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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 1, 2015
Northumberland County

Thank You Anglers Video
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, PFBC staff (left to right) Betsy Beverlin, Gail Burkholder, and Deb Stump visited anglers, who were participating in the Regional Mentored Youth Trout Day on the Mahantango Creek in Schuylkill, Northumberland, and Dauphin Counties, to say “Thank You” for braving the wintry weather to share in the love of fishing with their kids.

Centre County

Spring Creek: Warmer temperatures are getting trout and anglers out and about!  Anglers are catching trout using small nymphs (blue wing olives, prince and zebra midges).  In the early morning hours, anglers are catching trout using olive or black streamers.

Penns Creek: Anglers are catching trout on streamer patterns.  The fishing is slow, but the trout being caught are worth the wait!

Announcement: CALLING ALL VETERANS!
Spring Creek Trout Unlimited is offering a FREE fly fishing program for Veterans, active duty members and their families at the State College YMCA.  They provide the equipment, purchase your fishing license, and provide instruction!
When: every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from noon to dusk
Where: Fisherman’s Paradise along Spring Creek (1150 Spring Creek Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823)

If you are interested contact:
Jim Lanning: JLanningVSP@springcreektu.org or call 951-231-8000
For more information about this unique program:
http://www.springcreektu.org/vsp.html

McKean County

Snowing again today and the stocking is progressing with limited access on some streams. Water is still cold (low 30’s) and activity has been minimal due to the inclement weather. There is still ice on most bodies of water. We will continue to stock as scheduled, and we will access as much of the stream sections as safely as possible. Sending a big shout out to the USFS personal at the Marshburg station. Without their help, the stockings last week on the Allegheny National Forest would not have been able to occur. Thanks again, everyone!

Tioga County

Any remaining ice on lakes may be unfishable by this coming weekend.  Anglers are reminded to always check the conditions upon arrival to determine the safety of it. 

Hills Creek Lake: The ice on the lake will be gone by this weekend.  A few anglers fished the lake over the weekend and caught Bass and Pickerel using medium shiners.

Tioga and Cowanesque Lakes: A few anglers are fishing the spillways.  The bite is slow because of the cold water right now, but anglers are catching Walleye and Smallmouth Bass using medium shiners and nightcrawlers.
Reminder about trout fishing regulations this time of year:

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 25, 2015
Centre County

Small nymphs (blue wing olives, prince and zebra midges) are working on Spring Creek, although fishing is slow because of the cold water from the recent snow melt.

Clinton County

Anglers on Fishing Creek also reported slow fishing due to the snow melt; but there was limited success on streamers.

Tioga County

Anglers are still ice fishing throughout the county. While the PFBC does not monitor ice thickness, there were reports from anglers that they had to cut through about 12+ inches of ice to fish.

Anglers were spotted fishing Hills Creek during most of the past week.

Northumberland and Snyder Counties

The Northcentral Region is gearing up for the Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day on April 11 and the Statewide Opening Day of Trout on April 18.  For more information about our Mentored Youth Program, please visit our website: http://fishandboat.com/MentoredYouth.htm

  • Please note that Mahantango Creek, between Northumberland and Dauphin counties, and West Branch Mahantango Creek, between Snyder and Juniata counties are the ONLY streams open on the earlier (Regional) date, which is March 28.
  • Make sure that you know which waters have been stocked prior to your outing. All waters that have been stocked for Mentored Youth days are highlighted in each of the County Listings here: http://fishandboat.com/stocking

One of the “Great White Fleet”
One of the “Great White Fleet” on the way back after a stocking trip in Northumberland County

Reminder about trout fishing regulations this time of year:

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 18, 2015
Reminder about trout fishing regulations this time of year:
  • Approved Trout Water Open to year-round fishing: (excerpt) These waters are open to fishing from March 1 to opening day of trout season; however, no trout may be taken or possessed on these waters during this period.

Tioga County

Ice fishing season is coming to an end across the County. A few anglers are venturing to the open water on Tioga and Cowanesque Rivers; but the bite is a bit slow. The bite should improve as the temperatures climb in the coming weeks!

Beechwood Lake: Anglers are catching lots of trout! A few of the trout are measuring over 20 inches.  Jigging with waxworms is the lucky tactic! 

Yellow Perch and Crappie are also being caught on waxworms.

Hills Creek Lake: Anglers are catching Pickerel and bass using live shiners in shallow water.  Yellow Perch and Bluegill are being caught using waxworms and mousees.

Centre County

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout using squirmy wormies, Walt’s worms, blue wing olive jig nymphs, and black streamers. Sucker spawn patterns are also working well this time of year.  Good luck to everyone!!

PA Fish and Boat Commission held one of the first fly fishing programs for 2015 this past weekend.  THANK YOU TO:

  • The volunteers: Gary Kell of the Federation of Fly Fishers, and Jean Brenchley and Fran Stevenson of the Central PA Women’s Angler Group)! 
  • Each of the 15 women who braved the cold, rainy weather to learn a different way of fishing at PFBC’s “Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing” program on March 14, 2015.

The majority of the participants traveled from across the state (Downingtown, East Berlin, Sewickley, York, Blossburg, Hanover, Butler, Stroudsburg, Maytown, Tamaqua, Morrisdale, Williamsport, Port Matilda, Bellefonte, and State College)!  Some came with their sisters; a few came with their friends; and others came to learn alongside new friends.  They learned everything from taking apart and putting together reels and rods, identifying insects and artificial flies, knot tying, casting, and some on-water fly fishing skills.

Group photo
Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing group shot.  Great fun had by all!!

Elizabeth Tepinski
Elizabeth Tepinski of Tamaqua, PA.  Elizabeth is new to PA, and she wanted to learn fly fishing as one of the ways to experience and explore our great state!  Here she is with a green weenie she attached to her leader on her own!  Way to go, Elizabeth!

QuickTime Video
Jean Songer of State College, PA, having a great time learning the roll cast with instructor Jean Brenchley, a member of the Central PA Women’s Angler Group!!  Great job, Jean!  (Jean came to the class along with her sister, Christine Myer of Port Matilda, PA)

Brittany Libernini
Brittany Libernini of Hanover, PA, with a trout that was camera shy!!  Congratulations, and good luck fishing!

Cheryl McNeill
Cheryl McNeill of Butler, PA, and her friends studying and identifying aquatic insects

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