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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)


April 17, 2019

In-Season Trout stocking season is in full swing!  Want something fun to do with your family, friends, church group, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and/or classroom?  Join us by meeting our hatchery trucks and Waterway Conservation Officers at our designated "trout stocking meeting locations"!

FIND a Trout STOCKING date and location that suits you, by using the LINK BELOW - https://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx

Tioga County

Anglers across the County are catching lots of trout, using pink salmon eggs, butterworms, red worms, wax worms, kastmaster spoons and roostertails.  In the lakes, anglers are catching trout using small spinners/spoons while trolling. Paste baits in the colors, chartreuse, rainbow and salmon peach are also working well.

Bass fishing is beginning to pick up!  Water temperature are still low, holding in the high 40's.  A few of the shallow lakes are creeping into the 50's.  Jerkbaits, jigs and shallow diving squarebill crankbaits, fished with intermittent pauses are working well.  As the water temperatures increase, so will the bite!

Anglers are also catching Yellow Perch and Crappie in lakes across the County, using live minnows.  Afternoons and evenings seem to be the best times to be on the waters.

During the first day of PA's first day of trout season, Colegan Stiner, reeled in a HUGE surprise at Beechwood Lake!  Check out the Golden Rainbow this young PA angler landed.  Don Kelly, owner of Wellsboro, Tackle Shack weighed and measured the trout.  It weighed in at 10.64lbs and measured 30inches! Thank you for sharing your story! (photo provided by angler)

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Elk County

On opening day of PA's Trout Season, many anglers were out enjoying time together and catching trout in Elk County!  The following photos are of anglers who enjoyed their opening day of trout on Mead Run and Boggy Run, Elk County! (photos by Brian Ensign)

Levi with his catch!  Way to go Levi! (Boggy Run)

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William with his catch! Way to go William! (Boggy Run)

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Courtney with her catch! Way to go Courtney! (Mead Run)

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Brian with his catch! Way to go Brian! (Mead Run)

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Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Crappie, Bluegill and Pumpkinseeds, using live bait (e.g. wax worms, minnows, worms) and fly patterns ( e.g. squirmy wormies – color orange and green).  A few lucky anglers are also catching some trout!

Anglers are also catching panfish at Hunter Run Cut, using similar techniques.

Spring Creek – Spring Creek is currently high and off color.  With more rain on the way, it would be best to get out on the stream in the next two days prior to the next weather system moving in.  Water temperature is currently in the mid 40s. 

Anglers are catching trout, using the following nymph patterns- sucker spawn (#10-14); black zebra midge #18-22; walt's worm #12-16; olive scud #14-18. 

Anglers are also catching trout using blue wing olive (BWO) nymphs and emergers (#18-22).  BWO dry flies are also working (#18-22). 

Olive and black slumpbusters #6-10, will work on the rainy days or just after the rains.  Target the slow, back waters and stream banks for a pleasant Spring Creek surprise!

Grannom Caddis are hatching on lower Spring Creek.  Anglers are catching trout using grannom dry flies and caddis larvae patterns.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Fishing Creek is up and will continue to rise with more rain in the forecast.  Water temperature is holding in the mid 40s.  Get out on the water before the front moves in this coming weekend, the water may not be fishable until the middle to the end of next week!

Anglers currently seeing lots of grannom caddis hatch!  Be sure to not only pack some grannom dry flies, but to also pack some caddis pupa to swing through your favourite waters. 

Anglers continue to catch trout using orange egg patterns, orange mop flies, and several other nymph patterns (e.g. Iron lotus #16-18; pats rubberlegs #8-12; Frenchie #14-18; iron lotus (#16-18);flashback pheasant tail nymph #14-18 ).

If you venture out during the high water event, predicted for this coming weekend, bring along some sculpin patterns, black/olive streamers #4-8 to fish along the banks!

 

April 10, 2019

 

PA's Statewide Trout Season Opener (APRIL 13, 2019) is only days away! 

