Sunday, January 29th, 2023
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Likely last bugs of year trigger good trout fishing


Lake Erie and tributaries – Anglers continued to catch nice
steelhead, but not in big numbers through Nov. 6. The upstream
sections weren’t holding many fish. The lakefront was productive as
conditions allowed. Cody Single, 12, of Frederick, Md., caught a
103/4-pound, 28-inch steelhead with 171/2-inch girth on skein on
Twenty Mile Creek Nov. 2. Ray Travis, of Erie, landed a 14-pound
steelhead. Anglers were catching perch from the north and south
piers in the channel from the lake to Presque Isle Bay.

Shenango Lake (Mercer County) – Nice crappies and numbers of
white bass were reported in early November, but angling pressure
was low.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – Anglers fishing off the docks and
at Sheakleyville Bridge were catching crappies and bluegills. Very
few boats were out in recent weeks.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – Anglers were catching a
lot of crappies around the marina docks. Numbers of perch in mixed
sizes also were reported. A few anglers jigging sonars were doing
well on walleyes up to 29 inches.

Woodcock Creek (Crawford County) – A few trout were still
hitting below the dam. The lake is being drawn down for winter.

Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County) – Nice water levels and
clarity were reported Nov. 6, with a little rain in the forecast.
Neshannock Creek Fly Shop reports leaves have largely been flushed
away and nymphs (sizes 14 to 18) and small Woolly Buggers were
productive. Fish were active in the delayed-harvest,
artificial-lures- only section.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Boaters were catching crappies,
bass, catfish and a few perch through early November.


Allegheny River – Some sauger and walleye activity was reported
from shore and boat around Highland Park and Lock Three. The river
was a little high but fishable in early November.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) – Northern pike were
hitting, with one angler releasing a 35-incher. Big brown trout
also were hitting.

Lake Somerset (Somerset County) -_Crappies and bluegills were
reported in recent weeks.


Fishing Creek (Clinton County) – Slightly high levels were
reported on Nov. 7 and blue-winged olives (22, 24) were on the
water. Tan caddis, October caddis and a few slate drakes were
hatching. Small nymphs and streamers were effective. Trout were
spawning and wading anglers are urged to avoid spawning beds.

Spring Creek (Centre County) – Flow was a good level and
slightly off-color Nov. 6. A few tan/green caddis flies,
blue-winged olives (20, 22), midges and crane flies were reported.
Fish were spawning on this and other local waters, and anglers were
advised to fish away from beds.

Pine, Little Pine creeks, Slate and Cedar runs (Tioga, Lycoming
counties) – Water levels were unseasonably high, but streams were
clear and fishable and trout were active in early November. Water
temperatures were in the mid 40s and there was a little insect
activity, including blue-winged olives, midges, and a few slate
drakes, which was unusual for this time of year. Terrestrials were
gone with the recent frost. The best bets were streamers, Woolly
Buggers, and bouncing nymphs and egg patterns on the bottom. As of
Nov. 6, McConnell’s Country Store was reporting hunting had been
overall slow, given the abundance of mast in the Waterville area.
Turkeys weren’t moving far to feed. A few nice bucks were harvested
but the rut was just getting started in early November. The
bear-season outlook around Waterville was good. Last year’s early
snow had bears denning early, which was expected to add up to good
numbers this year.

George B. Stevenson, Alvin R. Bush dams (Cameron, Clinton
counties) – Anglers were catching stocked trout and fishing deep
for them. Bait suspended just off the bottom was more productive
than trolling.

Penns Creek (Union County) – Nice flow, though a tad high, was
reported in early November. Trout were spawning and anglers were
urged to avoid disturbing beds. A few tan caddis flies (16, 18)
were hatching along with October caddis (12, 14), slate drakes
(12,14), blue-winged olives (22-26) and tan crane flies.


Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) – Lake trout, 2 to 15 pounds,
were caught 30 to 40 feet deep, by anglers trolling mostly
chartreuse spoons on downriggers. Striped bass, 8 to 25 pounds,
were hitting in 20 feet for anglers trolling umbrella rigs, live
bait and Big Macs (diving plugs). Anglers were catching rock bass
below the dam spillway. The spillway is considered a tributary to
the Juniata River and the creel limit on rock bass is 10 a day.

Little Juniata River – Good conditions were reported in early
November, and trout were spawning. Anglers were urged to avoid
spawning beds. Green and olive Caddis Larvae, Prince Nymphs, Green
Weenies and other basic nymphs were effective, as were streamers in
rising water. Smallmouth bass fishing also was very good.


Lackawaxen River – Receding waters made the river fishable in
early November, with trout hitting crankbaits and small spinners.
Walleyes and smallmouth bass were hitting crankbaits near Honesdale
and the Prompton spillway.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) – Pickerel up to 4 and 5 pounds
were reported, with anglers doing well on crawdad-color

Lake Shohola (Pike County) – Nice-size bass were hitting shiners
in recent weeks.

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) – Pickerel up to 26 inches were
reported along with decent-size bass. Striped bass also were

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) – Smallmouth bass were hitting
jigs presented vertically. The striped bass bite was slower

Delaware River – Smallmouth bass were hitting, with some anglers
catching nice numbers targeting eddies and pockets close to the
shoreline with spinner baits and tubes. Fish were moving off rocky

Susquehanna River – A good smallmouth bass bite was reported on
tubes and large ribbed grubs on current seams around structure.
Suspending jerkbaits were working, too.

Little Lehigh River – Clear water and low angling pressure were
reported in early November, and water was 50 degrees. Sucker Spawn,
San Juan Worms, Crane Flies and Blue-Winged Olives (18 and 24) were
effective. The Iron Bridge was a good spot because water seemed to
be higher there.


Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) – The bite slowed in recent
weeks, with folks turning to hunting. Catfish were hitting live
bait such as shiners, crawlers and chicken livers near the piers.
Big crappies were taking fathead minnows near pilings and trees.
Largemouth bass were taking shiners in 5 to 20 feet. Smallmouth
action slowed, but fish were taking shiners. Brett Faryniak, of
Northampton, shot an 8-point buck with 19-inch inside spread and
the rut was full on in early November.

Lake Minsi (Northampton County) – Anglers were catching perch on
bait and minnows in recent weeks.

Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) – Bass, yellow perch and crappies
were hitting in recent weeks.

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) – Good conditions and cold
water were reported in early November. Dense daytime and evening
caddis hatches were reported. Fish were even feeding on a few very
late tricos.

Antietam, Kaercher Creek lakes (Berks County) – Decent trout and
panfishing were reported. Try bait.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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