Boaters are reminded that wearing a life jacket is mandatory from Nov. 1 through April 30 on all kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and other boats less than 16 feet long.
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission trout stockings are continuing across the state. For a schedule, visit www.fishandboat.com.
Lake Erie tributaries — Numbers of steelheadwere moving up the streams on the east and west sides after rainfall in early November. Pink egg sacks, blood dots, minnows, and pieces of nightcrawlers were productive. Small numbers of brown troutwere reported on Elk and Walnut creeks, with fish averaging 4 to 5 pounds, although a 10-pounder also was caught.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Perchand panfishwere hitting in recent weeks. Misery Bay was yielding nice-sized perchoff the Wall. Liberty Park, Dobbins, and the north and south piers also were yielding some nice-sized walleyesat night. The Marina Docks in Marina Bay opened to fishing Nov. 1 but there were problems with some and they couldn’t be safely used. Anglers are advised to check with state park officials for updates. A few walleyesup to 8 pounds were reported in recent weeks. A 34-inch burbot was caught off the south pier.
Pymatuning Lake (Crawford County) — Walleyesand perchwere biting in early November. Bladebaitswere the most popular bait, but anglers were also jigging off the causeway and from boats. The Jamestown Marina Docks opened to fishing Nov. 1, and anglers were catching perch, crappiesand bluegillsin a mix of sizes. Crappiesweren’t active out in the lake. The river below the dam was yielding a few muskies.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bassup to 20 inches were reported on soft jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, tubesand other soft plasticsin early November. Walleyesup to 7 pounds also were reported, on blades. One angler caught a 6-plus pound flathead catfish.
Shenango River (Mercer County) — Catfish were biting below the Shenango Dam and troutwere hitting around New Hamburg.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappiesin mixed sizes were hitting in 12 to 16 feet in early November. A few hybrid stripers up to 13 pounds and white bass were reported, along with some walleyesand channel catfish. The wipers and crappieswere hitting blade baitsand vertically-jigged lipless rattlebaits.
Deer Lakes, Deer Creek (Allegheny County) — Pastebaitsand spoonswere catching troutin the lakes, while the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section of the creek was stocked Oct. 22 and rain put fish on the move.
Allegheny River — Nice-sized muskies were reported in recent weeks, with large swimbaitsproductive. Falling water temperatures have slowed the flathead catfish bite.
Brady’s Run Lake (Beaver County) — A troutstocking was slated for Nov. 19.
Blue Spruce Lake (Indiana County) — Anglers were catching newly-stocked trouton live bait in recent weeks.
Two-Lick Reservoir (Indiana County) — Limits of yellow perchwere reported on minnows and wax worms in recent weeks.
Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Brown troutwere stocked in both of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only sections.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Northern pike were active in recent weeks but not many anglers were targeting them.
High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Chain pickerel and basswere reported on this mountaintop reservoir in recent weeks.
Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Wellsboro Tackle Shack reported that recently stocked troutwere hitting on mealworms, waxworms, and spinners at the end of October. Bassand chain pickerel also were reported on live minnows, chatterbaits and jerkbaits.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Conditions were good, with water in the low 50s in early November. Troutwere hitting on peach and orange egg patterns, flashback Pheasant Tail nymphs, Frenchies, Hare’s Ear nymphs, and large Stonefly nymphs. Black and olive streamerswere effective after rainfall.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Conditions were good, with water in the low 50s in early November. Orange and peach egg patterns and nymphswere effective, including sow bugs, scuds, Walt’s Worms, and bead-head Pheasant Tail nymphs. Olive and black streamersworked well after rainfall.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Panfishwere biting near habitat structures in recent weeks.
Pine Creek , Little Pine Creek, Little Pine Lake (Lycoming County) — Troutwere stocked in the All Tackle Catch and Release section on Pine, in the delayed harvest section of Little Pine above the lake, and in the lake in late October.
West Branch Susquehanna River — Walleyesand muskies were hitting on a variety of presentations in recent weeks.
Lake Clarke, Conowingo Reservoir (York County) — Nice catches of basswere reported in recent weeks.
Susquehanna River — Channel and flathead catfish were reported in nice numbers from York Haven to Lake Aldred in recent weeks.
Juniata River (York County) — Although rainfall muddied the water in early November, walleyefishing was expected to pick up in improving conditions.
Conewago Creek (York County) — The Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only Section was stocked with troutin late October.
Shawnee Lake (Bedford County) — In below-pool water levels in late October, anglers were catching bassaround submerged structures.
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Striped bass were reported by anglers trolling live bait in late October.
Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Walleyeswere becoming active in the cooler water of recent weeks.
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Striped bass were hitting from shore near the boat rental cove, with chicken livers productive in early November. Perchwere biting on minnows at the Preachers Camp access area.
Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Basswere active in recent weeks, although many were less than the 15-inch minimum on this Big Bass Program water. Boaters are reminded that the regulatory buoys, such as Slow No Wake, Water Ski Zone, have been removed from the lake for the winter season, but regulations in the regulatory zones are still in effect and enforced. Maps indicating the regulatory zones at the lake are posted at each boat ramp.
Susquehanna River — High, muddy conditions prevailed in early November.
Lake Octoraro (Chester County) — Largemouth bassup to 19 inches were reported on squarebilled lures through early November.
Marsh Creek Lake (Berks County) — Nice yields of bassand perchwere reported in early November, with the perchtaking small chunks of nightcrawlers bounced off the bottom and the bassbiting rubber worms on jigheadsin various colors.
Monacacy Creek (Northampton County) — Rainbowand brown troutwere in the lower reaches and responding to various flies in recent weeks. Parts of the creek from below Illicks Mill Dam to the Lehigh River are Class A and Stocked Trout Waters, meaning no troutmay be harvested during the extended season after Labor Day.
Delaware River (Northampton County) — Smallmouth basswere reported in lower Mt. Bethel, and catfish were in Easton on the upriver and the downriver sides of the Lehigh River confluence.
New Jersey saltwater report — Brinkman’s reported Nov. 9 that large striped bass, black fish and sea bass were hitting.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg