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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 16, 2021

Report from the Dock

Fishing for smallmouth bass in rivers has been spotty in recent weeks because the remnants of tropical storms dumped huge amounts of rain on the state, blowing out streams and rivers. Bass fishing seemed to pick up in many lakes after they cleared following Hurricane Ida. Among them:  Wallenpaupack, Hammond, Curwensville, Cross Creek, Keystone, Shawnee, Glade Run, Justus, Rose Valley, Loyalhanna, Presque Isle Bay and Arthur. Panfishing was said to be hot at Pymatuning, Conneaut, Beaverdam Reservoir, Holman, Wilhelm, Shenango and Harvey’s. Catfishing was reported to be good in the Delaware River, Tioga Spillway, West Branch Susquehanna River and the Monongahela River. Stripers have been hitting at Raystown, and walleyes have been biting at Pymatuning, Shenango and Wallenpaupack.


Lake Erie  As conditions allowed through early September, walleyes up to 7 pounds were hitting all over the lake in depths ranging from 12 to 50 feet, with butterfly blades on bottom bouncers and in-line weights effective at 1.5 mph. Dipsy divers worked for some anglers, and crankbaits, especially in chrome-color, were productive for others. Steelhead were reported by some anglers trolling for walleyes in 65 to 75-feet. Perch were reported in 50 to 60 feet but not in big numbers and fishing pressure on perch was light.

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) —Crappies were hitting on minnows below bobbers suspended in deeper water in recent weeks. Largemouth bass were active by anglers flipping creature baits with 2-ounce weights around weeds. 

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — Numbers of smallmouth bass were reported by a kayak angler in recent weeks.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Perch and catfish were reported in recent weeks. Muskies also were active. Night-time anglers were doing well trolling crawler harnesses for walleyes. Catches also were reported on blade baits and sonars on drop-offs as water temperatures began to cool. 

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Some nice-sized bluegills and numbers of perch were reported, and one angler caught a northern pike in recent weeks. 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Crappies were hitting in recent weeks. 

Shenango Lake (Mercer County) — Crappies, including slabs, were biting through early September with fish holding on drops along the river channel and feeding actively. Walleyes and a few largemouth bass also were reported. 

Sugar Creek (Venango County) — Rainbow trout up to 20 inches and brown trout were released on red worms in early September.  

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass were reported on live minnows on the outside edge of weedbeds. 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — As of Sept. 6, conditions were beginning to return to normal and anglers were catching smallmouth bass in mixed sizes up to 4 pounds on soft plastics such as flukes and tubes, and, in murky conditions, on spinnerbaits. 

Glade Run Lake (Butler County) — Anglers were catching largemouth bass on Texas-rigged plastic worms in recent weeks.


Monongahela River — Catfish were active through early September, while muskies were hitting at the mouths of streams. Walleyes, yellow perch and smallmouth bass were reported at lock and dam Nos. 3 and 4. 

Beaverdam Reservoir (Cambria County) — Yellow perch were taking nightcrawlers through , early September, and rainbow trout were hitting spinners where feeder streams run into the lake. 

Ten Mile Creek (Greene, Washington counties) — Muskies were reported in recent weeks, with boaters catching them by trolling bucktails.

Higgins Run (Somerset County) — Smallmouth bass were reported.

High Point Lake (Somerset County) — Panfish were hitting on this mountain reservoir.

Youghiogheny River (Somerset County) — Trout were reported on artificial lures in recent weeks

Conemaugh River Lake (Westmoreland County) — A 31-inch northern pike was recently released on a spinnerbait.

Kiskiminetas River (Westmoreland County) — Smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds and walleyes were reported in recent weeks.

Loyalhanna Creek (Westmoreland County) — Some large channel catfish and carp were hitting on corn. Bass were spotted along with a muskie.

Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County) — Largemouth bass were active in recent weeks.

Keystone Lake (Westmoreland County) — A 5-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass was released on a drop-shot rig at the Keystone State Park impoundment Sept. 10.

