Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – October 9th, 2015
Deer Lakes (Allegheny County) — Some anglers were catching panfish, but bluegills were running small.
Allegheny River — Catfish were hitting at night around Harmar and Cheswick. One angler lost two sizeable muskies on large shiners just before dark in late September.
Conemaugh River Lake (Westmoreland, Indiana counties) — Nice catches of yellow perch and carp were reported around the Livermore and Altmans Run access areas.
Cowanesque Reservoir (Tioga County) — Water was low at the end of September and fishing was tough, according to Don’s Tackle Shack. The top weight in a recent tournament was five fish totaling 12 pounds, and the lunker was 5 pounds.
Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) —Perch and bluegills will hitting crawlers and meal worms. Some brown bullheads also were reported.
Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Anglers were catching nice crappies on small jigs and trout through the end of September.
Penns Creek (Centre County) —As of late September, water had cooled to the lower 60s and a few blue-winged olives were hatching. Nymphing was productive, with Caddis and Stonefly tandem rigs working well. Tan Caddis, Hare’s Ear, and bead-head Prince nymphs also were productive.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Nymphing was productive through late September. Most hatches were done for the year, although a few tricos were spotted in the mornings, and caddis and midges at dusk. Pheasant Tails, tan or olive Bird of Prey Caddis, brown Zebra midge patterns, Walt’s Worms, and olive scud patterns were effective, as were streamers fished along the banks in early morning and late evening.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Rainfall turned water a little higher and off-color in late September, and trout were feeding on top during evening hours. Caddis (14-16), Slate Drakes (10-12), and Midges (20-22) were productive. Nymphing with bead-head Green Weenies, Pheasant Tails, and Stoneflies was still the best bet during the day.