Mayfly hatches are coming off across the state
Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, and tributaries – Poor Richard’s,
(814) 474-5623, reported a few straggler steelhead were in the
lower reaches of Elk and Walnut creeks in mid- to late-April.
Suckers also were in the streams. Lake trout were reported out of
Northeast in 50 feet of water. Doug Straub, of Fairview, caught
four lakers up to 20 pounds. Perch were hitting in the center of
Presque Isle Bay, “the Stinkhole,” and off the Liberty Park and
north and south piers. Crappies were in “the Stinkhole” and
lagoons. The bay’s bass bite was slow in 44-degree water as of
April 21. A few northern pike were in the lagoons and Misery Bay. A
couple of anglers were targeting smallmouths in the lake.
Allegheny River (Warren County) – Anglers were crushing trout in
the tailwaters in recent weeks. Paul Brown caught a 61/2-pound
brown trout, and Jim McMillen a 3-pound, 201/2-inch brown. Trout
anglers reported some incidental walleye releases. A few smallmouth
bass were reported. Two muskies, 42 and 30 inches, were released at
the confluence with Conewango Creek.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – Walleyes were reported
mostly by boaters jigging minnows at drop-offs and points. Spawning
musk-ies were released near shore by walleye anglers. Crappies were
hitting shallow around trees and other structure.
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) – A few crappies were caught in
the coves of this natural lake.
Tamarack Lake (Crawford County) – Small panfish were reported in
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – Fergies, (724) 253-3655, reported
crappies, bluegills and a few bass were hitting around the beaver
hut near Launch No. 3 and Sheakleyville Bridge. The warmer water of
the bays was productive.
Shenango River (Mercer County) – Average catches of crappies
were reported around the lake.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) -_Crappies were hitting in numbers,
not big sizes, although Chook Bennetti, of Butler, caught a
2-pound, 4-ounce crappie the morning of April 16. A fair number of
bass also were released, with several between 14 and 16 inches,
around emerging weed beds. Solid catfishing was reported, along
with the occasional hybrid striper.
Glade Run Lake (Butler County) – Lighter than usual pressure was
reported opening day, and some boaters were cited for not having
mandatory safety equipment on board.
Red Bank, Sandy Lick creeks (Jefferson County) – Both yielded
nice trout on minnows and wax worms opening day.
Hereford Manor Lake (Beaver County) – Joseph Placek, of
Robinson, caught a 22-inch, 43/4-pound golden rainbow trout with
13-inch girth on a Kastmaster spoon opening day.
Deer lakes, Deer Creek, Bull Creek (Allegheny County) – Medium
pressure was reported on opening day, with crawlers and smaller
baits the presentation of choice in cold conditions. Some anglers
were cited for live-bait fishing in the delayed-harvest
Allegheny River – Good conditions and fair angling pressure were
reported, with a lot of 20-inch walleyes released and smallmouth
bass up to 22 inches at the Lock No. 3 and Highland Park dams.
Ohio River, Montour Run – Island Firearms, (412) 264-4867, said
the river was yielding a few smallmouths, 10 to 12 inches, and
walleyes up to 20 inches below Dashields Dam and around the mouth
of Montour Run. Dandy trout, including a 22-inch rainbow, were
landed on Montour Run opening day.
Monongahela River – White bass and smallmouth bass were reported
near Raccoon and Pangburn hollows and the mouths of Pigeon and
Mingo creeks. Crappies were hitting alongshore.
Pine Creek (Allegheny County) – Silt from North Park Lake and
rainfall made water dark and cloudy opening day.
Turtle Creek (Allegheny County) – Heavy pressure was reported,
and several limits were taken around Saunders Station Bridge.
Long Run (Allegheny County) – Heavy pressure and average catches
were reported on this stream by Route 48 opening day.
Youghiogheny River, Meadow Run (Fayette County) – Nice catches
of trout were reported from the outflow of the river on down. Tom
Shockey, of Chalk Hill, landed nice trout on Blue Quill dry flies
and Hendrickson nymphs in perfect conditions on Meadow Run.
Casselman River (Somerset County) – Nice catches of trout were
reported on the Pennsylvania portion.
Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) – A few crappies were hitting
along the shoreline in recent weeks.
Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) – Darrell Stern Jr. caught
his limit of trout, including a 201/2-inch rainbow, on 1/8-ounce
Panther Martin black-bodied, gold-bladed spinner opening day.
Turnout on most Somerset County waters was lower than usual.
Fourmile Run (Westmoreland County) – Theresa Semancik, of Belle
Vernon, landed a 24-inch golden rainbow trout on a waxworm opening
Jacobs Creek, Linn Run (Westmore-land County) – Both had more
fishing pressure than many other streams in the county, and were
more productive than area lakes, where the bite was slow.
