NC REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)
January 14, 2021
REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket wear begins 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
REMINDER – Once there is ice on the lakes, be sure to check the thickness and safety before venturing out on the ice. Ice should be clear to be safe, once it thaws, aerates and refreezes it loses its integrity.
REMINDER - Jaw Jackers and Automatic Fisherman Devices are prohibited for use. Interested individuals can find the relevant regulation here 58 Pa. Code § 63.6. Authorized devices for game fish, baitfish and fishbait. (pacodeandbulletin.gov)
Shagger's Inn Pond - Low overnight temps have given many anglers an opportunity to enjoy some time on the ice. Those who have made it out have are reporting a lot of success on both Panfish and Trout. Small tungsten jigs tipped with maggots are producing most of the action. Many anglers are catching good numbers of trout currently. Use caution when travelling the forests roads as ice and snow may be an issue.
West Branch of the Susquehanna - Anglers are reporting a fair number of Walleye being taken over the last several days. Artificial lures and natural bait are both working well at this time. Try a slow retrieve while adding a twitch every so often if you are using stick baits. Be mindful of your surroundings as the West Branch is currently running at high flows.
Black Moshannon Lake - All areas of Black Moshannon Lake are ice covered varying in thickness. Anglers have been successful in the past week catching Sunfish, Crappies, Perch jigging with waxworms / maggots in weedy areas at 4-6' of water. Additionally, Bass and Pickerel are being caught on tip-ups with minnows.
Sayers Lake - Anglers have been fishing Sayers lake in the area of East/ West launch cove over the past several days. Ice thickness varies in this area. Anglers have been reporting success on crappies, sunfish and perch on jigging rods using small jigs tipped with maggots just off the bottom. Additionally, some Bass, Perch, and Crappies are being reported on tip- ups with minnows. Most success is occurring in the early morning hours and the hour prior to sunset.
Jabuary 7, 2021
Hills Creek Lake – The ice season is in full swing, and a high number of anglersare currently taking advantage of the ice fishing season. All parking areas are currently maintined and access is very good around the entire lake. The bait of choice is currently wax worms, fished on a jig size 5 mm, with a size 12 hook. Bluegills are being caught in 8-10 feet of water in the stumps region of the lake, and Largemouth Bass are also being caught using live minnows under tip ups in 3-6 feet of water.
Fishing Creek – Currently the temperature is in the low 40's and the color is perfect for fishing. The creek is still maintaining a good flow so anglers should continue to use caution when wading. Anglers are having consistent success on both nymphs and streamers. Big stoneflies are working great when fished in the tail outs of large pools and in the pocket water as well. Sculpin imitations are working great when fished slowly through the water column.