Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report — May 12, 2017

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission continued in-season trout stockings in recent weeks. For a schedule, visit

Anglers are reminded that walleye season opened May 6.

The catch-and-immediate-release of bass season is in effect through June 16, and anglers are urged to refrain from targeting spawning beds.

The Fish & Boat Commission has scheduled family- and women-only fishing activities for May. For specifics, visit


Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle reported April 29 that perch and crappies were hitting, and smallmouth bass were starting to bite. One angler did well on tubes.

Lake Erie tributaries — Smallmouth bass were showing up as of April 29. Earlier in the month, anglers were still catching a few steelhead in Elk Creek between Route 20 and Lake Erie, and in lower Walnut Creek, with single eggs, light-colored egg patterns, and minnows productive.

Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — Nice crappie catches were reported in recent weeks.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — After a slow start to what is normally a strong springtime bite, nice walleye catches were reported on the south end in April, with nighttime catch rates good from boat and shore. Daytime anglers were catching walleyes drifting minnows. Jigs and minnows and crankbaits were effective off the points and humps. Incidental catches of muskies up to 48 inches were reported. Crappies and bluegills were reported along with numbers of perch in the shallows. The causeway also was yielding perch and walleyes.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Bluegills and crappies were hitting at this natural lake, after a slow start.

Sugar Creek, East Sandy Creek (Venango County) — Nice catches of trout were reported since opening day.

Oil Creek (Venango, Crawford counties) — Anglers caught nice trout on salmon eggs and other baits on this waterway, which was added to the Keystone Select Trout Waters program this year.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass were released on tubes, with some fish measuring up to 20 inches.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — The marina bay was yielding numbers of crappies. Panfish also were hitting off the upper causeway and at launch No. 3 from shore.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — The northern pike bite was hot in mid-April, with crankbaits productive in shallow water. Largemouth and smallmouth bass also were released in the shallows, and white bass and hybrid striped bass were expected to turn on as water temperatures climb.


Monongahela River — Anglers were releasing numbers of smallmouth bass and walleyes from Point Marion to Lock 4 in recent weeks.

Yellow Creek, Little Yellow Creek, Laurel Run, South Branch Two Lick Creek (Armstrong, Indiana counties) — A week after opening day, anglers were still limiting out on trout on this and other streams in the area. Pressure has been limited on most of these streams since opening day.

Mahoning Creek (Armstrong County) — Anglers were catching trout on spoons, mealworms and waxworms in recent weeks.

Raccoon Lake, Traverse Creek (Beaver County) — Numbers of trout were reported on minnows and plastic worms near the dam. Anglers trolling spinners picked up trout as well in recent weeks.

North Fork of the Little Beaver Creek (Beaver County) — Trout were reported by anglers drifting maggots and pastebaits.

Ohio River, Beaver River  — Despite water on the high side, anglers were catching flathead catfish and hybrid striped bass near the dams of the Ohio and its major tributary, the Beaver River.

Lake Wilma (Greene County) — A few largemouth bass and panfish were reported in recent weeks.

Somerset Lake (Somerset County) — Bass, crappies, carp, walleyes, and channel catfish were being caught in recent weeks. All creel limits and size minimums have been removed from this fishery in advance of dam removal.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Some northern pike and bluegills were reported in recent weeks.

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Although still below normal, water levels had increased enough for boat launching by April 26. Anglers were releasing largemouth and smallmouth bass, and catching northern pike, chain pickerel and crappies on live baits and lures on this mountaintop impoundment.

Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — Anglers were catching smallmouth bass, crappies and channel catfish in the fluctuating water levels of recent weeks. The outflow of the dam was slated for trout stocking on May 4 and May 26.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County) — Light angling pressure was reported after opening day on this Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters Program fishery. Numbers of trout and fish over 20 inches were reported. In warm conditions, anglers slowed their presentation or drifted baits.

Keystone Lake, Northmoreland Lake (Westmoreland County) — Scented baits fished off the bottom in deeper portions of the lakes were triggering trout bites in recent weeks.


Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Trout were reported on live minnows and pastebaits, especially those in yellow, orange, chartreuse or rainbow colors, or with garlic scent. A few anglers were catching trout by trolling spoons in silver, gold, or chartreuse. Anglers fishing the shoreline of the dam were catching crappies on live minnows.

Pine Creek (Tioga County) — Trout were reported on waxworms, butterworms, nightcrawlers and redworms in recent weeks. Black Roostertails, spinners and spoons also were working, as were streamers.

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — A few crappies and yellow perch were reported in recent weeks on live minnows, small chartreuse twister tails and paddle tails. Bass were hitting topwater lures in the shallow water.

