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REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)

September 15, 2021

McKean County

NOTE: The Wolf Run Marina (WRM) on the Allegheny Reservoir (Kinzua Reservoir) is currently closed.  Anglers and boaters are no longer able to launch your boat at WRM. The water level will begin to gradually go down to winter pool conditions. Dunkle Corners, Willow Bay, Webb's Ferry, and Elijah Run boat launches will be the most suitable locations to launch once the water level starts to go down.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The creek is currently in great shape! The water temperature is in the low 60's and has some slight color to it.  Anglers currently experiencing consistent success are utilizing nymphs.  Looking for rising fish is helpful however, try drifting nymphs over them before switching to dry flies. Terrestrial patterns are currently working for those opportunistic fish.  Other hot patterns include- bead head pheasant tails, in sizes 14-20, Hares Ear Dirty Bird Caddis in sizes 14-16, and streamers that imitate sculpins in sizes 2-6.  Fishing will improve as Fall is fast approaching!

September 09, 2021

Clinton & Lycoming Counties

Fishing and boating in the district have been ample as the continual rains fall, keeping our rivers and streams filled. Several high-water events have made both activities difficult at times, but when the water recedes the fishing and boating have been great.  Bass anglers have been reporting significant catches in the West Branch Susquehanna and on Pine Creek with some hearty catches.  Reports are saying even the smaller fish have good weight and stature to them.  It seems like just about all tackle is working to produce this time of year with these conditions. Top-water lures, jigs, creature baits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plugs are all currently working.  The Bass fishing is hot right now!

Clearfield County

West Branch Susquehanna River - Anglers have been consistently catching Channel catfish in the evenings. Minnows and chicken livers are said to be the ticket. Smallmouth bass are also being caught with regularity. Most anglers have been using kayaks or canoes to cover a large amount of water. Soft plastic baits have produced the best results.

Curwensville Lake - The lake is beginning to clear after the recent rains. Anglers are reporting having limited success with bass and crappy. White twister tails or similar plastic baits are said to be working well.

Parker Lake - Parker Lake has experienced very light fishing pressure over the past week or two. September is a great time to go visit the park and enjoy a day of paddling. Many of the stocked trout have survived the summer and will be sure to provide anglers with many more opportunities this Fall.

Shagger’s Inn Pond - Anglers are reporting a slow bite during the daytime hours.  However, those willing to get on the water early in the morning or late in the afternoon have been rewarded with some nice catches. Spinners are always a great go-to if you are wanting to catch “whatever bites”. 

Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake - With the heavy rainfalls hitting the area, the USACE has applied a restriction for the entire reservoir for boating. The waterway is open to fishing and boating; however, speed is limited to slow no wake. Boaters are encouraged to adhere to this restriction due to the abundant amount of floating debris in the reservoir. 

Hammond Lake - Anglers are reporting an excellent Bass bite along the 287-shoreline using heavy swim jigs in color combinations of blue/black, all brown, or brown/black. With fall right around the corner, anglers can find themselves also having immaculate views with the changing foliage.

Tioga Spillway - The river levels at the spillway are currently high, and the water very brown. Reports of a good Catfish bite after dark sound promising using cut bait or chicken livers.  

Potter County

Fall Trout Season: With the coming and going of Labor Day means a change in the trout fishing regulations. Anglers looking to pursue trout in stocked trout waters now have an adjusted creel limit from 5 per day to 3 per day, and all Class A Wild Trout waters are regulated on a Catch and Release basis. Please reference the PFBC online app or mapping system to locate these regulated waterways, and as always consult your summary fishing regulation book before hitting the water.  

Lyman Run Reservoir - Non-powered boaters are having a great time on Lyman Lake due to the high waters of Pine Creek and some other popular waterways. Paddlers are reminded to ensure all necessary safety equipment is onboard their boats. 

Reports compiled by Cody Whipple , Northcentral Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and Local Tackle Shops.