Thursday, January 26th, 2023
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River bass fishing holding up pretty well despite low water


Lake Erie — The walleye bite slowed some in mid-August while
perch picked up, with mixed limits of jumbos and small fish
reported, in 54 feet along the lake shore. The best depth for
walleyes seems to be about 55 feet, since anglers targeting 30- to
35-foot depths are also catching freshwater drum and silver bass. A
few walleyes are hitting in 60 to 70 feet. Anglers also were
catching some steelhead in 70 feet off Walnut and in 100 feet off
“the mountain” in North East in mid-August. One angler weighed a
10-pound, 34-inch steelhead. Nathan Fitzsimmon, of Cresson, won the
walleye division of the Poor Richard’s S.O.N.S. benefit tournament
with an 11-pound, 9-ounce, 311/2-inch walleye. Justin Bell, of
Knox, placed second with a 10-pound, 6-ounce, 291/2-inch walleye,
and Ron Slatosky, of West Newton, finished third with a 10-pound,
5-ounce, 331/2-inch walleye. The winner of the perch division was
Jim Lafferty, of Northeast, with a 1-pound, 5-ounce, 141/2-inch
perch. For more, call Poor Richard’s at (814) 474-5623.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Cooler nights started
improving the crappie bite in mid-August with anglers catching nice
ones in about 14 feet during the day, and in the brush piles and
downed trees toward evening. Early morning and late-afternoon
anglers are catching crappies in the stumpy part of the lake from
Golden Run heading east. Crappie anglers also are catching bass,
mostly smallmouths, although a 20-inch largemouth was reported. A
few walleyes up to 26 inches are hitting for anglers drifting or
slow-trolling the drop-offs and ledges in 20 to 15 feet. A lot of
catfish are being released on bait.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Bob Danlovich, of Homestead,
released a 5-pound, 1-ounce largemouth on a clear tube. Brad Myers,
of Utica, boated a 191/2-inch, 4-pound largemouth on a Hot-n-Tot.
Vera Yost, of Robinson Township, caught a 32-inch muskie. Jeff
Kremis, of Greenville, boated a 271/2— inch, 7-pound walleye, and a
21-inch, 31/2 pounder. Ralph and Pam Deeter caught four walleyes up
to 25 inches and released six others, along with nice bass and
crappies, 12 and 13 inches, all on Hot-n-Tots.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Dean Murray, of Gibsonia, and Wes
Paskorz, of Harwick, won the recent Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit
tournament with a six-fish total of 19.07 pounds. Ken Pate, of
Bruin, had the 5.87-pound largemouth lunker. Some smallmouths also
were released. Cody Ehrmentrout, 14, of the Butler area, boated a
12-pound hybrid striped bass. Bob Ernest, of Butler, and his son
Dominic, landed a 30-inch northern pike. Crappies are starting to
bite in 10 feet in the brush piles. A few walleyes are being boated
on crawler harnesses on the roadbed in 15 to 20 feet.


Allegheny River — Steve Visomirski, of Shaler Township, caught
small walleyes, better size saugers, channel catfish, and a 28-inch
muskie on Shad Raps in mid-August. John Brady, of Verona, and Dave
Marko, of Venetia, caught 40 nice smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds
and a walleye from Franklin to Sandy Creek. Gars have been coming
in big numbers from Braeburn to Pittsburgh, with many 20 inch and
bigger fish being caught. As a ‘candidate’ species, gar have state
protection and must be released unharmed. Catches of white bass,
saugers and a few walleyes also are reported. The Venture Outdoors
Downtown TriAnglers reported slow fishing at Point State Park in
mid-August. Highlights include a 14-inch smallmouth released by
Rege Fitzhenry, of Hazelwood, and a 9-inch bluegill released by Ray
Beale, of Morningside. Mike Kirshenbaum, of Squirrel Hill, caught a
16-inch walleye at the Point.

North Park Lake (Allegheny County) — Rick Bergman, of Gibsonia,
released a 17-inch largemouth on a Rapala.

Ohio River — Dan Crane, of Kennedy Township, landed small to
average walleyes and a few sub-legal bass in mid-August and reports
seeing plenty of freshwater drum up to 15 inches. He said a
10-pound flathead was caught nearby.

Monongahela River — Big numbers of gar are reported, along with
smallmouths, which are hitting in the river and in Ten Mile

Youghiogheny River (Fayette, Westmoreland counties) — Dave
Marco, of Venetia, reports a good bass bite, with smallmouths up to
15 inches being caught from Dawson to Layton. Kyle Mannarino, 6, of
McKeesport, caught a 16-inch rainbow trout on a silver Rooster
Tail, fishing with his grandfather Harry Griffith at Suterville in
mid-August. Brad Swain leads the Shad Lure Bait and Tackle August
carp contest with a 12-pound carp.

