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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 19, 2021

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Fishing has been tough around the state in recent weeks, but there have been some exceptions. Among them: Blue Marsh Lake was yielding largemouth bass up to 18 inches on topwaters; striped bass were being caught at night in Lake Wallenpaupack; at Upper Chichester Pond, bluegills and bass were hitting; Lake Nockamixon was giving up largemouth bass up to 18 inches; at Shohola Marsh Reservoir, panfish, catfish and smallmouths were reported; Pymatuning Reservoir was giving up catfish and largemouths; Geneva Marsh yielded bowfins up to 23 inches; nice crappie catches were reported at Shenango Reservoir; bass were hitting small tubes in Kahle Lake; smallmouths up to 19 inches were hitting small plastics in the Allegheny River; in the Monongahela, catfish, muskies, walleyes and bass were reported at Lock and Dam Nos. 3 and 4; and in the Ohio River, flathead catfish were hitting cut bait.

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie  Perch were schooling in 57 to 60 feet of water off Shades Beach earlier in August, and then moved slightly west. As of Aug. 9, walleye anglers were getting fish in deeper water, about 60 to 75 feet west of Walnut Creek. Most anglers were using divers and riggers. Sizes were mixed up to 8 pounds. Anglers were doing well with deep-diving plugs or running spoons or dragging crawler harnesses. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) —The dog days hit in mid-August, although numbers of catfish and perch were reported. Largemouth bass action was mixed. Walleyes, crappies and muskies were inactive, although some diehard walleye anglers were catching a few fish trolling plugs with planer boards and a few crappies were reported on minnows from the deeper water and off the causeway at night. The largest crappies in a local tournament were 2 pounds, 4 ounces and 2 pounds, 3 ounces. 

Geneva Marsh (Crawford County) — Bowfins up to 23 inches were reported in recent weeks. 

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Nice crappie catches were reported in decent water levels through mid-August. Black crappies were in the 9- to 12-inch range and coming from shallow brush, while white crappies were suspended over brush in deeper water. Hybrid striped bass action had slowed by mid-August, but the largemouth and smallmouth bites were good.  

Lake Justus (Venango County) — A few small bass were reported on tubes.

Kahle Lake (Venango County) — Some bass were hitting small tubes in recent weeks. Anglers were targeting the edge of weed beds and catching fish up to 14 inches. Anglers slow-trolling live creek baits were catching largemouth and smallmouth bass, nice-sized crappies and a rainbow trout in the early morning hours.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — Bass up to 19 inches were hitting small plastics or suspended jerkbaits in recent weeks. Numbers of bass 12 to 14 inches were reported.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Water was 78 degrees Aug. 12, and anglers were catching largemouth bass although finding them was a challenge. 

SOUTHWEST REGION

Allegheny River —A variety of species were reported, including walleyes, saugers and saugeyes, smallmouth and largemouth bass, rock bass, and channel and flathead catfish. Live bait, including shiners, crawlers, and creek chubs were effective. A lot of boating traffic was reported.

Monongahela River — Catfish, muskies, walleyes and smallmouth bass were reported at Lock and Dam Nos. 3 and 4.

Ohio River — Flathead catfish were reported in recent weeks.

Brady’s Run Lake (Beaver County) — Bluegills, crappies, and largemouth bass were hitting. 

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Kayakers were releasing bass on plastics around structure but sizes were running average.

Virgin Run Lake (Fayette County) — Largemouth bass, yellow perch, and bluegills were reported from boat and shore.

Tenmile Creek (Greene County) — Largemouth bass were taking live and rubber worms. Boaters are reminded that all of Tenmile Creek is slow no-wake, as per the Fish & Boat Commission.

Yellow Creek Lake (Indiana County) — Catfish were hitting on crawlers and other live baits.

Two-Lick Reservoir (Indiana County) — Bluegills, crappies and largemouth bass were hitting.

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and bluegills were coming on live bait and artificial lures.

Indian Lake (Somerset County) — Walleyes and some panfish were reported. 

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) — Largemouth bass and bluegills were hitting in recent weeks. Crappies were suspended off structure. Boating traffic can be heavy here.

Youghiogheny River (Allegheny County) — Largemouth bass averaging 12 inches around Buena Vista along the Great Allegheny Passage Trail were reported on minnows in mid-August. Muskies also were hitting.

Youghiogheny River (Fayette County) — Nice-sized smallmouth bass and numbers of trout were reported on crawlers and minnows.

Beaverdam Run Reservoir (Cambria County) — Rainbow trout up to 17 inches were reported on crawlers in recent weeks.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Crappies were hitting around the causeway (Route 26 Bridge) through mid-August, with minnows productive. Channel catfish and bullheads were hitting at the upper lake access in the evenings, with crawlers, chicken livers and other baits effective. 

Colyer Lake (Centre County) — Crappies, bass, sunfish and bullheads were hitting on crawlers, minnows, and spinners during the cooler hours of the day. 

Poe Valley Lake (Centre County) — Sunfish and trout were hitting in recent weeks with minnows and crawlers the tickets. 

West Branch Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were coming on crawlers and artificials. 

West Branch Susquehanna River (Clinton, Lycoming counties) — Walleyes, bass, and muskies were reported, with the bass and walleyes coming on 1⁄8-ounce jigs tipped with twister tails or crawlers, and the bass hitting streamers. Early mornings and late evenings were the best times to fish. 

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Juniata River (Juniata County) — The smallmouth bass bite was excellent in mid-August with fish hitting hellgrammites, stonecats, shiners and other live baits and artificials with these same profiles. Bass were running eight to 13 inches and occasionally larger.

Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Channel catfish were taking cut bait in recent weeks. Smallmouth bass were hitting soft plastics and other artificials.  

Lake Perez (Huntingdon County) — Panfish were hitting small jigs at this 66-acre reservoir in recent weeks.

Juniata River (Mifflin County) — A few muskies were reported on large spinners and other baits in early August. Deep pockets of water have been yielding smallmouth bass on artificials. 

Juniata River (Perry County) — A few bass were hitting on flukes, topwaters and rubber worms in the early morning and late evening hours. Flathead catfish were coming on live bluegills.

Lake Redman (York County) — Northern snakeheads were hitting topwater lures and other bass tackle.

Pinchot Lake (York County) — Crappies were hitting live bait while hybrid striped bass were taking chicken livers at this Gifford Pinchot State Park lake in recent weeks.

Lake Marburg (York County) — This Codorus State Park impoundment was yielding bluegills, white perch and other panfish on live bait and soft plastics. 

Long Arm Reservoir (York County) — Catfish and walleyes were reported by anglers trolling the bottom of the lake in the early evenings.  

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — The striped bass bite had slowed some by mid-August, but fish were being caught in the nighttime hours as they followed alewife movements. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and walleyes were reported during times when boating traffic wasn’t intense.  

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

McMichael Creek (Monroe County) — Largemouth bass were hitting crankbaits, rubber worms, and live baits such as minnows and crawlers in recent weeks.  

Susquehanna River (Wyoming County) — Anglers were catching numbers of smallmouth bass on swimbaits and other lures.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) —Largemouth bass up to 18 inches were reported.

Blue Marsh Lake/Tulpehocken Creek (Lebanon County) — The lake and the creek below were yielding largemouth bass up to 18 inches on topwater frogs and other baits.

Susquehanna River — Catfish were hitting upstream of the Falmouth boat access area with both live baits and artificials effective. The Fish & Boat Commission reported in early August that the York Haven catwalk was open again, but it wasn’t known for how long. 

Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County) — When water levels were low, anglers were catching trout on dry flies in the fly fishing only section of the river. 

Upper Chichester Pond (Delaware County) — Bluegills and bass were hitting. 

New Jersey saltwater report — Good fluke fishing was reported through Aug. 12, with a number of fish in the 3- to 4-pound range. Some decent-sized sea bass also were reported.  The bluefish bite was super. Yellowfin tuna also were hitting. 

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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