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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 (, Northcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – February 9, 2016
Tioga County

We managed to hold onto a decent amount of ice through last week's warmup. Lakes lost a few inches, and edges softened; but people were fishing all weekend on Hamilton, Beechwood, and Hills Creek. This week's cold weather will help improve ice conditions greatly. At this time, there are thin spots on all of the lakes! It is fishable; but anglers should still be extra careful.  With this week’s snow, it is going to hide some of these thin spots as well. It is very important to constantly check conditions as anglers move across the lakes! By next weekend, we should be back to much better conditions.

Hills Creek Lake- Perch and Bluegills have been biting well in the early morning and right before dark. The rest of the day, the panfish bite has been very slow; but anglers are catching some pickerel on tip-ups using live shiners and fatheads. Some are catching panfish after dark, too. Very small jigs tipped with waxworms have been working the best. 

Hamilton- The boat launch area opened up, making the lake inaccessible and the ice in the creek channel is thin and unstable. Even if this refreezes this week, anglers should be leery of fishing around the dock. Access is possible from the dam, and anglers caught a variety of panfish in 20+ feet of water. Murky water slowed the bite; but things should improve as the lake clears again. As before, waxworms have been the best bait. A few bass and pickerel were caught, too.


Josh Ditzler caught this bass and this pickerel during his recent fishing trip to Hamilton Lake. Nice catches, Josh! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!
(Photos submitted by Don Kelly)

Beechwood Lake – Here too, the ice around the boat launch melted, leaving some open water and some unstable ice.  Most of the rest of the lake was accessible.  The bite was slow for many; though they did catch some trout using fatheads, salmon eggs, and doughbaits on tip-ups. A few decent sized crappies were caught too, using fatheads and waxworms.

Randy Tindall caught these good-looking pickerel while using fatheads at Beechwood. Looks like you had a great day! Thank you for sharing your photo with us!
(Photo submitted by Don Kelly)

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Fishing and Boating Report – February 3, 2016
NOTE: Reports below were from the past several days within the region.  Current conditions of warm temperatures and rain (up to three quarters of an inch) will impact ice safety and water levels across the region.  Cold temperatures will return to most of the region Thursday night; however, it will take a few days or more to build up ice again.

Tioga County

Beechwood Lake – This past weekend, anglers were catching Crappie and Yellow Perch using waxworms and maggots.  A few trout were also caught using fathead minnows on tipups.

Hills Creek Lake – Over the last few days, anglers were catching Bluegills and Yellow Perch using waxworms in 6-10 feet of water.  Some of the Yellow Perch measured in at 12 inches.  Evenings and mornings were the best times to be on the lake.

During mid-day hours pickerel were active.  Anglers were catching pickerel using live shiners and fatheads on tipups.

A few anglers caught Bluegills and Crappies at night using glow jigs tipped with waxworms.

Tyler Grabowski caught quite a few Crappie during a recent ice fishing trip to Hills Creek Lake
(photo by Tyler Grabowski)

Chain Pickerel
Tyler Grabowski caught this Chain Pickerel while fishing Hills Creek this past weekend. Congratulations on a nice catch Tyler!
(photo provided by angler)

“Trophy Pickerel”—Fishing is fun, no matter the size of fish being caught!  Thank you for sharing your great fishing moment Don Kelly!
(photo provided by angler)

Pickerel were being caught in all sizes this past weekend on Hills Creek Lake.  In contrast to Don Kelly’s pickerel, here is one caught by Kris Bretz over this past weekend on Hills Creek Lake.
(photo by Kris Bretz)

Hamilton Lake- Anglers have been catching Crappies, Bluegill and Yellow Perch in deeper water over the last few days.  The best locations were near the dam in 15-28 feet of water.  Chartruese, glow, yellow and pink jigs tipped with waxworms were working best.

A few trout were also being caught higher in the water column in the same areas.  Chartreuse doughbait, waxworms and fathead minnows were all working for trout.

Bass were also being caught using live shiners.

Largemouth Bass
Josh Wolf caught this nice bass when fishing Hamilton Lake recently
(photo provided by angler)

The Crappie bite was on at Hamilton Lake this past weekend!
(photo by Don Kelly)

Lycoming County

Rose Valley Lake -  Anglers were catching pickerel and Largemouth Bass.  Walleye were also being caught in the evening.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Water levels are on the rise.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie.

NOTE: Anglers who wish to fish the area known as “The Guts” near the Arch Street Bridge need to park on the Susquehanna State Park (North) side of the Arch Street Bridge.  The area near the old baseball field and railroad tracks is private property.  Borough Police can issue citations for those who park on the private property.

Keep an eye on West Branch Susquehanna River water levels here:

Centre County

Spring Creek – Water levels are on the rise.  It is a great time to use streamers.  Fishing streamers on this stream during and after a rain event will not disappoint!  Slumpbusters are the “go to” streamer pattern for this stream. 

Anglers are also catching trout using a variety of nymph patterns.  Patterns that are working best are beadhead walt’s worms; zebra midges; scuds; squirmy wormy.

Keep an eye on Spring Creek water levels here:

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 27, 2016
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Tioga County

Hamilton, Beechwood and Hills Creek Lakes are all in good shape and should remain fishable through this week’s brief warm-up.

NOTE: There is no snow on most of the lakes, making them very slippery.  Make sure you wear your cleats!

As always, check the ice before venturing out!  Safety first!

Beechwood Lake – Ice fishing on Beechwood has been hit or miss.  A few trout are being caught using fathead minnows.  Many of the trout are holding right under the ice.

Panfish are also being caught, including a few Crappies, Yellow Perch, and Bluegills.

Hills Creek Lake -  The mid-day bite has been slow, but mornings and evenings have proven successful for Bluegills and Yellow Perch.  A few anglers are catching Bluegills and Yellow Perch into the night!

Pickerel and bass are being caught using tip-ups with medium shiners.

Ice fishing
“A mix of sun and ice and all that’s nice” – A beautiful moment captured by Cody Tasker while ice fishing at Hills Creek

One of Don Kelly’s catches from a recent ice fishing trip to Hills Creek. Great Crappie Don!
(Photo by Don Kelly)

Hamilton Lake- Over the last few days, Hamilton Lake has been the “hot spot” for most ice anglers.  The panfish have been very active throughout the day and are being caught in 15-30 feet of water.

Bluegills and Yellow Perch are holding tight to the bottom, but Crappies and trout are staying high in the column.

Anglers are catching trout just under the ice, using fathead minnows, pastebaits and doughbaits.  Chartreuse, white, and rainbow are the go-to colors.

Panfish are being caught on fathead minnows, waxworms, and maggots.  Many different jigs are working, but white, green, silver and glow colors are the most popular.

Anglers, who fish into the night, are reeling in Bullhead Catfish as well!

Josh Ditzler and Ryan Grover
Josh Ditzler and his friend Ryan Grover had a great day ice fishing on Hamilton Lake! Nice Crappie and Bluegill fellas!
(Photo provided by anglers)

Crappie, Bluegill and Yellow Perch
A great “dinner buffet” of Crappie, Bluegill and Yellow Perch reeled in from Hamilton Lake recently!
(Photo by Bill Shinn)

Fish caught from Hamilton Lake
Another sampling of good eating fish caught from Hamilton Lake
(Photo by Cody Tasker)

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake –  Anglers, ice fishing in the beach area, are catching lots of legal Bluegills and Crappie, a few Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and Channel Catfish using 1/16oz orange jigging spoons with spikes and small fatheads.  Most of the fish are being caught in 18-25 feet of water.  Some of the Crappie being caught are over 9 inches.  A few of the bass are measuring in at 15 inches.

The use of a spring bobber is necessary because many of the bites are light.  (See photo)

Spring bobber rig
Spring bobber rig
(Photo provided by Jordan Allison)

Anglers are also catching panfish at Hunter Run Cut as well!

Channel Catfish
Jordan Allison caught a Channel Catfish while ice fishing with a few buddies recently at Foster Joseph Sayers Lake
(Photo provided by Jordan Allison)

Largemouth Bass
Bring on the bass!  Chuck Barnes caught this nice Largemouth Bass while fishing with Jordan Allison on Foster Joseph Sayers Lake.
(Photo by Jordan Allison)

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass caught by Jordan Allison on a recent ice fishing excursion on Foster Joseph Sayers Lake
(Photo by Jordan Allison)

Spring Creek – Water levels are great!  Anglers are catching trout using pink/peach egg patterns, caddis larvae patterns, and/or walts worms with or without beads.  A few anglers are catching trout using streamers, but it is a bit slower than the nymphing game right now.

Penns Creek –  Anglers are consistently catching trout right now.  The water level and color are perfect for some great days on the water.   The best time for fishing is mid-day.  Spinners and streamers are working well in slack water, near woody debris and along the banks.  The nymphing game is most productive right now.  Throwing a streamer will make for a little slower day on the water; but the trout you catch won’t disappoint you! 

Fly patterns that are working: sculpins (olive or black); hares ear; Kaufman stonefly; Beadhead prince nymph; and caddis larvae.

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