Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 19, 2022

Northwest Region

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Mercer County

Shenango River Lake

Anglers are catching several species of panfish, but the cold water is keeping them at bay. A reminder that Shenango River Lake is now designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake. Crappie must be nine inches to harvest, and the creel limit is 20.

Shenango River

The Shenango fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.

Other waters

The last of the trout stocking has been completed for the county. There are still lots of opportunities to get out there and catch some trout!

Southeastern Region

Southern Lancaster County

Susquehanna River – Lake Aldred Advisory: Boaters and shoreline anglers are made aware that Brookfield Renewable is planning a Lake Aldred drawdown May17th-20th.  The drawdown is being conducted in order to facilitate repair and replacement of the Holtwood Dam’s flashboards which sustained damage as a result of high river flows. The river level will come down to between 163.5 – 164.5, which is three to four feet lower than Lake Aldred’s recreation season lake level of 167.5.

Boaters are forewarned to maintain a proper lookout at all times with strict adherence to Pennsylvania boating laws and regulations. This work is contingent on river flows and may be postponed.

Public inquiries can be forwarded to: or (857) 265-8298.

Parties are encouraged to copy their concerns as related to Brookfield Renewable to PFBC District Officer J. Schmidt at

As 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)

Northern Lancaster

The DFCA (Donegal Fish & Conservation Association), Mount Joy, N.  Lancaster County, a PFBC Approved Cooperative Trout Nursey stocked approximately 400 Rainbow and Brown in the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only section of the Donegal Creek, East Donegal Township on April 27.

The upper section of Hammer Creek has some new posted areas to it, the postings are the new purple paint on trees. The areas still open start from Pumping Station RD/ Route 322 game lands parking lot and 0.7 of a mile upstream.  The fishing for trout there is still ideal and the bait of choice this year is meal worms or corn.

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, the Manheim Farm Show Complex in Lancaster County is having the Annual Chiques Creek Watershed Expo. The PFBC will be in attendance and will have a table there. The PFBC will have publications, posters, and other fishing/boating items for the public.

There will also be displays of mounted/preserved turtles and snakes as well.

The Conestoga River is a good three-and-a-half-hour kayak float starting from Fisher Park in Brownstown down to Perelman Park in Manheim Township. Besides a good float for kayaks there are great fishing opportunities for small mouth bass.

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