt in mid-April, one angler reported catching nice keeper-size crappies trolling long-line jigs tipped with PowerBait in 14 feet of water close to the river channel in the Golden Run area. Other anglers did well in 18 feet on the bottom, fishing white/chartreuse jigs.

Sugar Creek, Little Sugar Creek, Pithole Creek (Venango County) — Opening day of trout season yielded the usual rainbows, brookies, and browns on spinners and other typical lures, as well as red worms, wax worms, butter worms, meal worms, salmon eggs, or minnows on these and other streams. 

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Anglers were catching trout in recent weeks. 

East Branch Sugar Creek (Crawford County) — Numbers of rainbow trout and other stocked trout up to 21 inches were reported on Mentored Youth Fishing Day. 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Numbers of smallmouth bass up to 19.5 inches were reported. Some anglers did well on crankbaits, but tubes appeared to catch more and larger fish. A few walleyes were reported on jerkbaits.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016

Loleta Park (Elk County) — Although the forest service road paralleling the park has been closed, the water above the park will continue to be stocked with trout, according to the Fish & Boat Commission.

Pine Creek (Tioga County) — Trout were hitting on artificials and live bait in recent weeks, with wax worms, butter worms, meal worms and salmon eggs in natural or pink effective. Spinners in gold or silver also were productive. Fly-anglers were catching trout on Hare’s Ears, bead-head Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, bead-head Prince Nymphs and other small nymphs; on sculpin streamer patterns, and on olive or brown Wooly Buggers. A few trout were rising to hatches of quill Gordons, gray caddis, and blue quills. Productive patterns also included Hendricksons, Tan Caddis and Blue-Winged Olives.

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Trout were hitting waxworms, mealworms and live minnows, and bluegills were biting chunks of nightcrawlers or waxworms. Trolling small spinners, minnows or trout-colored stickbaits were productive for boat anglers.

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Crappies and yellow perch were hitting live minnows in recent weeks.  Bass and chain pickerel were biting spinnerbaits and crankbaits, with crayfish and shiner colors especially productive.

Hammond Lake, Tioga Lake (Tioga County) — Warming weather spurred the crappie bite in mid to late April, with nice catches reported near timber and brush piles on live minnows and small white, chartreuse or watermelon plastics. Bass and pickerel releases also were reported.

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County)  — Bass were released on dark-colored jigs and jerkbaits in recent weeks. A few muskies were reported on live bait near the spillway.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) —The lower reaches were yielding trout on minnows, spinners and crawlers.  Fly-anglers were doing well on the lower and upper sections on nymphs in bead-head Hare’s Ear, bead-head Prince, caddis larva, and Green Weenies patterns.  Dry fly patterns included tan Caddis, Blue-Winged Olive, midges, Hendricksons, and Blue Quill. Late afternoon and evening were productive times to fish.

Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Trout were reported on minnows, spinners, and crawlers. Fly-anglers were doing well on classic nymphs and on streamers worked along the banks and deeper runs. A few Caddis flies were hatching, and trout were rising to them in late afternoon and early evening.

Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — Yellow perch and releases of bass and chain pickerel were reported on live baits and artificials in recent weeks.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Black and white crappies were hitting near the causeway in recent weeks, with twister tails and minnows effective. Bluegills also were reported. Try gold Rapala minnows.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016

Lehigh River, Lehigh Canal (Carbon County) — Trout were hitting in recent weeks from Lehighton downriver to Bowmanstown. Some nice-size crappies were reported in the canal near Weissport and lock 7 in recent weeks.

Beltzville Lake, Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Releases of bass were reported in recent weeks. The striped bass bite at Beltzville Lake was productive near the Trachsville area in the evening hours, with one angler releasing a striper measuring 32 inches.

South Branch Tunkhannock Creek, Lackawanna Lake, Roaring Brook, Aylesworth Reservoir (Lackawanna County) — These and other fisheries were yielding trout to numbers of anglers on opening day. Nice crappie catches also have been reported through late April.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Bass, crappies and bluegills were reported through late April.

Shohola Lake (Pike County) — Crappies, bluegills and bass were reported in recent weeks.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016

Keystone Lake (Indiana County) — The Atwood Launch boat dock is now in place for the season. Anglers reported releases of bass and a few muskies. 

Ryerson Station State Park Lake (Greene County) — Numbers of trout were reported on pastebaits and crawlers.

McClintock Run (Somerset County) — Anglers caught nice trout on opening day, with some reporting success on scented nymphs.

Somerset Lake (Somerset County) — Anglers were catching some nice channel catfish at this 253-acre Big Bass Program impoundment in recent weeks.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — A 31-plus inch brown trout was reported in recent weeks. Northern pike were hitting shiners.   

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Green pastebaits, scented crawlers and other typical baits were catching trout at this stocked lake in recent weeks.

Ohio River, Beaver River (Allegheny, Beaver counties) — Catfish were beginning to hit in recent weeks on a variety of standard baits, including French fries.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016

Juniata River (Perry County) —Anglers and boaters are advised that the Howe Township access area was scheduled to be closed beginning May 2 so improvements could be made to the site. Reopening is tentatively scheduled for July 2, according to the Fish & Boat Commission.

Pinchot State Park Lake, Lake Redman (York County) — Hawghead Marine reported April 24 that largemouth bass were released on jerkbaits and spinnerbaits and on jigs around wood in recent weeks. 

Lake Marburg (York County) — Bass up to 5 pounds were reportedly released, mostly on spinners, as of April 24. 

Susquehanna River (Maryland) — The mouth of the river near the Chesapeake Bay (below Conewingo Dam) was yielding smallmouth and largemouth bass up to 3 and 4 pounds on jigs and jerkbaits in recent weeks.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016

Octaroro Lake (Lancaster County) — As of April 23, Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported crappies had moved into their spawning patterns and were hitting on medium fatheads for shore anglers. Two citation-size crappies were reported – a 1-pound, 4-ouncer, and a 1-pound, 5-ouncer – both over 12 inches. A good bass bite was reported, with fish up to 6 pounds being caught on chunky wide-profile baits, or soft plastic worms up against the shores. White perch were hitting like crazy on crawlers and meal worms; boaters were catching numbers of them on crankbaits. Catfish hadn’t turned on as of April 23. 

Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) —Shore anglers were catching numbers of trout on waxworms and minnows. 

Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — Gold spinners and chartreuse-colored lures were nabbing trout in recent weeks.

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