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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.

 

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 29, 2016
Tioga County

Beechwood Lake- Anglers are catching lots of Walleye using stick baits and night crawlers.

Anglers are also catching bass using top water lures, jigs and plastics.  Pickerel are being caught using shad shaped crank baits.

Cowanesque Lake – Last week the bite was slow with temperatures in the 40s at night and 80s during the day.  Now that the weather has warmed up and settled down, the fishing is improving.

Anglers are catching bass using jigs and plastics.  Anglers, targeting bass, are also catching musky using live bait and large crank baits.

Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching bass, Crappie, Yellow Perch, and Walleye.  Night crawlers are working best for Walleye and Yellow Perch. 

Anglers are catching bass using top water lures, spinner and crank baits.

Pickerel are being caught using shad shaped crank baits.  Crappies are being caught using minnow imitation, stick baits.

Renee and Don Kelly
On a recent fishing trip together, Renee and Don Kelly, had a great time on Hammond Lake.  Renee caught some Crappie and Don caught a nice pickerel.  Congratulations to both of you!
(photo provided by anglers)

Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are catching bass and pickerel.  Bass are hitting top water lures and shiners.  Pickerel are being caught using crank baits. 

Tioga Lake and Spillway – The warm water temperatures have increased Channel Catfish activity.  Anglers are catching Channel Catfish using cut bait.

Channel Catfish
Jeremiah Burrows caught a 22 lb. Channel Catfish, using cut bait, on a recent fishing trip to Tioga Lake. Congratulations Jeremiah!
(photo provided by angler)

Upper Pine Creek (Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only) – The water is low and the temperatures are between 69-76F.

Anglers are catching trout using blue wing olives and caddis patterns, size 16-18.  Terrestrial patterns are also catching fish on the surface. 

A few anglers caught Smallmouth Bass using isonychia nymphs and small wooly buggers.

Cameron County

Streams across the county are low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout in deep pools and shade lines.

The crayfish are “molting” now.  Anglers are catching fish using crayfish lures and crayfish.

REMINDER – If you are using crayfish as bait, the head must be immediately removed behind the eyes, upon capture, unless it will be used as bait in the water from which is was taken from.

Lycoming County

Rose Valley Lake – Anglers are catching Bluegill and Yellow Perch using a variety of baits.  Red worms and wax worms are working best. 

A few anglers are catching Walleye using minnows.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching bass using crank baits and minnows.  A few are having luck using top water lures as well.

Anglers are seeing and catching musky.  A few musky are being caught by anglers targeting bass using large crank baits.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Low, clear water means anglers need to use stealth when approaching favorite fishing locations.

Anglers are catching trout using small, lightweight nymphs (e.g. bead head pheasant tail; bead head green weenie; bead head prince nymph, dark stone flies) throughout the day.  When trout are rising, early morning and late evening, use dry flies (e.g. tan caddis, light cahill, midges, blue wing olives).

On sunny days, target shade lines and deep pools with lots of cover.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching catfish and Yellow Perch below the Lock Haven dam.  Baits of choice are minnows, lures and night crawlers.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Bluegill.  Bait of choice is red worms, wax worms and live minnows. 

Anglers are catching bass using crank baits and live minnows.

Catfish are also being caught using live minnows and lures.

Channel Catfish
On a recent fishing trip to Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Mike Hendricks, was fishing for Largemouth Bass near Lower Greens Run from his 20 foot boat.  He casted his lure near one of PFBC’s fish habitat structures and hooked into something big!  Once hooked, the fish stayed near the bottom and peeled lots of line off of his reel.  After about 15 minutes, Mike was able to get the fish close enough to net it.  The fish was a Channel Catfish, weighing approximately 15lbs.  Congratulations on a great catch Mike!
(photo provided by angler)

Penns Creek – Penns Creek is currently low and clear with temperatures in the 60s.  In areas with lower water, the temperatures are higher.

Anglers are catching trout using small, lightweight nymphs (e.g. pheasant tail; prince nymphs, hares ear, dark stoneflies, green weenies) throughout the day.  Blue quill mayflies are hatching and trout are actively eating them when they are present.

Trout are rising in the early morning and late evening.  When fish are rising use dry flies (e.g. tan caddis, isonychia, light cahill, midges, blue wing olives). 

Spring Creek-Water flow and water temperatures (50s) are stable.  The water is clear, so approach your favorite locations with stealth.

