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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 12, 2020

Report from the Dock

With good flow (finally) in Erie-area tributary streams, steelhead were on the move and fishing turned on in recent weeks. Bigger, brightly-colored flies were working in dirty water as were minnow patterns. In low, clear conditions, single eggs and Mini-Foo jigs tipped with maggots were working. Anglers fishing the lake at the mouth of Trout Run used floating PowerBait off the bottom weighted with a sliding sinker, and skein drifted without weight. An excellent fall smallmouth bite was reported on the state’s bigger rivers on soft plastics, such as tubes, as well as suspending jerkbaits, spinnerbaits and bladebaits. In the New Jersey surf, large striped bass were showing up and big numbers of 40-inchers were reported through early November. Most fish were caught on diamond jigs with some snag-drop bunker productive. 

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie  Nice-sized smallmouth bass up to 5 pounds were reported in recent weeks.

 

Lake Erie tributaries — With good flow (finally) in streams, steelhead were on the move and fishing turned on in recent weeks. Bigger, brightly-colored flies were working in dirty water as were minnow patterns. In low, clear conditions, single eggs and Mini-Foo jigs tipped with maggots were working. Anglers fishing the surf at Trout Run used floating PowerBait off the bottom weighted with a sliding sinker, and skein drifted without weight.

 

Presque Isle Bay  Numbers of perch were reported in recent weeks but sizes were mixed. Nighttime anglers were catching a few walleyes from the lake end of the South Pier. One angler caught walleyes, steelhead and a lake trout from shore near the East Avenue ramp.

 

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — A 38-inch muskie was released in recent weeks.

 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Anglers at the Jamestown docks were catching crappies and perch in early November. Walleyes were hitting on Sonars and Vibes for boaters near the dam breast and for anglers casting long minnow baits wading shallow water at night.  Bass were active in recent weeks, with some anglers catching largemouths wading. 

 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Anglers were catching crappies and perch from the docks in early November. 

 

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Smallmouth bass, crappies and other panfish were active in recent weeks. Hybrid striped bass, walleyes, and northern pike were occasionally reported. 

 

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Smallmouth and largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks with one 3-pound smallie taking a creek chub. Trout were moving to shallower water. 

 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — An excellent fall smallmouth bite was reported with fish up to 5 pounds released on soft plastics such as tubes, as well as suspending jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and bladebaits. Water was in the upper 40s in recent weeks, and bass were moving into their wintering holes. Walleyes were becoming active. 

SOUTHWEST REGION

Allegheny River (Allegheny County)  Walleyes were hitting through early November, with lock and dam No. 3 producing catches on creek chubs. 

 

Deer Creek (Allegheny County) — Spin and fly-anglers were catching recently stocked trout in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Section through early November.

 

Monongahela River — Smallmouth bass were reported at Elizabeth lock and dam in early November. Walleyes and white bass were biting in recent weeks, especially in the late afternoon and early evening hours. Some large walleyes were reported around the Cheat River and Point Marion areas. 

 

Middle and Upper Deer lakes (Allegheny County) — Anglers were catch trout on rubber worms, waxworms, various jigs, as well as minnows, crawlers and other live bait in recent weeks.

 

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County)  Anglers were doing well on recently stocked trout, especially near the dam end of the lake, with spinners and redworms productive. 

 

Ohio, Beaver rivers   Nice-sized flathead catfish were reported through early November. 

 

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) — Largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks.

 

Chest Creek (Cambria County) — Anglers were doing well on recently stocked trout in section three of the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters stretch. 

 

North Branch Little Conemaugh, Howells Run (Cambria County) — Despite recent trout stockings, angling pressure was light through early November.

 

Lake Wilma, Wisecarver Reservoir (Greene County) — Largemouth bass were hitting Carolina rigs in recent weeks. 

 

Laurel Hill Creek, Laurel Hill Lake (Somerset County) — Anglers were doing well on recently stocked rainbow trout in the lakes and in sections three and six of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only water.

 

Quemahoning Reservoir (Somerset County) — A few northern pike were released in recent weeks.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Anglers were catching trout on nymphs and small streamers in recent weeks.  Productive nymphs included Black Zebra Midges (18-22), Walt’s Worm (12-16), and Iron Lotus (16-18), while streamers included  Galloup’s Boogieman/Mini Dungeon Black/Olive (2-6), and Olive or black Slumpbusters (6-10).  In dry fly conditions, anglers were using Blue Winged Olives (20-24), Tan/Black Caddis (14-18), and Midges (22-26).

 

Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Chain pickerel were coming on lures and streamers in the lower end. Streamers also were catching a few smallmouth bass. 

 

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Trout were released on nymphs and streamers and occasionally on dry flies in recent weeks. Productive nymphs included Iron Lotus (18-20), Hares Ear Dirty Bird Caddis (14-16), and Zebra Midges (18-20). Top water flies included Tan/Brown Caddis (14-16), Blue Winged Olives (18-22), and Midges (20-24). Black or olive Slumpbuster streamers (6-10) were effective.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Large striped bass were reported through early November. One angler caught a 42-inch 32-pounder on a live shiner. Largemouth bass up to 4 pounds also were reported.

 

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Water was low, clear and in the 50s in early November, and anglers were releasing trout nymphing and fishing streamers. Hatches included Tan/brown Caddis (12-16), Blue-Winged Olives (18-22), and Midges (20-26).

 

Long Pine Reservoir (Adams County) — Boaters are advised that a new boat launch ramp recently opened.  

NORTHEAST REGION

Walnutport Canal–Lehigh Canal (Sect. 5) (Northampton County) — Smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds were reported through early November.

 

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Largemouth bass were hitting through early November.

 

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Anglers were releasing trout through early Nov.

 

Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — Smallmouth bass were active and brown trout were moving into shallower areas through early Nov.   

 

Susquehanna River  Bass anglers were doing well with topwater baits in recent weeks.

 

Jordan Creek (Lehigh County) — Rainbow trout, including a 2-pound golden, were reported through early November.

 

Hidden Lake (Monroe County) — Trout anglers were catching recently stocked fish on spinners and other artificials through early November.

 

Long Pond, Lower Wood Pond (Wayne County) — Anglers were doing well on recently stocked trout through early November.

SOUTHEAST REGION

West Branch Brandywine Creek (Chester County) — Fly-anglers were catching trout on Elk Hair Caddis and Parachute Adams patterns through late October. 

 

Delaware River — Catfish were hitting on cut baits around Philadelphia through early November.

 

New Jersey saltwater report — Large striped bass were showing up and big numbers of 40-inchers were reported through early November. Most fish were caught on diamond jigs with some snag-drop bunker productive.

 

Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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