Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 11, 2022

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Northwest Region

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Butler County

Lake Arthur

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass on a wide variety of baits. Plastic creature baits are a good choice right now.
 

Crawford County

Pymatuning Reservoir

Anglers are catching Walleye throughout the reservoir using crawler harnesses and stickbaits in 19 to 25 feet of water. Anglers are trolling from boats and catching Muskellunge north of the causeway. Anglers are catching catfish and perch all throughout the reservoir. A reminder to all boaters that it is illegal to operate a pontoon boat at any speed while a person is riding outside the passenger-carrying area. This violation poses a serious safety concern and is one that will be addressed accordingly.

Shenango River

Anglers are catching panfish and catfish at the tailwaters. Anglers are catching Muskellunge using live bait. When kayaking or canoeing on the river, be sure to have an USCG approved PFD for every person onboard and a sound producing device.

Erie County

Lake Erie

Anglers are catching Walleye in approximately 45-60 feet of water using worm harness in a variety of colors. Anglers are launching directly north of Walnut Creek Marina, and most of them are limiting out within one to three hours.

Gravel Pit Ponds and Edinboro Lake

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass in the Fairview Gravel Pits and Edinboro Lake using a variety of lures and soft plastic presentations.

Elk and Walnut Creek

Anglers are catching catfish at Elk Creek and Walnut Creek. Anglers have noted that the catfish bite increased after storms passed through. An angler caught a 33-pound catfish in Lake Erie off Walnut Creek Marina while trolling for Walleye.


Northeastern Region

Carbon County

With humid temperatures and lack of rain in recent weeks, most of the district’s trout streams have been flowing low and warmer with little to no fishing activity occurring.  Pohopoco Creek and the Aquashicola Creek, while both running lower than normal, are still providing angler’s good action.  Anglers should target these streams early morning or late evening for the best chance to find trout that are active and willing to bite.

Anglers fishing the Lehigh River, near Parryville and the East Penn boat launch, have reported good success catching Smallmouth Bass using stick baits.  Anglers need to be aware that whitewater rafting activity on the remains high during the weekends.

Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake continues to be good at the lake during the early morning or evening hours.  Preachers Camp and the Pine Run boat access areas are good locations for anglers targeting stipers.  Shore anglers fishing along the picnic wood and the boat rental cove have been successful catching Largemouth Bass using a variety of baits and soft plastic baits.  Walleye action was good near the dam breast and near the area of the powerlines during the evening hours.  Panfish activity remains good in most cove areas of the lake.

Mauch Chunk Lake continues to provide good panfish action at the Boat Launch A fishing pier and crappie action just east of the Boat Launch B.  A jig tipped with a minnow has been a productive method to catch crappies at the lake.  Catfish action during the evening hours have been productive along the lake shore at boat launch B. Kayak anglers reported good success catching bass just off the area of boat launch A.  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.

Wyoming and Southwest Susquehanna Counties

The Susquehanna River is currently running very low levels but, it is a good level for paddlers and wading anglers. Early morning and evenings have been productive for anglers fishing for Smallmouth Bass. Bass anglers have been finding success on a variety of lures from jigs, soft stick baits, to topwater poppers. Target areas of current for the most active fish. Nighttime fishing for Channel Catfish has been good with some catfish being caught on nightcrawlers. Another hotspot is still Lake Winola for summer trout fishing. Trout are being caught on paste bait at night in the deeper waters of the lake.

Wayne County

As the summer brings warm weather and pleasant days, fishing and boating opportunities continue to persist all throughout the district.  Anglers are heading out to the lakes and ponds, where most of the fishing is being done this time of year, since all the trout streams are running low with water. Prompton Lake, Upper Woods Pond, and Belmont Lake have seen an increased number of anglers targeting Largemouth Bass, using variations of finesse rigs. Duck Harbor Pond and Long Pond have also seen an increased number of anglers, mainly targeting walleye. Anglers fishing for walleye have been successful through the method of trolling with the use of their down-riggers.

With some individuals fishing, others are taking to the water with their recreational crafts such as a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. When going out to spend a day on the water, plan to get wet and always pack the required gear for your trip. No matter the type of boat you operate, always wear a life jacket, have the required gear as prescribed by law and don’t forget to leave a float plan behind. Many recreational boaters and paddlers are spending time exploring the Delaware River, Belmont Lake, Prompton Lake, and Upper Woods Pond during the summer months.

Remember, whether you launch a motorboat or paddle craft from Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Property, it is required that any boat with a motor be registered, and all canoes, kayaks and paddleboards have the required launch permit when using PFBC Boat Launches.

Southern Wayne and Northern Pike Counties

Bass season is in full swing, and anglers are fishing on Lake Wallenpaupack and other bodies of water throughout the district. Anglers are reporting their success catching Smallmouth, Largemouth and Striped Bassusing various lures such as plastic worms, swim baits and crank baits. Other successful fishing methods include the wacky rig, drop-shot and ned-rig in order to better your chances of landing a bass.

In addition, several anglers on Lake Wallenpaupack have reported catching catfish and blue gill along the shorelines. Different methods to catching catfish include using chicken liver, stink bait or 3-4 worms bunched up on a hook. You can also catch bluegill using worms, rooster tails and rolled up bread. With a rod, bobber, and hook, anyone can be successful in all the bodies of water that Pennsylvania has to offer. Just remember, whether an individual is a resident, or non-resident, anyone 16 year of age and older needs a PA fishing license. Whether it’s for a day, three days or a week, PA fishing licenses can be bought at stores and even online. When fishing, always be patient and you will be rewarded!

Overloading PWCs (jet skis) on Lake Wallenpaupack continues to be an issue. A common misconception is that a PWC can tow a skier and the skier does not count toward the maximum capacity. This is false. When operating a PWC, the skier you are towing counts toward the maximum capacity of the PWC. For example, if your PWC has a maximum capacity of 3 people, then only 2 people can be on the PWC if 1 person is being towed.

Another ongoing issue is swimming and the launching and retrieving of float tubes at the Westfall Boat Launch in Matamoras, PA. A reminder: The Fish and Boat Commission prohibits swimming and the use of any swim aids (including float tubes) at its access areas. Please be aware that Waterways Conservation Officers patrol these access areas and will take appropriate enforcement action in response to any violations.

Southeastern Region

Southern Bucks County

There is an increase in Personal Watercraft (PWC) riders operating without a Boater Safety Education Certificate (BSE).  All PWC operators of all ages are required to first obtain a BSE prior to operating a watercraft.

If you are going to allow someone to operate your PWC, it is your responsibility to ensure they have first obtained a BSE.

For more information, please visit the PFBC website at https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingCourses/Pages/default.aspx.

Boaters be advised that the entire length of the Neshaminy Creek is a Slow, No Wake Zone.  It is up to you as the operator to recognize conditions that require you to operate at a Slow No Wake Speed.

One of the many examples includes operating a boat at slow, no-wake speed within 100 feet of the shoreline, docks, launch ramps, swimmers or downed skiers, persons wading in the water, anchored, moored or drifting boats and floats.

Slow, no-wake speed is the slowest possible speed of a motorboat required to maintain maneuverability so that the wake or wash created by the motorboat on the surface is minimal.

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