View Full Version : East Branch Lake

02-22-2007, 12:51 PM
went to East Branch upper launch last week 2/1707.. all alone on the lake.. fish commission was surprised to see us by ourselves and said 50 to 70 people we there the week before.. must be they learned what were learned, no fish or flags all day.. anyone have a secret for fishing this lake? i know there are brookies, lake trout, tiger muskies and bass in here.. we tried shallow and deep, just below the ice or on the bottom, ..shiners, goldens and creek bait.. forgot the dynamite i guess.. ice was 8 to 12 in most spots with some real msuhy stuff in the middle.. we waded through slush most of the day.. at least we ate well..

02-22-2007, 05:43 PM
sounds like a tough day on the ice. never fished it before so i can't give advice.welcome to grizzlyland zenrider. hope someone here can help with your situation.

07-04-2008, 07:54 PM
Came from East Branch today. Water VERY low because of dam seepage and level experimentation.

Reports for the walleye guys, "best fishing it has ever been."

Got one 20 inch northern myself just trolling around not really trying for anything except a tan. Got that alrighty. Pretty lobster looking right now.

Walleye Stalker
07-05-2008, 10:29 PM
East Branch is a lake that I hit MUCH more often thank Kinzua just because it's a shorter trip for me. Tough catching eyes in the spring for me there but summer/fall action for them is great. I can usually take eyes trolling bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses. For the most part it seems that the eyes on average are much bigger than the Kinzua eyes that I catch. A typical day on Kinzua I may catch 20 eyes but only bring home two. I usually can bring home several in the 18-22 inch range on a typical day fishing on East Branch, but the numbers of eyes caught are way fewer. Sometimes I like to catch numbers and sometimes I like to catch eaters, but I sure like to catch them either way. Planning on hitting East Branch later this week and if anyone is interested I will post the results of the trip. Happy Fishing!!

07-07-2008, 01:00 PM
Expensive lake today.

First we see 4 wheelers coming down the old RR grade. Everyone gets out and starts fishing w/o any visible license. To get there they went through a State Game lands, then State Forest, then State Park. In short order, the Patrol Boat showed up. About an hour later the violators left with their stack of papers. Most likely back the way they came, straight into the hands of the PGC Officer. Meanwhile, patrol boat comes blasting out of the bay, oops, what is that guy in the canoe doing without a life jacket on? So he was issued a jacket and escorted back to the dock where it clearly states we will wear PFDs on all canoes and kayaks, regardless of length. Off goes the officers and here comes the "yeeeeee.. haaaaa" of one of those personal watercraft. As it blubbered to a halt, you could almost hear the sadness.

Looked like they were getting about five to ten tickets per gallon to me.

07-07-2008, 05:24 PM

07-08-2008, 08:11 AM
Canoes must be registered or have a launch permit. Bradford Notary Service can issue that immediately. Don't forget your vest and whistle and flashlight if out after sundown. You can launch at either the upper or lower ramp. I like to use the Instanter ramp upstream. It turns of the road from Wilcox to Clermont. Nice lake.

07-10-2008, 07:21 PM

07-11-2008, 08:05 AM
Instanter is the upper launch. Not the spot you are stating. But both places are good. There is a HUGE sign saying ELK STATE Park or maybe Elk State Forest at the entrance to instanter off the road to Clermont, going from Wilcox. About 8 or more miles from Wilcox.

10-08-2008, 03:00 PM
East Branch is down 60 FEET!! You should be able to walk across the fishes backs pretty soon.

Anybody fished there lately? How is it?

Instanter launch has been closed for some months now. Quite a hike to the water from there. Not sure if you can still get a boat in by the dam.

Might have to go for a fall fling here this Sunday. Leaves are looking good. Hopefully, I won't shoot a deer Saturday that I have to butcher Sunday...