NC REGION REPORTS
REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)
NOTE - The main parking area at Fisherman's Paradise will be closed between 6 PM Sunday evening until 4 PM Friday afternoon from Jan 2nd thru June 24th, 2022 to accommodate the ongoing Waterways Conservation Officer Cadet Training. Although the facility will be open to the public, parking will be limited to auxiliary lots outside the gated area.
May 12, 2022
West Branch of the Susquehanna River - Despite the last few days of cold weather anglers and boaters alike are beginning to take to the river. Higher flows have made for difficult fishing, but some have found success in certain areas. One angler was fortunate enough to land and release a 45” Tiger Musky on a rapala!
Curwensville and Clearfield have been stocked to the brim with trout. Many anglers have found success while fishing the seams along the edges of the river. Minnows and spinners are currently working well.
Curwensville Lake - Shore fishing is starting to produce the occasional Crappie along with other Panfish. Worms, maggots, and minnows underneath a float have been working well this past week.
Boaters are also beginning to use the lake with some regularity. Take the time to look over the contents of your boat and inspect all safety equipment to ensure that it is in proper working order or condition.
Parker Lake & Shagger’s Inn Pond - These two impoundments “take the cake” when it comes to giving up big trout! The opportunities here are endless and the Osprey and Eagles know it! Head on out for a day that is sure to not disappoint.
Please note that Shagger’s Inn Pond is now OPEN to boating due to the relocation of the Osprey nest. The regulations limiting boat access to the lake until June 1st are no longer in place. It is also recommended that boaters wear their PFDs even after the Cold Weather Law expires on April 30th. Be sure to let someone reliable know your plans as cellular service is extremely limited in these remote areas.
Gavin Roos recently caught this Tiger Musky while fishing the West Branch. Great job Gavin! That is an awesome fish!
Tioga River (Spillway) - The recent rainfalls that soaked the area were primarily to the south of the watershed. River flows are currently ideal for Walleye season. Anglers are finding success along the cliff side using white and green jigs, with 1/8 oz. jig heads fished with a slow bouncing retrieve. Remember, Walleye need to be 15 inches and the daily limit is 6. Anglers and boaters must stay out of the restricted area posted at the spillway.
Hammond Lake - The Crappie bite is officially on, and anglers are successfully catching fish from shore and boats. Boats are reporting success trolling or casting soft plastics of varying colors, and small crank baits. Shoreline anglers have been successful fishing minnows under a bobber.
Pine Creek - Flows are excellent, and folks looking to take a float trip should plan a trip before the flows get too low. Remember to pack a life jacket, sound producing device, a lunch, and leave a float plan before you launch.
April 20, 2022
Black Moshannon – The Panfish action is heating up in the lake as we transition into Spring. Anglers are currently reporting finding multiple species up in the shallows. Many areas of the lake are easily targeted from the shoreline and provide a great angling experience for all. Bluegill, Pumpkin Seeds, and Yellow Perch are currently being reported. Anglers are having success using both live baits and paste baits fished with a jig or under a bobber. Now is a great time to get outdoors and go fishing as the action will continue to improve in the coming weeks!
Marleigh Kester caught this impressive Yellow Perch while on a recent camping trip with family at Black Moshannon. Outstanding angling technique and live nightcrawlers proved to "outfish" the competition (Marleighs older cousin and brother) as she was able to land the memorable catch. Great job Marleigh!
Pine Creek Water Trail – Boaters, anglers, canoers, and kayakers BEWARE! The Pine Creek Water trail between Ansonia and Blackwell is currently experiencing above average flows. Multiple strainers present dangerous hazards throughout the waterway and increased potential for boating accidents. Remember to remain safe and take necessary precautions prior to leaving for your trip. Some steps you can take to ensure safety include - scouting ahead before making your trip, leave a float plan with someone, check the weather, and dress appropriately and in layers to account for variable conditions. Also, the mandatory cold weather wear period is still in effect until May 1st, please remember to wear your life jacket!
Pine Creek Keystone Select - The Keystone Select area on Pine Creek is currently a great location to consider for your next outing! Recently, a good number of trophy sized trout are being caught and released in this section. Successful anglers are reporting wet flies, nymphs, and streamers as being effective. Other anglers are finding success using gold-colored spinners and trout colored crank baits. Remember live bait, paste baits, and eggs are prohibited to possess or use in this area, and currently Trout cannot be harvest.
Reports compiled by Cody Whipple , Northcentral Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers, and Local Tackle Shops.