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Over the last few weeks, anglers are catching a variety of fish from shore. Live/natural bait seems to be the go-to this time of year. Catfish are still hitting on shrimp. Anglers are catching crappie, Yellow Perch, and Bluegill using nightcrawlers. Anglers are catching Walleye off the roadbeds using worm harnesses.
Anglers are catching Steelhead at the mouths of all the tributaries either by shore or by boat. Anglers are catching Lake Trout off North East. Anglers are catching Yellow Perch off the cribs as well, but you must find the school.
Presque Isle Bay
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and crappie from shore and if you can find them.
Area Steelhead Tributaries
Steelhead are in full swing on the west side of Erie and with each rain, more Steelhead will be moving inland. The east side tributaries have steelhead, but in fewer numbers. Rain is needed to improve the fishing on the eastside.
The lake temperatures are slowly declining, which means the fish are moving into the shallows to feed to fatten up for the winter. A reminder that Shenango Reservoir is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake. Crappie must be nine inches to harvest, and the creel limit is 20.
The Shenango fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.
All Commonwealth Waters
A reminder that all Commonwealth Waters will have a mandatory Personal Flotation Device Wear for all boats under 16 feet in length and all canoes and kayaks regardless of length starting on November 1, 2021 and ending April 30, 2022.
West Branch of the Susquehanna River – The West Branch is now in excellent condition. The river has a nice flow to it and the fish should be very cooperative as they enter their fall feeding patterns. As the water temperatures cool, it’s more important than ever to double check that you have all of your safety equipment on board prior to paddling the river. Mandatory PFD wear will begin shortly (November 1st). Anglers are currently reporting success targeting both Panfish and Bass. White and yellow twister tails are producing the best results right now.
Parker Lake, Shagger’s Inn Pond, and Janesville Dam – These waters have all received a Fall stocking of Rainbow Trout. Anglers are currently having great success targeting these fish. Spinners, jigs, and meal worms are currently working well for numerous anglers.
Curwensville Lake – Fishing and boating pressure have been extremely low. Now is a great time to spend an afternoon along the shoreline in anticipation of what may bite. The far end of the park provides seclusion and some magnificent views of the changing foliage around the lake.
Northfork Redbank Creek – Anglers are currently having great success within the fly-fishing project. The creek has received two Fall stocking events in the past month. Now is a great time to enjoy the Fall weather and get on the water!
Susquehanna River – The Mahantango access has proven to be hot for Bass anglers lately. Hitting the weather right is key in anglers finding success. Anglers are currently reporting high catch rates some days, however quick changes in weather conditions can slow the action. Anglers having success are fishing the bottom slowly with natural looking and neutral colors of grubs, tubes, and sinkos. As a reminder the Fabri-Dam is under repair. Do not enter the posted construction site.
Winter dock removals are being scheduled currently. Please see the up-to-date schedule below:
Lake Wallenpaupack: October 18-20
Harveys Lake: November 1-5
Lake Winola: November 1-5
East Schuylkill County
Tuscarora Lake has received its fall trout stocking and the fish were very healthy and active. It’s a great time to get out and fish as the nights are cool and days are seasonably warm.
Please remind that the Cold Weather Wear period goes into effect November 1st for all persons on boats under 16ft in length, and any length kayak or canoe.
With the falling temperatures, Striped Bass fishing has picked back up at Lake Wallenpaupack and they’re biting around first light and dusk at the north end of the lake; just be aware of rocks and shallow areas while the water levels are still low. There has also been excellent Smallmouth Bass fishing on Lake Wallenpaupack in the coves and right off the shoreline in Mangan Cove. The Lackawaxen River was stocked with rainbow trout downstream of Kimbles Bridge on Friday as well, and they have been biting on nymphs and streamers.
Northern Luzerne County
All waters in the District that receive Fall Stockings have been restocked. Harveys Lake got some beautiful Brown Trout with great size and color. They are starting to move into the shallow water and crowd the mouth of the creek. If you cannot get them to feed on natural bait, try getting them to strike out of anger by throwing spinners in their direction or small stick baits.
Harveys Creek, Moon Lake, Took-A-While and Sylvan got some nice Rainbow Trout. Anglers fishing Harveys Creek were doing well with just about everything they threw at them. Moon Lake as well.
Anyone planning on getting out on a boat to fish needs to be reminded that starting November 1st Cold Water Wear Regulations apply for Life Jackets. That regulation reads as follows: a person shall wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak. Not many people are aware that most boating fatalities occur on smaller vessels as the result of capsizing or falls overboard and cold water is one of the biggest contributing factors to death. Please be safe out on our waters.
Northwest Monroe County
As the air is becomes crisp and the leaves change colors, the fishing opportunities remain abundant in Northwest Monroe county. Tobyhanna Lake will be seeing it’s only fall stocking coming up on Friday October 29, as roughly 1000 Brook Trout will be stocked into the lake to provide for trout fishing opportunities all throughout the fall. Brady’s Lake on SGL 127 is now reopened after being closed for a few weeks due to heavy flooding and people are taking advantage of it. Many anglers have taken advantage of the nice weather recently to test their luck on the lake. Crappie have been the fish of choice with some anglers have much success, using mostly jig bait.
Promised Land Lower Lake will be receiving its one and only fall stocking on Friday, October 29 with roughly 500 Brook Trout and 500 Rainbow Trout. The stocking will ensure that dedicated anglers will have plentiful trout fishing opportunities throughout the fall months until ice fishing is upon us.