NC REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)
October 28, 2020
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 – Anglers are reminded that fall is the time of year when Brook and Brown Trout spawn. When fishing, make sure you are mindful of where you step to avoid stepping on trout egg nests, also known as trout redds. The gravel in a trout redd will appear light in color/clean gravel. Most look like oval or round areas of clean gravel. Some are not much bigger than a frying pan size, others may be larger.
Spring Creek – Water levels are low and clear. The water temperature is in the 50s. Anglers are catching trout using nymphs and small streamers. Anglers using long leaders and light tippet with small nymphs are having the best luck.
Nymphs that are currently working include: Black Zebra Midge (#18-22); Walt's Worm (#12-16); Iron Lotus (#16-18).
Streamers that are currently working include: Galloup's Boogieman/Mini Dungeon Black/Olive (2-6); Olive or black Slumpbusters (#6-10).
Dry flies that are currently working include: Blue Wing Olives (#20-24); Tan/Black Caddis (#14-18); Midges (#22-26)
As the temperatures begin to dip and with recent precipitation, the waters in the district are finally starting to come back from the low warm levels. The fish are getting active and so are the dedicated fall anglers. Anglers are fishing for walleye, musky, and trout. With waters rising back to a more conducive levels kayaks, boats, and canoes are heading back out to the waters. Just remember mandatory PFD wear begins on November 1.
Bald Eagle Creek – Anglers are catching Chain Pickerel using lures and streamer patterns on lower Bald Eagle Creek. A few anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass using streamers.
Anglers are catching a few Chain Pickerel on lower Bald Eagle Creek using streamers. (Photo by Amidea Daniel)
Fishing Creek – Water conditions are low and clear. Anglers are catching trout using nymphs and small streamers. A few anglers are catching trout using dry flies.
Nymphs that are working include: Iron Lotus (#18-20); Hares Ear Dirty Bird Caddis (#14-16); Zebra Midge (#18-20).
Dry flies that are working include: Tan/Brown Caddis (#14-16); Blue Wing Olive (#18-22); Midges (#20-24).
Streamers that are working include: Black or Olive Slumpbusters (#6-10).
Allegheny Reservoir (Kinzua Dam) – The County has had some rain and more is in the forecast; however, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue to lower the water level about 6 inches each day over the next 5 days. At this time, Elijah Run Boat Launch is recommended to launch your boat. The waterline is just below the end of the launch at Willow Bay Boat Launch. Willow Bay boat launch is still suitable due to the rock bottom compared to the mud bottom conditions you find at Kiasutha Boat Launch.
Remember, it is mandatory for all boats less than 16 feet, canoes, & kayaks to wear a life jacket on the Allegheny Reservoir, and it is even more imperative to wear a life jacket once we get to the Cold Weather Wear months starting November 1st. Cold water emersion is very serious and life-threatening. Be safe out there and enjoy your time out on the water.
October 21st, 2020
Cowanesque Lake – Anglers are currently having great success fishing for Bass throughout the lake. Topwater baits are working well around the weed lines early in the mornings for Largemouth Bass. Smallmouth Bass have been found actively feeding near artificial structures in 12 to 15 feet of water. A few muskies have been caught in the lake as well.
Hammond Lake – Anglers are currently having success fishing for Largemouth Bass. Some very large fish can be caught this time of year. Targeting structure and weeds is a good place to try and target these ambush predators!
Brett Flynn caught this hefty Largemouth Bass on Hammond Lake recently. The fish weighed in at 6.98 pounds! Awesome fish Brett!
Water levels are considerably well below average for this time of year. As a reminder, starting November 1st, it is mandatory to wear a US Coast Guard approved PFD on boats less than 16 feet in length, as well as, any canoe or kayak.
Cloe Lake - Anglers are currently catching some Bass and panfish in the lake. Many of these fish have been caught around the artificial habitat structures found within the lake. To view a map of where these structures are located you can click on the following link: Cloe Lake Habitat Structures. Anglers are currently having success using artificial plastics and lures white in color.
North Fork Redbank Creek – The catch and release fly fishing only area, was recently stocked with Brown Trout. These fish will provide a great Fall fishing opportunity for those wanting to venture out with the recent spell of nice weather we are currently experiencing.
Parker Lake, Shagger's Inn Pond, and Janesville Dam – All of these waterways have recently received their annual fall stocking of adult Rainbow Trout. Days after the stocking, anglers are reporting catching good numbers of fish on spinners, night crawlers, and meal worms. The great fishing at Shagger's Inn Pond and the spectacular views of Moshannon State Forest make the drive through the winding forest roads well worth the trip.
Curwensville Lake - Fishing pressure is extremely low currently and there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the lake with the recent mild temperatures. It is a beautiful time of year to get out and fish!
For all boaters out there, the Allegheny Reservoir was at winter pool on Wednesday. Every day since, staff from the Kinzua Dam have been and will be lowering the reservoir six inches until sufficient rainfall supplies water downstream. Dunkle Corners Boat Launch is okay to launch smaller/lighter fishing boats. It's a straight shot down to the water's edge; use caution, the ground near the water is a little on the soft side. At Kiasutha Boat Launch, the water level is too low making it impossible unable to launch a motorboat. Elijah Run Boat Launch is still good to go and solid. It's hard to say now, how much further the launch keeps going. Willow Bay Boat Launch, located in Warren County, is also safe to launch your boat at this time. Cross your fingers as some of the best angling opportunities have yet to come!