Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 2, 2020

Northwest Region

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Erie County

Lake Erie

Fishing in Western Erie County is picking up. Anglers are catching Walleye and the occasional Steelhead to the West and East of Walnut Creek in anywhere from 35-60 feet of water. Anglers are catching Lake Trout in 75-80 feet of water.

Warren County

Allegheny Reservoir

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on small crank baits, jigs, and plastic worms in 2 to 20 feet of water. Anglers are catching Walleye in 6 to 20 feet of water using crawler harnesses, spoons, and spinners. Reminder to all that PFD’S must be worn on all canoes, kayaks, and other boats less than 16 feet in length while on the Allegheny Reservoir.

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using tubes and jigs throughout the river. 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 shallow water. Please be courteous to each other and dispose of refuse properly.

Northeastern Region

Columbia & Southern Luzerne Counties

With fluctuating water levels and clarity, fishing on the Susquehanna River has been hit or miss during the month of June. Those anglers that are having success are getting it fishing the deeper holes with soft plastics and crankbaits.

The local impoundments are still giving up good numbers of Black Crappie. The best baits continue to be fatheads on a jig, or soft plastic grubs under a float.

Trout fishing has slowed considerably. Those having luck are doing the best just before sunrise and after sunset.

Boaters are again encouraged to wear a flotation device, they float-you don’t!

As always, check your safety equipment and remember the zero tolerance for Boating Under The Influence.

Northcentral Region

Lycoming County

Lower Pine Creek

Anglers are reporting success fishing for Smallmouth Bass in some of the deeper pools and runs. Anglers are having success using topwater lures and poppers early in the morning and late in the evening. Jigs with artificial swim baits are working well throughout the day as well as, jerk baits. Natural colors like motor oil and olive are working well through the middle of the day. Anglers swinging streamers are also connecting with some Smallmouth Bass.

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek

The creek is currently flowing around the average for this time of year. The temperature south of the lake is currently in the low 60’s. Anglers are currently having success nymphing the deeper runs and tail outs with mayfly and stonefly imitations for Trout. Anglers are also having success using streamers. Pay attention to the water temperatures. Try to play fish quickly and get them back into the deeper cooler water when releasing them.

brown trout
This brown trout was recently caught at night using a sculpin imitation. (Photo provided by Angler).

Spring Creek

The creek is currently flowing slightly above average and the water temperature is in the high 50’s. Anglers are having some action on the surface late in the evening on cahills and tan caddis. Terrestrial imitations are also starting to produce fish regularly. Nymphing continues to produce the most action throughout the day. Currently, small darker patterns are working. Green weenies and Walt’s worms are currently hot patterns to try. Streamers are also a great idea to imitate minnows or sculpins which fish eat year round.

Southeastern Region

Southern Bucks County

For anglers looking to get a “fin” up on local hot spots, visit our biologists report webpage at Here you will find reports from the Fisheries Management Area 6, Southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as links to the rest of PA Fisheries reports.

Looking to get a launch permit for your brand new kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard or other paddle craft in Bucks County? Or maybe you need to renew your launch permit. You can order a new one on-line or visit a local Bucks County agent listed here or purchase online at  Even paddle craft are required to have safety equipment on board. Be sure to visit our website,, to find out more.

Continue to check that all your required boating safety equipment is not only on board your vessel prior to each launch, but in good and serviceable condition.  Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are U.S.C.G. approved and fully charged.  Lifejackets need to also be U.S.C.G. approved and in serviceable condition.

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