Air and water temperatures have dropped making for great late summer fishing on the Susquehanna River. The river is also low and clear making for ideal smallmouth bass fishing from boat, kayak, or even while wading. Bass have been hitting jigs and live bait. Channel catfish have been hitting on worms and other baits fished on the bottom. Even the occasional large walleye have been caught recently. Anglers fishing Lake Winola have had some success fishing for trout and bass. Trout are down deep and can be caught on live minnows and by trolling spoons. Some of the best fishing of the year is right now and still ahead of us this fall.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake
Fishing activity is slowing down. Anglers are catching crappie using live bait. The pier at Lower Greens and Summer / Winter launch areas are providing the most success. Anglers are also catching yellow perch, fishing redworms/nightcrawlers on the bottom. The popular areas for yellow perch are near Hunter Run Cut and East / West Launch Coves.
Boating pressure is light. All access areas are open. The Marina is operating throughout the weekends.
Bald Eagle Creek
Anglers are catching trout on Bald Eagle Creek from Milesburg to Sayers Lake. Spinners, streamers, and live bait are working best. Water temperature is holding in the low 60’s throughout this section and water flow is also good.
Anglers are catching trout in areas near Bellefonte and Fisherman’s Paradise. Dry flies, nymphs, and streamers are working well.
Black Moshannon Lake
Boating pressure continues to be light. Anglers are catching panfish using a variety of techniques.
Water conditions are low and clear. Anglers are catching trout using nymphs. A few anglers are catching trout using dry flies, closer to dark.
Nymphs that are working include: Pheasant Tail Nymph (#16-20); Iron Lotus (#16-18); Green Weenie (#12-16); Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph (#14-18).
Dry flies that are working include: Caddis (#14-18); Blue Wing Olive (#18-22); Midges (#20-26).