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Trout stocking season is in full swing!  Want something fun to do with your family, friends, church group, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and/or classroom?  Join us by meeting our hatchery trucks and Waterway Conservation Officers at our designated "trout stocking meeting locations"!

FIND a Trout STOCKING date and location that suits you, by using the LINK BELOW - https://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx

Clearfield County

Youth had a wonderful time fishing during Mentored Youth Trout Day at Janesville Dam!  Ethan (13) caught a 23 ½ Golden Rainbow Trout, Paityn (9) caught a 22" Rainbow Trout, Allie (7) caught a 22" Rainbow Trout and Haley (12) also caught a 22" Rainbow Trout.  Congratulations to these young anglers!  Hope to see you back out there this weekend! (Photo by DWCO Twoey)

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Tioga County

Recent warm weather has fish biting well across the County.  Anglers are catching panfish and bass at County lakes!

Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching and releasing lots of trout near the boat launch area and the small stream that feeds the lake.  Further down the lake, fly anglers are catching trout, using mop flies, stonefly patterns and a variety of streamer patterns.  Olive or black wooly buggers are particularly effective!  If you are fishing nymph patterns, strip them in slowly to entice bites.

Anglers are also catching trout using white roostertails, silver kastmasters, silver little cleos and gold panther martins. 

Anglers are also catching pickerel and Crappie.  Crappie are still weeks away from spawning, but the warm weather has them fired up and eating!  Afternoons and evenings seem to be the best time to be out fishing for panfish.

Upper Pine Creek – Anglers are seeing steady hatches of stoneflies.  The majority of fish are still feeding subsurface though.

The Keystone Select section of the stream was recently re-stocked.  Anglers are catching trout using wooly buggers, mop flies and other streamer patterns.

Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are out using boats already.  Anglers are catching bass, Yellow Perch and Crappie.  Live minnows are working best for perch and Crappie.  The Yellow Perch are currently spawning.  Anglers are catching a mix of spawning Yellow Perch and post-spawn Yellow Perch. 

Anglers are catching bass, using shiners, crankbaits and jerkbaits.

Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching bass near the docks.  Silver or shad colored jerkbaits are working best.

Tioga spillway – Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie, using live minnows.  Medium shiners are working well for Smallmouth Bass.  Twister tails and small swimbaits are also working well.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers continue to catch Yellow Perch, Crappie, Bluegill and Pumpkinseeds, using live bait (e.g. wax worms, minnows, worms) and fly patterns ( e.g. squirmy wormies – color orange and green).

Anglers are also catching panfish at Hunter Run Cut, using similar techniques.

Spring Creek – Spring Creek is it great shape right now.  Water temperature is currently in the mid 40s. 

Anglers are catching trout, using the following nymph patterns- sucker spawn (#10-14); black zebra midge #18-22; walt's worm #12-16; olive scud #14-18. 

Anglers are also catching trout using blue wing olive (BWO) nymphs and emergers (#18-22).  BWO dry flies are also working (#18-22). 

Suckers are spawning.  Target areas below shallow riffles with your sucker spawn pattern.

Olive and black slumpbusters #6-10, will work on the rainy days or just after the rains.  Target the slow, back waters and stream banks for a pleasant Spring Creek surprise!

Beautiful Spring Creek Brown that took a streamer! (photo provided by angler)

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Clinton and Western Lycoming County

Fishing Creek – Fishing Creek is in good shape and is fishing well.  Water temperature is holding in the mid 40s. 

Anglers are seeing Blue Wing Olives and midges hatching.  Grannoms are also hatching!

Anglers are catching trout using orange egg patterns, orange mop flies, and several other nymph patterns (e.g. Iron lotus #16-18; pats rubberlegs #8-12; Frenchie #14-18; iron lotus (#16-18);flashback pheasant tail nymph #14-18 ).

Bring along some sculpin patterns, black/olive streamers #4-8.

 "Beware, the elusive sucker catch" – While fishing egg patterns, deep, for trout, you may just catch one of these beauties.  Although not the target fish species, they are still quite fun on the rod! (photo provided by angler)

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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.​​