Anglers are catching trout using small nymphs throughout the day (e.g.  pheasant tail, bead head Frenchie, black zebra midge larvae, walt’s worm, sow bugs, green weenie).

With summer in full swing, anglers are also catching trout using terrestrials (e.g. ants, beetles).

Keep an eye on water levels and temperatures here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01546500

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 21, 2016
Tioga County

Beechwood Lake- Anglers are catching Walleye by trolling or bouncing night crawlers off the lake bottom, close to the dam. 

Trout are also being caught using shiners and spinner baits.  Pickerel and bass are being caught using shiners, spinnerbaits and various plastics.

Cowanesque Lake – Bass are being caught using shiners, senkos, crayfish imitations and various crankbaits.  The best fishing is in the evening. 

A few anglers are catching bass on the water’s surface, using poppers and spooks.  Green pumpkin, black/blue, red shad and watermelon are popular colors.  Sexy shad, bluegill and blue back herring crankbaits are also working.

Most of the fish are being found in a variety of places from 3 feet of water to 15 feet of water.  Target the weed beds and structure. 

A few Musky are being caught by anglers who are fishing for bass.  Bucktails and spinnerbaits are working for anglers targeting Musky.  A few 30-40 inch Muskies have been caught over the past few days.

Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching Bluegill, bass and Pickerel. Fishing live baits under a bobber is working best.  

Just before dark, the top-water bite is great.  Anglers are using various poppers and flies to catch panfish.  Anglers are catching trout in deep water.

Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching bass using live shiners and a variety of artificial lures. Bass are being caught early in the morning using frogs and poppers.  Crankbaits, senkos, and jigs are catching fish throughout the day. 

Areas along Rt. 287 and close to the dam are the fishing, hot spots.  Anglers are catching Crappie either by trolling or jigging in deep water, near structure.  Most of the Crappie are being caught in 10 feet of water.  Live minnows, small stickbaits and various jigs are working well. 

Walleye and Striped Bass are being caught while trolling with crawler harnesses and/or stickbaits.

Hills Creek Lake – The frog bite is on!  Anglers are catching bass on poppers and frogs.  Bass are also being caught using shiners, various plastics and hardbaits. 

Pitching weightless senkos into pockets in the weeds is working well.  Green pumpkin, baby bass, and watermelon are popular colors. 

Bluegills are also being caught using baby crawlers, redworms and mealworms.

Josh Ditzler, admiring one of the Largemouth Bass he caught on a recent fishing trip to Hills Creek Lake.  Congratulations Josh! (Photo by Josh Ditzler)

Tioga Lake and Spillway – Anglers are catching Crappie using jigs with fathead minnows.  Deep water near the dam and fallen timber off of the shoreline are holding fish.

Anglers are also catching bass and Yellow Perch.

At the spillway, anglers are catching Walleye using shiners, fathead minnows, night crawlers, twister tails and small swimbaits.  White, chartreuse and yellow are popular colors.  After dark, catfish are also being caught.

Upper Pine Creek – The water is very low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout and various other fish.  Butterworms, waxworms and fatheads are working best for bait anglers.  Small, silver, brown trout and white spinners are working too.

Fly anglers are catching trout using a variety of nymphs and streamers.  Dry fly action is best in the late evening hours.  Hatches occurring at this time are light cahills, blue wing olives, caddis, stoneflies and slate drakes.

Bass are being caught using crayfish lures.

Lycoming County

Rose Valley Lake –
Anglers are catching a variety of panfish and bass.  Twister tails, butterworms and live minnows are working best.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching bass using minnows, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  A few Musky are also being caught.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek –
The water is low and clear.  Water temperatures are in the mid 50s.  Approach your favorite fishing spots with stealth.

Anglers are catching trout using small nymphs (e.g. bead head pheasant tail; dark stonefly nymphs; bead head prince nymphs; bead head green weenie). 

Blue wing olives, caddis, isonychias, and cahills are hatching.  Trout are rising in the early morning and late evening hours. 

Centre County

Penns Creek –
At this time, water levels are good.  The water is clear and the temperature is in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Anglers are seeing hatches of caddis, cahills, blue wing olives and isonychias.

Trout are being caught using nymphs (e.g. small, dark mayfly nymphs; stoneflies; caddis larvae and green weenies).  When trout are rising, they are being caught using a variety of dry flies (e.g. tan caddis, isonychia, light cahill, midges and blue wing olives).

Near the town of Penns Creek, anglers are catching bass using crayfish lures.  Early morning and evening hours are the best times to be out fishing.

Keep an eye on water levels and temperatures here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01555000

On a recent fishing trip with his father-in-law, Ben Page, caught a 19 inch Smallmouth Bass while fishing Penns Creek, near the town of Penns Creek.  Congratulations Ben! (Photo provided by angler)

Spring Creek- Water levels are good.  Water temperatures are holding is the 50s.

Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. bead head pheasant tail; black zebra midge larvae, bead head walt’s worm; bead head green weenie).  When trout are rising, anglers are catching trout using a variety of dry flies (e.g. chaill, blue wing olive, tan caddis, midges). 

Trout are also being caught using terrestrials (e.g. beetles, ants).

Keep an eye on water levels and temperatures here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01546500
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Fishing and Boating Report – June 15, 2016
Bass season opens Saturday, June 18, 2016, just in time for Father’s Day!  Are you ready?  Below are a few links to help prepare for the big weekend!

Pennsylvania’s BEST Fishing Waters for Bass - http://fishandboat.com/water/best/bass-best.htm

Pennsylvania’s Bass “Feature Page” - http://fishandboat.com/bass.htm

Tioga County

It has been another great week of fishing in Tioga County.  Anglers are catching Crappie on live minnows and various jigs around brush piles in deep water and drop-offs in all three Army Corps Lakes.  Trolling has also been effective, using small spoons, stickbaits and grub tails.  Drifting along drop-offs with live minnows is also working well.  White and natural colored jigs are working best.

Anglers are catching lots of Walleye in the spillways and rivers.  Most of the Walleye are being caught on twister tails, small swim baits, live minnows and night crawlers. A number of Smallmouth Bass, Bullhead Catfish and Yellow Perch are being caught in the same areas, with the same baits.

Cowanesque Lake - 2016 Bass Population Survey!  http://fishandboat.com/images/reports/2016bio/4x06_13cowan.pdf

Hammond and Beechwood Lakes – Anglers are catching Walleye by jigging night crawlers near drop-offs or trolling with crawler harnesses and perch colored stickbaits.  Target the creek channels and/or other drop-offs.

Upper Pine Creek – Water is clear and low.  With cooler, overnight temperatures, the water temperature has dropped into the mid 60s.  Anglers are catching trout in and below the “Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO)” section.  Current hatches include, light cahills, sulphurs, blue wing olives, yellow sallies, and caddis. 

There has been heavy fishing pressure in the upper end of the DHALO.  Downstream, there have been fewer anglers and plenty of rising fish.

Anglers are catching trout using cahill and sulphur emergers.  Cahill and sulphur spinners are working as well.  A few anglers are catching trout in the mid-morning hours (9a.m.-11a.m.), using blue wing olive dry flies.

Bait anglers are catching and releasing Smallmouth Bass throughout most of Pine Creek.  The bait of choice is minnows.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Water levels are good and water temperatures are in the high 50s to low 60s.  The water is clear, so approach your favorite fishing areas with stealth.

The bite has been slow, but anglers are catching trout using nymphs throughout the day (e.g. bead head pheasant tail; dark stoneflies; bead head prince nymphs; caddis larvae patterns).

When trout are rising, they are taking blue wing olives, caddis, sulphurs, light cahills and/or march browns.  Most of the top water action is occurring in the late afternoon into the late evening hours.

Centre County

Penns Creek – At this time, water levels are good with some color; however, water levels are slowly dropping.  Temperatures are in the upper 50s to low 60s.  Some rain is predicted for later this week and should increase trout activity.

Early morning, late afternoon into evening hours is the best time to be on the water.   The bite is slow; however, anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. small dark mayflies and stoneflies; caddis pupa).

If trout begin feeding on the surface, tie on a dry fly (e.g. light cahill; small blue wing olives; tan caddis; midges).

Just after rain events, olive, brown and/or black sculpin patterns are working great.

Keep an eye on water levels and temperatures here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01555000

Spring Creek- Water levels and color are good.  Water temperature is in the 50s.  Fishing has been a little slow over the last week; however, conditions should improve with cooler nights and rain predicted for later this week.

Although fishing has been slow, anglers are catching trout using nymphs throughout the day (e.g. hot spot sow bug; olive scuds; bead head walts worm; bead head pheasant tail; black zebra midge; caddis larvae). 

If you notice trout rising, switch over to dry flies (e.g. Light cahill; blue wing olive; tan caddis; midges).

After rain events, anglers are catching trout using olive or black streamer patterns.

Keep an eye on water levels and temperatures here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01546500

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