|FISHING. This word has different meanings for each of us… maybe it’s the escape, the peace, the simplicity, the challenge, the excitement, the hope or maybe it is the connection with ourselves, our friends, our family and nature. Whatever your chosen meaning, you know and understand that FISHING is more than a word to you, it is an EXPERIENCE…one that keeps giving no matter where you are in life. Enjoy your FISHING moments!
EXPERIENCE what PA FISHING has in-store for you!
Region Fishing Reports: http://fishandboat.com/splashes.htm
Family fishing programs: http://pfbc.state.pa.us/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=family_fishing&DAY=ALL
This is a beautiful photo taken of Cowanesque Lake, Tioga County.
Photo taken by Tom Sweet
Allegheny River (Coudersport area): There are plenty of fish left! Anglers are catching nice trout in the Delayed Harvest section. Several nice fish are being caught on bead head pheasant tails. The biggest Rainbow Trout (18inches) was caught on a size 12 Royal Wulff. Some anglers are also catching trout using Parachute Ants.
Kettle Creek: Water levels are low and Trout are spooky. Successful anglers are keeping their profile low and wearing dull colored clothing.
Anglers are catching Brook Trout. One angler caught two Brook Trout over 12inches along with dozens of smaller ones. The Trout seem real hungry and are preparing for a long winter! Flies that are working the best are size 16 stimulators.
Brook and Brown Trout are showing signs of spawning colors. Nothing more beautiful than trout in their spawning colors!
USGS water levels on Kettle Creek at Westport: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01545000
For information about Tioga-Hammond & Cowanesque Lakes check out the Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/thclakes.
Anglers are having some great times fishing for Bass! Many bass up to 6lbs are being caught!! Limited weed growth has bass holding tight to rock piles, timber, and artificial structure. Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass are being caught in shallow and deep water.
Subtle presentations of crankbaits and creature baits are working best. Darker colors are working best for the murky waters of the lake’s West end. In the clearer waters of the lake’s East end natural colors are working best. Shad colored crankbaits or green pumpkin, watermelon, and pumpkinseed colored soft plastics are also working.
Anglers are catching good LOTS of Crappies, Bluegills, and Yellow Perch using waxworms, live minnows, and mealworms. Low water has limited most anglers to shore fishing, though a few are fishing from canoes and kayaks.
Fishing under a float is producing the best results, especially in the evenings in about 8 to 12 feet of water. Some trout are being caught on paste baits floated just off the bottom. Shallow running crankbaits in perch and shiner colors are working for trout, bass, and Chain Pickerel.
Cooler temperatures are “lighting” up the Crappie fishing! Live minnows, fished in 8-10 feet, of water are working best. Anglers are also catching good numbers of bass using live shiners near the dam and Route 287.
Stream flows seem to be above average compared to past years. There are still trout left in the stocked waterways.
Sandy Lick Creek: Trout are spread out throughout the entire stream. Anglers are catching trout using flies representing ants and beetles. There are quite a few midges coming off providing successful catches on Griffiths Gnats and Black and Olive Zebra Midge patterns. Slate Drakes, size 10 and/or 12 are also working well.
Grasshopper patterns fished close to the banks are also working well for anglers.
This Brown Trout was caught on North Fork Redbank Creek in the Fly Fishing Catch and Release section. The fly that lured the trout to the surface was a Light Cahill Parachute dry fly.
Photo by: Mark Hanes
North Fork Redbank Creek (Fly Fishing Catch and Release Area): This section is holding a good number of trout. Anglers are catching fish using foam beetles and sizes 10-22 midge dry flies. Because these fish are heavily fished over, smaller flies tend to be the ticket for a successful take! A few Slate Drakes and small black caddis were observed flying around. A few anglers caught trout using size 18-20 black zebra midge larvae imitations.
Curwensville Lake: Anglers are catching heavy Musky measuring approximately 30-35 inches in length. There will be a Musky Tournament on September 20th and 21st. Contact Curwensville Park office for more information.
Ardell Ponds (State Game Lands 34): The ponds are being drained. The upper pond still has two thirds of its water and the lower pond is drained down to the breast of the dam. There will not be a salvage operation on these lakes. Many anglers are catching large bass, Pickerel and assorted sizes of panfish. It is a target-rich angling opportunity, but won’t last long.
Bald Eagle Creek: Anglers are catching trout and panfish in the lower reaches. Anglers are catching Bass in the upper reaches of the stream.
Black Moshannon Lake: Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and Chain Pickerel from shore near boat launch areas. Successful bait being used is rubber twistertails and live minnows.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake:
Anglers are catching Crappie and Bluegill near the causeway. Live minnows are working best.
Anglers are also catching Smallmouth Bass and lots of Largemouth Bass in the shallows. They are catching them using a variety of baits, everything from crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms (black & green; black and blue).
Now is the time to be fishing. It is ideal fishing conditions and no one else is fishing!
Anglers that are fishing are catching trout using small Blue Wing Olive nymphs and Squirmy Wormies.
Tricos, Light Cahills and small Tan Caddis are coming off in the early morning hours. Anglers are catching trout in the upper sections using fly imitations of each fly mentioned. Ants and beetles are also working well.
Keep an eye on the USGS water flows for Spring Creek:
Upper Spring Creek at Houserville, PA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
Lower Spring Creek near Milesburg, PA:
Upper Fishing Creek: Currently, water levels are low. The best time to fish is early morning and late evening using small nymphs (bead head pheasant tails, caddis). Some trout are feeding on flying ants and small midges in the late evening hours.
Lower Fishing Creek: With a little more water in the lower reaches, fishing has been a bit more productive than in the upper reaches. Anglers are catching trout in late evening hours on small nymphs, ants and midges.
West Branch Susquehanna River (Pine Access): Anglers are catching Catfish using chicken livers, night crawlers and dough balls in the later evening hours.