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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 24, 2021

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Despite heavy rainstorms making some streams muddy and temporarily unproductive, smallmouth bass fishing was reported to be excellent in many streams in recent weeks. Among them: French Creek, fish up to 19 inches; Woodcock Creek Lake; Allegheny River, fish up to 18 inches on spinnerbaits and swimbaits; Pymatuning Reservoir, wacky rigs and tubes fished near rocks and weeds, or small jigs near timber; Monongahela River; Conneaut Lake, jigs with plastic trailers; Shenango Reservoir; Highpoint Lake; West Branch of the Susquehanna River; Glendale Lake, plastic worms; Canoe Lake; Raystown Lake; Swatara Creek; Juniata River; Susquehanna River, topwater lures; Cocolamus Creek; Beltzville Lake; Lake Wallenpaupack; Lehigh River; Octoraro Lake; and Mauch Chunk Lake.


Lake Erie — In mid-June, walleye fishing was hit or miss, with some anglers limiting out and others struggling. The bite was west of Walnut Creek, although depths varied from 20 to 30 feet and deeper.  Crawlers and plugs were effective. Smallmouths were hitting well in the lake, especially around rock piles. Perch were in 40 to 50 feet off the Cribs.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — The smallmouth bass bite was pretty much over in recent weeks. A few largemouth bass were reported on jigs around weeds.

French Creek(Erie, Mercer, Venango, Crawford counties) — Smallmouth bass up to 19 inches were hitting in nice numbers, with one angler doing well on a Ned Rig targeted to deeper current in recent weeks.

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Smallmouth bass, bowfin,and a small muskie were released in mid-June.

Oil Creek (Venango County) — Some nice trout were reported on fly-rods in late May. Bead-head Hare’s Ear nymphs were effective for one angler.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass up to 18 inches were reported on spinnerbaits and swimbaits fished near the banks. Walleyes were taking small spinners dressed with soft plastic grubs.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Large baits, such as suckers, crappies and bluegills, were taking muskies in the Linesville area through mid-June. The daytime walleye bite on the south end transitioned to a little deeper water, up to 18 feet, although some anglers were still making catches around weedbeds at night but these were generally smaller fish. The early morning bite was yielding limits for some anglers. Bass were biting on wacky rigs, tubes fished near rocks and weeds, or small jigs near timber. Perch and catfish were active, and many of the perch were a nice size. Some perch were deeper and others were coming on jigs around weedbeds. Crappie reports were mixed with some fish coming in 6 to 8 feet, and around weed edges. Nice catches of bluegills were reported in the shallows.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, rock bass, bluegills and pumpkinseeds were active in late May, with small soft-plastic jigs catching some fish. 

Tamarack Lake (Crawford County) — Small jigs with live bait below bobbers were taking panfish in big numbers. Tamarack is catch-and-release on all species as the fishery continues to rebuild.

Shenango River (Crawford County) — Channel catfish, including a 25-incher, were released.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — A good crappie bite was reported. Largemouth bass also were hitting.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Nice-sized crappies, both black and white, were hitting in good numbers. Walleyes were hit or miss. Large hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and flathead and channel catfish also were reported. 


North Park Lake (Allegheny County) — Largemouth bass were reported through mid-June on this popular county-owned impoundment.

Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — The Fish & Boat Commission advises that the extended No Wake Zone that took effect last year moves the zone several hundred yards up the Allegheny River from the Point. Signs are installed at the Veterans’ Bridge on the Allegheny just north of the old wake zone signs.

Monongahela River  Walleyes, bass and freshwater drum were reported on lures and baits in recent weeks. 

Dunlap Creek Lake (Fayette County) —Trout were hitting in recent weeks.

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting in mid-June.

Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County) — Limits of rainbow trout were reported at this 90-acre impoundment. 

Mammoth Lake (Westmoreland County) — Bass were hitting on this small (24-acre) impoundment in recent weeks especially for kayakers because they can get into prime bass habitat. 

