Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – October 7th, 2016
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is performing trout stockings at select fisheries across the state.
For a schedule, go to www.fishand boat.com or the agency’s mobile app at FishBoatPA.
Anglers are reminded that beginning Nov. 1 boaters are required to wear a life jacket while on vessels less than 16 feet in length and in all canoes and kayaks.
Lake Erie — As of Sept. 20, perch were hitting in 50 to 55 feet straight out of Walnut Creek, and walleyes were in 55 to 65 feet off Elk Creek, with spoons taking most of the fish. Steelhead were biting in the First Trench. Tributary anglers also were catching a few steelhead first thing in the morning and in the evening hours. Water was still too low and warm to trigger runs.
Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — Bass were hitting topwater plugs around lily pads and tube baits around the shoreline, especially during the evening hours.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Some crappies were being taken from deep water on minnows on 1⁄32-ounce twister tail jigs in the extreme heat of early September. An angler limited out on walleyes, fishing crawlers in 18 to 19 feet. Another angler caught his limit on bladebaits at night. Catfish were all over the lake and hitting especially well in the evening hours. Perch also were hitting well in the evenings. A good bluegill bite was reported on pieces of crawlers. One angler reported releasing close to 40 bass by flipping lily pads during a tournament. His partner weighed the tournament lunker at 4.87 pounds.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Water temperatures of 80 degrees had crappies retreating to deep weeds in early September, and feeding at night, but bluegills and pumpkinseeds remained active during the day. Incidental catches of largemouth and smallmouth bass also were reported by anglers targeting panfish. Northern pike and a 45-inch muskie also were reported by anglers trolling.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Fishing pressure was light through mid-September. One angler caught a 28-inch, 14-pound catfish.
Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — White bass dominated earlier this month when surface water went as high as 87 degrees. There was much less action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleyes, crappies and stripers.
Justus Lake (Venango County) — Smallmouth and largemouth bass were reported, mostly on soft plastics, but sizes were generally small in recent weeks.
Sugar Creek (Venango County) — Despite low flow, one angler caught three rainbows and a brown trout on crayfish in recent weeks.
Oil Creek (Venango County) — A small tributary of this Oil Creek State Park stream landed two wild brook trout – a 5-incher and an 8-incher – in early September, when flow was low and clear but water was 62 degrees. Both were caught on a homemade dry fly tied on a size 14 barbless hook.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — The smallmouth bass bite was mixed, with smaller fish scattered and bigger bass up to 19 inches reported in shallow riffles and the tail waters of larger pools. Soft plastics, including tubes and river darter patterns, were productive, as were crankbaits and jigs. Walleyes also were reported, with an 8-pound, 30-incher caught on a topwater lure. Floating weeds were a problem in places.
Allegheny River (Forest County) — The smallmouth bass bite improved by mid-September, and nice catches of smallmouth bass were reported near the West Hickory Bridge. Muskies were reported near the confluence of Tionesta Creek and the Allegheny River. Weeds were an issue for some boaters in mid-September.
Tionesta Lake (Forest County) — The Nebraska Bridge area has been yielding panfish in recent weeks. Anglers have had some success trolling for muskies now that recreational boat traffic has tapered off.
Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — Water was so low as to make boat launching inadvisable as of Sept. 20. Fishing also was generally slow, although catfish and some bass were biting. The crappies weren’t yet active.
Youghiogheny River — Although the tailrace had been stocked for Labor Day weekend, the bite was generally slow in the weeks that followed.
High Point Lake (Somerset County) — This mountaintop impoundment was yielding largemouth bass, northern pike, sunfish and chain pickerel in recent weeks. Crappies were inactive. Anglers are advised that a draw-down of 8 to 10 feet for weed control is slated for this fall.
Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County) — Drainage in preparation for dam reconstruction was scheduled to begin in late September, and a fish salvage is tentatively slated for Oct. 25. Volunteers are welcome to help the Fish & Boat Commission move fish from the lake to the transport vehicles for relocation.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — As of Sept. 23, conditions were still in summer mode, according to TCO Fly Shop, which reported terrestrials, Caddisflies (16-18), and small Blue-Winged Olives (18-22) taking fish on the surface, and small nymphs working subsurface. Water was below average, in the 60s and had some color.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Black crappies and yellow perch were hitting under the causeway bridge and at Hunter Run Cut. Minnows under bobbers were the ticket. Channel catfish were reported on chicken livers in the Hunter Run Cut area, and a few anglers were catching bass on spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and soft creature baits.
Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Anglers were catching bass drop-shotting different plastics in a variety of colors, and reporting catches in about 12 to 24 feet.
Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Walleyes were hitting on crawler harnesses trolled at 14 to 16 feet. Crappies were biting close to shore on small green, white, and black jigs in 8 to 10 feet.
Cedar Run (Tioga County) — The trout bite picked up a little by mid-September. Rainfall cooled streams a little but flow remained low and clear. Conditions allowed for a dry fly bite, with beetles and other terrestrials productive. Small spinnerbaits also were working in the early morning hours.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was low and clear and in the upper 50s in mid-September, and anglers were catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours on nymphs, such as Prince nymphs, Pheasant Tail nymphs, and dark Stoneflies. Trout were rising to caddis, terrestrials and a few blue-winged olives. Streamers worked in the deep pools also were productive in the mornings and evenings.
Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — TCO Fly Shop reported Sept. 24 that flow was a little below average, clear, and in the mid-60s. Nymphing was productive throughout the day, with occasional blue-winged olives (18-22), midges (20-24) and caddisflies (14-16) hatching. A few Isonychia (8-10) were still around.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Anglers were catching largemouth bass up to 4 pounds, 20 inches on crawlers, and channel catfish up to 7 pounds on crawlers.
Opossum Lake (Cumberland County) — Largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks, with swimbaits productive.
Lake Meade (Adams County) — Channel catfish were reported on live bait and largemouth bass were hitting crankbaits in recent weeks.
Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) — Flathead catfish were biting sunfish around Middletown, and walleyes were reported on minnow-pattern lures and spinners.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Hunter’s Gallery reported Sept. 22 that striped bass and walleyes were hitting. Live bait was working on both species, although stripers also were hitting stickbaits in chartreuse glo or purple glo, and walleyes also were biting white twister tail grubs and crawlers. Fish were deep, since water was still warm. Largemouth and smallmouth bass were reported on tubes, crankbaits, plastic worms and other lures, as well as live minnows. Drop-shotting was productive. Panfish were reported on red worms, slider grubs, and twister tails.
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Smallmouth bass up to 19 inches were reported in recent weeks.
Chemung River (Bradford County) — Cooler nighttime temperatures sparked bass activity on this Susquehanna River tributary in recent weeks, with anglers catching some nice smallmouths on silver and black shad raps.
PA American Water Company Reservoirs aka Maple Lake, Dunmore #1, Griffin Pond, Elmhurst and Curtis (Lackawanna County) — Largemouth bass, bluegills, perch and the occasional black crappie were reported on crawlers, minnows and other live bait.
Octoraro Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported that big numbers of white perch were hitting on chunks of crawlers and on small or medium shiners fished without bobbers on the bottom, as of Sept. 22. The bass bite was picking up on plastic worms around laydown logs, and on crankbaits fished along riprap down 10 feet and on points. Catfish were reported on clam snouts, and liver-based products. The crappie bite was still slow, with a few anglers reporting catches.
Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Largemouth bass, including a couple of 5-plus pounders, were reported on jigs on this 535-acre state park impoundment as of Sept. 20.
Bushkill Creek (Northampton County) — Brown and rainbow trout were reported in the lower sections in recent weeks, and in the undercut banks on upper sections of the main stem.
Delaware River — Walleyes were reported on crankbaits, and largemouth bass were being released on various topwater lures just north of Easton city limits. The Delaware Canal south of Easton was yielding bass on small creek chubs.
Minsi Lake (Northampton County) — Small bluegills were the dominant catch in recent weeks.