Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – March 29, 2019
Trout are being stocked statewide by the Fish & Boat Commission in anticipation of opening day, in the southeast March 30 and in the rest of state April 13.
Lake Erie tributaries — FishErie.com reported March 17 that steelheading was productive on the west side creeks with jigs and egg sacks effective.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — By mid-March, water was open and panfish were becoming active. Anglers were catching perch along the South Pier. Perch and steelhead were hitting off the Lampe Docks. Steelhead were reported in the Marina Lake during last ice. Marina Docks will close to fishing on April 1.
French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — One angler reported catching a nice walleye on a blue ¼-ounce Road Runner.
Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County) — Some walleyes were reported below the dam in recent weeks. Anglers at the Jamestown Marina docks were catching bluegills, but sizes were small. Docks were scheduled to close April 1. Action was mixed at the Linesville Spillway, with some walleyes reported.
Canadohta Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Some nice northern pike, walleyes, crappies, and perch were caught in an ice-fishing tournament just before last ice.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — During ice-out, anglers were catching some nice crappies.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — During last ice, anglers were catching crappies and bluegills on small spoons and maggot-tipped jigs in about 18 feet on the south end. Bluegills also were biting in 15 feet, but fish were tending toward small.
Neshannock Creek (Mercer County) — A few trout were reported by fly anglers as conditions allowed.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Good walleye action was reported through mid-March. Fish were running up to 26 inches and hitting jigs and minnows and jigs, and soft plastic minnow patterns, tubes, and crankbaits.
Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — A few walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks although cold water in early March made for a tough bite.
Allegheny River (Armstrong County) — Walleyes were reported near Freeport before the season closed.
Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — A few trout were reported through mid-March. Anglers are reminded that all trout must be released.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Anglers reported northern pike near the Green Bridge in recent weeks.
Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County) — The Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section was stocked in recent weeks, and anglers were catching nice numbers of trout in the stretch between the Route 711 Bridge down to Two Mile Run Road. White-colored rubber worms and other lures in white, as well as white streamers were productive.
Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Bluegills were hitting near the stumps area through mid-March. Yellow perch were beginning to head to shallower water. Anglers reported an active crappie bite in the evening hours.
Tioga Lake Spillway (Tioga County) — Walleyes and panfish were hitting on fathead minnows and medium shiners through mid-March.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Spring flows were beginning to regenerate the drawn-down lake in mid-March.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was in the mid-40s in mid-March, and anglers were catching trout on nymphs such as Black Zebra Midges (18-22), Walt’s Worms (12-16), and Olive Scuds (14-18). On warm, sunny days, a few Blue-Winged Olives were hatching (18-22 dries). Olive and black streamers were effective fished along stream banks after rainfall.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was in the 40s in mid-March as a result of snow melt, which had trout holding in deeper pools. Effective patterns included large Golden Stoneflies, Pat’s Rubberlegs (8-12), Frenchies (14-18), Flashback Pheasant Tails nymphs (14-18), and orange/peach Mopflies. Black and olive treamers, such as sculpins (4-8) also were effective. On warm, sunny days, Blue Winged Olive dry flies (18-22) were matching the hatch.
Susquehanna River (York County) — Catfish and walleyes were hitting around the Yorkhaven and Brunner Island areas. Liver and shrimp were taking the catfish and jigs and minnows or jigs and twister tails were working on the walleyes.
Little Juniata River (Blair County) — TCO Fly Shop reported blown-out conditions from snow melt and rain as of March 17. Water was in the 40s. Stoneflies and small Pheasant Tails were productive in fishable conditions. Hatches included little Black Stoneflies (12-16), and Midges (20-26). Effective patterns included Gold-Bead Hare’s Ears (14-18), Frenchies (14-18) and Rubberleg Stoneflies (6-10).
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — An angler caught some nice-sized striped bass on a jig in recent weeks.
Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — TCO Fly Shop reported March 17 that the water was high and a bit off-color, and smaller sculpin patterns swung through the tailouts of pools and riffles were effective. Stoneflies were coming off during the day and Blue-Winged Olives were reported near dusk. Hatches included black and cream midges (18-24), Black Stoneflies (8-10), Blue-Winged Olives (18-22), and Sow Bugs (18-22). Recommended patterns were Pheasant Tails (16-22), Grey Sow Bugs (18-22), and CDC Pop Midges (22-24).
Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Bluegills and largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks.
Little Lehigh Creek (Lehigh County) — The fly-fishing-only stretches were yielding trout to small midges and emergers.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg