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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.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 24, 2016
Tioga County

Recent rain events have slightly increased water flow in streams across the region.

Pine Creek – The water level is up a slightly; however, water temperatures are still high.  Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass.  Baits of choice are rebel crayfish, mister twisters, 4” senkos and small stickbaits.  Live shiners and hellgrammites are also working.

Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes – Anglers are catching bass using jigs, topwaters and various plastics.  Most of the bass are being caught in or near shallow water.  Popping frogs and rapala skitter vs are working well. 

In deep water, anglers are catching bass using crankbaits, green pumpkin, watermelon, perch and goby patterns are working well.

Evenings seem to be fishing best. 

Tioga Lake and spillway – Anglers are catching catfish using livers, live shiners and nightcrawlers.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The water level is low and clear, but is holding a temperature of 60F.  Anglers are catching trout in the early morning hours and late evening hours using nymphs (e.g. dark stone flies; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail).

When the trout are rising, anglers are catching them using dry flies (e.g. tan caddis; blue wing olives; midges).

Rain is predicted over the next few days.  If water levels begin to rise, try a streamer or spinner near banks, logs and large boulders.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching bass using poppers and crankbaits.  Yellow or white poppers are still working best. 

Centre County

Spring Creek – The water level is just below normal for this time of year.  Anglers are catching trout using terrestrials (e.g. beetles, ants, grasshoppers, adult midge patterns).

Most anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. walts worm; black zebra midge; hot spot sow bug).

The best time to be on the water is early morning and late evenings.

Keep an eye on water levels by clicking here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01547100

Penns Creek – Anglers, fishing lower Penns Creek, are catching Smallmouth Bass using poppers and/or crankbaits.

REMINDER: Certain sections of Penns Creek are temporarily CLOSED TO FISHING.  To learn more about the locations:  http://www.fishandboat.com/news/2016pr/penns-creek-sections-closed.html

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 17, 2016
Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Water levels are currently low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout in the early morning hours and late evening hours using nymphs (e.g. dark stone flies; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail).

When the trout are rising, anglers are catching them using dry flies (e.g. tan caddis; blue wing olives; tricos)

Rain is predicted over the next few days.  If water levels begin to rise, try a streamer or spinner near banks, logs and large boulders.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching bass using poppers.  Yellow or white poppers are working best.  A few bass were caught using a hellgrammite fly pattern.  White streamers are also working.

Anglers using spinners are catching bass and Yellow Perch.

Centre County

Spring Creek – The water level is up a little and is a bit off color.  Rain is predicted over the next few days and should help wash away some of the aquatic vegetation.  Anglers are catching trout using terrestrials (e.g. beetles, ants, grasshoppers, adult midge patterns).

The best time to be on the water is early morning and late evenings.
Keep an eye on water levels by clicking here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01547100

Elk County

Because of the lack of snow this past winter, the water level never reached summer pool at the East Branch Dam.   Now, with the drought we have experienced this past summer, the staff at the East Branch Dam have CLOSED the main boat launch until next spring.
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Fishing and Boating Report – August 10, 2016
Potter County

Lyman Run Lake – Anglers are catching lots of panfish and bass.

Streams across the county are low and clear.

Most of the lakes are busy with boating traffic and bass tournaments.  Anglers fishing in the bass tournaments are recording nice size bass, despite the low warm water.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The water levels are low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout in the early morning hours and late evening hours using nymphs (e.g. dark stone flies; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail).

When the trout are rising, anglers are catching them using dry flies (e.g. tan caddis; blue wing olives; tricos)

Centre County

Spring Creek – Water levels are low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout using terrestrials (e.g. beetles, ants, grasshoppers, adult midge patterns).
The best time to be on the water is early morning and late evenings.
Keep an eye on water levels by clicking here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01547100

Northumberland / Union / Snyder

Susquehanna River – The water is warm and low.  Anglers are catching fish in deep pockets.  The best time to fish is early morning and late evening.

Anglers are catching lots of bass and catfish while night fishing the river.

Walker and Faylor Lakes – Anglers are catching some nice size bass out of both lakes.

REMINDERS – If you want to use a boat on Walker Lake, is must be electric motor only.  Faylor Lake is restricted to non-powered boats only.

The boating season is in full swing, make sure you have all required permits and safety equipment.

Lake Augusta – The lake has been busy with boat traffic.  Make sure you know the rules of the road before heading out on the water.

Tioga County

Water levels are still terrible.  The rain we have had is not helping anywhere.

Bass fishing has been good on all the local lakes.  Fish are being caught using a variety of methods in very shallow to moderately deep water.  Anglers are doing well with creature baits and plastic worms near weed beds, timber, and artificial structure.  Many are finding a great morning and evening topwater bite too, using frogs, buzzbaits, and poppers.  Crankbaits and dropshot presentations are working in deeper water.  The most productive soft plastic colors include green pumpkin, watermelon, perch, baby bass, and other shades of green.  In areas of dirtier water, black/blue, black/red, and dark greens with flake have been good.  A few walleyes and stripers are being caught on Hammond, Tioga, and Cowanesque by bass anglers too, using the same presentations.  

Catfish are being caught in Tioga and Hammond Lakes, as well as the Tioga spillway.  Chicken livers, cut bait, and live shiners are all working.  Most of the catfish have been young ones ranging from 10-18 inches; but a few 20-25 inchers are being caught, too.  Anglers have caught nice bullheads in all three areas, as well.

Bass
Don Kelly caught this bass on topwater after dark on Hamilton Lake. Thanks for sharing this beauty, Don!

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