About now, night fishing starts to get pretty good
Lake Erie – Walleyes in mid-June were moving a little deeper,
with catches coming in 45 feet, and in 50 to 55 feet near Presque
Isle Point. Perch remained spotty, with some improvement in 42 to
52 feet off Walnut Creek, towards Trout Run, and off the Point.
Anglers are catching bass, mostly largemouths, in Presque Isle Bay.
The structure-rich water near Shorewood was active for bass, with
catches coming in 35 feet.
Allegheny River (Warren County) – Two anglers hooked into four
muskies, 36 to 41 inches, and landed three on a Red Childress guide
trip in recent weeks. Chris Streich and Joe Papalia, of Warren, won
the June 12-17 Kinzua-Allegheny Walleye Association tournament with
a 10- walleye total of 15.06 pounds. Bill Christopher and Ed Thomas
boated the 6.84-pound lunker.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – John Gates, of Monaca, caught a
14-inch crappie jigging a minnow in front of Launch 4 fishing with
his son Johnny in recent weeks. The pair kept nine big crappies and
released double that number of smaller crappies and bluegills. A
good walleye bite is reported.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) – Woody Knis and Daron Eck
won the June 16 Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit tournament with a six-
largemouth total weighing 17.11 pounds. Dale Lyle, of Kittanning,
weighed the 6.11-pound largemouth lunker. The father-daughter team
of John and Brooke Olander won the tournament’s Parent Youth Award
with Brooke’s 4.13-pound largemouth. Some fish were shallow, but
more were in deeper water. Of the 109 teams (218 anglers), 182 fish
that were weighed and totaled 424.97 pounds. Just 10 were
Cool Springs (Mercer County) – This and other smaller streams
were fishable while much-needed rain made larger waters such as Oil
and Neshannock creeks muddy, mid-month. Small caddis flies were
coming off, although most action involves midge or terrestrials on
top or small nymphs, subsurface.
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) – Nice catches of largemouth
bass are reported at this natural, glacial lake.
Tamarack Lake (Crawford County) – Good muskie catches are
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) – A 45-inch muskie was released
in mid-June at this 900-acre glacial lake, the largest natural lake
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – Anglers are catching
nice-sized walleyes drifting leeches and crawlers in the weedbeds.
Crappies are still going strong, but have moved a little deeper, to
8 to 12 foot structure. Big numbers of smallmouth and largemouth
bass are hitting along the shoreline, where anglers are targeting
blowdowns, weeds and other structure.
Pymatuning Creek (Crawford County) – Two 30-plus pound flathead
catfish were caught in the outflow and the creek in recent weeks.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass also have been hitting.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Alex Nagy, 15, of Chicora, landed
a 40-inch, 201/2-pound muskie with 20- inch girth on a crawler,
4-pound test and his trout rod, while angling for crappies from
shore in recent weeks. Tom Winslow, of Butler, landed a 30-inch
channel catfish. Austin Greathouse, 11, of Prospect, landed a
281/2-inch, 8-pound, 10-ounce walleye. Other walleye catches and
nice numbers of bass and catfish are reported.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County) – Carl Scholtz, of Shaler, reports
plenty of trout are still in the stream and smallmouths have turned
on, although bass sizes are running small, about 8 inches. The
largest trout he released was a 14-inch brown.
North Park Lake (Allegheny County) – Many small crappies were
caught amid high fishing pressure during June. Anglers also are
catching bluegills and channel catfish.
Allegheny River – Highlights from the Venture Outdoors Downtown
TriAnglers recent outing on the North Shore near Pittsburgh include
a 211/2-inch freshwater drum released by Tom Lippert, of Spring
Garden, a 20-inch flathead catfish released by Mike Kirshenbaum, of
Squirrel Hill, a 211/2-inch smallmouth buffalo released by Sereya
Woods, of Crafton, and a 15-inch smallmouth bass released by Scott
Hergenrother, of Gibsonia.
Ohio River – Kevin Hospodar, of Pittsburgh, caught a 40-inch
muskie in the back channel on a No. 3 Vibrax spinner. He and a
friend also caught a few walleyes, smallmouth bass and channel
catfish. Russ Greshauk, of Coraopolis, landed a 7-pound, 261/2-inch
walleye at the mouth of Montour Creek.
