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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - January 30th, 2015

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Ice anglers were on Misery Bay, Horseshoe Pond and the Stink Hole in mid-January. Numbers of crappies up to 13 inches and a 4-plus pound bass were reported from Misery Bay. The Stink Hole was yielding nice perch and other panfish.

Lake Erie steelhead tributaries — Ice had the streams locked up in mid-January, and ice anglers were catching a few steelhead in Walnut Creek Marina Basin.

Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — This 25-acre natural lake was yielding stocked trout through the ice in mid-January.

French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — Severe cold in mid-January froze the slower pools and bend holes and created edge-ice. Prior to that, when water was open, anglers were catching walleyes up to 21 inches, and northern pike in mixed sizes on chubs or jigs tipped with shiners. One angler released a 17-inch sucker on a floating jig tipped with medium-size shiner. A 28-inch brown trout also was released.

Sugar Lake (Crawford County)  — Ice anglers were catching northern pike on tip-ups and large shiners and largemouth bass on tip-ups and minnows in mid-January. Some anglers caught nice bluegills as well as a few 15-inch rainbow trout, with the trout hitting on jigs and waxworms or maggots in 6 feet of water. 

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Ice anglers were catching bluegills and northern pike on jigs tipped with minnows, meal worms, or maggots on the north end of this 925-acre natural lake in mid-January. Large shiners on tip-ups were the bait of choice for the pike. 

Kahle Lake (Venango County) — A few largemouth bass were iced on spoons in mid-January. A few crappies and perch also were reported. Most of the fish came in deep water, about 20 feet. 

Allegheny River (Venango, Forest counties) — Chunks of ice made boating too difficult in mid-January. Prior to that, when water was open, anglers fishing the Tionesta pool reported a generally slow bite that included a few northern pike and a muskie lost at the boat ramp. The Oil City pool yielded walleyes up to 20 inches and a few bass, most of which came on crankbaits.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Bluegills and crappies were being iced in mid-January, with tip-ups and maggots or mealworms productive. A few walleyes also were reported. 

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — As of Jan. 18, anglers were icing numbers of crappies in mixed sizes up to 1½ pounds, 14 inches on fathead minnows, northern pike up to 28 inches on shiners, and nice numbers of largemouth bass on shiners.

Harbar Acres (Butler County) — Nice catches of stocked trout were reported through the ice through mid-January.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Jan. 18 that ice anglers were catching numbers of bluegills and yellow perch on maggots and waxworms. The shallower water near the stumps was yielding bass and pickerel on live shiners and fathead minnows. The early morning hours and those just before dark were most productive, and nice catches were being made in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Quality yellow perch, including 12-plus inchers, nice bluegills, and a few crappies were reported on maggots, mealworms, and waxworms in 15 and 28 feet.  A lot of Lake Nessmuk’s fish were transferred here last year after Nessmuk was drained.

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — Crappies were hitting fathead minnows and waxworms through the ice, although the bite was slower here than at other area lakes. Don’s Tackle Shack said Hammond’s crappies seem to move and can be hard to find, but they bite well once anglers locate them.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Ice anglers were catching numbers of yellow perch, bluegills, and crappies, and a few brown trout up to 16 inches, with jigging spoons in yellow, white and orange productive.  

Penns Creek (Snyder, Union counties) — Brown trout were hitting Clouser minnow patterns in green and white as conditions allowed. 

Spring Creek (Centre County) — As of Jan. 15, TCO Fly Shop reported that this limestone stream was the best bet for winter fishing in the area, as water was in good shape, although a little lower than average for this time of year. Water was in the 40s. Nymphing was recommended for consistent bites. Hatches included some midges (22-26) in the afternoons. Pheasant Tails (14-18), Blue-Winged Olive nymphs and dries (18-20), Green Weenies (14-16) and other classic patterns were productive.