Donegal Lake (Westmoreland County) — The water below the dam was yielding carp, while the lake was producing bass on spinners tipped with crawlers.

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) — Bass were holding to structure and the edges of grassy areas, while crappies were suspended on structure piles and under docks through early September.


West Branch Susquehanna River, Pine Creek (Clinton, Lycoming counties) — Bass anglers were doing well through early September on both waters, with even the smaller fish having some nice heft to them. Various artificials were working, including topwater lures, plugs, jigs, creature baits, spinner baits and crankbaits.

West Branch Susquehanna River (Clearfield County) — Channel catfish were coming on minnows and chicken livers at night through early September. The smallmouth bass bite was consistent, particularly on soft plastics. 

Curwensville Lake (Clearfield County) — Bass and crappies were reported on white twister tails and other soft plastics in recent weeks.

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — Bass were hitting on heavy swim jigs in black and blue, brown or black and brown. 

Tioga Spillway (Tioga County) — Catfish were biting after dark on cut baits and chicken livers in recent weeks. 

Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Largemouth bass and panfish were reported for anglers fishing vegetated areas and structure. Nice-sized bluegills were hitting small jigs and soft plastics in natural colors. 


Swatara Creek (Lebanon County) — Sublegal smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks. 

Juniata River (Juniata County) — Catfish and carp were hitting crawlers and other live baits. Smallmouth bass were biting at the start of September, with hellgrammites, stonecats, crawlers and shiners effective. Artificials such as tubes, flukes and twisters around three to four inches also were taking fish. 

Holman Lake (Perry County) — Bluegills were hitting in early September at this Little Buffalo State Park lake, with small crawlers taking nice fish. A few small perch and crappies also were reported. One angler released a 16-inch largemouth bass.

Shawnee Lake (Bedford County) — Nice-size bass were hitting in the deeper water around weed edges in early September. Creature baits and other soft plastics were effective during the daytime, and topwaters were productive in the evening and nighttime hours. There are plenty of catfish in this lake.

Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — A good smallmouth bass bite was reported on soft plastics at the start of September. 

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Striped bass were hitting in recent weeks for anglers trolling live bait in the early morning hours and after dark. Largemouth bass also were reported.

Juniata River (Mifflin County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting on soft plastics in recent weeks. A few walleyes and muskies were reported on live bait and hard plastic lures. 

Susquehanna River (Susquehanna County) — Smallmouth bass were active at the start of September. 


Lackawanna River (Lackawanna County) — Some nice brown trout were released on swimbaits in recent weeks.

FEW Reservoir  Panfish were becoming active on fathead minnows at the start of September.

Susquehanna River (Luzerne County) — In muddy conditions at the start of September, anglers reported the occasional catfish and smallmouth bass. 

Lake Jean (Luzerne County) — Some nice-sized bass and chain pickerel were reported in recent weeks.

Harveys Lake (Luzerne County) — Panfish were not so active at the start of September, although some anglers were working schools of yellow perch if they could find them. Smallmouth bass also were reported.

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were hitting in recent weeks. Striped bass also were reported around sunrise and sunset. 

Delaware River — Nice catches of catfish were reported in recent weeks. The upper Delaware was yielding trout. 


Speedwell Forge Lake (Lancaster County) — Largemouth bass were biting at the start of September with anglers doing well on crawlers or artificials.

Octoraro Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported Sept. 10 that the lake was still muddy as a result of Hurricane Ida. A few bass were caught for the first time in days, with some hitting off laydowns on slow-moving Texas-rigged 10-inch plastic worms, and jig-and-pigs. An excellent catfish bite was reported on shrimp, chicken livers, green crawlers and even spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. Snakeheads also were hitting. 

Blue Marsh Lake — Conditions were poor as a result of the hurricane, with a few small-sized bass hitting as of Sept. 10.

New Jersey saltwater report — Reports were good on fluke out of Ristori Bay, with fish up to 11-plus pounds boated, at least until Hurricane Ida put a kibosh on the bite. Chub mackerel and bluefish also were reported. 

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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