Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 9, 2021

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Bob Adams Jr rainbow trout
Bob Adams Jr. of Bath, PA proudly displaying the 18 ½ inch Rainbow Trout he caught on the Buckwa Creek in Little Gap on the Opening Day of the Trout.

Northwest Region

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REMINDER: Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear began on November 1, 2020 and runs through April 30, 2021 for anyone on boats less than 16 feet and in all canoes and kayaks.  Learn more here…

Clarion County

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching some Yellow Perch, Bluegill, and Largemouth Bass. 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 crappies near the Toby Bridge and near the slide below the Route 322 bridge. Anglers are also catching a few Smallmouth Bass and Walleye between the PFBC Mill Creek Access and Blyson Run. 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 a few Walleye, Northern Pike, and an occasional Muskellunge near the confluence with the Allegheny River.

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching a few Walleye, Northern Pike, and an occasional Muskellunge in the Foxburg pool and at the Confluence with the Clarion River and the confluence of Redbank Creek. 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.

Beaver Creek Ponds Project

All fishing is currently closed in the project waters until the opening day of bass season.

Trout Stockings

The Piney Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area was stocked on 3/2/2021. Anglers are catching nice trout there. Anglers are reminded that artificial lures only can be used there. The use or possession of bait there is prohibited, and no trout may be kept or possessed at this time while fishing there.

Crawford County

Conneaut Lake

Anglers are catching crappies at the north end and in the canal.

Woodcock Creek Lake

The lake is refilling.

Woodcock Creek (Below the dam)

The stream is stocked with trout. Anglers must possess a valid Trout/Salmon Permit to fish for any species of fish in the stream.

French Creek

The driveway at the PFBC access in Cambridge Springs has been repaired so please KEEP OFF THE GRASS.

Canadohta Lake

Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish. Reminder to all boaters launching from the PFBC access, boats must possess the correct and current registration or launch permit.

Sugar Lake

Anglers are catching panfish, Chain Pickerel, Bowfin, and Largemouth Bass.

Tamarack Lake

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

Erie County

Lake Erie Tributaries

The Lake Erie tributaries have been stocked with steelhead smolts. These are the future of our steelhead fishery so please use caution if you catch one. Anglers are catching Brown Trout in 20 Mile Creek. There are still a few Steelhead in 20 and 16 Mile.

Stocked Trout Waters

The inland streams are stocked with adult trout and anglers were catching them on opening day. Worms, spinners, and pastebaits should all work on these trout. As the water warms, the panfish bite should pick up, but the weather hasn’t cooperated so far this year.

Northeastern Region

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall through the ice.
Remember – SAFETY FIRST:  https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx

Wyoming County

Nice sized trout are being caught all throughout Wyoming County. Streams are currently running at moderate to low flows and cold. There are plenty of trout to be had but getting them to bite has been challenging at times. Anglers have had success on meal worms and spinners in streams. Anglers fishing at area lakes have had success on spoons. The hotspots have been Lake Winola, Bowmans Creek, Oxbow Lake, and West Branch Meshoppen Creek. If the weather continues to cooperate as it has this week, things should only improve from here on through the spring fishing season.

Northwest Monroe, Southern. Wayne, and Western Pike

Fishing in this area of the beautiful Pocono Mountains has been heating up lately. Anglers were out in bunches on opening weekend, enjoying the thousands of trout stocked by the Commission throughout March. Though the first day was a little slow for many individuals, cold temperatures and cold-water temperatures played a part in that. Regardless, individuals were just happy to finally be hitting the streams again. The consensus was that live bait, mostly nightcrawlers and mealworms were the bait of choice, but if you are going to go artificial, gold and silver spinners seem to be having some luck. As April is now upon us, we will continue to stock thousands of fish in some amazing streams and lakes as we begin to prepare for boating season, which is fast approaching.

Carbon County

Although the morning temperatures of opening day of the trout season was cold, large numbers of anglers were observed on most of the district’s trout streams. Several anglers reported some difficulty catching trout in the morning, but as the temperatures started to get warmer anglers reported better success.  Most trout were caught using spinners, live bait and paste bait.  Some anglers were very successful catching large Rainbow and Golden Rainbow Trout measuring between 18 inches to 23 inches on the Buckwa Creek, Aquashicola Creek, Lizard Creek, and the Mahoning Creek. Fishing activity was lighter on Sunday and anglers were observed doing well catching trout on most of the district’s trout waters that had sustained heavy pressure on the opening day of the season.  Although the Lehigh River has been flowing higher, anglers fishing the river from Glen Onoko to Jim had also reported good success catching trout.  In-season trout stockings are now underway in the district.

Anglers fishing the upper reaches of the Pohopoco bay area of Beltzville Lake near the Trachsville Bridge have been successful catching Striped Bass in recent weeks.

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1 thought on “Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 9, 2021

  1. Clay Mitman

    Nothing for Northampton or bucks county pa? I want to learn more about the Delaware river particularly around Easton

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