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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 16, 2022

Report from the Dock

Lots of bass action reported in lakes across the state, including Conneaut, Wilhelm, Woodcock Creek, Sugar, Glendale, Raystown, Shawnee, Justus, Hills Creek, Tioga, Beechwood, Marburg, Octoraro and Mauch Chunk. Walleyes were biting in Pymatuning, Wilhelm and Canadohta lakes, Shenango Reservoir,  Ohio, Beaver and Allegheny rivers. Catfish were biting in Pymatuning, Allegheny River, Lake Arthur, Monongahela River and Youghiogheny River Reservoir, Long Arm Dam, and Susquehanna, Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Crappie fishing was hot at Lake Wallenpaupack, Mauch Chunk, Wilmore, Marburg, Highpoint, Wilhelm, Pymatuning lakes and Presque Isle.

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie — The daytime walleye bite picked up in early June with numbers of fish being boated by anglers trolling crawler harnesses in purple/black or copper in 30 to 40 feet of water. Some fish were being taken in 10 to 20 feet at night. Nice-size perch were reported in 27 to 37 feet off the clay banks. 

Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — Crappies were biting along the city-side piers and marinas with an occasional perch or walleye also reported. Some largemouth and smallmouth bass were in shallow water, and others were still on beds in early June. Drop-shot wacky-rigged crawlers were effective for one angler. Smallmouth bass were reported around Legion Hole on Elk Creek. 

Edinboro Lake (Erie County) — Anglers were catching bluegills and perch through early June.

French Creek (Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer counties) — As water levels stabilized in early June, smallmouth bass and trout were reported on inline spinners, small crankbaits and a variety of soft plastics open-rigged under floats.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Numbers of walleyes were reported, mostly on crawler harnesses along weed edges or on jigs-n-crawlers in weedbeds, during the day through early June. Some anglers were trolling Flicker Shads and Hot-n-Tots in slightly deeper water. Many catches were sublegal. Some larger walleyes were hitting at night on Bomber Long A’s cast over weedbeds. Bluegills were spawning and nice sizes were being caught. Channel catfish were reported. Post-spawn black crappies were in shallower water. Perch, including jumbos, were in the weeds, as well.  Two anglers caught walleyes, perch, bluegills and crappies on chartreuse or orange floating jigheads tipped with crawler pieces about 18 inches below ¼-ounce barrel sinkers. Trolling with crawler harnesses, anglers caught a couple of catfish, a 3-pound bass and a white bass. Post-spawn smallmouths were reported on Ned Rigs. 

Woodcock Creek Lake (Crawford County) — Smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds were reported in recent weeks, but anglers were seeing fewer fish. The lake was accidentally dewatered last year, which put a hit on the number of bass and other species.

Sugar Lake (Crawford County) — Anglers were catching panfish, chain pickerel, bowfins, and largemouth bass on this 90-acre glaciated lake in recent weeks.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County) — Largemouth bass, muskies, and bowfins were reported.

Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — Muskies, walleyes and panfish were reported through early June.

Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Crappies, including some slabs, assorted sunfish, as well as largemouth bass, walleyes and muskies were reported through early June. One angler released a 6.22-pound largemouth in late May by flipping a creature bait to cover. Crappies and bass were hitting around wood and weedlines on crappie jigs, Texas-rigged soft plastics, and crankbaits. Walleyes also were reported. 

Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Slab crappies were being caught shallow along with post-spawn largemouth bass in early June. Hybrid striped bass and walleyes were hitting at drop-offs. Numbers of white bass were reported, along with crappies, bluegills, and catfish. One shore angler released a nice largemouth. 

Justus Lake (Venango County) — Largemouth and smallmouth bass were released on creek chubs in recent weeks. 

Sugar Creek (Venango County) — Rainbow and brown trout were hitting small minnows, waxworms, and chunks of crawlers in recent weeks. A tandem rig with a brown beadhead nymph on the bottom and a cream-colored wet fly 16 inches above was effective for one fly angler. A couple of smallmouths were released below Cooperstown. 

Allegheny River (Venango County) — One angler released a few smallmouths and a sublegal walleye on a three-inch swimbait in early June.

Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Hybrid striped bass up to 26 inches were reported through early June. Catfish also were hitting.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Ohio, Beaver rivers (Allegheny, Beaver counties) — Walleyes were reported below Dashields Lock & Dam on the Ohio, with jerkbaits and nightcrawlers productive. Northern pike and muskies were released near the New Brighton Dam on the Beaver. 

Beaverdam Run Reservoir (Cambria County) — Yellow perch were hitting white jigs with crawlers.

Wilmore Reservoir (Cambria County) — Crappies were biting on jigs tipped with live minnows, while largemouth bass were taking topwater lures.

