Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 12, 2020

Many rivers and creeks have been recently stocked with trout for anglers to catch.

Brown trout

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Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement: Beginning on November 1 and lasting through April 30, boaters are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.  The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.

Northwest Region

Butler County and Venango County

Allegheny River

Fishing/Boating-

The USGS depth gauge in Franklin reflects a current water level of +/- 04’-03”, and the water temperature is running at +/-54° F.

Bass pressure is up dramatically. Look to try crankbaits, jigs, and spinners.

Additionally, Walleye and the occasional Northern Pike have been reported. Look to try jigs and jerkbaits.

French Creek

Fishing-

Sporadic Walleye catches have been reported, with the focus being immediately before and after both the dawn and dusk time periods.

Boating-

The USGS depth gauge in Utica reflects a current water level of +/-04’-00”.

Canoeists and kayakers will not experience flow difficulties at this level.

Oil Creek

Fishing-

Fishing activity has been minimal; however, the lower Delayed Harvest/Keystone Select area (Petroleum Center Bridge downstream to the Columbia Farm railroad bridge) has received increased pressure due to the October 7th stocking.

Boating-

The USGS depth gauge in Rouseville reflects a current water level of +/- 2’-09”.

Canoeists and kayakers will not experience flow difficulties at this level.

Justus Lake (Two Mile Run Reservoir)

Fishing-

Justus Lake received a fresh stocking of very nice-sized trout on November 3, 2020.

Boating-

Boaters are reminded that only manually-powered, wind powered, and electric motor watercraft are permitted on Justus Lake. The use of internal combustion engines is PROHIBITED.

East Sandy Creek, Mill Creek (Rockland Township), and Pithole Creek

At this time of year, each of these streams receives runs of brown trout, predominantly in the lower stretches, which make their way upstream from the Allegheny River.

Tip: Wait for stained, but receding, water conditions; use red worms, and just a bit of split shot.

Butler County Fall Stockings

Harbar Acres Lake received its fall stocking on October 21, 2020 and Glade Run Lake received its fall stocking on November 5, 2020.

Erie County

Walnut Creek

The docks and pump-out station have been removed. The red and green navigational lights are also down.

The basin opened for fishing on October 28, 2020 at 9am.  Not many people were there this year, perhaps due to the fact that it usually opens the first week of November.

There are a few Steelhead being caught in the creek and some in the basin.

Boats can still launch but they will have to use the cement piers to launch or retrieve their boats.  It is like this every year at the beginning before docks are put in and at the end when docks are taken out.

Forest County

Allegheny River

Walleye and Northern Pike fishing should be productive on the Tionesta Pool of the Allegheny River. Anglers generally catch Walleye and Northern Pike from boats and along the shore near the boat ramp and at the point of the island.

Hunters and anglers are reminded that they must have a wearable life jacket for each person on board the watercraft. Hunters using motorboats are reminded that they must have all firearms unloaded while the motor is in use.

Tionesta Lake

Muskellunge fishing is generally productive throughout the fall and will continue until the lake freezes. Trolling along the shoreline seems to be the most productive method.

Tionesta Outflow

Muskellunge, Walleye, crappie and Northern Pike fishing is productive near the wall and the campground side. Downstream of the wall there is a fishing trail that provides access to the creek. Anglers are reminded that they must have a trout/salmon permit to fish in Tionesta Creek, from the outflow to the confluence with the Allegheny River. The permit is required at all times, regardless of whether you are fishing for, or keeping, trout.

Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir

The docks are out at the reservoir and boating season is winding down for the year. The nice weather we have been having brought out more boaters trying to get the last of the boating season in. Just because the docks and the buoys have been pulled, it does not mean the slow/no wake zones around the trestles and the causeways have been lifted. There is still a slow/no wake zone within 100 feet of these areas and it is still enforceable with or without the buoys.

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 9 inches to harvest, and the creel limit went from 50 to 20. Check the regulations for new laws.

Thank you for a safe boating season this year!!

Shenango River

The Shenango River fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice. The upper reaches from New Hamburg Bridge to the gas pipeline is now designated as Trout Stocked Waters Open to Year-round Fishing. This means you can fish year round in this section of water, however you must have a trout stamp, and you cannot harvest trout from March 01 until the opening day of trout.

The Shenango 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 a large number of complaints about trespassing in these areas. The waterway is designated as navigable, which gives boaters the right to float through the lands, but getting out of the watercraft and going up on the land is trespassing.

Other Waters

Fall trout stocking is underway. The cooler weather and the increased water flow will be beneficial for fishing. The creel limit for the extended season is three fish.

Remember, your first step in an emergency or to report on illegal activity is to call 9-1-1.

Warren County

Allegheny Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass can be targeted in 4 to 30 feet of water using crank baits, plastic worms, and stick baits. Walleye can be caught in 20 to 60 feet of water using spoons and crawler harnesses. Northern Pike can also be caught in the bays using spinners, jerk baits, and live bait.

