Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Pennsylvania Fishing Report – October 15, 2020

Report from the Dock

Falling temperatures made muskies active in recent weeks in a number of waters such as Glendale Lake, Raystown Lake, Canoe Creek Lake, the Juniata River, the Allegheny River, Pymatuning Reservoir and the Susquehanna River. Water levels in Lake Erie tributaries are extremely low, and steelhead won’t run until the far northeast corner of the state gets significant rainfall. As conditions allowed, anglers were catching steelhead in the lake at the mouths on spoons. Big catfish are still being caught in many waters across the state, including Shenango Reservoir, Allegheny River, Beaver River, Monongahela River, Delaware River, Schuylkill River and Pymatuning Reservoir. Trout fishing has been good in the Little Lehigh River, Youghiogheny River, Little Juniata River, Spring Creek, Saucon Creek, Yellow Breeches Creek, Loyalhanna Creek and Bald Eagle Creek.


Lake Erie — Perch were hitting off the South Pier in recent weeks. A few walleyes and steelhead also were reported at the end of the pier. Smallmouth bass were becoming active in cooling temperatures. The walleye bite is pretty much done.


Presque Isle Bay — Northern pike were active in Misery Bay in recent weeks, as were largemouth bass.  


Lake Erie tributaries — Water was still desperately needed in early October and steelhead couldn’t run. Anglers were using crawlers, egg sacks, and maggots in the lower end near the mouths of Four Mile, Sixteen Mile, and Twenty Mile on the east side, and on the west side in lower Walnut up to the waterfall above Manchester Hole and in Elk to Route 20. Minnows and single eggs were effective, while fly-anglers did well on pale-colored sucker spawn and blood dots. As conditions allowed, anglers were catching steelhead in the lake at the mouths on spoons in blue-chrome or orange-chrome.


Eaton Reservoir (Erie County) — Crappies and small northern pike were reported in early October. 


Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — The fall walleye bite appeared to be starting in early October, with a few anglers catching them by jigging blade baits or trolling Flicker Shads in deep water. Muskies were released in the shallows. Crappies, perch and catfish, including a 17-plus-pound channel cat, also were reported. One angler caught smallmouth bass while wading.


Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks. One angler released northern pike on spinnerbaits. 


Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — In early October, crappies and bluegills were becoming active on the north end, with Terry Bugs on 1⁄32-ounce jigheads fished near the bottom effective. Perch and crappies were hitting on chartreuse Stingers in 11 feet of water.


Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Hybrid stripers, black crappies and other panfish, and smallmouth and largemouth bass were reported in early October.  Crappies were hitting for one angler on baby shads on 1⁄16-ounce jigheads, trolled. Flathead catfish up to 25 pounds were released. White crappies were active. 


Justus Lake (Venango County) — Nice-sized smallmouth bass were reported, with creek chubs and minnows drifted along weed lines and points near deep water effective in early October. Some anglers were still catching trout on live bait in deep water. 


Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass up to 18 inches were taking tubes and other soft plastics.


Allegheny River — Smallmouth, largemouth and rock bass were reported at lock and dam No. 3 on shiners and various stickbaits through early October. Lock and dam No. 2 and the Tarentum Access area were yielding carp on corn and dough balls, and catfish on chicken livers.  


Beaver River (Beaver County) — Walleyes, channel catfish and bass were reported on soft plastics and minnows in recent weeks. 


Raccoon Lake, Brady’s Run Lake (Beaver County) — Largemouth bass 4 to 5 pounds were reported in recent weeks. 


Glendale Lake (Cambria County) — Falling temperatures made muskies active in recent weeks.  


Wilmore Reservoir (Cambria County) — Black crappies were hitting through early October but sizes were running small.


Virgin Run Lake, Dunlap Lake (Fayette County) — Largemouth bass and bluegills were reported through early October. 


Youghiogheny River — Smallmouth bass and freshwater drum were hitting in recent weeks. 


Youghiogheny Reservoir (Somerset County) — Panfish and bass were biting in recent weeks. The outflow was yielding some trout and smaller panfish.


Highpoint Lake (Somerset County  Bluegills and largemouth bass were reported but action was generally slow in recent weeks.  


Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) — Numbers of panfish and bass were reported in recent weeks, with morning and late evening hours the more productive times to fish. 


Monongahela River  Flathead catfish were reported. 


Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County) — Bass and panfish were reported.


Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County) — An angler caught two tiger trout on nightcrawlers.


Indian Lake (Westmoreland County) — Crappies and bass were reported in recent weeks. 


Tioga Spillway (Tioga County) — Hybrid striped bass were biting crayfish in recent weeks. 


Nessmuk Lake (Tioga County) — Water was so low in early October that launching boats from trailers was impossible.


Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Crappies were hitting off the causeway with live minnows the ticket. Bass were striking plastic worms, spinnerbaits and large shiners along the submerged roadbed.


Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Trout were taking flies and live bait from Milesburg downstream to Sayers Lake in early October. Fish were feeding in cooling water temperatures. Nymphs and terrestrials were productive.


West Branch Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) — Smallmouth bass were coming from some of the deeper pools, especially around structure such as bridge pilings. Topwater lures worked well in the early morning and late evening hours through early October. 


Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Nice-sized chain pickerel have been hitting for anglers trolling at drop-offs and nearshore structures around the edge of the lake.


Shawnee Lake (Bedford County) — Bass became active in the cooler conditions of recent weeks. Swimbaits, lipless crankbaits and frog patterns were taking fish on this Big Bass Program water.


Koon, Gordon lakes (Bedford County) — Panfish were active in recent weeks, and taking minnows, smaller jigs and crawlers.


Lackawanna River (Lackawanna County) ­— Anglers were catching large brown trout through early October.


Susquehanna River (Wyoming County) — Smallmouth bass were reported through early October. Soft plastic jigs, jerkbaits, and hellgrammites were effective.


Lake Winola, Lake Carey (Wyoming County) — Panfish and largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks.


Lake Carey (Wyoming County)   slow walleye bite in early October was expected to heat up as water cools. 


Lackawanna State Park Lake, Griffin Reservoir (Lackawanna County) — Crappies were reported on jigs below bobbers in recent weeks. Trout were recently stocked.


Leaser Lake (Lehigh County) — Crappies were hitting minnows through early October. 


Little Lehigh Creek (Lehigh County) — Fly-anglers were catching trout in low conditions in the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only Section in recent weeks. Midges, caterpillars and stoneflies were effective. 


Delaware River (Northampton County) — Flathead catfish were hitting chicken livers and minnows near Easton in recent weeks.


Saucon Creek (Northampton County) — Trout have been landed from this Saucon Park fishery in recent weeks. 


Minsi Lake (Northampton County) — Largemouth bass were biting through early October. All species except trout are catch and release only here.


Delaware River  Flathead catfish were a hot bite on cut bait around Philadelphia in early October. The tidal river yielded several catfish on live baits at night. North of Philadelphia, low water levels and poor clarity made for challenging fishing although some anglers were catching smallmouth bass on minnows and small jerkbaits.


Schuylkill River — Carp were active on boilies and homemade dough baits in early October


New Jersey saltwater report — Seabass season opened Oct. 9. Several tropical storms made for difficult conditions at times in recent weeks. Small bluefish were hitting on cut bait in the surf, and larger bluefish were biting for boaters further out. 


— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

Share on Social


Hand-Picked For You

Related Articles