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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - January 29th, 2016

Lake Erie steelhead tributaries (Erie County) — As of Jan. 16, streams were icing up. Prior to the downturn in temperatures, eastside tribs had numbers of steelhead, which high water had moved to the upstream reaches. 

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Water was beginning to freeze as of Jan. 16, but ice was not fishable. There was still a little open water off the piers, and a few anglers were targeting burbot. Prior to the formation of skim ice on the bay, anglers were catching numbers of yellow perch, although sizes were mixed. 

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — O’Donnell’s reported that ice anglers were fishing the upper bays as of Jan. 16 and catching largemouth bass, a few smallmouth bass and bluegills. One bass angler released a 28-inch muskie. The bass were hitting shiners and tip-ups. A few anglers were catching bluegills on jigs. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Fishable ice hadn’t formed as of Jan. 16, but a few anglers were catching panfish off the docks. 

Shenango River Reservoir, Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Neither lake had formed fishable ice as of Jan. 16, although skim ice was reported. More than a week earlier, the outflow below the dam was yielding a few small crappies.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report - January 29th, 2016

Beechwood Lake, Hill’s Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Ice anglers were out in numbers as of Jan. 16, according to Don’s Tackle Shack. Ice thicknesses varied on both lakes. Hill’s Creek was yielding a bunch of perch up to 12 and 13 inches on jigs and tip-ups and waxworms and minnows. Numbers of chain pickerel also were hitting at Hill’s Creek. Beechwood was yielding trout, mostly on minnows. Nearby Hamilton Lake hadn’t formed fishable ice as of Jan. 16.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Fly Shop reported good conditions on this limestone stream Jan. 16. Water had a bit of color and was in the 40s. Dark streamers that moved with the water were recommended, as were nymphs in brown or other dark colors. Hatches included midges (22-26) and blue-winged olives (18-22). Hot patterns were Pheasant Tails (14-18), tan and olive Bird of Prey Caddis (14-16), brown Zebra Midges (18-22), olive Scuds (14-18), Sow Bugs (14-16), and Blue-Winged Olives (18-22).

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Ice anglers reported numbers of yellow perch and bluegills in mixed sizes at Hunter Run Cut. Fish were caught on tear drops and jigging spoons in 21 feet of water.

Penns Creek (Clinton County) — High, off-color conditions were reported Jan. 13. For real-time data at Penns Creek, visit the US Geological Survey station at http://on.doi.gov/1P7a8l0.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Flow and color were ideal as of Jan. 13 and anglers were catching trout by targeting banks, slack water, and the tail end of pools with olive or black sculpin and streamer patterns. Other productive flies included peach/pink eggs, Bead-head Pheasant Tails, and Caddis Larvae.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - January 29th, 2016

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Wacky Worm Tackle Shop reported the surface of the lake had not frozen as of Jan. 16, and anglers were catching largemouth bass and walleyes on bladebaits in open water. One largemouth weighed 6½ pounds. A bank fisherman was doing well fishing large shiners and chicken livers for stripers and big pickerel.

North Branch Susquehanna River — Wacky Worm reported anglers were catching muskies, smallmouth bass and walleyes as of Jan. 16, with many fish hitting soft swimbaits.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — The coves were starting to freeze as of Jan. 16, and anglers were still catching perch and crappies by jigging live bait in open water. 

White Oak Pond (Wayne County) — Ray Cichoki of Ray’s Guide Service reported that ice anglers were catching bass and perch on ice jigs as of Jan. 16. All creel limits have been removed because of a safety-related draw-down and anglers were catching big numbers of bluegills, crappies, perch and largemouth bass. Some perch measured 13 and 14 inches. 

Duck Harbor Lake (Wayne County) — Largemouth bass up to 6-plus pounds were reported on shiners and minnows through the ice as of Jan. 16. Nice-sized perch were hitting jigs. 

Prompton Dam (Wayne County) — Large crappies and some big perch were hitting through the ice as of Jan. 16. 

Susquehanna River (Luzerne, Columbia counties) — As conditions allowed, walleyes and smallmouth bass were biting on soft plastics or live bait. Some anglers reported catching catfish on hot dogs soaked in garlic and powdered-cherry drink.

Sylvan Lake (Luzerne County) — Ice anglers were catching large bluegills on little grubs through the ice as of Jan. 16.

Nescopeck Creek (Luzerne County) — When water was open, the delayed-harvest stretch of this Susquehanna River tributary was yielding trout on nymphs, such as scuds or caddis, in a dead-drift presentation.

Harris Pond (Luzerne County)   — Numbers of bluegills, perch and crappies were reported by ice anglers on tip-ups and small minnows, and on small silver jigs. 

Susquehanna River (Luzerne, Wyoming counties) — Shore anglers were catching muskies and big catfish on large bucktail jigs. The muskies ranged in size from 28 to 40 inches. 

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) — Ray’s Guide Service reported Jan. 16 that some anglers were fishing through the ice in Bullhead Bay and catching nice-sized bluegills and crappies on small jigging spoons tipped with tiny waxworms or golden grubs. 

Delaware River (Monroe County) — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were hitting hair jigs and minnows as of Jan. 16.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Frigid weather in mid-January put the kibosh on fishing, although flow was normal.

Monongahela River (Washington, Greene counties) — White bass were reported at the Point Marion lock chamber during the spate of mild weather that ended in mid-January. A good walleye bite also was reported at various locks and dams. Trout anglers reported success in the Marianna area of Ten Mile Creek, with flies and bright spinners on light tackle productive. 

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

Lake Marburg, Pinchot Lake (York County) — B & B Lures reported Jan. 16 that air temperatures were around 42 degrees as of Jan. 16 and water remained open. Anglers were catching nice-sized largemouth bass on crawlers and swim baits. Tiger muskies also were hitting, with crankbaits effective. One muskie measured close to 45 inches before release. 

Shepherd Myers Lake (York County) — Panfish were hitting on bait fished under bobbers on this county-owned impoundment as of Jan. 17.

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Water was a little high but fishable as of Jan. 16, although fishing was expected to improve as levels dropped. Water had some color and was in the 40s. Nymphing deep or fishing streamers were both recommended. Hatches included blue-winged olives (20-22) and midges (20-24) on warmer days. Productive flies included tan CDC Caddis (14-16), green and olive Bird of Prey Caddis, Green Weenies (12-14), Hare’s Ear (14-16), Pheasant Tails (14-16), and olive Slumpbusters (6-10).

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - January 29th, 2016

Lake Luxembourg (Bucks County)  Prior to any ice formation, anglers were catching trout, crappies, bluegills, and white perch in this Core Creek County Park impoundment. 

Pennypack Creek (Bucks County) Prior to any ice formation, anglers were catching trout and sunfish.

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County)  Anglers were targeting bass, northern pike and chain pickerel through Jan. 16.

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