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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 21, 2017


Lake Erie­ — Walleyes, including numbers of small ones, were reported in 50 to 80 feet from Walnut Creek to the lighthouse. Crawler harnesses, flat lining, and dipsy divers were working. Lake Erie’s water temperature was 73 degrees July 5. Some yellow perch were reported in about 50 feet.

Union City Reservoir (Erie County) — Panfish were hitting crawlers and minnows.

Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — Panfish were hitting crawlers and minnows through early July on this 25-acre natural lake. Trout also were reported from canoes and other boats in the middle of the lake.

Fairview Gravel Pits (Erie County) — Anglers were catching crappies and trout through early July in this western Erie County impoundment.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Largemouth bass were hitting throughout the lake, although recreational boat traffic is typically heavy on this large natural lake in summer.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Largemouth bass were biting in early July.

Allegheny River (Clarion, Venango counties) — Anglers were catching smallmouth bass from Emlenton to East Brady and walleyes in the Foxburg pool and at the mouth of the Clarion River. Channel catfish were hitting at night in the East Brady pool.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Anglers were catching nice numbers of largemouth bass, bluegills, and yellow perch in this drawn-down lake.

Piney Dam (Clarion County) — Largemouth bass, yellow perch, and a few walleyes were reported through early July. Channel catfish were hitting from shore at night.

Upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — Anglers were catching nice numbers of smallmouth bass in this part of the river from Cooksburg to Mill Creek. Trout also were hitting near the mouths of Blyson Run, Cather’s Run and Toms Run.

Redbank Creek (Clarion County) — Smallmouth bass and trout were reported from Mayport to the dam in New Bethlehem, and walleyes were hitting from the dam in New Bethlehem to the confluence with the Allegheny River.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project (Clarion County) — Anglers were catching largemouths, bluegills and yellow perch through early July.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) —The hybrid striped bass bite in the shallows began to slow in early July, as fish moved to deeper water. Nice catch rates were still reported. Yellow perch were schooling over weedbeds near rocky points and hitting minnows under bobbers. Largemouth and smallmouth bass were reported in deeper water.


Allegheny, Ohio, Monongahela rivers — Bass were biting on all three rivers, with minnows the ticket, as conditions allowed in recent weeks. Periods of heavy rainfall , Sleft water high, muddy and filled with debris. Catfish were hitting cut bait, hot dogs and French fries on the Allegheny. The Allegheny also was yielding walleyes and saugers to crawlers. The Ohio was yielding flathead catfish and freshwater drum. Tournament anglers were catching largemouth bass ranging from 3 to 5 pounds near Greys Landing lock and dam on the upper Monongahela.

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County) — Nice numbers of catfish and panfish were reported. Some smaller-sized bass also were hitting.

Brady’s Run Lake (Beaver County) — Largemouth bass were biting artificials, particularly spinnerbaits and soft plastics.

Beaver River (Beaver County)  — Flathead catfish and freshwater drum were hitting in recent weeks.

North Fork of Little Beaver Creek (Beaver County) — Some nice catches of trout were reported, but fishing pressure was overall light through early July.

Bridgeport Dam (Westmoreland County) — Panfish and catfish were reported.

St. Vincent Lake (Westmoreland County) — Carp were hitting on dough balls.

Cranberry Glade Lake (Somerset County) — Nice catfish, bass, and sunfish were reported on live bait.

Youghiogheny River — Rainbow and brown trout from 4 to 6 pounds were reported in the outflow. This area was stocked June 30.

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Bass, chain pickerel, and sunfish were reported on this mountaintop impoundment.

Loyalhanna Creek, Kiskiminetas River (Westmoreland County) — Both waters were yielding smallmouth bass in nice sizes. Bass anglers also were catching trout.


Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — The Tackle Shack reported July 7 that bass, crappies, and perch were hitting on crankbaits. Catfish and brown bullheads also were hitting.

Beechwood, Hamilton lakes (Tioga County) — A good crappie bite was reported by The Tackle Shack July 7, with live minnows and white, green or pearl twister tails effective. Bluegills were taking nightcrawlers, wax worms, meal worms, butterworms, and rubber worms and maggots.

