Saturday, January 28th, 2023
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Trout fishing tough; bass, walleyes are still biting

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie – John Starkweather, of Jamestown, N.Y., boated a
27-pound, 10-ounce, 381/2-inch lake trout on an orange and
chartreuse striped spoon in 115 feet of water off “the mountain”
near North East last month. The state record is 27 pounds, 13
ounces. The walleye bite turned on in mid-August, although rough
conditions hampered fishing intermittently. When anglers could get
out on the lake, they were catching nice numbers and sizes of
walleyes in 56 to 70 feet from Walnut Creek to the Ohio line, and
perch in 56 to 57 feet straight out of Walnut and a little east and
west of the creek. Anglers were catching panfish and largemouth
bass in Presque Isle Bay, where heavy underwater vegetation called
for weedless-rigged lures.

Allegheny River/Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County) – In the
river, white bass and a few keeper-size walleyes were hitting from
the tailwaters to “the dredge” in Starbrick, and trout were
reported mostly in the tailwaters in recent weeks. The reservoir
was yielding walleyes and perch.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) – Some anglers were trolling
for walleyes on the eastern end in late August. Small striped bass
were reported, along with crappies in mixed sizes.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – Bluegills and crappies were
boated in 11 feet and landed from shore under the main causeway in
recent weeks. Numbers of largemouth bass were caught along the
shoreline and in “the stumps.”

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – A muskie bite turned on
in recent weeks, with unconfirmed reports of the release of a
52-incher. The deep water was still yielding a few walleyes and
crappies. Channel catfish were hitting all over the lake.

Oil Creek (Venango County) – Clear, normal conditions were
reported in recent weeks along with nice catches of trout and
smallmouth bass. Hatches included blue-winged olives, some white
flies and midges. Terrestrials also were working.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Mike Mazurek, of Pittsburgh,
landed a 271/8-inch, 8-pound hybrid striped bass on a shiner Aug.
26, although the bite had slowed. Largemouth bass were reported
around weedbeds, and crappies were hitting on brush piles in 8 to
10 feet. A couple of walleyes also were reported, but the bite has
slowed considerably.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Pine Creek (Allegheny County) – Karl Scholtz, of Shaler, landed
smallmouth bass up to 10 inches and an occasional holdover trout in
recent weeks.

Ohio River – Brian Duggan, of Union Township, caught a
271/2-inch, 7-pound walleye.

Monongahela River – Although walleye and sauger fishing was
overall slow, one angler caught a 24-inch walleye and another
angler, a 3-pound largemouth bass around Point Marion. The same
area was yielding channel catfish up to 24 inches. Maxwell lock and
dam area was yielding channel catfish and carp up to 8 pounds in
recent weeks. Justin Finnegan won the Shad Lure Bait & Tackle
August carp contest with a 10-pound carp caught Aug. 25.

Youghiogheny Reservoir – One angler boated seven smallmouth bass
up to 18 inches, along with bluegills, rock bass and a few
crappies. Other anglers were catching channel catfish. Water levels
were dropping in late August.

Youghiogheny River/Dunbar Creek (Fayette County) – Anglers
floating Connellsville to Layton on the river were catching
smallmouth bass averaging 12 inches. A trout stocking is slated for
the tailrace Sept. 3. Anglers were catching trout on dry flies in
low flow in the special regulations sections.

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) – Numbers of crappies were
reported, along with a few bass, northern pike and pickerel.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County) – Anglers reported smallmouth
bass up to 2 pounds, with the best catches coming around dusk.
Catfish also were hitting.

Conemaugh/Kiskiminetas rivers (Indiana County) – Anglers
reported fair to good smallmouth bass fishing in recent weeks.

Keystone State Park Lake (West-moreland County) – A nearly
4-pound largemouth bass was reported in recent weeks, amid light
fishing pressure on this 78-acre impoundment.

Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County) – A 15-inch-plus white
crappie was caught in recent weeks.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Pine Creek, Little Pine Creek (Lycoming County) – Both streams
were fishing well in late August, although anglers were discouraged
from targeting trout in water temperatures that approached 80
degrees, as fish were stressed. Fish did not migrate to the mouths
of the runs this summer, and a lot of holdover trout were expected
for fall fishing. A bait angler fishing below Little Pine State
Park landed nine rainbow trout, which is unusual for this time of
year. Hatches include slate drakes (14), cahills (16, 18),
blue-winged olives (18), and grasshoppers and other
terrestrials.

Slate Run, Cedar Run (Tioga County) – Good flow was reported,
and anglers were doing well with terrestrials.

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) – Black and white crappies were
reported, with one angler catching 35 around 9 inches. Jim Mucci
caught two hybrid striped bass, 27 and 19 inches. Jake McCullen, of
Westfield, caught a 31-inch, 20-pound channel catfish on cut
bait.

Tioga Lake (Tioga County) – The spillway was yielding some nice
walleyes on night crawlers at the end of August.

Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County) – Good summer levels were
reported in late August, with tan caddis, slate drakes, and summer
blue quills hatching along with spotty tricos. Green Weenies fished
alone or in tandem with a Stimulator were a good bet.

Penns Creek (Union County) – Variable flow and warmer water
temperatures were reported in late August, and early morning and
pre-dusk fishing were the best bets. Anglers are discouraged from
targeting trout in water above 70 degrees. Tan and olive caddis
(16, 18), Summer Blue Quills (18, 20), Slate Drakes (12, 14), and
Tricos were hatching.

