Monday, February 6th, 2023
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Fishing picking up with cooler nights, but need rain

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie – When conditions allowed, the perch bite picked up in
late August, with nice catches in 50 to 55 feet out of Trout and
Godfrey runs and Walnut Creek. Walleye action remained good in 75
to 80 feet, with the water northeast of Walnut Creek, including the
area near of the condos, more productive than water straight out of
Walnut. Tim Kolstee, of Jamestown, N.Y., and friends caught nice
walleyes up to 9 pounds in 45 to 55 feet out of Northeast. They
also released a number of freshwater drum. Anglers reported
smallmouth bass up to 5 pounds 14 ounces.

Allegheny River (Warren County) – Jim Sprankle of Indiana, Pa.,
caught a 49¼-inch, 26-pound, 12-ounce northern pike Aug. 25. Chris
Costello, of Indiana, caught a 47-inch, 27-pound muskie on a big
plug recently. Terry Schrader, of Warren, caught a 6-pound, 24-inch
walleye night-fishing. An 11-pound, 34-inch walleye was reported
near Tidioute.

Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County) – Walleyes were hitting, and
white bass were turning on in the New York side of the reservoir in
late August.

Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County) – Crappies were hitting jigs in
12 feet of water over brush piles in late August. One angler caught
three keeper walleyes drifting night crawlers. Another angler
reported a 44-inch muskie.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) – Bob Hornstorm, of Meadville, and
friends released three bowfins, two northern pike, two smallmouth
bass around 14 inches, and lost a 4-pound-plus largemouth bass in
recent weeks.

French Creek (Crawford County) – A few small bass were reported in
lower than normal water flow in late August.

Allegheny River (Venango County) – Catfish were hitting at night
and small-size smallmouth bass in the early morning and late
evening hours. Very few walleyes were reported.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – Tough angling was reported in recent
weeks by anglers targeting walleyes, bass and panfish.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Water was in the mid-70-degree range
in recent weeks. Catfish, largemouth bass, walleyes and crappies
were reported in the early morning and evening hours.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Allegheny River – Fishing was average in recent days, with numbers
of small-size smallmouth bass hitting around the islands downstream
of Lock No. 3 and some large flathead catfish, 28 and 30 inches,
landed from shore. A 40-inch muskie was released near the mouth of
Deer Creek in recent weeks.

Monongahela River – Steve Burke, of Jefferson, caught some nice
channel catfish up to 18 inches.

Youghiogheny Reservoir – Anglers reported nice numbers of
smallmouth bass and some perch. Chris Lytle, of Ursina, caught a
19¾-inch smallmouth. Park Nicklow, of Madison, caught a 27-inch
channel catfish.

Youghiogheny River – Bill Devine caught a 13-pound carp to lead the
Shad Lure Bait and Tackle August Carp Contest. Fishing was
generally slow in recent days. A Pennsylvania Fish & Boat
Commission trout stocking was slated for Sept. 3.

Lake Somerset (Somerset County) – After-dark angling for crappies
was productive at the end of August.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) – Anglers were catching larger
bluegills drifting mealworms and maggots in the deeper water.
Crappies were hitting in 10 to 15 feet for anglers trolling yellow
and brown Joe’s Flies or prop jigs tipped with minnows. Largemouth
bass were hitting perch-colored crankbaits.

Deep Creek Lake (Maryland) – Nice-size walleyes and bass were
reported along with panfish.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Spring Creek (Centre County) – Good morning fishing with tricos,
caddis, terrestrials and midges was reported in clear, average flow
as of Aug. 26. Anglers are advised to avoid trout streams when
water reaches 70 degrees, so as not to stress fish.

Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County) – Normal summer flow and clear
water were reported along with a few light cahills, tan caddis, a
few midges and crane flies Aug. 28. Nymphing was more productive
than dry fly-fishing, which was slow. Anglers were urged to use
this creek or Spring Creek as an alternative to Penns Creek and
other local streams, where higher water temperatures were stressing
trout.

Pine, Little Pine creeks (Lycoming County) - Although a spate of
rainfall in late August raised streams a little, flow was too warm
and low for late summer trout fishing and dry weather was in the
long-range forecast as of Aug. 28.

Rose Valley (Lycoming County) – Bass, pickerel and a lot of
panfish, including crappies, were hitting as of Aug. 28.

First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek (Cameron County) – Smallmouth bass
were hitting crawlers and minnows in mid to late August.

