Pennsylvania Fishing Report – October 22, 2020

Northwest Region

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Erie County

Walnut Creek Marina

The Walnut Creek Marina is tentatively scheduled to be open for fishing at 9am on Wednesday October 28, 2020.

Area Steelhead Tributaries

With last night’s heavy rain, the tributaries are high and muddy. Once the streams recede, Steelhead should be spread out throughout the tributaries.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir

The water is cooling down, so the panfish are moving into shallow waters and trying to put on weight for the winter. A reminder that Shenango Reservoir is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake. Crappie must be nine inches to harvest, and the creel limit 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. Waterway Conservation Officers (WCO’s) are fielding a large number of complaints about trespassing in these areas. The waterway is designated as navigable which gives you the right to float through the lands but getting out of your watercraft and going up on the land is trespassing.

Northeastern Region

Wayne and Monroe Counties

People have reported catching Smallmouth Bass recently at Kresswood Lake in Wayne county, mostly on live bait. Yellow Perch continue to hit hard at both Tobyhanna and Gouldsboro State Parks in Monroe county.

Northcentral Region

Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake

Anglers are currently having great success fishing for bass throughout the lake. Topwater baits are working well around the weed lines early in the mornings for largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass have been found actively feeding near artificial structures in 12 to 15 feet of water. A few muskies have been caught in the lake as well.

Hammond Lake

Anglers are currently having success fishing for largemouth bass. Some very large fish can be caught this time of year. Targeting structure and weeds is a good place to try and target these ambush predators!

Brett Flynn largemouth bass
Brett Flynn caught this hefty largemouth bass on Hammond Lake recently. The fish weighed in at 6.98 pounds! Awesome fish Brett!

Jefferson County

Water levels are considerably well below average for this time of year. As a reminder, starting November 1st, it is mandatory to wear a US Coast Guard-approved PFD on boats less than 16 feet in length, as well as, any canoe or kayak.

Cloe Lake

Anglers are currently catching some bass and panfish in the lake. Many of these fish have been caught around the artificial habitat structures found within the lake. To view a map of where these structures are located you can click on the following link: Cloe Lake Habitat Structures. Anglers are currently having success using artificial plastics and lures white in color.

North Fork Redbank Creek

The catch and release fly fishing only area, was recently stocked with Brown Trout. These fish will provide a great Fall fishing opportunity for those wanting to venture out with the recent spell of nice weather we are currently experiencing.

Clearfield County

Parker Lake, Shagger’s Inn Pond, and Janesville Dam

All of these waterways have recently received their annual fall stocking of adult Rainbow Trout. Days after the stocking, anglers are reporting catching good numbers of fish on spinners, night crawlers, and meal worms. The great fishing at Shagger’s Inn Pond and the spectacular views of Moshannon State Forest make the drive through the winding forest roads well worth the trip.

Curwensville Lake

Fishing pressure is extremely low currently and there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the lake with the recent mild temperatures. It is a beautiful time of year to get out and fish!

McKean County

For all boaters out there, the Allegheny Reservoir was at winter pool on Wednesday. Every day since, staff from the Kinzua Dam have been and will be lowering the reservoir six inches until sufficient rainfall supplies water downstream. Dunkle Corners Boat Launch is okay to launch smaller/lighter fishing boats. It’s a straight shot down to the water’s edge; use caution, the ground near the water is a little on the soft side. At Kiasutha Boat Launch, the water level is too low making it impossible unable to launch a motorboat. Elijah Run Boat Launch is still good to go and solid. It’s hard to say now, how much further the launch keeps going. Willow Bay Boat Launch, located in Warren County, is also safe to launch your boat at this time. Cross your fingers as some of the best angling opportunities have yet t come!

Southeastern Region

Northampton County

Anglers have been catching plenty of fish as the cooler fall temperatures are conducive to being outside longer. It’s a great time to go hiking, fishing, or just looking at the fall foliage. Minsi Lake was stocked with adult trout on October 8, so that provides a great opportunity for fall trout fishing. Anglers have also been seen catching bass and pickerel in many local lakes and ponds around the county. For those looking to get out on these great waters by boat be reminded that the water temperatures are cooling down. Starting again on November 1, all boaters in boats less than 16 feet, canoes and kayaks must wear their life jacket.

Lancaster County

Fall Trout Stocking:  The Muddy Run Recreational Lake received a stocking on Wednesday, October 7.  Muddy Run anglers are reminded that the extended season regulations apply wherein daily creel limits are reduced from 5 to 3.  Per page 10 of the 2020 Pennsylvania Summary of Fishing Laws and Regulations:

All Species of Trout and Salmon

Additional regulations map apply–see Trout Regulations

Regional Opening Day of Trout Season*
April 4 at 8 a.m. through Sept. 7 (only 18 southeastern PA counties)
7 inches 5-streams, lakes and ponds (combined species)
Regular Season
April 18 at 8 a.m. through Sept. 7
7 inches 5-streams, lakes and ponds (combined species)
Extended Season (stocked trout waters and all waters downstream of stocked trout waters)
Jan. 1 through Feb. 29 and Sept. 8  through Dec. 31
7 inches 3 (combined species)
Extended Season (Class A wild trout stream sections)
Jan. 1 through Feb. 29 and Sept. 8 through Dec. 31

As the county’s only Stocked Trout Lake, Muddy Run Lake remains an under-utilized fishery wherein anglers should consider a fishing excursion at any time of the trout fishing season. The regulations on Muddy Run Lake changed January 1, 2012 to Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round Fishing [Summary page 20]. The intent of this regulation change was to allow anglers to fish for species other than trout during the traditional closed season March 1 to 8 a.m. on the Regional Opening Day. Under this regulation, anglers are not required to possess a trout stamp to fish the lake as they would otherwise require in any Trout Stocked Water, by way of example Fishing Creek. Anglers should be ethically mindful that they should not be targeting trout in lieu of possessing a trout stamp. Moreover, contingent with the circumstances are subject to being cited if a trout is landed and they are unable to immediately release unharmed as is required.

Waters with this designation are considered stocked trout waters – from 8 a.m. opening day of trout through Sept. 7, Commonwealth inland size and creel limits apply. From Jan. 1 through Feb. 29, and from Sept. 8 through Dec. 31, “extended season” size and creel limits apply. These waters are open to fishing from March 1 to opening day of trout season; however, no trout may be taken or possessed on these waters during this period.

It is unlawful to fish in rivers and streams designated as stocked trout waters open to year-round fishing without a current trout/salmon permit (or Combination Trout/Salmon/Lake Erie permit).

A trout/salmon permit is not required to fish in lakes and ponds that have been designated as stocked trout waters open to year-round fishing unless the person takes, kills, or possesses, while in the act of fishing, a trout or salmon on or in these waters.


The 100-acre lake provides an ideal recreational venue for novice paddlers to gain flat-water paddling experience.  Honing their skills as they learn how their kayak or canoe tracks and moreover the inherent stability of their watercraft.


The Mandatory PFD Wear Law goes back into effect on November 1 through April 30, 2021.  Boaters observed to be in violation can anticipate being charged accordingly –

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