Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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Walleye bite seems to be picking up across state

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie – Excellent walleye fishing was reported on the south
edge of the first trench in 68 to 72 feet Sept. 10. Scott and
Debbie Gates, of Farmington, caught limits of walleyes averaging 4
pounds in 72 feet north of Walnut trolling Reef Runners and worm
harnesses. Perch fishing remained very good in 68 to 72 feet. The
perch fishing was consistently outstanding all summer, while the
walleye bite was late to start.

Allegheny River/Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County) – A few
keeper-size walleyes, perch running 10 to 121/2 inches, northern
pike and smallmouth bass were hitting in both the river and
reservoir in early September. The river also was yielding releases
of rainbow trout.

Allegheny River (Venango County) – High, cooler-than-normal
water kept fish scattered in early September, although numbers of
small smallmouths were released on Flukes and plastic worms in
shallow water.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – Anglers were catching a
few walleyes jigging blade baits and Sonars in the deeper water. A
couple of 20-inch fish and a 27-incher were reported. Nice crappies
were hitting around brush piles. Dale Preston, of Greenville,
released a 34-inch muskie, trolling.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) – A decent smallmouth bass
bite was reported in recent weeks.

Tamarack Lake (Crawford County) – This popular muskie
impoundment has yielded a few catches in recent weeks, but the bite
was slow overall.

Shenango Lake/Shenango River (Mercer County) – Cooler weather
was expected to spur the hybrid striped bass bite, with catches now
coming in schools of shad along the shoreline. White bass also were
reported. The river below the dam was yielding large numbers of
crappies.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Some hybrid striper activity was
reported with fish up to 26 inches hitting on crawlers and shiners.
Bass and a few crappies and walleyes also were reported, along with
numbers of channel catfish up to 2 feet long. Emma Walsh, 9, of the
Butler area, caught a 22-inch channel cat on Aug. 30. Tim Costello,
of Penn Hills, released a 501/2-inch muskie in recent weeks. His
daughter and wife released a 48-incher and a 46-incher.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Allegheny River – Anglers were catching smallmouth bass,
freshwater drum and a few crappies around Harmarville in recent
weeks. The Venture Outdoors Downtown TriAnglers reported a slow
bite off the North Shore on a recent Wednesday, with just eight
fish caught, including a 121/2-inch smallmouth bass by Marty
Sanders, of Overbrook.

Ohio River – Stephen Manukas caught a 31-inch, 10-pound, 8-ounce
walleye on a live bluegill near Monaca one recent night. He also
reported boating two 21-pound flathead catfish.

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) – Water was about a foot below
normal pool in early September and yielding northern pike,
crappies, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and bullhead catfish.

Youghiogheny Reservoir (Fayette County) – John Spittal, of
Ursina, and friends reported catching 12 smallmouth bass up to 19
inches in shallow water, some nice perch about 12 inches, and a
couple of bullhead catfish, Sept.7

Mahoning Creek Lake (Indiana County) – A 30-plus inch northern
pike was reported.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County) – A 30-inch walleye was
boated by an angler trolling the main channel in recent weeks.

Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County) – A 3-pound, 2-ounce
largemouth bass was reported in recent weeks.

Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County) – Weedless rigs and topwaters
were nabbing bass in recent days. The Fish & Boat Commission is
expected to begin drawing down the water for weed-control
purposes.

Glendale Lake, Wilmore Dam (Cambria County) – Nice-sized
crappies and decent-sized bass were reported at Glendale, while
Wilmore was yielding bigger bass.

Lake Chautauqua (New York) – Sharon Luchovick-Dworakowski and
her husband, Matt Dworakowski, of McKees Rocks, released two
muskies, 43 and 39 inches, on Legend perch baits, July 29. The
previous week, Dworakowski released seven muskies, 34 to 43
inches.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Pine, Little Pine creeks (Lycoming County) – Rainfall left
streams in fantastic shape, according to McConnell’s Country Store.
Slate Run Tackle Shop stocked the delayed-harvest section of Pine
Creek in early September, adding to the holdover fish from the
spring stocking. Trout were active and smallmouth bass were biting.
Moderate angling pressure was reported. Hatches included
blue-winged olives, slate drakes, a variety of midges, and a
sulphur-like bug (size 18) that called for a light cahill or small
sulphur pattern. Caddis and terrestrials also were good patterns.
For more, visit www.mcconnellscountrystore.com

Slate, Cedar runs (Tioga County) – Low, clear water on these
small, mountain brook-trout streams made for tough angling in early
September.

Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) – Nice sized largemouth bass
and panfish were hitting.

George B. Stevenson Dam (Cameron County) – David Gower, of
Morrisdale, caught a 28-inch chain pickerel in early September. The
state record is 30 inches.

Sinnemahoning Creek, Lyman Run Lake (Potter County) – Good water
conditions made for good trout fishing in recent weeks.

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) – Numbers of catfish were
reported.

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) – Muskies, largemouth bass and
panfish were reported in recent weeks.

Rose Valley Lake (Tioga County) – Good smallmouth bass and
excellent panfish bites were reported in recent weeks.

West Branch Susquehanna River (Tioga County) – Good water levels
made for good smallmouth bass fishing in recent weeks.

Spring Creek (Centre County) – This limestone creek was fishing
very well in good to high flow in early September.

Fishing Creek (Columbia County) – Flow was average and a little
off-color in early September. Hatches included tiny blue-winged
olives (22, 24), tan caddis, slate drakes, (spotty) tricos, and
summer blue quills. Fishing Green Weenies alone or in tandem with a
Stimulator was also a good bet. For more, visit www.tcoflyfishing.com

Penns Creek (Union County) – High, off-color conditions were
reported in early September. The lower reaches were fishing well
for bass, while trout were being released mornings and evenings.
Many anglers avoid targeting trout when water is warm. The bite was
mostly slow in recent weeks. Big stoneflies and streamer patterns
fished against the banks were effective. Tan and olive caddis
(16/18), summer blue quills (18, 20), slate drakes (12,14), tricos
(20-24), and big slate drakes (12, 14) were reported.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) – Sparky Price and Karen
Newingham, of Huntingdon, won the recent Pennsylvania Striped Bass
Association tournament, with a two-fish total weight of 37-plus
pounds. Price of Trophy Guide Service released close to a 50-pound
striper Sept. 1, and said a few 40-plus pounders were caught in
recent weeks. The bite is transitioning from nighttime to daytime,
with fish hitting in 18 to 22 feet on trolling lures or suspended
live bait, such as shad and alewife. Largemouth bass were staying
close to weeds in recent weeks. Smallmouths were hitting in shallow
water mornings and evenings and in 12 to 18 feet during the day.
Numbers of lake trout were hitting, with smaller ones coming in 32
to 40 feet, and 15 to 20 pounders hitting in 45 to 55 feet.

Canoe Creek Lake (Blair County) – Low, clear water made for
tough angling in early September.

Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) – Good conditions spurred the
smallmouth bass bite in recent weeks, with olive and motor oil
color tubes the bait of choice. Spinners and buzz baits were
effective mornings and evenings. The Middletown area was yielding
bass on crank baits and live minnows. On Oct. 1, bass regulations
on the river change to a minimum size of 18 inches and a total
creel of two bass per day. Channel and flathead catfish are were
hitting, on small sunfish and chicken livers.

Memorial Lake (Dauphin County) – Bluegills and crappies were
hitting on worms and small minnows in recent weeks.

Lake Redman (York County) – Largemouth bass were hitting plastic
worms in 4 to 6 feet in recent weeks, with bright-color spinners
the ticket and the best bite in the morning.

Lake Williams (York County) – Panfishing was good in recent
weeks, with bluegills hitting on small worms.

Susquehanna River (York County) – Catfish were caught on liver
and crawlers around York Haven hydro in recent weeks.

Quittapahilla Creek (Lebanon County) – Trout were hitting
spinners in recent weeks.

NORTHEAST REGION

Susquehanna River (Bradford County) – An improving smallmouth
bass bite was reported over Labor Day weekend, when water
temperatures were about 70 degrees.

Chemung River (Bradford County) – Smallmouth bass were hitting
around Athens Township launch, with poppers and topwaters
productive.

Lehigh River (Carbon County) – The Bowmanstown and Palmerton
pools were yielding nice smallmouth bass.

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) – Bass action was slow in early
September although shore anglers were catching striped bass on
chicken livers around Pohopoco Creek bay, where nice-sized panfish
also were reported. Some anglers caught perch, 11 and 12 inches,
along shore just east of the ski zone.

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) – Pickerel and bass were
active, with anglers catching panfish around Boat Launch B.

Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) – Black crappies were
hitting under the Route 407 Bridge, with pinhead minnows or small
white jigs productive. Cooling water was expected to improve
angling.

Francis Walter Dam (Luzerne County) – Crappies and sunfish were
being caught on live minnows and redworms in early September.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass and pickerel were hitting on
spinners and rubber imitation baits.

Lily Lake (Luzerne County) – Anglers were catching some panfish
as well as bass on night crawlers, minnows and rubber imitation
baits.

Susquehanna River – Nice channel catfish were reported on
hotdogs and chicken livers in early to mid-September. Smallmouth
bass, walleyes and muskellunge were caught on spinners, twister
tails, hellgrammites and crayfish.

Delaware River (Pike County) – Smallmouth bass were reported in
recent weeks, with some 3-plus pounders hitting in the Delaware
National Park Recreation Area. Hot spots included the Depew Island
bend and the Bushkill Access. Most bass were caught on soft
plastics, such as tubes and worms. Shore anglers were catching
catfish and eels on live worms and stick baits.

Promised Land Lake (Pike County) – Panfish were hitting in
recent weeks, with crawlers and minnows on bobber rigs productive
near Ridgefield point. Numbers of small pickerel are also were
reported.

Hunter’s Lake, Lake Jean (Sullivan County) – Chartreuse plastic
worms fished along weed beds were nabbing largemouth bass.

Susquehanna River – Some smallmouth bass were hitting on live
bait around the old Susquehanna/Oakland bridge.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Octararo Reservoir (Lancaster County) – A lot of smallmouth bass
and the occasional 3 to 4 pound largemouth were reported in early
morning on creature baits and rubber worms, later in day crankbaits
and spinnerbaits in early September. Big catfish were reported on
this 669-acre lake with fish hitting just about anything from
worms, chicken livers and other baits. Numbers of small yellow
perch and very crappies were reported in recent weeks. Walleye
anglers were fishing nights. Joe Grayeske caught a 31-inch, 8
1/2-pound northern pike July 13. For more, call Jim Neary’s Bait
and Tackle at (717) 529-2488.

Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) – Channel catfish were averaging
5 to 10 pounds and hitting in numbers in various depths in early
Sept. Cooler surface temps brought largemouth bass higher in the
water column to within 10 feet even during the day. Bass were
hitting near weedbeds. Soft plastics such as 7-inch power worm and
weedless frogs were working. Old Bethlehem Road was a good spot.
Anglers were doing well on striped bass, trolling larger
crankbaits.

Lake Galena (Bucks County) – Shore anglers were catching yellow
perch and bass, with largemouths up to 3 pounds reported. Other
panfish were also hitting.

Delaware River – _Smallmouth bass and walleyes were hitting in
early September depending on rainfall and fluctuating water levels.
Anglers were advised to target faster moving water. Good spots were
Riegelstown, Tintacum Park, and Upper Black Eddy. Catfish anglers
were doing well during murky water.

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) – Water was returning to normal
and cooling in early September as night temperatures began to drop.
Hatches included trico (22-26), midges (20-26), and caddis
(18-20).

Blue Marsh Lake (Chester County) – Bass were hitting in deep
water and in and around weed beds. Crankbaits and spinner baits
were working well, and large rubber worms, although large rubber
worms in black, purple, dark green or pumpkin seed and jigs were
hitting in the weeds. Bluegills and crappies were taking minnows,
mealworms, and wax worms.

French, East Brandywin, Pickering, West Valley creeks (Chester
County) – Water had excellent flow but was warm in early September,
and anglers were urged to release trout quickly. Midges (sizes
24-32) were good surface producers, while small Hare’s Ear and
Pheasant Tail nymphs and scuds were effective nymphs.

Schuylkill River – A slow bass bite was reported near Black
Rock, but catfish were hitting in recent weeks.

Speedwell Forge Lake (Lancaster County) – Joe Jaynes caught a
25-inch channel catfish Aug. 13.

Susquehanna River – Striped bass 20 to 30 inches were hitting
around Falmouth. Smallmouth bass were hitting on crankbaits, while
channel and flathead catfish were comong on crawlers. One angler
caught a 36-inch muskie on 4-pound test.

Schuylkill River (Philadelphia County) – Catfish and carp were
reported in recent weeks, with good catches coming at Judge’s Stand
and Strawberry Mansion Bridge.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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