Spring Creek (Centre County) – Average summer flow was reported
Aug. 27. Effective fly patterns included Tricos, beetles and ants
fished close to the banks, and nymphs, such as Green Weenies and
Hare’s Ears.

Sinnemahoning Creek (Cameron County) – Good smallmouth bass
fishing was reported in recent weeks, with fish hitting topwater
baits.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) – Walleye action picked up in
late August, with anglers reporting nice walleyes on shad darts
north of the Fort Hunter access.

Juniata River (Perry County) – Smallmouth bass were hitting on
crayfish, hellgrammites and stonecats. Topwater baits were working
best after sunset.

Holman Lake (Perry County) – Largemouth bass were hitting around
structure in the early morning and evening hours. Bullhead catfish
were hitting from evening through after dark on crawlers, chicken
livers and cut baits.

Susquehanna River (York County) – The Goldsboro area was
yielding bass on crankbaits in 4 to 5 feet in late August. Tubes
also were producing. Catfish were hitting at York Haven hydro.

Lake Redman (York County) – Largemouth bass were hitting in
recent weeks with the deeper water of the east shoreline especially
productive. Plastic worms on the bottom were effective. Panfish
also were hitting early in the day.

Little Juniata River (Blair County) – Water was low and warm in
late August, with nymphing with small mayflies and caddis patterns
under Hi-Vis Dry flies or other indicator pattern effective in the
deeper runs and pools.

NORTHEAST REGION

Susquehanna River (Bradford County) – Bass were running small,
although some 12-plus inchers were reported in recent weeks.
Overall, the bite was slow.

Lehigh River (Carbon, Monroe counties) – Smallmouth bass fishing
was productive in the Bowmanstown and Palmerton pools. Palmerton
also was yielding catfish and eels in the evening hours. Heading
into Septem-ber, the trout bite was expected to improve. Muskies
were reported on the lower reaches near the Delaware, while the
upper river was yielding pickerel, smallmouth bass, suckers, carp
and catfish.

Walter E. Francis Dam (Carbon County) – Anglers were doing well
in the tailwaters on smallmouth bass, pickerel, and native brook
trout, and very well on trout. Crappies, perch, and smallmouth bass
were hitting in the dam.

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) – Good bass action was reported
especially on minnows and leeches, but keepers 15 inches and bigger
were hard to come by. Plenty of 141/2-inchers were reported.
Catfish fishing was so-so, and panfishing was poor at the end of
August. A few walleyes were reported in recent weeks. Action is
typically spotty here, although sizes can be nice.

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) – Perch were hitting but sizes
were running small. The bass bite was typical for the end of
August. It was hard to get big bass on hot days, but catch rates
are expected to improve in late September. Striped bass were
hitting sporadically, with chicken livers fished deep a productive
method. A 39-pound, 45-inch striper was caught in June. Fair to
good walleye catches also were reported at the end of August, with
the best catches coming after day. The Pine Run Bridge area was a
good spot, even for stripers.

Delaware River (Pike County) – Fishing pressure was light in
late August, but numbers of catfish and eels were reported, with
Pocono access a good spot. A good smallmouth bite on spider jigs
and Senko-type worms, plastic jigs.

Wallenpaupack Creek (Wayne County) – Largemouth and smallmouth
bass and catfish were hitting on artificials and live bait on the
main stem in recent weeks. Smallmouth bass were hitting on jig and
pigs and spoons. Largemouth bass were coming on saltstick baits in
the weeds.

Susquehanna River (Pike County) – The North Branch of the
Susquehanna was yielding smallmouth bass on jigs and tubes,
especially in various shades of gobie. Good smallmouth fishing was
reported in late August, while after-dark anglers were doing well
on catfish.

Lake Winola, Stevens Lake, Fords Lake (Wyoming County) – Nice
catches of largemouth bass were reported, with night-time trout
fishing productive on Winola.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) – Largemouth bass were hitting
on crankbaits in 10 feet off the points and laydowns Aug. 31. White
perch and yellow perch were reported in big numbers but not sizes.
Walleyes up to 22 inches were coming on jigs and shiners. Two
northern pike over 31 inches were reported on crankbaits by bass
anglers. Catfishing was excellent. Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle will
hold a catfish tournament on Sept. 18 from 7 p.m. to midnight. It’s
bank fishing only and a $25 entry fee. For details, call Jim at
(717) 529-2488.

Nockamixon Lake (Berks County) – Largemouth bass were hitting in
shallow water, in the weeds and submerged bushes in high water the
last weekend in August. One angler caught a 20-pound striped bass.
Catfish were hitting all over the lake.

Delaware River – Rainy weather left levels so high, angling was
difficult in late August. For conditions, visit www.usgsrealtimewaterdata.org

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) – Bass in mixed sizes were
reported in recent weeks, with the shoreline waters yielding nice
catches on jigs. Catfish were hitting around the Mount Pleasant
area, which also produced one muskie at the end of August.

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) – Good conditions were reported
in late August, with water running about 71 degrees. Caddis hatches
were strong during the day and heavy at night. Tricos also were on,
and fish were feeding on them. The best bet was a spinner fly
pattern. Excellent smallmouth bass fishing was reported, with fish
hitting on topwaters, small poppers, light cahills and caddis.

Green Lane Reservoir (Montgomery County) – Crappies and white
perch were reported at the end of August. The bass bite was
reportedly slow, but one shore angler did well on soft plastics at
the Red Hill boat launch.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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