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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - July 31st, 2015

Lake Erie — East-side anglers reported numbers of smallmouth bass and freshwater drum. Tubes were taking the bass. The walleye bite out of North East marina was hit or miss, although planer boards with shallow-diving plugs and deep-divers fished behind five colors of lead core were producing nice catches from the marina to the state line in 72 to 105 feet of water as of July 9. 

Shallower water was yielding walleyes on crawler harnesses fished on the bottom at slow troll from Boathouses to Barrels on Freeport Beach. The perch bite off Twentymile Creek in 26 feet was good, with some jumbos and limits reported. Perch also were hitting on minnow rigs in 52 feet off Greenfield and the W’s. Some steelhead and brown trout, along with the occasional walleye, were hitting in 100 feet of water off the Pennsylvania/New York line. 

Bass were reported in 28 feet at the W’s and just west of the Freeport Yacht Club in 18 feet, with a ¾-ounce jighead and goby-color tube the ticket. 

On the west side of Erie, the perch bite was hit or miss as of July 11, but the walleye bite was good in 45 to 55 feet and at the First Trench. One angler reported catching a 27-inch and a 28-inch walleye, plus four others in 64 to 68 feet, plus numbers of white bass and a few jumbo perch, trolling plugs and crawler harnesses. Perch had not schooled tightly by July 11. For current Lake Erie conditions, call North East Marina at 814-725-8244.

Eaton Reservoir, Lake LeBoeuf, Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — Panfish were reported on grubs and minnows. 

Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — High, muddy conditions and a toxic blue-green algae bloom were reported in early July, turning off the fishing. 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Nice numbers of medium-size bluegills were reported through mid-July, with some small to average bluegills hitting drop-shot rigs in 12 feet of water. Some crappies were reported, including one that measured 17 inches with 14-inch girth and weighed 3.9 pounds. Some nice walleyes up to 26 inches were reported, with Hot-n-Tots the ticket. Bass up to 4 pounds were reported, with the bigger fish hitting in shallower water. 

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — Water was unfishable from constant rainfall in early July, but returning to normal levels and colors by July 12. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — The muskie bite turned on in early July, with most anglers trolling. Walleye anglers reported a good bite in 15 to 19 feet in the south end and in 10 to 11 feet on the north end. Trolling plugs was the best bet. Some walleye anglers connected with muskies. The nighttime walleye bite was sporadic. Channel catfish were reported all over the lake. Crappies were deep and hit or miss for anglers. One angler caught 10 bluegills and a couple of perch on drop-shot rigs in 12 feet on a hump in the south end. Bass up to 2 pounds were reported by some anglers.

Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — Panfish were hitting in recent weeks.

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Nice numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass were reported on drop-shots and rubber worms. A rainbow trout and some bluegills also were reported, with golden shiners trolled slowly around weedbeds near the swimming area productive.

Kahle Lake (Venango County) — Some small bass were hitting swim baits and lizards. 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — High, stained water prevailed through early July, making bass fishing difficult. Anglers targeting tributaries reported a nice smallmouths on stickbaits, but action was generally slow.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Hybrid striped bass were hitting, especially at night, through mid-July, with most access areas productive from shore, and shiny stick baits effective. 

Thorn Run Reservoir (Butler County) — Channel catfish were reported on chicken livers in the main creek channel. The Love Road bridge area on the upper end of the lake was a productive spot, although anglers are reminded that the reservoir is closed from dusk until dawn.

Glades Lake/State Game Land 95 (Butler County) — Catfish were hitting chicken livers through mid-July.  

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 31st, 2015

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Trout were still hitting around the dock, with mealworms effective, through mid-July.

Hammond, Tioga lakes (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported crappies were hitting on live minnows through mid-July, when water was murky but clearing. Fish sizes were better than numbers. 

Cowanesque Reservoir (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported some nice bass were biting for anglers who could locate them. Jigs and a variety of plastics were productive, particularly in black and blue, June bug, green pumpkin, and motor oil. Bright-color tips and tails, such as pink and chartreuse-tailed plastic worms, also were productive.

Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Trout were hitting on various flies, including Slate Drake, Yellow Stonefly, Rusty Spinner, and Tan Caddis patterns. A few early morning anglers were catching trout on streamers through early July.

Joseph Foster Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Panfish were hitting on minnows around the causeway and lower greens access area. Some bass also were reported on nightcrawlers, spinners, and plastic worms. Catfish were hitting on crawlers and chicken livers during the evening hours.

Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — Bass, chain pickerel, and panfish were hitting around the lake, especially on weedless rigs fished around weedbeds.

Spring Creek, Bald Eagle Creek, Six Mile Run (Centre County) — Rainfall through early July helped raise and cool water, resulting in some nice catches for anglers fishing flies or live bait. 

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — High, slightly off-color water was reported through early July, and trout were hitting various nymphs, such as Bead-head Prince Nymphs and Caddis Larvae. Streamers fished well in the early morning hours. 

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - July 31st, 2015

North Branch Susquehanna River (Bradford, Sullivan counties) — Despite high, muddy water of early to mid-July, bass were active, and hitting on bright-colored crankbaits.   

Griffin Pond (Lackawanna County) — Bluegills, bass, chain pickerel, and rock bass were reported, along with crappies biting pinheads or small jigs under bobbers.

Upper Woods Pond (Wayne County) — A late afternoon bite on largemouth and smallmouth bass was reported through mid-July.

Prompton Dam (Wayne County) — Walleyes were hitting live bait through mid-July  

Miller, White Oak ponds (Wayne County) — Crawlers under bobbers were producing bass at Miller, while White Oak was yielding panfish. 

Hunters Lake (Sullivan County) — Bass were hitting through mid-July.

Susquehanna River (Luzerne, Columbia counties) — High, fast water prevailed through early July, making for tough fishing, although some anglers found success using live bait at the mouths of the tributaries and others were catching catfish at night on shrimp, liver, and clams. 

Lily Lake, FEW Reservoir (Luzerne County) — Bass and panfish were hitting through mid-July, but trout were deep and the bite had slowed.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 31st, 2015

Somerset Lake (Somerset County) — A good channel catfish bite was reported, along with a decent number of walleyes. Boat launching is difficult because the lake is drawn down about 7 feet.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass, a few northern pike, and walleyes were hitting through mid-July.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Trout were still being caught on the upper end through mid-July.

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Numbers of nice-size crappies were reported through July 15. 

Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Nice-size yellow perch and some trout were reported through July 15.

Lake Rowena, Clearfield Creek (Cambria County) —Trout were reported in recent weeks, and included a 9-pound rainbow from Clearfield. 

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) — High, muddy water put a dent in fishing through mid-July. 

Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Fayette County) — A steady walleye bite was reported, along with some nice smallmouth bass, through mid-July.

Dunlap Lake (Fayette County) — Carp were reported on corn through mid-July.

Monongahela River — Flathead catfish were hitting near Fredericktown, with live bluegills effective.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County) — Anglers caught nice size panfish through mid-July.

Ohio, Beaver rivers (Beaver County)  — High, turbid conditions put the kibosh on angling in early July, although some fishermen reported numbers of freshwater drum and flathead catfish, with the drum hitting on crawlers near Rochester and the catfish hitting on cut bait near dams. A few carp were reported on the Ohio.

Brady’s Run Lake, Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — An okay bass bite was reported, despite turbid conditions, with average-size fish hitting near shore. A few trout were coming on pastebaits.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 31st, 2015

Safe Harbor Dam (York County) — Catfish were hitting on chubs, minnows, and crawlers through mid-July. 

Pinchot Lake (York County) — Anglers were catching bluegills on crawlers at this Gifford Pinchot State Park lake. 

Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) — Channel catfish were active in the higher water of mid-July, and catches ranging from 17 inches to 31 inches were reported on chicken livers, crawlers, shrimp, and minnows.

Long Pine Run Reservoir (Franklin County) — Largemouth bass up to 4-plus pounds were reported through July 15.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 31st, 2015

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported fantastic perch fishing as of July 16, with fish weighing up to 1 pound,  4 ounces. Small chunks of crawlers on the bottom, or little crankbaits were the tickets. 

A good to excellent bass bite was reported on chatterbaits with trailers before 8:30 a.m. The rest of the day, plastic worms rigged wacky-style were effective around blow-downs and similar structure. In a recent tournament, a 4-pound, 3-ounce smallmouth was the lunker, taken on a chatterbait. 

Nice channel catfish catches were reported on green crawlers after rainfall and on shiners under most other conditions. Neary weighed four cats over 10 pounds each. The crappie bite was almost non-existent, but a few wallees were reported on crankbaits near the covered bridge. 

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