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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Lake Erie — Perch fishing slowed in early May because of northeast winds, but late April yields were excellent in 45 to 50 feet off the point of Presque Isle, and decent in 35 to 40 feet off Walnut Creek. Night-time walleye fishing started in early May, with shore anglers casting stickbaits, and boaters targeting fish in 6 to 12 feet of water close to tributaries. 

Presque Isle Bay — Bass fishing started to pick up with catches of both largemouths and smallmouths reported.

Elk Creek (Erie County) — An occasional steelhead was reported from the lower reaches, along with smallmouth bass and suckers, as conditions allowed.

French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — The smallmouth bass bite was heating up in early May, with one angler catching five on a 3- to 4-inch creek bait drifted below a float through sections of current. He also released a walleye and a northern pike.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Crappies and bluegills were beginning to hit throughout the shallows of this natural lake in early May.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Bluegills were hit or miss in early May, with the best yields coming in emerging weedbeds. Big pumpkinseeds also were biting.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Crappies were moving in early May according to weather conditions. Anglers were catching them in mixed sizes up to 12 inches on jigs and minnows on humps in 6 feet of water, and around large rocks, wood and other structure. The Linesville stumps were a productive spot. In a local crappie tournament, the winning weight was five crappies totaling 7 pounds, 9.5 ounces. Nice catches of walleyes also were reported. The evening casting bite was slowing, and some anglers who started trolling were reporting catches on Hot-n-Tots or crankbaits in 13 to 16 feet. Some muskie releases up to 39 inches were reported. Bass were biting on jigs, chatterbaits and other lures. In a recent tournament, the winning weight was a 22-pound bag.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Crappies turned on in early May, with some limits reported. Shore anglers were catching them around cover in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Sugar Creek (Venango County) — A 20-inch brown trout was released on a live creek dace in early May.

Big Sandy Creek (Venango County) — Trout were reported on minnows, spinners, salmon eggs, Wooly Buggers and spinners. 

Shenango River Reservoir (Crawford County) — The winners in a recent crappie tournament caught 20 crappies totaling 20 pounds 11 ounces. The lunker weighed 1.2 pounds. White bass, catfish, a muskie, and a northern pike were reported in recent weeks.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Evening anglers released numbers of bass on drop-shot rigs on weed edges in recent weeks.

Allegheny River — Numbers of bass up to 20 inches were reported on a variety of baits, including crankbaits, in early May.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — In early May, hybrid striped bass averaging 5 to 8 pounds, with a couple weighing 12 to 15 pounds, were starting to bite around sundown, when alewives came shallow in large schools. Catfish also were hitting at the same time. Both ‘wipers’ and catfish were taking chicken livers. Crappies were starting to become active, with early May’s warmer temperatures bringing them close to shore. Jigs and minnows or minnows under bobbers were the tickets. Walleyes were released sporadically.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Fly Shop reported sulphurs (14-16) were hatching as of May 5. Blue-winged olives were appearing mid-afternoon. Water was up from rainfall, and fish were feeding best in broken water. The trout bite was steady, with dry flies producing during the sulphur hatches, and nymphing and streamers effective in off-color conditions. Besides sulphurs and blue-winged olives (18-22), tan caddis (16-18), and midges (22-26) were hatching.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Releases of bass were reported along with crappies and yellow perch, with jigs, twister tails, live minnows and crawlers all productive.   

Hammond Lake, Tioga Lake, Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Steady action on crappies was reported in early May, with fish averaging 11 to 13 inches. Bass were hitting on jigs and jerkbaits.

Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Brown and rainbow trout were hitting on dry flies such as March Browns and Caddis near Slate Run in early May. Nymphs, such as Caddis Larvae and Bead-head Prince Nymphs also were productive, while streamers and spinners were working in high, off-color conditions. 

West Branch Susquehanna River  — Nice releases of bass up to 20-plus inches and 5 pounds were reported in early May. Perch were hitting just below Lock Haven. 

