Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 2, 2022

chain pickerel

Northwest Region

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Mercer County

Shenango Reservoir

With the cooler nights, the lake temperature should be dropping, which means fish will be trying to fatten up for the winter months. Due to the lack of rain, the water level in the reservoir is low. In the evening, White Bass and 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 deeper water close to shore. Crappie must be nine inches to harvest, and the creel limit is 20.

Shenango River

Congratulations to the individuals that competed in the Lake-to-Lake challenge. Participants started at the outflow of Pymatuning Lake and ended their float in Shenango Lake. The Shenango River fish consumption advisory is still in effect until further notice.

Lake Wilhelm

Anglers are catching crappies as they move into shallower water to feed. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass throughout the lake.

Crawford County

Conneaut Lake

Anglers are catching crappie, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye throughout the lake.


Northeastern Region

Pike and Wayne Counties

Anglers are catching crappie at Greeley Lake. Shohola Marsh Reservoir is teeming with bass and chain pickerel.  The fishing activity should soon increase on Shohola Creek as temperatures cool.

Lake Wallenpaupack is a tough lake to fish but finding the right spot will help you hook into some big ones. The best way for a new angler to find the ‘right spot’ is to go out with an angler that has more experience or even use a guide service.

Make sure you purchase your Pennsylvania fishing license and please abide by all the rules and regulations, which can be found in the 2022 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary.

Recreational boaters have been enjoying the beauty of Lake Wallenpaupack. Boat operators should review all relevant boating regulations. A wearable personal floating device (PFD) must be on board for each person. Boats 16 feet or more in length must also have one throwable PFD on board. Children 12 and under and in a boat 20 feet or less or in a canoe or kayak must wear their life jacket while underway.

Operators of Personal Watercraft (PWC) must obtain a Boating Safety Education Certificate.  PWC operators must also wear their life jacket while underway and remember to keep a serviceable fire extinguisher on board.

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