Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

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Across the state, it seems, anglers are scoring big


Lake Erie – The walleye bite is turning around, with better
daytime action, trolling, than at night. Bass are moving deeper and
perch still are spotty. Three anglers reported catching quality
perch in 20 feet off Trout Run, although the numbers weren’t there.
The best spot has been 52 feet off the Point. In Presque Isle Bay,
largemouth and some smallmouth bass have been caught in the
weedbeds. Horseshoe Pond is yielding bluegills and largemouth

For more information, call Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle at
(814) 474-5623.

Allegheny River, Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County) – Walleyes
are coming in the lake and the river. The lake also is yielding
northern pike and perch. Bass are biting in the river. In early
June, guide Red Childress, of Warren, hit seven nice pike in the
river on a Leo jerkbait.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – A hot walleye bite was
reported in early June, with anglers limiting out on worm harnesses
and floating jigheads. Tom Belinda, of Altoona, and Mike Beebe, of
Meadville, won the recent Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit tournament
with a seven-fish total of 21.36 pounds. Mark Keene, of Butler, won
the lunker award with a 5.46-pound largemouth. A total of 610 fish
were weighed, including 536 largemouths and 74 smallmouths totaling
1,211.32 pounds. Of 111 boats, 81 teams weighed limits. Fish
averaged 1.99 pounds. Water was 82 degrees.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – A good walleye bite is reported,
especially for trollers. Crappies are coming in 4 to 6 feet around
launch four and Sheakleyville Bridge, which also has been yielding
dandy bluegills. Kyle Beck and Kyle Wimer, of West Middlesex,
caught 34 crappies on jigs and minnows or maggots. Mark Hutchison,
of Oil City, shot two carp with a bow from a pontoon boat. Randy
Sipe, of Mercer, and Mark Micsky, of Greenville, caught six
walleyes, 16 to 22 inches, on crawlers, and nice numbers of
crappies and bluegills. Steve Sofi, of Butler, caught crappies from
1 pound, 12 inches to 1 3/8 pound, 14 inches. Mickey Kurtz, of
McKees Rocks, caught a 11/2-pound, 14 1/2-inch crappie on a minnow.
Skip and Steve Feigert, of Hermitage, caught a 20-inch walleye on a
Hot n Tot and released seven largemouth bass.

Shenango Reservoir, Shenango River (Mercer County) – Crappies
are hitting in the coves mostly, although some anglers are getting
them in deeper water. One couple caught 18 crappies, 11 to 13
inches. Crappie anglers are hooking up with a few walleyes,
sub-legal to 26 inches. Hybrid striped bass are coming towards
evening. The river has been yielding walleyes, northern pike, and
hybrid striped bass. A few anglers still are targeting trout.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Christian Best, of Allison Park,
released a 53-inch muskie with 25- inch girth on a Roso Perch Pikie
on a Howard Wagner guide trip June 2. Wagner was trolling 6 mph in
front of Nealy’s Point. Mike Kuna, of Pittsburgh, caught a 14-inch,
1-pound, 10-ounce crappie in early June. Crappies have moved into
deeper water, 8 to 10 feet, on brush piles. A fair amount of
walleye and hybrid striper action is reported. The wipers are
hitting Bomber Long-As and alewives in shallow water, and on
shiners in deeper water, although sizes have been running small.
(Anglers are now allowed to throw-net for alewives at Arthur if
they have proper permitting.) Good numbers of largemouth and
smallmouth bass are being released. Rob Greathouse and son, Austin,
of Prospect, boated several walleyes up to 4 1/2 pounds. Rachel
Lyle, age 6, of Valencia, caught 20 bluegills and sunfish during
her first time fishing with parents Lisa and Tom Lyle.


Ohio River – Hybrid stripers up to 10 pounds are being released
on Rapalas at Dashields dam. Jake Hornicak, 4, of Mount Lebanon,
landed a 191/2-inch, 4-plus pound freshwater drum – his first fish
– while angling with his family near Glenfield. Walleyes, saugers
and crappies are being caught in Chartiers Creek in Heidelberg.

Allegheny River – Kathy A. Thomas, of Russellton, landed a 38-
inch, 27-pound, 4-ounce flathead catfish near the Tarentum Bridge
in early June. Nice numbers of flatheads are reported around
Highland Park and the mouth of Pine Creek. Saugers are biting in
the mornings and evenings. River conditions have been good.

Monongahela River – Brison Freehling, of Butler, released a
16-inch Redhorse sucker on a crawler, fishing from a ramp in
California, Pa. The smallmouth bass bite is on, with 2 and 3
pounders reported. Michael Tighe was leading the local Shad Lure
Bait and Tackle June bass contest with a 2-pound smallmouth.
Flathead catfish are hitting.

