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North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fish Report - December 19th, 2014

Lake Erie — Creeks were muddy Dec. 6, but were coming down. Steelhead fishing turned slow after Thanksgiving, with creeks freezing and water turning very cold. Then milder temperatures turned streams high and muddy. The lakeshore was productive as conditions allowed. On the whole, more brown trout were hitting than steelhead this year, and many 10-plus pounders were reported, according to Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle. The largest brown weighed at the shop so far was 13 pounds. 

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Crappies and perch were hitting in early December, mostly from the north and south piers. Perch also were reported from the yacht club.

Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Anglers were catching some walleyes by slow-trolling or drifting crawlers and shiners along the shoreline. They also were catching a few perch by drifting minnows and crawlers.            

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Nice numbers of quality panfish and the occasional bass were reported through early December, with small jigs tipped with maggots or minnows productive. 

Allegheny River — Nice catches of walleyes and a few muskies and northern pike were reported at the mouths of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek. Walleyes were hitting minnows, while the muskies and pike were taking large shiners and artificials.

Woodcock Creek Lake, Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Winter drawdowns have been completed on both fisheries, and the bite is slow.

Shenango Reservoir/Shenango River (Mercer County) — Water levels were high on both reservoir and river through early December. Anglers are reminded there is a new boat launch in the village of Hamburg. There were nice numbers of stocked fish in the outflow of the Shenango Reservoir, which is designated as a year-round trout fishery.

Harbor Acres Lake (Butler County)  — Brown trout were reported on minnows in recent weeks on this lake that is open to year-round fishing.

Lake Oneida (Butler County) — Catfish were hitting on large live chubs off the bottom. Ice fishing is not permitted on this water supply reservoir.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — A few largemouth bass, bluegills and crappies were reported.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - December 19th, 2014

Allegheny River (McKean County) — Walleyes and a few muskies were reported in recent weeks.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Water was about 5 feet below summer pool, putting it almost at winter pool, as of Dec. 3 and anglers were catching yellow perch near Lower Greens access and off the fishing pier at the summer/winter launch. Minnows and jigs were the best bet.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Trout were hitting egg and crawler-pattern flies, and olive-colored streamers. One angler released a 26-inch, 7-pound golden rainbow. 

Kettle Creek (Cameron County) — Anglers were catching hold-over trout on minnows.

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - December 19th, 2014

Harveys Creek (Luzerne County) — Anglers continued to target trout through the end of November, using light tackle in low, clear conditions. Trout were in the deep pools. 

Peck’s Pond (Pike County) — Willie’s Bait & Tackle reported that numbers of chain pickerel were being released in early December, but sizes were running small.

Lehigh River — Brown trout up to 18 inches were reported on crawlers and minnows. 

Little Lehigh Creek — Holdover trout were hitting on crawlers, minnows and other live baits through early December.
 

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Largemouth bass were hitting on shiners in early December.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - December 19th, 2014

Monongahela River — Fishing was extremely slow in early December, with just a few smallmouth bass reported.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County) — This county park impoundment open to trout fishing year-round was trout-stocked by a local sportsmen’s club in November.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - December 19th, 2014

Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) — Koinonia Guide Service reported the bass and walleye bites were improving through early December, with the Harrisburg area yielding large smallmouths to suspending jerkbaits, hair jigs and other jigs, and tubes. Channel and flathead catfish were reported around Harrisburg.

Juniata River (Juniata County) — Smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks, while walleyes were hitting on shallow-diving lures or jigs tipped with large minnows or shiners in the Perry County stretch.

Susquehanna River (York County) — Walleye anglers were making nice catches on jigs with minnows or jigs and twister tails in bright colors. Channel catfish and flatheads were reported on crawlers and chicken livers.
 

Pinchot Lake (York County) — Largemouth bass were still being reported through the end of November. 

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — TCO Fly Shop reported near-average flow that was slightly off-color on Dec. 4. Water was in the 40s. Generic flies, such as midges (20-24) and blue-winged olives (20-22) were hatching. Nymphing the deep, dark water was recommended.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Crappies were hitting on the southern reaches through the end of November, with anglers were doing well on minnows under slip bobbers. Striped bass were reported on the Aitch and James Creek areas by anglers trolling umbrella rigs. 

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Trout were hitting paste baits on this Little Buffalo State Park impoundment through early December. 

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - December 19th, 2014

Struble Lake (Chester County) — Crappies and yellow perch were reported on minnows and jigs or minnows and twister tails through early December.

Delaware, Schuylkill rivers (Philadelphia, Montgomery counties) — Shore anglers were catching channel catfish on shrimp or chicken livers through early December. 

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — Water was a little high and stained Dec. 4, and was ideal for nymphing or swinging streamers, according to TCO Fly Shop. Hatches included blue-winged olives (20-24) and cream midges (18-28).

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