Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report — April 28, 2017

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is performing in-season trout stockings throughout the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.

Anglers are reminded that walleye season is now closed until May 6, and catch-and-immediate-release of bass is in effect through June 16.

NORTHWEST REGION

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Yellow perch were hitting along the bayfront, and anglers were having success at Liberty Park, Dobbins Landing and the Port Authority building. Minnows were the ticket. Some small steelhead smolts were winding up on hooks, and anglers are reminded to use particular care in releasing them.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — The lake was almost to summer pool in mid-April, and the outflow of the dam and Woodcock Creek reopened to fishing with the opening day of trout season. Anglers are required to possess a trout stamp to fish the outflow until midnight May 31, regardless of the species they are targeting.

Allegheny River (Forest County) — Northern pike and muskies were hitting from boat and shore in recent weeks. Anglers are reminded that they can access the Sand and Gravel Island from the parking area near the lighthouse and walk to the river or to Tionesta Creek.  The confluence of the Allegheny River and Council Run was producing muskies and northern pike.

Tionesta Lake (Forest County) — Anglers were catching crappies, yellow perch, and bluegills from the Nebraska Bridge. The boat launch at the bridge is open, and anglers were doing well fishing the shoreline downstream of the bridge. The outflow of the Tionesta dam opened to fishing April 15, and anglers are reminded they must possess a trout stamp to fish this area.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Crappies were reported in recent weeks, with a lot of activity in the spillway and the northern bays. Perch also were hitting in the northern bays. A minnow-tipped jig under a float was the ticket. Walleyes were hitting at the spillway and the bridge of Andover Causeway. Muskies were released below the dam in early April.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Crappies and panfish were reported at the north end.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — The water level on this drawn-down lake was raised about 3 feet in early April. Largemouth bass, bluegills, crappies and yellow perch were reported in recent weeks.

Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Piney Dam was about 6 feet below normal pool in early April. Yellow perch and crappies were hitting.

Redbank Creek (Clarion County) —Northern pike were reported below the dam in New Bethlehem.

Allegheny River (Armstrong, Venango counties) — Smallmouth bass were reported between Emlenton and Parker and around Oil City, with fish up to 20 inches hitting in nice numbers on jerkbaits. A few muskies and northern pike were released near the confluences of the Clarion River and Redbank Creek.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Allegheny River — High water was reported in mid-April, but anglers were releasing smallmouth bass at the mouths of streams.

Crooked Creek (Armstrong County) — Crappies were reported in recent weeks in the water above Rosston access. That same area was also yielding northern pike.

Whitley Creek, Lake Wilma (Greene, Washington counties) — Nice numbers of rainbow and brown trout were reported in recent weeks.

North Fork Dunkard Fork of Wheeling Creek (Washington County) — Rainbow trout up to 20 and 22 inches were reported near the iron bridge of Ryerson Station State Park.

Canonsburg Lake (Washington County) — Trout in mixed sizes were hitting plastic crawlers as well as pastebaits on small hooks.

Ohio River — Hybrid striped bass and smallmouth bass were hitting around structure and the mouths of streams in recent weeks. Walleyes also were reported before the season closed.

Monongahela River — High water had anglers catching walleyes at the creek mouths up until the season went out.

Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County) — Crappies in nice sizes were hitting live minnows in recent weeks.

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Panfish were hitting near the marinas in recent weeks.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Cambria County) — Northern pike were reported on dead smelt and live minnows in recent weeks.

Somerset Lake (Somerset County) — Crappies, bass and stocked trout were reported in recent weeks.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Post-spawn yellow perch were hitting well as of mid-April, with anglers making nice catches on live minnows fished under slip bobbers. Crawlers and waxworms also were productive. Chain pickerel were biting live minnows, curly tail grubs, and crankbaits.

Hammond Lake (Tioga County)  — Anglers were catching yellow perch and crappies in recent weeks.

Cowanesque Lake, Tioga Lake spillways — Smallmouth bass, pickerel, rock bass, and yellow perch were reported on live minnows and shiners in recent weeks. A few catfish were biting cutbaits and crawlers.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water had nice flow and a little color and was in the mid-40-degree range in mid-April. Trout were hitting nymphs, such as bead-head Prince nymphs (12-16), gold bead-head Pheasant Tails (12-18), and dark Stonefly nymphs. Hatches included blue-wing olives (18-22), quill Gordons (14-16), grannoms (12-14) and midges (22-26). Streamers (6-10) in olive and black were taking some trout in slow water, and near the banks and other structure.

