Pennsylvania Fishing Report – November 5, 2020

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Northwest Region

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Clarion County

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, and crappie. Anglers are catching catfish at night. Anglers and Boaters are reminded that Kahle Lake is a PFBC owned lake. All boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use this facility.
 

Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River

Anglers are catching walleye during the early morning and late evening hours. Angler are catching catfish at night. Anglers and Boaters using the PFBC’s Mill Creek and PFBC’s Gravel Lick Access Areas are reminded that these are PFBC owned access areas and that all boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.

Lower Clarion River

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Walleye near the confluence with the Allegheny River. Angers are catching catfish at night at the confluence with the Allegheny River.

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Walleye near the I-80 bridge and the Parker islands. Anglers are catching catfish at night on the entire length of the river. Anglers and Boaters using the PFBC’s Parker City Access Area and the PFBC’s Brady’s Bend Access Area are reminded that these are PFBC controlled or owned access areas and that all boats, including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must be registered or have a PFBC or DCNR launch permit to use these facilities.

Redbank Creek

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Walleye below the dam in New Bethlehem, at Lawsonham, and near the confluence with the Allegheny River. Anglers are catching catfish at night near the confluence with the Allegheny River.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project

Anglers are catching Bluegill and Largemouth Bass.

Crawford County

REMINDER: To hunters using boats, canoes, and kayaks for the purpose of hunting, you are still required to have all the proper safety equipment on board that meets the specific requirements for the vessel being used.

REMINDER: November 1st is the beginning of the mandatory wear period; all boaters must wear a US Coast Guard Approved wearable personal flotation device at all time on any boat less than 16 feet in length and all canoes and kayaks.

Woodcock Creek Lake

Anglers are catching Walleye, catfish, and panfish.

Woodcock Creek (Below the dam)

Anglers are catching a few Walleye, Bowfin, Smallmouth Bass, panfish, and Muskellunge.

French Creek

Anglers are catching Walleye from the Meadville access on Wilson Shutes Rd.

Canadohta Lake

Anglers are catching nice sized Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish. The lake will be drawn down to winter poll during the month of November.

Sugar Lake

Anglers are catching panfish, Bowfin, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike from the PFBC access.

Tamarack Lake

The lake is open to the general public including hunters, boaters, and anglers. Remember to have all required safety equipment and proper registration if going out on a boat, canoe, or kayak. Anglers remember the lake is still listed as catch and release only.


Erie County

Lake Erie

Anglers are catching Walleye, Steelhead, and Lake Trout in Lake Erie using spoons and crawler harnesses. The docks at Northeast Marina and Shades Beach have been removed.

Warren County

Allegheny Reservoir
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass in 4 to 30 feet of water using crankbaits, plastic worms, and stickbaits. Anglers are catching Walleye in 20 to 60 feet of water using spoons and crawler harnesses. Anglers are catching Northern Pike in the bays using spinners, jerkbaits, and live bait.

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Northern Pike using live bait at the outflow. Walleye fishing picks up in the morning and late evenings. Anglers are catching several large Brown Trout off the outflow wall and down through the rapids along Hemlock road using live bait and spinners. Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass 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 at fishandboat.com.

Northeastern Region

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.

Northern Luzerne County

This time of the year the number one thing to remember when you go out fishing in autumn is safety. Water temperatures are starting to drop and a quick dip into water at these seasonal temperatures can turn a great day on the water into a dangerous one fast. If you are fishing on a body of water with any appreciable depth or current you should consider wearing a PFD. When crossing even relatively shallow streams consider using a wading staff, hiking staff or even a found sturdy piece of wood to give you extra stability.

Another consideration in the fall woods is hunting. Other sportsmen are out there looking to bag some game. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you could be mistaken for same. wear bright colors (Blaze Orange is best) and consider the same bright color for your hat. When you are down over a bank and a hunter is traveling by they may mistake that small patch of hair on your head for small game as you walk along the stream with most of the rest of you over the bank and out of sight of the hunter. Also, be considerate of those on post hunting. Try to avoid traveling through their observed area that they are hunting as much as possible as you travel to your desired fishing spot.

Fall stockings of adult trout are done in the area and all waters have gotten their allotments. Harveys Lake is dropping temperature rapidly and the Smallmouth Bass are starting to hit and chase baitballs of alewife. They should be getting up shallower soon. And while we are talking about Harveys Lake the trophy Brown Trout are starting to move into the shallows as well.

Other area waterways are also starting to produce as temperatures drop. Only concern now is for water level. Hopefully we can get a few more days of rain on the calendar soon to help alleviate this deficit.

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

Some needed rain has fallen and brought the Susquehanna River up a bit. Anglers targeting bass are having success using topwater tactics.

Monroe County

Hidden Lake was recently stocked with 800 Rainbow Trout and anglers are having very good success using a variety of artificial lures; particularly, spinners.

Northern Pike & Southern Wayne County

Long Pond and Lower Wood Pond in Wayne County were stocked with trout and anglers at Lower Wood Pond were able to catch their limits within the hour. There were no anglers at Long Pond during the time of the stocking.

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 – 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.

McKean County

Allegheny Reservoir

The water levels are still currently low, even though we have received some much-needed rain. The Elijah Run Boat Launch is the currently the recommended to launch to use for boaters. The waterline is just below the end of the launch at Willow Bay Boat Launch. This launch (Willow) is still suitable as well, due to the rock bottom compared to the mud bottom conditions you would find at Kiasutha Boat Launch (if the waterline were just below the end of the launch). It is mandatory for all boats less than 16 feet, canoes, & kayaks to wear a life jacket on the Allegheny Reservoir, and it is even more imperative to wear a life jacket once we get to the Cold Weather Wear months starting November 1st. Cold water emersion is very serious and life-threatening. Be safe out there and enjoy your time out on the water.

Clearfield County

Parker Lake

The fishing continues to remain outstanding in the area and the warm weather this weekend will make for some amazing conditions! to If you are feeling up to more of an adventure continue into the Moshannon State Forest to Shagger’s Inn Pond where you will find your solitude and often times enjoy the company of Bald Eagles. The recently stocked Rainbow trout have now acclimated to their new waters and are eager to take your bait. Anglers are catching trout on spinners, night crawlers, and powerbait.

McKean County

Clinton and Western Lycoming County

As the temperatures begin to dip and with the recent precipitation, the waters in this region are finally starting to come back from the low warm levels. The fish are getting active and so are the dedicated fall anglers. Anglers are out chasing Walleye, Musky, and Trout. With the waters rising back to a more conducive level; kayaks, boats and canoes are heading back out to the waters. Just remember mandatory PFD wear is now in effect.

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