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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Dec. 22, 2017

Rifle deer season in early December made for scant fishing activity throughout the state.

In anticipation of ice fishing season, trout stockings by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission were slated for recent weeks at a limited number of fisheries across the state.

For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.

Boaters are reminded that now until April 30, anyone on a boat less than 16 feet long or in a kayak or canoe is required to wear a life jacket.


Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County) — As conditions allowed, with streams still flowing, fish were hitting egg flies, streamer, and nymphs in recent weeks.

Lake Erie/Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Perch action was reported in the bay and off the north and south piers with live minnows effective.

French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — As water levels allowed, this Allegheny River tributary was yielding walleyes and smallmouth bass in recent weeks.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — The walleye bite turned on in the plummeting water temperatures of recent weeks. Crappies and other panfish also were hitting,

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Boaters were catching walleyes through late November. Boats moored at PF&BC access areas had to be removed by Dec. 1.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Anglers were catching crappies and walleyes in falling water temperatures in recent weeks.

Neshannock Creek (Mercer County) — As conditions allowed, trout were biting a variety of flies in recent weeks.

Cascade Quarry (Lawrence County) — Anglers were catching trout on white and lime-green plastic worms.

Allegheny River (Warren County) — Walleyes were hitting near the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Largemouth bass were biting crankbaits and minnows. Anglers were expected to begin targeting catfish on livers, shrimp and crawlers off the bottom in falling water temperatures.

Harbar Acres Lake (Butler County) — This game lands lake was stocked with trout, primarily rainbows, in late October. The season remains open until the end of February.


Brady’s Run Lake (Beaver County) — A Dec. 13 trout stocking was expected to bring anglers to this popular lake, which had seen very light pressure during rifle deer season.

Monongahela River (Fayette County) — Walleyes, saugers, freshwater drum, and the occasional bass were reported below the locks.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) — This Monongahela River tributary was yielding trout from Confluence down to Connellsville in recent weeks.

Indian Lake (Westmoreland County) — Trout were hitting wet flies and natural baits in recent weeks.

Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County) — Trout were reported on flies and on spinners in recent weeks.

Sewickley Creek (Westmoreland County) — Rainbow trout up to 16 inches were reported.

Kooser Lake  (Somerset County) — Northern pike were hitting in recent weeks. Angler are reminded that this lake is not open to ice fishing,

Dunlap Creek Lake (Fayette County) — Trout were reported at this small stocked lake in recent weeks.

Youghiogheny River Lake (Somerset County) — Smallmouth bass and crappies up to 15 inches were hitting in recent weeks.

Youghiogheny River (Somerset, Fayette counties) — Brown trout and yellow perch were biting in the mornings as conditions allowed in recent weeks. Catfish also were hitting.

Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County) — Nice catches of large trout were reported in the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County) — Smallmouth bass were reported on minnows through late November. Catfish also were hitting,


Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Trout were hitting mealworms and butter worms.

West Branch Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) — Walleyes were reported on live minnows and streamers in deep channels. A few muskies also were released on lures and live streamers.

Pine Creek (Tioga, Lycoming counties) — Trout were hitting streamers and nymphs, with deep runs and structure, such as logs and boulders, productive.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Anglers were catching trout on olive-colored streamers (6-10) in good conditions when water was in the 40s, and had nice flow and color. Small nymphs, such as Frenchies (14-16), Gold-bead Pheasant Tails (12-18), Black Stoneflies (6-10), and Caddis Larvae (12-18), were effective.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Trout were hitting nymphs, including small Mayflies and Midge Larvae in good conditions in recent weeks, when water was in the 50s and had nice flow and color. Olive or black streamers (6-10) also were effective, particularly following rainfall. Trout were rising occasionally to Midges and Blue-Winged Olives.

Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Trout were hitting streamers (6-10) in olive and/or white in recent weeks.  Nymphs also were working.


Long Arm Reservoir (York County) —New access areas are providing more options for anglers, who were targeting northern pike and walleyes in the falling temperatures of recent weeks.

Pinchot Lake (York County) — Anglers were targeting bluegills, carp, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass at Boat Mooring Area #2 and Conewago Day Use Area in recent weeks.

Stoever’s Dam (Lebanon County) — Rainbow trout were reported on live bait and pastebaits in recent weeks.

Susquehanna River — Smallmouth bass were hitting jigs and tubes in recent weeks.


Hunter’s Gallery reported Dec. 10 that skim ice was on many lakes in the region but, as conditions allowed, small, private ponds were yielding nice perch. Measurable snow had accumulated in places.

Susquehanna River (Lackawanna County) — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were hitting as conditions allowed in early to mid-December.

Delaware River (Pike County) —Walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported in early to mid-December as conditions allowed.


Delaware River (Bucks County) — Anglers were catching walleyes by targeting deeper water with jigs, tubes, minnows and crawler harnesses.

Lake Nockamixon/Giving Pond Recreation Area (Bucks County) — Crappies were reported in recent weeks, with anglers targeting submerged trees with minnows under slip bobbers and jigs.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Anglers were catching smallmouth bass through mid-December as conditions allowed.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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