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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - November 21st, 2014

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Crappies and bluegills were starting to hit on grub- or minnow-tipped jigs in Marina Lake and Misery Bay in early November. Perch up to 13 inches were reported on minnow rigs, with Dobbins Landing, the South and North piers in the channel, and the marina walls productive. The channel piers were also yielding a few walleyes, which is unusual. Northern pike were reported in the bay, along with steelhead and brown trout up to 10 pounds. The salmonids were biting spoons in silver/orange or silver/blue. 

Lake Erie tributaries  — Numbers of steelhead were in the streams in early November. In low, clear water, anglers were using small, pastel-color egg patterns, single eggs, or live minnows. Wind was a problem in recent weeks, by putting leaves in the streams and making the lakefront too tough to fish. Morning and evening hours were the better times to fish.

French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — Walleye action began heating up in late October, with anglers making catches on 3⁄16-ounce jigs tipped with medium shiners or streamers. Northern pike up to 30-plus inches were hitting on 8-inch creek chubs. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Anglers were catching walleyes on bladebaits, in low fishing pressure. Crappies and bluegills were hitting off the docks. Nice catches of perch were reported by one angler.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Some nice smallmouth bass were reported on this large natural lake in late October, when fishing pressure was low. Perch were hitting off the docks.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — The bluegill bite was picking up off Sheakleyville Bridge, the ice-skating area, and Falling Run as water temperatures dropped to 57 degrees in early November. Grub- or waxworm-tipped ants were effective. 
 

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappie reports were mixed through October’s end, with some fish still in deep brush, and many fish running small. Bluegills and white bass were in 10 to 15 feet, and also running small.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Some walleyes were hitting on jigs and grubs or live bait through early November, with one angler reportedly catching a 9-pound, 29-incher. Smallmouth bass were stacked up in several spots in five to six feet of water. River darter-pattern lures were out-producing jigs for the bigger bass, up to 20-plus inches. Tubes and hair jigs also were effective

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Cowanesque Reservoir (Tioga County) — Bass were biting through Nov. 9 on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs amid light fishing pressure.

Kettle Creek (Potter County) — Brown trout and a few wild brook trout were biting in recent weeks, with egg patterns and small nymphs productive for fly-anglers. Small minnows and spinners also were working well.

Loyalsock Creek (Lycoming County) — Fly-fishermen were catching trout on Blue-Winged Olives/Pseudo Olives (20).  A blue-winged live hatch was coming off during the midafternoon hours in recent weeks. 

Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Trout were hitting Blue-Winged Olives, Walt’s Worms, and egg patterns.  Blue-winged olives were hatching off the surface in the mid-afternoon hours of recent weeks.

Penns Creek (Centre, Union counties) — Trout were taking Blue-Winged Olives. Trout also were hitting small nymphs in the morning hours and, for some anglers, on egg patterns, egg sacks, and minnows. 

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Fly-anglers were catching trout on Walt’s Worms, Blue-Winged Olives, and Rainbow Warrior patterns. Un-weighted, olive-color streamers also were working. Spin-fishermen were finding success in the lower sections of the creek.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - November 21st, 2014

Duck Harbor Pond (Wayne County) — Nice catches of smallmouth bass were reported in early November, along with crappies and walleyes, on jigs or live bait.

Long Pond, Upper Woods Pond (Wayne County) — Anglers were catching fall-stocked trout on pastebaits in recent weeks.

Susquehanna River — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were hitting jigs tipped with minnows, leeches or soft plastics.

Lackawanna River (Lackawanna County) — Brown trout were hitting near the Dickson City area in recent weeks.

Comfort Lake (Susquehanna County) — Lower water levels made shore fishing easier in recent weeks, and anglers were catching yellow perch and chain pickerel on spoons.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — The mouths of the tributaries and outfalls of the dams were producing walleyes in the falling water temperatures of recent weeks. Some anglers were catching catfish from the deeper waters and lock walls in the early evening hours.

Duman Dam, Lake Rowena (Cambria County) — Trout fishing was productive at both fisheries in recent weeks.

Colver Reservoir (Cambria County) — Nice-size yellow perch were reported in recent weeks.

Wilmore Dam (Cambria County) — A good bass bite was reported in recent weeks.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Smallmouth bass and a few northern pike were biting in water that was seven feet below normal pool in early November. Nearby Lake Somerset was also drawn down by seven feet, and angling pressure was light.

Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — Nice walleyes were reported in recent weeks. This flood control dam is at its normal low fall levels.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Trout were biting at the upper end through early November.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Susquehanna River — Bass up to 18-plus inches were reported on spinnerbaits, stickbaits, swimbaits, and tubes through early November. Walleyes up to 20 inches also were reported on stickbaits and swimbaits, with falling water temperatures expected to spur the bite more. Large flathead catfish continued to hit on live bait, and numbers of sunfish were reported on jigs and minnows. 

Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumberland County) — Trout were hitting from lower Allen Township Park to Messiah College.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass were hitting spoons, vertically jigged.

Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — The walleye bite was heating up in falling water temperatures. Bass were hitting around the Newton Hamilton area. 

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Flow was low in early November, and caddis (16-18) and Blue-Winged Olives (20-22) were generating some surface action. Pheasant Tail nymphs (14-16) were productive in the absence of a topwater bite.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — Midges (cream, 18-28) and Blue-Winged Olives (20-24) were hatching through early November, when water levels had recovered. Trout anglers were nymphing with Pheasant Tails, San Juan Worms, and other basic patterns. 

Struble Lake (Chester County) — Yellow perch and crappies were hitting through early November, with jigs and split-tail grubs or twister tails, or minnows the tickets. 

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Yellow perch and bass were reported through early November.

Levittown Lake (Bucks County) — Stocked trout were hitting on small spoons, wax worms or pastebaits in recent weeks.

Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) — Crappies were hitting on minnows around submerged trees in 10 to 20 feet. Smallmouth and largemouth bass were biting crankbaits or minnows. 

Delaware River — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported around the Point Pleasant area.

Pennypack Creek (Philadelphia County) — Trout, rock bass and smallmouth bass were reported through early November, with crawlers, wax worms, shad-dart lures tipped with split-tail grubs or pastebaits effective.

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