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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)


June 12, 2019

Tioga County

Anglers are catching trout on most of the stocked trout waterways across the County.  Stony Fork, Crooked Creek, Long Run, and Asaph are all fishing well.  Anglers are also catching trout at Hamilton and Beechwood Lakes too.  Powerbait, a variety of spinners, and live minnows are the baits of choice.  At Hamilton, trout are hanging near the dock and up the creek.

Pine Creek- Pine Creek is running at perfect levels right now and fishing excellent!  Between PFBC and local club trout stocking, there are plenty of trout on Upper Pine Creek.  Fly hatches currently occurring on the stream include – In the evening, Slate Drakes and Rusty Spinners. Other hatches occurring include lime sallies, yellow sallies, golden stones, caddis, sulphurs, gray fox, light cahills and more!  Keep a variety of flies on-hand!  Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs of any of the hatches listed above.  A few anglers are doing very well using a rubber prince nymph and a halo Czech nymph!

Anglers, using spinning gear, butterworms, wax worms, and live minnows are also catching lots of trout. Joe's flies spinners and a variety of roostertails,Brown trout, gold, or silver Rapalas are working well too.

Anglers are experiencing some wonderful dry fly fishing on Upper Pine Creek! Anglers are catching lots of trout using a parachute slate drake and rusty spinner. Trout are beginning to rise to dry flies around 7p.m. and feeding until dark.  This Rainbow trout took a dry fly, what a trout!  (Photo provided by angler Don Kelly)

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Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching Crappie near weed beds and by trolling near structure that are just off-shore.  Berkley Flicker Shads in purple, green and shad colors are working well. Both jointed and standard patterns are working.  Close to shore, Crappie magnets are still working well.

This Yellow Perch and Striper were caught during a recent fishing trip to Hammond Lake.  Well done Don and thank you for sharing your story! (Photo provided by angler)

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Hills Creek, Hamilton and Beechwood Lakes – Anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Crappie and Bluegill near weeds and timber.  At Hills Creek, the weeds are heavy, anglers, pitching baits into the open pockets are catching fish.  Live minnows are also working well!

Lycoming County

Rose Valley Lake - Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch and Chain Pickerel.  Fishing half a worm under a bobber is working for anglers fishing from shore.  Remember to adjust the depth of your bait, when you find one fish, you usually find more!

REMINDER - Boaters must ensure they have a current boat registration or launch permit if non-powered prior to heading out on the lake. If you are mooring your boat at the lake, a valid boat registration is required to partake in this. A launch permit does not meet the requirement.

Large Pumpkinseed caught during a recent fishing trip to Rose Valley Lake (photo provided by angler)

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Clinton and Western Lycoming County

Fishing Creek – The stream is currently at good fishing levels.  More rain is predicted over the next few days.  Stay alert and be ready to change your approach according to fluctuating water levels. Water temperature is holding in the mid 50s. 

There are currently lots of hatches occurring and they come in waves.  Most of the action is occurring just before dark.  Tan and black caddis, blue quills, light cahills etc.  Anglers are catching trout in the evening hours using the following fly patterns – Elk Hair Caddis Tan (#14-18); Black Caddis (#14-16; ISO (#8-12); midges (#20-26).

Anglers are also catching trout, using nymphs.  Nymph patterns that are currently working include (Iron lotus #16-18; dirty bird hares ear #12-16; flashback pheasant tail #14-18; pats rubberlegs #8-12). 

During or after rain events, fish olive or black streamer patterns (Headbanger sculpin #4-8) work well.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are catching and releasing bass using half a night crawler under a bobber.  Anglers are also catching Pumpkinseeds, Crappie, Rock Bass and Bluegill using the same technique!

At a recent Family Fishing Program, families enjoyed catching and releasing several panfish!  These young anglers and their parents enjoyed catching and releasing a surprise Largemouth Bass and Pumpkinseed!

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Spring Creek –

REMINDER - IMPORTANT TEMPORARY CLOSURE NOTICE – For the period of JUNE 10-June 21, 2019 the H.R. Stackhouse Facility (Fisherman's Paradise) parking area and grounds between the entrance gate and the lower trail gate will be CLOSED for public safety while well drilling operations occur.

Spring Creek water levels are perfect for fishing right now. Water temperature is in the 50s.  More rain is predicted over the next few days, so make sure you have streamers with you (e.g.olive or black streamer patterns (slumpbusters #6-10).

When trout are rising, anglers are catching trout using dry flies (Sulphur Dun #16-18; Sulphur emergers #14-16; Elk hair caddis- tan or black #14-16; Midges #22-26).  A few anglers are catching trout using rusty spinners during early morning and late evening.

Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (e.g. Sulphur and baetis nymphs are working best). Other nymph patterns that are working include iron lotus (#16-18); wet ant (#12-18);hot spot sow bug (#14-16); walt's worm (#12-16); black zebra midge (#18-22).

 

June 5, 2019

 

Tioga County

Most of the stocked trout streams across the County continue to fish well and there are plenty of trout left to catch.  In the Wellsboro area, anglers continue to do well on Asaph Run, Stony Fork Creek, and Crooked Creek.  Anglers are catching trout using, pink salmon eggs, chartreuse Blue Fox spinners, joe's flies spinners, brown trout or silver Rapalas, butterworms, and baby nightcrawlers.  Most of these streams have good clarity and water levels for ideal fishing experiences. 

Lakes across the County are also fishing well.  Hammond, Tioga, and Cowanesque are off color and dirty in the upper sections, but overall their clarity is good.  Temperatures are ranging from 60-70F with the lower end of the lakes being the warmest. Crappie are done spawning, but they are still catchable.  Anglers, fishing weeds and brush piles are catching Crappie using white, Chartruese, Red, and Pink were popular colors.  Crappie Magnets and slider grubs will also catch fish.  Anglers are also catching fish on small chartruese and pearl streamers near weed beds. 

It's spawning time for Bluegills and sunfish across the county.  Anglers are catching them near shore using artificials, worms and flies. 

Anglers are catching and releasing across the County.  Find weeds and you will find bass.  Anglers using frog imitations on some of the smaller lakes are catching bass.  Ned rigs, senkos, whopper ploppers, beavers, and various other plastics are also catching bass. 

REMINDER – Bass fishing regulations, until opening day (June 15th), is catch and immediate release.

Hamilton Lake - Anglers are catching Crappie using Powerbait and Gulp! Anglers are also catching Crappie using Alive minnows and live minnows, towards the dam.  The fish are holding near the banks and are catchable from shore.  

Anglers are catching and releasing Crappie, using a variety of techniques on Nessmuk Lake.  Rennee Kelly caught and released quite a few on a recent evening trip with her Husband Don! Thank you for sharing your story! (photo by Don Kelly)

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Pine Creek - Pine is running a little high (just over 3 ft on the Cedar Run gauge).  Anglers fishing between the Ansonia and Gaines are noticing water levels dropping every day.  More rain is expected over the next few days, so water levels will rise again. The water temperature is holding around 60 degrees.

Anglers are catching trout using a variety of spinners, butterworms, wax worms, live minnows, and Kastmaster spoons. 

There are several hatches occurring, but most of the fly fishing action continues to be subsurface.  Anglers are finding rising fish in the evenings in slower water. 

Upper Pine Creek - Gray Fox, March Browns, and a few different caddis are on the water near Gaines. A few trout are rising sporadically.  This Rainbow Trout took a Green Drake spinner. (photo by Don Kelly, owner and operator of the Wellsboro Tackle Shack)

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Lycoming County

West Branch Susquehanna River – The river is still running high and swift due to continuous rain events.

REMINDER – Boaters must have the required boating equipment prior to heading out on the water.  Boaters also need to ensure they have a current boat registration and/or launch permits.

Rose Valley Lake - Anglers are catching lots of Bluegill, Yellow Perch and Chain Pickerel.

REMINDER - Boaters must ensure they have a current boat registration or launch permit if non-powered prior to heading out on the lake. If you are mooring your boat at the lake, a valid boat registration is required to partake in this. A launch permit does not meet the requirement.

Clinton and Western Lycoming County

Rain is a factor with fishing again this year.  With high water levels, anglers targeting water edges and calm pools are catching trout. On the flip side, high waters should keep water cool and plentiful, providing good trout fishing well into the summer.

On lakes across the County, anglers are catching Crappie and other panfish.  Anglers are also catching bass and walleye. 

With nice weather returning, boating season is well underway with many kayakers and canoers taking to the waters.  If you are heading out to paddle or fish from a boat, be cautious of high water levels and changing weather conditions.  With high water, debris and other obstructions will challenge even the most experienced paddlers, so be safe and cautious. 

Fishing Creek – The stream is still high and off color.  More rain is predicted over the next few days.  Stay alert and be ready to change your approach according to fluctuating water levels. Water temperature is in the mid 50s. 

Anglers are catching trout, using nymphs.  Nymph patterns that are working include (Iron lotus #16-18; dirty bird hares ear #12-16; flashback pheasant tail #14-18; pats rubberlegs #8-12). 

When trout are active on the water surface, anglers are catching them using Elk hair caddis tan #12-14; March Brown #10-12; and midges.

During or after rain events, fish olive or black streamer patterns (Headbanger sculpin #4-8) work well.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are catching and releasing bass using night crawlers under a bobber.  Anglers are also catching Pumpkinseeds using the same technique.

On an evening fishing trip to Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, Mason Page, 10 years old (State College, PA), caught and released a Largemouth Bass while fishing with his Father and two brothers!  They caught several Pumpkinseeds and a few more bass while fishing near the PA Fish and Boat Commission habitat structures.  Well done and thank you for sharing your story! (Photo by Ben Page)

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Spring Creek –

IMPORTANT TEMPORARY CLOSURE NOTICE – For the period of JUNE 10-June 21, 2019 the H.R. Stackhouse Facility (Fisherman's Paradise) parking area and grounds between the entrance gate and the lower trail gate will be CLOSED for public safety while well drilling operations occur.

Spring Creek water levels are falling and the stream is still a bit off color.  Levels are good for fishing.  Water temperature is in the 50s.  More rain is predicted over the next few days, keeping water levels up and off-color.

When trout are rising, anglers are catching trout using dry flies (Sulphur Dun #16-18; Sulphur emergers #14-16; Elk hair caddis- tan or black #14-16; Midges #22-26).  A few anglers are catching trout using rusty spinners during early morning and late evening.

Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (e.g. Sulphur and baetis nymphs are working best). Other nymph patterns that are working include iron lotus (#16-18); hot spot sow bug (#14-16); walt's worm (#12-16); black zebra midge (#18-22).

During or after rain events, fish olive or black streamer patterns (slumpbusters #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.​​