Wet autumn keeps streams running at high levels

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission fall trout stockings are
essentially complete. A statewide schedule is at
www.fishandboat.com. Anglers are urged to avoid disturbing spawning
beds on waterways where trout reproduce. The beds, or redds, appear
as generally light-colored depressions in clean gravel. In many
parts of the state, anglers reported early this month that
leaf-cover on streams made casting flies and other baits
difficult.

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, tributaries – In the tributaries, Jim
Panik of Kennedy Township, caught a 121⁄3-pound steelhead on a
homemade jig on Elk Creek on Oct. 31. Conditions were low and clear
in early November, requiring downsized baits, although rain and
snow were forecast. In the lake, good smallmouth bass fishing was
reported through the end of October, with fish up to 6 pounds
hitting around rocky structure in 25 to 30 feet. Green tube jigs,
spoons, and jerkbaits were productive. In Presque Isle Bay,
crappies were hitting on small tubes in 10-foot-deep grass in the
evenings, and on emerald shiners around the docks in Marina Bay.
Steelhead up to 12 pounds were reported on bobbers and jigs and on
spoons off piers. Northern pike were hitting at the ferry boat dock
at waterworks, and bass on live bait from the East Pier. Perch were
reported in 8 to 25 feet, and off Dobbins Landing and the south
pier. Small spinnerbaits and jerkbaits were taking largemouth
bass.

Caldwell Creek (Warren County) -Anglers were commenting on the
quality brown trout stocked in October. Conditions were low and
clear.

Tionesta Reservoir (Forest County) – Muskies were reported at the
outflow of Tionesta dam in early November.

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango counties) – The fall walleye
bite picked up on live creek minnows when flow improved in
October.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – Decent walleye catches
were reported on blade baits jigged around points, drop-offs and
channel edges, especially on the southern end of the lake. A shore
angler caught a 24-inch walleye on a live creek chub. Crappies were
hitting around the deepwater docks in the marina and west bay and
on deep brush piles and stumps on blades and jigs and
minnows.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) – Marilyn Black, of Cochranton,
released a largemouth bass that was just shy of 22 inches and 6
pounds, caught over deep weeds Oct. 30. Crappies and bluegills were
reported in about 25 feet on bladebaits and drop-shotted plastic
minnows. Northern pike were reportedly the most consistent catch.
Panfish and white bass were slow.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – Anglers were catching crappies and
bluegills in mixed sizes off the marina docks.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) – Nice largemouth bass up to 4
and 5 pounds were reported by anglers flipping shallow wood cover
with black tubes or soft plastic crayfish patterns.

Neshannock Creek (Mercer County) – Neshannock Creek Trout Unlimited
stocked 200 brown trout Oct. 19, adding to the state stocking. Low,
clear, typical fall conditions were reported in early
November

Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Low overnight temperatures spurred
the hybrid striped bass bite, with most catches under 20 inches.
Largemouth bass, bluegills and crappies also were reported.

Allegheny River (Venango County) – Floating weeds remained an
issue, although anglers were catching nice bass up to 2¾ pounds on
tube jigs and soft plastic grubs.

Oil Creek (Venango County) – Anglers reported catching nice trout
up to 14 inches at the two delayed-harvest, artificial-lures-only
sections. Top water activity petered out. Nymphs and streamers were
working.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Allegheny River – Decent catches of walleyes and a few smallmouth
bass were reported in good conditions as of Nov. 3. Sizes were
average.

Monongahela River – Hybrid striped bass up to 20 inches were
reported near the power plant in Elrama in early November.

Ohio River – Kyle Shivetts, of McCandless, caught a 32-inch walleye
on an 8-inch live chub in the back channel at 9 p.m. Oct. 23.
Average-sized walleyes, smallmouth bass, and hybrid striped bass
were reported at Dashields Dam and the mouths of Montour Run and
Little Sewickley Creek Nov. 4. Shore anglers were doing better than
boaters.

Indian Lake (Westmoreland County) – Good trout fishing is reported
on Mini Foo jigs, crawlers, and Power Worms.

Keystone Lake (Armstrong County) - Levels were down by 20 feet,
making launching difficult. Nice-size bass and muskies were
reported.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County) - A few bass were reported in
recent weeks, and the northern pike bite has picked up.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Spring Creek (Centre County) – Typical fall conditions – clear, low
flow- – were reported. Some trout were rising to tan caddis,
blue-winged olives, midges and tricos, but nymphing with small
flies was the most productive. Anglers are urged to avoid spawning
beds.

Penns Creek (Union County) – Good conditions were reported Nov. 4,
and anglers were throwing streamers. Hatches included tan caddis
(14-16), flying ants (14-22), slate drakes (12-14), and October
caddis (10). Union County Sportsmen’s Club supplemented the state
stocking with its own trout in October. Anglers are reminded that
the extended season has a harvest limit of three trout. Anglers are
urged to avoid trout spawning redds.