Youghiogheny Reservoir (Fayette County) – Smallmouths up to 4
pounds are being released. Walleye action has been decent at night,
with fish up to 24 inches being caught on slow-trolled stickbaits
and crankbaits. Crappies are on fire, especially in shallow water
around blowdowns. Perch and northern pike also are reported.

Youghiogheny River – Trout anglers are landing nice fish on the
main stem and its tributaries. Meadow Run was up and off-color with
fish left from the last stocking.


Fisherman’s Paradise, Spring Creek (Centre County) – Anglers on
the recent Penn’s Woods West Trout Unlimited bus trip encountered
low, clear water and muggy conditions early in the day and a late
afternoon thundershower. Fish took floating inchworms, Green
Weenies, terrestrials, and Caddis Emergers, although catches were a
challenge. The Green Drake hatch occurred after Memorial Day, a
little later than usual.

Curwensville Reservoir (Clearfield County) – Nice numbers of
largemouth and smallmouth bass are reported. Walleyes have been
turning off as water warms. A few small muskies have been

F.J. Sayers Lake (Centre County) – Good crappie catches,
including 14-inch slabs, were reported at this 1,730-acre Bald
Eagle State Park impoundment in early June. Other panfish were
hitting on live baits. Some sub-legal muskies were released. Carp
were hitting on corn near the marina.

West Branch Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) – Nice catches
of walleyes, assorted panfish and night-time catfish were reported,
along with releases of smallmouth bass, in early June.

Tioga Lake (Tioga County) – Panfish have been the main catch at
this 498-acre impoundment next to Hammond Lake.

Pine Creek (Lycoming County) – Good water is reported in recent
weeks. A shot of rain in early June brought up streams more than a
foot and cooled them, which spurred trout fishing. Surface action
is reported. Sulphurs, light and yellow Cahills and blue-winged
olives have been coming off. Slate Drakes also have been hatching.
Terrestrial patterns such as Green Weenies, ants, and beetles also
have been working. Trout are very nice this year, averaging 11

For more information, call McConnell’s Country Store at (570)

Little Pine Creek (Lycoming County) – Water above the dam has
been fishing well. Water temperatures were in the mid-60s, although
flow is low and clear in recent weeks. Anglers are seeing more
surface action, given conditions, and are downsizing to 6X and 7X
tippet and very small flies. Hatches are similar to Pine Creek.

Little Pine Lake (Lycoming County) – State officials are
preparing to drain the lake for outflow repairs, July 5. Fish will
be released through the outflow into Pine Creek.

Slate, Cedar runs (Lycoming, Tioga County) – Green Drakes were
among hatches reported in early June on these mountain, wild- trout
streams. The dominant bugs here are Little Yellow Stoneflies and
terrestrials. Low and clear normal summer flow with 63- to
67-degree temperatures were reported in recent weeks.


Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) – The day bite is picking up
on striped bass, as the night bite peters out. Fish 10 to 20 pounds
are hitting on live bait and spoons and jigs, trolled. The lake
trout have not been hitting. Releases of bass have been reported,
although bass fishing was light in the pre-season. Water was clear
and about 75 degrees June 9.

Meadow Grounds Lake (Fulton County) – Panfishing has been hot on
wax worms in the shallow water, near the stump fields.

Cove Creek (Fulton County) – Fly-anglers landed trout on Black
Ant patterns in the riffles of the delayed- harvest,
artificial-lures-only section.

Juniata River (Juniata County) – Heavy rains in early June
stained the water, which had been running low. Anglers were
catching channel catfish and carp on crawlers and stink baits. Hot
spots include the Mifflintown Pennsylvania Fish & Boat
Commission access area, below the Mifflintown Bridge and under the
Thompsontown Bridge near the Thompsontown PF&BC Access area.
Bank anglers can access the Greenwood and Amity Hall PF&BC
areas and Howe Park.

Holman Lake (Juniata County) – Panfishing remained hot in early
June at this Little Buffalo State Park impoundment, with anglers
doing well on redworms, wax worms and small minnows. Some anglers
were still targeting trout with PowerBait.


Tuscarora Lake (Susquehanna County) – Anglers targeting crappies
with jigs and minnows released some nice smallmouth bass in recent
weeks. Walleyes up to 25 inches are reported mornings and

Stephen Foster Lake (Bradford County) – This 75-acre Mount
Pisgah State Park impoundment was yielding crappies and bluegills
on fathead minnows under a bobber earlier this month.

Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) – Excellent smallmouth
releases are reported on tubes, spinners and other lures. Anglers
also are catching catfish on chicken livers, shrimp and other live
bait at night.

Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) – The deeper water has been
yielding brown trout. Largemouth bass were being released in early
June in the shallow water.

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) – Striped bass have been hitting
but other bass bites are slow. Walleyes also are reported. Todd
Borst, of Bowmanstown, caught a 311/2-inch, 171/4-pound catfish on
a chicken liver.

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) – Crappies are hitting on small
or medium fatheads

Shohola Lake (Pike County) – Bass are hitting on frog-pattern
lures, as well as topwaters, such as poppers and buzzbaits.
Pickerel are coming on twister tails and shiners.

Fairview Lake (Pike County) – Smallmouth bass are hitting on
seven inch minnow worms. Trout are still hitting.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) – Smallmouth and some
largemouth bass are hitting rubber worms, herring, and large
minnows, with dusk and dawn topwater action, off the points and
shorelines. Night- time walleye fishing has been good. Kipps Island
has been fishing well for walleyes, day and night, with crawler
rigs productive. Quality perch and sunfish are reported around
docks and other structure. Some striper action is reported, but it
is spotty.

Loyalsock Creek, Little Loyalsock Creek (Sullivan County)
– Stocked trout still were hitting on live bait and light tackle in
early June.

Lehigh River – Anglers are catching smallmouth bass, and some
trout in the mornings and evenings. Sub-legal muskies are being
released in the Northampton area.

Delaware River – Catfish are hitting along with small striped
bass and eels. A nighttime walleye bite is reported, with anglers
doing well on crawlers.


Susquehanna River (York County) – Walleyes up to 23 inches are
hitting on crankbaits around York Haven and Safe Harbor.

South Branch of Codorus Creek (York County) – This and other
streams were still yielding trout in early June.

Susquehanna River (York County) – Walleyes have been coming off
the bottom crawlers under the new Susquehanna River bridge in

Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) – Catfish are hitting on
chicken livers near Middletown. Anglers also were catching
smallmouth bass and rock bass in early June. Corey Kent landed a
22-inch northern pike on a 3-inch twister tail near the Fort Hunter
boat launch on June 3.

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) – Phenomenal bass fishing is
reported with largemouth and some smallmouths coming in five to 10
feet. Largemouths have been running 4-plus pounds to 7-plus pounds.
Two 6 pounders were caught off the public docks in early June. Soft
plastics are taking most fish. Numbers of catfish have been coming
on green crawlers from the bank. Medium shiners have been working,
too. Dennis Cox, of Parksburg, caught five up to 11 pounds.
Crappies have been mediocre at best, but quality fish are being
caught in the deeper holes, in 12 to 14 feet. The lake will remain
two feet down because of dam repairs, this summer.

For more information, call Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle at (717)

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) – A good bass bites is reported
in the morning, on topwaters and soft plastics in shallow water,
and switches to muskies in mid-afternoon, although sizes are
running 30 to 34 inches. The creel size minimum on muskies became
40 inches this year. Muskies are being released on live shiners,
buzz baits and rattle traps. Anglers willing to work for them are
catching crappies around brush piles, but the bite has been
inconsistent. It could be the strong showing of muskies. Late
afternoon, bordering on evening, bass pick up again along with
hybrid striped bass, which are chasing alewives on the flats.
Catfish dominate the nighttime action, with some spotty
&#8220wiper” and striped bass action reported. Walleyes weren’t
hitting much as of June 10, but mornings offered the best shot at
them. Weather changes are also a good time to target walleyes. For
more, call Nockamixon Sports Shop at (215) 538-9553.

Lake Galena (Bucks County) – Dandy crappie catches are reported
in this lake, which is a small rendition of Nockamixon.

Lake Towhee (Bucks County) – Weeds were very thick by June 10.
Anglers need to float or wade past the weed lines to target
largemouth bass, pickerel and crappies.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) – This 600-acre lake is
yielding nice numbers of largemouth bass on creature baits and jigs
in 6 to 10 feet.

Delaware River – The lower reaches have been yielding striped
bass. The shad runs are done.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) – Good crappie fishing on jigs
and minnows around structure was reported in early June. Releases
of bass up to 5 pounds also were reported on top water baits, soft
plastics, spinnerbaits and live bait. The Tulpehocken Creek arm of
the lake has been productive.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) – Largemouth bass were
released early this month on crawlers and crankbaits, fished around
the weedbeds. Crappies were hitting shiners, and bluegills were
biting crawlers around blowdowns and other structure along the

Schuylkill River – Both smallmouth and largemouth bass were
released on minnows and crankbaits earlier this month. Fishing for
carp and catfish also picked up.

Green Lane Reservoir (Montgomery County) – Good bass catches are
reported, along with some crappies and big numbers of white

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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