Buzzard Swamp (Elk County) – Anglers were catching bluegills on
mealworms in this swamp on the Forest-Elk county line.

Lyman Lake (Potter County) – Anglers were still reporting trout
from boat and shore in recent weeks.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Susquehanna River (York County) – The water around York Haven Dam
was yielding catfish on chicken livers and crawlers.

Lake Redman (York County) – Largemouth bass were deeper during last
month’s hot weather, and anglers were catching nice numbers on
deep- diving plugs in the pre-dawn hours.

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) – Walleye action picked up in late
August, with anglers trolling deep-running crankbaits and worm
harnesses in 20 to 25 feet. Smallmouth bass were hitting, and an
outstanding catfish bite was reported, with channel cats up to 20
pounds caught. Perch were hit or miss but improving. Striped bass
were beginning to turn on, with vertical jigging the best bet.
Largemouth bass were hitting stickbaits at the back end of coves,
and chain pickerel, 3 to 5 pounds, were biting.

Lackawaxen River (Pike County) – Hellgrammites were taking
smallmouth bass, and trout were hitting small sinking crankbaits
and spinners in the rapids and deep holes.

Delaware River – The deep holes were yielding smallmouth bass and
walleyes, with 4-ounce swimbaits and quarter-ounce jigheads
effective.

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) – The bass and pickerel bites were
good in late August.

Pecks Pond (Pike County) – Pickerel and largemouth bass were
hitting in late August.

Delaware River – Some anglers reported the bass bite was off from
previous years in late August, despite an abundance of shad fry in
the water. Catch rates were half the usual number although sizes
were nice. Crankbaits, tubes, and grubs were productive.

North Branch of the Susquehanna River (Susquehanna County) – Nice
numbers of smallmouth bass were reported on a variety of
artificials, including tubes, grubs, swim baits, crankbaits and top
waters.

Comfort Pond (Susquehanna County) -Bluegills and panfish were
hitting crawlers under bobbers in the water by the parking area in
recent weeks.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) – A few striped bass and hybrid
stripers were hitting at first and last light as of Aug. 28. Kevin
Fullmer, of Quakertown, caught a 20-pound striper. Channel cats
were providing nighttime action. A few sublegal muskies up to 30
inches were reported. There were no reports on crappies and other
panfish or bass. Brett Bosco, of Zionsville, caught a 14-inch
largemouth bass on a crawler in recent weeks. Fish were still deep
in late August.

Delaware River – A few small striped bass were reported, but
smallmouth action was generally slow. Walleyes were hitting on
curly-tail jigs with crawlers.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) – Bass were hitting on plastic
worms and jigs around weedbeds on this Big Bass Program impoundment
in recent weeks. Crappies and bluegills were taking minnows,
waxworms and mealworms.

Schuylkill River – Very good catfishing was reported around Black
Rock area, with livers working on channel cats and live bait on
flatheads.

Octararo Reservoir (Chester County) – A 5-pound, 2-ounce,
201⁄2-inch largemouth was the lunker in a recent bass
tournament.

Delaware and Lehigh rivers (Northampton County) – A good night-time
catfish bite was reported, with chicken livers, lunchmeats and
stinkbaits working.

Lake Minsi (Northampton County) – Low water and heavy weed growth
made for tough fishing, although weedless-rigged soft plastics were
catching fish. Panfish were biting.

Monacacy Creek (Northampton County) – Victor Vazques, of Bethlehem,
caught a 17-inch brown trout on a crankbait in recent weeks.

Lehigh River (Lehigh County) – Frank Nemeth caught a 19½-inch,
31⁄3-pound smallmouth bass in late August. Reports varied as to
catch rates, although the bite generally slowed in late August. The
water near the Route 78 launch was productive.

Little Lehigh Creek (Lehigh County) – Trout were rising some to
midges, and spinners were hitting the water by about 9 a.m. in late
August. Size 19 Pheasant Tails, inchworms, terrestrials,
craneflies, blue-winged olives, and tricos were hatching
sporadically.

Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) – Numbers of smallmouth bass
in mixed sizes were hitting downstream of Auburn Dam falls. Soft
plastics and twister tail jigs were productive. The pools below the
falls were yielding nice-size smallmouth bass and chain pickerel on
creek chubs and shiners rigged to swim under bobbers.

Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) – The stretch from
Tamaqua to Port Clinton was holding trout in recent weeks. Releases
from Still Creek Reservoir north of Tamaqua were helping maintain
water level and temperatures.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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