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Map highlighting counties in the Northcentral RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)

Reports compiled by Amidea Daniel (adaniel@pa.gov), Northcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – April 27, 2016
Crappies are beginning to stage and prepare for spawning in lakes across the region. They are being caught in waters that are approximately 10-15 feet in depth.  Expect the peak of good Crappie fishing within 1 to 2 weeks. If water levels and temperatures remain stable, the first and second week in May should be the best Crappie fishing of the season.

Cameron / Clinton County

Streams are low and clear. Approach the water with stealth to avoid spooking trout.  Rain and cloudy weather predicted for later this week should increase success on the water.

Tioga County

Hamilton and Beechwood Lakes – PA Fish and Boat Commission will be stocking more trout next week in each of these lakes.  Anglers are catching trout using spinners and spoons.  Butterworms, live minnows and waxworms are also working well.

Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching Crappie and Yellow Perch.  A number of the fish being caught are over 12 inches!  As long as the water levels and temperatures stay stable, the Crappies will likely move in to spawn sometime next week.  Anglers are also catching Bluegills.

Crappie
Don Kelly caught quite a few Crappie on a recent fishing trip to Hammond Lake.  Crappies are on the move and preparing to spawn!
(photo by Don Kelly)

Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are catching Crappie, Bluegill and Yellow Perch using jigs, twister tails, live minnows, waxworms and butter worms.

Crappie
Josh Ditzler caught lots of Crappie on a recent fishing trip to Hills Creek Lake(photo provided by angler) 

Long Run, Cowanesque River, Asaph and Mill Creek – Anglers are catching trout using spinners, pink salmon eggs, paste baits, butterworms, mealworms and wax worms.  A few anglers fished smaller streams and caught native Brook Trout using red worms.

Pine Creek – Anglers are catching trout using dry flies (e.g. size #14 or #16 apple caddis, tan elk hair caddis or CDC caddis; Hendrickson emerger). Anglers are reporting some of their best days ever on Pine Creek, with trout rising everywhere and clouds of caddis.  The best time to be on the water seems to be mid-morning to mid-afternoon.  A few anglers have reported good catches into the early evening hours as well.

Bait and spinner anglers are also catching trout.  Fishing waxworms and butter worms on light line is bringing success to a few anglers.  Small black/yellow panther martins and size “0” blue fox vibrax spinners in gold, silver or pink are also working well.

Potter County

Lyman Run Lake – Anglers are catching trout using dry flies (e.g. caddis patterns).  Trout are rising to the surface consistently for caddis in the late afternoon and/or early evening hours.

Renee
Renee Kelly caught her first trout on a fly while fishing with her husband Don at Lyman Run Lake.  Congratulations Kelly!!
(photo by Don Kelly)

Lycoming County

Loyalsock Creek – Anglers are catching trout using Hendrickson dry flies and a variety of nymphs.  During rain events, anglers are catching trout using minnows, streamers and spinners.

Rose Valley Lake – Anglers are catching and releasing bass, using minnows and streamers.  Anglers are also catching Bluegill using worms and a variety of twister tails.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching and releasing bass and Walleye using spinners and live minnows.  A few anglers are catching musky using large lures and flies. One angler, targeting musky, caught and released a Smallmouth Bass that measured over 20inches!

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. bead head Frenchie; olive bird of prey; bead head pheasant tail; green weenie).  Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies from late afternoon into the evening hours (e.g. tan caddis; midges; Hendrickson; blue quill). 

Nymphing has been the most productive.  Anglers using the dry-dropper technique (e.g. rig = dry fly with a nymph about 2 feet below the dry fly) are having the most success.  Using the dry-dropper technique provides anglers with a chance to catch trout on the surface and/or under the water!

With rain predicted over the next few days, streamers and/or spinners should bring luck to anglers as well.

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek – Anglers are catching trout using tan caddis dry flies and a variety of nymphs.  Anglers are also catching trout using spinners and live bait (e.g. minnows and red worms).

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – The lake is currently about 5-8 feet below full pool.  It should be at normal pool by mid to late May.  Winter launch is currently the only launch being used by boaters.

Anglers are catching lots of Crappie using jigs, twister tails, live minnows, and night crawlers.  Under the bridge from Howard, Upper Greens Run; Hunter run cut; old 220 road bed and the pier at Lower Greens Run are places anglers are catching fish. 

One angler reported catching a catfish using a fathead minnow at the spillway.  The catfish weighed over 9lbs!

Penns Creek –  With low water conditions, trout are staying close to cover.  The water temperatures are still holding in the low 50s with lots of bug activity!  Anglers are catching trout using nymphs throughout the day (e.g. bead head hares ear; bead head prince nymph; kaufman stone fly).  The hatches occurring on the water right now are blue wing olives, grannom caddis, tan caddis, hendrickson, blue quill and midges. 

With the predicted rain events later this week, sculpin patterns, spinners and live minnows should work well.

Anglers are catching trout using small dark nymphs, stoneflies and caddis pupa.  Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies (e.g. small blue wing olives; tan caddis; hendricksons and midges)
 
Spring Creek- Spring Creek has the most consistent water flow across the region, but water levels still lower than normal.  Approach your favorite fishing areas with stealth to avoid spooking trout. 

Water temperatures are currently in the low 50’s.  Rain is predicted for later this week making it a great weekend to fish!

Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. midge larvae; caddis larvae; olive scuds and cress bugs).  Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies (e.g. blue wing olive; tan caddis; grannoms; midges).

A few sulphurs have been spotted in the late evening hours!

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 20, 2016
Elk County

Loleta Park – Due to a washed out area of road, the forest service road that parallels the park has been closed for safety reasons.  In cooperation with the Forest Service, the area above the park has been and will continue to be stocked with trout.  It might be a year or more until the road is repaired.

Tioga County

Pine Creek – Anglers are catching trout using various artificial lures and live bait.  Live baits that are working include waxworms, butterworms and mealworms.    Pink and natural salmon eggs are also working well.  Popular spinner colors include gold or silver, brown and rainbow trout patterns. 

Quill gordons, gray caddis and blue quills are hatching.  Anglers saw a few trout rising. 

Fly anglers are catching trout using small nymph patterns and streamers.  Nymph patterns that are working include: hare’s ear, bead head pheasant tails, copper johns, bead head prince nymphs.  Dry fly patterns that are working include: gray caddis, blue quills, hendricksons, blue wing olives, tan caddis.  Olive or brown wooly bugger or sculpin streamer patterns are also working near shore or in the current. 

Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching trout using waxworms, mealworms and live minnows.  Bluegills are also being caught using pieces of nightcrawler or waxworms.  Trolling small spinners, minnows or trout colored stickbaits are working well for anglers fishing from boats.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth Shaw caught this Rainbow Trout while fishing Hamilton Lake on the Statewide Opening Day of Trout!  Congratulations Elizabeth!
(photo provided by angler)

Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are catching Crappie and Yellow Perch using live minnows.  Bass and pickerel are also being caught using spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  Crawfish and shiner colors are working best.

Josh's bass
Josh Ditzler caught and released a nice bass while fishing Hills Creek Lake over the weekend.
Congratulations Josh!

Hammond & Tioga Lakes – Water temperatures are beginning to increase and the Crappie bite is improving.  Anglers are catching Crappie near standing timber and brush piles.  Live minnows and small white, chartreuse or watermelon plastics are working best. Anglers are also catching bass and pickerel.

Cowanesque Lake – Anglers are catching bass using jigs and jerkbaits.  Dark colored jigs are working best.  A few anglers are catching musky using live baitfish near the spillway.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Anglers are catching trout on lower Fishing Creek using minnows, spinners and worms.  Fly anglers are catching trout on lower and upper Fishing Creek using nymphs (e.g. bead head hare’s ear, bead head prince nymph, caddis larva and green weenies).   Fly anglers are also catching trout using dry fly patterns (e.g. tan caddis, blue wing olive, midges, hendricksons and blue quills on the surface).

Late afternoon into early evening is the best time to be on the water. The water is low and clear, approach your target water with stealth to ensure you are not spooking the trout!

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek – Anglers are catching trout on minnows, worms and spinners.

