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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 – October 29, 2014
Tioga County

Fishing is beginning to slow down around the County.  Water temperatures have dropped into the low 50’s, and the Fall bite is slowing down.
Cowanesque Lake: Anglers are catching bass using jigs, plastic worms, and live shiners.

Hamilton Lake: Anglers are catching Panfish using nightcrawlers and wax worms.  A few bass are also being caught using jigs, plastic worms, and live shiners.

Hills Creek Lake: Anglers are still catching Panfish using nightcrawlers and wax worms.  Some anglers are catching bass using jigs and plastic worms.

Potter County

Kettle Creek: Anglers are catching lots of carry-over Brown Trout and a few wild Brook Trout. Minnows and gold/silver spinners are working best. 

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching Brown and Rainbow Trout near Slate Run.  Size #14-16 caddis, cahills (yellow and orange), BWOs, black stoneflies, and midges are working great! Try using dropping emergers and nymphs below the slate drake to give the trout a “treat”, and you more opportunities to “trick” them! One angler recently caught a 20 inch trout on a ladybug fly pattern! Another angler caught a 14 inch trout using a bead head pheasant tail.

Jefferson County

Brown Trout
Mark Hanes shared this great photo of a 20” Brown Trout he caught using a Black Circus Peanut.  Congratulations on a great catch, Mark! Thank you for sharing! Photo by Mark Hanes

Clarion River: Water is at average levels.  Not much in the way of bug activity; but fish are feeding, and the bigger fish are starting their spawning runs. Trout are aggressively taking big, articulated streamers! Sink tip stream lines are making a big difference in getting down to feeding trout.

Clarion River
Clarion River in Ridgeway
photo by Mark Hanes

Centre County

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout on olive streamers and small nymphs in Upper Spring Creek.  They are also catching trout using spinners and live bait in all lower sections of Spring Creek.

Keep an eye on the USGS water flows for Spring Creek:
Upper Spring Creek at Houserville, PA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01546400&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Lower Spring Creek near Milesburg, PA:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01547100&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 22, 2014

Amazing colors found all around… on trees and on fish!!  Fall is a perfect time to get out and FISH!

Pine Creek displaying an array of colors!  This week is peak colors for the valley, get out and become part of nature’s painting. (photos by Julie Szur)

Pine Creek Pine Creek

Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake: Anglers are catching Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass on a variety of plastic worms and crankbaits.  Bass are holding in shallow water under 10 feet deep.  A few Musky are being caught using large baitfish under a float or spinners.

Hamilton Lake: Anglers are still catching Trout and Panfish!  Nice bluegills are being caught on mealworms, waxworms, and pieces of nightcrawlers.  Anglers are catching trout using doughbaits in chartruese, rainbow, and orange colors, as well as waxworms and live minnows.

Hills Creek Lake: Anglers are catching nice Bluegill, Crappie, and Yellow Perch on nightcrawlers and small chartruese or white curly tail grubs.  The bass bite has slowed down, but some are still being caught on live shiners, jerkbaits, and plastic worms.

Tioga River:  A number of small Walleye and Smallmouth Bass are being caught from the spillway to the New York state border.  Live shiners and nightcrawlers fished on a jighead are working well.  A few catfish are being caught on shiners, cut bait, and chicken livers too.

McKean County

Water levels are still good across the County for this time of year.  Fall trout fishing is still in full swing!  Anglers are catching trout using a variety of nymphs (bead head pheasant tails and prince nymphs) and baits (minnows and worms).

Allegheny Reservoir: Water levels are dropping slowly to winter pool.  Fall boaters need to watch the depth and floating debris. 

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching Brown Trout using the Picket Pin fly, olive/black streamers, bead head prince and bead head pheasant tail nymphs. 

PFBC and Slate Run Tackle Shop held a Women’s Intro To Fly Fishing class on Pine Creek over the weekend.  Great times, friends, and beautiful scenery!!  Thank you to all who came out to learn a new way of enjoying PA waters!  (photo by Julie Szur)

Women’s Intro To Fly Fishing class

Jefferson County

Kyle Lake: Anglers are catching Panfish from shore, near the boat launch and the fishing pier.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake: Boating activity is light with most recreational boating finished.  Anglers are catching Bluegill near Hunters Run Cut and the Causeway.  Small grubs and redworms are working best.

Anglers are also catching Smallmouth Bass.  One angler recently caught a 3lb Smallmouth Bass.  The lure of choice was a purple tube.

Black Moshannon Lake: Boating activity is light.  Most boaters are kayakers and canoers.  Anglers are catching Panfish in the shallows using redworms and grubs.

Poe Valley Lake: Anglers are catching Bluegill near the boat launch area. 

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout on olive/black streamers and small nymphs in Upper Spring Creek.  They are also catching trout using spinners and live bait in all lower sections of Spring Creek.

Keep an eye on the USGS water flows for Spring Creek:
Upper Spring Creek at Houserville, PA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01546400&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Lower Spring Creek near Milesburg, PA:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01547100&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 15, 2014
REMINDER(s)
  • FALL STOCKINGS

Anglers, check out our Fall stocking sites and dates (Click on FALL STOCKINGS STATEWIDE)!  Many of the Northcentral Region lakes and streams will be receiving a Fall stocking of trout either this week or within the next few weeks.

Looking for ways to target fish in PA lakes any time of year?  Check out our Lake Habitat Maps!  All of our habitat improvement structures have GPS coordinates, making it easy to know where to fish!

Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake: Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass using live shiners, crankbaits, jigs, and jerkbaits.  Numerous 5 & 6 lb. bass have been caught this year with one giant bass weighing in at 7.8 lbs!  Many of the large bass are beginning to move into the shallows now.  The west end of the lake, around logs and other great habitat, is the best place to start.

Hamilton Lake: PA Fish and Boat Commission stocked trout last week (October 9, 2014); so there are lots of trout to be caught!  Anglers are catching trout using dough bait, waxworms, and mealworms fished under a bobber. 

Anglers are catching Crappie, Yellow Perch and Bluegills using live minnows and night crawlers.  Anglers are fishing the listed bait a few feet under a bobber along the road side and around the dam for the best results.

Hammond Lake: Anglers are catching big Crappies and Bluegills along shore lines.  Schools of Crappie are hanging around shore structure.  Anglers are catching Crappie by jigging with live minnows, small tubes, and small plastic worms.  Chartreuse and white colored baits are working best. 

Bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass using crankbaits and jerkbaits in natural colors.

Hills Creek Lake: Anglers are catching bass and Chain Pickerel using live shiners, crankbaits, and plastic worms.  Natural colors are working best.  Crappies are also being caught on small plastic worms fished off a lightweight jig head.  Minnows are working well too.

Tioga Lake Spillway:  Anglers are catching Walleye using shiners and night crawlers along the bottom. 

Lycoming County

Little Pine Lake: Anglers are catching Bluegill using butter worms and pieces of night crawlers.  Lots of trout were just recently stocked and there are plenty left to catch!!

Brown Trout
Denny Kershner from Erie, PA having a blast catching Brown Trout on Upper Pine Creek!
Photo by: Julie Szur

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching trout in the Delayed Harvest section at Darling Run using small jerkbaits in natural minnow and trout colors.  Various spinners in silver, white and yellow are working too.  The same lures are working for Smallmouth Bass and the occasional Chain Pickerel.  A few trout being caught are over 14 inches!

Near Slate Run, anglers are catching Brown and Rainbow Trout using the Picket Pin fly.  The trout can’t get enough of this fly pattern, even with October Caddis hatching!

Jefferson County

Northfork Redbank Creek (Catch and Release Section):  Lots of trout!! 
Anglers are catching trout on small midges, slate drakes and purple haze dry flies. 

Olive or white Woolybuggers are working best when stripped in from the banks in the early morning hours.

Clearfield County

Curwensville Dam: Yellow Perch are on the prowl! Anglers are catching them in the shallows and in the deeper parts of the lake.  Jigs tipped with minnows are working best.

Early morning, late evening, and on cloudy days, anglers are also catching bass and Bluegill on night crawlers, live minnows and butter worms.

Water levels are still low.  Boaters need to watch for snags in the mud flats upriver of the viaduct and outside the channel.    

Clinton County

Fishing Creek: Water levels are low and clear.   Anglers are catching trout on small nymphs and caddis dry flies.  With rain in the forecast this week, prepare your gear for some great streamer and/or minnow fishing in the mornings and just after the rain storms!  Olive and brown seem to work best just after the rain.

Centre County

Penns Creek: Waters are still at good temperatures; but it is low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout using Blue Wing Olives, Midges and October Caddis dry fly patterns.  Bead head Prince Nymphs and Green Weenies are also working.  Olive colored Wooly Buggers or Slumpbusters are working well in the early morning hours. 

With rain on the way, streamers and minnows will work well at the beginning of the storms, and as the water rises.

Spring Creek: Water is low and clear.  The recent warm spell and rain on the way has trout active and chasing streamers on upper Spring Creek.  Olive colors are working best in the morning.  If possible, get out on the water when the rain starts or just after the storms; you’ll love the result! 

Size 14 Bead head Pheasant Tails, Walts Worms, and Prince Nymphs are working well in the late morning hours. 

Size 18 caddis are working well in the late afternoon.

Spinners and live minnows are working on lower Spring Creek with the same reaction from trout.   

Keep an eye on the USGS water flows for Spring Creek:
Upper Spring Creek at Houserville, PA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01546400&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Lower Spring Creek near Milesburg, PA:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01547100&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

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