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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 – April 22, 2015
Tioga County

Panfish action is picking up on County Lakes.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie on Hills Creek, Hammond, and Hamilton Lakes.  Water temperatures are close to 50 F.  Live minnows, redworms, and baby nightcrawlers are working best.  Bass and pickerel are also beginning to hit!  A few bass are being caught; some are about 3 lbs.  A few of the pickerel being caught are measuring 20”.  The bass and pickerel are being caught using live shiners, jerkbaits, jigs, and plastic worms.

Hamilton, Beechwood, and Lyman Run Lakes: Each of the lakes had lots of anglers on them opening day!  Many trout are being caught using paste baits, butterworms, and live minnows.  Chartreuse, rainbow, and yellow paste baits were the most popular.  Garlic-scented baits are also working well.

Anglers are catching trout on various lures, including gold or silver spinners and spoons.  Fly anglers are catching trout on streamers and wet fly patterns.

Asaph, Stonyfork, Marsh Creek, and Upper Pine Creek:  Anglers are doing particularly well.  Water levels are up a little and are off color.  Baits that are working well are garlic- and shrimp- flavored salmon eggs, wax worms, butterworms, and meal worms.  Anglers fishing for native Brook Trout are doing well using redworms on small streams and tributaries to Pine Creek.

McKean County

Water temperatures are still in the mid-40s.  Anglers were out in force over the weekend! 

Potato Creek: Cold water temperatures made for some slow fishing to start opening day; but it picked up later in the day.  Anglers were catching trout using red worms, meal worms, and spinners.

Jefferson County

Little Sandy Creek: Anglers are catching Brook and Brown trout using wax worms and meal worms fished in deep holes.

Sandy Lick Creek and Redbank Creek: Anglers are catching trout using minnows in the riffle areas.  Fishing is a little slower, but worth the wait on the larger streams.

Centre County

Coldstream Dam

Coldstream Dam anglers
Anglers on Opening Day were catching trout using redworms, brown paste baits, and small spinners

Thanking anglers
Carol Miller, PFBC, stopped to thank Marci and Rilie for coming out on Opening Day and going fishing with their Daddy

Coldstream: Anglers are catching trout using red worms and meal worms.  A few salmon eggs are also working.  The bite slows down in the mid-afternoon hours, but picks up in the early to late evening hours.

Six Mile Run: Anglers are catching trout using worms and small spinners.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch at the spillway using minnows.

Reese Walizer went out with her family this weekend and caught some nice Yellow Perch!!  Congratulations, Reese! (photo by Josh Day)

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout on blue wing olives and granum caddis patterns in early to late evening hours.  A variety of nymphs are working in the early morning to late morning hours.  Nymphs are also working in the evening hours.  Egg patterns are also working well.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek: Anglers are catching trout on a variety of nymphs (e.g. green weenies; sucker spawn/egg imitations; frenchies; prince nymphs).  A few anglers fishing the high water in the morning are catching trout on streamer patterns (e.g. olive; brown and black).

EvangelineEvangeline went fishing with her Daddy recently, and caught 3 Brown Trout all by herself using her new Tenkara Fly Rod.  Her lucky fly was a beadhead Frenchie!  The Brown Trout in this photo is her first trout caught all by herself (e.g. casting, drifting the nymph, hooking and landing).  Congratulations on your first solo catch, Evangeline! (photo by George Daniel)

Marsh Creek: Anglers are catching trout using sucker spawn/salmon eggs, red worms and live minnows.

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching trout on a variety of nymph patterns and lures.  Worms and live minnows are also working well to catch trout.

Josh and Jace
Josh Ganly and his son, Jace, from Harrisburg, PA, caught this beautiful Brown Trout on Pine Creek recently.  Congratulations, Jace!!

Muncy Creek: Anglers are catching trout using spinners, red worms and salmon eggs.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 15, 2015
READY…SET… GO:  April 18, 2015 is the day!!!  Just 2 more days until trout season officially opens statewide!! The weather for the first day looks perfect.  GOOD LUCK to each of you! 