Monongahela River (Greene County) – Catfish have been hitting
around Point Marion area, where smallmouth bass also are being
Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) – Low water levels are
making fishing a challenge, although the area around Confluence is
yielding 15- to 20-inch rainbows.
Youghiogheny Reservoir (Fayette County) – Water levels have been
several feet below normal, impacting what had been a good
smallmouth bite. Alex McCoskey, of Hopwood, boated two walleyes, 6
pounds and 4 pounds, on crawler harnesses.
Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) – Slow bass fishing was
reported, with one angler reporting three largemouth catches, 13 to
16 inches, in 10 hours.
Deep Creek Lake (Maryland) – Mike Sesek, of Brentwood, boated
five walleyes up to 8 pounds, 28 inches on Triple Ripple grubs.
F. J. Sayers Lake (Centre County) – Very good crappie fishing,
with catches up to 13 and 14 inches, was reported last month on
this 1,730-acre Bald Eagle State Park reservoir.
Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) – Anglers accessing the creek
from the Castanea launch report catches of walleyes, smallmouth
bass, carp and panfish.
Pine Creek, Little Pine Creek (Lycoming County) – Anglers were
hoping for rain, as creeks have been running very low and clear in
recent weeks. Smallmouth bass fishing was picking up, but trout
anglers had to fish deep pools, the riffles in the mornings and at
night, and the mouths of tributaries. Slate drakes and Cahills were
coming off in recent weeks, along with the occasional sulphur and
blue-winged olives in the early morning.
Little Pine Lake (Lycoming County) – The state is draining the
lake for repairs beginning July 5.
Slate Run, Cedar Run, Young Woman’s Creek (Tioga, Lycoming,
Potter counties) – These mountain streams are fishing well for
typical summer conditions. Fish terrestrials.
West Branch Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) – After-dark
catches of catfish were reported in June along with walleyes,
smallmouth bass, and panfish.
Allegheny River (Potter County) – Extra trout from the federal
hatchery were planted June 25, out of the Coudersport area.
Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) – Walleyes and bass were hitting
in mid-June at the spillway.
Spring Creek (Centre County) – Cress bugs and Pheasant Tail
nymphs have been fishing well on this limestone-fed stream.
Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumberland County) – Rains raised water
levels around June 21 but levels were good. Light trico activity
was reported, with muggier weather expected to generate heavier
hatches. Other hatches included #16 tan and gray caddises. Small
blue-winged olives (#18 and #20) also are reported during the
Laurel Lake (Cumberland County) – Although this 25-acre Pine
Grove Furnace State Park lake now contains water, as of mid-June,
it had not been stocked. It held pickerel, perch and stocked trout,
as does the 1.7-acre Fuller Lake, which is also in the state
Juniata River (Juniata County) – Smallmouth bass are coming on
hellgrammites and madtoms. Bass up to 181/2 inches are reported,
with nice catches out of the Muskrat Springs access area.
Holman Lake (Perry County) – Bass fishing at this 88-acre
impoundment has been productive mornings and evenings. Muskies have
been sighted close to shore.
Juniata River (Perry County) – The water below Newport has been
yielding smallmouth bass on madtoms and hellgrammites.
Peck’s Pond (Pike County) – Good bluegill and other panfish
action is reported. Some hand-sized up to 14 ounces have been
caught. Bass are hitting plastic worms, such as Senkos and Texas
and wacky-rigged worms.
Delaware River (Monroe, Pike counties) – Striped bass were
hitting mid-June in lower-than-normal water levels.
Shohola Lake (Pike County) – Good bluegill and pumpkinseed
sunfish action was reported in June, with anglers doing well along
the shoreline near the dam.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) – Walleyes are biting
stickbaits trolled after dark. Smallmouths are coming on poppers at
dawn and dusk and on crankbaits during the day. Pickerel are
hitting shiners. Longear sunfish are hitting along the rockier
parts of the shoreline. Crappies are being caught on jigs and
Delaware River – Nighttime walleye fishing has been productive.
Anglers also are catching channel catfish and small stripers.
Smallmouth action is heating up.
Susquehanna River (Bradford County) – Catfish have been hitting
tube jigs. Boat launch improvements have been completed at the
access near Sayre Little League field, although the PF&BC
advises there is a problem with filamentous algae.
Mauch Chunk Lake, Mauch Chunk Creek (Carbon County) – In the
lake, okay smallmouth action is reported on minnows, and crappies
are hitting small curly-tail grubs and minnows. Trout action picked
up in mid-June in the creek.
