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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 26th, 2016

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie  — Walleyes were hitting in 70 to 80 feet between the condos and the lighthouse in mid-August. Perch were hit or miss, with some anglers getting skunked on perch fishing off Walnut Creek in 45 feet of water – a spot that had yielded perch just days earlier. Some perch anglers were catching sublegal-size walleyes in their favorite spots. The trenches were yielding walleyes in 60 to 80 feet of water, with dipsy divers or lead-core line with deep divers productive, especially in purple and fire-tiger colors. The bigger walleyes were reported at around 65 feet between the First and Second trenches. Crawler harnesses were more effective than plugs for some anglers. Pink and purple and purple and black were the best colors. One angler fishing jigs tipped with minnows and crawlers along the bottom in 45 feet of water reported a limit of walleyes.

Presque Isle Bay — Perch and smallmouth bass disappeared in the very warm water of mid-August, and crappies shut down. A few anglers were catching largemouth bass.

Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — An early morning largemouth bass bite around the boat docks was reported, with crankbaits and topwater baits productive. Catfish were all over the lake and biting crawlers and stink bait. Bluegills were hitting in the channels. Heavy pleasure boat and kayak pressure made the best times to fish early morning and late evening.

Union City Reservoir (Erie County) — The outflow was yielding smallmouth bass in recent weeks.

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — Muskies were reported in the upper creek on crawlers fished in the deeper holes.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Catfish were abundant in recent weeks. A few muskies up to 45 inches also were reported. Largemouth bass were hitting. One young angler released a 19.25-inch smallmouth. Anglers trolling plugs were picking up a few walleyes from deep water, as were anglers casting bladebaits to deep structure. Some anglers were catching walleyes at night. Bluegills and crappies were biting from the causeway. The early morning crappie bite was best, with anglers reporting nice catches on soft plastic shad lures on 1⁄8-ounce jig heads over brush piles and pallets in eight to 16 feet of water. A few perch also were reported along with a few white bass up to 2 pounds.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — A good crappie bite was reported in recent weeks, with soft plastic shad lures effective. The weedlines of this large natural lake were yielding bluegills, rock bass, and perch. Largemouth bass were being taken on Texas-rigged or wacky-rigged plastic worms, or, in the early morning and late evening hours, on top-water lures such as buzzbaits and frog patterns. A lot of recreational boat traffic was reported.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers trolling worm harnesses tight to the weed line of cabbage beds on this natural lake were catching walleyes and a few northern pike. One angler caught a nice 2-pound bass in recent weeks.

Geneva Swamp (Crawford County) — Bowfin were reported in recent weeks. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission reminds anglers that bowfins are not an invasive species, and must be released to the water, unharmed.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Fishing was generally slow in recent weeks, although anglers were catching largemouth bass, crappies, bluegills and the occasional walleye.

Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — Numbers of catfish were reported in recent weeks. Bass also were hitting on soft plastics. One angler caught numbers of crappies from 9 to 11 inches jigging. Some crappies were hitting in 6 feet around shoreline blowdowns, while others were coming from about 13 feet around deeper brush. White bass were hitting, with one angler doing well trolling a crankbait through schooling fish. The Shenango River below the dam was yielding walleyes, pike and some flathead catfish on crawlers, leeches and minnows.

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Largemouth bass were hitting in recent weeks.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass were reported on crankbaits in recent weeks. One angler reported a 21.5-inch smallmouth bass on a floating crankbait in fire-tiger color. Another angler reported a nice muskie “follow” on a glidebait. Walleyes were few and far between.

Tionesta Lake (Tionesta County) — Anglers were catching channel catfish, muskies, and panfish, with the evening bite productive.

Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County) — Smallmouth bass were reported on green and white tubes near Papermill Bridge in recent weeks.

Big Run (Lawrence County) — Stocked trout were reported by a few anglers on this stream just outside New Castle in recent weeks.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Striped bass were reported during daytime hours by anglers fishing crawlers on the bottom.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Ohio River (Allegheny County) — A good walleye bite was reported with anglers doing well on 2- to 3-inch hard- or soft-plastic minnow patterns after sunset, when pleasure boat traffic thins out. The Kilbuck access area was yielding catfish on chicken livers and small bluegills.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — The Deer Creek access area was yielding catfish and smallmouth bass in recent weeks. When water was low and clear and in the 80s, the best bite was at dusk

Lower and Middle Deer lakes (Allegheny County) — Bluegills and bass were biting in recent weeks on these Big Bass Program waters. Weeds are thick; anglers were doing best targeting edges.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County) — Legal-size walleyes were reported near Cowashannok access.