Muncy Creek (Lycoming County) — Anglers were catching trout on paste baits, wax worms, red worms and small spinners as of opening day, April 15.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Suckers were spawning and grannoms were hatching as far up as Fisherman’s Paradise as of April 15, reported TCO Fly Shop. Tan caddis (14-16), grannom caddis (14), midges (22-26), and blue-winged olives(18-22) also were hatching. Water was green and in the mid-40s, and trout were taking subsurface flies, such as small mayfly nymphs, sowbugs, and scuds.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Yellow Breeches Creek (Dauphin County) — Water was below normal, clear, and in the low 40s, TCO Fly Shop reported April 15. Hendrickson emergers (14-16), and dries were effective, along with Zebra Midges (18-22), and caddis later in the day. Blue-winged olives (18-20) also were hatching. Effective patterns included Black Midges (18-20) and Squirmy Wormies (12).

Holman Lake (Perry County) — A nice panfish bite was reported on this Little Buffalo State Park lake in mid-April, with waxworms, redworms, and small minnows productive. Small tubes and twister tails also were working.

Buffalo Creek, Sherman’s Creek — These fisheries were yielding nice catches of trout in mid-April.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Snyder’s Run Bait & Tackle reported April 16 that anglers were catching striped bass in deeper water, with fish averaging 18 inches. Other reports said stripers were running up to 28-plus inches. Channel catfish up to 7-plus pounds were reported in recent weeks.

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — TCO Fly Shop reported April 15 that water was still on the high side but dropping and in the 40s. Nymphing was consistent during the day, with the occasional blue-winged olives (18-22) and midges (20-24) on the surface on warmer days. Grannom caddis (12-14) also were hatching. Effective patterns included Bead-Head Pheasant Tails (14-18), Green Weenies (12-14), and Black Elk-hair Caddis (12-14).

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Custom Tackle and Bait reported the striped bass bite was hot as of April 15, with fish up to 30 inches hitting in 17 feet of water. Crappies in pre-spawn mode were biting jigs and fatheads.

Harvey’s Lake (Luzerne County) — The bass bite was slow just prior to the catch and immediate release season taking effect, although some anglers were catching nice sizes up to 5½ pounds.

Mahoning Creek, Lizard Creek — Trout were reported on paste baits, live minnows, and spinners in recent weeks.

Bowman’s Creek, South Branch Tunkhannock, Harvey’s Creek (Luzurne County) — The special regulations sections were yielding trout on black Wooly Buggers and purple streamers with flash. Nymphs also were productive.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Legends Outdoors reported April 16 that smallmouth bass were setting up to spawn, and fish up to 3½ pounds were being released. Striped bass were hitting in both shallow and deep water from boat and shore. The striper night-bite was starting. Water was in the high 40s to low 50s. Crappies were moving in shallow and bluegills were on the move.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Octoraro Reservoir (Chester County) — Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported an excellent largemouth bass bite on this Big Bass Program water as of April 16. In the last tournament before the season closed, the winning weight was four fish totaling 18 pounds, 2.5 ounces taken on chatterbaits, and jig-and-pigs. The tournament lunker was 5 pounds, 4 ounces. Neary wrote his shop’s first citation crappie of the year for a 1-pound, 6-ouncer that measured 15¾ inches taken on a white 1-inch twister tail and jighead. Crappies were coming near-shore to spawn, and action was reported along Spruce Grove Road and the Bluegill Road Bridge. Some crappies were reported near the bridge on Route 427. Small or fathead minnows fished deep under pencil bobbers was effective for some anglers. White perch were hitting, with crawlers and small minnows fished on the bottom effective. Two northern pike about 22 inches were released by a bass angler near the 472 Bridge April 15. Bullheads and brown catfish were hitting.

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — Water was 42 degrees, clear, and at an ideal level as of April 15. Hatches included black caddis (18-20), blue-winged olives (18-22), midges (18-28) and stoneflies (14-18). Streamers (1-10) were effective and good patterns included Pheasant Tails (16-22), Cream Midge (20-28), Wooly Buggers (12-6), and Birds of Prey Caddis Larva (14-28).

Marsh Creek Lake (Berks County) — Gordon’s Sports Supply reported a nice crappie bite as of April 16, with fish coming near shore to spawn and hitting fatheads and soft plastics. Sizes were small to average.

Reports compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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