Report from the Dock
The catfish bite stayed hot. Catfish were hitting in Pymatuning Lake, with a 38-pound flathead, reported. Flathead and channel catfish were hitting in the Allegheny River between lock and dam numbers two and three. A 30-pound flathead was caught on a creek chub near Deer Creek. The Susquehanna River in Lancaster County was giving up flatheads, with a 35-plus pounder reported. Bass fishing was said to be good in lots of places, but the following waters stand out: Green Lane Reservoir, largemouth bass up to 20 inches were reported on plastic worms. Plastic grub swim baits and jerk baits were catching smallmouths in the Lehigh River. Bass were reported along the submerged roadbeds and downed trees in Sayers Lake, taking plastic worms and crankbaits. In Lake Arthur, smallmouth bass were hitting on stickbaits, chatterbaits and Texas-rigged plastics.
Hot weather and lack of rain made for low water on many streams around the state heading into September.
Extended trout season for stocked waters began Sept. 8, allowing for a creel limit of three fish at least 7 inches through Feb. 29.
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Lake Erie — As conditions allowed, anglers were catching walleyes in 66 to 70 feet with an eye toward the season winding down in early September.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Panfish were reported in recent weeks along the city-side piers and docks. Bluegills, perch and the occasional crappie were hitting. Largemouth bass were in deeper water, including the channel. Walleyes just beyond the bay were hit or miss. Some steelhead were appearing near shore.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Crawford, Venango counties) — Anglers were catching smallmouth bass, walleyes and northern pike in early September.
Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County) — Smallmouth bass were biting plastic worms and crankbaits but were challenging to find in significantly drawn-down conditions in recent weeks. Northern pike were hitting on spinners in the bays. Walleyes were reported on crawler harnesses, spoons, and spinners in 40 to 50 feet. Fishing was slow overall in the outflow of the dam during the day and better in the late evening and early morning hours. Brown trout were reported on spinners and flies, and smallmouth bass also were reported.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Crappies and largemouth bass were hitting through the start of September with jigs, inline spinners and casting spoons productive. Some walleyes also were reported.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies were reported on maggot-tipped jigs for anglers who could locate them through early September. They were moving and taking different sized jig-heads, from 1⁄8 to 1⁄32. One angler did well hang-gliding slip floats. Hybrid striped bass were active.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — The walleye bite was slow, but a few catches, including an 8-pounder, were reported in recent weeks. Muskies were active, and the perch bite was picking up. Catfish were all over the lake, with flatheads, including a 38-pounder, reported. Largemouth bass were hitting, with one angler doing well on spinnerbaits. Crappies were hitting on jigs fished on the bottom.
Kahle Lake (Venango County) — Crappies and largemouth bass were taking jigs in early September.
Justus Lake (Venango County) — Trout were hitting in the deep water near the dam through the end of August. Panfish also were hitting. Largemouth bass in mixed sizes were released. One angler reported catching a smallmouth bass.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — The smallmouth bass bite improved in early September, with catches up to 19 inches released. Crankbaits and flukes were effective, as were soft swimbaits.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting on stickbaits, chatterbaits, and Texas-rigged lures in early September.
Allegheny River — Flathead and channel catfish were hitting between lock and dam numbers two and three in recent weeks, with anglers doing well on creek chubs along the shoreline in the later evening hours. A 30-pound catfish was caught on a creek chub around Deer Creek early one morning. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskies, and rock bass also were reported on shiners, nightcrawlers, and other live baits.
Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Largemouth bass and bluegills were hitting through early September. Bass were biting artificials, although sizes were tending toward small on this 100-acre lake.
Bessemer Lake (Lawrence County) — Largemouth bass were reported in early September.
Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks. An angler released a 45-inch muskie in early September.
Green Lane Reservoir (Montgomery County) — Largemouth bass up to 20 inches were reported on rubber worms through early September.
Colver Reservoir (Cambria County) — Walleyes were hitting in recent weeks.
Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) — Smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and channel catfish were reported in recent weeks.
Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset County) — A few walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks and the lake has been drawn down.
Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — Water was 4 to 5 feet below pool in early September, and anglers were reporting brown bullheads and largemouth bass.
High Point Lake (Somerset County) — A slow bite was reported at this mountaintop fishery, although nice-sized largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks.
Allegheny River (Westmoreland County) — Catfish were reported with the waters around the mouth of Buffalo Creek yielding nice catches, especially on chicken livers, through early September. Bites were coming during the day, but night-time fishing was better.
Loyalhanna Lake, Conemaugh River (Westmoreland County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting in recent weeks. The stream was low in early September.
Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Crappies were hitting on live minnows and small jigs with soft plastics in early September. Bass were reported along the submerged roadbeds and downed trees with plastic worms, crankbaits and other artificials effective.
Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Trout were hitting on terrestrials, such as ants and beetles, and on small caddis patterns fished in the pocket water in recent weeks.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Terrestrials were effective on trout in recent weeks, especially on cloudy days.
Sportsman’s Dam (Centre County) — Carp and catfish were reported at the dam through early September.
Reed’s Dam (Centre County) — Largemouth bass were hitting artificials around structure in recent weeks.
Juniata River (Juniata County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting on soft plastics, white flies, and jerk baits in recent weeks.
Holman Lake (Perry County) — Largemouth bass were reported on this Little Buffalo State Park impoundment, but not in any numbers, in recent weeks. Dark-colored plastic worms were effective. Crappies and bluegills also were hitting.
Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Smallmouth bass were biting small soft plastics, and rock bass were hitting after dark in recent weeks.
Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) — An excellent catfish bite was reported in early September, with live minnows, nightcrawlers, and stinkbaits catching channel cats, and flathead catfish coming on live sunfish.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Nice-sized smallmouth bass were reported in early September, with one angler doing well on a crankbait.
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Largemouth bass were reported, with one angler doing well on a spinnerbait in early September.
FEW Reservoir (Luzerne County) — Panfish were active in early September. Fish were schooling during the drawdown. Crappies were hitting on fathead minnows and small marabou jigs.
Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — Smallmouth bass were reported in nice numbers, with topwater baits and Rattletraps effective in recent weeks.
Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — Panfish were becoming active as water was beginning to cool in recent weeks. Boaters were doing well vertical jigging ice or hair jigs tipped with waxworms in 12 to 20 feet at the start of September.
Delaware River — Smallmouth bass were becoming active, and fish of various sizes were hitting in the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area.
Susquehanna River (Lancaster County) — Flathead catfish up to 35-plus pounds were reported in early September.
Owl Creek Reservoir (Schuylkill County) — Largemouth bass were reported through early September.
Lehigh River (Lehigh County) — Plastic grub swim baits and small jerk baits were catching smallmouth bass in early September.
Jordan Creek (Lehigh County) — Anglers were catching smallmouth bass through early September.
Green Lane Reservoir (Montgomery County) — Largemouth bass up to 20 inches were reported on plastic worms through early September.
Monocacy Creek (Northampton County) — Stocked and wild trout were hitting on crawlers, flies and other presentations in recent weeks.
Delaware River (Northampton County) — Channel catfish and carp were reported below the confluence with the Lehigh River in Easton in early September.
— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg