PA: Pleasant fall weather spurred period of fine fishing Issue: 23

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie – Tributary conditions fluctuated from low to blown-out
in recent weeks, but steelhead catch rates so far have been
generally better than last year, although falling leaves were
becoming a problem in late October. The lake was yielding perch off
the north and south piers.

Allegheny River, Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County) – The river
was producing walleyes, white bass and smallmouth bass in late
October. Bob Barney, of Warren, lost a 25-inch walleye below the
tailrace. The reservoir was producing walleyes on the Pennsylvania
side, including the Red Bridge area, and smallmouth bass.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) – Nice numbers of walleyes
up to 28½ inches were reported. Crappies were moving a little
shallower, and providing good action around docks and weedbeds.
Perch in mixed sizes up to 13 inches also were hitting.

Oil Creek, Little Sandy Creek (Venango County) – As conditions
allowed between rainfall, anglers were catching recently stocked
trout on various subsurface flies, including Triple Threat
streamers, Wooly Buggers, and eggs, and reporting many nice-size
fish.

Neshannock Creek (Mercer County) – In good conditions, fly-anglers
were catching numbers of recently stocked trout on San Juan Worms,
eggs and nymphs, such as Hare’s Ear, in sizes 14-16. Leaves were
starting to cover the water.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) – A few panfish were hitting off the
handicapped ramp and off the Sheakleyville Bridge in late October,
but fishing pressure was very low in recent weeks.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) – Crappies and big bluegills were
reported in 25 to 35 feet of water in late October. Bass and
northern pike also were reported.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) – Walleyes and hybrid stripers were
reported, mostly by boaters, although some anglers were catching
stripers from shore around Bear Run launch and the 528 bridge. Nice
catfish up to 12 pounds and numbers of average-size largemouth bass
also were reported.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County) - Bluegills in mostly small sizes,
and trout were reported.

Allegheny River – Water was high in late October, and walleyes up
to 28 inches were biting. A few smallmouth bass also were reported
near the mouth of Deer Creek and elsewhere. Catfishing was quiet.
The Venture Outdoors Downtown TriAnglers released a sauger and a
saugeye, each 16 inches, smallmouth bass, 11 to 13 inches, a
15½-inch freshwater drum, and a sublegal walleye off the North
Shore Oct. 26.

Ohio River – Water was a little high in late October, and walleyes
were biting, with very nice catches reported near the Beaver
River.

Youghiogheny River – Small walleyes were reported around the Little
Boston access area.

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) – Anglers were catching nice perch
and crappies on minnows and mealworms.

Duman Dam (Cambria County) – Numbers of recently stocked trout were
reported.

Donegal Lake, Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lake (Westmoreland County) –
Limits of recently stocked trout were reported.

Green Lick Dam, Jacobs Creek Lake (Fayette County) – Bluegills and
crappies were becoming active in cooler temperatures.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) – Nice-size smallmouth bass
and a few legal-size northern pike were reported.

Lake Somerset (Somerset County) – Largemouth bass were reported,
and one angler had a muskie follow the lure to his boat.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) – Recently stocked trout were
biting, with the upper end of the lake especially productive.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Pine Creek, Little Pine Creek (Lycoming County) – Water finally
returned to fishable levels in late October, and anglers were
catching recently stocked trout on nymphs, Wooly Buggers and
streamers. Hatches included the occasional little baetis and
midges.

Slate, Cedar runs (Tioga County) – Fishing remained tough, but
conditions were more fishable in late October. The headwaters had
about 4 inches of snow.

Spring Creek (Centre County) – Water was slightly high but
conditions were generally excellent Oct. 26. Water was in the 50s
and a little green. Blue-winged olives were hatching.

Susquehanna River (Cameron County) – Anglers fishing the west side
of the Shamokin fabridam reported hit or miss walleye action on
crankbaits and some large bass on yellow twister tails.

