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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – December 10, 2020

Report from the Dock

Twenty-three lakes, ponds and reservoirs have been stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Game Commission since Nov. 2 in preparation for ice fishing. No ice yet, but those fish can be caught in open water. In the Erie area, nice numbers of steelhead were in the tribs through early December but fish were sluggish. Although water had ideal color and flow, it was frigid owing to snow melt and cold nights. Spawn sacs and dead-drifted jigs tipped with bait were productive for fish unwilling to move much. Fishing has been pretty good in the rivers: In the Allegheny, walleyes were reported along lock and dam numbers 2 and 3, with minnows and creek chubs productive; in the Monongahela, bass were hitting 4-inch root beer-colored tubes; in the Schulykill, walleyes were hitting minnows and swimbaits; and in the Delaware, channel catfish up to 5 pounds were being caught on cut bait.

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Erie  Lake trout were in shallow water off Harbor Creek and North East. Burbot – freshwater cod – were being caught off the south pier at night. The Fish & Boat Commission reports that the docks are out at Northeast Marina and Shades Beach. 

 

Lake Erie tributaries — Nice numbers of steelhead were in the tribs through early December but fish were sluggish. Although water had ideal color and flow, it was frigid owing to snow melt and cold nights. Sacs and dead-drifted jigs were productive for fish unwilling to move much.

 

Presque Isle Bay  Panfish, yellow perch, and steelhead were being caught from shore through early December. 

 

Lake Pleasant (Erie County) — This small natural lake will be stocked with trout this month. 

 

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — A few walleyes, catfish, and panfish were reported in recent weeks. Walleyes and panfish were also hitting below the dam along with a few bowfins, bass, and muskies.

 

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Muskies, walleyes, and panfish were reported in recent weeks. The lake has been drawn down for the winter.

 

Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — Panfish, bowfins, bass, and northern pike were hitting through early Dec. 2. 

 

Tamarack Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers are reminded that this lake is still regulated as catch-and-release- only. 

 

Geneva Swamp (Crawford County) — Smallmouth bass and walleyes were reported in recent weeks. The swamp is used by waterfowl hunters.

 

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Hybrid striped bass up to 5½ pounds were reported along with largemouth bass in mixed sizes up to 4 pounds in early December. 

SOUTHWEST REGION

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Walleyes were reported along lock and dam numbers 2 and 3, with minnows and creek chubs productive in recent weeks. Smallmouth bass up to 2 pounds, 4 ounces were released in recent weeks.

 

Deer Lakes (Allegheny County) — Anglers were catching trout in recent weeks. 

 

Pine Township Park Pond (Allegheny County) — Largemouth bass up to 3 pounds were released in recent weeks.

 

North Park Lake (Allegheny County) — Largemouth bass up to 17 inches were released from this county-owned lake in recent weeks.

 

Monongahela River  Bass were hitting on 4-inch root beer-colored tubes in early December.

 

Ohio River — Nice numbers of walleyes were reported in recent weeks. 

 

Brady’s Run Lake (Beaver County) — Anglers were catching recently stocked trout on live baits and spinners through the end of November.

 

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Trout and largemouth bass were reported.

 

South Fork Little Conemaugh River (Cambria County) — A fly-angler released a 20.5-inch brown trout on a San Juan Worm in recent weeks.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Tioga Spillway (Tioga County) — Walleyes were being caught in the spillway. Anglers were doing well on white ¼- and 1⁄8- ounce jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or twister tails fished slowly off the bottom. Stickbaits also were effective. 

 

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was in the high 40s to low 50s through early December and trout were spawning.  Anglers were catching fish on nymphs and streamers, although some topwater action was reported with blue-winged olives (20-24) still hatching. 

 

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was in the low 50s and in good fishing condition as of Dec. 2. Nymphs and streamers were taking trout. Small nymphs fished with long leaders and light tippet were productive. Effective patterns included Zebra Midges (18-20) and Hares Ear Dirty Bird Caddis (14-16).

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Juniata River (Huntingdon/ Mifflin counties — Muskies were reported in recent weeks. Smallmouth bass also were hitting, with soft plastics productive. 

 

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Striped bass were biting live bait at low depths in recent weeks. Largemouth bass in mixed sizes from 15 to 20-plus inches were released on spoons and flukes.

NORTHEAST REGION

Merli Sarnoski County Park Lake (Lackawanna County) — Trout were hitting a variety of baits from the beach and the fishing pier in recent weeks.

 

Lackawanna State Park Lake (Lackawanna County) — Trout were active at the main boat launch in recent weeks. 

 

Lackawanna River (Lackawanna County) — Nice-size brown trout were released in late November.

 

North Branch Susquehanna River — Anglers reported a topwater bass bite through late November. Muskies also were hitting but sizes were running small.

 

Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — A spate of mild weather in late November brought out anglers targeting bass and brown trout. Soft plastics, spoons and stickbaits as well as live minnows were effective. 

 

Susquehanna River (Wyoming County) — A 25-pound carp was released by an angler targeting bass in early December.

 

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Perch, including some jumbos, were hitting for boaters and shore anglers, with minnows effective around weedy areas. Striped bass were active on live bait or chicken livers. One angler caught a 44 ½-inch striper with 12-inch girth and a 30-inch striper on live bait. Although, the regulatory buoys (Slow No Wake, Water Ski Area) have been removed from Beltzville for the winter the Fish & Boat Commission reminds boaters that all of the regulations pertaining to those areas remain in effect and are enforced.  Boaters are encouraged to consult the map of the lake posted at each boat launch indicating the regulated areas. 

 

Pohopoco Creek (Carbon County) — Bait and fly-anglers were catching trout through early December as conditions allowed. 

 

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Chain pickerel were biting in recent weeks. 

 

Lehigh River  The stretch from Glen Onoko downriver to the Bowmanstown Pool was yielding trout on stickbaits and spinners.

 

Lily Pond (Pike County) — Chain pickerel were providing steady action in recent weeks.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Wissahickon Creek (Montgomery County) – Nice-size largemouth bass were reported in early December.

 

Delaware River  Trey Kosty at Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported Dec. 3 that channel catfish up to 5 pounds were being caught on cut bait around Philadelphia, while north of the city smallmouth were still biting on minnows and jigs.

 

Schulykill River — Walleyes were biting in recent weeks, with fish 2 to 3 pounds hitting minnows and swimbaits.

 

New Jersey saltwater report — Kosty reported Dec. 3 that stripers were being caught from boats trolling umbrella rigs and jigging AVAs. The beach bite was consistent with Island Beach State Park on fire for fish up to 30 inches mostly on sand eel imitations and teasers.  The blackfish bite on local wrecks was  decent with enough limits for anglers willing to put their time in.

 

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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