Fishing was good until recent deluges blew out streams
Lake Erie — Larry Grundler, of Pittsburgh, caught an 11-pound,
8- ounce, 31-inch walleye trolling a chartreuse Bagley Bang-o-lure.
An exceptional walleye bite continues with anglers getting big
numbers and sizes, still in 35 feet. Perch fishing is slow, with
the east side off the Point yielding the best catches. For more,
call Poor Richard’s at (814) 474-5623.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Smallmouth bass, small
northern pike and a bowfins were released on black spinnerbaits and
drop-shotted purple worms in mid-June. A few big bluegills were
caught in 18 feet, and smaller ones along the weedbeds.
Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County) — Walleyes are hitting along
the humps, gravel bars and weedbeds. Bruce Frerotte reports that
limits of walleyes are still being taken on the north end, with
crawler-tipped spinner rigs producing in 12 to 14 feet. Anglers
trolling crankbaits also are doing well. Dan Beuth, of Ford City,
landed a 25-inch walleye, and Rick Reese, of North Huntingdon, a
261/2-inch walleye. Crappies are hitting at the causeway, around
deeper structure, and in the weedbeds. Bluegills are coming in the
weedbeds. Nice catches of bass are reported.
Tamarack Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers are catching muskies
up to 48 inches, trolling or casting.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Bryan Montgomery, of Mercer,
caught 30 8-inch bluegills in a 45-minute span, in 2 feet of water
across from the marina. Large-mouth bass are hitting all over the
lake and in the stumps (now open to electric motors) on plastic
frogs, buzzbaits and crankbaits. Bob Neely, of Ingram, limited out
on bass, 14 to 20 inches – with a 41/2 pounder his biggest – on
crankbaits. Andy Jewell, 13, of Sandy Lake, caught a 17 1/2-inch,
3-pound largemouth on a buzzbait. Walleyes are coming below Launch
4. Pam Deeter, of Cooperstown, caught a 22-inch walleye on a
crankbait. Jordan Powell, 15, of Hadley, caught a 13-inch, 1-pound
crappie. Perch are hitting all over the lake. Tyler Smith, 16, of
Sandy Lake, speared a 29-inch carp.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Jerry and Brandon Hanna won
the Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit tournament with six bass totaling
19.10 pounds. Jim Tipler and Randy Fox boated the 5.69-pound
largemouth lunker. There were 225 largemouths and 11 smallmouths
released. Crappies and northern pike are hitting near shore.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Paul Phillips boated three
largemouth bass, 18, 19 and 20 inches, on a white spinnerbait in
Trout Cove near the lily pads late last month. Hybrid striped bass
are hitting at night, with one angler catching half a dozen, 6 to 8
pounds. The nighttime walleye bite continues. Northern pike up to
30 inches are being caught from boat and shore. A lot of channel
catfish are reported, with some 10-plus pounders released.
Monongahela River — Joe Jarmon and Chris Harper won the
Youghiogheny River Bass Association two-day tournament with nine
smallmouths and a largemouth totaling 12.20 pounds. Mark Saccani
caught the lunker – a 2.23-pound, 17-inch smallmouth. In all, 13
teams weighed 110 fish, mostly on tubes and chatterbaits. The
Venture Outdoors Downtown TriAnglers landed their first yellow
perch, 91/2 inches, at Point State Park last month. Tom Lippert, of
Spring Garden, also released a 19-inch channel catfish and Charles
Collins of Mount Lebanon, a 151/2-inch saugeye. Smallmouth bass,
freshwater drum and a walleyes also were released. Mike
Kirshenbaum, of Squirrel Hill, landed a 14-inch smallmouth bass on
a chartreuse jig and minnow and a 10-inch mooneye at Point State
Park. He also landed a mooneye and dozens of white bass, 10 to 12
inches, on jigs fishing an outflow on the Allegheny River side of
Allegheny River — A lot of small saugers, a few legal walleyes,
and big numbers of smallmouth bass are being caught. Try
Ohio River — Smallmouth bass are being caught at the mouth of
Montour Run and below the Emsworth Dam by anglers floating shiners.
Bigger saugers are moving in. A small muskie was released under the
Youghiogheny Reservoir (Fayette County) — Limits of walleyes are
being boated. Smallmouth bass, 3 to 5 pounds, are very active and
even hitting crappie rigs – red jig heads with white curly tail
grubs. George Dressel, of Farmingham, and Gary Creighton, of Chalk
Hill, caught five bass, three walleyes, half a dozen channel cats,
and big crappies.
Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) — Smallmouths are hitting
around Ramcat Hollow and great trout fishing is reported from
Confluence to below Ohiopyle. The tributaries are low and clear,
although Meadow Run and Laurel Hill are still holding trout.
Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) — Smallmouth bass and northern
pike up to 30 inches are being caught on big shiners and big
crankbaits. Crappies and bluegills are a nice size.
Little Pine, Pine creeks (Lycoming County) — Trout anglers still
get about three or four hours a day of decent fishing, in early
morning and late in the day. Blue-winged Olives are hitting early
until mid-day when weather is cool and cloudy. Throughout the day,
anglers are seeing some slate drakes, midges, if cloudy, Cahills,
and spinners. Terrestrials were fishing well, with ants, beetles,
grasshoppers, crickets and inchworms working. The stream came up
from much-needed rain in mid-June, but remained clear and fishable.
Smallmouth bass anglers were doing well the entire length of Pine
and in the lower reaches of Little Pine to the dam in Pine Creek
State Park. Walleye fishing on Pine Creek has been excellent from
the Susquehanna River to the village of Cedar Run, with a couple of
30-plus inchers coming out of the stream this spring. For more,
call McConnell’s at (570) 753-8241.
Susquehanna River (Clinton, Lycoming, Northumberland counties) —
Excellent bass fishing on crayfish patterns and minnows is
Curwensville Reservoir (Clear-field County) — Walleyes, 18 to 22
inches, muskies, and smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting.
Leeches and minnows are the ticket.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Good water temperatures and
insect activity made for good trout fishing through the middle of
June, with a lot of activity from the Rock Road access downstream
to Bellefonte Borough. Anglers were fishing some sulphurs, midges
and nymphs, as well as ants, beetles, inchworms, grasshoppers,
crickets and other terrestrials.
Allegheny Reservoir (McKean County) — Anglers are catching
walleyes around underwater structure.
Kinzua Creek (McKean County) — Trout are being landed on
streamers in the delayed-harvest, artificials-only section.
Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Bass are coming on plastics
around the lily pads of this Hills Creek State Park impoundment.
Panfish are hitting.
Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — A 9-pound catfish was caught on a
Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Walleye, trout and panfish are
reported in this 67-acre impoundment.
Cowanesque Lake (Potter County) — The Nelson Falls area is
yielding smallmouth bass.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — A bunch of lake trout are
still being caught. Stripers started hitting in late June, with
most weighing 8 to 15 pounds, along with a few bigger ones. Anglers
have been trolling bucktail jigs off planer boards or live
alewives. Both smallmouth and largemouth bass also are hitting. For
more, call Tim Grace at Raystown Striper Guide Service at (814)
Holman Lake (Perry County) — Good panfish action is reported at
this Little Buffalo State Park impoundment. Try meal worms.
Susquehanna River (Perry, Dauphin counties) — The Duncannon area
is a good spot for smallmouth bass. Crayfish patterns are a classic
producer. The Red Hill Dam area is yielding walleyes, 18-plus
inches, and big catfish.
Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumberland County) — Terrestrials are
working, with large ant patterns (size 12 and 14) especially
effective. Beetle patterns in black are productive. Slate drakes
were coming off last month. Trico mayflies also started hatching
recently in the mornings, and are expected to continue until fall.
For more, go to www.yellowbreeches.com.
Susquehanna River — Minnow and crayfish patterns are classics
for the smallmouth bass on this fishery. Cahills were coming off
Susquehanna River (Bradford County) — Brown tubes and green
crankbaits are nabbing some nice-size smallmouth bass.
Pohopoco Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek (Carbon County) — Stocked
trout were still being caught in the middle of June.
Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Catches of bass, perch,
pickerel and panfish were reported mid-month.
Lehigh River (Carbon County) — Trout and smallmouth bass are
coming from Jim Thorpe to the Palmerton area.
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Walleyes and stripers are
hitting on shad plugs at night. Walleyes up to 8 pounds are being
caught and stripers up to 15 pounds. Some 18-inch bass are reported
around Wild Creek and Pohopoco Creek bay. For more, call guide Ray
Cichocki at (570) 510-9219.
Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — Smallmouth bass and catfish
Peck’s Pond (Pike County) — Largemouth bass and pickerel were
the main catches late last month.
