Report from the Dock
Smallmouths were reported biting in French Creek, Allegheny River, lower Clarion River, Susquehanna River and the Juniata River. Largemouth bass were hitting in the following lakes: Marsh Creek, Nockamixon, Octoraro, Wallenpaupack, Marburg, Long Arm, Shawnee, Glendale, Racetown, Canoe Creek, Hammond, Tioga, Dutch Fork, Arthur, Kahle, Shenango, Wilhelm, and Pymatuning. A pretty decent summer walleye bite developed in the following waters: Presque Isle, Eaton Reservoir, Monongahela River, Lake Wallenpaupack and the Susquehanna River. Crappie catching was still going strong in these lakes: Scotts Run, Prompton, Cross Creek, Piney Dam, Shenango, and Wilhelm. Catfish were reported at Loyalhanna Lake, Marburg Lake, Long Arm Rerservoir, Shenango Reservoir and Pymatuning.
Lake Erie — As conditions allowed, nice walleye catches were reported in mid-June. One head boat reported walleyes and perch hitting in 30 to 40 feet off the Point, while other reports had walleyes a little deeper off Trout Run and the Clay Banks on plugs and crawler harnesses. Some nice-size perch were in 25 to 30 feet. Catfish were spawning in the lower end of Elk Creek.
Presque Isle Bay (Erie County) — When conditions on Lake Erie were rough, some anglers did okay here. Largemouth and smallmouth bass, pike, walleyes, perch, rock bass, and sheepshead were reported in recent weeks. The winning weight in a smallmouth tournament was six fish totaling 24.43 pounds.
Eaton Reservoir (Erie County) — Anglers in kayaks and electric motor-powered boats were catching walleyes, pike, crappies and bluegills through June 20.
French Creek (Erie, Mercer, Venango, Crawford counties) — Smallmouth bass were biting on small crankbaits and Ned Rigs in mid-June.
Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Nice catches of walleyes, bass, perch, and catfish were reported as of June 20, with some walleyes 20 to 22 inches and biting during daylight hours on deeper weedlines out to about 15 feet. Anglers were catching them mostly by trolling crawler harnesses, shad pattern crankbaits, or jig-n-pigs. Night-time anglers were catching walleyes on long minnow plugs like Bomber Model As. Numbers of bluegills and catfish also were reported. A few crappies were hitting on deeper brush. The bass bite was strong.
Canadohta Lake (Crawford County) — At a Father’s Day tournament, the best catch was an 18-inch largemouth bass. One angler lost a large muskie, but no northern pike or crappies were reported.
Lake Wilhelm (Mercer County) — Bass angling was very productive in recent weeks, with fish biting on a variety of baits from topwater lures to Texas-rigged plastics, jigs, and crankbaits. One angler caught bass up to 5.6 pounds, while others were around 2 pounds. Crappies were reported, with one fish weighing 2.8 pounds. A 43-inch muskie was released on a crankbait by a bass angler.
Shenango Reservoir (Mercer County) — Some nice crappies, including a limit for one angler, were reported through mid-June. Anglers also were catching bass, hybrid striped bass, white bass and catfish. The tailrace yielded a nice-size walleye release.
Sugar Creek (Venango County) — One angler caught big brown trout in slightly elevated flow following rainfall in a spate of cool weather in mid-June. Other trout were taking two-inch pieces of nightcrawlers on a single hook. The bite shut down when hot weather and low flow set in.
Allegheny River (Venango County) — Smallmouth bass in various sizes up to 20 inches were reported after bass season opened with spinnerbaits, swimbaits, lipless crankbaits, and flukes productive.
Kahle Lake (Clarion County) — Nice numbers of largemouth bass and bluegills and a few yellow perch were reported through June 22.
Piney Dam, upper Clarion River — Crappies were hitting through June 22, along with some smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Lower Clarion River — A few northern pike, muskellunge, and some smallmouth bass were hitting near the confluence with the Allegheny River.
Lake Arthur (Butler County) — Largemouth bass up to 3¾ pounds were reported through June 21. Numbers also were impressive. Chatterbaits and plastic worms were productive for some anglers.
Allegheny River (Armstrong County) — Smallmouth bass up to 18 inches were reported around Lock and Dam No. 9 in recent weeks.
Loyalhanna Lake (Westmoreland County) — Channel catfish up to 23 inches were reported on nightcrawlers.
Dutch Fork Lake, Canonsburg Lake (Washington County) — Anglers were targeting these popular impoundments for bass, catfish and carp.
Monongahela River (Washington County) — Nice yields of walleyes were reported at Lock and Dam Nos. 3 and 4 in recent weeks.
Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) — While the crappie bite slowed on this Panfish Enhancement fishery in recent weeks, action on bass and bluegills picked up. (Crappies must be at least 9 inches to harvest, while bluegills and sunfish must be 7 inches or bigger). This lake is 10 horsepower max.
Hammond, Tioga lakes (Tioga County) — Tackle Shack reported excellent bass fishing June 25, with the evening topwater bite especially productive. Most fish were 1 to 2 pounds, but some 3- to 5-pounders were reported. Anglers also were doing well on panfish through June 25.
Pine Creek (Tioga, Lycoming counties) — The trout bite was lackluster as of June 25, given high temperatures and low water levels.
Lower Susquehanna River (Lebanon, Dauphin counties) — Bass fishing was slow when a cool front moved in briefly in June.
Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — TCO Fly Shop reported June 25 that water was low and in the low 60s, and Tan Caddis (14-16), ISOs (10-12) and Blue-Winged Olives (18-20) were bringing trout to the surface when they hatched just before dark. Anglers were nymphing early.
Lake Marburg, Long Arm Reservoir (York County) — B & B Lures reported June 26 that bass were hitting topwater lures, swimbaits, and jigs. Crappies and perch were taking spinnerbaits. Channel catfish were hitting in the evening on dough balls.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — Hunter’s Gallery reported June 2 that numbers of nice-size stripers were hitting live bait and stickbaits. Walleyes were taking Husky jerkbaits and live baits. Numbers of largemouth bass also were hitting.
Prompton Reservoir (Wayne County) — Perch were hitting, and crappies were still somewhat active through June 24.
Susquehanna River — Smallmouth bass and walleyes were reported in recent weeks.
Octoraro Lake (Chester County) — Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported June 23 that bass were hitting buzz baits in darker colors and wacky-rigged plastic worms, and white perch were taking crawlers with no bobbers around rip rap. Crappies had gone to deeper water, but anglers were still catching them on slip bobbers off the ends of trees. Numbers of snakeheads were hitting, and stripers were starting to show up.
Scotts Run Lake (Chester County) — This electric-motor only impoundment was yielding crappies in recent weeks.
Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) — Numbers of largemouth bass up to 18-plus inches were reported in recent weeks. Bluegills also were hitting.
Marsh Creek Lake (Bucks County) — Neary’s reported that bass were hitting buzzbaits and jig-n-pigs around deep hydrilla.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg