NC REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)
June 11, 2021
West Branch of the Susquehanna River - This is the time of year that the West Branch really begins to come alive! The fishing is currently reported to be terrific on all varieties of lures and baits. Both fly anglers and spin anglers are reporting great success! Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and Tiger Musky are a few of the species that one could expect to find with consistency while fishing the West Branch. A few exceptionally warm days over the past week could have the fish seeking deeper water and cooler temps. For the best success try the early morning and evening hours.
You will also find that the paddling opportunities are second to none. Several floats can be enjoyed on the section of the West Branch that flows through Clearfield County. Many boaters have been enjoying the views as they float from Curwensville into Clearfield and also from the PFBC Frenchville access to Karthaus.
Janesville Dam, Goss Run, Parker Lake, and Shagger's Inn Pond - There are still plenty of Trout in the stocked lakes and ponds. These fish have become quite "buggy" and can be caught on the surface using all types of dry flies. Larger streamers and nymphs will work best before the water temps heat as the day goes on.
Curwensville Lake - Anglers are catching panfish and a few nice Crappie from the shore. White twister tails are currently the ticket. Angling pressure is still rather light, and the boating season is just kicking off here. Be mindful if traveling the river channel that enters on the South side of the lake. Shallow water, large woody debris, and other obstacles could be hazardous. Operate at a slower than normal speed if conditions do not allow a clear view of the water.
Sayers Lake - Crappie fishing has slowed over the past week with the spawn coming to an end. Anglers are still reporting catches of Crappie in deeper water in areas around the causeway. Sunfish have also been reported from shore using small jigs or live bait under a float. Channel Catfish have been reported in the evening hours using nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and hotdogs as bait.
Black Moshannon Lake - Anglers have reported a slow bit over the past week with some Bass and Pickerel being reported on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and live minnows under a float.
Spring Creek / Bald Eagle Creek - Anglers are reporting Trout being caught with small Sulphur flies, nymphs, and spinners.
The Walleye and Bass have fishing is currently hit and miss in the Sunbury area with the water levels changing so frequently. Successful anglers are targeting fish using tubes, and minnows. Bass season opens statewide on June 12th.
May 26, 2021
With temperatures approaching near the mid-80s, its finally time to get those boats out on the water. Curwensville Lake and the West Branch of the Susquehanna River will make the perfect place to spend a day paddling. If you are just getting started with your first kayak or paddle board it is recommended that you make your first test runs on a still water such as a lake or pond. Be mindful when you make your first attempt at floating in rivers such as the West Branch. Adding current to the equation will change the maneuverability of your boat.
Memorial Day is just about here! Waterways are typically very busy over this holiday weekend and it is a great idea to brush up on your navigational "rules of the road". Take the time to look over some boating basics to ensure that you, along with everyone else has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
Anglers are reporting that there are still large numbers of trout in the stocked lakes and ponds. One Angler stated that he had several Golden Rainbows swimming around his boat just a few evenings ago. Janesville Dam and Goss Run are the perfect places to spend a quiet afternoon while targeting one of those remaining trophy trout. Parker Dam and Shagger's Inn Pond both still have plenty of trout also. If you are planning on catch and release fishing (for trout), the morning hours are the best time to hit the water. High daytime temperatures will have an extremely negative effect on our trout and mortality rates will rise.
If you are hoping to wet a line over the holiday weekend Sunday May 30th is one of two annual "Fish for Free" days here in Pennsylvania. Consider trying your luck, you may get "hooked".
Bass are currently very active at Faylor and Walker lake. The Fabri Dam is also a hot spot Bass right now. Remember they are still in the spawning period so if you catch them get them back in the water ASAP. Panfish have yet to move up in either lake but should start to do so soon. If you can locate Panfish, many anglers are reporting a great bite! Carp have recently spawned in both lakes as well.
Reports compiled by Cody Whipple, Northcentral Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers, Local Tackle Shops and other PFBC staff