South East

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 11th, 2015

Octararo Lake (Lancaster, Chester counties) — As of Aug. 26, Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported a “fantastic” white perch bite with fish hitting all over the lake on chunks of crawlers fished on the bottom with a couple of split shots. A good-to-average largemouth bass bite was reported on chatter baits and topwater chuggers before 9 a.m., and Texas-rigged…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 28th, 2015

Dillon Reservoir (Muskingum County) – Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and start looking for bass in this 1,376-acre lake. Try using topwater baits near weedlines or using plastic worms in dark colors, which include purple, motor oil, and black. Generally this time of year the most successful times will be late evening and early morning, but if you’re feeling adventurous fish may be caught…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 28th, 2015

Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) — Largemouth bass laying low during a heat wave in early August became more active following rainfall and lower humidity mid month. Soft plastic crawlers and crankbaits around lily pads were producing hits for some anglers. Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — Trout were hitting early in the month on spinners, mealworms and red worms in…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – August 14th, 2015

Forked Run Lake (Meigs County) – Nighttime during the summers always provides great opportunities to catch channel catfish. In this location, the best spots have been in the upper end of the lake. Try using nightcrawlers, cut bait, and/or chicken liver fished on the bottom. Late night and early morning hours can also be productive for largemouth bass anglers. Try spinner baits fished…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 14th, 2015

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — At July’s end, the crappie bite was good, but the bass bite was mixed. Catfish up to 22 inches were reported in late July. Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Largemouth bass were hitting in late July.  Delaware River — Catfish were active in recent weeks. Categories: South East

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – July 31st, 2015

Muskingum River (Coshocton, Morgan, and Washington counties) – Catfish anglers should continue to be successful with some quality catches of fish. For flathead catfish, try using live suckers, goldfish, and sunfish. But for channel catfish, stick to the tried-and-true nightcrawlers, chicken livers, and cut bait. Current eddies at any of the low-head dams and at the mouth of larger tributary…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

Lake White (333 acres; Pike County) – Largemouth and spotted bass may be a little harder to catch this time of year, but they can still be found in the lake. Pay particular attention to visible structure. Artificial lures such as rubber worms, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits work well. The riprap face of the dam and boat docks are good areas to try. For channel catfish,…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

Octararo Lake (Chester, Lancaster counties) — Recent storms spurred the channel catfish bite, with Captain Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reporting weighing a dozen cats over 10 pounds by July 2.  Shiners and crawlers off the bottom were effective. Bass fishing went from phenomenal to hit or miss as a result of late-June storms, but some anglers were making nice…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – July 3rd, 2015

Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) — Anglers are catching saugeyes and crappies, primarily in the morning hours, on jig and minnow combinations or nightcrawlers. Fish early mornings or evenings to stay out of the heat. 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…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 3rd, 2015

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported an excellent largemouth bass bite on plastic worms, Texas-rigged, June 21. The crappie bite was dying down. White perch were still hitting, as were channel catfish up to 9½ pounds. Perkiomen Creek (Montgomery County) — A 53-pound flathead catfish was reported on a crawler below the dam off the…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 19th, 2015

Piedmont Lake (2,273 acres; Belmont County) – Largemouth and smallmouth bass will continue to bite throughout the summer. Try using deep-diving lures, large-bladed spinnerbaits, or working artificial or live nightcrawlers around long sloping points or large rocks. Anglers in the past have also found success using worm tubes and lizards from motor oil to chartreuse in color. Nice-sized crappies can…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 19th, 2015

Octararo Lake (Lancaster, Chester counties) — On June 7, Captain Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported nice releases of bass on 8-inch rubber crill-tail worms in dark colors. Crappies were in their springtime pattern and hitting on fatheads around structure and cover, or on Trout Magnets or Crappie Magnets jigged off the bottom. Trees down in a recent storm were…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – June 5th, 2015

Veto Lake (Washington County) – Crappies, sunfish, catfish and largemouth bass should all be biting at this 160-acre lake. For crappies, fish a minnow under a bobber at two feet off the bottom along woody vegetation. For sunfish, try small worms, waxworms, or minnows fished under a bobber. The best locations are generally near the picnic shelter and the boat…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 5th, 2015

Octoraro Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported an excellent largemouth bass bite as of May 22 with fish up to 6 pounds, 5 ounces hitting black rubber worms rigged wacky-style, chatterbaits in assorted colors, and jig and pigs in black or black and blue. Releases were coming along riprap, the Girl Scout beach, and the Girl…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – May 22nd, 2015

 Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County) – Successful catches of bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout are always reported this time of year. From the boardwalk, try fishing worms under bobbers for bluegills. Trout can be caught on flavored baits fished off the bottom near the boat dock. Fish for catfish all along the lake shoreline on the bottom using cut bait or…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 22nd, 2015

Octararo Reservoir (Chester, Lancaster counties) — Crappies had turned on and as of May 8 were hitting fathead minnows, jigs, and power nuggets on jigs with skirts. Bass were taking creature baits or chatterbaits. The white perch bite was phenomenal for anglers fishing chunks of crawlers with no bobber on the bottom along riprap, according to Jim Neary of Neary’s…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – January 16th, 2015

 Salt Fork Lake (Guernsey County) – The bass bite has been particularly poor so far this spring on this Cambridge-area lake, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply. The winning bag at a recent bass tournament was five pounds, he said. Muskies are being caught by anglers fishing for bass. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits that will typically work for bass will…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) —Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported April 26 that wild fluctuations in water temperatures made for inconsistent bites on crappie and white perch. Bass releases were good to excellent on chatterbaits and white spinnerbaits along rip-rap near Route 472. If near shore, jigs and pigs in green pumpkin and black and blue were productive. Bull heads…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – April 24th, 2015

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Fluctuating water levels below the spillway are making this Muskingum County reservoir tough to fish, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply. Not many folks are even attempting to fish the reservoir, said Mathie. Still, some are catching bluegills, crappies, and saugeyes on blade baits and jig and minnow combinations. “If you hit the right…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 10th, 2015

Hay, Antietam, Manatawny creeks (Berks County) — Water was slightly high and murky and air temperatures were freezing with even colder wind chills on these and other fisheries on Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day, March 28. The bite was generally slow to start, but improved as the morning wore on, with fathead minnows, red worms, and powerbait effective.  Scotts Run…

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – March 27th, 2015

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – Fluctuating water levels below the spillway are making this Muskingum County reservoir tough to fish, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply. When the water cooperates, anglers are picking up a few saugeyes, crappies, and bluegills on minnows and waxworms. Bob’s Outdoor Supply, 740-349-0992  Piedmont Lake (Belmont County) – Find the old roadbeds on the…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 27th, 2015

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Numbers of bluegills and yellow perch were reported on minnows and mealworms or chartreuse and red jigs. A man and his son caught a 45-inch muskie on a tipup. Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — Yellow perch and chain pickerel were reported along with the occasional bass and trout. Categories: South East

Southeast Ohio Fishing Report – Ohio 13th, 2015

Dillon Lake (Muskingum County) – When the weather has cooperated, anglers are catching a few saugeyes and crappies below the spillway at Dillon, reports Bob Mathie at Bob’s Outdoor Supply. Focus your efforts on the spillway when it is running clear. Crappies should bite well on jig and minnow combinations or jigging Rapalas. Bob’s Outdoor Supply, (740) 349-0992 Piedmont Lake…

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 13th, 2015

Delaware River and estuary — The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission implemented changes to striped bass fishing regulations on the Pennsylvania side of the river and estuary March 1 to comply with requirements of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The daily creel limit in the estuary was reduced from two to one fish, at least 28 inches, from Jan….