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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 – May 18, 2016
Tioga County

Fishing was fantastic prior to the cold weather that moved in over the last few days.  With the cold weather, fishing has been slow this week.  Water temperatures have dropped significantly.  This pattern will continue through most of this week, until it warms up again.

So far, it seems as though the Crappie have not spawned yet.  As soon as it warms up again, fishing will begin to improve. 

Anglers who are catching Crappie, are catching them near habitat structures just off the lake shores.

Hamilton Lake – The lake was recently re-stocked.  Anglers are catching trout using chartreuse, rainbow and orange doughbaits.  Live minnows are also working.

Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching hybrid stripers using spinnerbaits.

Stripers
On a recent fishing trip to Hammond Lake, Ryan Fluharty, from the Mansfield University Bass Fishing team, caught 2 Hybrid Stripers. Congratulations Ryan!!
(Photo provided by angler)

Lycoming County

Pine Creek - Anglers are catching trout using olive or brown streamers and weighted nymphs.  With the cold water temperatures, the trout are hanging tight to the bottom of the stream.  Anglers are fishing their nymphs and streamers near the as close to the bottom as possible.  Trout are also being caught using spinners.

Anglers are also catching and releasing Smallmouth Bass using streamers and spinners.

Smallmouth Bass
Recently, on Pine Creek fishing trip, Julie Szur was fishing with her dog, Brookie, and her good friend Rachel. Julie caught Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout using streamers. In addition to the trout, she also caught and released a nice Smallmouth.
(photo by Julie Szur)

Clinton County

Fishing Creek –  The stream level and color is perfect!  Water temperatures are currently in the low 50s.

Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. bead head pheasant tail; dark stone flies; bead head prince nyph) mid-morning into the late afternoon hours.  Keep an eye out for the hatches and be prepared to do some dry fly fishing!  Hatches you might see include blue wing olives, caddis, hendricksons, sulphurs, blue quill, and march browns. 

Anglers using the dry-dropper technique (e.g. rig = dry fly with a nymph about 2 feet below the dry fly) are having the most success.  Using the dry-dropper technique provides anglers with a chance to catch trout on the surface and/or under the water!

Centre County

Penns Creek –  The water level is a little below average, color is green and the temperature is currently in the low 50s.  

During late morning into late afternoon hours, anglers are catching trout using small dark nymphs (e.g. rubberleg stoneflies; bead head hares ear; bead head pheasant tail; caddis larvae).  Anglers are also catching trout using streamer patterns and spinners.

During hatches, trout are being caught on the water surface. Hatches occurring mid-afternoon include sulphurs, tan caddis, hendricksons, and midges.

Spring Creek -  Water color is great.  Water temperatures are currently in the low 50s.

Anglers are catching trout using light and dark sulphur nymphs in the riffle/broken water areas.  Trout are being caught using sulphur dry flies in the late afternoon and late evening hours.  The later the better!

Nymphing seems to be producing the best catches throughout the day (e.g. black zebra midge; walt’s worms; olive scud; hot spot sow bug; bead head pheasant tail; caddis larvae).

With the water being a little off color, a few anglers are catching trout using olive or brown streamer patterns.

Hatches to be prepared for while on the water include sulphurs, blue wing olives, tan caddis, and midges.

Anglers are also catching trout using spinners on lower Spring Creek.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 11, 2016
Tioga County

The weather has made it tough over the last week or so, but the Crappie bite continues to improve each week.  As soon as the County gets a few days that reach 70 degrees, the fish will begin moving into the shallows again.

Anglers are catching Crappie on most of the lakes in the County.  The “go-to” baits and lures include live minnows, artificial minnows, twister tails, bladed jigs and small tubes.  Chartreuse, chartreuse/black, red/chartreuse and natural minnow colors are working well.  Currently, most of the Crappie are holding in deeper water.  On small lakes, anglers are catching a few few Crappie in the shallows.

Anglers are also catching Yellow Perch using the same lures/baits listed above.

