Anglers are reminded that until June 16, bass are in a catch-and-immediate-release season.
Anglers also are reminded that the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s second Fish for Free Day is slated for July 4. For more, visit www.fishandboat.com.
Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay —An excellent smallmouth bite was reported in six to 15 feet in the lake, and in the bay as of May 22. The bay was also yielding crappies. The lake’s perch bite was spotty but anglers were catching some in 41 to 55 feet. On the east side, walleyes were hitting from shore at night for anglers fishing long minnow plugs near the mouths of Twelvemile, Sixteenmile, and Twentymile creeks. Lake trout were reported on plugs and spoons in about 70 feet.
Lake Erie tributaries — Rock bass and catfish were coming into the creeks, and while Elk Creek still had a few straggling steelhead, they were disappearing by mid to late May.
Howard Eaton Reservoir (Erie County) — Crappies were hitting on live minnows in the evenings in late May.
Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — A good panfish bite was reported in the fingers in late May.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — The south and north ends were yielding a mixed bag of walleyes, muskies, catfish, crappies, and bluegills as of May 24. Walleyes were biting for boaters drifting jigs and crawlers in about six feet, or trolling crankbaits in about 18 feet. Crappies were taking jigs and minnows. Numbers of bluegills were hitting on maggots. The largest muskie in a recent tournament measured 47 inches.
Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Crappies were hitting from the docks. Releases of smallmouth and largemouth bass also were reported.
Woodcreek Lake (Crawford County) — Some nice walleyes were reported on jigs and leeches in the lake. Walleyes also were hitting below the spillway at the end of May.
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — A few muskies up to 42 inches and walleyes were reported at this natural lake in late May.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Numbers of crappies were reported, especially by anglers trolling Hot-n-Tots for walleyes. One angler caught several nice walleyes up to 19 inches on jigs and crawlers.
Shenango Lake (Mercer County) —Crappies and other panfish, walleyes and hybrid striped bass were biting in late May. Northern pike and catfish also were reported
Farnsworth Branch (Warren County) — Trout were still hitting through late May, with some anglers doing well on salted minnows.
Kahle Lake (Clarion County) —Bluegills, crappies, yellow perch, and releases of largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks.
Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — Yellow perch, crappies, walleyes, and releases of smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks.
Lower Clarion River — Walleyes and releases of smallmouth bass were reported near the confluence with the Allegheny River and around Parker City through mid-May.
Redbank Creek (Clarion County) — Walleyes were hitting near the dam in New Bethlehem. Trout were reported from the dam in New Bethlehem to Mayport,
Bear Creek, East Sandy Creek, Cathers Run, Mill Creek, Piney Creek, Toms Run, Leatherwood Creek — All were slated for stockings in early- to mid-May.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Nice-size crappies were reported in recent weeks. Boat and shore anglers also were catching bluegills and releasing largemouth bass on crawlers and minnows.
Hinkston Run Reservoir (Cambria County) — Nice bluegills were reported in recent weeks.
Wilmore Reservoir (Cambria County) — Crappies were active in recent weeks.
High Point Lake (Somerset County) — A nice crappie bite on small minnows was reported in the warming water temperatures of mid-May. Yellow perch and sunfish also were reported along with chain pickerel and releases of bass.
Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Fayette County) — Fifty-six walleyes were weighed in a recent walleye tournament, where the winning weight was five walleyes totaling 11.05 pounds. The lunker was 5.29 pounds. Incidental catches included some nice channel catfish. The tailrace was yielding trout in late May, and a stocking was scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) — Cross Creek Bait & Tackle reported May 25 that anglers were catching nice panfish and releases of bass through late May. Crappies had moved shallow and were hitting a variety of baits and minnow-pattern lures.
Monongahela River — Smallmouth and largemouth bass releases were reported on artificial lures.
North Park Little Beaver Creek, Brush Creek Park Pond (Beaver County) — Brown and rainbow trout stocked April 30 were hitting on minnows and drifting redworms as well as pastebaits and spinners.
Ohio River — Freshwater drum were hitting on crawlers in recent weeks.
