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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 17, 2022

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Before tropical moisture from Hurricane Nicole swamped the state early in the month and made most streams unfishable for at least a few days, reports of good trout fishing were common. Some examples: Chest Creek, Neshannock Creek, Laurel Hill Lake, Laurel Hill Creek, Pine Creek, Conewago Creek, Codorus Creek, Spring Creek, Yellow Breeches Creek, Briar Creek Lake, Lily Lake, Lake Rowena, Duman Dam, Manatawny Creek, Brodhead Creek, Bushkill Creek, Little Juniata River, Canoe Creek Lake, Fishing Creek, Little Lehigh River, Greenwood Lake, Levittown Lake, Tulpehockon Creek, Big Cove Creek, McMichael Creek, White Clay Creek and Wisconisco Creek. Steelhead catch rates were high in most Lake Erie tributaries in early November, before the rains, especially upper parts of Elk Creek and the wall on Walnut Creek. 

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay — Yellow perch were hitting in the channel. The docks are out at Northeast Marina and Shades Beach. The lake trout bite was starting to pick up. Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported Nov. 12 that crappies and perch were hitting in Presque Isle Bay.

Lake Erie tributaries — Steelhead catch rates varied with conditions in early November. Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle reported Nov. 9 that the beaches, upper parts of Elk Creek, the wall at Walnut Creek, and the marina were producing, but Walnut turned high and muddy Nov. 12. 

Neshannock Creek (Lawrence County) — Fly-anglers reported nice catches of fall-stocked rainbow trout in early November.

SOUTHWEST REGION

Chest Creek (Cambria County) — The Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section was yielding newly-stocked trout on nymphs and squirmy worms in early November. 

Lake Rowena, Duman Lake (Cambria County) — Recently stocked trout were hitting on scented paste baits, and jigs with scented plastic worms and tipped with waxworms. 

Ebensburg Reservoir (Blair County) — Anglers targeting yellow perch with mealworms also were catching largemouth bass in early November. 

Monongahela River (Greene, Washington counties) — Walleyes, largemouth bass, catfish and the occasional muskie were reported.  

Lake Wilma (Greene County) — Smallmouth bass and panfish were reported in recent weeks. 

Tenmile Creek (Greene County) — The Fish & Boat Commission advises boaters that although Slow, No Wake buoys have been removed for winter on this Monongahela River tributary it remains Slow, No Wake. 

Laurel Hill Lake, Laurel Hill Creek (Somerset County) — The lake and the delayed harvest sections of the creek have received fall stockings of trout and anglers reported nice catches through early November. 

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County)   Panfish and largemouth bass were reported through early November on this mountaintop impoundment.

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Tackle Shack reported Nov. 12 that the creek had been yielding numbers of trout until rainfall changed conditions overnight. Blue-Winged Olives and Midges were effective as conditions allowed.

Hammond, Tioga Lakes (Tioga County) — Tackle Shack reported Nov. 12 that perch and crappies were biting live minnows and small jigs.

Tioga River — Numbers of smallmouth bass and walleyes were taking small swimbaits in white perch patterns through Nov. 12. 

Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Outdoors reported Nov. 12 that water was off-color and leaf-strewn following significant rainfall. Squirmy worms and streamers were recommended in falling water. Egg patterns also could be effective. Midges (22-26) and sporadic hatches of Tan Caddis (16-18) and Blue-Winged Olives (18-20) were reported.  

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Conewago Creek, Codorus Creek (Adams, York counties) — The fly-fishing-only, catch-and-release section of Conewago was stocked in late October.  The trophy trout, delayed harvest artificial lures only section of Codorus supports wild brown trout. 

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — Nice catches of trout were reported through Nov. 9, although water remained on the low side. 

Canoe Creek Lake (Blair County) — Fall-stocked trout were biting through early November, with crawlers and small spinners effective. 

Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumberland County) — Some nice-size rainbow trout were released in recent weeks. 

Lake Perez (Huntingdon County) — Panfish and largemouth bass were hitting on soft plastics and other artificials and on live bait. 

Juniata River  Smallmouth bass were biting soft plastics in the morning and evening hours. A few muskies were hitting, with large stickbaits effective. 

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Muskies were reported through early November. Some anglers were trolling large lures at boat speeds of 3.5 to 5.5 miles per hour, while others were slow-trolling live shiners. Shiners with slip bobbers fished along weed-bed edges close to shore was effective, as was casting large lures.

NORTHEAST REGION

Duck Harbor Pond (Wayne County) — Smallmouth bass, perch, bluegills, and chain pickerel were reported.

Lackawanna River (Susquehanna County) — Trout were reported in early November, but leaves on the created a hassle for some anglers.

Susquehanna River — Some nice smallmouth bass were released on soft plastics and live baits in early November.

North Branch Susquehanna River — Smallmouth bass were biting on jigs, topwater lures, and various other baits in recent weeks.

Briar Creek Lake, Lily Lake, and Lake Irena (Luzerne, Columbia counties) — Anglers were catching fall-stocked trout on pastebaits, dry flies, and various other baits and lures. Boaters are reminded that they must remove unpowered watercraft moored at Briar Creek and Lily lakes by Dec. 1. 

Francis E. Walter Reservoir (Luzerne County) — Crappies were hitting on grubs and jigs and fathead minnows in recent weeks. This impoundment is being drawn down to winter pool levels, which has pushed fish to congregate.  

Lehigh River, Fishing Creek (Columbia County) — Trout were biting minnows, and, for fly-anglers nymphs and other subsurface presentations. Small inline spinners also were working. 

Brodhead Creek, Bushkill Creek (Monroe, Northampton counties) — Sections of both streams were recently stocked with trout.

Oxbow Lake, Stevens Lake, Lake Carey (Wyoming County) — Nice numbers of panfish were reported, mostly on live minnows. 

SOUTHEAST REGION

Manatawny Creek (Montgomery County) — Anglers were catching trout on dry flies in recent weeks.

Greenwood Lake (Schuylkill County) — Anglers were catching recently-stocked trout on live bait through early November. 

Levittown Lake (Bucks County) — Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle reported Nov. 11 that trout were hitting on trout magnets and salmon eggs, and perch were biting on crawlers.

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Brinkman’s reported that bass, chain pickerel and crappies were hitting through Nov. 11.

Delaware, Schuylkill rivers — Carp and catfish were hitting through early November, and bass were reported in the upper reaches.

New Jersey — Brinkman’s reported that Union Lake was yielding numbers of crappies and chain pickerel on minnows through Nov. 11. On the saltwater side, striper activity was “insane,” with fish hitting in big sizes and numbers. So many fish were crashing the surface, topwater lures were the ticket for many anglers. Other effective baits included bunker, swim shads, and flutter spoons. The beach anglers were fishing salted clams and topwaters. Sea bass were hitting in the southern fishery’s deeper waters with limits of 3- and 4-pound fish reported. 

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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