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) – The Preachers Camp boat access
area and Wild Creek Bay are yielding striped bass up to 27
inches. Smallmouth bass action has been slow. A children’s fishing
derby is slated for July 28 beginning at 10 a.m. For more, call
the Beltzville State Park office at (610) 377-9150.
Frances E. Walter Dam (Carbon County) – Pickerel, smallmouth
bass and yellow perch are being caught.
Loyalsock Creek (Sullivan County) – Fly-anglers have been
targeting the riffles with weighted stonefly nymphs as water levels
drop and temperatures climb.
Susquehanna River (Wyoming County) – Channel catfish are
reported on big chunk baits in the Falls area. Anglers are doing
well trolling crankbaits.
Lehigh River, Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County) – Trout
fishing has been very good with big fish up to 23 inches landed on
crawlers and other baits. The Lehigh is yielding smallmouth bass on
tubes, crawlers, soft plastic worms and medium shiners. Panfish are
Marquette Lake (Lebanon County) – Brown trout and rainbow trout
were hitting on crawlers and mealworms in the early mornings and
late evenings in mid-June.
Quittapahilla Creek (Lebanon County) – Brown and rainbow trout
were still being caught last month on spinners, crawlers and
Susquehanna River (York County) – Smallmouth bass up to 19
inches are hitting on tubes and other baits from Wrightsville to
Accomac and near York Haven, with mornings the most productive time
Lake Williams (York County) – Largemouth bass have been biting
in this impoundment, which has been less pressured than nearby Lake
Susquehanna River, Conowingo Reservoir (York County) – Anglers
are catching crappies out of the Conowingo Reservoir on the river
south of the Holtwood Dam.
Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) – The morning and evening
smallmouth bass bite has been good, especially for anglers fishing
top water lures and crayfish imitations. Typically, the east shore
offers good early morning fishing, while the west shore is
productive later in the day. Night-time catfishing also has been
productive on minnows, crawlers and shrimp. Channel cats up to 24
inches are reported. One angler fishing landed a 31-inch flathead
on a minnow near Middletown.
Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) – Largemouth bass up to 6
pounds, 2 ounces are reported on Sweet Beavers in 4 to 6 feet
around the laydowns. Watermelon seed and green pumpkinseed are the
top two colors. The 6-pound, 2-ouncer came on a Carolina rigged
Sweet Beaver near the Girl Scout Beach. Yum Woolly Hogtails also
work mid-day. Bonnie Huntshammer, of New Providence-town, caught a
17-pound, 10-ounce channel cat on a crawler fished off the bottom
at Bluegill Road Bridge. Pickings are slim on crappies. Nice yellow
perch are coming along the riprap. For more, call Jim Neary’s Bait
and Tackle at (717) 529-2488.
Susquehanna River (Lancaster County) – Anglers are catching
catfish on jigs, crankbaits, and minnows in the evening hours. The
creek mouths are yielding walleyes on thin-profile minnow patterned
crankbaits at dusk. Anglers also are targeting walleyes after dark
on lighted bobbers and jigs and minnows. Smallmouth bass have been
hitting in shallow water in the shade of overhanging trees during
Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) – The largemouth bass bite has
waned some, due to post-spawn blues, but the overnight striper and
hybrid striper bites have picked up, with anglers catching fish up
to 24 inches on chicken livers and alewives. A midday muskie bite
is producing mostly sub-legal fish on whatever anglers are throwing
at them. There aren’t many walleye reports, but anglers are
targeting 20 feet on the points. For more, call Nockamixon Sports
Shop at (215) 538-9553.
Delaware River (Bucks County) – Walleyes and smallmouths have
been hitting, with the stretch between Tinicum and New Hope
Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) – Striped bass are hitting worms,
minnows and chicken livers. Smallmouths up to 3 pounds are coming
on shiners, and on plastic worms and crankbaits around structure,
with early morning a good time to avoid boating pressure.
Deep-diving plugs in black and silver are taking walleyes,
especially around rocky points. Channel catfish are hitting chicken
livers and minnows. Carp are being released along blowdowns and
other shoreline areas. Anglers are catching crappies on jigs and/or
minnows, but sizes are running small. Walleyes are hitting at the
Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) – Fair numbers of bass and
crappies are reported.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg