Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 26, 2022


Northwest Region

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Erie County

Lake Erie

Walleye fishing is hot right now from the Ohio state line all the way to the New York state line. Walleye can be found in 55-to-70 feet of water. Anglers are using a variety of plugs off planner boards to catch their limit of Walleye. Steelhead will start moving in towards shallow water once the water temperature of the lake starts cooling down.

Forest County

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass using tube jigs and live bait. River levels are low, and weeds will become more prevalent, which can cause some navigation issues for jet boat operators. Boaters are reminded that the use of swimming aides are prohibited to be used on Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission access areas. Also, all boats that use a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission access area must be registered or have a use permit.

Tionesta Lake

Boaters utilizing wake boats are reminded that they must be 200 feet from shore, docks, and anchored or drifting boats while operating above slow no wake speed.

Tionesta Creek

Tionesta Creek from Kellettville to Nebraska Bridge is still productive for Smallmouth Bass and Muskellunge fishing. Water levels are low, which could make navigation of a canoe or kayak difficult.

Tionesta Outflow

Anglers are catching Muskellunge and Walleye from the wall and the campground side of the outflow. A trout/salmon permit is required to fish the Tionesta Outflow, regardless of fishing for or keeping trout.

Clarion River

Boaters are reminded that children 12 years of age and younger must wear a PFD while underway in a canoe, kayak, or boats 20 feet in length or less. Boaters should also be aware of State Park regulations, while navigating through Cook Forest State Park.

Elk Creek Access Area
This new sign can be found at the Elk Creek Access Area and was placed by DCNR: Erie Bluffs State Park. If you plan to launch a powered watercraft, please use Walnut Creek Access Area.

Northeastern Region

Northern Susquehanna and Eastern Bradford Counties

North Branch of the Susquehanna River

The North Branch of the Susquehanna River, even at continually low levels, has been fishing well. The most productive times for Smallmouth Bass have been early or late in the day on a variety of tackle. Many anglers have been catching stonecats and hellgrammites for bait.

Boat operators should be alert for hazards on the water. There have been reports of downed trees on the river.

Anglers have been having success on local impoundments. Fishing early and late in the day has produced the best results.

Boaters are reminded that a wearable lifejacket is required for each person on board a kayak, paddleboard, or non-powered vessel. Also, all boats are required to have a sound producing device on board. For complete boating regulations please visit: Boating Handbook (

Southeastern Region

Northern Chester County

The bass fishing has been slow this past month on Marsh Creek Lake due to the extreme heat and lack of  rain. Some bass are being caught on jerk baits, large rubber worms, and jigs. The best colors for worms are black or purple.

Bluegills and crappies are biting on minnows, meal worms, and wax worms. Marsh Creek Lake is a “Big Bass Lake and your catch must be at least 15 inches in order to keep.

Anglers are catching some Muskellunge close to shore on spinner baits.

The French, Pickering, East Brandywine, Pickering, and West Valley Creeks are not fishing well due to warm water temperatures which are around 70 degrees.

Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Black Rock, Cromby Power Plant area down river to the Black Rock Dam area has been decent. Most Smallmouth Bass are being caught in the weed beds on artificial lures like rubber crayfish and worms. Flathead Catfish are being caught using live bluegills.

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