Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

As the temperatures have dropped, fishing heats up

Decent flow has been restored to streams in most parts of the
state beset by near-drought conditions through summer and early
fall. Fall trout stockings are completed in most places, though
select waterways and lakes will receive trout through the
winter.

For a complete stocking schedule, visit www.fish.state.pa.us.
Anglers and boaters are reminded that waterfowl hunters will be
sharing waterways.

NORTHWEST REGION

Erie — Badly needed rains finally came with cooler weather in
late October, generating even more action on heavily pressured
steelhead streams. Rudy Trukley, of Curtisville, landed a 14-pound,
3-ounce steelhead on a little Cleo at Trout Run recently. Gilbert
Starry, of Enola, landed a 12-pound steelhead on Walnut Creek. In
other angling action, Tom Seigar, of Hopwood, boated a 26-inch,
8-pound walleye – his first fish of the day – on a crawler harness
in about 42 feet of water, out of Huron, Ohio.

French Creek (Crawford County) — Mark Greiner, of Pittsburgh,
landed a 12-pound, 32-inch walleye on a black and silver Rapala at
Cambridge Springs Oct. 8.

Woodcock Creek (Crawford County) — The fall trout stocking has
increased fishing pressure. The stream and the lake are well-known
for the nice muskies they can yield.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies have been hitting
minnows in the brush piles in the shallows, though angling pressure
is low.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Trolling anglers are boating
muskie up to 42 inches. Northern pike about 30 inches also are
reported. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass on tube jigs and
twister tails.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Crappies up to 13 inches and
bluegills, 7 to 9 inches, are still being caught under the main
causeway in the mornings and at the Sheakleyville Bridge in the
stumps in the evening. Perch are being boated in the deeper water.
Try minnows and meal worms.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Allegheny River — River fishing continues to pick up with nice
numbers of walleyes, 18 to 23 inches, and sauger reported. A
29-inch walleye was reported at Lock 3. Catfish and big schools of
white bass are hitting from Lock 3 to Pine Creek.

Ohio River — Walleyes and hybrid striped bass are being caught
at the mouth of Montour Run, the back channel dam, and the mouth of
Moon Run under I-79. Trout are being released in big numbers on
Montour Run.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) — Walleyes up to 24 inches
are being caught on shallow-running stickbaits at the outflow of
the Youghiogheny Dam. Trout from recent stockings are still
hitting. Nice catches of smallmouth bass are reported on minnows or
minnow- and crayfish-imitating lures from Connellsville to Layton.
Tom Shockey, of Chalk Hill, reports landing some nice trout on
Meadow Run.

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) — Northern pike in the upper
20-inch range are being released along the weedlines and largemouth
bass up to 15 inches are reported.

Deep Creek Lake (Maryland) — Excellent angling is reported with
George Dressel, of Markleysburg, boating a 12-pound, 38-inch
northern pike, half a dozen smallmouth bass over 4 pounds, and four
legal-sized walleyes. Perch up to 14 inches are coming off the
points. Bob Fisher and Joe Daveler, of Uniontown, won the recent
Yough Walleye Association tournament with a 10.70-pound, five- fish
limit. Rich Stiver, of Bethel Park, and Tom Seigar, of Hopwood,
came in second with 9.70 pounds.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Pine Creek, Little Pine Creek, Pine Lake (Lycoming County) —
Fishing has improved under good water conditions. Temperatures were
in the mid- to upper 50s late last month and flow was good. The
delayed-harvest section on Little Pine was yielding some nice-sized
stocked trout. Big Pine was a little tougher because flow has been
fast. Fish stocked in the bigger holes have dispersed. No
significant hatches were reported but caddis flies and a few blue
wing olives came off. Anglers reported success on Woolly Buggers,
and beaded nymphs, such as Hares Ear nymphs and Pheasant Tail
nymphs. Little Pine Lake was also stocked last month, but since
it’s being drained and refilled earlier this fall, the forage base
hasn’t yet rebounded and fishing is just so-so at best.

Slate Run, Cedar Run (Lycoming County) — These mountain
tributaries have been fishing well for trout, with good flow and
temperatures reported in the low 50s late last month.

Little Bear Creek (Lycoming County) — Brown trout in their fall
spawning colors are being landed by anglers on live bait in this
small meandering limestone stream.

Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Largemouth bass and chain
pickerel are being caught on crayfish imitations on this 389-acre
reservoir about 15 miles north of Williamsport, which is Big Bass
Program water but is known to yield muskies in the upper 40-inch
range, walleyes up to 29 inches, and lots of bluegills about 9
inches.

Lyman Lake (Potter County) — Dam repairs continue and will keep
this Lyman Run State Park lake closed through the summer of 2006.
Trout stockings have been canceled for next spring.

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Some anglers fishing for bass
report landing tiger muskies.

Curwensville Dam (Clearfield County) — Crappies are being caught
as well as muskies up to 40 inches. Walleyes up to 18 inches are
hitting. PJ Bressler’s tackle shop will stock at least 2,000 8-inch
or longer walleyes Nov. 8. It will be double the number of last
year’s stocking.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Glen McConnell reports a client
did very well on a guided trip, landing 20 fish, including an
18-inch wild brown trout on Cressbugs. This is a limestone stream
that maintains good flow and temperatures year-round.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Canoe Creek Lake (Blair County) — This 155-acre lake was stocked
with 1,000 trout earlier this month. Anglers report landing them
trolling spinners and casting power bait.

Little Juniata River (Blair County) — The delayed-harvest
section was stocked with 300 trout earlier this month. The
trophy-trout section was stocked with fingerlings Oct. 5. The
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commis-sion reminds anglers that
beginning Jan. 1 this section will change to catch and release all
year.

Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumberland County) — Water was high and a
little off-color at the end of October. Patterns that fished well
included BWOs (22), Tan Caddis (20-22), midges, ants, beetles,
streamers, small nymphs such as Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ear, Prince
and Copper Johns. Dark Bead Head nymphs and streamers (Gray Ghost,
Chartreuse Clouser Minnow, Black Ghost (10) were working in deeper
water where larger fish are hiding. Ants, beetles, blue wing olives
and small olive emergers, little black stone flies and craneflies
can also be used. For more information, visit
www.yellowbreeches.com

Oppossum Lake (Cumberland County) — All size and creel limits
have been lifted on this tiny 59-acre lake, in advance of it being
drained for safety reasons. Opossum is both Big Bass Program and
Select Trout-Stocked Lake water, and is best known for producing a
9-pound largemouth two years ago.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Anglers report catching
striped bass from the breast of the dam to James Creek. A lot of
summer boat traffic has died off, making it easier to troll the
main channel. Largemouth and smallmouth bass also are reported off
the points and weed beds.

East Licking Creek (Juniata County) — The delayed-harvest
section has received a fall trout stocking.

Susquehanna River (Perry County) — Good walleye fishing is
reported on jigs and twister tails and jerk baits near the
Liverpool access area, and should only improve with dropping
temperatures.

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Water was about 57 degrees
late last month and the lake had turned over. Strong smallmouth
bass and channel catfish bites were reported, with smallies in the
2- pound range biting on Bombers, large minnows and plastic worms.
Few walleyes were reported, along with a light perch bite. Crappies
were coming in shallow water. The lake was high – about 3 feet
above normal – which brought fish to feed on plenty of baitfish
around the shoreline. Muskies exist in the lake but are few and far
between.

Susquehanna River (Bradford County) — Good catches of smallmouth
bass have been reported around Terrytown. Much-needed rains
improved flow last month on this popular fishery.

Briar Creek Lake (Columbia County) — A fall trout stocking was
performed last month.

Pohopoco Creek, Buckwa Creek, Aquashicola Creek, Mauch Chunk
Creek (Carbon County) — All were stocked with trout last month.

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Good panfishing on small
worms and small jigs and nice catches of largemouth bass are
reported on plastic worms fished slow.

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Walleyes and hybrid striped
bass are coming in the Preachers Camp area. The state Fish &
Boat Commis-sion notes that although slow no- wake and ski-zone
buoys have been removed, regulations are still in effect on this
949-acre impoundment which has 19.8 miles of shoreline.

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) — A mid-October stocking
yielded nice action on rainbow and brown trout in this 198-acre
lake. Anglers also report catching crappies on small jigs and
minnows under the Route 407 Bridge.

Merli Sarnoski Lake (Lackawanna County) — A brook trout stocking
in mid-October has provided good fall angling action.

Harveys Lake/Harveys Creek (Luzerne County) — Lake anglers are
catching stocked trout on spinners, while fly-anglers fishing off
the sandbar in the Fish & Boat Commission’s public access area
are doing well on Woolly Buggers. The creek also was stocked and
had good flow last month, though little pressure in its
delayed-harvest section.

