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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 – August 27, 2014
PFBC would like to remind everyone to continue safe boating practices at all times.  The most important safety equipment you have is your Personal Floatation Device (PFD).  Be sure to WEAR IT!

Kayaks
Ladies enjoying a lovely day on the Susquehanna River.  Sporting their PFD’s, they are showing great WEAR IT spirit!!  From Left: Sandy Norbeck, Sue Hoopstick, Margorie Ranio.

Potter County

Kettle Creek: Anglers are catching Brown Trout on upper Kettle Creek. The majority of trout were caught using minnows just after the recent rain storms.  Several trout measured between 10-13” in length.  One trout caught in early evening hours measured in at 22”!

Elk County

East Branch Dam: Due to dropping water levels, the boat launch at the upper end is closed to motor boats.  You can still use the launch for canoes & kayaks.

The main launch located near the park office will remain open until at least Labor Day Weekend.  Be safe.

Jefferson County

Clarion River and Mahoning Creek has high and muddy water and has limited fishing until conditions improve.  By Labor Day weekend the levels should be just right.

Kyle Lake: Anglers are catching Bass using weightless worms and tubes.  Weeds near the surface limit options with fishing from a boat; the best option is to fish from the shore. 

Clearfield County

Curwensville Dam: Anglers are catching large Yellow Perch near the boat launch areas.  Many nice Channel Catfish in the 8- to 10- pound range are being caught, as well. 

** Use caution when handling and preparing fish because E. Coli levels are extremely high right now.  The beach and all swimming activities are currently prohibited due to public health concerns.

Centre County

Colyer Lake: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will begin the final drawdown of Colyer Lake in Centre County on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 in advance of a construction project to rebuild the lake’s dam and spillway.  The drawdown will take several weeks to complete.  The lake will be drained at a rate of 1 foot per day, depending on weather. 

As the lake reaches the final stages, PFBC will conduct a fish salvage to remove and relocate as many fish as possible. 

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake: Boating pressure has been light over the last week.  Most boating has been from anglers.  Anglers are catching Channel Catfish in areas around Upper Greens Run in the evening hours.  Most of the Channel Catfish were caught on chicken livers fished on the bottom.

Crappies and Sunfish are also being caught around the causeway.  They are hitting on minnows in the early morning and late evening hours. 

Anglers are also catching Bass, north of the causeway, using plastic worm jigs.  Black and blue plastic worms seem to be working best.

Black Moshannon Lake : There has been light boating pressure, mainly from kayaks and canoes.  Anglers are catching Bass and Chain Pickerel in access areas.  Rubber worms and spinners are providing the best results.

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout on all sections of Spring Creek.  Live bait and spinners are working well on the lower end, and small dry flies and nymphs are catching fish in the Fisherman’s Paradise area.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek: Anglers are catching Brown Trout using minnows, nymphs and wet flies in the lower section of the stream.  Wet flies and nymphs are also working in the upper portion of the stream as well.  One angler caught several trout between 10 and 14” during the evening.

Reminder: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm .”

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 19, 2014
McKean County

East Branch Tunungwant Creek, near Lewis Run: Water levels are ideal for this time of year and anglers are catching Brown Trout using spinners. 

Brown trout

Scott Love was using a spinner when he caught 3 Brown Trout.  The trout measured from 21 inches to 26 inches.  Congratulations Scott!!  Thank you for sharing your fishing story with us!!

Clinton / W. Lycoming County

Family fishing

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching trout using slate drakes, midge dry flies, and small nymphs.  

Fishing Creek: Late evening fishing has been good!  The stream has a murky coloration to it after recent rains.  Streamers should be good during the early/mid part of the week.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Dam: Anglers are catching Bluegill and Yellow Perch at access areas near the causeway and Lower Greens Fishing Pier.  The bait of choice is minnows and twister tails. 

Anglers fishing from boats are catching Crappies while trolling in deeper waters.  Smallmouth Bass and Catfish are also being caught in the evening hours.

Black Moshannon Lake: Anglers are catching Chain Pickerel and Smallmouth Bass using live bait, spinners, and rubber worms.  They are also catching Bluegill.

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout in all sections using a variety of lures and flies.  Small dry flies and spinners are working, along with some live bait.

Reminder: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm .”

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 12, 2014
Anglers are catching fish across NC region!! 

Jenna
Jenna Bond recently went on a fishing trip to Pine Creek with her Grandmother, Julie Szur.  Jenna loved being on the water with her Grandmother so much she asked her if they could eventually buy a cabin there!  Check out this great photo of Jenna with one of her first catches using a fly rod!  Congratulations Jenna, we hope to see you on the water again someday soon!

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: The stream has gotten shallow, but kayaks and canoes are still able to make their way down.  Most of them have only had to portage around shallow areas once during their trip.

Anglers are catching trout using slate drake dry flies and nymphs.  Some trout were rising to small black midges as well.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Dam: Anglers are catching musky, crappie and smallmouth bass.

Musky
Kevin Heeman and his son Wyatt Heeman caught a nice musky using perch colored artificial bait over the weekend.  Congratulations to you both!!!

Another bass angler caught smallmouth over the weekend using a black and blue, plastic worm, dropshot style (e.g. Weight is tied on the line below the hook.  It helps hold the bait at your chosen depth).  One of his bass measured in at 20” and 4 lbs!

Spring Creek: More rain is on the way to the Spring Creek watershed.  Get your streamers and minnows ready for some great fishing!  Right after the rain take your streamer out and cast it just off of the bank.  Switch up the timing of your retrieve to see what the trout want. Once you get a hit, keep the timing! 

You might also want to try using some squirmy wormies, san juan worms or vladi worms.  They are great flies to use when nothing else is working in muddy waters.

Clinton / W. Lycoming County

Bald Eagle Creek: Anglers are catching smallmouth on streamer patterns.  Anglers are also catching catfish on streamers!

Channel Catfish
Josh Day of Mill Hall, caught this nice 31 inch Channel Catfish on Bald Eagle Creek near Lock Haven using a streamer pattern!  Congratulations Josh!
Photo by Josh Day

Fishing Creek: Late evening fishing has been good!  Trout are hitting on small caddis and mayfly nymphs. 

West Branch Susquehanna River: Anglers are catching a channel catfish just below Lock Haven, using chicken liver and  minnows.  A few angler friends recently caught 7 channel catfish in one night!

Reminder: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm .”

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