Lake Tioga, Tioga River (Tioga County) — Brown bullheads and channel catfish up to 10 pounds were reported, most were smaller.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) —Water was in the mid-50s in early July, and small Mayfly, Stonefly, and Caddis nymphs were productive in the early morning to mid-afternoon hours. Prince nymphs (12-16), Gold bead-head Pheasant Tail nymphs (12-18), and Frencies (14-16) were effective. Trout were occasionally rising in the mid-afternoon to evening hours and taking slate drakes (10-12), blue-winged olives (18-22), light Cahills (12-14), and tan caddis (12-14).

West Branch Susquehanna River  — Smallmouth bass were hitting live minnows, rooster tails and streamers. Submerged logs, grassy areas, and ledges were spots to target. A few rock bass also were reported.

Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Trout were reported on live bait, artificial lures, dry flies and streamers, with early morning and late evening hours productive. Afternoon anglers were advised to target shady spots and deep pools.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Crappies were hitting plastic lures. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, and pumpkinseeds were biting curly tail jigs. The outflow was producing crappies, yellow perch, and bluegills on live baits and plastic lures.

Spring Creek (Centre County)  — Trout were taking tricos in the early morning hours. Subsurface flies, such as sulphur nymphs, Hot Spot Sowbugs, and Walt’s Worms, were working during the day. Trout were occasionally rising to dry flies, such as Tricos (20-26), Tan Caddis (14-16), Light Cahills (14-16), Blue-Winged Olives (18-22), and midges (22-26).


Lake Redman, Lake Williams (York County) — Bass were reported in the early morning hours. Crappies also were reported, with minnows fished three to five feet below bobbers a good bet.

Memorial Lake (Lebanon County) — Largemouth bass and chain pickerel were reported on live minnows and spinnerbaits.

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Anglers were catching panfish around Shy Beaver boat launch through early July.

Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumber-land County) — Some nice trout were reported north of the Route 15 bridge through late June.

Cocolamus Creek (Perry County) — Trout were reported on artificials.

Holman Lake (Perry County) ­— Panfish were hitting small crawlers in recent weeks. Crappies also were reported on small tubes and 1⁄64-ounce jigs and minnows.

Juniata River (Juniata County) — Channel catfish were reported on cut bait and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass were hitting above the Port Royal Bridge up to the Narrows access, with hellgrammites, nightcrawlers, white spinnerbaits and rubber worms productive.


North Branch of the Susquehanna River — Numbers of bass were reported, along with catfish in recent weeks.  Catfish also were hitting a variety of presentations, including jigs. Walleyes were occasionally reported.

Roaring Brook (Lackawanna County) — Some catches of trout were reported in recent weeks.


Octararo Lake (Chester County) — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported July 8 that white perch were in full swing and hitting crawlers, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Bass were going deep and hitting ledge worms, and curlytails, and in the afternoon, they were following shade up to the shoreline and taking jigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits rolled slow in the shallows.

Lehigh Canal (Lehigh County) — Bluegills and small-size bass were reported from Freemansburg to Bethlehem.

Delaware River — Striped bass were hitting live white perch and eels around New Hope, Yardley and Trenton. Smallmouth bass were biting minnows and grubs.

Levittown Lake (Bucks County) — Panfish and the occasional trout were reported in recent weeks.

Core Creek (Lake Luxembourg) (Bucks County) — Crappies and perch were reported below the spillway and hitting small soft plastics and small minnows.

Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — Good fishing was reported in the deeper holes, with trout being caught on spinners, mealworms, and redworms. The delayed- harvest, artificial-lures-only stretch near New Ringgold was yielding nice numbers earlier in the spring.

Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) — Largemouth bass were hitting on spinnerbaits, jigs, and nightcrawlers. Boating anglers were catching an occasional trout in deeper waters.

Owl Creek Reservoirs (Schuylkill County) — Fishing pressure was very low in early summer, with few anglers or boats on the water.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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