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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - April 24th, 2015

Lake Erie tributaries — Warmer water triggered the end of steelhead fishing in early April. Brown trout were reported along the lake shore.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Ice was practically gone by April 6. Crappies were reported from the state park marina docks and perch were reported from the north and south piers. A few brown trout were reported at the water taxi pier.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Most ice was gone by Easter, and anglers were catching numbers of crappies in mixed sizes on the north end, with fish moving shallow. Some anglers were targeting crappies in two feet around large dark rocks protruding above the surface and taking warmth from the sun. Walleyes were reported on Sonars at Linesville spillway and at the bridge on the Espyville causeway. Springtime wading for walleyes was expected begin soon during evenings near inflowing creeks. Perch were reported at Bridge 20 down from Linesville spillway; perch were hit or miss along the northern shoreline. A few largemouth bass were reported on spinnerbaits and jigs.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Some ice remained as of April 6, but “the stumps” were open water, as were areas along the shoreline and in the bays.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Mercer County) — Crappies were reported in early April.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting in early April, with chartreuse spinnerbaits and tubes productive in 43-degree water. Fish were in five feet or less. A few suckers were released on tubes in give to 10 feet. 

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Participants in Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day April 11 fished lakes like this since streams were blown out. Some lakes even had remnant ice. Hammond was ice-free. 

Penns Creek (Snyder, Union counties) — Good conditions were reported by TCO Fly Shop April 11, when the creek had average flow and water was in the 40s. Nymphs, crawler patterns, and streamers were productive. Suckers were starting to spawn, so sucker spawn (12-14) and egg patterns (12-16) were effective. Blue-winged olives (18-24) were coming off and trout were beginning to rise to them. Other hatches included midges (22-26). Nymphing was the best bet.

Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — A bit up and off-color conditions were reported April 11, and the creek was rising. Water was in the low 40s. TCO Fly Shop reported most action was below the surface, with stonefly nymphs (6-12) and streamers productive. Small flies in slower, deeper water were recommended. On warmer days, hatches included tiny blue-winged olives (20-22) and midges (22-26).

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — As of April 8, with ice off the lake, anglers reported catching yellow perch near the causeway and lower greens area, with minnows the ticket, although the bite was overall slow.

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Bass and pickerel were reported on medium shiners through early April. 

Tioga, Cowanesque lakes (Tioga County) — Smallmouth bass were released on crawlers and medium shiners through early April, but the bites were generally slow. 

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - April 24th, 2015

Prompton Dam (Wayne County) — As of April 11, conditions created an “in-between’’ time for anglers, who found a little remaining ice and too little open water to boat. Ray’s Guide Service reported a few crappies and bluegills were caught.

White Oak, Duck Harbor ponds (Wayne County) — Bluegills, crappies, perch and bass were reported in early April. Duck Harbor’s perch were hitting near the boat launch, midafternoon.

Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — Some catfish were reported on bucktail jigs and minnows from shore in high, muddy water around the Tunkannock Falls.

Delaware River — Bass were released in recent weeks.

Mahoning, Lizard creeks (Carbon County) — Cold windy weather and high water levels on the regional opening day of trout season resulted in some disappointing catch rates, but the bite improved the following day as flow returned to normal and weather improved. Trout, including golden trout up to 23 inches, were reported on paste baits, live minnow, wax worms and night crawlers. Yields were low on Youth Mentored Trout Fishing Day on March 28 when frigid conditions impacted angling pressure. A few trout were reported on minnows and pastebaits

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Virgin Run, Dunbar Creek lakes (Fayette County) — Low catch rates on trout were reported in recent weeks. 

Lake Somerset (Somerset County) — A few small bluegills were reported through early April.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — A 28-inch brown trout was reportedly landed on a crankbait. Some nice northern pike up to 32 inches were reported on live shiners and smelts. A few crappies also were reported.

Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County) — The delayed-harvest, artificial-lures-only section was yielding trout on imitation egg sacks and Hare’s Ear nymphs in good conditions as of April 8.

Canonsburg Dam (Washington County) — Anglers were releasing trout on powerbait on this year-round approved trout water.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Blown-out, cloudy conditions were beginning to slowly come down as of April 11, and water was in the upper 30s to low 40s, according to TCO Fly Shop, which recommended fishing streamers along banks or flashy nymphs in deep water with enough flow to keep flies moving. Hatches on warmer days included tiny blue-winged olives (20-22) and midges (20-24). Effective flies included Hare’s Ear (14-16) Pheasant Tail (14-16) and Tan Bird of Prey (14-16).

Yellow Breeches Creek, Big Spring Creek (Cumberland County) — Some nice rainbow and brook trout were reported on salmon eggs and red worms April 9.

Clarks Creek (Dauphin County) — Brook trout were hitting on rooster tail spinners as of April 9.

Susquehanna River — Koinonia Guide Service reported a good bass bite in early July with numbers of fish, including a couple around 19 and 20 inches, in 43-degree water. More than 40 bass were released on one full-day trip that also included a 27-inch northern pike. All were caught on tubes, stickbaits and hair jigs. 

Juniata, Susquehanna rivers  — Smallmouth bass were hitting at the point at Duncannon and the mouth of Sherman’s Creek in early April. The rivers were too high to wade in early April. Clouser minnows, crayfish patterns, and poppers work for springtime smallmouths, as conditions allow for fly fishing.

Lake Redman, Lake Williams (York County) — The crappie bite was picking up in early April.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 24th, 2015

Schuylkill River  — The bite near Philadelphia at the Fairmount Dam/Water Works was very slow as of April 8, with anglers waiting for the appearance of gizzard shad and river herring. Stripers typically follow soon after shad and herring in the tidal section of the river.

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