Pine Creek (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported May 25 that Pine was running high. March Browns, Yellow Sallies, and Blue Quills were hatching, but anglers were doing better on subsurface flies in Golden Stonefly and crawler patterns, mop flies, March Brown nymphs, Caddis pupae, and wooly buggers, sculpins, zonkers and other streamers in olive or black. Live baits such as minnows, butterworms, and crawlers, and spinners in yellow, green or black also were working in the upper reaches.
Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported decent crappie fishing May 25, although a lot of fish were running small. Other reports had bluegills and yellow perch hitting minnows, waxworms, spinners, and spoons, and trout taking live minnows and pastebaits. Carp were spawning.
Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Releases of bass were reported in recent weeks on swimbaits, chatterbaits, squarebill crankbaits, and other plastics, with most action coming in shallow water. Crappies were reported near fallen trees. A few striped bass and muskies also were reported. Carp were spawning.
Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) —Newly stocked trout were taking pastebaits in green, salmon peach and chartreuse.
Tioga Lake (Tioga County) — Crappies were reported on minnows, grubs and mini-mites near downed trees in recent weeks. Some anglers were catching hybrid striped bass and catfish on minnows or shiners.
Tannery Dam a.k.a. Juniata Lake (Clearfield County) — Bass, pumpkinseeds and bluegills were hitting live minnows, crawlers, dry flies and small streamers.
Stover’s Dam, Lion’s Lake (Lebanon County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported May 26 that crappies were biting on grub- or fathead minnow-tipped jigs but hadn’t fully turned on. Bluegills also were reported.
Memorial Lake (Lebanon County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported May 26 that nice numbers of crappies were active but sizes were tending to be small. Other panfish also were hitting on fathead minnows and jig-tipped grubs.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Striped bass up to 18 pounds were reported on live bait at the end of May. Some nice smallmouth bass also were released.
Juniata River (Juniata County) — Channel catfish up to 30 inches and some nice flatheads were hitting on cut bait or crawlers in the late evening and nighttime hours of recent weeks.
McCabe’s Run (Perry County) — Rainbow trout up to 19-plus inches were reported through late May.
Little Juniata Creek (Perry County) — Some nice trout continued hitting in recent weeks.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) —Brown trout, including a 29-incher, were reported in recent weeks.
Mahoning Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek, Lehigh Canal Lock 7 (Carbon County) — Nice catches were reported in recent weeks, following the last stockings of the spring season.
Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek, Lizard Creek (Carbon County) —Trout were taking spinners, minnows, wax worms and soft baits in recent weeks.
Lehigh River — Trout were hitting from Glen Onoko down to Bowanstown, with spinners and stick baits the tickets.
Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Panfish were active off the fishing pier at boat launch A, while catfish were hitting off the area around boat launch B in recent weeks.
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Some striped bass were released and walleyes were hitting near the dam breast in recent weeks.
Octararo Lake (Chester County) — Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported Mary 26 that largemouth bass were being released on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and pig-and-jigs. Crappies were hitting soft plastics and minnows. Big channel catfish were starting to show. A 15-pounder was taken on chicken liver.
Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Releases of smallmouth bass and white bass were reported in recent weeks. Some walleyes also were reported.
Unami Creek, Tohickon Creek, E. Branch Perkiomen Creek (Berks County) — Trout were reported through mid-May.
Delaware River — American shad were still moving on the river in late May. Flutter spoons and shad darts were effective.
Sweet Arrow Lake (Schuylkill County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported May 26 that numbers of crappies were hitting but sizes were running small.
Speedwell Forge (Lancaster County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported May 26 that the lake was loaded with crappies and bluegills, but fish were running small.
Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — The section upstream of Tamaqua was stocked May 17, and the few anglers who were fishing were making nice catches on mealworms and butterworms. Spinners and small jerkbaits were fishing well throughout the river. The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section was stocked May 17 and was yielding trout on small jigs and wooly buggers, but pressure was light.
Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — A good panfish bite was reported with bluegills, crappies, and yellow perch hitting on minnows. Chain pickerel also were reported.
Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) — Green sunfish and bluegills were reported near shore. Anglers were trolling small flatfish or spinners through deeper parts of the lake were catching trout.
Upper Chesapeake Bay (Maryland) — Heavy rainfall caused stained water from runoff and floating debris in the Susquehanna Flats in late May. Anglers were catching slow-sized striped bass in the Flats’ designated area, with topwater lures, soft plastic jigs, and crankbaits effective.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg