Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 21, 2022


Northwest Region

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Clarion County

Piney Dam

Piney Dam

In addition to increased risk of injury or death, section 105.1 (58 PA Code) provides criminal penalties for boats operating within dam exclusionary zones; therefore, boaters are reminded to keep clear and be mindful of occurring signage.
-All motor, speed, and wake boaters are reminded to adhere to slow, no wake operation where appropriate/applicable.
-All motor, speed, and wake boaters are respectfully requested to keep continual/prolonged operation to the more remote waters areas of Piney Dam, so to best keep conflicts to a minimum. (between tenants and/or other boaters)

Mercer County

Shenango River Lake

The warmer water temperatures are driving the fish into deeper waters. In the evening, White Bass and White Bass Hybrids are chasing shad to the surface. A reminder that Shenango River Lake is designated as a Panfish Enhancement Lake. Anglers are catching panfish in the deeper water close to shore. 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 jigs or flukes.

Oil Creek

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass from Rynd Farm through the Allegheny confluence, with the greatest concentration of anglers occurring between the Center and Seneca Street Bridges. Low flow and increasing water temperatures have caused trout to stack in the cooler flows of the incoming tributaries.

Clarion River

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using a variety of top water lures and flukes.

Northeastern Region

Carbon County

Although, most of the district’s trout streams have been receiving little to no fishing activity, the Pohopoco Creek, Aquashicola Creek and Mauch Chunk Creek continue to provide good trout fishing opportunities.

Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake continues to be good at the lake.  Preachers Camp boat access and the Pine Run boat access areas have been the best locations and early morning and evening hours have been the most productive.

Anglers fishing from shore along the picnic woods, and the boat rental cove have been successful catching Largemouth Bass using a variety of baits and soft plastic baits.  Walley action was good near the dam breast during the evening hours.  Panfish activity remains good in most cove areas of the lake.

Mauch Chunk Lake

Mauch Chunk Lake continues to provide good crappie action at the fishing pier located at boat launch A. The best set up has been a jig tipped with a for anglers targeting crappie. Catfish action during the evening hours have been productive along the lake shore at boat launch B. Anglers are reminded that Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Program Special Regulations. The minimum size of bass harvested from Mauch Chunk Lake must be 15 inches, and the daily creel limit is 4 combined species.

Both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake have sustained an increase in boat traffic on most weekend days. Boaters are reminded to check all the required safety equipment on their boats before venturing out onto the water. In addition, please check and make sure your boat is properly registered. Motorboats and boats powered by an electric motor must display a proper motorboat registration. Unpowered boats such as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc. launching at Commission lakes or access areas including PA State Parks launch or access areas must display either a Commission launch use permit, or a PA State Parks (DCNR) launch permit or mooring permit. Boaters are further reminded that Beltzville Lake is governed by designated Slow No Wake areas which are posted by signage and buoys including a designated Water Ski -tubing area. Boaters are requested to check the maps of the lake which are posted at both boat launches which indicate the special regulation areas. Alcohol is prohibited at both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake, and the possession and or consumption of alcohol is strictly enforced.

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