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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – Jan. 10, 2020

Boaters are reminded that they are required to wear a life jacket from Nov. 1 until April 30 when in a boat fewer than 16 feet in length and in all kayaks and canoes. 


Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County) — reported Jan. 3 that the larger tribs had a little color from runoff and steelhead were spread out. Egg sacks, jigs, beads, and flies were recommended. 

Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Lake Erie Bait and Tackle reported Jan. 5 that anglers were doing well on open-water fishing for perch from boats at the head of the bay and on walleyes off the piers. 

Allegheny River (Forest County) — Anglers were catching walleyes and muskies from shore and from boats through the end of December.  

Tionesta Reservoir (Forest County) — The outflow was yielding walleyes, muskies, and yellow perch to anglers fishing from the wall. A trout permit is needed to fish the outflow even for anglers not targeting trout. 

Allegheny River (Venango County)  Walleyes, northern pike, and muskies were reported through the end of December. 

Oil Creek (Venango County) — The lower delayed-harvest, artificial- lures-only/Keystone Select Trout Program section was producing trout on various flies. 

Kahle Lake (Venango County) — Crappies, yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in recent weeks on grubs or maggots under floats. 

Allegheny River (Warren County) — The waters around Mead Island by the old power plant upstream of Starbrick access area were yielding walleyes on various baits in recent weeks.

Kinzua Reservoir (Warren County) — Sugar Bay was yielding walleyes in recent weeks.

Glade Run Lake (Butler County) — Rainbow trout up to 14 inches were reported in mid-December. 


Indian Lake (Fayette County) — Numbers of trout were reported on paste and other baits. 

Dunlap Creek Lake (Fayette County) — Crappies were hitting in this small impoundment in recent weeks.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County) — The waters above the delayed-harvest, artificial-lures-only section above the SR 711 bridge was yielding trout in recent weeks, with nightcrawlers effective. 

Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — A few trout were reported in recent weeks. 

Ben’s Creek (Somerset County) — A 21-inch brown trout was released on a Rooster Tail is early January.

Canonsburg Dam (Washington County) — A 15-inch brown trout was released in recent weeks on this popular impoundment.

Somerset Lake (Westmoreland County) — The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission reported that construction work on the new dam has begun. 


Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was in the 40s in late December and trout were in the deeper pockets and tailouts. Anglers were catching them on nymphs, like Pheasant Tails and Hot Spot Sow Bugs as well as Walt’s Worms and egg patterns. Some anglers reportedly did well by working streamers, such as sculpins, through the water column. Anglers are advised that the main parking area at the Stackhouse Facility was scheduled to be closed Jan. 5 to accommodate training of the current class of waterways conservation officers. Except for intermittent periods, the area will be closed through June.

Hills Creek, Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Before ice deteriorated, anglers in late December were catching yellow perch, crappies and bluegills on mousies and waxworms as well as well as bright-colored jigs. Perch and crappies also were hitting on minnows. Trout were reported through the ice at Beechwood before conditions deteriorated.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was in the low 40s in late December, and anglers were catching trout in pocket water. Caddis larvae and small nymphs were effective, as were streamers.


Stoever’s Dam (Lebanon County) — Recently stocked rainbow and brown trout were hitting crawlers, live minnows, pastebaits, and spinners through the end of December.

Yellow Breeches (Cumberland County) — Anglers were landing rainbow trout around Mechanicsburg in recent weeks.

East Licking Creek (Juniata County) — The delayed-harvest, artificial-lures-only section was yielding brook trout in recent weeks.


Hunter’s Gallery in Mount Ariel, Wayne County, reported Jan. 5 that the early morning temperature was 27 degrees and anglers were hoping sustained low temperatures would generate a return to ice fishing that occurred for a time in December. 

Lake Winola (Wyoming County) — Crappies, bluegills and trout were reported on nightcrawlers in December, although angling pressure was low. 

Little Lehigh Creek (Lehigh County) — An 18-inch brown trout was caught on a Rooster Tail in early January.


East Branch Big Elk Creek (Chester County) — A 1-pound, 3-ounce brown trout was landed on a Rooster Tail Jan. 4

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Bluegills and crappies were hitting mealworms, waxworms, minnows and small jigs around structure alongshore. Bass were hit or miss, with some anglers successful on crankbaits, spinners, jigs, and live baits, such as crayfish, crawlers and minnows. Black, pumpkinseed, dark green, and purple rubber worms were effective. Muskies also were reported in early December.

Delaware River — Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported Jan. 4 that very little activity was occurring, except for a few anglers targeting carp and catfish. 

New Jersey saltwater report — Brinkman’s reported it was hearing only about blackfish catches through early January.

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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