Burrell Lake (Westmoreland County) — Eleanor Puchta, of North
Hills, landed two largemouths, 16 and 18 inches. Other anglers are
catching plenty of bluegills and sunfish in this small municipal

Keystone Power Dam (Indiana County) — A few nice walleye catches
have been reported. Try crawler s.

Wilmore Dam (Cambria County) — Nathan Link of Cresson caught a
13- inch crappie. Anglers are also catching bass, big channel
catfish and carp.


Kettle Creek (Potter County) — Excellent trout fishing was
reported mid-August with rainbows up to 16 inches being landed on
deer hair hoppers. Terrestrials are working best.

Pine Creek (Tioga County) — Low warm water put the brakes on
trout fishing in mid August, although the tributaries continued to
fish well, with terrestrials the best bet. For more, call
McConnell’s Country Store at (570) 753-8241.

little Pine Lake (Tioga County) — Good panfishing was reported
in mid-August. Try meal worms.

Slate Run, Cedar Run (Tioga County) — These mountain streams
were fishing well for wild trout mid-month. Try terrestrials.

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Despite low water levels in
mid- August, small panfish were being caught on various baits,
especially small worms, around Nelson Falls. Catfish were being
caught in the stumpy end of the lake, and smallmouths in the
tailrace of the dam. Largemouth bass were hit or miss, with early
morning and late evening the best bets for catching them.

Tioga Lake (Tioga County) — Catfish, crappies and perch were
biting on minnows from Mill Creek bridge to the dam in mid August.
Road construction has made Tioga River off-limits to boaters from
the town of Tioga to the New York state border.

F.J. Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Panfishing and bass angling
slowed in August, with mornings and evenings the best bet on this
1,730-acre lake.


Shawnee Lake (Bedford County) — Anglers mid-month were catching
largemouth bass on shiners and crawlers in early morning and late
afternoon. This 451-acre lake can yield bass over 7 pounds, as well
as walleyes, crappies and other panfish, catfish, northern pike and

Canoe Creek State Park (Blair County) — Nice catches of
largemouth bass, up to 4 and 5 pounds, were reported in mid-August
after dark. Anglers are reporting great success for largemouth bass
on the Lake. Retired WCO Walt Rosser reported catching several
bass; one was in the 4- to 5-pound range, while fishing after

Little Juniata River (Blair County) — A slow trout bite was
reported mid-month in low water levels.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Good striper fishing
continued through mid-August in areas such as mile marker 12 to the
dam. Nice bass catches also are reported.

Juniata River (Perry County) — Smallmouth bass are being caught
on hellgrammites and 1/8-ounce jigs and 3- to 4-inch dark twister
tails near the mouth of the river in Duncannon.


Lake Wallenpaupack (Wayne County) — Largemouth bass up to 4
pounds were caught in mid-August, although guide Ray Cichocki
boated a 6- and a 7-pounder fishing topwater black and silver
Rebels in the morning and Cotton Cordell crawdads in about 8 feet
later in the day. Smallmouth bass and pickerel also were reported.
Walleyes and both hybrid and true striped bass have been coming at
night on Smithwick plugs and live bait.

Duck Harbor (Wayne County) — Largemouth bass, perch and crappie
were reported in mid-August. Perch were running mostly 10 inches,
although some 14 inchers also were caught. Largemouths up to 31/2
and 4 pounds also were caught on topwater plugs and Senko worms
either fished wacky style in the open water or Carolina or Texas
rigged for the weedy, stumpy areas.

Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — Anglers were catching brown
trout up to 24 inches trolling silver and black Rebels. Largemouth
and smallmouth bass were hitting around the drop-offs and outer
edge of weeds on soft plastic worms.

Susquehanna River — The smallmouth bass bite has been good on
chocolate and watermelon seed tubes, with sizes running 12 to 16
inches—-although many small ones also have been reported. Catfish
are coming at night on crawlers.

Delaware River — Walleyes have been coming on crawler harnesses,
though sizes have been average, up to 20 inches.

Prompton Reservoir (Monroe County) — Pickerel, walleyes and
largemouths were reported mid-month. The walleyes up to 20 inches
were coming on Rebels and live bait, and the largemouths up to 5
pounds were hitting plugs in the morning, and soft plastics later.
Pickerel like shiny or chartreuse hardware.