Lake Irene, Sylvan Lake (Luzerne County) — These waters were
stocked with trout last month.

Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — Boaters are picking up bass
and walleyes.

Broadhead Creek, McMichael’s Creek (Monroe County) — Fall
stockings were performed last month on both waters, where flow was
reported good.

Hunters Lake (Sullivan County) — A rainbow trout stocking was
performed last month.

Tunkhannock Creek (Wyoming County) — A fall stocking in good
conditions have given anglers good action, especially between the
Key-stone area and the road to Saddle Lake.

Bowman’s Creek (Wyoming County) — A fall stocking and good
conditions have brought anglers to fly-fishing-only section of the
creek.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Gifford Lake (York County) — Bass up to 2 pounds are reportedly
hitting spinner baits just below the surface at the upper end of
this state park lake near the campground. The Fish & Boat
Commission also reports that bass are hitting jerkbaits and
crankbaits around downed timber and weed beds.

Lake Marburg (York County) — Good panfishing is reported on live
bait in this 1,275-acre Codorous State Park fishery that offers 26
miles of shoreline. Good-sized bluegills and crappies are reported.
The lake also yields perch, pike, largemouth bass, catfish and
muskies. Try minnows.

Quittapahilla Creek/Stovers Dam (Lebanon County) — The delayed-
harvest section of the creek and the dam have received fall trout
stockings.

Tuscarora Lake (Schuykill County) — Trout are coming on live
bait in the upper end, which also is yielding largemouth bass on
plastic worms and live bait. Walleyes are coming in the deep end to
anglers dragging minnows slow and low.

Lake Nockamixon (Burks County) — The hot striper – hybrid and
true – bite in September and October isn’t done yet, though anglers
have to be willing to put in their time. Archery season removed a
lot of angling pressure. The strong striper bite has transitioned
into largemouth bass and nice ones, too, and last month’s rains
brought on a really good crappie bite. The crappie bite is expected
to continue along with bass. A 16-pound true run striper was boated
on a stick bait by Joe Zohil, of Bucks County.

Lake Galena (Bucks County) — Anglers will find a similar pattern
to Nockamixon, plus the added chance of catching walleyes, though
they will be bigger at Nockamixon. Anglers should try a crawler on
a spinner rig or flathead minnow on a jighead fished as deep as
they can, given the lake isn’t deep. For sunfish, this lake is a
better bet than Nockamixon, where sunnies are smaller. Try minnows
and mealworms for the panfish.

Delaware River — Smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds are coming on
jerkbaits and crankbaits. Boaters are doing well. Small stripers
are being picked up here and there.

Susquehanna River (Lancaster County) — Improved flow and falling
temperatures have spurred fall walleye fishing on minnow-tipped
jigs. Smallmouth bass action also has been good. The channel
catfish bite has slowed.

Lehigh River (Lehigh County) — Good trout fishing on streamers
and Woolly Buggers is reported between Jim Thorpe and
Lehighton.

Little Lehigh Creek (Lehigh County) — Fall stockings around the
Allentown Park system below the covered bridge and in the delayed-
harvest area have produced angling action on in-line spinners and
minnows. Fish abound below the hatchery road in the heritage
angling area.

Minsi Lake (Northampton County) — The Fish & Boat Commission
reported that a 7-pound, 24-inch largemouth bass was caught in
October. A good panfish bite also is reported.

Bushkill Creek (Northhampton County) — The lower section was
stocked last month.

Pennypack Creek (Philadelphia County) — The fall stocking last
month has spurred angling action.

Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — The
delayed-harvest section has been fishing well for brown trout from
last month’s fall stocking.

Powell’s Creek (Dauphin County) — A stocking was performed this
fall in the delayed-harvest section – from the first bridge upsteam
of Camp Hebron – downstream. Fish also are being landed around
Waynesville Bridge, where Back Road crosses Powells Creek.

Manada Creek (Dauphin County) — The delayed-harvest area has
been stocked with rainbow trout.

Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) — Good levels, up to 41/2
feet, made for better angling last month and better boating
accessibility. With good flow and dropping temperatures, anglers
anticipate the fall walleye bite. A decent bass bite is reported,
especially around Middleton, where anglers are catching smallmouths
between 15 and 18 inches. Minnow- and crayfish imitating lures were
nabbing bass.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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