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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 17, 2021

Northwest Region

Clarion County and Venango County


The USGS depth gauge in Franklin reflects a current water level of +/- 05′-05″; and water temperature is hovering at +/-50°F, which is a +/-15°F drop since last report submission.
Bass and Walleye continue to be the top catches. Top baits seem to be spinners and tubes.


Fishing activity has slackened. Some anglers are trying their luck above and below the cottage community of Takitezy.

The USGS depth gauge in Utica reflects a current water level of +/-3′-0″, up over 6″ since last report. At this flow level, canoeists and kayakers will experience swift travel conditions and are encouraged to use caution as newly formed strainers may be present… ALWAYS scout ahead.


Angling activity has diminished throughout this waterway; however, the occasional trout and Walleye angler can still be found in the lower Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only /Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters as well as confluence with the Allegheny River, respectively.


Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. Water temperature is +/-45°F, which is a drop of +/-13°F since the last report.

The USGS depth gauge(s) between Cooksburg and Piney Dam averages a water level of
+/-02′-09″ and the immediate area has received +/-.3″ of precipitation during the last week.


Justus Lake received a fresh stocking of trout on November 2, 2021.

Boaters are reminded that only manually powered, wind powered, and electric motor watercraft are permitted on Justus Lake.  The use of internal combustion engines is PROHIBITED.


At this time of year, each of these streams receives runs of Brown Trout, predominantly in the lower stretches, which make their way upstream from the Allegheny River.

Central Erie County

All Erie area tributaries have Steelhead in great numbers. The creeks are up and down with the rain but very fishable most of the time. The run this year seems to be larger with more fish – and even the fish seem bigger. Please use caution due to hunting season fast approaching.

Yellow Perch are being caught from shore around Presque Isle Bay, from both the city side and the park side.

North-central Region

Elk County

PFBC recently stocked Laurel Run Reservoir.  Good luck to all who go out fishing!

Clinton and Western Lycoming County

Despite colder days, and winter slowly creeping in, are still having luck, catching fish across the Counties.  Dress warm, and head out for some cold weather fishing.

Little Pine Lake – Anglers are catching a variety of fish, using a variety of techniques.

Little Pine Creek (Keystone Select Section) – Anglers are catching trout, using a variety of flies.

Southwest Region

Washington County

Trout were stocked at Canonsburg Lake on October 25, 2021.

Dutch Fork Lake was stocked with trout on October 26, 2021.

Trout have been biting on scented artificial bait and live bait. Remember that we are in the Extended Season and the daily limit is 3 trout.

Cross Creek Lake has picked up for the crappie bite. Anglers are getting into some schools of bigger fish off the points and structure piles.

South-central Region

Adams County-
Fly fishermen are enjoying the higher water levels on the Conewago Creek at the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only Area. Anglers are catching large Brown Trout.

Dauphin County-
While the bass usually bite very good in November, we ask you to please be careful out on your boat while fishing right now, with the Susquehanna River running so high.  Stay safe and always wear your life jacket.

Huntingdon County-
Juniata River – Smallmouth Bass are hammering live bait at the Ardenheim Point access area on the Raystown Branch.

Juniata County-
Juniata River- Smallmouth Bass are excited about natural plastics right now. Get out while the weather is still nice!

York County-
Many boaters are still taking advantage of Pinchot Lake even in the colder temperatures.  Between November 1 and April 30th, boaters on kayaks, canoes, and boats under 16 feet are required to wear a USCG approved PFD at all times.  It is recommended that all boaters do this as well.

Southeast Region

Philadelphia County and Southern Montgomery County

For the past several years, Waterways Conservation Officer Czech has been participating in a joint program with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia for Drexel students. The Lakes at FDR Park are electrofished, and the students assist in the process of measuring and recording all the fish that are caught.  The diversity in species and size prove that it is a great fishery.  From carp, eels, bass, snakeheads, crappie, bluegills, sunnies, and shad.

If you are looking for a great place to fish with plenty of parking and several connected lakes, try fishing the Lakes at FDR Park in Philadelphia located at Broad St. and Patterson Ave.

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