Penns Creek (Union County) – Conditions were high Oct. 30, with
snow melt expected to affect flow. Water was clearing up and in the
50s. Hatches included blue-winged olives (18-22), tan caddis
(16-18), slate drakes (12-14), and October caddis (10). In high
water, large stonefly and streamer patterns fished close to the
bank or any slower-moving water were recommended. In more normal
water levels, dry dropper techniques with caddis and attractor dry
flies are typically productive. Nymph choices include Green
Weenies, Slate Drakes, Pheasant Tails, and Caddis Larvae.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Little Juniata River (Blair, Huntingdon counties) – Condition were
a high but overall very good Oct. 31, and tan caddis (14-16), slate
drakes (12-14), and blue-winged olives (20) were hatching. Streamer
and nymph fishing was expected to continue to improve, with current
breaks and stream edges productive places to target. Dry dropper
techniques with tan caddis and attractor patterns also were
recommended. Good nymph choices included Green Weenies, sunken
ants, and Pheasant Tails.

Lake Marburg (York County) – Crappies were beginning to turn on in
around 40 foot depths in late October., and perch were heating up
near the dam.

Knouse Food Ponds (Adams County) – This Ortanna fishery was
yielding nice-size bass in late October.

Conewango Creek (Adams County) – Anglers were catching
recently-stocked trout in late October.

Canoe Creek Lake (Blair County) – The lake is still providing
excellent fishing as some crappies are being caught as well as the
brown trout that were recently stocked.

Juniata River (Juniata County) – Walleyes were hitting on worm
harnesses and 1⁄4-ounce jigs tipped with minnows or shiners.

East Licking Creek (Juniata County) – Nice catches of brown trout
were reported on bait in recent weeks.

Holman Lake (Perry County) - This Little Buffalo State Park
impoundment was yielding recently stocked trout on bright-colored
paste baits, with the main boat launch area productive.

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) – The shoreline was yielding
walleyes on big crankbaits at night, and smallmouth and largemouth
bass and large pickerel on live bait. Big spoons and spinners were
nabbing striped bass.

Fishing Creek (Columbia County) – Anglers were enjoying good
levels, green-tinted flow, and water temperatures in the 50s
(between rainfall events) in late October. Streamers and slate
drake and stonefly nymphs were productive, with slower seams and
edges good spots to target in high water. Tandem rigs, such as
nymphs dropped off larger flies, also was recommended. Hatches in
late October included slate drakes (12-14), tan caddis (14-16),
black midges (24), October caddis (10), and blue-winged olives
(20). Green Weenies, Flying Ants, Copper Johns, and Stimulator
patterns were recommended.

Lake Shohola (Pike County) – Nice size crappies were biting onlive
bait after dark.

Peck’s Pond (Pike County) – Bass were hitting poppers, soft jerk
baits and other lures after morning temperatures warmed up. Nice
pickerel catches were reported.

Prompton Lake (Wayne County) – Walleyes were hitting live bait
being drifted by boats and from shore.

Lackawaxen River - Anglers were catching rainbow and brown trout on
spinners and spoons where deeper holes meet rapids.

Curtis, Dunmore No. 1, Elmhurst, Griffin, Maple Lake reservoirs
(Lackawanna County) – These five Pennsylvania American Water
reservoirs are now open to public fishing.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) – Crappies began turning on in late
October, with fish hitting on small jigs and minnows.

Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) – A good crappie bite was reported
in late October.

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) – Water Oct. 26 was 58 degrees,
higher than normal, and a little off-color. Hatches included tan
caddis (16-18), green caddis (16-18), and midges (20-26). Nymph
fishing was the best bet, with streamers also productive. A tandem
rig with a crawler pattern and small fly, such as Zebra Midge,
would cover two water levels.

Speedwell Forge Lake (Lancaster County) – Anglers are advised that
an emergency drawdown was performed in recent weeks, and largemouth
bass and other fish were relocated to Hammer Creek.

Bushkill Creek (Northampton County) – Anglers were catching trout
from the Oct. 11 stocking on mealworms, spinners and pastebaits in
recent weeks.

Minsi Lake (Northampton County) – Pastebaits and salmon eggs were
nabbing trout from the Oct. 11 stocking from the east shoreline.
Boaters are reminded that watercraft moored at the lake must be
removed by Nov. 30.

Lehigh River – The Easton area has been yielding carp on dough
balls and corn. Trout fishing was productive, but the bass bite was
slowing in the colder weather of late October.

Little Lehigh River – Anglers were catching trout up to the
occasional 20-incher on crawlers, minnows or spoons through the
parkway area.

 

 

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