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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)


August 21, 2019

Tioga County

Summer fishing continues to be good throughout the county.  Anglers, using topwater baits, are catching bass near grass and lily pads on most of the lakes.  Anglers targeting shallows, using creature baits, beavers and various other plastics are also catching bass. 

Pine Creek – Water flows are good for this time of year.  With cool nights on the way, trout fishing should continue to improve.

Anglers are catching trout using worms, terrestrial and nymph patterns.  Anglers are also catching Smallmouth using terrestrials, small streamers and poppers.  Clouser minnows and crayfish imitations are working as well. 
A few anglers are catching sunfish, fallfish and Rock Bass. 

Cowanesque Lake – Anglers are catching Striped Bass, using a variety of techniques.  Gizzard Shad are on the move

On a recent fishing trip to Cowanesque Lake with Don Kelly, Mike Haraschak, caught and released 3, beautiful Striped Bass!  Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience Mike and Don! (photo by Don Kelly)

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Hammond and Tioga Lakes – Anglers are catching bass using lures that mimic Gizzard Shad.  Current crankbaits that are working include the Strike King crankbait, colors, sexy shad and natural shad.  Panfish are also chasing down Gizzard Shad in the lake. 

Don Kelly, caught bass on a recent fishing trip, using Strike King crankbaits.  Thanks for sharing your story Don! (Photo provided by Don Kelly)

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Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Water levels are low and clear.  The water temperature is holding near 60F.  Cooler evenings will help keep temps down and trout active.

Early morning and late evening hours are the best times to be out.  With low water conditions, be prepared to make longer casts to keep from spooking trout.

Nymph patterns that are working include – beadhead green weenies (#12-16.  The usual Frenchie (#14-18), flashback pheasant tail nymph (#14-18) and hares ear(#12-16) will work as well.

Dry flies that are working include – Elk hair caddis (#8-12), midges (#20-26) and ISO emerger (#8-12).  Try using a dry dropper rig to key in to trout eating both below surface and above!

Anglers are catching beautiful Brown Trout using a variety of terrestrial patterns! (photo provided by angler)

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Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers continue to catch bass and other panfish using a variety of techniques.  Early morning and late evening are the best time to be on the water.  Early morning will provide time to get some good fishing in before recreational boats start arriving.

Anglers are catching bass using topwater techniques, others are catching bass using streamers and lures. Green pumpkin and chartreuse continue to be the colors of choice. Anglers are also catching panfish near Hunter Run Cut and near PFBC habitat structures.

Spring Creek – Water levels are good and water temperatures are holding at 60F.  With predicted rain over the next few days, water levels should bump up a bit. 

Anglers are catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours. Some of the trout are holding in very shallow water, early in the morning.  Be sure to fish areas you typically walk through!

Anglers are catching trout using ants and other terrestrial patterns, green weenies and caddis.

Dry fly patterns that are currently working include – elk hair caddis tan (#14-18); Trico duns and spinners (#18-22) and midges.

Nymph patterns that are currently working include – green weenie (#10-18); wet ant (#12-18); hot spot sow bug (#14-16); iron lotus (#16-18).

During or just after rain events, try an olive or black streamer pattern near the stream banks (#6-10).

August 14, 2019

8_14_19BrookTroutwildtroutstream.jpegAnglers are catching wild trout in most of the small streams.  Escape the summer heat, beneath PA's forest canopies, while pursuing a glimpse of a wild trout!  Ants, beetles and hoppers are working well. 

 8_14_2019FliesSpiderweb.jpgSometimes all you need to do is read the "stream newspaper" to see what fly pattern to use!

Tioga County

Fishing is still good throughout the county.  Anglers, using topwater baits, are catching bass near grass and lily pads on most of the lakes.  Anglers targeting shallows, using creature baits, beavers and various other plastics are also catching bass. 

A few anglers, fishing in deep waters of the lakes, are catching bass using Carolina rigs, drop shots and crank baits.  Look for deep weed lines and PFBC habitat structures!

Hills Creek, Hamilton and Hammond Lakes – Anglers are catching Crappie, Perch and Bluegills using live minnows, waxworms, red worms and a variety of lures.  Target the weed lines, pockets in weed mats/lily pads, as well as, down trees and other habitat structures.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Water levels are low and clear.  Water temperatures are at 60F.

Anglers are catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours.  With low, clear water, be sure to approach your favourite fishing areas with stealth.

Nymph patterns that are currently working include – green weenies (#12-16), ants and other terrestrials.  The usual Frenchie (#14-18), flashback pheasant tail nymph (#14-18) and hares ear(#12-16) will work as well.

Dry flies that are working include – Elk hair caddis (#8-12), midges (#20-26) and ISO emerger (#8-12).

The release! Wild Brown trout caught on a recent fishing trip to Fishing Creek, Clinton County, PA.

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West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using streamer and hopper patterns.  Early morning and late evening are the best times to be on the water.  Target structure and the occasional tailing carp. You might be surprised what is following the mud cloud!

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are catching bass using a variety of techniques.  A few are catching bass using topwater techniques, others are catching bass using streamers and lures. Green pumpkin and chartreuse are the colors of choice for bass.  Anglers are also catching panfish near Hunter Run Cut and near PFBC habitat structures.

PFBC recently improved bank habitat near pavilion #6 and #7 in the park.  Anglers are catching a variety of panfish from the bank in that area.

Spring Creek – Water levels are good and water temperatures are holding at 60F.  Anglers are catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours.

Anglers are catching trout using ants and other terrestrial patterns, green weenies and caddis.

Dry fly patterns that are currently working include – elk hair caddis tan (#14-18); Trico duns and spinners (#18-22) and midges.

Nymph patterns that are currently working include – green weenie (#10-18); wet ant (#12-18); hot spot sow bug (#14-16); iron lotus (#16-18).

During or just after rain events, try an olive or black streamer pattern near the stream banks (#6-10).

 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.​​