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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 25, 2020

Report from there Dock

Lots of good fishing has been happening: Crappies were being caught in recent weeks in Shawnee Lake, Conneaut Lake, Shenango Lake, Glendale Lake, Curwensville Lake and Sayers Lake; good trout fishing was reported in the Little Juniata River, Monocacy, Conowago, Oil,  Bushkill and Spring creeks; recently stocked trout were biting in Canonsburg, Dutch Fork, Lily, Levittown and Minsi lakes, and Parker Dam; bass were biting best in Lake Arthur, Allegheny River, Raystown Lake, Susquehanna River, Lake Carey and Marsh Creek Lake; big catfish were being taken in the Monogahela and Delaware rivers; walleyes have been hitting in Pymatuning Lake, Kinzua Reservoir and the Allegheny River; and lots of steelhead were in Erie-area lake tributaries in mid-November, although precipitation was needed to bolster runs. Fishing the creek mouths in Lake Erie from shore was productive. 


Lake Erie tributaries — Numbers of steelhead were in the streams in mid-November, although precipitation was needed to bolster runs. Fishing the creek mouths from shore was productive.  Anglers are reminded that all Erie tribs are closed to fishing from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. except for Walnut Creek from the Manchester Road Bridge to the lake and Elk Creek from the Route 5 Bridge to the lake. When fishing the shoreline, anglers must be at least 50 yards from the mouths of Trout and Godfrey runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. A couple of large lake trout, including a 26.5-pounder were hitting on trolling spoons and jigging swimbaits. 


Presque Isle Bay — Shore anglers were doing well on perch and other panfish. 


Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Anglers were catching bluegills, crappies, and perch off the docks. Some boaters were catching a few keeper-size walleyes on bladebaits from the dam up to Espyville Causeway. Some anglers wading the shoreline after dark were catching walleyes on long minnow plugs. A few muskies were spotted around the spillway. Numbers of small white bass were reported by anglers trying to catch crappies.


Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) —  Deep schools of crappies were stacking up in a mid-lake basin in mid-November, but many were very small. Largemouth bass also were reported.


Shenango Lake (Mercer County) — Crappies remained active in mid-November. Fish were hitting at various depths near wood. Minnows and minnow patterns were productive. 


Oil Creek (Venango County) — Fly- anglers reported success on rainbows and a few browns in the artificials-only section in recent weeks. Smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds were landed on live bait in another part of the creek. 


Allegheny River (Venango County) — Bass were hitting swimbaits and tubes in recent weeks. Walleyes also were reported, with tubes and other soft plastics as well as bladebaits and hair jigs productive.  


Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Largemouth bass up to 4-plus pounds were reported on plastic worms through Nov. 18.


Canonsburg Lake, Dutch Fork Lake (Washington County) — Recently-stocked trout were hitting PowerBait and live bait in recent weeks. Panfish were biting on live bait.  


Monongahela River — Channel catfish and walleyes were biting at night in recent weeks. Bass were active on soft baits and jigs. One channel cat taken on stink bait at Braddock lock and dam measured 24 inches. 


Lower Twin Lake (Westmoreland County) — Nice-sized perch were hitting crawlers in recent weeks.


Cloe Lake (Jefferson County) — A good panfish bite was reported as of Nov. 18, with jigs in chartreuse and pink tipped with crawlers effective. Many fish came near structure close to shore.


Shagger’s Inn Pond, Parker Dam (Clearfield County) — Trout and panfish were reported in recent weeks.  Minnows fished under bobbers or with jigs were working well. Spinners and small spoons were effective on trout.


Curwensville Lake (Clearfield County) — Yellow perch and crappies were reported on white twister tails through mid-November. 


Allegheny Reservoir (McKean County) — Northern pike, walleyes, and smallmouth bass were reported near rock piles, trees and bottom structures.  


Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — TCO Fly Shop reported Nov. 20 low clear water in the 50s, and urged anglers to be mindful of actively spawning trout by sticking to deeper slots and avoiding gravel areas. Long leaders and downsized patterns were recommended, with nymphs and streamers effective. Fish were rising when midges (20-26) were present. Blue-winged olives (18-22) also were hatching. Productive flies included Rubberleg Stoneflies (6-10), Frenchies (14-18), Bead-head Caddis Larva (18-20), and Iron Lotus (16-18).


Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) — A few walleyes were reported between Middletown and Harrisburg through Nov. 19. 


Conewago Creek (Adams, York counties) — The Fly Fishing Only, Catch and Release Section of this Susquehanna River tributary was stocked in late October. Codorus also has a Trophy Trout, Delayed Harvest Section with wild brown trout.


Shawnee Lake (Bedford County) — Numbers of crappies were schooling and being caught through Nov. 19 on this 451-acre fishery. Shore anglers reported nice catches on crappies and other panfish on jigs, artificial minnows, and live bait fished slowly under bobbers.  


Lake Irena, Briar Creek Lake, Lily Lake (Luzerne County) —Despite fall trout stockings fishing pressure was light through mid-November. 


Susquehanna River (Wyoming County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting on swimbaits in recent weeks.


Lake Carey (Wyoming County) — Largemouth bass were hitting swimbaits in recent weeks.


Leaser Lake (Lehigh County) — Muskies were active on brightly-colored spoons and large bucktail spinners.


Monacacy Creek, Bushkill Creek (Northampton County) — Anglers were catching brown trout held over from spring stockings in recent weeks.


Minsi Lake (Northampton County) — Anglers are reminded that this recently reopened lake is stocked with trout. 


Delaware River — Trey Kosty at Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported anglers were catching tiny stripers, catfish and perch, all on live bait, around Philadelphia. In the upper river above Trenton, flatheads up to 15 pounds were reported on live bait.


Levittown Lake (Bucks County) —Kosty reports that anglers were catching trout from a stocking that took place a couple of months ago. 


New Jersey saltwater report — Kosty reported Nov. 20 that the creel limit on blackfish increased from one to five a day, and boating anglers were limiting out, although action was on the slow side. The striper bite had slowed and no monsters were being taken, but some anglers were catching keepers on jigs. Stripers were biting off the beach, particularly off Island Beach State Park.


— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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