Susquehanna River – The fabridam has been lowered for the season,
which typically signals good fishing for bass, walleyes and other
species. Big Bass Program regulations south of the fabridam will
change to catch-and-release-only Jan. 1.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Little Juniata River (Blair, Huntingdon counties) –
Lower-than-average flow was reported Nov. 4 but water temperatures
were in the 50s to low 60s and conditions were clear. Hare’s Ears,
Pheasant Tails, Glo-Bugs, Prince Nymphs, Zebra Midges, Green
Weenies and other basic nymphs and streamers were productive.
Hatches included green/tan caddis (14-18) and sporadic slate drakes
(12-14). Anglers are urged to avoid disturbing trout spawning beds,
or redds, which appear as depressions in clean gravel.

Spruce Creek (Huntingdon County) – Nymph and streamer fishing were
productive in early November. Standard patterns such as Hare’s
Ears, Green Weenies, Pheasant Tails, and midges were effective, as
was working the banks with terrestrials. Hatches included light
Cahills (14), slate drakes (12-14), tan and olive caddis (14-18),
blue quills (14) and blue-winged olives (18-20). Hi-Viz ants and
beetles, San Juan Worms, Glo-Bugs, and Adams were good fly
patterns.

NORTHEAST REGION

Susquehanna River (Bradford County) – Fish were starting to bite in
falling water levels in early November. The backwater near Towanda
is typically a good spot at this time of year for catching walleyes
on jigs and minnows.

Pohopoco Creek (Carbon County) – Nice yields of trout were reported
in early November downstream of the outlet of Beltzville
Lake.

Lehigh River (Carbon County) – Anglers were catching nice trout
around Bowmanstown and Palmerton, but fishing pressure was overall
low.

Mauch Chunk, Beltzville lakes (Carbon County) – Panfish and bass
were hitting in low water levels in both lakes in recent weeks.
Boat access at Preachers Camp and Pine Run remained open at
Beltzville, which also was yielding pickerel that were hitting
under the bridge at Pine Run, and striped bass. Aquashicola,
Buckwa, Mauch Chunk creeks were yielding catches of recently
stocked trout.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) – Shore anglers were catching
striped bass on spoons. Excellent smallmouth bass fishing was
reported on tubes, crankbaits, spider jigs and live bait drifted in
8 to 12 feet at the end of October. Limits of largemouth bass were
taken along with smallmouths up to 5 pounds. Walleyes up to 8
pounds were biting at night.

Fairview Lake (Pike County) – A 9¾-pound walleye was reported in
recent weeks, and trout were hitting small spoons and
spinners.

Shohola, Greeley lakes (Pike County) – Yields of largemouth bass
were reported on shiners and plastic worms.

Lackawaxen River – Stocked trout were hitting spinners and small
countdown crankbaits in deeper holes at the front of rapids.

Bushkill Creek (Pike County) – The larger pools around Resica Falls
were producing nice-size brown trout for anglers in the fly-fishing
only stretch.

Dingmans Creek (Pike County) – Trout were hitting in the delayed
harvest artificial-lures-only section near Doodle Hollow
Bridge.

Prompton Dam, White Oak (Wayne County) – Crappies were turning on
at sunset, and taking minnows at the end of October.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) – Crappies were hitting near Route
73, with small jigs and minnows the ticket.

Blue Marsh Stilling Basin (Berks County) - A nice walleye and a big
flathead catfish were caught in late October. The walleye took a
twister tail and the flathead a large plug.

Scott’s Run Lake (Berks County) – Nice trout were hitting off the
bottom.

Tulpheocken Creek (Berks County) – This waterway below Blue Marsh
Lake was fishing well in good conditions in early November. Trout
were taking caddis and midges. Blue Marsh was at winter pool and
will remain low until spring.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) – A draw down was performed in
early November for dam maintenance work, making it impossible to
launch from the east side near the park office and from the main
ramp on the west side. The newer ramp across from the main ramp on
the west side was an option, but boaters are advised to wear
waders.

East Brandywine, Pickering creeks (Chester County) – Low, clear
conditions were reported in early November, making small nymphs the
best bet for recently stocked trout.

Schuylkill River – Little action was reported around the Black Rock
area in early November, except for channel catfish on chicken
livers and flathead catfish on live bait.

Bushkill Creek (Northampton County) – A mid-October trout stocking
was producing nice catches on gold spinners, paste baits, crawlers
and other baits. The water below 13th Street was stocked in
October, and the Jacobsburg area was producing holdovers.

Lake Minsi (Northampton County) – This 117-acre Fish & Boat
Commission impoundment was yielding recently stocked as well as
holdover trout in early November.

Pennypack Creek (Philadelphia County) – Trout were hitting on
spinners and paste baits at Verree Road Falls and near Little City
(Rhawn Street) area.

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) – Dave Wimmer, of Bethlehem, caught
a 32-inch muskie on a minnow in recent weeks. Wimmer and a buddy
also picked up crappies and smaller-size bass near flooded trees.
Smaller muskies up to 30 inches were reported, along with a dandy
catfish bite. Nice smallmouths were being caught near the spillway.
Walleyes and stripers were quiet.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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