Anglers are reminded that all stocked trout waters are closed to fishing until opening day of trout season, which is March 31 for the southeastern counties and April 15 in the rest of the state.
For a stocking schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com. Anglers also are reminded that walleye season closed March 15 and will reopen May 5.
Boaters are reminded that the mandatory cold weather life jacket regulation is in effect for boats under 16 feet long and all canoes and kayaks until April 30.
Lake Erie tributaries — Anglers were catching some fresh-run steelhead on the eastside streams in recent weeks. Anglers also are advised that steelhead smolts were slated to be stocked this month and to be careful in handling these small fish since they are the future fishery.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Yellow perch were reported from shore along the Erie bayfront and by boaters using minnows in recent weeks.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Crappies and bluegills were reported on minnow-tipped jigs in Stewart’s Bay in recent weeks Until walleye went out of season March 15, the spillway was yielding some nice catches.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Crappies were hitting in the north canal in recent weeks.
Kahle Lake (Crawford County)
Bluegills, perch, and crappies were reported throughout the lake in recent weeks.
Allegheny River (Warren County) — Walleyes were hitting near the Starbrick access area before the season closed, and smallmouth bass were reported near Betts Park.
Allegheny River (Forest County) — Northern pike and yellow perch were reported near the Sand and Gravel boat launch in recent weeks. Boaters in the Sand and Gravel pool were releasing muskies and walleyes until the season went out March 15. During high water periods, fish were moving into the confluence of the Allegheny River and Council Run.
Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County) —The Delayed-Harvest, Artificial-Lures-Only section was yielding trout on egg patterns and other flies.
Cascade Quarry (Lawrence County) — Trout were hitting on chartreuse- and orange-colored pastebaits.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Yellow perch were reported in shallow weed beds throughout the lake through mid-March.
Buffalo Creek (Armstrong County) — This newly-designated Keystone Select Stocked Trout Water was yielding some nice trout to fly-anglers in recent weeks. The Keystone stretch is also the DHALO section.
Brady’s Run Lake (Beaver County) — During spates of milder weather, anglers were fishing for stocked trout, with some nice fish taken on artificials under floats or pastebaits near the boat launch.
Twin Lakes (Northern Fayette County and Southern Westmoreland County — Trout were hitting on waxworms and mealworms in recent weeks.
Acme Dam (Fayette County) — Crappies were biting small jigs tipped with crawlers.
Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County) — The Keystone/DHALO section was yielding trout on spinners and nymphs in recent weeks.
Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — Before they went out of season, walleyes were biting on live bait.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — A few northern pike were reported in recent weeks. Walleyes, including an 8-pounder taken on a spoon, also were reported until the season ended March 15.
High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Crappies were reported at this mountaintop impoundment, which also was yielding nice numbers of chain pickerel in recent weeks.
Cranberry Glade Lake (Somerset County) — Northern pike were reported in recent weeks.
West Branch Susquehanna River — Muskies were hitting large artificials and flies in recent weeks. On sunny days, sporadic Stonefly hatches were reported in the late day and evening hours.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) —Crappies and bluegills were reported on minnows under bobbers near the roadbeds at the summer/winter launch and Hunter Run Cut. Anglers were catching yellow perch on crawlers, twisters and minnows in the backwater.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — As of March 15, TCO Fly Shop reported this limestone stream was in good shape with clear water in the 40s. Hatches included Blue-Winged Olives (18-22) and Midges (22-26). Effective patterns included Bird of Prey Caddis (14-16), Walt’s Worms (18-22), and Olive and Black Slumpbusters (6-10).
Penns Creek (Clinton County) — Water was high but fishable and in the high 30s March 15, TCO Fly Shop reported. Midges (20-24) and Blue-Winged Olives (18-22) were hatching. Hot patterns included Hare’s Ear nymphs (14-18), Bead-Head Prince nymphs (8-12), and Sculpins (4-10).
Juniata River (Juniata County) — Catfish were hitting from shore in recent weeks, with cutbaits and nightcrawlers popular.
Juniata River (Huntingdon, Mifflin counties) — Bass were reported in recent weeks. Anglers also were catching walleyes until the season closed.
Little Juniata County (Huntingdon County) — TCO Fly Shop reported March 17 that flow was at seasonal levels, clear and in the high 30s. Midges (20-24) and Blue-Winged Olives (18-22) were hatching. Streamers and nymphs were producing. Effective patterns include Blue-Winged Sparkle Duns (18-20), Green Weenies (12-14), and Olive Slumpbusters (6-10).
Raystown Branch Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — The spillway of Raystown Dam was yielding bass, including an occasional striped bass, in recent weeks, and walleyes, including a 27.5-incher, until the season closed.
Susquehanna River — Smallmouth bass up to 20 inches, carp up to 10-plus pounds, a quillback sucker, and walleyes (before the season closed) were reported through mid-March. The bass were released on a variety of lures, including jigs and minnows, soft plastics, and jerkbaits. Catfish also were hitting.
Memorial Lake (Lebanon County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported March 17 that angling activity was up, with folks catching panfish on live bait.
Lakeside Quarry (Lebanon County) — This 8-acre lake in Lakeside Park was yielding bluegills, crappies and a few small perch through mid-March.
Susquehanna River (Wyoming, Luzerne counties) — Channel catfish and smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks. Anglers also were catching walleyes until the season closed.
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) —One angler reported catching largemouth bass up to 4 pounds 18 inches in recent weeks.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Wallenpaupack Sports Shop reported March 17 that just a few anglers were on the lake, which still had some remnant ice, but no reports were coming in.
Schuylkill River — Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported March 17 that carp were hitting in sizes and numbers from Grey’s Ferry to Gladwyne, with corn and boilies productive. A few smaller stripers were mixed in with some walleyes below the falls and hitting white and chartreuse twister tails and shad bodies.
Struble Lake (Chester County) — Brinkman’s reported March 17 that a few smaller crappies and yellow perch were hitting small minnows.
Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Chain pickerel and smallmouth bass were reported on minnows through mid-March.
Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) — Crappies were reported out of the Peters Cove area and the main body of the lake. Jig heads with rubber grubs were the ticket.
Sweet Arrow Lake (Schuylkill County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported that holdover trout, and bluegills, crappies, and a few yellow perch were reported at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove in recent weeks. This 60-acre stocked trout lake is open to fishing year-round, but trout must be released until the open day of trout season.
Delaware River (Pennsylvania, New Jersey) — Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported March 15 that shad up to 3 pounds were hitting on darts and spoons at Trenton, and walleyes (when in season) were biting minnows, shiners, and crawlers near Lambertville. Boaters caught some walleyes trolling around Bull’s Island. Stripers were biting in the lower river, and a few 15- to 20-inch fish were reported on plugs at Trenton. Bloodworms also were taking bass, 12 to 15 inches, and catfish at Tacony. Small bass, perch and crappies were reported on minnows at Tullytown Cove.
Rancocas Creek (New Jersey) — White perch and catfish were taking bloodworms on this Delaware River tributary in recent weeks.
Manasquan Reservoir (New Jersey) —Brinkman’s reported some nice largemouth bass on spinnerbaits tipped with plastic trailer baits in recent weeks.
Raritan Bay (New Jersey) — Some small bass were hitting bloodworms.
Delaware Bay (New Jersey) — Nice numbers of bunker were reported in recent weeks.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg