Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 28th, 2012

Pine, Little Pine creeks (Lycoming County) Fishing activity increased in cooling water, and heavy rainfall in early September improved flow. Hatches included a few Blue-Winged Olives, some midges, the occasional Caddisfly, and Slate Drakes. The best fishing was nymphs down deep, because fish were on the bottom all summer. Penns Creek (Union County) Clear water with average flow in the…

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 28th, 2012

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon, Blair counties) Low clear water in the 60s was reported Sept. 12. While water was becoming cooler, anglers were advised to monitor fluctuating temperatures. A few caddis and slate drakes and some summer blue quills were hatching. Productive patterns included beetles and ants along the banks, and go-to nymphs such as Green Weenies (12-14), Slate Drake…

Northeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 28th, 2012

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) A good perch bite on herring or fathead minnows was reported in recent weeks. Smallmouth bass were hitting crankbaits in 12 to 15 feet. Striped bass were slow. Pickerel up to 4-plus pounds were reported, taken on minnows, Shohola Lake (Pike County) Largemouth bass were released on plastic worms in recent weeks. Lackawaxen River (Pike County)…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 28th, 2012

Lehigh River (Lehigh County) Nice numbers of smallmouth bass and a few trout were reported in recent weeks. The smallmouths were running small. Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County) Tricos were hatching in the late mornings. Jordan Creek (Lehigh County) The deeper holes near Kerns Dam and Wehrs Dam were yielding catfish in recent weeks. Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) Mixed…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012

Conemaugh River Lake (Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland counties) A 34-inch northern pike was reported in recent weeks, along with some largemouth bass just shy of three pounds taken on soft plastics. A brown bullhead catfish measured 15-plus  inches. Carp also were reported. Kiskiminetas River (Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland counties) Good smallmouth bass action was reported, with creature baits and other soft plastics…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012

West Branch of Susquehanna River (Lycoming County) A few muskies were released in recent weeks, but catfish were the main catch at various parts of the river, with store-bought baits and nightcrawlers productive. Rose Valley Lake Anglers are catching catfish at night and landing chain pickerel. Some reports of bass being caught on the lake during the day and at…

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012

Codorus Lake, Pinchot Lake, Lake Marburg (Adams, York counties) The largemouth bass bite was on at Codorus and Pinchot, while Marburg was yielding white bass in big numbers on nightcrawlers. Standing Stone Creek (Blair County) Lack of rainfall in late August made for tough fishing, although some anglers were doing well on smallmouth bass up to 15-plus, targeting the deeper…

Northeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012

Upper Promised Land (Pike County) A nice crappie bite was reported, along with bass and pickerel. Little Mud Pond (Pike County) Bass and panfish were generally good. Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) Striped bass were hitting crankbaits from shore. One crappie angler caught a 29-pound, 40-inch striper with 25-inch girth. Smallmouth bass also were reported.  Pickerel were taking minnow pattern artificials…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 14th, 2012

Lehigh River Anglers were catching decent numbers of smallmouth bass on small crawlers. Trout were hit or miss. Twister tails and rubber worms, live minnows, and leeches were working on a variety of species. Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County) Trout were hitting at dawn, with powerbait effective. Tricos were unpredictable. Nymphing was the best bets. Flying ants were hatching in…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 31st, 2012

Bushkill Creek (Northampton County) A 6-pound, 2-ounce rainbow trout was reported in recent weeks. Lake Minsi (Northampton County) Weeds and grass have made fishing a challenge in recent weeks. Lake Nockamixon (Berks County) Nice-size catfish were reported in recent weeks. Blue Marsh Lake (Chester County) Smallmouth bass were hitting on tubes fished over structure, and crappies were reported on minnows…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Sayers Lake (Centre County) Catfish and carp were hitting in the evenings on corn, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers, particularly around the causeway and upper and lower Greens Run access areas. Bass, crappies, perch and sunfish also were reported on live baits and artificials. Black Moshannon (Centre County) Anglers were catching bass, sunfish, and nice crappies in late July and early…

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Laurel Lake (Cumberland County) Largemouth bass about 12 inches long were hitting in recent weeks, with soft plastic crawlers the ticket. Conodoguinet Creek, Susquehanna River (Cumberland County) A slow bass bite was reported, with just a 15 smallmouths around 15 inches reported in recent weeks. Catfish action around York Haven also slowed. Pickerel Pond (Cumberland County) Nice bluegills were reported…

Northeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) Striped bass, including one 30-pounder, were hitting on live herring, drifted, in late July. Smallmouth bass were reported in 15 feet on watermelon-color tubes. Walleyes were biting in the wee hours of the morning near shore on Ripplin’ Red Fins, and large pickerel were hitting shiners. Channel catfish up to 20 pounds were also hitting on…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported a below-average bass bite in early August. The best catches were coming in deep water on jig-and-pigs fished off wood, or on swim baits before 6 a.m. An average-to-good white perch bite was reported. Anglers who located schools under gizzard shad on their depth finders were hammering numbers on jigging…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

Keystone Lake (Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland counties) The deeper waters were yielding bass to a variety of baits, from soft plastic creature baits to crawlers. Rainfall in late July and early August spurred the channel catfish bite, with nice-size cats coming on chicken livers and stinkbaits as well as commercially-prepared catfish baits. A few walleyes also were reported. Allegheny River Numbers…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012

Cross Creek Lake (Washington County) A good early-morning largemouth bass bite was reported on soft plastics and crankbaits recently. Allegheny River (Allegheny County) Channel catfish were reported around dusk and into the evenings in mid-July, with chicken livers and creek chubs the best bets. Lower, Upper Twin lakes (Westmoreland County) Bluegills and smallmouth bass were reported around dusk and into…

South Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 3rd, 2012

Red Hill Dam (Dauphin County) This dam on the Susquehanna River was yielding walleyes up to 20 inches on minnows and jigs and crawlers in early June. Susquehanna River (Dauphin County) Nice catches of catfish were reported in recent weeks. Lake Marburg, Gifford Pinchot Lake (York County) Bass were hitting in recent weeks, mostly on soft plasics and topwaters.. Codorus…