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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 11, 2021

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Trout fishing has been pretty good in most waters in recent weeks with stable conditions in the absence of storms. A few examples: Lake Luxembourg, Lake Minsi, Bushkill Creek, Little Pine Creek, Pine Creek, Oil Creek, Glade Run Lake, Clarion River, Raccoon Lake, Chest Creek, Lake Rowena, Duman Lake, Pohopco Creek, Spring Creek, Fishing Creek, Little Juniata River and Falling Spring. Bass fishing has been great in many waters, including French Creek, Pymatuning, Woodcock Creek Lake, Tamarack Lake, Allegheny River, Shenango Reservoir, Lake Wilhelm, Lake Arthur, Ohio River, Peters Lake, Mauch Chunk Lake, Lake Raystown and the Susquehanna River. Walleye fishing has been especially good at Pymatuning, French Creek and Woodcock Creek below the dam.

Anglers are urged to wade cautiously when fishing brook and brown trout streams as fall is when these species spawn. 

Anglers should avoid stepping on redds (nests), which resemble oval or round areas of clean gravel often the size of a frying pan or larger. 

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission continues to stock trout around the state. 

Boaters are advised that from Nov. 1 until April 30, they are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when in a vessel less than 16 feet in length and on all kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards regardless of length. 

For more, visit www.fishandboat.com.

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Perch were reported in the bay. Walleyes, steelhead and smallmouth bass were hitting in 20 feet of water all along the lake shore. 

Lake Erie tributaries ­ — The steelhead bite turned on in late October with anglers reporting excellent numbers of fish taking eggs, egg sacks, small natural bead patterns, and blood dots as conditions allowed. Dirty water called for the egg sacks, nightcrawlers, or skein, while low, clear conditions required single eggs or minnows. 

French Creek (Erie, Venango, Crawford, Mercer counties) — Smallmouth bass, walleyes, and panfish were reported. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Walleyes were taking Sonars and other vibrating bladebaits targeted to points, deep humps and channel drops. Some were hitting jigs in the late evening hours. Perch were hitting all around the lake with minnows and nightcrawlers productive. The crappie bite was hit or miss. Some nice smallmouth bass were reported, along with the occasional white perch.

Shenango River  Panfish and catfish were hitting below the weir through early November. Anglers are catching a few muskies. 

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Smallmouth bass, panfish, and walleyes were reported through early November. 

Woodcock Creek (Crawford County) — Muskies, walleyes, and panfish were hitting below the dam. 

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers were catching muskies, walleyes, and panfish through early November as the winter drawdown began.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — A few bass and a muskie were released on this natural glacial lake.

Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — Panfish, chain pickerel, bowfins, and largemouth bass were reported.

Tamarack Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers are catching largemouth bass and panfish from the docks of this catch-and-release-only impoundment.

Allegheny River (Venango County) — A good smallmouth bass bite was reported when conditions allowed.

Oil Creek (Venango, Crawford counties) — Rainbow trout from a recent stocking of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section were hitting on egg, purple squiggly, and mop patterns. Spinners also were effective.

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Smallmouth and largemouth bass were active in recent weeks, with fish coming near rock piles, secondary points, and rocky drop-offs. Crappies, bluegills, white bass and catfish also were reported. Hybrid stripers over 6 pounds have been hard to find so far this fall. 

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Some nice bass were reported. A 2.20-pound black crappie was the lunker in a recent tournament.

Glade Run Lake (Butler County) — Trout and bass were hitting on minnows and nightcrawlers. 

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Anglers caught nice numbers of bass up to 20 inches on plastic worms.

Clarion River — One angler claims to have caught a 14-pound brown trout.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Monongahela River (Allegheny County) — Anglers are advised that the docks at Riverfront Park in the city’s Southside section off 18th Street have been removed. A 19-inch walleye was caught here in late October.

Ohio River — Nice-sized walleyes and smallmouth bass were hitting jerkbaits and soft plastics in recent weeks.  

Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — Anglers were catching recently-stocked rainbow trout near the dam and other spots using small jigs under floats and paste baits on the bottom. 

Chest Creek (Cambria County) — Anglers were catching October-stocked trout on a variety of artificials in the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section. Anglers are reminded that the daily creel limit is zero in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) section during the extended season. 

Lake Rowena, Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Anglers were catching recently stocked trout on a variety of presentations, from black woolly buggers to jigs and scented rubber worms to live bait.

North Branch Little Conemaugh (Cambria County) — Fishing pressure was light through early November despite a trout stocking by a local sportsmen’s co-op.  

Peters Lake (Washington County) — Largemouth bass were hitting finesse baits in early November.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Little Pine Creek (Lycoming County)  Anglers were catching trout on a variety of lures and flies in the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section. 

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Water was in the 50s, at a good level, and slightly off-color in early November, and anglers were catching trout on nymphs, such as Beadhead Pheasant Tails (14-20), Sexy Walt’s Worms (14-18), and Hares Ears (14-16). Olive or black streamers also (6-10) also were effective.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was in the 50s, had good flow, and was off-color in early November, and trout anglers were doing well nymphing Walt’s Worms (12-16), Olive Perdigones (16-18), and Iron Lotus (16-18). Olive or black streamers (6-10) also were effective.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Largemouth bass were biting. 

Yellow Creek (Bedford County) — The Fly Fishing Only section was yielding trout on small dry and subsurface flies through early November.

Susquehanna River (York County) — Smallmouth bass and catfish are were active in recent weeks. 

Lake Redman (York County) — Numbers of crappies and perch were reported through early November.

NORTHEAST REGION

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) —Anglers caught a 13½-inch perch, chain pickerel, and largemouth and smallmouth bass, including two smallies over 4 pounds, in early November. 

Pohopoco Creek (Carbon County) — Fly- and spin anglers were catching trout from the outlet of Beltzville Lake to the bridge at Harrity Road and Route 209. Anglers are reminded that the creek from the outlet of Beltzville Lake downstream to the cable across the creek at the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club is designated as both a Class A Wild Trout Stream and Stocked Trout Water. The Extended Trout Season on this section of water is No Harvest-Catch and Immediate Release Only. 

Lehigh River — When water wasn’t too high, anglers were catching trout from the confluence of Pohopoco Creek and the Lehigh River in Parryville.

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Nice catches of chain pickerel, perch, bass and crappies were reported through early November. The crappies were coming on jigs tipped with minnows. Anglers are reminded the lake is managed as a Big Bass fishery with a minimum creel size of 15 inches.  

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Striped bass were active from boat and shore in recent weeks, with some fish measuring 30 inches. Live bait, large red/white bucktail jigs, and chicken livers were effective. Most of the action was occurring during the early morning and evening hours. Boating activity has slowed with the fall season. The Fish & Boat Commission has advised that the while the regulatory buoys (Slow-No-Wake, Ski Zone, etc.) are in the process of being removed for winter, the regulations pertaining to the Slow-No-Wake and Ski Zone are still in effect and being enforced. Maps posted at each boat launch indicate the regulated areas.  

Jordan Creek (Lehigh County) — Largemouth bass were hitting for one angler Nov. 6.

Bushkill Creek, Hidden Lake (Monroe County)  — Anglers were doing well on recently stocked rainbow trowut on a variety of artificials and live bait through early November. 

SOUTHEAST REGION

Minsi Lake (Northampton County) — Anglers were catching recently stocked rainbow trout as well as bass and chain pickerel.  

Lake Luxembourg (Bucks County) — Rainbow trout up to 17 inches were reported in early November, with one angler catching them on Texas-rigged rubber worms. 

Delaware, Schuylkill rivers — Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported Nov. 7 that anglers were catching most catfish and carp and the occasional perch. 

New Jersey saltwater report — Brinkman’s reported that anglers were catching striped bass, black fish and porgies, as well as bluefish, but the bluefish were not hitting in any numbers. 

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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