North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - October 24th, 2014

Lake Erie — Perch fishing was still productive as of Oct. 8 but only as conditions allowed. When anglers could get onto the lake, some limits and fish up to 14 inches were reported throughout the state waters and into Ohio in 60 to 70 feet. Some perch anglers caught a few walleyes. Anglers reported smallmouth bass up to 4 pounds drop-shotting in deep water or fishing tubes. 
Erie tributaries — Rainfall brought steelhead up into streams through Oct.  8. Numbers of fish were better than normal for this time of year and better than some anglers expected, according to Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle. Fishing is dependent on weather conditions as the smaller tributaries can blow out fast.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Smallmouth bass were moving back from the main lake as water temperatures cooled in recent weeks. The bay was turning over in early October, and largemouth bass up to 5-plus pounds were being taken on soft plastics and other lures, mostly in shallow water. An outstanding perch bite was reported on spot-tail shiners or wax-worm-tipped jigs. The border dock was yielding numbers of crappies, perch and catfish and some small walleyes. The south pier also was productive for panfish, catfish and white perch. Perch up to 14 inches were reported off Dobbins Landing.

French Creek (Crawford, Venango, Mercer, Erie) — Smallmouth bass were hitting live creek chubs just before dark in recent weeks. Keeper-size walleyes also were reported, along with northern pike hitting more aggressively on jigs. A fly-angler caught legal-size rainbow trout on a 3-inch Clouser minnow.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Walleyes up to 23 inches were hitting on blades, while largemouth bass were reported around weedbeds in recent weeks. Some anglers were catching crappies and nice bluegills on the south end of the causeway. Nice numbers of perch in mixed sizes from small to 13 inches were active on the north end for anglers drifting crawlers or still-fishing with bobbers. Channel catfish remained active in recent weeks. A 32-inch muskie was released on a 13-inch lure. 

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Largemouth bass up to 3 pounds and some smallmouth bass, including three 5-plus pounders, were reported in recent weeks, with suspending jerkbaits effective on humps. Northern pike were hitting in less than 15 feet. 

Sugar Lake (Venango County) — A 21-inch largemouth bass was reported on a homemade rubber worm in recent weeks. A 20-inch brown trout also was reported.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass in mixed sizes were active on rubber worms and tubes in recent weeks. A few walleyes and northern pike were reported. One angler said he got a 30-inch walleye on a muskie glide bait in 10 feet of water. Flathead catfish also were hitting. Bass up to 19 inches were reported on tube and plastic craws. 

Tionesta Reservoir (Forest County) — Muskie anglers found trolling productive in recent weeks. 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Numbers of bluegills were hitting in the shallows in recent weeks. Crappies were reported between launches No. 2 and 4. A 21-inch walleye and some largemouth bass also were reported, with the bass hitting jigs and crankbaits.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies in mixed sizes up to 14 inches were reported on minnows in recent weeks, as the lake began to slowly turn over. Bass in mixed sizes were reported, with largemouths up to 5-plus pounds and smallmouths up to 3 pounds on jig-and-pig and other lures. Sublegals also were reported. An angler caught a 30-inch, 13-pound hybrid striper in recent weeks. 

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Bass were reported on rubber worms off the bottom along shoreline overhangs. Nice catches of crappies and catfish also were reported.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Kettle Creek (Potter County) — Conditions varied in recent weeks. Trout were hitting ant patterns. 

Lyman Run Lake (Potter County) — Trout were hitting live minnows, with early morning and late evening the more productive times to fish.

Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Brown and rainbow trout up to 20 inches were reported in the upper reaches in recent weeks, with nymphs such as Beadhead Pheasant Tails (14), Blue-Winged Olives (18), Golden Stoneflies (18), and dry flies such as Blue-Winged Olives, Slate Drakes and Tan Caddis productive in the early morning and evening hours. Black streamers worked in late evening.

Curwensville Dam (Clearfield County) — Panfish and bass were hitting various lures and baits, with early morning and late evening productive. In early October, the Fish & Boat Commission urged anglers to beware the flats upriver of the viaduct, because of snags and mud flats just outside the channel.

Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Trout were reported on flying ant patterns in late afternoon, and various nymph patterns in the early evening hours. Streamers also were working.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — The upper creek was yielding trout on Beadhead Pheasant Tails (14), and flashback Hares Ear nymphs in early October.  Small caddis and ant patterns and other terrestrials were working on the surface. Early morning and late afternoon were productive times to fish, The lower reaches were yielding trout on small spinners and live minnows in the early mornings.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - October 24th, 2014

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting tubes, crankbaits, and dropshot rigs in early October. Channel catfish also were hitting, along with largemouth bass, chain pickerel, panfish.

Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — Nice catches of bass were reported in low water in early October. 

North Branch Susquehanna River (Bradford, Sullivan counties) — As of Oct. 8, bass catches were reported on green and dark-color tubes, with the deeper water yielding the better fish.

Elmhurst, Curtis reservoirs (Lackawanna County) — Large chain pickerel up to 28 inches were reported through Oct. 8, along with yellow perch up to 13 inches, and nice bass. Rubber worms and live minnows were the tickets.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Walleyes, smallmouth bass, hybrid striped bass, freshwater drum, and catfish were hitting on crankbaits, blade baits and bucktail jigs in recent weeks.

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — White bass were reported near the lock-and-dam outfalls, and biting shallow-diving crankbaits and small minnows. The Ten Mile Creek and Dunkard Creek tribs were producing walleyes on plastic swimbaits and other artificials and large minnows. Shad were in some tributaries as water temperatures continued to drop.

Loyalhanna Creek, Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County) — Anglers were doing well on recently stocked trout as of Oct. 8.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — As of Oct. 8, flow had improved with rainfall but still needed a boost. Small Caddis and Cahill patterns remained productive, along with terrestrials. October Caddis were starting to appear. TCO Fly Shop recommended nymphing with Green Caddis larva, Green Weenies, and small Mayfly nymphs. Besides October Caddis, hatches included Blue Quills, a few Slate Drakes, Light Cahills, and flying ants. Productive patterns were Tan Bird of Prey (14-16), Hare’s Ear (14-16), Bead-head Pheasant Tails (14-16), and Slump Busters (4-8).

Susquehanna River — Koinonia Guide Service reported numbers of bass up to 19-plus inches on topwater and swimbaits and jigs and crawlers in early October. They also reported good catfishing, with channels up to 27 inches and flatheads up to 7-plus pounds hitting live baits and fiber baits. Numbers of sunfish also were reported. 

Juniata River (Perry County) — Smallmouth bass up to 19 inches were hitting white zoom flukes and pumpkin tube lures near Greenwood Access, which is designated catch and release only.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

Mill Creek (Lancaster County) — Rock bass were hitting on 3-inch Texas-rigged rubber worms in recent weeks.

Blue Marsh Lake (Chester County) — Crappies and bluegills were biting waxworms, mealworms, and small minnows and jigs around structure in recent weeks. Reports were mixed on bass fishing, with jigs, spinners, and crankbaits in purple, black, pumpkinseed, or dark green productive for some anglers, and crayfish, minnows, and crawlers working for others. Striper action was picking up on white and yellow bucktail jigs in early October. 
French, Pickering, East Brandywine, West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Nymphs and terrestrials were catching trout through Oct. 8.

Schuylkill River  — Smallmouth and largemouth bass were hitting crankbaits and live baits near Cromby Power plant outflow and the railroad bridge through early October. Catfish anglers were catching large flatheads on crawlers and bluegills, and channel cats on chicken livers. Anglers are reminded to steer clear of the fish ladder at Black Rock Dam.

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — Spinners and wooly buggers were catching recently stocked trout through Oct. 8.

Scott’s Run Lake (Berks County) — Recently-stocked trout were hitting minnows and paste baits to Oct. 9. 

Schuylkill River (Montgomery, Philadelphia counties) — Channel cats were hitting livers, crawlers, and chunks of pepperonis and bagels. Juvenile stripers were biting below Fairmount Dam, and anglers are reminded that the size limit on this river is 28 inches. 

Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — Crawlers and minnows were catching recently stocked trout in early October. Some anglers were catching large browns on jerkbaits. Perch were hitting off lily pads on the western end in early October, and a few walleyes were picked up by anglers trolling crawler harnesses or crankbaits.

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