Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 4th, 2016
Anglers and boaters are reminded that, as of Nov. 1, they are required to wear a life jacket when in boats of 16 feet or less and in all kayaks and canoes.
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission continues its trout stockings at select fisheries around the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishand
Anglers also are reminded that because brown trout and brook trout spawn in fall, they should exercise caution when fishing streams where natural reproduction occurs so as not to disturb redds.
Lake Erie steelhead tributaries — Steelhead were moving further up creeks as of Oct. 21, the result of cold rainfall. Tribs, especially the smaller streams, come down pretty quickly in Erie. Go-to baits were egg sacks, waxworms, maggots, and minnows. Effective fly patterns included egg patterns, nymphs, and streamers such as Wooly Buggers.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Perch were starting to move into the bay in late October, with anglers catching them off the north and south piers as well as the east and west piers. Crappies also were beginning to show up in the bay’s Marina Lake, but sizes were running small. Many crappies were hitting in deeper water, down to 15 and 20 feet, but starting to move to the shallower bays. Anglers were catching them on 1⁄16-ounce jigheads with twister tails.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — A few walleyes were reported on blade baits through mid-October, when water hovered around 60 degrees and the lake was about 16 inches lower than normal because of lack of rainfall. Perch were hitting in numbers, with anglers reporting success by anchoring in 10 to 12 feet of water and jigging 1⁄32 –ounce jigs with chunks of crawlers. Drifting baits wasn’t as effective. Some large rock bass were reported. Bass anglers reported nice catches in recent weeks. Crappies up to 11-plus inches were reported near the causeway early and late in the day. Anglers are advised that this reservoir will be enrolled in the Panfish Enhancement Program for crappies beginning in 2017, when a 20-crappie-per-day limit of fish 9 inches or larger will take effect.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Walleyes, including an 11.5-pounder that measured 29 inches taken on a crawler harness, were reported in recent weeks. Largemouth bass also were reported, with a 6-pounder taken on a square-bill crankbait. Other bass were boated on shad-colored jigs with trailers.
Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies, including many 10-plus inchers, were becoming active in mid-to-late October, with minnows effective. Cooling temperatures also activated hybrid striped bass, which were moving shallower and hitting live shad and crankbaits. Schools of big white bass were around the Golden Run area, and smaller white bass were near the Celery Farm. A catfish reported to be 40 pounds was released in late September by an angler casting a yellow and green jig from shore. Walleyes up to 5-plus pounds were reported by anglers trolling Hot-n-Tots.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Anglers were catching smallmouth bass up to 21 inches, with some hitting watermelon-color flukes and others coming on Texas-rigged black and gold tubes. Weeds and grass were a problem for some anglers.
Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — The river was blown out as of Oct. 22, according to TCO Fly Shop, but as conditions allowed, nymphing was consistent during the day, and Blue-Winged Olives (18-22), midges (20-24), and Tan Caddis (14-16) occasionally were taking fish on top. On windy days, terrestrials were productive off the banks.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Bluegills and perch were biting at this 1,635-acre impoundment in Prince Gallitzin State Park through Oct. 19.
Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County) — Anglers reported nice catches of trout on flies and artificials in recent weeks. Bass also were reported, with one largemouth weighing more than 6 pounds.
Indian, Mammoth lakes (Westmoreland County) — Recently-stocked trout were active in recent weeks.
Youghiogheny River (Somerset County) — Smallmouth bass were active in recent weeks, with many reported on tubes and swimbaits.
Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Much-needed rainfall brought water levels back to normal Oct. 22, according to Don’s Tackle Shack. The lake was stocked in mid-October, in the deeper water by the dam. Anglers were catching bass, bluegills and muskies on this and other area fisheries.
Laurel Run Reservoir (Elk County) — Anglers were targeting recently-stocked trout through mid-October. Water has been drawn down 50 feet, creating a muddy shoreline.
Alvin R. Bush Dam (Clinton County) — Anglers were catching recently-stocked trout on pastebaits, crawlers and minnows through mid-October.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Trout were rising in the early morning and late evening hours in the low, clear conditions of mid-October, when water was in the upper 50s. Nymphs (12-18), such as Green Weenies, Pheasant Tails, and Prince patterns, were effective during the day. Dries such as Tan Caddis (14-18) and Midges (22-26) were working for some anglers in the late evening hours. Small streamers (6-0) were productive in the deeper pools.
Poe Valley Lake (Centre County) — Rainbow trout were taking Green Weenies and other nymphs under indicators in recent weeks. Trout also were hitting crawlers and pastebaits.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Low, clear water in the upper 50s prevailed though mid-October, and anglers were catching trout on Green Weenies, Sow Bugs, and other nymphs. A few were catching trout on dry flies such as midges, Tan Caddis, and Terrestrial patterns.
Juniata River (Perry County) — Smallmouth bass were biting stonecats and hellgrammites through Oct. 19, when water was low and clear, and weeds and grasses were causing difficulties for some anglers. Fast-moving water and deep holes were the best areas to target fish.
Juniata River (Juniata County) — Smallmouth bass were taking stonecats and hellgrammites in low, clear flow in recent weeks.
Long Arm Reservoir (York County) — Bass, catfish, and a variety of panfish were reported in recent weeks.
Sheppard Meyers Reservoir (York County) — Bait anglers were reporting nice numbers of panfish and bass in recent weeks.
Gifford Pinchot State Park Lake (York County) — Bass were reported on live bait and swimbaits in boat mooring areas 1 and 3 in recent weeks.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — The Seven Points area was yielding nice lake trout in recent weeks, with jigging spoons and flutter spoons effective in 30 feet or deeper water.
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Catfish were reported on chicken livers in the evening hours. Largemouth bass up to 17 inches were reported off the south shore across from the Pine Run boat launch. The striped bass bite was starting to heat up around Oct. 19. Anglers and boaters are advised that water was lowered here in recent weeks, and the Fish & Boat Commission was urging extra vigilance about underwater structures.
Pohopoco Creek (Carbon County) — This fishery downstream of Beltzville Lake was yielding nice releases of trout in recent weeks.
Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Bass, including many in sub-legal sizes, were reported on this Big Bass program fishery, where the minimum creel size for bass is 15 inches. Boating anglers reported nice catches of bluegills and perch.
Aquashicola, Buckwha, Lizard creeks (Carbon County) — Nice numbers of trout were still holding in all three as of mid-October.
Lehigh River — The stretch between Parryville and Bowmanstown was yielding trout up to 17 inches in recent weeks. Smallmouth bass were hitting near Parryville.
Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — Trout anglers were catching brown trout on spoons and spinners. Sunfish and bass also were hitting in recent weeks.
Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — TCO Fly Shop reported Oct. 22 that rainfall and cooler nights were reducing water temperatures and activating trout. Nymph rigs and streamers were productive. Hatches included caddis (18-20), blue-winged olives (18-22), and midges (18-28).
Octoraro Lake (Chester County) — Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported Oct. 22 that largemouth bass were hitting crankbaits, wacky-rigged plastic worms, and slow jigs. Bass sizes were running small, with big ones hard to come by, although a couple of 4-pounders were reported. Crappies on the shoreline were hitting, but not full force. Jigs and crawlers or minnows were the tickets. The catfish bite had slowed.
Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Nice-sized bass were reported on suspended crankbaits and jigs in deeper water in mid-October.
Lake Galena (Bucks County) — Crappies were hitting small jigs, twister tails and shiners through Oct. 19.