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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 – July 29, 2015

Water levels across the region this summer have been great!  Bass fishing is in full swing and trout fishing is still great!!  Get out a catch a few!
(photo: PFBC staff Amidea Daniel)
McKean County

Allegheny Reservoir- Water temperatures are warming up (it is July after all), so the fishing has slowed a bit. The Walleye in the lake have moved to cooler & deeper waters.

Trout stream water levels have been stable all summer.  There are plenty of stocked trout to catch, many of them are rising in the evenings. Fly anglers have been having fun catching trout using dry flies!

A reminder – boaters utilizing canoes and kayaks, and all boats under 16 ft., are required to wear life jackets when underway on the Allegheny Reservoir – that is Federal law, as well as State law.

More paddleboard operators are utilizing the Reservoir this summer.  Remember EVERYONE needs to be wearing a life jacket when you are out on these devices. They are boats!

Tioga & Potter Counties

Cowanesque, Tioga and Hammond Lakes – The recent heat wave pushed temperatures on the lakes into the mid 80’s.  Bass anglers are doing well, particularly in the evenings and into the night.  Bass are targeting the large schools of young fish (e.g. fry) swimming along the edges of the lake.

The 4th annual Tackle Shack/Tioga County Bass Angler 3 day, 3 Lake Open Bass tournament was held last weekend.  Anglers caught great numbers of fish, with 27 teams weighing and releasing over 300 bass!!  The “Big Bass” of the event was a Largemouth Bass weighing in at 5.11 lbs.  Most of the bass were within the 1-3lb range.

 Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching Trout, Crappie, Bluegill and Yellow perch.  Mealworms, waxworms and small plastics fished off of the bottom are working well.

 Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are catching lots of panfish using worms and fathead minnows.  Top-water frog patterns, poppers and other surface lures are catching bass in the evenings.

 Pine Creek – The summer weather and water level has been great on Pine Creek!  Anglers are catching lots of trout.  Yellow drakes, rusty spinners, terrestrials, various nymphs and streamers are working well from Ansonia to Galeton. 

Bass are being caught using nymphs, small streamers and crayfish patterns.  Baby nightcrawlers and mealworms are also working.

Cameron and Clinton Counties

Bass are being caught in the majority of waterways.  Crayfish seem to be the best bait.   

All streams across the counties have great water flows for this time of year! 

Trout are doing well and in good numbers, especially in the Approved Trout Waters.

Anglers are catching trout on the majority of small streams and on larger streams like Driftwood Branch of Sinnamahoning and Kettle Creek.  Crayfish are the bait of choice for anglers targeting trout and bass. 

Sinnamahoning Creek – The Channel Catfish are very active right now.  The few anglers that target them are have a great time on the water!!

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 22, 2015
Elk County

With a severe rain storm here over the weekend, the Clarion River is flowing fast and the water is high.  Please use caution and wear your life jacket.  Be safe!   

Clinton / West Lycoming Counties

Water flows are high on Pine Creek and the W. Branch Susquehanna River. Nightcrawlers would be a good choice for anglers trying to fish the high and murky waters.

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek: Anglers are still catching trout in the early morning hours using minnows.  Anglers are also catching trout during those hours using a variety of nymphs (walts worms; bead head prince nymphs; and green weenies). Once the sun gets overhead, the bite declines rapidly; but a few fish are still being caught in the shade line and deeper water.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 15, 2015
Jefferson County

Cloe Dam – Rainbow Trout are being caught in the deeper sections of the lake (15 to 20 feet) using redworms and nitecrawlers.

Sandylick and Redbank Creeks – Trout are being caught again, now that stream levels are returning to normal.  Spinners and live bait are both working.

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek: Anglers are catching trout in the early morning hours using minnows.  Anglers are also catching trout during those hours using a variety of nymphs (walts worms; bead head prince nymphs; and green weenies). Once the sun gets overhead, the bite declines rapidly; but a few fish are still being caught in the shade line and deeper water.

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout using streamers in the morning and a variety of nymphs throughout the day.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek: Water flows are still great!  Anglers are catching trout using a variety of nymphs (bead head prince; green weenies; and squirmy wormies). Early morning streamer fishing is also proving to be quite successful.

Lycoming County

Rose Valley Lake:  Anglers are catching lots of bass; most are 15 inches or under, but the bite is on!  One angler brought in a bass weighing in at 2.7lbs.  The lures of choice are Senckos and green pumpkinseed tubes. 

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