Hamilton Lake – The lake will be stocked again this week.  Anglers are catching trout using chartreuse doughbiat, waxworms, minnows and butterworms.  Small, silver stickbaits and firetigers are working well too.

Luke with a nice Bluegill

Pete Staudenmeier took his family to Hamilton Lake over the weekend.  Pete’s son, Luke, caught a nice Bluegill and his daughter, Rose, caught her FIRST trout! Congratulations to the young Staudenmeier anglers!
(photos provided by angler)

Rose with her first trout

Crappie
On a recent camping trip to Hammond Lake, Don Kelly, caught Crappie using a variety of baits
(photo by Don Kelly)

Luke with Crappies
On a recent fishing trip to Hammond Lake with his family, Luke Szentesy, landed quite a few nice Crappie. Congratulations Luke!
(photo provided by angler)

Cameron and Western Clinton County

Water levels across the County are perfect for trout fishing!  On clear sky days, anglers are catching trout using white colored baits and lures.  Minnows, streamers and spinners are working well on overcast/rainy days.

There are lots of trout left over, so pack your bags and take a fishing trip north!

Lycoming County

Pine Creek- Anglers are catching trout using dry flies (e.g. Brown Drake emergers; tan caddis).  Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (e.g. caddis larvae; bead head prince nymphs; brown drake nymphs; bead head pheasant tails).  A few anglers are catching trout using streamers (e.g. olive wooly buggers; olive sparkle minnow).

Anglers are also catching trout using minnows and spinners. 

Mid-afternoon hours seem to be the best time to be on the water.

Logan
During a recent drift boat trip down Pine Creek, Logan Daniel (age 5), landed a 17” Brown Trout using a caddis larvae nymph!
(photo by Amidea Daniel)

Raft
Even dogs like to take the occasional raft trip down Pine Creek!  Pictured here is John and Julie Szur with their faithful fishing companion, Brookie.
(photo by Amidea Daniel)

Clinton County

Fishing Creek –  Water levels are good and the temperature is around 50 F.  Anglers are catching trout throughout the day using nymphs (e.g. caddis larvae; bead head frenchie; bead head prince nymph; bead head march brown nymph).

When the trout are rising in the mid to late afternoon hours, anglers are catching them using dry flies (e.g. sulphur, tan caddis, march brown, midges, blue quill).

Anglers using the dry-dropper technique (e.g. rig = dry fly with a nymph about 2 feet below the dry fly) are having the most success.  Using the dry-dropper technique provides anglers with a chance to catch trout on the surface and/or under the water!

Evangeline
Evangeline Daniel (age 7) caught a nice wild Brown Trout using a bead head march brown nymph on a recent fishing trip to Fishing Creek with her mother
(photo by Amidea Daniel)

Centre County

Penns Creek –  Water levels are back to normal.  Predicted rainfall amounts shouldn’t change flows too much.

Hatches have been sporadic, but anglers are seeing blue wing olives, sulphurs, march browns, tan caddis and some blue quills hatching.

Anglers are catching trout in the late afternoon hours using dry flies (e.g. sulphur, tan caddis, march brown, blue quill and midges). 

Anglers are catching trout throughout the day using nymphs (e.g. small, dark mayfly numphs, stoneflies, caddis larvae and caddis pupa). 

Spring Creek- Water levels look great and the sulphur mayflies are here!!  Anglers are catching trout using size 14-16 yellow and orange, sulphur dry fly patterns.

Anglers are also catching trout using blue wing olives in the mid-afternoon hours.  Trout are feeding best in the broken water areas.

Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (e.g. cress bugs; scuds; midge larvae and small mayfly nymphs).

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 4, 2016
Tioga County

Due to weather changes, Crappie fishing has slowed down a little.  If the area gets a span of 2-3 days of warm weather the Crappie will move back in to spawn.  Although the bite has been slow, it has been steady with most of the Crappie catching reports coming from Hammond Lake. The majority of the Crappie being caught are between 11-13 inches.  Similar size Crappie are being caught on Tioga and Cowanesque Lake.

Anglers are catching and releasing bass using a variety of jerkbaits and jigs.

