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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 7, 2017

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie — The perch bite was hit or miss, although nice catches were reported as of June 19 on the east side off the GE Stacks in 38 feet and off Shade’s Beach in 42 feet. Perch also were hitting on the west side, in 42 feet off Trout Run and Godfrey Run. Some limits were reported in 38 to 45 feet west of Walnut Creek. One angler caught a 31-inch walleye on a No. 6 perch hook. The walleye bite was excellent through mid-June, with fish reported in 10 to 50 feet, off Beach No. 2 in 25 to 35 feet, and anywhere off Walnut to the Ohio line. Both trolling and drift-fishing were effective, and productive colors included gold and fire tiger.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Bluegills were spawning in mid- to late June. Anglers were catching nice numbers in Marina Lake, where pumpkinseeds and rock bass also were hitting. Some smallmouth bass were still in the bay, finishing their spawn. Catfish were hitting off the north and south piers, and off the mouths of Elk and Walnut creeks. Perch fishing was poor in recent weeks, with some anglers blaming a scarcity of emerald shiners.

Kinzua Reservoir (Warren County) — Walleyes were reported in the Willow Bay area in recent weeks.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — The walleye bite turned on around June 19, with keepers being taken on humps and grass beds on the south and north ends. Nightcrawlers were the ticket, but some anglers were also doing well by trolling plugs. Both black and white crappies became active around the same time. White crappies were hitting jigs on deepwater cribs in 14 feet of water. In a recent crappie tournament, the winning weight on a limit of eight crappies was 7 pounds, 13 ounces and the average fish weighed less than a pound. The lunker was 1.9 pounds. The bluegill bite was strong. A few largemouth bass up to 3 pounds and small-sized smallmouth bass were released on minnows. The smallmouths were biting lipless crankbaits. Clark’s Island and Red Cross Bay yielded largemouths up to 3 pounds on buzzbaits over weeds in the early morning hours. A few perch and white bass and a couple of muskies were reported.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — A few muskies, walleyes, and smallmouth bass were reported as of June 21. Walleyes were taking leeches, and bass were hitting soft plastics and topwater baits. The creek in the outflow was yielding a few walleyes, muskies and bluegills.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — This natural lake was yielding some largemouth bass in late June.

Neshannock Creek (Mercer County) — A kayaker reported catching more smallmouth bass than trout in mid-June, especially when water was low and clear.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — The walleye bite was picking up in mid-June, and numbers of crappies, including a 19¾-inch, 3.5-pounder, were reported. Bluegills and catfish also were hitting, with some anglers doing well on salted minnows.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — A good bass bite was reported as of mid-June, with nice-sized fish being released. The walleye bite was hit or miss. Hybrid striped bass were feeding on shad. And white bass were schooling in deep water.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Post-spawn smallmouth bass up to 20 inches were reported in summer spots, including pocket water, along riffles, and in moderate current runs in recent weeks. Crankbaits were the ticket. One night-time angler targeting muskies released a 6-plus pound smallmouth bass on an 8-inch bluegill.

Allegheny River (Forest County) — Northern pike were hitting spoons and live bait near the Sand and Gravel Launch in Tionesta.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, muskies, channel catfish, sunfish and crappies were reported, mostly on crawlers and minnows.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers (Allegheny County) — Night-time anglers were catching carp where the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers meet near downtown Pittsburgh. Dough balls dipped in honey worked for some anglers. Large flathead catfish also were hitting near Point State Park, downtown.

Ohio River (Allegheny County) — Nice-size hybrid striped bass were reported along with walleyes and smallmouth bass on various hard-plastic swimbaits and spoons. Structure and the mouths of tributaries were hotspots. Yellow perch, freshwater drum and catfish were reported on live bait. Flathead catfish were hitting cut bait and bluegills were caught near structure.

Beaver River (Beaver County) — Large flathead catfish were reported through mid-June. The New Brighton Dam was yielding numbers of walleyes, saugers, and smallmouth bass, with soft plastics the ticket.

Brady’s Run Lake, Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Trout were reported on pastebaits fished on the bottom in recent weeks.

Allegheny River (Armstrong County) — Catfish were hitting at the Cowanshannock Access area.

Yellow Creek (Armstrong, Indiana counties) — The 954 Bridge area was yielding rainbow trout in mid-June, with green, scented paste bait and minnows productive.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County) — Northern pike were reported from boat and shore in recent weeks. Catfish were hitting chicken liver late at night and early in the morning.