Green Lick Reservoir  (Westmoreland County) — Nice-sized bass were hitting in recent weeks. 


West Branch of the Susquehanna River (Clearfield County) — Trout, smallmouth bass, and tiger muskies were reported by fly- and spin fishermen in recent weeks, especially in mornings and evenings. Paddling is popular from Curwensville into Clearfield, and from the Fish & Boat Commission access to Karthaus.

Janesville Dam, Goss Run, Parker Lake, Shagger’s Inn Pond (Clearfield County)

Trout were still hitting in these stocked lakes and ponds, with surface bites occurring on a variety of dry flies. Streamers and nymphs also are productive.

Curwensville Lake (Clearfield County) — Panfish and a few quality crappies were hitting from shore, especially on white twister tails. The Fish & Boat Commission in mid-June was cautioning folks traveling the river channel that enters the south side of the lake about shallow water, large woody debris, and other potentially hazardous obstacles.

Sayers Lake (Centre County) — The crappie bite slowed in recent weeks and fish went deeper around the causeway. Sunfish were hitting on small jigs or live bait under floats near shore. Channel catfish were biting on nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and hotdogs. 

Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — Bass and chain pickerel were reported on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and live minnows under floats. 

Spring Creek, Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) —Trout were biting small Sulphur flies, nymphs, and spinners.


Swatara Creek (Dauphin County) — Some nice smallmouth bass up to 16 inches were hitting off the Middletown access boat dock. 

Delaware Creek — One angler landed a nice golden rainbow in recent weeks.

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Some crappies, perch and sunfish were reported in this Little Buffalo State Park lake. Small minnows on jigs or on hooks under bobbers were productive. 

Juniata River — Channel catfish and flathead catfish were hitting in recent weeks on live baits, cut baits, and nightcrawlers. 

Cocolamus Creek (Juniata County) — Anglers were releasing smallmouth bass in recent weeks.


North Branch Susquehanna River — Anglers were enjoying topwater action on smallmouth bass in recent weeks.

Aquashicola Creek, Pohopoco Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek, Mahoning Creek (Carbon County) — Fly- and spin anglers were catching trout through early June. 

Lehigh River ­— Trout and bass were reported through early June.

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Striped bass were hitting during evening hours through early June. Chicken livers and live bait were effective. A few walleyes were caught in the dam breast area and near the power line area of the lake.  Bass also were released in the Wild Creek and Pohopoco Creek bay areas.

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Nice-sized perch and chain pickerel were active through early June on this Big Bass Program impoundment with its 15-inch creel minimum.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) —Stripers were biting in recent weeks. Walleyes and bass also were reported. 

Shohola Marsh Reservoir (Pike County) — Chain pickerel, bullheads, nice-sized perch, and sunfish were reported in recent weeks.

White Deer Lake (Pike County) — Nice releases of bass were reported through early June. 


Long Arm Dam (York County) — Largemouth bass up to 20 inches were reported through mid-June.

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Hybrid stripers were hitting in recent weeks, and an 18-inch carp was released on a Rebel minnow.

Lake Galena (Bucks County) — Some nice-sized bass were reported through mid-June, along with crappies, some 12 to 14 inches. 

Octorora Lake (Chester County) — Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported “snakehead mania” at covered bridge on June 19, with anglers catching four and five fish a day up to 28 inches on frog patterns, minnows and other lures. The covered bridge was also yielding nice catfish. Bass fishing was above average, and 55 inches was the winning total length in a recent catch-photo-and-release kayak tournament. Crappies have peaked but some anglers were still getting a few nice fish.

New Jersey saltwater report — Nice catches, including10-fish limits, of seas bass were reported in mid-June. The first part of the season closed June 22, and the bycatch fishery was slated to begin July 1 and run through Aug. 31 with a two-fish limit and a 12½-inch minimum size. Ling cod also were reported.

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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