Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 19, 2020

Northwest Region

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.

Central Erie County

Erie tributary streams have plenty of Steelhead in them for anglers to enjoy. Keep wishing for rain and it will continue to improve. The smaller the presentation and lighter the line will improve your success greatly. Casting from shore around the creek mouths has also been very good for anglers.

Please remember that ALL Erie streams are closed to fishing from 10PM to 5AM with the exception of the  following two areas. You can fish Walnut Creek from the Manchester Road Bridge to the lake and Elk Creek from the Rt. 5 Bridge to the lake.

When fishing the Lake Erie shoreline, anglers must be 50 yards (not 50 feet) from the mouths of Trout Run and Godfrey Run from 10PM to 5AM.

Some anglers have been taking boats on Lake Erie and trolling the mouths as well. Please keep in mind the weather and the wind.

Presque Isle Bay fishing is good from shore for panfish right now.

Sarah Knisely
Sarah Knisely recently caught her first steelhead, and it was a real beauty!  Sarah caught the Steelhead on an egg-fly while fishing Elk Creek

Northeastern Region

Columbia & Southern Luzerne County

With recent rains, water conditions have improved throughout the district.  As such, fishing conditions have improved as well.

The local trout stocked waters are flowing nicely, and still provide some excellent fishing opportunities for those willing to put in some work.  You will not catch a limit of trout out of a single hole.  However, if you cover water and fish the pockets, you will find fish.

FEW Reservoir has been drawn down to winter pool levels.  Those with access to a small boat will find fish stacked up for sure.  Find one, there will surely be others, especially panfish.

Lake Irena, Briar Creek Lake and Lily Lake have all received fall trout stockings.  Fishing pressure has been light though.  This may be due to most outdoorsmen switching gears from fishing to hunting.

With it being November, many are looking forward to the hard water season.  It’s not to early to begin going over gear, as well as safety equipment.

Northcentral Region

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 –

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.

Jefferson County

Cloe Lake

Recent rainfall and comfortable temperatures currently have anglers taking advantage of the panfish bite on the lake. Anglers are having success fishing brightly colored jigs slowly near structure close to shore. Chartreuse and pink jigs tipped with a worm are currently working well.

Clearfield County

Shagger’s Inn Pond and Parker Dam

Anglers are currently catching both trout and panfish. Minnows are currently working well fished under a bobber or with a jig. Spinners and small spoons are also working well to entice hungry, aggressive Trout.

Curwensville Lake

Recently, fishing pressure in the lake has been minimal. If you are looking for a quiet and enjoyable day on the water, this lake is a great option! Yellow Perch and Crappie are still being caught by those who are taking advantage of the nice weather. White twister tails are working well right now.

West Branch Susquehanna

Water levels are currently higher than they have been for months thanks to recent rainfall. Please use extreme caution while fishing or boating these waters!

McKean County

Allegheny Reservoir

The water levels are currently up 1.5 feet when compared to last week. Look for water levels to drop some in the coming weeks however, the change will not be drastic. Willow Bay Boat Launch is currently launchable however, please use caution and a spotter is recommended. Elijah Run Boat Launch is the best option right now. As you face Elijah boat ramp, the far right launch is recommended. Fish are currently being caught! Northern Pike, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass are all proving to be the main targets for most anglers. Some anglers are commenting on the aggressive nature these fish seem to have right now. Rock piles, bottom structures, and trees on the bottom are currently great places to target these fish. Be sure to utilized polarized sunglasses to locate fish close to shore. Good luck!!

Southeastern Region

Columbia & Southern Luzerne County

Anglers have been catching Brown Trout in both Monocacy Creek and Bushkill Creek. Both streams were stocked with trout in the spring and have cool waters all year round. It is a great opportunity for fly fishing. Minsi Lake also offers a great fall fishing opportunity. This newly filled lake has also been stocked with trout as recent as last month. If you are looking for bass, catfish, or other species the Delaware River provides a great fishing opportunity. This exceptional fishery offers something all year round.

Delaware River
Delaware River looking North to the Delaware Water Gap. Photo taken from the Portland pedestrian bridge.

Lehigh County

Anglers report they are continuing to catch Muskie at Leaser Lake. Anglers state they are using bright colored spoons and large bucktail spinners.

Please be advised that Mandatory wear for PFDs is in effect. Since the beginning of 2012, a person shall wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length, or any canoe or kayak.

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