Monongahela River (Washington County) — An excellent night-bite on catfish was reported on this Ohio River tributary in recent weeks, with chicken livers the ticket.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) — This Monongahela River tributary was yielding freshwater drum, smallmouth bass and catfish from Boston, Pa., to Ohiopyle State Park in recent weeks.

Crooked Creek Lake (Armstrong County) — Black crappies were hitting near the swimming area in recent weeks.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) — Nice-size panfish were reported on live baits fished under floats. The bass bite was slow, but was expected to improve when weather cools.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Lyman Run Lake (Potter County} — Numbers of panfish were reported in recent weeks. Bass also were hitting.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Low clear water was reported around Aug. 10, but anglers were catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours on dark Stoneflies, Bead-head Prince Nymphs, Bead-head Pheasant Tail nymphs, and other such subsurface flies. When trout were rising, Tan Caddis, Blue-Winged Olives, and Tricos were productive.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — In low, clear water, anglers were catching trout on ants, grasshoppers, beetles and other terrestrials and on adult midge patterns in the early morning and late evening hours.

Susquehanna River  — Numbers of bass and catfish were reported at night in recent weeks.

Faylor, Walker lakes (Snyder County) — Nice-size bass were reported in recent weeks.

Hammond, Tioga, Cowanesque lakes (Tioga County) — A few walleyes and stripers were reported on all three fisheries. Some were caught by bass anglers. Bass were hitting on creature baits and plastic crawlers near weedbeds, timber and other structure, and on topwater lures in the mornings and evenings. Crankbaits and drop-shot presentations were working in deeper water. Catfish also were biting at Tioga and Hammond and at the Tioga spillway in recent weeks, with chicken livers, cut bait, and live shiners productive. Most catfish were 10 to 18 inches, although a few were 20 to 25 inches. Brown bullheads were reported at all three fisheries.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Largemouth bass up to 3 pounds and striped bass were reported in recent weeks.

Pinchot Lake (York County)  —Crappies were hitting live bait and hybrid striped bass were biting chicken livers in early August.

Lake Marburg (York County) ­ — Fishing was generally slow, but anglers were catching white perch, bluegills and other panfish on soft plastics and live bait.

Long Arm Reservoir (York County) ­ — Catfish and a few walleyes were reported, with anglers trolling the bottom in the early evening hours.

Pickerel Pond (York County) — Bluegills and other panfish were reported on redworms on this state game lands pond near Rossville.

Lake Redman, Lake Williams (York County) — Carp, bluegills, crappies, and catfish were reported in early August. Bass were hitting in the early morning hours.

Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) — Bass were hitting from Harrisburg to Middletown in early August, with minnow-pattern lures productive.

Laurel Lake (Cumberland County) — A few largemouth bass averaging 12 inches were reported on soft plastic crawlers.

Conodoguinet Creek (Cumberland County) — A few muskies were reported near Sears Run in early August. Catfish were hitting near York Haven.

Susquehanna River — A good catfish bite was reported on liver, crawlers and shrimp from Yorkhaven south to Conowingo Reservoir in early August.

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) ­­  — Smallmouth bass were hitting in recent weeks, with live bait fished around rocky areas and shoals productive.

Susquehanna River (Wyoming County) — Rainfall in mid-August raised water levels a little. Anglers were catching smallmouth bass and catfish.

Lake Winola (Wyoming County) — Bass and trout were reported in recent weeks.

Ford’s Lake (Lackawanna County) — A good panfish bite was reported in recent weeks.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Octoraro Lake (Chester County) — Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported Aug. 15 that anglers were catching largemouth bass Carolina-rigging off the Girl Scout beach in mid-afternoon. In the mornings, white spinnerbaits or wacky-rigged plastic worms were productive off laydown logs coming off bank. The winning weight in a recent tournament was five bass totaling 19 pounds, 4½ ounces. A couple of walleyes were caught on medium shiners by the covered bridge. The white perch bite was picking up, with some limits coming on chunks of crawler fished without bobbers on the bottom. Catfish were hitting large shiners and clam snouts at the covered bridge and the Bluegill Road Bridge.

Lehigh River (Lehigh County) — Anglers were catching smallmouth bass near Treichlers Bridge in recent weeks, with rubber grub-pattern swimbaits and small jerkbaits effective.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Some nice-sized catfish were reported on chicken liver near the Sheidy boat ramp in the evening hours. Largemouth and smallmouth bass also were reported.

Kaercher Creek Dam (Berks County) — Bass were reported on topwater lures in recent weeks.

Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) — Catfish were hitting chicken liver and beef liver, especially after rainfall in recent weeks.

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