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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – May 27, 2021

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A dry spring has left streams and rivers low and clear, and anglers who choose moving waters to open traditional bass season June 12 may face mid- or even late-summer conditions. Catch-and-release bass fishing has been hot on the following lakes: Kahle, Woodcock Creek, Shenango Reservoir, Raystown, Glendale, Arthur, Canoe Creek, North Park, Greenlick Reservoir, Shawnee, Wallenpaupack, Harvey’s, Octoraro, Nockamixon and Blue Marsh. With the opening of walleye season, quite a few waters were yielding walleyes. Among them were Lake Erie, Allegheny Reservoir, the Susquehanna River and Pymatuning Reservoir. Flathead catfish were hitting cut bait in the Schuylkill, Delaware, Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers. On the Susquehanna, channel cats were said to be hitting chicken livers.


Lake Erie — Walleyes were hitting during the day as of May 20 but some anglers were doing better trolling the shallows at night. Smallmouth bass were in both the lake and Presque Isle Bay and hitting tubes and swimbaits in goby colors. 

Allegheny Reservoir (Warren County) — With the opening of walleye season in early May, anglers were catching nice fish on crawler harnesses, spinners and spoons.

Allegheny River — Nice-size trout were reported in the special regulations sections by boat and shore anglers through mid-May. 

Chapman Dam Reservoir (Warren County) — Anglers were catching nice numbers of trout in recent weeks as the lake recovers from the drawdown.

Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Yellow perch, bluegills, and numerous largemouth bass releases were reported in recent weeks. 

Piney Dam and the upper Clarion River (Clarion County) — Crappies were reported in recent weeks along with a few smallmouth bass releases and some nice walleyes. 

Lower Clarion River — A few northern pike and the occasional muskie were reported near the confluence with the Allegheny River in early May. 

Allegheny River — Northern pike and the occasional muskie were reported through mid-May. Around lock and dam no. 4 in Natrona, smallmouth bass were released in recent weeks.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Numbers of smallmouth bass were released.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project (Clarion County) — Anglers are reminded that fishing is off-limits on this series of impoundments until bass season opens. 

Mill Creek, Cather’s Run, Piney Creek (Clarion County) — Nice numbers of trout were reported through mid-May. 

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Largemouth bass up to 19 inches were released through May 21.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Largemouth bass up to 4 pounds were released, with some coming on Senko worms, through May 20.


North Park Lake (Allegheny County) — Largemouth bass were released in recent weeks.

Allegheny River — Anglers were catching muskies and catfish off the banks. Walleyes also were hitting.

Crooked Creek Lake (Washington County) — Crappies and bluegills were reported in the outflow in recent weeks.

Wilmore Reservoir (Cambria County) — Crappies were active when water temperatures were mild.

Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Trout were hitting on jigheads with waxworms. 

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Nice numbers of bluegills and chain pickerel were reported in recent weeks. 

Fourmile Run, Loyalhanna Creek, Mill Creek (Westmoreland County) — Nice numbers of trout were reported in mid-May when nighttime temperatures were cool.

Loyalhanna Lake, Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County) — Crappies were becoming active in mid-May, with minnows effective.  

Acme Dam (Westmoreland County) — This Chestnut Park impoundment was yielding nice-sized panfish on pink plastic crawlers.

Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County) — Trout were reported on pastebaits.

Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County) — Trout were hitting for boaters trolling spinners in mid-May.

Greenlick Reservoir (Fayette County)  Nice-sized bass were released on crawlers from shore.


Cloe Lake (Jefferson County) — Shore anglers were doing well on panfish, with small plastics and live minnows productive. 

Toby Creek and Redbank Creek (Jefferson County) — Trout were reported, with fly- anglers doing well on nymphs.  

Muncy Creek (Lycoming County) — The delayed-harvest, artificial-lures- only section was yielding numbers of trout on nymphs fished close to the bottom in recent weeks. Anglers targeting deep pockets and seams were doing well. 

Parker Lake, Shaggers Inn Pond, Janesville Dam, Goss Run (Clearfield County) — Trout were hitting on mealworms, butterworms, and power bait pastes in recent weeks. Spinners were the ticket in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Fly-anglers were successful with emerger patterns. 


Shawnee Reservoir (Bedford County) — Largemouth bass up to 3-pounds, 9 ounces were released through May 21 on Senko worms.

Susquehanna River — Channel catfish were biting on livers and live minnows around Middletown and Steelton.

 Mahantango Creek  One angler caught a nice carp in recent weeks. Others caught trout.

Little Cove Creek, Big Cove Creek (Fulton, Franklin counties) — Trout were hitting in recent weeks.

Little Juniata Creek (Perry County) — Brown trout were biting in recent weeks.

Little Buffalo State Park Lake (Perry County) — Anglers were catching nice panfish through mid-May with minnows or small tubes or other small plastics on a 1/64-ounce jig head productive


Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Anglers were catching various species through May 20 ranging from rock bass to hybrid striped bass. Nice releases of smallmouth bass also were reported.

Bushkill, Little Bushkill creeks (Pike County) — Rainbow and brown trout were hitting on artificial lures.

Promised Lane Lake (Pike County) — Anglers were targeting whatever trout remained from the spring stocking in mid-May, fishing spinners and live bait.

Hidden Lake (Monroe County) — Anglers were catching rainbow trout on waxworms and power bait in recent weeks.

Tobyhanna Lake (Monroe County) — Brook trout and chain pickerel were biting in recent weeks. 

Gouldsboro Lake (Monroe County) — This panfish enhancement program lake was yielding some nice-sized fish. 

Brady’s Lake (Monroe County) — Crappies and chain pickerel were active through mid-May. 

Harvey’s Lake (Luzerne County) — Bass were released around docks and other structure in the shallows. Largemouths were staging a little deeper in early May, waiting for water to warm up. Some nice brown trout were reported. Perch were hit or miss and crappies weren’t all that active.

Harris Pond (Luzerne County) — Chain pickerel were active in early to mid-May. Perch also were hitting.

Harveys Creek (Luzerne County) — Anglers were catching trout in recent weeks.

Susquehanna River  Bass were released on live bait as well as rattle-type baits. 


Octoraro Lake (Chester County) — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported May 20 that the lake was on fire for crappies. Medium to large fathead minnows fished in six feet or less along rip rap were producing the bites.  Two-inch twister tails also were effective. About 90% of the lake’s bass were under spawn. A couple of snakeheads were reported at the covered bridge and action was expected to heat up in coming weeks. Shiners, frog patterns and buzz baits work on snakeheads. Walleyes 18 to 20 inches were reported, plus two around 7½ pounds.  

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Anglers were catching nice-sized largemouth bass in recent weeks.

Delaware River — Trey at Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported May 20 that hot weather was slowing the striped bass bite which had been very good through mid-May. A lot of slot fish, 21 to 24 inches, were reported along with some 30-pounders Catfish were active and being caught up to 14½ pounds, including many by anglers targeting striped bass.

Pennypack Creek (Bucks County) — Numbers of trout were reported as conditions allowed. Because water was low and warm in mid-May anglers were fishing in the early morning.

Schuylkill River  Trey at Brinkman’s reported May 20 that carp were active, and flatheads were hitting cut bait. 

New Jersey saltwater report — Brinkman’s reported that anglers were limiting out on sea bass, which came into season May 15, and they weren’t having to go out far to catch them. Flounder season opened May 22. 

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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