North Branch Blacklick Creek, Stewart Run (Cambria County) –
Several limits were taken on both and North Branch Blacklick
yielded a 21-inch rainbow. Snow and wind hampered angling on
several area streams.
Pine, Little Pine creeks (Lycoming County) – McConnell’s Country
Store, (570) 753-8241, reported decent trout fishing in late April,
although water levels were extremely low for this time of year, and
warm – about 58 degrees. Hatches were coming off about three weeks
early. Blue Quills, Quill Gordons, Hendricksons, March Browns,
Black Caddis, Tan Caddis, Green Egg Sack Caddis, and Olive Caddis
were coming off March 24. Glenn McConnell released a holdover
rainbow about 15 inches on a Hend-rickson emerger, and two brown
trout on March Brown dries mid-April.
Slate Run, Cedar Run (Tioga County) – Late spring-like flow was
reported April 24, with water temperatures in the low 50s.
Penns Creek (Union County) – TCO Fly Shop
(www.tcoflyfish-ing.com) reported very low water made for good
wading April 24. Hendricksons and Grannoms were winding down, but
tan caddis were emerging in nice numbers. A few March Browns (sizes
10, 12) were reported.
Spring Creek (Centre County) – Excellent levels were reported
April 21, along with improving top-water action. A few fish were
rising to brown stoneflies (size 14), blue-winged olives (18) and
First Fork, East Fork of Sinnemahoning Creek, Lyman Lake (Potter
County) – Dandy opening day catches were reported April 17.
Big Spring Creek (Cumberland County) – Ideal levels were
reported, along with blue quills April 24. Hendricksons and
grannoms were winding down. A few midges, blue-winged olives and
early black stone flies also were on the water.
Little Juniata River (Blair, Huntingdon counties) – Low, clear
conditions but good angling were reported April 24. Grannoms were
tapering off. Green and Olive Caddis larvae, Hare’s Ears, Pheasant
Tails, Prince nymphs and other basic subsurface flies were all
Raystown Branch of Juniata River (Bedford County) – Kyle
Robinson caught a 29-inch, 11-pound striped bass on a surface plug
Laurel Run (Juniata County) – Dustin Ramsey caught a 161/2-inch
brook trout in recent weeks.
East Licking Creek (Juniata County) – Good trout fishing was
reported from Guss Park on down in deeper pools and along undercut
Susquehanna River – Fishing was mixed in recent weeks, with carp
and catfish taken on cut bait, corn and crawlers, and bass, 11 to
13 inches, caught on watermelon-color plastic worms at Bruner
Holman Lake (Perry County) – This impoundment was yielding
panfish, including nice catches of crappies. Paste baits were
nabbing stocked trout.
Lake Shohola (Pike County) – Wallenpaupack Sports Shop, (570)
226-4797, reported excellent panfishing on redworms and
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) – Excellent crappie fishing was
reported off the docks on the lake’s southern end April 24.
Trolling produced big brown trout, 6 to 10 pounds, and striped bass
up to 20 pounds, with Rapala Husky Jerkbaits and Rattlin’ Rogues in
clown pattern the ticket for the stripers. Largemouths and
smallmouths were released on stickbaits and tubes off points and
the back end of coves. Walleyes were released at night.
Lackawaxen River – Excellent catches of brown and rainbow trout
up to 20 inches were reported on spinners, PowerBait, and
Delaware River (Pike County) – One of the best shad runs in
years was reported around Milford April 24, with anglers catching
20 to 30 a day. One first-time shad angler caught more than a dozen
Promised Land Lake (Pike County) – Nice catches of rainbow trout
Little Mud Pond, Minisink Lake (Pike County) – Both were
yielding nice catches of brown trout.
Fishing Creek (Columbia County) – Matt Aten, of Benton, caught a
241/2-inch, 8-pound brown trout near Orangeville, opening day April
Towanda, Sugar creeks (Bradford County) – Several opening-day
limits were reported April 17.
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) – Chilly conditions kept the
bass bite slow in mid to late April, although some nice catches of
striped bass were reported. One angler caught a 26-inch striped
bass off the “ski zone” area and a19-inch striper off the point
near Pine Run boat launch. Panfish were active near the Pine Run
Bridge, with anglers catching bluegills, 8 to 10 inches.
Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) – An overall slow bass bite was
reported in mid- to late-April. Panfish were hitting.
