North Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 11th, 2014

Erie tributaries (Erie County) — Anglers were catching new and old steelhead on eggs, emerald shiners, crawlers, jigs, and streamers, on Elk Creek, Crooked Creek, and Trout Run. Lower Elk was also yielding brown trout.

Presque Isle Bay — Ice fishing continued through March 16, with anglers reporting numbers of bluegills on tiny soft plastic larva baits in Misery Bay. There was open water in parts of the bay, and anglers were catching crappies. Anglers were eager for the first perch of spring.

French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — A couple of nice-size muskies were released March 27.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — As of March 18, anglers fishing last ice reported numbers of crappies and perch on minnows in about 8 feet on the north end between Tuttle Point and the Spillway. A few anglers were jigging Sonars for walleyes at the Linesville Spillway without much success. Water was open from the spillway for about 100 yards.

Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — Ice anglers were still catching bluegills, nice-size crappies and chain pickerel as of March 14.,

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — A 46-inch, 23-pound muskie was caught in recent weeks.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Ice anglers in a late-winter tournament on this glacial lake caught a 45½-inch muskie, a 33¼-inch northern pike, an 11¾-inch crappie, and a 12-inch perch.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Nice crappies were hitting near the dam in recent weeks.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Anglers were catching crappies on small jigs tipped with maggots and sonars during the final days of ice fishing. Small minnows also were productive. Bigger fish were moving in from deeper water.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Nice-size crappies were being caught near the outflow as of March 26.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Floating ice jams were a problem in mid- to late March.

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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 11th, 2014

Lakes Hammond, Hamilton, Beechwood, Hills Creek, Cowanesque (Tioga County) — Ice was melting and unfishable as of March 29. Anglers should note that Lake Hamilton received many of the fish salvaged during the draining of Lake Nessmuk.

Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — A few ice-angling spots remained in late March, with anglers reporting panfish and chain pickerel on tip-ups with minnows.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — As of March 29, anglers were releasing trout in all sections, with small wet flies and nymphs, such as small Pheasant Tails (14-16) and Caddis Larva. Spin and bait fishermen also were doing well. Water was clear with a little color and in the 30s. Hatches included midges (22-26) and Little Blue-Winged Olives (18-20)

Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Crappies were hitting on twister tails and minnows in open areas as of March 26.

Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Winter conditions continued through March 27, with low, clear water in the 30s. TCO Fly Shop advised using nymphs and streamers in the deeper pools. Hatches included Little Black Stoneflies, Little Blue-Winged Olives and midges.

Penns Creek (Clinton County) — Great flow and water with nice green color were reported March 27, although the fishing was generally slow. Water was in the 30s. TCO Fly Shop recommended larger nymphs such as Stoneflies and egg patterns worked deep and slow. Hatches included midges (20-26) and little black stoneflies. Suggested patterns included Prince Nymphs (12) and Hare’s Ears (12).

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North Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report - April 11th, 2014

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) — Ice fishing was coming to an end as of March 29. Ice-out was yielding bluegills, crappies, and big perch on little soft plastic grubs, and 1⁄8- and 1⁄16-ounce spoons. Chain pickerel were hitting minnows.

Prompton Dam, Promised Land Lake (Pike County) — Ice fishing was ending by March 29. As with other fisheries in the area, anglers were catching bluegills, crappies and big perch on little soft plastic grubs, and 1⁄8- and 1⁄16-ounce spoons. Chain pickerel were hitting minnows.

Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — Catfish were biting on chicken livers, bucktail jigs and nightwalkers. Muskies were hitting near shore, with sizes reported up to 42 inches.

Delaware River — Brown bullhead catfish up to 14 inches were reported. Crappies also were hitting.

Shohola Lake (Pike County) — Numbers of bass, perch, bluegills and chain pickerel were reported.

Lake Greely (Pike County) — Numbers of bluegills and nice perch were reported through late March.

Mauch Chunk (Carbon County)  — Pickerel, bass and perch, 13 to 15 inches, were reported. One angler released a 24-inch walleye on a large shiner and tip-up off boat launch B.

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South Western Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 11th, 2014

Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio rivers (Allegheny County) — An angler released several catfish and 10 walleyes before walleye season went out. The walleyes were caught on crankbaits and bladebaits. Catfish were schooling in the deeper holes.

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — The mouths of streams were yielding a variety of fish, including white bass, white crappies, black crappies, walleyes and saugers, mostly on soft plastics jigged and lures retrieved in 10 to 12 feet. The mouth of Dunkard Creek yielded a flathead catfish.

Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County) — Anglers were catching trout in both of the Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only sections in March.

Clear Shade Creek (Somerset County) — Anglers were catching brook trout in the Catch and Release, Fly Fishing Only section in March.

Cranberry Glade Lake (Somerset County) — A 31-inch northern pike was caught on a tip-up at this 112-acre impoundment.

Lake Somerset (Somerset County) — Ice anglers were catching a few panfish in mid-March.

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South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 11th, 2014

Susquehanna River — Anglers were releasing bass up to 20-plus inches and 4.4 pounds on hair jigs, jigs with soft plastics, stickbaits, minnows and other baits at the end of March. They also reported numbers of channel catfish up to 24 inches and 23-plus pounds, and a 26-inch muskie, and a fallfish.

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Water was dropping a little and had some color March 27. Temperatures were in the 30s. Nymphs and streamers were recommended in the deeper pools. Hatches included midges (20-24). Effective patterns included Hare’s Ears (14-16), Bead-head Pheasant Tails (14-16), and Zebra Midges (18-22).

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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 11th, 2014

Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) — Nice-size bass and crappies were reported on live minnows in the Peter’s Creek Arm in mid-March. A 29-inch albino channel catfish was reported by an ice angler.

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — The Delayed Harvest,  Artificial Lures Only section was yielding nice rainbow and brown trout in March. On the eve of opening day, water was slowly falling, had good flow, and was close to 40 degrees. Nymphing with Caddis Larva and other caddis nymph patterns was recommended. TCO Fly Shop recommended double-nymph rigs with Caddis Larva and a Red Zebra Midge. As water gets lower, flies should get smaller. 

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