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Pennsylvania Outdoor News Fishing Report – December 15, 2022

Report from the Dock

Relatively few people have been fishing across the state in recent weeks. However the tributaries around Erie have seen anglers. Elk and Walnut creeks were putting out nice numbers of steelhead through early December although conditions varied. Water was low and clear as of Dec. 9,  and fish were taking single eggs, egg sacks and minnows. Anglers have reported catching some nice steelhead on the Ohio portion of Conneaut. A few anglers have been out on Keystone Select big-trout stream sections around the state. And some Pennsylvania anglers have been at the Jersey shore where weather is milder and striped bass were prevalent and moving southward toward Atlantic City. Stripers were so prevalent in recent weeks that anglers were catching numbers casting just 12 feet out in the surf, and fish were averaging 30 pounds and up.

NORTHWEST REGION

Lake Erie tributaries — Elk and Walnut creeks were putting out nice numbers of steelhead through early December although conditions varied. Water was low and clear as of Dec. 9 and fish were taking single eggs, egg sacks and minnows. Anglers reported catching some nice steelhead on the Ohio portion of Conneaut Creek Dec 9.  Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle reported that Cleos were effective when the lakefront was fishable. 

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County) — Poff’s Place reported Dec. 10 that walleyes were hitting on jigs and minnows on the south end of the lake, and perch were biting from the Linesville and Jamestown docks. One angler caught some nice crappies in previous weeks. 

SOUTHWEST REGION

Monongahela River — Shad Lure Bait and Tackle reported Dec. 10 that a few smallmouth bass were being released but very few anglers were fishing.

Canonsburg Lake (Washington County) — This trout-stocked  lake was yielding fish by the dam through early December. 

Virgin Run Dam (Fayette County) — Shad Lure reported that anglers were catching trout on this 33-acre impoundment. 

NORTHCENTRAL REGION

Pine Creek (Tioga, Lycoming counties) — Tackle Shack reported Dec. 10 that trout were hitting for some anglers on milder afternoons. The Tiadaghton chapter of Trout Unlimited stocked the stream in November. Midges were hatching.

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Tackle Shack reported Dec. 10 that shore anglers fishing the spillway were catching trout, 15 to 20 inches, on shiners and other live baits.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Outdoors reported Dec. 11 that water was at seasonal average flows, clear and in the 40s. Most trout were moving to winter lies and deeper slots and streamers and nymphs were effective. Hatches included Blue-Winged Olives (18-20) and Midges (22-26).

SOUTHCENTRAL REGION

Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumberland County) — Some anglers braved the cold to make nice trout catches through Dec. 9.

Greenwood Lake (Mifflin, Huntingdon County) — Anglers were catching trout on live bait as of early December. 

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) — Nice-size lake trout were reported in late November, with one 33-pounder coming on a spoon.

Juniata River  — Smallmouth bass were hitting through early December with larger swimbaits the ticket. 

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) — TCO Outdoors reported Dec. 9 that water was at good flow with some color and in the 40s. Streamers and nymphs were catching trout. Blue-Winged Olives (20-24) and Midges (20-26) were hatching.

NORTHEAST REGION

Susquehanna River  — Smallmouth bass were taking jigs and jerkbaits, worked slowly, in early December. 

Lake Winola (Wyoming County) — On milder days through early December, a few trout up to 18 inches were reported on pastebaits and live baits trolled slowly. 

Susquehanna River  — A kayak angler released smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds in early December. 

Valley Creek (Chester County) — TCO Outdoors reported Dec. 8 that water was clear and around 48 degrees. Hatches included black/cream Midges (18-24), Blue-Winged Olives (16-20), Scuds (12-16), and Caddis (16-18).

SOUTHEAST REGION

Schuylkill River  — An angler released a flathead catfish on a sunfish fishing at night near Ontelaunee in early December.

Little Schuylkill River — One angler was catching carp on minnows in early December.

Delaware River — Brinkman’s Bait and Tackle reported Dec. 10 that catfish were hitting.

Levittown Lake (Bucks County) — Trout were reported through early December.

New Jersey saltwater report — Brinkman’s reported Dec 10 that the tautog bite was in full swing. Striped bass were prevalent and moving southward toward Atlantic City. Stipers were so prevalent in recent weeks that anglers were catching numbers casting just 12 feet out in the surf, and fish were averaging 30 pounds and up. Sea bass also were hitting, mostly off-shore, with limits being taken through early December.

— Compiled by Deborah Weisberg

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