PA: River catfish bite develops as summer concludes Issue: 19
Lake Erie – Perch fishing remained excellent in 50 to 54 feet of
water anywhere along the lake in early September, and a few
steelhead were hitting in the creek channels in the mornings.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) – Crappies and a few rock bass were
hitting off the North Pier. Perch were hitting off the city side of
the bay, and bluegills were biting in Misery Bay.
Lake LeBoeuf (Erie County) – The deeper weed edges were yielding
crappies in recent weeks. Try minnows.
Allegheny River (Warren County) – Walleyes, white bass, smallmouth
bass, channel catfish and trout were biting in the river, and the
reservoir was yielding keeper walleyes, perch, northern pike, and
Allegheny River (Venango County) – Bass up to 3 pounds and a few
walleyes were reported. Ed Lawrence, of Union City, caught a
31¼-inch northern pike on a stickbait near the mouth of a
French Creek (Crawford and Venango counties) – A couple of small
walleyes were reported on live chubs. Two small flathead catfish
and a 26-inch channel cat were released.
Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County) – Crappies around 12 inches were
reported on the deep edges of weedbeds, and at the causeway, which
also yielded a few walleyes. An 8-pound, 29-inch walleye was caught
on a floating worm harness off Snodgrass. Gail Preston, of
Greenville, released a 43-inch muskie. Largemouth bass up to 4
pounds and numbers of smallmouth bass up to 19 inches were
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) – Bob Hirosky, of Saegertown, won
the recent Walt’s Tavern Buddy Tournament with five bass totaling
20 pounds, 5 ounces, that included the tournament lunker – a
5-pound, 6-ounce largemouth. Non-tournament anglers released
largemouth bass and some northern pike.
Sugar Lake (Crawford County) – Nice largemouth bass and a chain
pickerel were reported recently.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – Panfish were hitting small
curly-tail jigs or ants tipped with maggots. Bass were fairly
active and a few walleyes were being taken on Hot ‘n Tots.
Shenango Lake (Mercer County) – Hybrid striped bass up to 32 inches
were reported on live shiners and shiner-pattern artificials,
particularly in the morning and evening hours. Live shiners were
taking a few walleyes, too.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) - Numbers of bass and catfish were
reported, with sizes running average. A few hybrid stripers also
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) – The bass bite was slow, although one
angler caught a 17-inch largemouth on a topwater bait near the
docks. Nice panfish were reported near shore.
Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio rivers - Brian McCay, of Upper St.
Clair, and John Cappetta, of South Park, won the recent Keystone
Bass Buddy Circuit tournament launching from the South Side with
six bass totaling nearly 11 pounds. Bob McLaughlin, of Prospect,
caught the 2-pound, 10-ounce tournament lunker. In all, 89
two-person teams caught 308 fish, including 257 smallmouths, six
largemouths, and 45 spotted bass, totaling 357¼ pounds. Fish
averaged 1 pound each. Catfish and freshwater drum were biting on
the Monongahela and Ohio rivers. On the Allegheny’s Northshore near
Heinz Field, the Venture Outdoors’ Downtown TriAnglers released
smallmouth bass up to 12 inches, carp up to 21 inches, and
Youghiogheny River - The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
stocked trout in the tailrace of the dam Sept. 2.
Youghiogheny Reservoir (Fayette, Somerset counties) – Small
walleyes and some large channel catfish were reported in low water
conditions Sept. 1
Lake Somerset (Somerset County) – Quality largemouth bass were
reported along with panfish and walleyes on this 253-acre
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) – Largemouth and smallmouth
bass and crappies up to 14¼ inches were reported.
F.J. Sayers Lake (Centre County) – Channel catfish provided a
steady evening bite on chicken livers in late August, early
September. Evening yields of bass also were good. Crappies and
perch were hitting minnows, jigs, and crawlers.
Colyer Lake (Centre County) – Bait and fly-anglers were catching
crappies and bluegills on this 77-acre impoundment in recent
West Branch Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) – Some nice
smallmouth bass were reported above and below the dam.
Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) – Anglers were catching some
nice bass, panfish and pickerel in recent weeks.
Lyman Lake (Potter County) – Early morning trout fishing was
productive in recent weeks.
Pine Creek (Lycoming County) – Water temperatures were in the low
70s, and flow was extremely low Sept. 4. Rain was needed to make
for acceptable trout fishing. Anglers were catching smallmouth bass
up to 2½ pounds on streamers and Wooly Buggers.
Spring Creek (Centre County) – Water was clear and in the 60s as of
Sept. 4, and tricos were present but not heavy. Hatches also
included terrestrials, light Cahills, tan caddis and midges.
Floating ants and beetles fished close to the banks during the day
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) – This stream tends to be cooler
than other area waterways. Hatches included midges, little
blue-winged olives on cloudy, cool mornings. Nymphing was the best
Juniata River (Huntingdon, Mifflin counties) – Smallmouth bass and
a few walleyes were reported in low water Sept. 2.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) – A few striped bass were
reported as water stayed warm and boat traffic heavy through Sept.
Lake Williams (York County) – A shore angler landed a 30-inch,
13-pound hybrid striped bass fishing chicken livers off the
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) – Smallmouth bass were hitting
spinnerbaits and deep-running crankbaits in recent weeks. Pickerel
were active on live bait. Perch were biting fathead minnows.
Striped bass were reported by the buoys near the hydroelectric
plant in early evening. A few walleyes were reported on worm
harnesses. A draw-down is slated for late September-early
Shohola Lake (Pike County) – Largemouth bass were biting big
shiners and plastic worms in recent weeks.
Lake Greeley (Pike County) – Perch, bass and crappies were
Fairview Lake (Pike County) – Anglers were catching smallmouth bass
by drifting herring.
Peck’s Pond (Pike County) – In the wake of recent storms, anglers
caught numbers of pickerel as well as bass up to 5 pounds on
Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) – Catfish are active and biting
along the shore line and dock. Smallmouth bass up to 17 inches –
including many small fish – were hitting on minnows and Powerbait.
Walleyes were also hitting minnows. Bluegills and crappies were
hitting on meal worms.
Susquehanna River (Wyoming County) – Smallmouth bass, catfish and
walleyes were reported in recent weeks.
Lake Carey (Wyoming County) – Good bass fishing was reported in
Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) – Bass were hitting around
weedbeds, with crankbaits, jerkbaits and plastic worms in dark
green, pumpkin seed, purple or black effective on this Big Bass
Program impoundment. Bluegills and crappies also were hitting. A
few muskie releases were reported.
Schuylkill River – The bass bite around Black Rock was slow, but
catfish were active in recent weeks. Anglers are reminded to steer
clear of the fish ladder at Black Rock Dam.
Octoraro Lake (Chester County) – Crappies, including slabs, were
reported on small, white twister tails about four feet below small
bobbers under the Route 472 Bridge on the Chester County side in
Lehigh River (Lehigh County) – In fishable conditions, anglers
reported nice catches of smallmouth bass between Cementon and
Slatington, with pink plastic worms on jigheads effective.
Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County) – Trout anglers were catching
fish on Wooly Buggers and Sucker Spawn after a hatchery above the
fly-fishing stretch lost numbers of fish.
Lake Muhlenberg (Lehigh County) – This Allentown impoundment was
yielding nice carp, with fly-anglers catching them on dragonfly
Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) – Spinnerbaits and large
minnows were nabbing bass in recent weeks.
Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) – Bass were hitting
stick baits in recent weeks.
Owl Creek Reservoir (Schuylkill County) – Small numbers of bass
were reported on small jigs, minnows, and top-water baits at
North Branch of Susquehanna River – Numbers of smallmouth bass were
reported on crankbaits, grubs, tubes and spinnerbaits in fast-water
pockets and current seams.
Minsi Lake (Northampton County) – Bass and crappies were reported
in early September.
Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) – Nice yields of carp were
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg