Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 18, 2020

Northwest Region

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Clarion County

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill, and yellow perch. Anglers and boaters are reminded that Kahle Lake is a PFBC owned lake. All boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC/DCNR launch permit to use this facility.

Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River

Anglers are catching smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, and yellow perch. Anglers and Boaters using the PFBC’s Mill Creek and PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Areas are reminded that these are PFBC owned access areas and that all boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC//DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.

Lower Clarion River

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Muskellunge, and Northern Pike near the confluence with the Allegheny River.

Allegheny River (From Emlenton downstream to Lock #9)

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on the entire length of the river and a few Walleye and Northern Pike around the Parker islands. Anglers and Boaters using the PFBC’s Parker City Access Area and the PFBC’s Brady’s Bend Access Area are reminded that these are PFBC controlled or owned access areas and that all boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC/DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.

Redbank Creek (Mayport downstream to confluence with the Allegheny River)

Anglers are catching trout and Smallmouth Bass above the dam. Anglers are catching a few Walleye and Northern Pike below the dam in New Bethlehem and near the confluence with the Allegheny River.

Piney Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area

Anglers continue to do well catching trout in the project waters. Anglers are reminded that use or possession of bait while fishing in the project waters is prohibited.

Forest County

Allegheny River

Northern Pike fishing has been productive using daredevils and live bait, near the Sand and Gravel Launch in Tionesta. Canoes and kayaks should avoid stringing out across the river channel as it makes it difficult for jet boats to navigate the channel, due to their limited ability to maneuver in the shallow water. Please be courteous.

Tionesta Lake

Boaters are reminded that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Slow No Wake Area is still in effect, it extends from the point to the dam. Boaters are also reminded that they must be 100 feet from shore while traveling faster than slow no wake speed, or in other words, in gear. Boats traveling faster than slow no wake speed must also stay 50 feet to the side of other boats that are underway and 100 feet to the rear of other boats underway. Courtesy and common sense can also ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time boating.

Tionesta Outflow

Anglers are catching Yellow Perch using live bait near the wall and from the campground side near the wing wall. Motorboat operators are not permitted in the outflow from the Forest County Bridge to the tunnel.

East Hickory Creek, DHALO

Fly fishing has been traditionally productive in the morning and evening hours with Blue Wing Olives in the morning and caddis in the afternoon and evening.

Northcentral Region

box turtle
Turtle Crossing! Be on the lookout for turtles such as this box turtle as females are currently on the move to find suitable nesting areas. (Photo submitted by angler).

Tioga County

Tioga Spillway

Anglers are reporting catching both Smallmouth Bass and Walleye in the spillway. Early mornings and late evenings have been the most productive times to target walleye. Spinner baits have been working well in white for both Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. Slow presentations with a jig and night crawler near the bottom has been working the best, but be prepared to lose a lot of tackle.

Clinton County

West Branch Susquehanna

Anglers are currently catching Smallmouth Bass, Musky and Walleye in the river and some of the smaller tributaries. Anglers are having success targeting Channel Catfish in some of the deeper holes and bends. Crankbaits, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits are all currently working well for gamefish. Natural colors are proving to be effective right now. Streamers and larger surface patterns such as mice and frogs are also working well for Bass.

Amidea Daniel
Amidea Daniel with a beautiful bronze Smallmouth that took a frog pattern on the surface. (Photo submitted by George Daniel).

Fishing Creek

The water temperature is currently in the mid 50’s and the creek is flowing above average. Anglers are reporting some bug activity with reports of caddis, blue quill, blue-winged olives, and sulphurs. The fish are eating on the surface when the bugs are on the surface in abundance however, subsurface techniques continue to be the most effective. Stonefly nymphs are working well right now. Small streamers are also proving to be effective right now.

Centre County

Spring Creek

The current conditions are optimal for fishing. The water temperature is currently in the mid 50’s and anglers are reporting some activity on the surface with caddis. Subsurface techniques continue to produce the most hook-ups. Some anglers have started fishing terrestrial patterns with success. Tan Caddis, blue-winged olives, and green weenies are hot patterns to consider using right now.

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