Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 25, 2020

Northwest Region

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Erie County

Lake Erie

Anglers are catching Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Smallmouth Bass. Walleye fishing is good off Walnut Creek and north of Gull Point using worm harnesses. If you head east off North East, you will have luck as well. Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass in good numbers both shallow and deep.

Presque Isle Bay

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass as they head back out to the lake.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir

Anglers are catching Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike throughout the Reservoir. The panfish bite has dies off with the warmer water temperatures. A reminder that Shenango Reservoir is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake. Crappie must be 9 inches to harvest and the creel limit is 20.

Shenango River

The Shenango River fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice. The upper reaches from New Hamburg Bridge to the gas pipeline is now designated as Trout Stocked Waters Open to Year-round Fishing. This means you can fish year-round in this section of water; however, you must have a trout stamp.

Venango County

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, catfish, Bowfin, and Walleye using artificial lures and crankbaits.

French Creek

Anglers are catching Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and the occasional Northern Pike.

Oil Creek

The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure area(s) [DHALO] are closed to harvest until June 15th. During the period of June 15th through Labor Day, the daily creel limit is three (3) combined species of trout AND minimum size limit is nine (9) inches.

Justus Lake

Anglers are targeting the shallows for Bluegill and having good success on both ants and jigs.

Northcentral Region

Tioga County

Upper Pine Creek

With the creek being low and clear, anglers are shifting focus to Smallmouth Bass. Streamers and poppers are currently working well to target these hard fighting fish. Large terrestrial imitations are like hoppers are also currently proving to be a Smallmouth favorite.

Cowanesque Lake

Anglers are currently having success bass fishing both inshore and in deeper water. Targeting areas with good cover and vegetation is working the best. Anglers are reporting consistent success using jigs and squarebill crankbaits near areas that have the best cover. Artificial worms in dark colors have been working well in deeper water.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek

The creek is currently flowing slightly above average due to recent rainfall and the water temperature is in the low 60’s. Terrestrial patterns such as ants and green weenies are currently working well. It is possible to experience a good Caddis hatch this week and the fish are eating on the surface if the bugs are in good numbers. Nymphing is proving to be the most productive technique, especially in pocketwater. Caddis larvae imitations are working well right now. Streames are also a great option given the current conditions.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake

Anglers are reporting consistent success fishing around the habitat structures for Largemouth Bass. Top water techniques are working well early in the morning and later in the evenings. Anglers are also having success targeting Bluegill near shore. Small jigs and poppers are working the best right now.

Southeastern Region

Northampton County

In the hot days of summer, anglers have been catching Bluegills and Largemouth Bass in the Lehigh Canal in Bethlehem. Largemouth Bass have also been caught in the Lehigh River near City Park Island by boat.

For those looking to paddle around, Minsi Lake is filled, and it provides a great fishing opportunity near the new fish habitat structures.

Lastly, the Sandts Eddy access on the Delaware River and the Rte. 33 access on the Lehigh River are for fishing and boating purposes only. These accesses are paid for and intended for anglers and boaters exclusively. All other uses, such as tubing to or from these properties, are prohibited.

Lancaster County

Ethan flathead catfish
Young Ethan caught & released this 49+ lb. flathead catfish on a Bluegill in the Susquehanna River.

Lehigh County

At Leaser Lake, anglers are catching Muskies in the early morning from the West Launch using deep diving crank baits and shiners. In the late evening hours, anglers report they are having success catching Muskies from the North Launch using top water lures and large spinner baits.

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