Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 4, 2022

Northwest Region

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Crawford County

Woodcock Creek Lake

The lake is at summer pool. Anglers are catching panfish, Walleye, and Muskellunge.

Woodcock Creek

Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and panfish.

French Creek

Boats must have registration or a launch permit before use at Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) accesses. Boat operators must also ensure that their boats are equipped with the proper safety equipment prior to your float.

Canadohta Lake

Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish.

Sugar Lake

Anglers are catching panfish, Chain Pickerel, Bowfin, and Largemouth Bass.

Tamarack Lake

The lake is open to hunters, boaters, and anglers. The lake is being managed as catch and release only. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish. Boats must have registration or a launch permit. Boat operators must also ensure that their boats are equipped with the proper safety equipment.

Conneaut Lake

Anglers are catching crappie in deeper water. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike as well.

Forest County

Allegheny River

Anglers are catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass on tube jigs and live bait. Anglers are also catching Walleye near the confluence of the river and Tionesta Creek. The Allegheny River has seen a significant increase in non-powered watercraft, which at times causes conflict with powered watercraft. Please be courteous. Non-powered watercraft should avoid stringing out across the river channel, which makes it difficult for powered watercraft (jet operated boats) to safely navigate. Powered watercraft operators should reduce speed, if possible, when encountering non-powered watercraft.

Tionesta Lake

Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and the occasional Rainbow Trout in the evening hours near the dam with live bait and a bobber. Nebraska Bridge has been productive in the evening hours for crappie and catfish. Anglers may fish from the bridge; however, they should remain alert due to passing vehicle traffic.

Tionesta Creek

Tionesta Creek from Kellettville to the Nebraska Bridge is productive for Smallmouth Bass and Muskellunge fishing. Anglers can launch a canoe or kayak from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) campground at Kellettville and fish to Nebraska Bridge. Canoes and kayaks must be registered or have a launch permit to use the PFBC Access Area at the Nebraska Bridge. Anglers/boaters can also take out at the USACOE launch located near Jug Handle Run, which does not require registration or a permit.

Tionesta Outflow

Anglers are catching Muskellunge and Walleye from the wall and the campground side of the outflow. Anglers should have a net on hand if they attempt to reel a fish in from the wall. Anglers, fishing in the eddy near the concrete pier, are catching Yellow Perch on the campground side of the outflow using bobbers.

Butler County

Lake Arthur

Anglers are catching catfish, mostly at night, using worms on harnesses. Anglers are catching Walleye on worms as well. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass on a variety of baits including creature-type baits during the morning hours. Darker colors with some glitter seem to work best.

Northcentral Region

Lycoming County

West Branch Susquehanna

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on crankbaits and jerkbaits. Targeting fast moving water in the early morning and late evening has been effective. Anglers are having success in the deeper pools and runs during the heat of the day. Be sure to file a float plan with someone reliable if you are heading out on a boat. It will ensure your safety while enjoying Pennsylvania’s waterways. Boating traffic on the river is increasing with the warm summer temperatures. Don’t forget to apply your valid registration sticker to your boat before heading out on the water.

Clinton County

Little Pine Lake

Lake water levels have been low, despite a few recent rain events, Sediment loads deposited near the launch area have made boat operation extremely difficult. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has plans to remove the deposits, which should allow for better boating opportunities. This work will not be completed until the fall.

Warm water and low oxygen can easily stress fish this time of year. Don’t overplay fish. Handle them properly if you plan on practicing catch and release. Keeping fish in the water and releasing them quickly can drastically improve survival. If you intend to go boating in the region, know your water and expect shallow areas. Current conditions may result in dragging your watercraft through low areas.

Southeastern Region

Northern Montgomery and Eastern Berks Counties

Temperatures are really heating up and boating season is in full swing. Many people find relief from the heat by heading to the Schuylkill River or a local lake for some kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and maybe even taking a dip in the water where permitted. Boaters should remember to have the require safety equipment including a sound-producing device (whistle or horn) and wearable life jackets (PFDs) for each person on board.

Area rivers and streams are low as a result of little rain and summer flow. It may be better to head to a lake for paddling adventures.

Low water makes fish easy to locate in the deep holes of creeks and in the Schuylkill River. Most anglers are targeting bass with top-water lures, catfish with cut bait, and panfish with earthworms. White Perch are also biting at Green Lane Reservoir on pieces of cut up chicken breast.

A few trout anglers still hope to catch a big one at Deep Creek Lake and Unami Creek. Anglers should remember that warm water temperatures are stressful for trout. They may die from the stress of being caught after they are released. A few trout remain where they can find cool water and enough food.

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