Pennsylvania Fishing Report – October 15, 2020

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Northwest Region

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Forest County

Allegheny River

Hunters and anglers are reminded that they must have on board their watercraft, a wearable PFD for each person on board the watercraft. From November 1st, 2020 through April 30th, 2021, PFD’s must always be worn while on board any canoe, kayak or boat less than 16 feet in length. Hunters using motorboats are reminded that they must have all firearms unloaded while the motor is in use. The Tionesta pool should become more productive for walleye in late October and early November.

Tionesta Lake

Anglers are catching muskellunge trolling along the shoreline near the dam and near the Lackey Flats Camping Area.

Ross Run Children’s Area

Children, 15 years of age and younger, can enjoy some fall fishing opportunities on Ross Run. Trout are still present in some of the stream improvement devices, such as the jack dam near the upper bridge.

Clarion River

Boaters can enjoy the fall colors along the Clarion River valley from a canoe or kayak. Smallmouth bass and trout fishing can also be very productive.

Tionesta Outflow

Anglers are catching muskellunge from the wall and the campground site. Anglers are reminded that they must have a valid Trout/Salmon Permit to fish in the Tionesta Outflow, regardless of species anglers are fishing for.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir

Boating season is winding down for the year. Check out our website for the required safety equipment and links to a boating safety course. With the water cooling down, the panfish are moving into shallow waters and trying to put on weight for the winter. A reminder that Shenango River Lake is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake. Crappie must be nine inches to harvest and the creel limit went is 20.

Shenango River

The Shenango River Water Trail that flows from the Pymatuning outflow to the Shenango Reservoir is being utilized heavily. Please respect landowners along the stream. There have been many complaints about trespassing in these areas. The waterway is designated as navigable which gives you the right to float through the land but getting out of your watercraft and going up on the land is trespassing.

Venango County

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching smallmouth bass and Walleye on a variety of lures, live baits, and soft plastic presentations.

French Creek

Anglers are catching smallmouth bass on a variety of lures and soft plastic presentations.

Northeastern Region

Carbon County and Southwest Monroe County

Anglers taking advantage of the warm fall weather have reported good success catching trout on the Pohopoco Creek and Mauch Chunk Creek.  Most of all the district’s Stocked Trout Waters continue to flow low despite recent rain events.

Anglers are reminded that within the district, during the extended trout season, that the daily creel limit for trout is three combined species with the exception of the Pohopoco Creek from the outlet of Beltzville Lake downstream to the cable across the creek at the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club which is designated as both a Class A Wild Trout Stream and Stocked Trout Water is a No Harvest – Catch and Immediate Release area during the period from September 8, 2020 through February 28, 2021.

Anglers have also reported good success catching smallmouth bass on the Lehigh River near Parryville, and the Bowmanstown section of the river.  Anglers are reminded that bass harvested from rivers and streams during the period from October 1st through December 31st must be a minimum size of 15 inches, and the daily creel limit is 4 combined species.

Striped bass action remains good at Beltzville Lake during the early morning or evening hours.

Boating activity at Beltzville Lake continues to be busy during the weekends with the warmer weather continuing.  Boaters are reminded that although the regulatory Slow No Wake, Water Ski, and Boats Keep Out buoys will be removed from the lake for winter maintenance, the regulations pertaining to the lake are still in effect and enforced.  Maps are posted at each boat launch indicating the special regulation areas of the lake.

Columbia and S. Luzerne Co.

With Lily Lake, Lake Irena and Briar Creek Lake all receiving fall stockings, anglers should have no problems with fishing opportunities across the district.  Within the past week, we have had some much-needed rain to the area.  While the Susquehanna River is still nowhere near optimum conditions, it has improved.  Also, trout streams across the district are now in much better shape as well.  Don’t overlook the DHALO Section of the Nescopeck Creek for some fantastic fall trout fishing.

Francis E. Walter Reservoir is still producing perch and crappies.  It’s no wonder either!  With the winter drawdown in effect, the fish are stacked up for sure.  The trick is to find them, electronics are a must-have.

As another reminder, now is not too early to start looking at our ice fishing gear!  With any luck, we should have a good hard water season!

Southern Pike and Monroe counties

Recent rain events and cooler nights have produced perfect flow and water temperature for trout fishing within the district.  The rain combined with last week’s trout stockings of the Broadhead and Bushkill creeks, anglers are having great success using a variety of artificial and natural baits.

Northcentral Region

Centre County

Spring Creek

The water temperature is currently in the low 60’s. With some recent rainfall, the creek is up a little bit from last week. Terrestrial patterns have continued to produce fish throughout the day. Nymphing continues to be the preferred technique. Caddis pupa, green weenie’s, and walt’s worms are great options when picking apart water for hungry fish.

Union County

Halfway Lake

Anglers are catching rainbow trout in the lake as it recently received a fall stocking. Spinners are working well currently fished from the shoreline. This is a great opportunity to introduce someone new fishing!

Montour County

West Branch Susquehanna River

Water levels are currently far below average for this time of year. Please use caution when boating in these shallow conditions. Water temperatures have been dropping with the recent cooler nights. Anglers have been noticing an increase in both Bass and Walleye action through these cooler water temperatures. A white twister tail on a 1/8 to ¼ ounce jig head is currently working well.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek

Currently, the water temperature is in the low 60’s. The creek is up a little and has some color to it however, more rain would make for preferable conditions. Anglers are reporting success nymphing some of the deeper pockets that they can find. Small caddis larvae imitations are working well right now. Fish have been more active early in the mornings and late into the evenings.

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