Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 18th, 2016
Trout stockings continued this month at select waters across the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com Anglers fishing streams with natural reproduction of brown and brook trout are urged to avoid disturbing spawning beds.
Boaters are reminded that from Nov. 1 through April 30, they are required to wear life jackets in vessels less than 16 feet in length and in any canoe or kayak.
Lake Erie tributaries — Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle reported streams were a good level and color Nov. 4, with both Walnut and Elk creeks producing steelhead. White Wooly Buggers and small black bead-head nymphs were effective. One angler reported catching a 13-pound steelhead on middle Walnut two days earlier, with single eggs and egg sacs the ticket in low, clear conditions.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —Perch were reported off the north and south piers, and by boaters off the yacht club, Liberty Park, the convention center, and buoys near the channel in deep water. Crappies were hitting in Marina Lake. (Docks at the state park marina are now open to fishing.)
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Venango, Crawford counties) — Walleyes up to 22 inches were reported on tubes in early November.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Numbers of perch, including some nice keepers, were reported, and crappies became more active in recent weeks, with brush piles and cribs productive. A few walleyes were reported, and the bite on bladebaits was expected to improve as water cooled more. Catfish were hitting.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Largemouth bass mostly in sub- legal sizes were reported in recent weeks on plastic worms. A 30-inch bowfin also was reportedly released. Anglers said surface water over weedbeds was dense with bluegills.
Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — Bowfins abound in this small lake, with one angler releasing six in recent weeks on a muskie bucktail spinner.
Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies were biting in recent weeks, with minnows the ticket. Hybrid striped bass also were reported on shallow shelves and in schools in the main river channel of the lake. White bass also were reported, as were nice-size channel catfish. A few walleyes were starting to move onto gradually sloping points. A 48-inch muskie was recently released.
Shenango River (Mercer County) — The Shenango outflow down to the Walnut Street Bridge was stocked with trout in early October.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Largemouth bass up to 4-plus pounds were reported, with shad-patterned crankbaits effective.
Tionesta Outflow (Forest County) — Work has been completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the outflow is now open to fishing from the wall. Anglers are advised that the ramp leading to the creek remains closed as does the walkway leading to the campground.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — The bass bite got mixed reviews in recent weeks. Anglers jigging the deeper pools with a slow retrieve reported nice catches of bass up to 16 inches, with a few 3-pounders in the mix. One angler caught a 20-inch smallmouth on a tube in shallow water. An angler fishing spinnerbaits did poorly in the Oil City pool, but caught a northern pike on a fluke.
Harbar Acres Lake (SGL 95) (Butler County) — The lake was stocked in recent weeks with brown trout averaging 12 to 14 inches.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) —Yellow perch were biting through early November. Shore and boat anglers were catching channel catfish, with crawlers off the bottom productive.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Walleyes up to 27 inches were biting in early November, with the mouths of streams productive. Soft plastics tipped with minnows were the ticket. Anglers are advised to be watchful of debris in higher-than-normal water.
Deer Creek, Deer Lakes (Allegheny County) — Trout were reported on paste baits in the lake. The stream also was yielding trout amid light fishing pressure in early November.
Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — Water was drawn down in early November. A few anglers were working the shorelines for smallmouth bass.
Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Trout were reported in early November.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somer-set County) — Anglers were catching bass and panfish around the weedbeds in drawn-down conditions through early November.
Lake Somerset (Somerset County) — Regulations for seasons, sizes, and creel limits have been lifted in advance of dam removal next year. Water was drawn down 7 feet.
Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Water was dirty and debris-filled as of Nov. 3, but a few anglers were catching bass. Despite tough fishing conditions, a few anglers are catching bass.
Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Bass and chain pickerel were reported on jigs and jerkbaits.
Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Trout were hitting on mealworms, waxworms and various spinners.
Pine Creek (Tioga County) — Trout and bass were reported on streamers and nymphs.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Fly-anglers were catching trout on small mayfly and stonefly nymphs and caddis larvae patterns in early November. A few anglers were doing well on streamers in the deeper pools and near banks.
West Branch Susquehanna River — The smallmouth bass bite had slowed by Nov. 3, but fish were still hitting small streamers, poppers and spinners in recent weeks, with the deeper pools the most productive.
Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Trout were reported on bead-head Pheasant Tail nymphs, Green Weenies, and other basic patterns in early November. Fish were holding tight to the bottom. Streamers, spinners, and live minnows were productive in the deeper pools.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was a normal level in early November, and anglers were catching trout on nymphs such as Green Weenies, Pheasant Tails, and sow bugs. Small streamers (6-10) in olive and black also were productive. The lower reaches of the creek were yielding trout on spinning gear.
Lyman Lake (Potter County) — Yellow perch and other panfish were hitting on small jigs and live bait through early November. Trout also were taking jigs and live bait. The occasional bass was hitting on soft plastics and live bait.
Susquehanna River — Reports were mixed as of Nov. 5, with some anglers catching nice numbers of smallmouth bass up to 4 pounds on spinnerbaits, Rattletraps, and suspending jerkbaits, and others reporting less success. Floating weeds and muddy water were starting to clear by Nov. 5. Walleyes and catfish also were reported.
Gifford Pinchot State Park (York County) — Carp and panfish were reported from shore at Boat Mooring Area 2.
Codorus State Park (York County) — Anglers were targeting northern pike and muskies in the cooler waters of early November.
Susquehanna River — Channel and flathead catfish were becoming more active on crawlers, chicken livers and small baitfish through early November. Walleye fishing also was becoming productive on jigs tipped with minnows or twister tails in bright colors.
Orrtanna Pond (Adams County) — Anglers were catching panfish and bass near the shorelines.
Juniata River (Huntingdon/ Mifflin County) — Water was low in early November, but yielding smallmouth bass and a few walleyes.
Susquehanna River, lower Swatara Creek (Dauphin County) — Channel catfish up to 25 inches were reported on crawlers and shrimp.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Falling water levels were reported in early November, but lake trout continued to bite. Some anglers were catching striped bass on jigging spoons and bucktail jigs, with boating anglers doing well around Seven Points and the James Creek area.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Striped bass up to 12 pounds were reported in early November, with one angler doing well on swimbaits. Largemouth and smallmouth bass were reported on rubber worms and spinnerbaits.
Susquehanna River — Some nice-sized bass and walleyes were reported on soft plastics and crankbaits through early November.
Lily Lake, Lake Irena (Luzerne County) —Lily was recently stocked, but Irena’s stocking was postponed until Nov. 9.
Nescopek Creek (Luzerne County) — The delayed-harvest area was yielding trout in recent weeks, but anglers are now having to contend with fallen leaves on the water.
Pennypack Creek (Philadelphia County) —Trout were biting paste bait, wax worms, mealworms, small jigs and spinners. Rock bass and bluegills also were hitting.
Levittown Lake (Bucks County) — Trout were reported on waxworms and minnows in early November.
Lake Luxembourg (Bucks County) — Largemouth bass were reported on crankbaits, jigs, and plastic worms.
Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Crankbaits and jigs in deeper water around the dam and other pools were taking bass in recent weeks.
Neshaminy Creek (Bucks County) — Brown bullheads and American eels were hitting nightcrawlers at night around the Tyler State Park section. Panfish were biting crawlers.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg