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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - March 20th, 2015

Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Hit or miss catches of panfish were reported in the bay earlier this month. Pressure was high but yields were inconsistent.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — A few yellow perch, most of which were small, and a few walleyes were reported through mid-March. 

Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — A few panfish and chain pickerel were reported through mid-March.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — A few black crappies were reported in this natural lake through mid-March.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Ice anglers were catching numbers of panfish, including many in small sizes, near Golden Run and the Celery Farm through mid-March. Water was low in the river below the dam before snow melt, and holding numbers of stocked trout.

Piney Dam (Clarion County) — The Toby Bridge and Doe Run areas were yielding walleyes and perch in March. 

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Catches were inconsistent in recent weeks, with some anglers reporting perch on bloodworms.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - March 20th, 2015

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) — Anglers were icing bass up to 16 inches, crappies up to 13 inches, and chain pickerel between 18 and 24 inches in early March. One angler caught a 15.25-inch crappie.

Brady’s Run Lake, Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — A slow panfish bite was reported, but some anglers were catching trout in recent weeks on tiny jigs tipped with maggots or gold spoons tipped with maggots.  

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — An angler caught a 19-inch rainbow trout on a crawler in recent weeks.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - March 27th, 2015

Briar Creek Lake (Columbia County)  — Some nice crappies were reported, but the bite was slow.

Lake Jean (Luzerne County) — Nice perch were reported, along with largemouth bass for anglers fishing large shiners. 

Shohola Lake (Pike County) — Ice fishing continued through mid-March, with nice catches of bass and panfish. 

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Bass, pickerel, bluegills, and perch were reported, with waxworms and minnows on tipups productive. 

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Anglers were icing nice-size bluegills and crappies as well as perch up to 14 inches, on ice jigs tipped with waxworms or butterworms. Pickerel and bass were hitting jigs or tipups, although most were sub-legal in size. 

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — The area near Preachers Camp access area was yielding nice-size pickerel. The cove areas near Pine Run and the beach were yielding bluegills and bass. 

Prompton Dam (Wayne County) — Crappies and perch were reported through mid-March, with waxworm-tipped jigs effective just before dark

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - March 13th, 2015

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) — This impoundment high atop a mountain was yielding chain pickerel, northern pike, and largemouth bass through the ice through late February. Perch and crappies also were reported, with the better number of crappies hitting after dark and well into the early morning.

Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — Mixed numbers of yellow perch and walleyes up to 8 pounds were reported by ice anglers through late February. All came on tip-ups with shiners. 

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Crappies and trout were being iced in February.

Lake Somerset (Somerset County) — Ice anglers reported bluegills and big crappies and a few legal-size walleyes in February.

Twin Lakes, Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County) — Nice numbers of trout were hitting through the ice through late February, particularly for anglers willing to move around the lakes. Live minnows and shiners fished just off the bottom in various depths were the tickets.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - March 27th, 2015

Susquehanna River — A few bass up to 18 inches and flathead catfish, including a 30-pounder, were reported on jig and minnow combos by Koinonia Guide Service in mid-March.

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Rain and snow melt mid-March blew out the river. As conditions allowed, TCO Fly Shop recommended nymphing the deep pools with enough current to move flies along with one large and one small fly. Hatches included some tiny blue-winged olives (20-22) and midges (20-24) on warmer days. Productive patterns included tan or green/olive Bird of Prey Caddis (14-16) and Hare’s Ear or Pheasant Tail (14-16).

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Ice anglers were catching crappies, perch and bass around the lake through mid-March.

Pinchot Lake (York County) — Some nice panfish and largemouth bass were reported midlake and near the dam area through mid-March. 

Sheppard Myers Lake (York County) — A decent number of bluegills and crappies were reported.  

Lake Marburg (York County) — Nice catches of panfish were reported through mid-March.

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Ice anglers were catching panfish through mid-March. Bluegills, crappies and a few perch were reported on small jigs with minnows or twister tails, especially in the last hour of daylight.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - March 27th, 2015

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Numbers of bluegills and yellow perch were reported on minnows and mealworms or chartreuse and red jigs. A man and his son caught a 45-inch muskie on a tipup.

Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — Yellow perch and chain pickerel were reported along with the occasional bass and trout.

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