NC REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)
July 29, 2020
Cowanesque Lake - Bass anglers have identified the thermocline to be around a depth of 25 feet and catching Black Bass on cover at this depth fishing soft plastics and large jigs of varying colors. Fishing below the thermocline will result in a poor catch so anglers are encouraged to find that 25 foot depth and shallower for success.
Tioga Lake - Black and White Crappie are currently being caught on structures placed by PFBC habitat staff on the east shoreline near the dam breast using live fathead minnows under a bobber. Bass anglers have identified the thermocline at a depth of 17' and good numbers of bass actively feeding in the early morning hours.
All resident and non-resident boaters are encouraged to complete a basic boating course regardless of your date of birth. Boating traffic has exponentially increased throughout the County and Waterways Conservation Officers are detecting an increased number of boating infractions which are prevented by completing the course.
Susquehanna River – The water temperature is higher than average, and the river is currently very low. Catfish are currently active at night and anglers are catching some nice fish on bait. Panfish are still active at many locations but its mostly smaller ones in the shallows. You may need to find deeper water to get anything of size.
Some anglers are noticing fish starting to die at several locations. If you only see 1 or 2 that's likely just natural stress due to warm water and low oxygen. If you find large groups of dead fish, please contact your nearest regional office.
Fishing Creek – The creek is still very low and clear. The fishing has been the best early in the mornings and late in the evenings. Terrestrial patterns continue to produce fish consistently. Nymphing caddis larvae in the deeper pockets has been effective.
July 22, 2020
Cowanesque Lake – Anglers are currently having success fishing for Hybrid Stripped Bass in the evenings. The fish are reacting very well to topwater lures during this time. Other anglers are having success early in the morning and late in the evenings trolling spoons. Looking for baitfish has been key in locating areas where the fish are active.
Fishing Creek – The creek is currently flowing below average and remains clear. The water temperature is currently in the mid 60's. Terrestrial patterns have been working well. Ants and green weenies are still producing fish consistently. Small nymphs and caddis larvae have been fishing well in the pockets. Fish have been eating on the surface when bugs are coming off in great numbers. Look for adult caddis and blue-winged olives for dry fly activity.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are currently having success fishing for Bluegill and Yellow Perch close to shoreline and around habitat structures. Nightcrawlers have been working great fished under a float. Adding some weight to your line is working the best to help detect light bites. Anglers have been having success fishing for Channel Catfish and Bullhead at night using nightcrawlers.
Mary Hanes caught this Yellow Perch from the shoreline near some of the man-made habitat structures that can be found throughout the lake. (Photo provided by angler).
Reports compiled by Cody Whipple (RA-FBNCFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Northcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.