The stocking trucks are shipping out the last of the pre-season trout and preparing for in-season stockings.  Check out our website for information on in-season trout stocking:

Hatchery staff
PFBC’s Pleasant Gap hatchery staff preparing trout to load onto the stocking trucks this morning

Tioga County

Asaph Run: Youth anglers caught trout using red worms and wax worms on Mentored Youth Trout Day, April 11, 2015. 

Hamilton Lake : The water was quite muddy on Mentored Youth Trout day; but MYT participants still caught trout using red worms, wax worms, and paste baits.

Hills Creek: Anglers were spotted catching Yellow Perch on minnows and worms.

Elk County

With the harsh winter this year, some waterways might still have ice this coming weekend.  When trout were stocked 2 weeks ago, a few lakes still had 14-20 inches of ice (e.g. Twin Lakes had 14 inches and Laurel Run Reservoir in St. Marys, PA had 20 inches). Waterways Conservation Officers are reporting that a few of the “back roads” that are not maintained in the winter may still have ice on them for opening trout day. Proceed with caution when traveling to back country fishing locations this coming weekend.

McKean County

Water temperatures are still low on stocked streams.  Most of the water temperatures are at or below 45 F. 

Water levels across the county have come down; but more rain is expected on Thursday and Friday this week. 

A special THANK YOU goes out to all of the volunteers who have helped stock streams in McKean and Potter Counties this year!  It has been challenging with weather and ice conditions this year.  WCO Mader sends a sincere thank you to everyone who has helped out, despite the adverse weather conditions!

Centre County

Six Mile Run: Anglers are catching trout using worms. 

Ella, Haley, and Liz
Ella, Haley, and Liz proudly displaying their “voluntary youth fishing licenses”, caught trout this past weekend during the Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day.  Congratulations to each of you!!

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake:  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch near the causeway and lower greens area.  Minnows are the bait of choice.

Anglers are also catching Yellow Perch at the spillway using live minnows.

Penns Creek:  Anglers are catching trout using streamers and nymphs.  With the water flows, anglers targeting the banks with streams are doing well.  It is slow, but worth the wait!  The nymphs are working well in the pocket water areas.

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout using small nymphs (blue wing olives, prince, Walt’s worms, scuds, squirmy wormies, and zebra midges). Blue wing olive mayflies are hatching!  Evening fishing has been wonderful!

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: The snow melt and recent rain events sent water levels soaring.  The water is finally on its way back down to normal levels.  They should be just right for opening day this coming weekend.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 8, 2015
REMINDER: Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Fishing day is this Saturday, April 11, 2015!!!  Get out and fish with your children.  More information, and how to participate, can be found here:

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek and Penns Creek:  Kayakers and canoers are out and about already!  Paddlers are reminded that it is mandatory to wear life jackets through April 30, 2015.  Water temperatures are cold; remember to layer up when venturing out!

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake:  The ice has melted, and boaters can access the lake!  Winter Launch is where a few boats have launched in the last few days.

The bite is slow; but Yellow Perch are being caught near the causeway and lower greens area.  Minnows are the bait of choice.

Anglers are catching Yellow Perch at the spillway using live minnows.

Penns Creek: Anglers are catching trout on streamers and nymph patterns.  Fishing has been great during rain events.  Target the banks and some of the shallow pockets; you might be surprised what size trout might be lurking there! 

Spring Creek: The recent rains are pushing trout to the edges of the stream.  Anglers are still catching trout using small nymphs (blue wing olives, prince, Walt’s worms, scuds, and zebra midges).  In the early morning hours, anglers are catching trout using olive or black streamers.

Tioga County

The ice across the county is slowly leaving.  Most of it should be melted by the end of this week.  Just in time for the Mentored Youth Trout day!

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: The ice has cleared out, opening some areas for anglers to fish!  There are still some large ice chunks along the banks; anglers should use caution when maneuvering through to fish.
Reminder about trout fishing regulations this time of year:

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