Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – Feb. 7, 2020

Report from the Dock

In late January, ice had formed on some small Pocono region lakes and anglers were catching northern pike and perch. Sporadic safe ice was also reported on other lakes across the Northern Tier, such as Hills Creek, Hamilton and Beachwood lakes, all in Tioga County and Lyman Run Lake in Potter County, where trout were being iced in late January. A warming trend around this issue’s press time seemed to put the kibosh on all ice fishing, but plenty of fish were being caught in open water. Walleyes were reported in the Allegheny River, French Creek, the Ohio and Susquehanna rivers. Trout were caught in Spring Creek, the Little Juniata River, Yellow Breeches Creek, Sugar Creek, Deer Lakes, Beachwood Lake, Duman Dam, Lake Rowena, Pennypack Creek and Tuscarora Lake. Panfishing was said to be exceptionally good on Pymatuning Reservoir, Shenango Reservoir, Hamilton Lake and Glendale Lake.

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie tributaries — As condition allowed, some steelhead action was reported in recent weeks. Freeze-thaw cycles with run-off raised water levels at times. On fishable days, anglers were waiting until afternoon to head to streams when water was a little warmer and fish more active.

 

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Crappies were hitting off the state marina docks. Perch were biting in the head of the bay area when water was open enough to launch, but that ended when falling temperatures began to form skim ice in mid-January.

 

Allegheny River (Warren County) — The outflow of the Kinzua Dam was yielding walleyes, with creek chubs and other live baits productive in recent weeks. Earlier this winter, smallmouth bass were biting and a few muskies were reported.

 

French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Venango, Crawford counties) — Walleyes were biting for some anglers, who also reported landing northern pike around 20 inches in recent weeks.

 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Skim ice shut down fishing as of Jan. 23. In previous weeks, anglers caught numbers of panfish off the Jamestown docks, with ice jigs tipped with wax worms productive. 

 

Sugar Creek (Venango County) — An angler drifting minnows landed several rainbow and brown trout averaging 13 to 15 inches, plus a 22-incher.

 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Anglers have commented that smallmouth bass were biting later into cold weather this winter than in the past. Walleyes were hitting in recent weeks, with one angler releasing a 30-incher. Hair jigs were productive for some anglers.

 

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — The spate of unseasonably warm weather in early January enabled the few anglers who went out to catch crappies and yellow perch. 

SOUTHWEST REGION

Pine Township Park Pond (Allegheny County) — An angler released a 1-pound, 14-ounce largemouth bass on a crankbait in recent weeks.

 

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County) — Conditions fluctuated between open water and ice near the end of January. The lakes are closed to ice fishing, but when anglers could fish open water, they reported catching trout from the late November stocking.

 

Ohio River — A 20-inch walleye was reported in recent weeks.

 

Glendale Lake (Cambria County)  As conditions allowed, anglers were catching crappies in the evening hours of mid-January. Northern pike and chain pickerel were hitting in lake’s shallow areas.

 

Lake Rowena (Cambria County) — Trout were reported as conditions allowed in mid-January.

 

Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Trout and chain pickerel were reported through mid-November.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Wellsboro Tackle Shack reported Jan. 31 that anglers were ice fishing, mostly on the deeper end, and catching perch and bluegills. Earlier reports indicated that trout were taking paste baits just under the surface and chain pickerel were hitting minnows on tip-ups in 6 to 12 feet. 

 

Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Trout were biting on paste baits and on wax worms through the end of January.

 

Hills Creek (Tioga County) — Inconsistent ice thickness was reported in late January. 

 

Lyman Run (Potter County) — Trout were being iced in late January.  

 

Spring Creek (Centre County) — As of Feb. 1, good conditions were reported above Bellefonte, but flows were heavier below (but dropping) and anglers were urged to use caution while wading. Water was in the 40s. Nymphing with Pheasant Tail nymphs (18-22) and egg patterns was effective. Midges (22-26) were hatching. 

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Water levels were high but dropping and had nice winter color, and temperatures were in the 30s, TCO Outdoors reported Feb. 1. Nymphs and streamers were productive. Midges (20-26) were hatching. Recommended patterns were Caddis Pupa (12-16), Blue-Winged Olives (20-24), Rubberleg Stoneflies (6-10), and Frenchies (14-18).

 

Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumberland County) — Good fishing conditions were reported Jan. 31 by TCO Outdoors. Water was in the mid-40s and clear with dropping levels. Subsurface flies, such as small Pheasant Tail nymphs and Frenchies were effective. Some blue-winged olives were on top on mild, damp days. Midges were active on sunny days. Recommended patterns included Near Nuff Sculpins (6-8) and Firehole Soft Hackle (16).

NORTHEAST REGION

In late January, ice had formed on some small Pocono area lakes and anglers were catching northern pike and perch.

 

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Northern pike were reported as conditions allowed in recent weeks.

 

South Branc Tunkhannock Creek (Wyoming County) — As conditions allowed, brown trout were reported in the Keystone Select/Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Section through mid-January. Flies and jerk baits targeted to the deeper pools were productive.

 

Susquehanna River — High cold water kept most anglers off the river in recent weeks, but the few who went out caught channel catfish on night crawlers.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Pennypack Creek (Philadelphia County) — Trout were reported by Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle through Jan. 31.

 

Delaware River — Brinkman’s reported Jan. 31 that catfish and carp were hitting and, in the northern reaches of the river, crappies were biting. 

 

Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — Trout were reported near the boat cove and along the beach in late January. Yellow perch and crappies were reported near the dam breast, while the shallow end of the lake near the mouth of Locust Creek was yielding pickerel on large shiners.

 

Schuylkill River — Catfish and carp were reported through the end of January. 

 

Little Schuylkill River — When conditions allowed, anglers were catching trout.  A local group stocked the water above Tamaqua in early January.

 

New Jersey saltwater report — Captains were catching tautog (blackfish) in late January.

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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