Virgin Run Lake, Dunlap Creek Lake (Fayette County) — Trout were hitting in the deeper waters of both of these popular impoundments.

Monongahela River, Tenmile Creek (Greene, Washington counties) — Big flathead catfish were hitting about 100 yards upstream and downstream of the confluence of Tenmile and the river, typically after sundown, in early June. 

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County — An outstanding panfish bite was reported at this mountaintop impoundment. Yellow perch and crappies were reported, along with largemouth bass, chain pickerel, and northern pike from shore and boat. 

Youghiogheny River  The outflow was stocked with trout May 26 and anglers were doing well on live bait as well as artificials. 

Youghiogheny River Reservoir (Somerset, Fayette counties) — Bass, crappies, and other panfish and catfish were hitting. 

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Outdoors reported great conditions June 10, with sulphurs (14-16), tan caddis (16-18), and blue-winged olives (18-20) providing plenty of action in the evening hours and on cloudy days. Water was in the high 50s/low 60s and had some color. The best dry fly fishing was just before dark. Trout were taking nymphs mid-day. Streamers were moving fish in low-light conditions and on dark, cloudy days.

Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Warmer temperatures were slowing the trout bite in early June.  

Hamilton, Cowanesque, Hills Creek, Tioga Lake, Beechwood lakes (Tioga County) — Tackle Shack reported June 10 that anglers were releasing numbers of bass, with topwater patterns, such as frogs, effective in shallow water. Crappies were a little deeper and coming on jigs and minnows, and bluegills were in the shallows and hitting just about any presentation. Cowanesque and Hammond were also yielding striped bass.

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Lake Marburg (York County) — Boating activity increased in recent weeks on this 1,275-acre, 20-hp lake in Codorus Creek State Park. B & B Lures reported June 10 that anglers were catching bluegills, crappies and largemouth bass. The bass were hitting soft plastics, and the crappies and white perch were coming on small minnows. A few yellow perch were reported here and there. 

Long Arm Dam (York County) — W. E. Sell Sporting Goods reported June 10 that catfish, bass, and crappies were hitting. Crappies were taking live minnows, tiny shad darts and twisters.

Susquehanna River (Lebanon, Dauphin counties) — The lower reaches were yielding catfish through mid-June on cut bait, live minnows, small chubs and sunfish as well as crawlers. 

Juniata River (Perry, Juniata counties) — Smallmouth bass were hitting spinners in the early evening hours of recent weeks.

NORTHEAST REGION

Pohopoco Creek, Mahoning Creek, Lizard Creek, Aquashicola Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek (Carbon County) — As of early June, anglers were still catching trout on paste baits, spinners, and live minnows. Fly anglers on Pohopoco Creek were doing well downstream of the spillway of Beltzville Lake. 

Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Striped bass were biting through early June, with anglers doing well on live bait, stickbaits, and chicken livers, especially in the early morning and late evening hours. 

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) — Crappies were active in recent weeks, and anglers were catching them on minnow-tipped jigs. Catfish were hitting in the evening hours. Anglers are reminded that this lake is managed under the Big Bass Program, with a 15-inch minimum creel size and four-fish daily harvest limit. 

Lehigh River — The East Penn boat launch area was fishing well for trout on stick baits and spinners in early June. Smallmouth bass were hitting elsewhere on the river.

McMichael Creek (Monroe County) — Some fly-anglers were still catching trout in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only stretch in early June. One angler caught some nice 17-plus inch rainbows on dry flies. 

Brodhead Creek (Monroe County) — One fly-angler caught some nice trout on stonefly patterns in early June. 

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Anglers were catching striped bass through early June. Black crappies also were reported, along with chain pickerel, including a 28-incher, smallmouth bass, and numbers of brown bullheads.

SOUTHEAST REGION

Delaware River  Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle reported June 11 that striped bass season was winding down although anglers were still catching some near Trenton, New Jersey. Numbers of catfish were reported, and the smallmouth bass bite was picking up on the upper reaches in Bucks County. Perch were hitting for some anglers. Very large carp also were reported, and snakeheads were biting. 

Schuylkill River — Numbers of catfish and nice-size carp were hitting through June 11.

Octoraro Reservoir (Chester County) — Anglers were catching largemouth bass up to 5 pounds through June 10.

New Jersey saltwater report — Fluke were reported, with the better action and bigger fish in the back bay areas. Brinkman’s said some captains were able to get onto them out in the ocean. Drum up to 60 pounds were in Delaware Bay, with anglers hearing lots of activity and releasing nice fish. Numbers of tuna, especially yellowfin, were being caught, with some boats bringing in limits. 

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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