Mandatory life jacket wear began at the first of the month for our smaller watercraft. This is an important law, as cold-water kills! It is important to note that the water is cold enough to cause shock now. As well as saving your life, it will also save you a ticket! The waters in the region are trending in the low 50’s in our warm-water fisheries. Look for these temperatures to continue dropping in the coming weeks.
Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear
Mandatory cold weather life jacket wear began on November 1st. This means that a person must wear a US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak from November 1st through April 30th.
Western Erie County
Fishing in Western Erie County is very good at the time being. The basin at Walnut Creek is now open to fishing. Be sure to take advantage of the new fish cleaning station as well at Walnut Creek Access Area.
All the tributaries are loaded with steelhead. Walnut Creek has had a lot of fish all the way to the falls. Anglers are having good luck on Crooked Creek all the way past Route 20, and Elk has fish all the way to Mckean.
Water Temp: 60 degrees
Walleye and Northern Pike fishing should be productive on the Tionesta pool of the Allegheny River. Anglers generally catch Walleye and Northern Pike from boats and along the shore near the boat ramp and at the point of the island.
Hunters and anglers are reminded that they must have on board their watercraft, a wearable PFD (life jacket) for each person on board the watercraft. From November 01, 2021 through April 30, 2022, PFDs must always be worn while on board any canoe, kayak, or boat less than 16 feet in length. Hunters using motorboats are reminded that they must have all firearms unloaded while the motor is in use.
Muskellunge fishing is generally productive throughout the fall and will continue until the lake freezes. Trolling along the shoreline seems to be the most productive method.
Muskellunge, Walleye, and Northern Pike fishing is productive near the wall and the campground side. Downstream of the wall there is a fishing trail that provides access to the creek. Anglers are reminded that they must have a Trout/Salmon Permit to fish in Tionesta Creek, from the outflow to the confluence with the Allegheny River. The permit is required at all times, regardless of fishing for, or keeping trout.
Boaters using canoes, kayaks, or boats less than 16 feet in length, must at all times wear a PFD (life jacket) from November 1st through April 30th.
Parker Dam State Park/Moshannon Forest – The fishing at Parker Lake has been “phenomenal” as described by one younger angler who had caught and released more than a dozen Trout within a couple of hours. Spinner’s and small Rapalas have worked well when working your way around the lake’s shore. Those trout that may lose interest after a few times chasing lures, have been very easily fooled with nightcrawlers floated about 8 inches off of the bottom of the lake.
Shagger’s Inn Pond has also provided some excellent opportunities over this past week. Angler’s can expect to have the best success near the breast of the dam where the water is deepest. Wax and/or butter worms on a single hook seem to really bring the fish in on Shagger’s. Beware of the patrolling Pickerel if you are using baitfish imitating lures or minnows! Those teeth will go through your fishing line like a hot knife through butter!
Curwensville Lake – The Perch bite has been fantastic, but you must put your time in! Those willing to search for the bite have done extremely well fishing from the shoreline. Nightcrawlers have been working the best! The key here is to be flexible and relocate to find the action if the spot you are in is not producing. There’s plenty of shoreline to explore in the Curwensville Lake recreation area.
West Branch of the Susquehanna River – The river is currently in good shape. Paddling traffic has also been very light of the past week. As the temperatures cool, be certain to dress the part and properly prepare for any paddling activities. There are still plenty of fishing opportunities left at this point.
Northumberland, Montour, and Snyder Counties
The Susquehanna River is high right now due to recent rain fall. Please use caution and be aware of your surrounding when venturing out on the water.