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Bead-head Pheasant Tails, Green Weenies, and other nymphs were taking trout in early May. Dry flies, including Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Tan Caddis, Sulphurs, and Midges, were effective from late afternoon into evening. The dry-dropper technique using a dry fly with a nymph about 2 feet below the dry fly was productive.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) — Trout were reported on rainbow-colored pastebait and pinhead minnows. 

Roaring Brook (Lackawanna County) — Spinners and pinhead minnows were catching trout in recent weeks.

Loyalsock Creek (Sullivan, Lycoming counties) — Trout were reported on live baits, such as butter worms and waxworms. Hendricksons worked for one fly-angler.

Delaware River (Monroe County) — Shad were running in early May, with numbers increasing as weather warmed.

Lake Winola (Wyoming County) —Trout and bass were hitting in recent weeks.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Releases of striped bass and smallmouth bass were reported during daytime hours in early May. Perch, chain pickerel, and crappies also were reported.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Brady’s Run Lake, South Branch of Brady’s Run (Beaver County) — Anglers were catching trout, with limits reported on green and chartreuse pastebaits or on spinners or minnows, drifted. 

Beaver River, Ohio River — Releases of walleyes and catfish were reported. Muskies and northern pike were reported at the Townsend Dam in New Brighton. 

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County) — Muskies and bass were reported in recent weeks on this 9.9- horsepower lake. 

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County) — Bass, crappies, and northern pike were reported in recent weeks. 

Blue Spruce Lake (Indiana County) — Rainbow trout were reported on artificial scented lures. 

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

Holman Lake (Perry County) —This Little Buffalo State Park lake was yielding panfish and trout in recent weeks.  

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Scott’s Sporting Goods reported lake trout and striped bass action May 5. The lakers were hitting in 30 feet or less on spoons or shiners, and the stripers were biting shad and surface plugs at night. Stripers weighed up to 30 pounds, and the lakers were averaging 10 pounds. Some striper anglers were making incidental walleye releases on surface plugs. Crappies also were hitting. 

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon, Blair counties) — TCO Fly shop reported high flow after several days of rain May 5. Fishing was good, but wading required extra caution. Water was off-color and in the low 50s. Nymphing was consistently productive with Sulphur Duns (14-16), Henryville Caddis (12-16), Bead-head Pheasant Tails, Green Weenies (12-14) and other patterns. Hatches included grannom caddis (12-14), blue-winged olives (18-22), tan caddis (16), midges (20-24), and sulphurs (14-16). 

Lions Lake, Marquette Lake (Lebanon County) — A good trout bite on crawlers and PowerBait was reported in early May. Some anglers were fishing weighted rigs with 4-inch floating PowerWorms in bubble-gum or chartreuse 2 feet above.

Marquette Lake (Lebanon County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported that some especially nice trout remain from an early May stocking for a Wounded Warriors event.

Stoevers Dam (Lebanon County) — Trout are hitting on PowerBait, crawlers, and other usual baits in recent weeks.

Memorial Lake (Lebanon County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported crappies and numbers of chain pickerel were hitting in recent weeks. Pickerel were biting spinners in size 2 or 3. Crappies were taking jigs and fathead minnows.

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - May 6th, 2016

Octaroro Lake (Lancaster County) — As of April 23, Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported crappies had moved into their spawning patterns and were hitting on medium fatheads for shore anglers. Two citation-size crappies were reported – a 1-pound, 4-ouncer, and a 1-pound, 5-ouncer – both over 12 inches. A good bass bite was reported, with fish up to 6 pounds being caught on chunky wide-profile baits, or soft plastic worms up against the shores. White perch were hitting like crazy on crawlers and meal worms; boaters were catching numbers of them on crankbaits. Catfish hadn’t turned on as of April 23. 

Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) —Shore anglers were catching numbers of trout on waxworms and minnows. 

Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — Gold spinners and chartreuse-colored lures were nabbing trout in recent weeks.

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