North Branch of the Susquehanna River — A 6-pound, 25-inch
walleye was caught June 17 at the Wyalusing Terry Township
PF&BC Access Area.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Smallmouth bass are coming in
25 feet and largemouths in 15 feet off the rocky points. The bite
on walleyes and stripers has been slow with some catches reported
on Smithwicks. Guide Ray Cichocki boated two pickerel, 26 and 22
inches, in late June.
Lake Henry (Monroe County) — A lot of largemouth bass, calicos
and bluegills were being caught in late June.
Duck Harbor (Monroe County) — Largemouth bass up to 3 and 4
pounds have been coming on Senko Yum worms in 10 feet, though
Jitterbugs have been working at night. Five pounds has been the
biggest catch so far.
Harvey’s Lake (Luzerne County) — Smallmouths are in 8 to 10 feet
and coming on tubes and worms. Brown trout up to 20 inches have
been suspended in 10 to more than 20 feet.
Prompton Lake (Wayne County) — Pickerel, largemouth bass,
smallmouth bass and brown trout were hitting late last month.
Cotton Kordel crankbaits were taking the smallmouth bass, while
largemouths were hitting spinnerbaits.
Lake Redman (York County) — Good catches of bass are reported on
spinnerbaits, with one angler reporting four 15-inchers on the
opening day of the season.
Clarks Creek (Dauphin County) — Light sulphur activity occurred
last month, with small inch worms also appearing in mint green,
chartreuse and tan-green. Caddis were abundant last month in blacks
and tans. This tailwater fishery is a good one to fish when other
streams are high and muddy because it returns to normal flow
quicker than others.
Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — Rick Allen, of Kirkwood,
caught a 7-pound, 7- ounce, 281/2-inch walleye on a 1/8-ounce ball
head jig with large fathead minnow on June 11. James Graybeal Jr.,
of Oxford, caught a 1- pound, 14 ounce, 151/2 inch crappie on a
Shad Assassin on June 21. Bass fishing has been good, with
crankbaits and Rattletraps coming into play around the Route 472
riprap and the riprap by the launch. In the mornings, before 7
a.m., buzzbaits and poppers have been producing. Crappie fishing is
way off, with the spawn over and the females moving deeper. Anglers
are now having to work for them. Channel catfishing is good, with
catches up to 9 pounds reported. Green nightcrawlers are working
from the bank. For more, call Jim Neary’s at (717) 529-2488.
Susquehanna River (Lancaster County) — Morning and evening
catches of smallmouth bass, crappies and catfish are reported. The
Fish & Boat Commission reports that some fish have been rising
to late evening mayfly hatches and spinner falls, and advise trying
size 10 light yellow or white colored mayfly patterns to catch
fish, mainly channel catfish.
Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Good striper catches are
reported, along with night-time catches of walleyes. Bass and
catfish also are being caught.
Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Bass are coming in the grass
and off the hump by the Eagle side. They’re taking purple worms.
Perch and bluegills are being caught along the shoreline in shady
spots. Bass are taking purple plastic worms and shiners in both the
weed beds and the deeper water.
Nochamixon Lake (Bucks County) — The main catches have been
smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the bite on both coming much
shallower than normal. The bass have been set up in the weed banks
pretty heavily, and not suspending in deeper water. Extremely thick
weed growth and a ton of baitfish are reported because of the mild
winter. Bass are hanging 5 to 15 feet at the deepest, but mostly in
5 to 8 feet in the weedbanks. A lot of top-water success is
reported on frogs, buzzbaits, tubes, flukes, or anything that can
be dragged across the tip of a weedbed. Texas-rigging worms right
into the weeds also can be productive. A lot of small crappies were
being caught in mid-June. Anglers might do well targeting walleyes
by vertical jigging a heavy jig with chartreuse or white twister
tail in the weedbeds, where the bottom growth is sparser than the
top. Guys are getting half their minnows back, so expect a good
year for muskies. For more, call Nockamixon Sports Shop at (215)
Delaware River — A lot of small stripers are being caught on
herring, chicken livers, shiners and eels, on both the New Jersey
and Pennsylvania sides. Anglers are reminded to use circle hooks.
Shad were still running in mid-June and productive for anglers
targeting them on spoons and darts. The typical tactic is to use a
flutter spoon on a downrigger. Anchor and let current do its
West Valley, East Brandywine, French Creek, Pickering creeks —
Low, warm streams in late June called for light lines and downsized
tackle, whether presenting tricos and midges or Hare’s Ear and
Pheasant Tail nymphs.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg