High, muddy water slows river fishing across state
Lake Erie and tributaries — Phillip Burke Jr., 12, of New
Castle, landed his first steelhead, a 10-pound, 4-ounce, 31 incher,
on a salted minnow, while fishing with his father Phillip on Walnut
Creek. Craig Nemchik, of White Oak, landed a 12-pound, 2-ounce,
32-inch steelhead with 171/2-inch girth on a shiner on Twelve Mile
Creek. The “Mile” streams on the east side usually come down faster
than Walnut and Elk creeks, after heavy rains. Good largemouth bass
fishing is reported in Presque Isle Bay, as conditions allow. Perch
fishing off the piers has been productive. One perch angler landed
a 91/2-pound walleye off the north pier.
Allegheny River/Allegheny Reservoir/Tionesta Reservoir
(Warren/Forest/Venango counties) — The river was unfishable through
much of late October as the Kinzua Dam was dumping 16,000 cubic
feet of water per second in an effort to lower water in the
reservoir. The public launches at Tionesta Reservoir were closed
when the lake was as much as 41 feet above summer pool. For more,
call Page’s at (814) 726-7475.
Salmon Creek, Spring Creek, Maple Creek, East Hickory Creek
(Forest County) — Trout stockings last month have provided good
action on these streams, although heavy rains late last month made
water often unfishable.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Slow angling was reported late
Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County) — Crappie fishing was expected
to pick up in the shallow waters on the north end of the lake.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Andy Radwanski, of Butler, boated
a 2- pound, 16-inch crappie with 12-inch girth and half a dozen
others averaging 1 pound. Anglers are targeting brush piles in 8 to
10 feet. A few largemouth bass are being picked up, along with the
occasional northern pike and muskie.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Crappies and bluegills are
hitting around Sheakleyville Bridge, with evenings the best bet for
Hereford Manor Lake (Beaver County) — Jim Hough, of Zelienople,
caught a 26-inch walleye on a minnow on the bottom.
Allegheny River/Ohio River/Monongahela River — High, muddy water
has made for poor fishing on all three rivers, although anglers are
still targeting stocked trout on Montour Run on the Ohio.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County) — Bill Kirchner caught a
3-pound largemouth bass on a Panther Martin brass spinner while
Youghiogheny Reservoir (Fayette County) — Mike Kalufat and Eddie
Dukevich, of Uniontown, boated walleyes, including half a dozen
legal ones, on Hopkins spoons, in conditions that included snow
flurries and wind.
Indian Lake/Dunlap Creek Lake/Virgin Run Dam (Fayette County) —
Dunlap and Virgin Run were slated for trout stockings on Halloween,
while anglers are reporting nice catches out of Indian Lake, which
was stocked two weeks earlier.
Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County) — A 23-inch largemouth
bass was landed in late October.
Northmoreland Lake (Westmore-land County) — Good catches of
trout are reported on spinners and live bait.
Conemaugh, Kiskiminetas rivers (Westmoreland, Cambria counties)
— The lower Conemaugh and the upper Kiski were yielding nice
catches of smallmouth bass up to 14 inches.
Deep Creek Lake (Maryland) — Scott Gates, of Chalk Hill, boated
three keeper walleyes and a dozen short ones, a 19-inch smallmouth,
and nine perch, 12 to 14 inches, in 32 feet off Turkey Neck Point
in late October.
F.J. Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Panfishing at this Bald Eagle
State Park Lake has been fair to good.
Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Hit or miss fishing is
reported at this 389-acre lake which can yield largemouth bass,
walleyes and muskies.
Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Good flow and color were reported
late last month, with water in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Slate
Drakes, midges and caddis flies were reported. Best fly to fish is
the Slate Drake dry, emergers or nymphs, midge patterns or
Serendipities. Terrestrials, including ants, beetles, hoppers and
Green Weenies also were catching fish late last month. For more,
Little Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — McConnell’s stocked brown
trout Oct. 24 in the delayed-harvest section. Fish were over 18
inches. The hatches are the same as for Pine Creek.
Slate Run, Cedar Run (Lycoming, Tioga counties) — Good flow and
color was reported late last month with the same fly patterns
working as on Pine and Little Pine creeks.
Shawnee Lake (Bedford County) — Nice panfish and northern pike
were being caught late last month on minnows, while panfish were
taking small jigs.
Canoe Creek Lake (Blair County) — Heavy weed growth made fishing
for fall-stocked trout challenging late last month.
Susquehanna River (Blair County) — Nice catches of smallmouth
bass were reported late last month on twister tails and jigheads,
with the Fort Hunter access area especially productive.
Whipple Lake (Huntingdon County) — Anglers were catching stocked
trout late last month.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Good catches of crappies up
to 16 inches are reported on minnows.
Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Rock bass have turned on,
with big fish hitting in big numbers on live bait and
Juniata River (Juniata County) — Walleyes and smallmouth bass
have been coming on crayfish patterns, such as 4-inch twisters and
dark tubes with 1/8th to 1/2 ounce jigheads.
East Licking Creek, Quittapahilla Creek, Stovers Dam (Juniata
River) — Anglers have been catching recently stocked trout on small
spinners and streamers.
Honey Creek (Mifflin County) — The delayed-harvest section has
been fishing well for recently stocked brook and brown trout, 11 to
Holman Lake (Perry County) — Largemouth bass are hitting brown
tubes, twisters, crawlers and shiners.
Susquehanna River (Perry County) — Smallmouth bass are coming in
big numbers on black and pumpkinseed colored tubes with 1/4 to 1/2
ounce jigs. Nice catches of walleyes are also reported on shiners
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Anglers are picking up
stripers, 2 to 20 pounds, trolling jigs and live bait from 10 to 30
feet. Lake trout continue to be reliable and are hitting flutter
spoons pulled on downriggers, 25 and 35 feet deep. Lakers are
running 3 to 10 pounds. Smallmouths are being caught, but this has
been an off year for bass. For more, call Striper Guide Service at
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Decent fishing is reported.
Striped bass were coming on surface lures, but bad weather turned
anglers to jig and pigs and rubber worms. A few average perch have
been hitting on tubes, little crankbaits and crawlers. Largemouth
and smallmouth bass have been hitting plastic worms and crankbaits.
Walleye action has been slow. For more, call Wallenpaupack Sports
Shop at (570) 226-4797.
Francis E. Walter Reservoir (Luzerne County) — Joel Galtieri, of
Drums, caught a 4-pound, 11-ounce largemouth bass in mid-October,
while fishing with his father, Joe Galtieri. The pair released 20
other fish, including a 3-pound, 11- ounce bass, and a 3-pound,
Susquehanna River (Bradford County) — The Terrytown area has
yielded excellent catches of smallmouth bass, with anglers
reporting 50-fish days.
Moon Lake (Luzerne County) — Nice bluegill catches have been
reported on this trout-stocked lake.
Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — A 27-inch brown trout was caught
Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — On high-water days, slower
moving back water areas have been good for walleyes and
Francis Slocum Lake (Luzerne County) — The crappie bite turned
on late last month. Try jigs and minnows.
Ceasetown Reservoir (Luzerne County) — A good morning walleye
bite is reported. Try crankbaits slowly.
Lehigh River (Monroe County) — Recent stockings of brook and
rainbow trout are being taken in good conditions.
Hunters Lake (Sullivan County) — Recently stocked rainbow trout
have been staying near shore in the launch area.
Susquehanna River — Tyler Ostrowski, 10, of Berwick, caught 14.5
-inch, 2-plus pound yellow perch on a crawler near Wapwallopen.
Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County) — This is one of the best
trout waters in the region for both fly and spin anglers targeting
stocked fish and natives, and has been producing year-round for the
last two years.
Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — Crappies are still hitting in
big numbers. A 14 and 141/2-inch crappie on a 2-inch white twister
tail. A 2-pound, 4-ounce, 16-inch smallmouth bass was caught on a
shallow-running crankbait. A 10- year-old angler caught a 5-pound,
5-ounce largemouth bass on a 1/2-ounce white spinnerbait with a
6-inch shad trailer.
Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) — A sudden cool-off forced fish
into almost a winter pattern, and anglers were having trouble
catching stripers and hybrids although the bite was picking up
again around Halloween, for anglers trolling or vertical jigging in
50 feet. Fish were in about 30 feet. Anglers were doing well
throwing big spoons or Storm swim baits, or drop-shotting big
crawlers. They also recommend flipping Silver Buddies over the side
of the boat and letting them sink – almost jigging. Fish were not
coming off the points, as usual. Stripers also were being found
down in the spillway. One angler caught two nice hybrids and a
30-inch purebred on a small Storm stickbait. An average bass bite
was reported. Perch and panfish were coming in schools, on
fatheads. A few sublegal walleyes were reported, which is a good
sign, considering walleyes have been classed out in the past decade
with mostly big ones being caught. Big pickerel, up to 8 pounds,
always offer steady action at this lake. They love Senko worms,
medium shiners and white spinnerbaits. For more, call Nockamixon
Sports Shop at (814) 538-9553.
Lake Galena (Bucks County) — This water is smaller than
Nockamixon and offers similar fishing with much less pressure.
Walleyes may be smaller here but they are more abundant.
Delaware River — Thick, muddy and high conditions were reported
late last month, given storms much further upriver. Big channel
catfish are always a reliable bite on clams and liver.
East Branch Perkiomen (Bucks County) — Anglers are catching nice
smallmouth bass along with trout in this and other area
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg