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NC REGION REPORTS

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


Attention
Stackhouse Facility Parking Restrictions

Starting Sunday Jan. 5, 2020 the main parking area at the Stackhouse Facility (Spring Creek - Fisherman's Paradise) will be CLOSED to the public. This is necessary to accommodate training of the 22nd WCO (Waterways Conservation Officer) Class. The closure will continue through June, except for periods when Cadets are on field assignment.


January 22, 2020

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket wear began on November 1, 2019 and ends on April 30, 2020 for all canoes, kayaks and boats under 16 feet in length.  Learn more here - https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/MandatoryPFD.aspx

Ice fishing safety and more! Check out PA Fish and Boat Commission's Ice/Winter Fishing Page for Ice Safety tips, Ice Fishing tips and more! - https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx 

Tioga

Recent cold temperatures have helped build ice however, anglers are still not ice fishing. As cold weather stays consistent, look for ice fishing opportunities by the end of this week.  

Reminder - Always check ice conditions yourself before heading out on the lake. It is a good idea to contact local sporting goods stores for ice condition updates prior to venturing out.

Hamilton Lake - Anglers have been catching stocked trout off the dock at the boat launch using paste baits and wax worms. Some anglers report success fishing in the spillway.

Pine Creek -The Keystone Select was recently extended, and many anglers are reporting approval of the extension. If you find yourself looking to get outside, this section of water provides a great opportunity for fishing. 

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Water temperature is in the high 30's. With these colder water temperatures, look for fish in slower moving pockets behind structure. Stoneflies and caddis larvae imitations are producing hungry post-spawn fish.

Streamers will still move fish this time of year.

Centre County

Spring Creek – The creek is fishing well even with cooler temperatures. Anglers report good midday success nymphing slow moving pocket water.

Hot patterns right now include pheasant tail nymphs and hot spot sow bugs. Olive and black slumpbusters have been reported to move hungry trout as well. 


January 15, 2020

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket wear began on November 1, 2019 and ends on April 30, 2020 for all canoes, kayaks and boats under 16 feet in length.  Learn more here - https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/MandatoryPFD.aspx

Ice fishing safety and more!  Check out PA Fish and Boat Commission's Ice/Winter Fishing Page for Ice Safety tips, Ice Fishing tips and more! - https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx

REMINDER, always check ice conditions prior to heading out on the ice.  Hopefully cold weather will return in the coming weeks to allow for more fun on the ice. (photo by Jordan Allison)

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Western Lycoming County

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching Musky using a variety of techniques.  Focus on areas near structure, points of islands and/or areas where there is a drop-off from shallow to deep waters.

Clinton County

Anglers are catching trout on most of the streams across the County.  Streamers, nymphs and live minnows seem to be working on most streams.

With warm temperatures, most lakes are free of ice.

Fishing Creek – The water temperature is in high 30's to 40's.  The water is perfect for some fishing! With the water temperatures dropping, trout are in the slower runs and pockets.

Anglers are catching trout using nymph patterns including hares ear, flashback pheasant tail, frenchie and large stonefly nymphs.  Make sure your nymphs are getting to the stream bottom. 

A few anglers are catching trout using streamer patterns that are black or olive.

Centre County

Spring Creek – The water temperature is holding in the 40s. Water conditions are great for fishing.  Trout are moving toward the deeper pockets.

Anglers are catching trout using hot spot sow bugs, olive scuds, walt's worm and pheasant tail nymphs.  Be sure to get the nymphs down close to the bottom of the stream.

Streamers are also working well.  Streamer colors that are working include olive or black patterns.



Reports compiled by Amidea Daniel (RA-FBNCFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Northcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.​​