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Smallmouth Bass fishing is hot right now in Presque Isle Bay and the shallow areas along the Lake Erie shoreline. Anglers are catching Lake Trout in about 45 foot of water off Shorewood and Northeast. Anglers are catching Walleye near shore at night in 15 foot of water or less.
Lake Erie Tributaries
Anglers are catching suckers and Smallmouth Bass in the streams.
Please check over your boats before launching for the season. Please check that the PFD’s are in good serviceable condition without rips. Flares are required on Lake Erie and remember that they only have a serviceable life of 42 months. The current registration decals are orange 22’s and Green 23’s.
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
Pike & Wayne County
Brown trout and Rainbow trout are biting on dry flies on rainy days on the Upper Delaware River from the Buckingham access upstream. Be aware that the Main Stem of the Delaware can become too warm for trout this time of year due to limited waterflow and high air temperatures. Please check the USGS Water Gauge at Lordville for water temperature which can be found at: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?01427207 The West Branch of the Delaware River stays much cooler and will provide anglers and trout the thermal relief to fish without potentially causing harm to the trout.
Good size perch are being caught out of Greeley Lake. Brook and Brown trout are still being caught on worms out of Shohola Creek near the 84 overpass on 734 and at the end of the access road on the 180 State Game Lands. PFBC Mangan Cove Access/boat launch on Lake Wallenpaupack has reopened from its closure for repaving. For more information on the that project please visit: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/fish-and-boat-commission-details.aspx?newsid=388
With temperatures approaching near the mid-80s, its finally time to get those boats out on the water. Curwensville Lake and the West Branch of the Susquehanna River will make the perfect place to spend a day paddling. If you are just getting started with your first kayak or paddle board it is recommended that you make your first test runs on a still water such as a lake or pond. Be mindful when you make your first attempt at floating in rivers such as the West Branch. Adding current to the equation will change the maneuverability of your boat.
Memorial Day is just about here! Waterways are typically very busy over this holiday weekend and it is a great idea to brush up on your navigational “rules of the road”. Take the time to look over some boating basics to ensure that you, along with everyone else has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
Anglers are reporting that there are still large numbers of trout in the stocked lakes and ponds. One Angler stated that he had several Golden Rainbows swimming around his boat just a few evenings ago. Janesville Dam and Goss Run are the perfect places to spend a quiet afternoon while targeting one of those remaining trophy trout. Parker Dam and Shagger’s Inn Pond both still have plenty of trout also. If you are planning on catch and release fishing (for trout), the morning hours are the best time to hit the water. High daytime temperatures will have an extremely negative effect on our trout and mortality rates will rise.
If you are hoping to wet a line over the holiday weekend Sunday May 30th is one of two annual “Fish for Free” days here in Pennsylvania. Consider trying your luck, you may get “hooked”.
Bass are currently very active at Faylor and Walker lake. The Fabri Dam is also a hot spot Bass right now. Remember they are still in the spawning period so if you catch them get them back in the water ASAP. Panfish have yet to move up in either lake but should start to do so soon. If you can locate Panfish, many anglers are reporting a great bite! Carp have recently spawned in both lakes as well.
Reminder: Mandatory cold weather personal flotation device wear remains in effect. Visit our website at http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx for more details.
Marsh Creek Lake
Bluegills, Crappies and Yellow Perch have been caught on small jigs and baits. Bass are taking jigs, spinners, and crank baits, as well as large black, purple, dark green, and pumpkin seed colored rubber worms. The best live baits are crayfish, minnows and nightcrawlers.
French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek, and West Valley Creek
All are are extremely low with very light fishing pressure.
Around the Black Rock area, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass near the Cromby Power Plant outflow have been slow. Crankbaits and live bait are still the best producers. Several catfish anglers have been taking Channel Cats on liver and Flathead Catfish on live bait.
Note: Stay clear of the fish ladder at Black Rock Dam. Violators caught fishing within 100’ of that area will be prosecuted.