Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 3, 2019

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Northwest Region

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Butler County

Lake Arthur

Anglers are catching nice Channel Catfish and Walleye. Anglers are catching Walleye using spinners from shore with a slow retrieval just off the bottom. A reminder: Lake Arthur is a Big Bass regulation water. Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass must be 15 inches in length to keep with a creel limit of 4 per day.

Glade Run Lake

Anglers are catching trout in this heavily stocked lake. Anglers are using light-colored paste bait off the bottom for good results. All other fish species if caught, must be immediately released unharmed.

The Glades (SGL 95)

Don’t underestimate this lake for Channel Catfish and big Largemouth Bass! The best bass fishing is by small boat either unpowered or electric motors only. Anglers must launch from the designated access points. Anglers are catching nice sized Channel Catfish from shore during early evening to early morning hours using almost any kind of bait; hotdogs, shrimp, liver, crawlers, and minnows. Please keep these areas clean so make sure to take all your trash with you!

Clarion County

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching Bluegills, Yellow Perch, crappies, and a lot of Largemouth Bass. All anglers and boaters are reminded that all boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to be registered to use this facility.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish.

Venango County

Allegheny River

When river conditions allow, anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Northern Pike throughout the Venango county section of the river. The month of June was a tough month to fish with always changing water level and clarity.

French Creek

All boaters are reminded to scout ahead and keep an eye out for any possible obstacles or strainers.

Justus Lake

Anglers are catching a few nice Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass using a variety of soft plastics.

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass primarily on artificial lures.


With the 2019 boating season in full swing, boaters are reminded that non-powered watercraft, which otherwise would not require registration, are required to display either current unpowered registration or a launch permit when launching or retrieving at all PFBC lakes and/or access areas.  For a complete listing of regulations pertaining to PFBC properties, please refer to the following link.

Northeast Region

Carbon County

Although, most of the trout stocked streams in the district still contain a good number of trout little to no fishing activity is occurring.  The Buckwa Creek, Aquashicola Creek, Pohopoco Creek and the Mahoning Creek are good streams to fish for trout.  Anglers fishing the Lehigh River from Jim Thorpe downriver to Palmerton have reported catching trout and Smallmouth Bass.  The Palmerton pool of the Lehigh River provides good catfish fishing opportunities in the evenings.

Mauch Chunk Lake has been producing good bass action in recent weeks.  However, most bass are less than the required minimum size of fifteen inches.  Panfish activity at Mauch Chunk Lake has been good around the fishing pier at boat launch A.  A few anglers have also reported catching catfish during the evenings in the area of boat launch A.

Boat anglers at Beltzville Lake have been catching nice size Striped Bass early in the morning and during the evening hours.  A few brown trout have also been caught with some measuring between twenty four to twenty-six inches.  Bass action remains good at Beltzville Lake with several bass being caught in the upper reaches of Pohopoco Creek bay, and in the areas of the power lines and dam breast.

Boat traffic at Beltzville Lake has been increasing especially during the weekends. Boaters are encouraged to check the maps of Beltzville Lake that are posted at the boat launches indicating the Slow No Wake areas, and the Water Skiing area.  Buoys are in place at the lake identifying the Special Regulation areas, and the laws pertaining to these areas are strictly enforced.

Boaters are always reminded to check all the required safety equipment on their boats before venturing out onto the water.   In addition, please check to make sure your boat is properly registered.  Motorboats and boats powered by an electric motor must display a proper motorboat registration.  Unpowered boats such as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc. launching at Commission lakes or access areas including PA State Parks launch or access areas must display either a Commission launch use permit or a PA State Parks launch permit or mooring permit.  Remember, alcohol is not permitted at Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake on both the water and shore areas.  Laws pertaining to the possession and or use of alcoholic beverages are strictly enforced.

Southern Luzerne & Columbia County

With recent rainfalls, water conditions along the Susquehanna River have been high and muddy, making for some difficult fishing conditions.  However, as levels and water clarity return to normal, fishing activity should pick up considerably.

Local trout streams are continuing to give up some fish, especially Fishing Creek.  Anglers are urged to check for Exclusion Zones on and around the low head/run of the river dams along these waters.

Local impoundments such as Lily Lake, Nuangola Lake and FEW Reservoir have been giving up some very good panfish numbers as well.

With summer in full swing, there is plenty of boating activity on the local waterways.  Boaters are urged to check all safety equipment prior to launching watercraft.  Also remember, if launching a non-powered watercraft at or from a PFBC Access, a non-powered registration or launch permit is required.

As always, leave the alcohol at home.  The zero-tolerance policy for Boating Under the Influence remains in effect.

Lackawanna County

Anglers are still catching their daily limit of trout at Lackawanna Lake.  Try fishing from the pier using rainbow colored paste bait. There also have been anglers catching trout in the S. Branch Tunkhannock, behind the spillway, and in the Roaring Brook in Dunmore.  So, if you haven’t shifted your focus on bass and panfish, consider some very good trout fishing.  Anglers have been doing well at area private lakes and ponds, catching plenty of nice bass.  Head out to your favorite location for some great fishing.

Wyoming County

Smallmouth Bass fishing has been good on the Susquehanna River. Bass are hitting a variety of lures with light jigs fished on the bottom working the best. The Susquehanna River conditions are stained clarity but running at average levels. Barring any significant storms, conditions should continue to stay fair and clarity could improve. Channel Catfish are being caught as well on cut bait, night crawlers, and chicken livers. Local lakes and ponds such as Stevens Lake, Lake Carey and Oxbow Lake have been providing good fishing for Largemouth Bass and panfish.

Northcentral Region

Tioga County

Anglers are catching a variety of fish using crayfish
Anglers are catching a variety of fish using crayfish lures and/or fly patterns. (photos Don Kelly, Tackle Shack, Wellsboro, PA)
smallmouth on jig
Fish are feeding on crayfish!

Pine Creek

Water flow and clarity are currently in good shape.  Keep up to date on water flow using USGS Gauge Pine Creek (Cedar Run) –  Anglers are catching trout using light cahills and slate drakes.  A few anglers are also catching trout using yellow or lime sallies, as well as, caddis!

Clinton County

Fishing Creek

Water flow and temperature are great for early July! Anglers are catching trout early in the morning and late in the evening.

Nymph patterns that are currently working include (green weenie, green mop fly, Iron lotus #16-18; dirty bird hares ear #12-16; flashback pheasant tail #14-18; pats rubberlegs #8-12).

Anglers are catching trout using dry flies, just before dark. Tan, Elk Hair caddis and black caddis, blue quills, ISOs and midges. Anglers are catching trout in the evening hours using the following fly patterns – Elk Hair Caddis Tan (#14-18); Black Caddis (#14-16); ISO (#8-12); midges (#20-26).

Fishing Creek brown trout
Fishing Creek brown trout from a weekend, early morning excursion. (photo provided by angler)

West Branch Susquehanna River

Anglers are catching bass and panfish using a variety of techniques. Most anglers are catching bass using streamer patterns, crayfish fly patterns, crayfish lures and a few are catching bass using poppers.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake

Anglers continue to catch panfish in the early morning and late afternoon/evening hours. Anglers are catching the majority of the panfish near PFBC shoreline, habitat structures, Hunter Run Cut, Upper Greens Run area and near structure. A few anglers, targeting panfish are also catching catfish!

Spring Creek

Spring Creek water level and color is perfect for fishing. Water temperature is in the high 50s.

Anglers are catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours. When trout are rising, anglers are catching trout using dry flies (Elk hair caddis- tan #14-16; Midges #22-26, ant patterns and sunken ant #12-18).

Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (e.g. green weenies are working best). Other nymph patterns that are working include iron lotus (#16-18);hot spot sow bug (#14-16); walt’s worm (#12-16); black zebra midge (#18-22).

Southeastern Region

Fish for Free Day

Independence Day, July 4, is a Fish for Free Day in Pennsylvania. Adult residents and non-residents do not need a license to fish that day. All other regulations apply. Take the opportunity to go out and enjoy some fun along a waterway with your friends and family and wet a line to see just how fun fishing is! Good luck!

Gaun First Catch Center

The First Catch Center is continuing to run programs this summer around Philadelphia and its countryside! Check out their schedule of free public programs here:

Chester County

We are fortunate to have an environmentally active fly-fishing club here in Southern Chester County. The White Clay Flyfishers also host quest speakers on fishing topics and provide educational classes for both fly tying and fishing. Meetings are held starting at 7 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, so the next meeting will be on July 16th. Meetings are held at the London Tract Baptist Meetinghouse at the intersection of Sharpless and London Tract Roads, Landenberg, PA. 19350, which is next to the White Clay Park Office.  The Club is always looking for new members. For more information check out the website at

The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday, July 11th at the London Tract Meeting House in the White Clay Creek Preserve, located at the intersection of Sharpless & London Tract roads, Landenberg PA 19350, next to White Clay State Park Office. Fly tying materials are provided for those who do not yet have their own. Several flies are usually demonstrated, and club members are happy to show you how it’s done, as well as spin a few stories about the last huge one that got away. Club mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg, PA 19350 for more information. Parking for club is behind the White Clay State Park Office.

Anglers doing well catching bass at Chambers Lake. While not many keeper size bass were caught (Chambers is in the Big Bass Program, so bass must be 15 inches to be kept), lots of fish caught were near that size, 12 -14 inches and there were lots of them. Anglers reporting catching as many as 8 in a morning. One angler showed me a ¼ ounce lipped plug in yellow and chartreuse that he was using for bass and every other fish was a large crappie of the 12 to 14-inch variety. The best baits seemed to be fathead minnows, diving plugs and motor oil and pumpkinseed worms on a jig head and fished near cover. Boat anglers out fishing shore anglers but shore anglers still catching some fish.

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