NC REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)
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.
May 27, 2020
Hammond Lake – Anglers are currently reporting a phenomenal Crappie bite with the spawn in full swing. Anglers are having success anywhere where there is structure from 4 to 14 feet of water. Artificial baits are working great fished with a slow retrieve or under a float. Any combination of white, chartreuse and purple are all hot colors right now. It is a great opportunity to get out and experience this fishery with friends and family.
Anglers continue to do well in many of the Stocked Trout Waterways found throughout the county. Anglers are reporting success using both artificial and live bait. Streamers are working well right now. Anglers are also having success fishing the West Branch Susquehanna for Smallmouth Bass. Clouser minnows in white and chartreuse are working particularly well right now.
These beautiful Rainbow Trout were recently caught in some of the Stocked Trout Waterways that can be found throughout Lycoming County. (Photo submitted by Mark Sausser)
Fishing Creek – Currently, the water temperature is in the low 50's and the creek is flowing slightly above average. Anglers are seeing some activity on top with march browns, sulphurs, blue-winged olives and caddis all hatching. Nymphing continues to be the most productive technique. Bead head pheasant tails and caddis larvae imitations are working well using subsurface techniques. Streamers are also working well in the above average flows.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are reporting a great Crappie bite! It's a great time to target all of the man-made habitat structures that can be found throughout the lake. Other panfish as well as, some Largemouth Bass are also being caught right now. Artificial baits in white, pink and chartreuse are currently working well. The weather in the coming days will provide a great opportunity for angling!
Kylee and Colton Swartz had a memorable time fishing for Crappie over the Holiday weekend with family. (Photo Submitted by Mike Swartz)
This Bluegill shows off its dorsal fin as well as, the beautiful colorations that can be observed when handling these beautiful fish. (Photo submitted by angler)
May 20, 2020
Pine Creek – Anglers are currently experiencing great fishing conditions and reporting lots of success fishing for Trout. March brown, caddis and blue-winged olives are currently hatching and anglers are having success fishing dry flies. Anglers using spinning tackle are having success using both wax worms and red worms. Please remember, the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section from Marsh Creek downstream to Bear Run falls under the delayed harvest artificial lures only regulation. Under this regulation, no Trout may be in the angler's possession until June 15th. The daily creel limit is three Trout from June 15th through Labor Day in the Keystone Select section of Pine Creek.
Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are currently reporting an exceptional Crappie bite. With the warmer weather experienced through the past week the fish are finally up shallow and spawning. Anglers are having success using small twister tails and small tubes in chartreuse, orange, white, and pink. Live bait is also working well right now. Many anglers are currently having success using wax worms and minnows. Some anglers are also reporting catching some nice pre-spawn Bass.
A good looking Crappie recently caught in Tioga County. (Photo submitted by Don Kelly, Owner Tackle Shack Wellsboro, PA)
Anglers are also reporting some great fishing conditions in many of the Class A waters that can be found throughout the county. Anglers are having success fishing a variety of nymphs to fool these beautiful and aggressive wild fish. With summer fast approaching it is a great time to get out and explore new waters!
A beautiful Class A wild Brook Trout recently caught in Tioga County. (Photo submitted by Don Kelly, Owner Tackle Shack Wellsboro, PA)
Fishing Creek – Currently, the water temperature is in the low 50's and the creek is flowing slightly above average. Anglers are having success fishing both nymphs and dry flies. Dry flies are proving to be the most successful when the bugs are hatching in good numbers. Nymphing continues to produce the most success. Bead head pheasant tails and yellow mop flies are hot patterns to use right now.
This great looking Brown Trout was recently caught using a bead head pheasant tail in Clinton County. (Photo submitted by angler)
Spring Creek – It is time for sulphurs! Look for this well-known hatch to be in full swing this week with great action at dusk. Fish will be eating bugs on the surface when they are in abundant numbers. Nymphing is still producing the most hook-ups. Hot patterns include sulphur duns and nymphs as well as, Walt's Worm.
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.