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New York Fishing Report – October 6, 2021


Butler County
Lake Arthur
Anglers are catching catfish off the bottom using worms on chartreuse worm harnesses and using shrimp dipped in a garlic bait juice.

Crawford County
Conneaut Lake
Recreational boating pressure has dropped off and fishing pressure is picking up.
Woodcock Creek
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish below the dam.
French Creek
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and panfish. Reminder to boaters using the PFBC access to the creek, boats must be properly registered before using PFBC accesses. Also, be sure to have all required safety equipment on board prior to start of your float.
Canadohta Lake
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish. Reminder to all boaters launching from the PFBC access, boats must possess the correct and current registration or launch permit.
Sugar Lake
Anglers are catching panfish, Chain Pickerel, Bowfin, and Largemouth Bass.
Tamarack Lake
The lake is open to hunters, boaters, and anglers. Remember to have all required safety equipment and proper registration if going out on a boat, canoe, or kayak. Reminder to anglers, the lake is still listed as catch and release only. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish from the docks.

Mercer County
French Creek
Water levels are good for a fall float trip!  Please, be sure to have your life jacket and launch permit where required. Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Walleye throughout the entire stretch of the creek.
Lake Wilhelm
Anglers are catching a variety of fish species in 8-12 foot of water.  The water temperature has dropped about 15 degrees in the last two weeks.

Erie County
Lake Erie
Walleye fishing has been very slow due to the time of year.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch off Shades Beach, but it still very spotty.  Anglers are catching Steelhead at the mouths of the streams.
Area Steelhead Tributaries
Steelhead have arrived a little earlier than normal, but the weather changed, and the streams haven’t received any rain to move them up the streams.


Wyoming County & Southwest Susquehanna Counties

Some nice sized crappie have been caught at Lake Winola on jigs. Fish are schooling up in deeper water and once found, anglers are catching decent numbers with some nice sized ones mixed in. A few trout have been caught on both Bowmans Creek and South Branch Tunkhannock Creek on flies. These are holdover fish that are being caught which are typically 12-17 inch fish. The Susquehanna River has been fishing better for Smallmouth Bass, but recent rains are expected to have the river up and muddy for the remainder of the week making for tougher conditions.

Southern Pike and Northeastern Monroe Counties

The cooler weather has triggered some fish to begin feeding and anglers are having good success catching Smallmouth Bass in the Delaware River using a variety of artificial and natural baits.

Wayne County

The weather is cooling down but the fishing certainly is not. Anglers on the Upper Delaware River are still enjoying fly fishing for wild trout. Bass fishermen are getting a few last trips in before the lakes become a target for ice fishing. Bass anglers are having the best luck with swim baits and stick baits. Crappie have also been hitting bread and worms hard on many of the small lakes scattering the county. Trout at Upper Woods have been responding well to the cooling temperatures.


Adams County
Long Pine Reservoir is in great shape for the fall season; but the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission wants to remind the public that the mandatory wearing of life jackets on boats 16ft or less and all Canoes and Kayaks for the cold water months starts Nov 1st to April 30th.

Franklin County
Letterkenny Reservoir is finally looking exceptional and ideal for fall season trout fishing.

TO NOTE: Keep in mind that the parking area by the boat launch at Letterkenny Reservoir is for disabled/handicapped persons ONLY. For all others, parking is provided at the entrance of the reservoir, and you must walk down.

The Conococheague Creek has been fishing exceptionally well in downtown Chambersburg with reports of big Golden Rainbow Trout still around. Fishing has been done right before dark on flies, bread, eggs, and live bait.

Fulton County
Anglers are reporting catching numerous big fish on Big Cove Creek below the Delayed Harvest Section on small flies under the water’s surface.

TO NOTE: Remember to ask for landowner permission, and keep in mind hunters will be out hunting; so the wearing of orange is highly recommended.

Cowans Gap State Park will be stocked on 11/16/21 for the fall and winter season.

Huntingdon County
Anglers have continued to have success catching panfish and Largemouth Bass at Lake Perez. Anglers are using a variety of lures, ranging from live bait to soft plastic baits. Anglers have been having success on the Juniata River catching Smallmouth Bass with soft plastic baits in the morning and again in the evening. Anglers have reported several Muskellunge being caught on the river with large stick baits as lures. And, bass are biting on tubers at Raystown Lake.

Juniata County
Smallmouth Bass fishing has been awesome on the Juniata River.  Many larger fish are being caught on tube jigs, jigs with twisters, and flukes.  Be sure to take advantage of the late afternoon, when the smallmouth start busting baitfish near the surface, by making long casts with a topwater lure.

Perry County
Anglers are catching some nice Largemouth Bass and some perch and crappies at Holman Lake, Little Buffalo State Park.

Smallmouth fishing near Duncannon on the Juniata River and Susquehanna River has been good.  Fish larger tube baits, twisters, and jerk baits for these hard-fighting fish; and fish the baits slow.

York County
With recent rains in the area, most creeks and the Susquehanna River are at normal flow height. This has been making for great Smallmouth Bass fishing from the shorelines, most being caught on soft plastic baits. Channel Catfish have been biting good on worms and chicken liver and, as always, large Flathead Catfish can be targeted with large 4-8-inch live Bluegill or Suckers.


Lancaster County

The Muddy Run Recreational Lake will be stocked on Thursday, October 7th.  The Extended Trout Seasonregulations still apply, and the daily creel limits are reduced from 5 to 3.

The regulations on Muddy Run Lake changed on January 1st, 2012 to “Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing”. The intent of this regulation was to allow anglers to fish for species other than trout during the traditional closed season. Under this regulation, anglers are not required to possess a trout stamp to fish in the lake as they would otherwise require in any other Stocked Trout Water. Anglers should not be targeting trout in lieu of possessing a trout stamp. Anglers can be cited if a trout is landed and they are unable to immediately release it unharmed as is required.

It is unlawful to fish in rivers and streams designated as Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing without a current trout/salmon permit (or Combination Trout/Salmon/Lake Erie permit).

A trout/salmon permit is not required to fish in lakes and ponds that have been designated as stocked trout waters open to year-round fishing unless the person takes, kills, or possesses, while in the act of fishing, a trout or salmon on or in these waters.

The 100-acre lake provides an ideal recreational venue for novice paddlers to gain flat-water paddling experience.  Honing their skills as they learn how their kayak or canoe tracks and moreover the inherent stability of their watercraft.

Please, remember that the Mandatory PFD Wear Regulation returns on November 1st through April 30, 2022. Boaters in violation of this regulation can be cited.

Northern Bucks County

Trout will be stocked in the East Branch Perkiomen Creek later this month. Be sure to check the stocking schedules to find out when your favorite streams will be stocked. Also, take a moment and brush up on the current rules and regulations for Extended Trout Season.

November 1st is the start of mandatory cold weather PFD wear. This is in effect until April 30th, 2022. All boaters MUST wear a PFD on all boats less than 16 feet in length and all paddle craft (canoes and kayaks).

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