Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 1, 2022


Northwest Region

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Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir

Anglers are catching Walleye north and south of the causeway 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 on a variety of baits.

Mercer County

Shenango River Lake

With the warmer water temperatures, most fish species are moving into deeper waters. In the evenings, White Bass and hybrids are chasing shad to the surface. 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 River fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.

Venango County

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using tubes, flukes, and top-water lures.

Anglers are catching catfish using cut bait as their top choice.

French Creek

From Utica through Franklin, anglers are catching Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye.

Oil Creek

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass from Rynd Farm through the Allegheny River confluence. Low water flow and increasing water temperatures have caused trout to stack up in the cooler flows of the incoming tributaries.

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and Largemouth Bass throughout the lake.

Justus Lake

Anglers are catching trout at depths between 20 feet through 25 feet of water. Anglers are catching Bluegill by using ants and jigs. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass in the southern end of the lake, between the swim beach and the dam.

Registration of Unpowered Watercraft Required at Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Lake/Access Areas

With the 2022 boating season in full swing, boaters are reminded that ALL unpowered watercraft are required to display either current registration or a launch permit when launching or retrieving at all PFBC lakes and/or access areas. For a complete listing of regulations pertaining to PFBC properties, please click here.

Northeastern Region

Southern Monroe and Northeast Carbon Counties

The Delaware River has been producing some nice Smallmouth Bass near Smithfield Beach. Anglers have been seeing success using soft plastics while jigging along the bottom and some crank baits. Some anglers have also been reporting luck catching channel catfish using chicken liver and corn near the old railroad trestle above the I-80 bridge. A group of anglers fishing near Arrowhead Island caught a beautiful 21 inch walleye using a crank bait. Anglers are reminded that a valid 2022 PA OR NJ Fishing license is required to fish in the Delaware River.

The Fourth of July weekend is here. All boaters are advised that alcohol and boats don’t mix, please have a safe holiday. All boaters are reminded to have at least one USCG approved wearable personal floatation device on board per passenger. The term “all boats” include kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboats, motorboats, foil boards, rowboats, etc. All boats must also have a sound producing device, such as a horn or whistle, on board. Please reference the 2022 Pennsylvania Fishing and Boating Summary Book for all laws regarding boating.

Northcentral Region

Boaters are reminded that all boats, kayaks, canoes, rafts, and paddleboards MUST have a wearable US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device for each person on board. Along with personal floatation devices, all above watercraft must possess a sound producing device. Check the boating summary book for all other regulations pertaining to boating. Any person interested in taking the Boating Safety Education Course can search for one close and sign up here

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