Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 13, 2021

West Marine Brown trout

Northwest Region

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Erie County

Presque Isle Bay

Anglers are catching Yellow Perch from both the North and South Piers, DonJon, and Dobbins Landing in good numbers. Anglers will need to weed through the smaller perch, but larger perch are present.

Lake Erie

Anglers are catching Yellow Perch on Lake Erie in about 45 feet of water North of the cribs. Anglers are catching Lake Trout off the mountain North of the North East Marina.
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass in both the bay and lake and will only continue to get better as we go into May.

Lawrence County

Neshannock Creek and Big Run

The stocked trout in the nearby streams are preferring different bait than in the lakes. In the Neshannock Creek and Big Run, the trout seem to prefer spinner style baits with a gold or silver spoon.

Bessemer Lake and Cascade Quarry

In Bessemer Lake and Cascade Quarry, trout are more likely to bite on dough baits in either chartreuse, orange, or brown.

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:

Columbia and Southern Luzerne Counties

With the in-season stockings completed until the fall, anglers should have little trouble finding opportunities to fish for trout on local waterways. All the Stocked Trout Streams in the district are producing nice trout, with success coming on everything from grocery store baits such as cheese and marshmallows to the most delicate dry flies.

The crappie bite has been productive at local impoundments. Good baits are fatheads and mealworms. For those who fish artificial-it’s hard to beat a small rubber jig such as a Crappie Magnet fished below a float. Try tipping it with a crappie nugget for that last bit of enticement.
The Susquehanna River has been running high and muddy recently. Live bait has been the most successful bait. If you are fishing artificial, try something with a rattle or a blade for the vibration and noise.

As boating season rapidly approaches, check out your boat’s safety equipment to ensure it is present, working and in serviceable condition.

Although we are out of the Mandatory PFD Wear season, water temperatures are still cold, and caution should be used. Wear a pfd, it floats-you don’t! As always, be mindful of the BUI laws. There is a zero-tolerance policy in the district.

Monroe County

Anglers fishing northeastern Monroe County are having good success catching

Rainbow Trout using power bait and wax worms at Hidden Lake. Anglers fishing Bushkill and Little Bushkill are having luck catching Rainbow and Brown Trout using artificial lures.

Bradford County

Trout anglers seeking freshly stocked trout are reporting great success using gold or white spinners. Despite some rain, creeks have risen but color is still favorable.

Northcentral Region

Clearfield County

Trout are currently being caught at Parker Lake, Shagger’s Inn Pond, Janesville Dam, and Goss Run. Anglers are reporting most of their success on mealworms, butter worms, and Powerbait type pastes. Spinners are a great option for the early morning or late afternoon bite. These waters are also providing a lot of excitement for those who are interested in fishing dry flies or emerger-type patterns. If you are interested in fishing for some trophy-sized Brown Trout, there have been several private stockings over the past few weeks along the Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year-Round fishing portion of the West Branch. Most of the action has been reported to be happening very early in the morning as the sun is coming up. One angler reported having 100+ yards of line taken off his spool before losing what he believes could have been the biggest trout he has ever hooked. We all love a good fish story, right?

The colder weather may have set us back a few days, but boating season is right around the corner. Please be aware that water temperatures are still low at this point. If you have not done so, it is time to go over your canoes, kayaks, or other boats and prepare them for what we hope to be an excellent summer on the water. If you find yourself with any questions regarding boating regulations or are just looking for helpful tips and advice for getting started, please head over to and find the boating tab in the right upper corner of our home page.

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