Harveys Lake, Pine, Kitchen creeks (Luzerne County) – Opening
day anglers reported nice catches of trout. Isaac Chamberlain, of
Plymouth Township, caught a 20-inch, 33/4-pound brown trout in
Nescopeck State Park Lake, Lehigh River, Wapwallopen Creek, Lake
Irena, Lily Lake, Francis Walter Dam, Wrights Creek (Luzerne
County) – All yielded nice catches of trout opening day weekend,
with paste baits, minnows, waxworms and redworms all working.
Francis Walter and Lily lakes also yielded nice panfish on minnows
Lake Took-A-While (Luzerne County) – Zachary Bowe, age 8, landed
a 22-inch golden rainbow trout on a butterworm opening day.
Snow Hill Dam (Monroe County) – Limits of trout were reported,
with rainbow paste bait productive.
Bushkill Creek (Monroe County) – Anglers reported nice catches
of trout on minnows and nymphs.
Little Mud Pond (Monroe County) – Despite cold, windy
conditions, anglers did well on spinners, minnows, meal worms and
paste baits off the docks and from boats on opening day.
Hidden Lake (Monroe County) – The beach area was pressured and
productive opening day, with anglers fishing crawlers and paste
Bushkill Creek (Monroe County) – The lower end to the Delaware
River was yielding stocked trout, and the Jacobsburg area also was
Marquette Lake (Lebanon County) -_Anglers were catching trout on
paste baits opening day.
Lake Williams (York County) – Water was lowered by five feet for
dam repairs, sending fish to deeper water. Panfish and crappies
were caught on live bait.
Lake Redman (York County) – Largemouth bass were hitting spinner
baits in recent weeks.
Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) – Nockamixon Sports Shop, (215)
538-9553, reported small numbers of bass, 3 to 4 pounds, crappies,
13 and 14 inches, and channel catfish up to 14 pounds, April 24. A
36-inch tiger muskie was released on a big minnow lure by a wading
angler below the dam.
Tulpehocken Creek (Lebanon County) – Perfect conditions were
reported April 23. Midges (sizes 20-26) were fishing well, while
tan caddis, grey caddis and emerald caddis (sizes 16-18) were just
Kaercher’s Creek Lake (Berks County) – This 31-acre impoundment
was producing plenty of crappies in mid to late April.
Scott’s Run Lake (Berks County) – Boaters caught rainbows and
browns on live minnows with bobbers.
Blue Marsh Lake Stilling Basin (Berks County) – A good catfish
bite was reported on chicken livers.
Delaware River (Northampton, Bucks counties) – Nice catches of
smallmouth bass were released. Striped bass were hitting near New
Jersey, with fish reported up to 27 pounds on live herring.
Hokendauqua Creek, Saucon Creek, Monocacy Creek, Bushkill Creek,
Lehigh Canal (Northampton County) – Most were producing well in
recent weeks, with light-color paste baits, and spinners and butter
worms the presentations of choice for spin fishermen, and fly
anglers fishing Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tail nymphs.
Little Lehigh, Saucon, Monocacy creeks (Northampton County) –
Blue-winged olives (sizes 18-20) were reported. Nymphing with
Pheasant Tails (sizes 18-22), Sucker Spawn, San Juan worms, midge
larvae and pupae was productive.
Lehigh River, Saucon Creek (Lehigh, Northampton counties) –
Willie’s Bait and Tackle, (610) 261-2767, reported dandy trout
fishing on the river, with Frank Smolek, of Allentown, catching a
22-inch tiger trout on a spinner at “Hoky,” and several others, 12
to 15 inches. Brian Bower, of Allentown, caught a 23-inch,
51/4-pound rainbow on garlic salmon eggs. Lee Patterson, of
Hellertown, caught a 17-inch, 11/2-pound rainbow.
Lehigh Canal (Northampton County) – Brian Koch, of Bethlehem,
caught a 16-inch, 21/2-pound golden rainbow trout on a waxworm.
Jordan Creek (Lehigh County) – Butterworms were catching nice
Delaware River (Philadelphia County) – Striped bass were
reported, with the area around the Commodore Barry Bridge
productive, although stripers expected to head north soon.
Locust Lake, Little Schuylkill River, Schuylkill River
(Schuylkill County) – Anglers were catching trout on minnows and
crawlers at Locust, and on spinners and live baits on the Little
Schuylkill. Carp were entering a spawning period on the Schuylkill
in late April, and anglers were catching them on corn. They also
were catching channel catfish and bullhead catfish on these
Susquehanna River (Lancaster County) – Phillips Bait and Tackle,
(717) 284-2574, reported walleyes and big flathead catfish. The
water around Conewingo Dam was producing striped bass in the upper
40-pound range and shad.
Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) – Phillips Bait and Tackle
reported a sporadic crappie bite.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg