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Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) — Anglers fishing a backwater pond off Dillon have had good luck catching pan-sized crappies. Fish have ranged from 10 to 13 inches. Some saugeyes are being caught at the spillway, too. Anglers have also had some luck fishing the dock poles off the main marina for saugeyes and crappies. Wills Creek Lake (Muskingum and Coshocton counties) — Anglers fishing below the spillway here…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016

Lake Marburg (York County) — B & B Lures reported that last ice at the end of February yielded nice crappies and bluegills, and largemouth bass, with several running 18 and 19 inches. Fish were hitting on tip-ups with shiners.  Locust Lake, Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — As conditions allowed, anglers were catching trout, perch, and an occasional chain pickerel…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – February 26th, 2016

​Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – The spillway bite here is the only game in town on this Muskingum County lake that is surrounded by the state park. Lucky anglers can try for saugeyes and crappies here with blade baits or jig and minnow combinations that are typical wintertime offerings. Seneca Lake (Noble and Guernsey counties) – Fishermen trying their luck below the spillway are…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – February 12th, 2016

Stoevers Dam (Lebanon County) — Coble’s Bait Shop reported Jan. 29 that ice anglers were catching panfish on jigs and fathead minnows. Panfish sizes were better than numbers. Brown trout also were reported with mealworms out-producing waxworms.  Memorial Lake (Lebanon County) — As of Jan. 29, ice anglers were catching chain pickerel on tip-ups.  Sweet Arrow Lake (Schuylkill County) —…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – January 29th, 2016

Southeast Region Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) — Anglers fishing below the spillway on this popular Muskingum County lake have been catching crappies and a few saugeyes. The ‘eyes have been running in the small 11- to 13-inch range, however. The crappie bite has been better, though. Try waxworms fished on a jig or minnow and jig combinations. Seneca Lake (Noble and Guernsey counties) — Fishermen…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 29th, 2016

Lake Luxembourg (Bucks County)  Prior to any ice formation, anglers were catching trout, crappies, bluegills, and white perch in this Core Creek County Park impoundment.  Pennypack Creek (Bucks County) Prior to any ice formation, anglers were catching trout and sunfish. Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County)  Anglers were targeting bass, northern pike and chain pickerel through Jan. 16. Categories: Pennsylvania Fishing Reports,…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – January 15th, 2016

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – Anglers are catching saugeyes and crappies, primarily in the morning hours, on jig and minnow combinations or nightcrawlers. Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Search out weed edges for the best smallmouth and largemouth bite here, anglers recommend. Anglers are using small crankbaits and topwater baits to entice the bass bite. Rush Creek Lake (Fairfield and Perry counties) – Anglers are catching a variety of…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 15th, 2016

Lake Luxembourg (Bucks County) — This Core Creek County Park impoundment near Langhorne was yielding trout through the end of December, with waxworms and pastebaits effective.  Deep Creek Lake (Montgomery County) — Pierson’s Bait & Tackle reported Jan. 1 that largemouth bass up to 3 and 4 pounds were hitting on spinners and crawlers during a previous warm spell.  Skymount…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Cold weather can mean some great opportunities to catch largemouth bass in this 1,376-acre lake. Try using spinner baits, jigs, or crankbaits that imitate gizzard shad or crayfish. Drift fishing with minnows is recommended to locate schools of crappies. Shovelhead and channel catfish can still be caught on suckers, small bluegills, and worms. Don’t overlook the Dillon tailwaters this time of year…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016

Saucon Creek (Northampton County) — Brown trout up to 21 inches were reported on crawlers in recent weeks. Deep Creek Lake (Montgomery County) — Nice numbers of November-stocked trout and a few bass, mostly on the small size, were reported as of mid-December.  Skymount Lake (Montgomery County) — Anglers were targeting pickerel but without much luck in mid-December.  Lake Nockamixon…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – December 18th, 2015

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Cold weather can mean some great opportunities to catch largemouth bass in this 1,376-acre lake. Try using spinnerbaits, jigs, or crankbaits that imitate gizzard shad or crayfish. Drift fishing with minnows is recommended to locate schools of crappies. Shovelhead and channel catfish can still be caught on suckers, small bluegills, and worms. Don’t overlook the Dillon tailwaters this time of year as saugeye and hybrid…

North central Pennsylvania Fish Report – December 18th, 2015

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Yellow perch were reported on nightcrawlers and live minnows in recent weeks. Trout were reported on rainbow-colored paste bait. Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Numbers of perch were reported on nightcrawlers and live minnows through early December.  Allegheny River (McKean County) — Walleyes were hitting on a variety of baits, with one angler reporting…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – December 18th, 2015

Lake Luxembourg (Bucks County) — Recently stocked trout were hitting at this Core Creek Park lake through early December. Paste baits, mealworms, and waxworms were productive. Some trout anglers were picking up white perch and sunfish, too. Spinnerbaits were the ticket for largemouth bass.  Delaware River — Smallmouth bass and walleyes were reported on large minnows around the New Hope…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – December 4th, 2015

Dow Lake (Athens County) – Cooler temperatures cause largemouth bass to actively search for food. Try fishing around structure such as weed beds and fallen trees in two to eight feet of water using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Boat access is available from County Road 20 (Stroud’s Run Road). Seneca Lake (Guernsey and Noble counties) – For crappies, cooler temperatures can work in favor of anglers….

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015

Dow Lake (Athens County) – Cooler temperatures cause largemouth bass to actively search for food. Try fishing around structure such as weed beds and fallen trees in two to eight feet of water using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Boat access is available from County Road 20 (Stroud’s Run Road). Seneca Lake (Guernsey and Noble counties) – For crappies, cooler temperatures can work in favor of anglers….

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015

Deep Creek Lake (Montgomery County) — Pierson Plugs reported nice catches of recently stocked trout through early November. Fish were hitting on minnows, crawlers, soft plastics and artificial lures. Green Lane Reservoir (Montgomery County) — Crappies, 9 to 12 inches, were reported on fathead minnows off Knight Road Bridge in early November. Scotts Run Reservoir (Chester County) — Recently-stocked brown…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – November 6th, 2015

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Saugeyes are starting to move into the shallow areas of the lake as the temperatures start to cool in this 2,273-acre lake. Fish the shoreline and road bed in the lower basin of the lake near the dam. Use jerkbaits or crankbaits imitating minnows or shad while doing a steady cast-and-retrieve. In the main lake, cast crankbaits around the shoreline or a vertical…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 6th, 2015

Delaware River (Bucks County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting minnows, tubes and grubs in recent weeks. Lake Luxembourg (Bucks County) — Bluegills and white perch were reported on meal worms, wax worms and small twister tails fished along the shoreline. Largemouth bass were hitting spinner baits. Green Lane (Montgomery County) — Crappies were hitting small minnows through mid-October. Tulpehocken Creek…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015

Monroe Lake (Monroe County) – At 39 acres, this lake north of Woodsfield might be considered small when compared to other lakes in the area, but that doesn’t mean the fishing opportunities are small. Cooler fall temperatures will trigger largemouth bass to start moving back into shallow water areas, and fishing success should start to pick up as bass prepare for winter. Try…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – October 23rd, 2015

Octararo Lake (Lancaster, Chester counties) — Rainfall spurred the channel catfish bite in early October. Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — TCO Fly Shop reported Oct. 9 that water was 62 degrees and clearing. Fishing was a little slow. Hatches included tricos (20-24), caddis (14-20), blue-winged olives (20-24), and cream midges (18-28). Lake Tuscarora, Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) — Perch were…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – October 9th, 2015

Seneca Lake (3,584 acres; Guernsey and Noble counties) – As the water temperatures start to decrease, fishing for saugeyes will start to pick up. Try trolling shad-colored crankbaits or worm harnesses along the face of the dam, around the islands, and in Cadillac Bay. For largemouth bass, try fishing buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, and the occasional white or smallmouth bass may be caught, as well. Shore anglers should…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – October 9th, 2015

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported Sept. 26 that the bass bite was average but improving, with plastic worms Texas- or wacky-rigged in black with red flecks productive. Chatterbaits with trailers also were working. The white perch bite was fantastic on chunks of crawler, downsized crankbaits, or two- to three-inch curly tail jigs. Catfish catch…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 25th, 2015

Schuylkill River (Berks, Montgomery counties) — Catfish and smallmouth bass were reported in recent weeks. Anglers are reminded that the Montgomery County parks department maintains the Canal Park on the Mont Clare side of the river, which offers ample parking and is open to evening angling.  Octararo Lake (Lancaster, Chester counties)  — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle Sept. 10 reported…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – September 11th, 2015

Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Largemouth bass fishing should be picking up. Try using a variety of crankbaits or spinnerbaits cast along the shore line. As shad begin moving into the lower end of the lake, shad-colored baits should be successful. Smallmouth bass are also present in this lake and can provide a fun opportunity for anglers. Nighttime angling for smallmouth is especially productive this…