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September 19, 2011
I wanted to get your opinions on Curwensville Lake. It’s it worth the trip? Dumb question, I know any fishery that has Musky is probably worth the trip but I never fished there and wanted some incite from you guys. I haven’t tapped into the PA musky fisheries since I mostly fish out of state but really want to start when time allows since I am a native SE PA resident. Also what you guys do for PA /NJ Musky is outstanding and I applaud you all. The passion that MI50 has is second to none.
October 1, 2008
March 26, 2004
I fished it a few times when I was in college in the late 90's. It was stocked with tigers at the time, which appears to still be the case. In four trips I had one strike from a mid-sized fish, so I wouldn't say it was on fire. It doesn't get much pressure, but is in the middle of "eat everything you catch" country, so the local tackle shop had plenty of pictures of dead tigers. There used to be a website from a local tackle shop that had a bunch of fishing information and pictures, but I couldn't find it again in a few minutes of searching.
It is a Corp of Engineers Lake, so it feels like a smaller version of Beltzville or the Nock. You have opportunities for trolling the channel or casting weedbeds. There were thick weedbeds and a sunken island out in front of the west boat ramp and up against the dam. At the time, it appeared to have recovered from previous acid mine drainage, and should only be better now.
It has a pretty nice county park with a modern campground, beach, and other things. I only visited on weekdays, and it was pretty quiet then, but I don't know about weekends.
I guess I would summarize it by saying it was an OK option for Central PA, but I am not sure I would drive the four hours from SE PA to fish it. It might not be a bad stopover on the way to somwhere else, or as part of an exploring trip.
September 19, 2011