Parker Dam, Tannery Dam (Clearfield County) — Trout were reported on silver-colored spoons and live minnows.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was approaching the low 50s in late April, and anglers were catching trout on mayfly, stonefly, and caddis nymphs, such as Frenchies (14-16), Gold-bead Pheasant Tails (12-18), and Prince nymphs (12-16). Hatches included Quill Gordons, Grannoms and Hendricksons, although the Grannoms were ending. Olive and black streamers (6-10) were catching a few trout. On the lower reaches, anglers were doing well with live minnows, spinners and streamers.

West Branch Susquehanna River —Smallmouth bass were hitting crankbaits, large streamers, and live minnows in recent weeks.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Crappies were staging to spawn in late April, and anglers were catching them just off the shallows and at the spillway, with live minnows and chartreuse twister tails working.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was in the low 50s at the end of April. Grannoms were ending, and a few sulphurs were seen, although trout weren’t yet rising to them. Trout were hitting nymphs, such as Green Weenies and Caddis Larvae patterns. Zebra midges were effective. Some late morning to mid-afternoon dry fly action was reported on Blue-Winged Olives (18-22), tan Caddis (14-16), and midges (22-26). The lower reaches of Spring Creek were yielding trout to spinners and live bait.


Stoevers Dam, Lions Lake (Lebanon County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported April 30 that numbers of trout and panfish were hitting, with trout biting pastebaits and crawlers, and panfish coming on jigs and fathead minnows.

Quittapahilla Creek, Marquette Lake (Lebanon County) — Trout were reported on live baits and pastebait in recent weeks.

Memorial Lake (Lebanon County) — Crappies and bluegills were hitting small jigs and fatheads. Chain pickerel were reported on spinners.

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Trout were reported on spinners and pastebaits. Panfish were hitting waxworms and small jigs and twister tails.

Raccoon Creek (Perry County) — Trout were reported in deeper holes with structures, such as fallen trees and undercut banks, yielding the best results in recent weeks.


Lehigh River (Carbon County) — Anglers were catching trout near the rafting launch at the parking lot in Jim Thorpe. Spinners, stickbaits, and tubebaits were productive.

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Pickerel and bass were released in recent weeks, and crappies also were hitting near boat launch A.

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Bass were hitting near the area of the power lines and Preachers Camp.

Roaring Brook (Lackawanna County) — Limits of trout were being taken in Bunker Hill and Scranton, as conditions allowed.

Hunters Lake (Sullivan County) — Trout were reported on PowerBait, or jigs with trout magnets.


Octoraro Lake (Chester County) — The crappie bite was full on as of April 29, reported Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle, which weighed white crappies up to 1 pound, 14 ounces and 15¼ inches long, caught on fathead minnows. Largemouth bass were being released on white chatterbaits and double Colorado spinnerbaits, as well as creature baits on ½-ounce jigs. Numbers of white perch in mixed sizes also were hitting, and the catfish bite was coming on, with action expected to improve as water temperatures climb. Carp were spawning.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Bluegills and crappies were hitting mealworms, waxworms, minnows and small jigs in recent weeks. Bass were released on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits. Soft plastic crawlers in black, purple, dark green, and pumpkinseed were effective. Live baits included crayfish, minnows and crawlers.

French, Pickering, East Brandywine, and West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Water was as high as 62 degrees in late April, and trout were hitting minnows and small waxworms and mealworms. Fly-anglers were catching trout on small (24-28) midges. Small Pheasant Tails and Hare’s Ear nymphs also were productive.

Sweet Arrow Lake (Schuylkill County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported April 30 that a local sportsmen’s club augmented the state trout stocking for a recent trout rodeo in which tagged fish can win prizes for anglers. Numbers of fish were hitting.

Kaercher Dam (Berks County) — Crappies up to 17 inches were reported in recent weeks.

Delaware River (Bucks County) — One of the better shad runs in years was reported in recent weeks. Boaters were targeting shad with flutter spoons in various colors and swim baits. Some shad were measuring 19 to 22 inches.

Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) — Crappies and bass were hitting in recent weeks. Bass were in the shallows in late April. Crappies were around the banks and near submerged structure and hitting soft plastic minnow patterns and spider-rigged live minnows.

Bushkill Creek, Martins Creek, Hokendaugua Creek (Northampton County — Anglers were catching nice trout on minnows in recent weeks.

Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) — Shore anglers were catching trout on minnows and waxworms in recent weeks.

Little Schuylkill River — Trout were hitting gold spinners and chartreuse-colored lures in recent weeks.

Chesapeake Bay (Havre De Grace, Maryland) — Gordon’s Sports Supply reported a hot striped bass bite in late April, although high, muddy conditions temporarily killed action.

Reports compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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