Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 16, 2021

West Marine

Northwest Region

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Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir

Anglers are catching Walleye north and south using crawler harnesses and stickbaits in 19 to 25 feet of water. Anglers are catching Muskellunge trolling from boats north of the causeway. Anglers are catching catfish and Yellow Perch throughout the reservoir. When fishing from the bridge of the causeway, be courteous and reel your lines in to allow boaters to pass. Reminder to all boaters that it is illegal to operate a pontoon boat at any speed while a person is riding outside the passenger-carrying area. This violation poses a serious safety concern and is one that will be addressed accordingly.

Shenango River

Anglers are catching panfish and catfish at the tailwaters. Anglers are catching Muskellunge using live bait. When kayaking or canoeing on the river, be sure to have a USCG-approved PFD for every person on board and a sound-producing device. Launch Permits from either the DCNR or the PFBC are required for unpowered boats launching from the Weir below Pymatuning Dam.

Venango County

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and catfish in the river. Boating traffic has been light due to the heavy precipitation experienced since the beginning of August.

French Creek

Anglers are catching Walleye and Smallmouth Bass on top-water lures and spinnerbaits.

Oil Creek

The lower Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures/Keystone Select section will receive its fall stocking on 10/18/2021 (Monday). Meeting place and time is scheduled for the Rynd Farm Train Station at 9:30 AM.

Justus Lake

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and Rainbow Trout in 15 feet of water near the dam portion of the lake. Boaters are reminded that only manually powered, wind-powered, and electric motor watercraft are permitted on Justus Lake. The use of internal combustion engines is PROHIBITED. Additionally, paddleboards are, by definition, a boat; users are required to have a serviceable and wearable PFD (lifejacket) of the appropriate size on board.

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and Bluegill.

Northcentral Region

Clinton & Lycoming Counties

NOTE: The Wolf Run Marina (WRM) on the Allegheny Reservoir (Kinzua Reservoir) is currently closed. Anglers and boaters are no longer able to launch your boat at WRM. The water level will begin to gradually go down to winter pool conditions. Dunkle Corners, Willow Bay, Webb’s Ferry, and Elijah Run boat launches will be the most suitable locations to launch once the water level starts to go down.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek

The creek is currently in great shape! The water temperature is in the low 60’s and has some slight color to it. Anglers currently experiencing consistent success are utilizing nymphs. Looking for rising fish is helpful however, try drifting nymphs over them before switching to dry flies. Terrestrial patterns are currently working for those opportunistic fish. Other hot patterns include – bead head pheasant tails, in sizes 14-20, Hares Ear Dirty Bird Caddis in sizes 14-16, and streamers that imitate sculpins in sizes 2-6. Fishing will improve as Fall is fast approaching!

Southeastern Region

Northampton County

Anglers have not had much luck catching fish in the county recently due to high water conditions, although many of the local streams are returning to normal levels.

Flooding throughout the area may have passed, but it has left its mark on stream and riverbanks. It’s important to remember that banks may be particularly slippery and stream wading areas may have changed. Always be mindful of your footing, even if you have fished the stream many times before.

Southern Lancaster County

Advisory: Susquehanna River- Lake Aldred
Boaters and shoreline anglers be aware that Brookfield Renewable is planning a Lake Aldred drawdown from September 14th to September 18th. The drawdown is being conducted to facilitate repairs and the replacement of the Holtwood Dam’s flashboards which sustained damage because of the recent Tropical Storm Ida. The water level will come down to between 163.5 – 164.5 feet, which is 3 to 4 feet lower than Lake Aldred’s recreation season lake level of 167.5 feet. This work is contingent on river flows and may be postponed. Public inquiries can be forwarded to:
Parties are encouraged to copy their concerns as related to Brookfield Renewable to PFBC District Officer J. Schmidt at

As an ongoing admonition, boaters are further advised to consult The Safe Waters Hotline for daily updates prior to trailering to the launch. Call the Safe Waters hotline 1-844-430-FLOW (3569)

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