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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 5, 2021

Report from the Dock

The midsummer panfish bite has arrived. Some examples follow: “Tons” of white perch were reported hitting in the Delaware River and Octoraro Rerservoir; perch were biting in Shohola Marsh Reservoir, the Lehigh Canal, Chloe Lake and Reed’s Dam; bluegills and rockbass in the Ohio River; Lake Arthur, crappies were taken on jigs with plastic baits and minnows; Shenango River Reservoir, crappies have been hitting near 12 to 16 feet at drop-offs on lead heads with curly tails in colors like chartreuse; Lake Wilhelm, yellow perch, crappies and sunfish have been taken; Conneaut Lake, perch were hitting minnows on deep water humps, crappies were shallow; Canoe Creek Lake, crappies on treetops by deep water; Glendale Lake, crappies in deep water off weedbeds; and Pymatuning Reservoir, yellow perch in weedbeds.


Lake Erie — In late July, as conditions allowed, anglers fishing north of Walnut Creek reported catching walleyes up to 24 inches, with fish suspended 35 to 50 feet in 55- to 65-foot depths. Purple, perch/chartreuse, and silver helicopter blade worm harnesses were working, with the silver blade taking the larger fish. Some anglers were doing well on crawler harnesses, shallow and deep-diving stickbaits  and spoons. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Water was about 8 inches above normal summer pool in late July, and pontoon boaters were catching yellow perch and catfish. The larger perch were in the weed beds. Some legal walleyes were reported, mainly at night, but sizes were mixed. Some anglers were catching walleyes trolling Hot n T ots and crawler harnesses. Anglers  were catching bass on crankbaits and topwater baits, with one largemouth reported to have measured 24 inches. The occasional muskie was reported. 

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers were catching smallmouth bass in a recent tournament, with some fish weighing 3-plus pounds. The winning weight was a 20.9-pound bag. Some yellow perch were hitting for an angler drop-shotting live leeches on deep-water humps. Crappies also were hitting, but shallow. 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) —Yellow perch, crappies and sunfish were reported, along with catfish, in late July.  

Wolfe Creek (Mercer County) — Largemouth bass were reported through the end of July.

Shenango River Reservoir (Mercer County) — Crappies were hitting in mid-July, with 12 to 16 feet at drop-offs yielding decent catches. Fish were coming on 1⁄16-ounce lead heads with curly tails in colors like chartreuse. White bass were active chasing shad. Water was above summer pool. Bass and hybrid stripers were hitting along with catfish. 

Clarion River —A 36-inch channel catfish was released in late July on cut bait.

Justus Lake, Kahle Lake (Vanango County) — Releases of largemouth bass were reported on small tubes and spinnerbaits, but many were sublegal. 

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — A nice early morning bite on largemouth bass was reported through the end of July, Crappies were reported on jigs with plastic baits and minnows, with twilight and overnight hours productive earlier in the month. Muskies were hitting large swimbaits.

North Branch Slippery Rock Creek (Butler County) — Largemouth bass were reported in recent weeks.


Allegheny River (Allegheny County) — Water was high and debris was an issue for boaters as a result of rainfall in late July.

Ohio River — Smallmouth bass, rock bass, bluegills, and catfish were hitting live bait around sunset through late July.

Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County) — Largemouth bass were active in late July.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) — Some nice trout were reported around Ohiopyle in recent weeks.

Youghiogheny River  Smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, and channel catfish were hitting near Connellsville. 


Susquehanna River (Northumberland County) — Walleyes and bass were hit or miss around Sunbury in recent weeks. Tubes and live minnows were taking fish. Anglers are reminded that both smallmouth and largemouth bass are catch-and-release only from the inflatable dam near Sunbury downstream to Holtwood Dam, including all tributaries to a point ½-mile upstream from the confluence.

Cloe Lake (Jefferson County) — Bass and panfish were hitting in recent weeks. A lot of boat activity was reported. 

Reeds Dam — Panfish, perch, and catfish were hitting in through late July. 


Juniata River (Juniata County) — An excellent smallmouth bass bite was reported in recent weeks, with numbers of fish released, including some measuring 17 to 19 inches. Three- to 4-inch jerk baits, soft plastics, and live baits such as hellgrammites and stonecats all were catching fish. 

Juniata River (Perry County) — Flathead catfish were reported on live bluegills and cut baits, with nice catches coming after sunset.

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Bluegills and the occasional perch and crappie were hitting at this Little Buffalo State Park impoundment in recent weeks. Fish were in deeper water, at least 10 feet, and hitting on live minnows, small crawlers, or small jigs with twister tails.


Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — The occasional striped bass was reported in the evening and nighttime hours as fish followed alewives. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and walleyes also were reported. 

Shohola Marsh Reservoir (Pike County) — Panfish, catfish, and smallmouth bass were hitting.


Octoraro Reservoir (Chester County) — White perch were hitting red worms. Largemouth bass  and rock bass were taking spinners.

Delaware River (Northampton County) — Smallmouth bass were active in recent weeks. 

Lehigh Canal — Nice catches of panfish and chain pickerel were reported through late July.

Trout Run Reservoir (Berks County) — Bluegills were hitting in late July.

Delaware River — Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle reported July 31 that catfishing was decent, with flatheads up to 25 pounds hitting live sunfish in the heart of Philadelphia. Tons of white perch also were reported along with little resident striped bass about 12 to 15 inches, released on crawlers. Upriver, smallmouths were hit or miss.

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Largemouth bass up were active, with one angler doing well on swimbaits. 

Core Creek Lake (Bucks County) — Given the heat in late July, angler were fishing mornings and evenings for smallmouths and largemouths, and using plastic worms and minnows.

Schuylkill River — Some nice flatheads were biting on cut bait, such as chunks of sunfish.

New Jersey saltwater report — Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle reported July 31 that fluke fishing was productive from the surf, such as at Island Beach State Park. The tuna bite red hot from 40 miles out to the canyons. Numbers of king fish were being caught on blood worms from the surf at just about any beach, as the fish showed up early this year.

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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