Allegheny River

Northern Pike are being caught using live bait at the outflow. Walleye fishing picks up in the morning and late evenings. Several large Brown Trout have been caught off the outflow wall and down through the rapids along Hemlock Road using live bait and spinners. Smallmouth Bass are being caught below Glade Bridge using tubes.

Chapman Dam Reservoir

The fish population in the reservoir is still recovering from the drawdown. The reservoir is still under a special regulation making it unlawful to take, kill, or possess any fish except trout. All fish caught other than trout must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. Reminder to all that all canoes and kayaks operated on the reservoir must display an official Launch Permit from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Launch permits can be purchased at the park office or online via www.fishandboat.com.

Northcentral Regional Fishing and Boating Report

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket wear begins November 1, 2019 and ends on April 30, 2020 for all canoes, kayaks and boats under 16 feet in length.  Learn more here – https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/MandatoryPFD.aspx

REMINDER – Anglers are reminded that fall is the time of year when Brook and Brown Trout spawn.  When fishing, make sure you are mindful of where you step to avoid stepping on trout egg nests, also known as trout redds.  The gravel in a trout redd will appear light in color/clean gravel.  Most look like oval or round areas of clean gravel.  Some are not much bigger than a frying pan size, others may be larger.

Centre County

Spring Creek – Water levels remain low and clear.  Rain, predicted for later in the week, will provide much needed water.  Be prepared to switch up your fishing technique based rising waters.  Anglers are catching trout using nymphs and small streamers.

Nymphs that are currently working include: Black Zebra Midge (#18-22); Walt’s Worm (#12-16); Iron Lotus (#16-18).

Streamers that are currently working include: Olive or black Slumpbusters (#6-10).

Dry flies that are currently working include: Blue Wing Olives (#20-24); Tan/Black Caddis (#14-18); Midges (#22-26)

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Water levels are still low and clear.  Rain is supposed to arrive later in the week.  Be prepared to switch up your fishing technique based rising waters.  The water temperature is in the 50s.  Anglers are catching trout using nymphs and small streamers.  Long leaders and light tippet with small nymphs are still the ticket.

Nymphs that are currently working include: Zebra Midge (#18-22); Sexy Walt’s Worm (#14-18); Walt’s Worm (#12-16); Iron Lotus (#16-18).

Streamers that are currently working include: Olive or black Slumpbusters (#6-10).

Dry flies that are currently working include: Blue Wing Olives (#20-24); Tan/Brown Caddis (#14-18); Midges (#22-26)

Southeast Regional Fishing and Boating Report

Lehigh County

Please be advised that the Extended Trout Season is in effect. The daily creel limit is (3) three in all Stocked Trout Waters.

In the area downstream of Bogarts Bridge and through the Parkway on Little Lehigh Creek, anglers have been successful using small jigs and live minnows. They are continuing to harvest their creel limit.

Northeast Regional Fishing and Boating Report

The Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear is now in effect and runs from November 1st through April 30th.  You must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length and any canoe or kayak.

Carbon County

A few anglers have taken advantage of the recent warm weather to fish in stocked waters, even though streams have been flowing low. Anglers are catching trout on the Pohopoco Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek, Buckwa Creek, and Aquashicola Creek. The daily creel limit is 3 trout during the extended trout season on stocked trout waters and all waters downstream of stocked trout waters. Pohopoco Creek from the outlet of Beltzville Lake downstream to the cable across the creek at the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club is designated as both a Class A Wild Trout and Stocked Trout Water and currently is No Harvest-Catch and Immediate Release.

Bait and fly anglers are catching trout out of the Glen Onoko section of the Lehigh River.

Striped bass action at Beltzville Lake has been productive in the evenings off the shores of Pine Run Bay.  Chicken livers appear to be a good choice. Fishing activity at Mauch Chunk Lake has been light in recent weeks.  A few anglers had good success with panfish and chain pickerel near the fishing dock at Boat Launch A.

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Boaters are reminded that although the Slow No Wake, and Water Skiing buoys have been removed from Beltzville Lake for the winter season, the regulations pertaining to these areas remain in effect and are enforced.  Maps are posted at each boat launch indicating the special regulation areas of the lake.

Monroe County

Anglers have been catching trout out of Tobyhanna Lake since the stocking in late October.  Most fish are being caught on live bait around the main boat launch as well as near the dam area.

Pike County

Anglers have been catching nice size trout out of Promised Land State Park Lower Lake at the main boat launch area. Live bait is working well, fished not far off shore.

Wyoming County

Local waterways have received some much-needed rain, albeit only slight changes to the gauges are noticeable. The added water made for favorable conditions in the Bowman’s Creek Fly Fishing Only stretch. Fishing pressure has been light with a few nice sized brook trout being caught on nymphs following last weeks stocking.

The Susquehanna River rose slightly and the fishing has remained consistent from West Falls to Laceyville. As water temperatures drop, the bigger fish tend to bite. Several nice size smallmouth bass (up to 19 inches) were caught along with a couple of trophy walleye (up to 30 inches). They are being caught on a variety of artificial swim baits, jigs, and jerk baits. This is a great time of year for paddling kayaks and canoes as well. As always paddlers are reminded of the mandatory life jacket wear requirement before heading out.

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