Crappie
Don Kelly caught some good size Crappie recently on a trip to Hammond Lake.  Most of the Crappie being caught are between 11-13 inches.
(photo by Don Kelly)

Largemouth Bass
James DiSands caught and released a nice sized Largemouth Bass recently on a fishing trip to Hammond Lake. Bass are currently moving into the shallows to spawn. ALL bass must be released this time of year.
(Photo by James DiSands)

Largemouth Bass
Travis Crosby caught and released a nice sized Largemouth Bass recently on a fishing trip to Cowanesque Lake
(photo provided by angler)

Lycoming County

Pine Creek- Water levels have been up the last few days, but are beginning to fall and should provide great fishing conditions for this weekend!

Prior to the rain event over the last few days, anglers were catching Brown and Rainbow Trout near the village of Slate Run.  Trout were being caught using dry flies (e.g. march browns; caddis).  Trout were also being caught using nymphs (e.g. bead head prince nymphs; caddis larvae).

Currently, with the water slightly up and a little off color, anglers are catching trout using streamers and spinners.

Nothing but net
Nothing but net!! Here is a photo of Julie Szur landing a trout on Pine Creek over the May 1st weekend!
(photo provided by angler)

March Brown
March Browns are hatching on Pine Creek! Water levels are on the way back down so get your gear ready!
(photo by Don Kelly)

Pine Creek Brown Trout
Pine Creek Brown Trout caught using a March Brown
(Photo by Julie Szur)

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching and releasing bass.  Anglers are also catching Yellow Perch just below Lock Haven. 

Smallmouth Bass
Recently, while fishing from his 16 foot Jon Boat, Jordan Allison, went fishing for musky on the West Branch Susquehanna River.  Instead of catching a musky he caught and released a 20.25” 5 lb. Smallmouth Bass near Montoursville, PA.  Congratulations Jordan!!
(photo provided by angler)

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. bead head Frenchie; olive bird of prey; bead head pheasant tail; green weenie).  Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies from late afternoon into the evening hours (e.g. tan caddis; midges; Hendrickson; blue quill, sulphurs). 

Nymphing has been the most productive.  Anglers using the dry-dropper technique (e.g. rig = dry fly with a nymph about 2 feet below the dry fly) are having the most success. Using the dry-dropper technique provides anglers with a chance to catch trout on the surface and/or under the water!

Sulphurs
Sulphurs are starting to hatch on Fishing Creek! 

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are catching and releasing bass.  Anglers are also catching Crappie and Yellow Perch. Baits/lures of choice are jigs, twister tails, live minnows, and night crawlers.

Penns Creek –  Hatches are a little early this year.  March Browns are in full swing right now along with Blue Wing Olives.  A few Sulphurs have also been spotted! 

Anglers are catching trout using nymph patterns.  Morning fishing after cloudy, warm nights has been best for nymph fishing.  Trout are sipping March Brown dries.  Most success is occurring in pools with some current.  Try a large March Brown emerger with upright wings, like the Quigley Cripple!

Other dry fly patterns that are working: Sulphurs; Tan Caddis; Hendrickson; Blue Quill; midges; Blue Wing Olive.

Nymph patterns that are working: bead head prince; Kaufman stonefly; caddis larva; bead head pheasant tail

Anglers are also catching trout using sculpin patterns and rapalas.  Silver rapalas are working best.

Brown Trout
Ben Lorson caught quite a few Brown Trout using a silver rapala on a recent trip to Penns Creek
(photo by Tyler Neimond)

Brown Trout
Mark Sausser caught a 20” Brown Trout on a recent trip to Penns Creek.  This trout was not rising, but was coaxed to the surface using a March Brown dry fly!
(photo by Tyler Neimond)

Spring Creek- The Sulphurs are hatching!!  Anglers are catching trout using size 14-16 Sulphur dry fly patterns.  Anglers are also catching trout using Blue Wing Olives in the mid-afternoon hours.  Trout are feeding best in the broken water areas.

Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (e.g. cress bugs; scuds; midge larvae and small mayfly nymphs).
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