Keystone Power Dam (Armstrong County) — Shore anglers released 40-plus inch muskies in recent weeks. Largemouth bass and panfish also were hitting.

Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — A 51-inch muskie was released in recent weeks. Large carp also were reported.

Wilmore Dam (Cambria County) —Nice crappies were reported in recent weeks.

Lake Rowena (Cambria County) — Nice-sized rainbow trout continued to hit through mid-June.

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Northern pike, smallmouth bass and few large walleyes were reported through mid-June.

Somerset Lake (Somerset County) — Channel catfish were reported in recent weeks.

Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Trout and a few average-sized bass were hitting in recent weeks.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Tioga Lake (Tioga County) — Yellow perch and crappies were hitting through mid- to late June.

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Bass, panfish, muskies and carp were reported in recent weeks, with Nelson Falls and the spillway producing action.

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — Anglers were catching crappies through mid-June, but the bite was generally slow. Yellow perch and bluegills also were reported, with crawlers and live minnows productive.

Pine Creek (Tioga County) — Good hatches were reported in mid-June, with sulphurs, light Cahills, blue-winged olives, and caddis reported from the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only stretch to Galeton. Nymphing with patterns like Pheasant Tails was productive.

Camp Mountain Run Boy Scout Pond (Clearfield County) — Anglers were catching trout on pastebaits and crawlers.

West Branch Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting as the season opened in mid-June.

Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegills, yellow perch, and brown bullheads were reported through mid- to late June.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Trout were reported on small Mayfly, Stonefly, and Caddis nymph patterns fished in shallow riffles mid-day. Frenchies (14-16). Gold-bead Pheasant Tails (12-18), and Prince Nymphs (12-16) were productive. Trout were rising occasionally from mid-day into the evening and hitting dry flies such as Slate Drakes (10-12), March Browns (12), Blue-Winged Olives (18-22) and Midges (22-26).

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Early morning trico hatches were reported in recent weeks. Sulphur nymphs, Walt’s Worms, Deep Sparkle Pupa and other caddis larvae patterns were effective. Dries such as Tricos (20-26), Tan Caddis (14-16), Light Cahills (14-16), and Midges (22-26) were occasionally productive.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Juniata River (Huntingdon, Mifflin counties) — Nice-sized bass were reported in recent weeks. Catfish also were hitting, with crawlers and chicken livers the tickets.

Juniata River (Juniata County) — Anglers were catching nice catfish and carp on nightcrawlers in recent weeks.

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Largemouth bass were reported on crawlers or 4-inch, dark-colored plastic worms. Rainbow trout also were reported by anglers trolling small spinners or pastebaits on the bottom.

NORTHEAST REGION

Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — A good bass bite was reported in recent weeks, with drop-offs, rock piles, and weed edges productive spots.

Lake Winola (Wyoming County) — Spotty panfish action was reported in recent weeks, with some of the better bites coming around weedbeds and lily pads.

Prompton Dam (Wayne County) — Crappies and bluegills were hitting small jigs and crawlers in recent weeks.

Long Pond (Wayne County) — Nice-sized chain pickerel were reported on large crankbaits.

Susquehanna River (Susquehanna County) — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were active near Great Bend in recent weeks.

SOUTHEAST REGION 

Tulpehocken Creek (Lebanon County) — The delayed harvest section was yielding trout to small golden spinners in recent weeks.

Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) — Nice-size crappies were hitting in mid- to late June. An 18-incher was caught on a spinner in the cove off Calcium Road.

Marsh Creek Lake (Berks County) — Bluegills and crappies were hitting mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small jigs through mid-June, and bass were biting a variety of lures and baits, from jigs, spinners and crankbaits to crawlers and minnows. Soft plastics in black, purple, pumpkinseed, and dark green were productive.

Octoraro Lake (Chester County) — Largemouth bass averaging 12 inches, and with some weighing up to 4 and 5 pounds, were hitting jigs and spinnerbaits as of June 25, according to Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle, which also reported crappies catching had slowed but the fish still were biting medium fathead minnows and twister tails. Channel cats were in full swing and taking all kinds of baits from bass jigs to crawlers to shiners. White perch were coming on a variety of small live baits.

French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek (Chester County) — Nice flow and low angling pressure were reported in mid-June. Water was in the 60s. Anglers were catching trout on Blue-Winged Olive, Midge, and Sulphur patterns. Small Pheasant Tail and Hare’s Ear nymphs were productive.

Schuylkill River — The smallmouth bass bite was spotty in mid- to late June, but anglers were catching fish on artificials. Catfish, both channels and flatheads, were hitting.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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