Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 9, 2020

Hybrid Striped Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass are coming into the shallows at night.

Northwest Region

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Butler County

Glade Run Lake

Currently, trout are the only species that may be taken. Other fish species if caught, must be immediately released unharmed. With water temperatures rising, anglers should try casting to deeper waters. Night crawlers and paste baits are working well.

Harbar Acres Lake (SGL 95)

This lake is well-stocked with trout. The best bait for trout has been minnows and paste baits in deeper water. Anglers can also try minnows in shallow waters at the upper end of the lake at sunrise and early in the morning. This is also a good lake for bass. Don’t be surprised if your trout spinner attracts a lunker bass!

Lake Arthur

Hybrid Striped Bass are coming into the shallows at night in most popular boat accesses. Boat anglers will have access to many other shallow areas. Shiny stick baits or live alewife are a traditional favorite and work well. Bass season is in. Lake Arthur is a Big Bass Regulation water. The minimum size is 15 inches and the limit is four per day. Rubber worms and spinners in the weed beds and around natural submerged structure is a good bet to hook a nice bass.

Clarion County

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching lots of bass, some nice Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and crappies. Anglers and Boaters are reminded that Kahle Lake is a PFBC owned lake. All boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use this facility.

Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River (From the Piney dam upstream to Cooksburg)

Anglers are catching some Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. 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, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.

Lower Clarion River (From Piney Dam downstream to the confluence with the Allegheny River)

Anglers are catching nice Smallmouth Bass and a few Walleye near the confluence with the Allegheny River.

Allegheny River (From Emlenton downstream to Lock #9)

Anglers are catching nice Smallmouth Bass the entire length of the river and a few Walleye near the I-80 bridge and 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, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.

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

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

Beaver Creek Ponds Project

Anglers are catching nice Bluegill, bass, and a few catfish.

Erie County

Walnut Creek Marina

Until further notice, the beach area North of the Walnut Creek Marina Office is closed to the public. Please do not walk along the shoreline either. The Eastern portion of the access will remain open. The road from Manchester bridge on the West side of Walnut Creek is also closed to the public until dredging operations are complete. Thank you for your understanding.

Forest County

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass using tube jigs and live bait. The Northern Pike fishing in the Tionesta Sand and Gravel pool has continued to be productive. Anglers are catching several pike using daredevils and live bait (chubs) from shore and boat. Some anglers are catching Walleye near the confluence of the Allegheny River and Tionesta Creek. Parents and guardians are reminded that children under the age of 12, are required to wear a PFD while on board any canoe, kayak or boats less than 20 feet in length.

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 near the marina to the dam. Boaters are also reminded that they must be 100 feet from shore while traveling faster that slow no wake speed, or in other words, in gear. Anglers are catching musky and panfish in both slow no wake areas. Anglers have also been successful in the evening hours fishing near the dam with live bait and a bobber. Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and the occasional Smallmouth Bass. Nebraska Bridge has been productive in the evening hours for crappie and catfish.

Tionesta Creek

Tionesta Creek from Kellettville to Nebraska Bridge is productive for Smallmouth Bass and Muskellunge fishing. Anglers can launch a canoe or kayak from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground at Kellettville and fish to Nebraska Bridge. Canoes and kayaks must be registered or have a launch permit to use the PFBC Access Area at Nebraska Bridge. Anglers/boaters can also take out at the U.S. Army Corps launch located near Jug Handle Run which does not require registration or a permit.

Tionesta Outflow

Anglers have been successful fishing from the wall and the campground side of the outflow. Anglers are catching Musky and Walleye from the wall, however, anglers should have a net on hand if they attempt to reel a fish in from the wall. The area located below the wall is still closed for repairs and is off limits for entry. Anglers are catching Yellow Perch on the campground side of the outflow using bobbers by fishing in the eddy near the concrete pier. Motorboats are NOT permitted from the county bridge, upstream to the outflow of the dam.

Northeastern Region

Wyoming County

Water temperatures and conditions have been excellent for recreational boating activities on lakes throughout Wyoming County. Lake Winola and Lake Carey have been busy with holiday recreational boating activity. The best times to enjoy lower amounts of activity on the bigger bodies of water are earlier and later in the day. As always, boaters are reminded to obey the slow, no-wake laws on any body of water. Those using jet boats on the river are being urged to use extreme caution and research the River thoroughly prior to making a trip due to low water. With the river being so low and clear, it is making for ideal canoeing and kayaking conditions.

Fishing has been steady on the Susquehanna River with decent numbers of smaller sized Smallmouth Bass being caught on a variety of live baits as well as artificial lures.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Anglers targeting bass on the North Branch of the Susquehanna “cant go wrong” with anything according to one local angler. Tubes, top water and crankbaits all have been producing in the early morning hours before the main heat of the day hits.

Northcentral Region

Clearfield County

RJ Corman Railroad is to replace the Railroad Crossing on State Route 1009, Deer Creek Road. This work will require a Road Closure currently planned to start on Sunday, July 12th through July 14th. This road closure will restrict traffic flow from the SR 879 Frenchville side of the railroad crossing from access to the PA Fish & Boat Commission Boat Launch on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake

Anglers are catching largemouth bass both near the shoreline and out in deeper water as well. Crayfish imitations are working well for Smallmouth Bass. As summer sets in, boating traffic is moderate to heavy on the weekends. Recreational boaters and anglers are encouraged to coexist and respect slow no wake regulations when close to drifting boats and swimmers.

For some great Bass fishing tips, visit Intro to Bass Fishing link to learn more as Don and Renee Kelly of Tackle Shack, Wellsboro PA go over some Bass fishing basics.

Tioga River Spillway

Anglers have been reporting an excellent Hybrid Stripped Bass bite using white plastics and live minnows. Channel Catfish have been biting well late using chicken livers, cut bait, and the occasional hot dog. Anglers and boaters at the spillway are also reminded to remain out of the marked exclusion area for safety reasons.

Clinton and Lycoming Counties

West Branch Susquehanna River

Waters levels are currently flowing below average with little rainfall and hot temperatures. Due to this, many fish sought out deeper pools and cold water influences such as spring seeps or tributaries. Anglers are currently catching the occasional bass as well as walleye in these areas. Artificial baits in white are working well. Jigs tipped with nightcrawler are also producing fish. A few anglers are reporting musky however, try to play fish quickly in the warmer water temperatures. Anglers targeting Catfish have also been successful using nightcrawlers and chicken livers in deeper pools as they have been schooled up in these areas.

Despite the lower water levels boating and paddling opportunities were still abundant with caution in the shallows.

Northumberland and Snyder Counties

Susquehanna River

Anglers are having consistent success fishing for Smallmouth Bass with spoons and minnows in the Sunbury area.

As a reminder, the exclusion zone for the Fabri Dam and PPL dam is 100 feet from the boil. As water levels allow, there are buoys in place. Boats inside this zone will be cited.

Walker and Faylor Lakes

Anglers have been very successful fishing for Panfish in both lakes recently. Small jigs with nightcrawers or minnows on long rods can be a blast this time of year. Small artificial baits have been working as well.

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