Fly anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. bead head hares’ ear, caddis larva, green weenie, bead head prince nymph). Streamers are also working along the banks and deeper runs.  A few caddis are also hatching.  Trout are rising to the caddis hatch, late afternoon into early evening.

Black Moshannon Lake – Anglers are catching bass, pickerel and Yellow Perch using a variety of lures and live baits.

A few kayakers and canoers have been taking advantage of the warm weather and paddling around the lake.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are catching Black and White Crappie near the causeway.  The bait of choice is twister tails and minnows.  Anglers are also catching Bluegill.

Penns Creek –  The grannoms are hatching and the trout are eating! 

Anglers are catching trout using dry flies (e.g. grannoms, CDC tan caddis, Hendrickson and blue wing olive).  Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (e.g. bead head hare’s ear, bead head prince nymph, Kaufman Stonefly or caddis larva).

Spring Creek- Grannoms are hatching on lower Spring Creek and the anglers are having a blast catching rising trout! 

Anglers are catching trout throughout Spring Creek using nymphs (e.g. cress bugs, olive scuds, midges and small mayfly nymphs).  Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies (e.g. blue wing olive, tan caddisand midge).

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 13, 2016
REMINDER: Trout Opening Day Statewide is THIS Saturday, April 16, 2016!!

CLICK HERE to see stocked waterways near you: fishandboat.com/stocking

Tioga County

Despite cold temperatures and snow, anglers who participated in the recent Mentored Youth Trout Day still caught trout.  Pink and natural salmon eggs, doughbaits, wax worms and butterworms seemed to be working best.  Most of the anglers were at Beechwood Lake, Asaph Run, Pine Creek, Cowanesque River and Hamilton Lakes.

Cowanesque Lake –  Cold weather, over the weekend, slowed down fishing success; however, anglers still caught Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass at Cowanesque Lake.  One angler reeled in a 5.5lb Largemouth Bass! 

REMINDER: Bass season ends on April 15th.  From April 16-June 17 bass that are caught, must be immediately released.  For more information- http://fishinpa.com/

Colton and Bryan
Colton Otto and Bryan Rupp caught some nice Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass last weekend on Cowanesque Lake. Congratulations on your catch anglers!
(photo provided by anglers)

Matt
Matt Clancy caught a 5.5lb Largemouth Bass last weekend. Congratulations on your catch!!
(photo provided by anglers)

Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are catching bass using jerkbaits and spinnerbaits.

Largemouth Bass
Josh Ditzler caught a Largemouth Bass over the weekend while fishing Hills Creek Lake last weekend. Congratulations Josh and thank you for sharing!!
(photo by Josh Ditzler)

McKean County

Despite the cold, snowy weather, volunteers, PFBC hatchery staff and WCOs stocked a total of five streams over the weekend in McKean County.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who showed up to help stock in the SNOW!!

Float stocking
Thank you to the future, Mr. & Mrs. (Jen) Tom Weaver for helping with the float stocking this past weekend!
(photo by WCO Mader)

Stocking
Just another pre-season stocking day in the lovely wilds of McKean County!
(photo by WCO Mader)

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek – Anglers are catching trout using mini X-raps, spinners and minnows. 

Emily
Emily Shiels participated in PFBC’s recent Mentored Youth Day with her father.  Emily caught and released a beautiful 20” Rainbow Trout. This trout broke Emily’s personal record and made for great conversation on the way home!!  Congratulations Emily!!
(photo by Andy Shiels)

Penns Creek – Anglers are catching trout using tan caddis (16-18), Hendrickson (14-16) and blue wing olive (18-22) dry flies.  Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (e.g. small dark mayflies, stonefly or caddis pupa).

Spring Creek- Anglers are catching trout using cress bugs, olive scuds, midges and small mayfly nymphs.  Anglers are also catching trout using blue wing olive (18-22), tan caddis(12-14) and midge (22-26) dry flies.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Anglers are catching trout using caddis larvae, bead head pheasant tail and blue wing olive nymph patterns.  A few anglers are catching trout using dry fly patterns (e.g. grannom caddis, midge and blue wing olives).

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