Walker Lake (Snyder County) — Anglers were catching yellow perch, crappies, and bluegills, and a few channel catfish through mid-January, with jigging spoons productive.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - January 16th, 2015

Delaware River (Wayne County) — Ray’s Guide Service reported catching some walleyes and smallmouth bass on live bait, tubes, and twisters.

Harvey’s Lake (Lackawanna County) — Anglers were catching trout trolling crankbaits on the open water through early January

Susquehanna River (Wyoming, Luzerne counties) — Channel catfish were hitting live bait and crawlers dragged on the bottom through early January. A few smallmouth bass also were hitting on twister tails, tubes, and live bait.

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) — Bluegills, perch and a few largemouth bass were reported on jigs and waxworms at this state park impoundment in early January.

Tobyhanna Lake (Pike County) — A few ice anglers were catching perch and largemouth bass in early January.

Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County) — A trout stocking in December provided angling activity in the Parkway area through early January.

Lehigh River (Lehigh County) — Some nice brown trout were reported near Allentown as of Jan. 3 on spinners fished slowly or shiners.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

Allegheny River — Walleyes and bass were reported in early January as conditions allowed.

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — The outfalls of the locks and dams were yielding walleyes on live minnows as well as soft plastics as conditions allowed in early January.

Tenmile Creek (Washington County) — Trout anglers reported catches in the lower reaches of this Monongahela River tributary near Clarksville as conditions allowed in early January. 

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County) — Before ice-up, open water fishing continued through the early part of January, with the delayed harvest, artificials-only stretch yielding trout. 

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

Susquehanna River  — Koinonia Guide Service reported that, before ice formed, walleyes, bass, flathead catfish, quillbacks, carp and gizzard shad were hitting on swim baits, stick baits, jigs with soft plastics and jigs with minnows. The biggest bass was 20-plus inches, and the nicest walleye was 22 inches. The flatheads ran up to 7 pounds, and the carp up to 30 inches. Once freezing conditions took over, ramps at the access in Dauphin County were iced over.

Little Juniata River (Huntington County) — As of Jan. 15, water had a little color, was in the low 40s, and had fallen below average for winter. TCO Fly Shop recommended nymphing the deep, dark water where there was enough flow to move flies along. Hatches included tiny blue-winged olives (20-22) and midges (20-24) on milder days. Earlier in the winter, some nice-size browns and rainbow trout were reported on Green Caddis Larvae patterns (14-18) and streamers.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - January 30th, 2015

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) — Ice anglers reported limits of bluegills and crappies on small jigs and waxworms on this state park impoundment Jan. 18.

Merli-Sarnoski Lake (Lackawanna County) — Trout were reported in this state park impoundment through mid-January. 

Prompton Dam (Wayne County) — Perch and brown bullheads were being caught through the ice in mid-January. 

Lake Wallenpaupack (Wayne, Pike counties) — Ice anglers were catching perch on jigs and minnows and Swedish pimples in Walt’s and Martin’s coves as of Jan. 18.

Shohola Lake (Pike County) — Ice anglers reported numbers of largemouth bass up to 4½ pounds, crappies, nice-size chain pickerel, and perch, mostly on minnows and shiners. 

Promised Land Lake (Pike County)  — Pickerel up to 25 inches and bass were being iced in recent weeks. 

Peck’s Pond (Pike County) — Ice anglers were catching pickerel on tip-ups and minnows through mid-January. 

White Deer Lake, Lake Greeley (Pike County) — Big pickerel, crappies and some bass were being iced in mid-January.

Beltsville Lake (Carbon County) — Four ice anglers fishing minnows reported having the lines of their tip-ups snapped off, presumably by muskies in mid-January. 

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Ice anglers reported catching chain pickerel and bass on minnows in recent weeks.

Lake Carey (Wyoming County) — Ice anglers were catching walleyes in mixed sizes from sublegal to 18 inches and trout on live minnows through Jan. 18.

Harris Pond (Luzerne County) — Perch, bluegills, and crappies were reported on jigs and tip-ups through Jan. 17.

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