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Hybrid striped bass were
coming at night in mid-August. Smallmouths have been hitting
spoons, grubs and tubes trolled in 24 and 28 feet. Channel catfish
have been biting near the Pine Run boat access area.

Mauch Chunk Lake/Pohopoco Creek (Carbon County) — Bass and trout
were biting in mid-August, mostly in the mornings and evenings.

Lehigh River (Carbon County) — Bass and rock bass have been
hitting near Bowmanstown. Trout have been caught near the mouths of

Susquehanna River (Columbia County) — Good smallmouth bass
fishing is reported on tubes.

Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — Shore anglers have been
catching smallmouth bass from boat and shore around Wilkes-Barre
and Hanover townships.

Lily Lake (Luzerne County) — Nice catches of largemouth bass
were reported in this 160-acre impoundment in mid-August.

Tobyhanna Lake (Luzerne County) — Good panfishing is

Promised Land, Lower Lake (Pike County) — Good panfishing is
reported, with perch and bluegills coming on jigs.


Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) — August saw nice yields of
the smallmouth bass for which this river is famous, with anglers
targeting deeper holes and fishing in early morning and late
evening. Devin Eberts, 6, caught a 19-inch, 3.5-pound smallmouth
with 13-inch girth on a stonecat near New Cumberland on Aug. 9.

Susquehanna River (York County) — Good smallmouth bass fishing
was reported in mid-August around Goldsboro, York Haven,
Wrightsville, and the Conowingo Reservoir. Tubes fished in early
morning and through the day, and topwater lures just before dark
have been the most productive.

Lake Williams (York County) — Good panfishing on jigs and
minnows around heavy cover was reported in mid-August.

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — A dandy largemouth bass bite
is reported. Before 9 a.m., fish crankbaits at the Girl Scout beach
and on points, and after 9, go to Carolina rigs. Troy Groff, of
Kirkwood, released 22 bass in one day on Carolina rigged lizards
and tubes. Although gizzard shad aren’t boiling up the way they had
been, when fish are chasing shad, 4- and 5- inch Senko worms,
wacky-rigged, have been productive in black and blue flecked and
watermelon seed. Catfishing has been good, with green crawlers and
anything with shrimp good choices of bait. The covered bridge area
has been yielding walleyes up to 21 and 22 inches, and hybrid
striped bass – which is unusual – although sizes are no bigger than
18 inches. For more, call Jim Neary’s at (717) 529-2488.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Flathead catfish up to 30
pounds were reported in mid-August, along with largemouth bass and
striped bass.

Ontelaunee Lake (Berks County) — Greg Bingaman, of Hamburg,
released a 22-inch largemouth bass on a 5-inch jointed minnow plug
for muskellunge. Only shore fishing is allowed at this

Struble Reservoir (Chester County) — Good crappie fishing was
reported in mid-August on blue and white minnow-tipped tubes fished
near the bottom on bobbers.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Perch and bluegills are
being caught on crawlers and mealworms in shady areas along the
shoreline, while bass have been hitting black and purple 12-inch
plastic worms during the day, and surface poppers and buzz baits at
night. Bass have been coming in 10 to 25 feet and in the weed

West Valley, East Brandywine, French and Pickering creeks
(Chester County) — Downsized tackle worked best in low water
conditions in mid-August. Fly-fishermen were using Tricos and
Midges in sizes 24, 28 and 32. Best sub-surface flies have been
Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tail nymphs in sizes 18 and 20.

Green Lane Reservoir (Montgomery County) — Good early morning
carp action is reported.

Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) — It was hard not to catch a
catfish on your favorite bait from shrimp to hotdogs in mid-August,
or trolling crankbaits or worms or casting. Bass were practically
non-existent, although anglers who worked for them deep caught
them. Pickerel were lurking around, and hitting plastics and
shiners. The striped bass and hybrid striper bite picked up a
little in August and should continue improving through September,
with anglers now catching a few trolling crankbaits from dawn until
10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. until dark. The eastern shoreline from the
lake house to the dam produces the most stripers to anglers
trolling or casting afternoons and mornings. Success has been
nominal on crappies. For more, call Nockamixon Sports Shop at (215)

Lake Galena (Bucks County) — Catfish and pickerel have been
hitting in this small scale version of Nockamixon.

Delaware River/East Branch of Perkiomen (Bucks County) — The
smallmouth bass bite in these waterways and other streams has been
good. On the Delaware, shad fry were starting to come back down the
river from the spawn in mid-August, which usually makes for good
smallmouth fishing.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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