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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)


December 12, 2018

HUNTERS, ANGLERS and BOATERS IMPORTANT REMINDER – MANDATORY COLD WEATERH LIFE JACKET WEAR - November 1 – April 30th – Everyone on a boat less than 16 feet in length and all canoes and kayaks are REQUIRED to properly wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket. 

 

For full regulation CLICK HERE - https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/MandatoryPFD.aspx

Tioga County

Ice conditions are improving across the County; however, anglers should always check ice conditions prior to venturing out on the ice.

Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are currently ice fishing.  Again, anglers need to check ice conditions prior to heading out on the ice.

With cold temperatures staying, Hamilton and Beechwood lake should be in better condition for ice fishing within the next week or two.

Clearfield County

Anglers are anxiously awaiting ice fishing season!  Shallow water impoundments are beginning to ice over.  Anglers need to consistently check ice conditions for safety and avoid structures, such as docks, woody debris etc

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Ice on a Clearfield County impoundment.  (Photo by WCO McKenrick)

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Stream levels are great right now!  The water temperature is in the low 40s and trout are eating!  Fish the slow runs and deep pool areas.

Nymph patterns that continue to work include flashback pheasant tail #14-18; pats rubberlegs #8-12; frenchie #14-18. 

Anglers are catching trout using streamer patterns along the stream edges and in deep pools (e.g. size #4-8 and colors olive or black are working). 

Centre County

Spring Creek – The water levels are perfect for fishing!  Temperature is in the low 40s.  Trout are hanging out in the slow waters due to the cold temperatures.

Nymphing continues to be the "go-to technique".  Many trout are hanging tight to the stream bottom, so be sure your nymphs have lots of weight.  Anglers are catching trout using the following nymph patterns - hot spot sow bugs#14-16; bird of prey caddis #14-16; walt's worm #12-16; mop flies are also working).

Anglers continue to catch trout using small, olive or black streamers (#6-10) along the banks. 

 

December 5, 2018

HUNTERS, ANGLERS and BOATERS IMPORTANT REMINDER – MANDATORY COLD WEATERH LIFE JACKET WEAR - November 1 – April 30th – Everyone on a boat less than 16 feet in length and all canoes and kayaks are REQUIRED to properly wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket. 

For full regulation CLICK HERE - https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/MandatoryPFD.aspx

SAFETY NOTE – It is hunting season; therefore, anglers are encouraged to wear orange while fishing.

Snyder/Union/Montour/Northumberland County

Ice fishing could be just around the corner!  A couple of lakes to keep in mind for some fine ice fishing are Walker, Faylor, Halfway Lake and Lake Chillisquaque.   Historically, each of these lakes provide wonderful pan fishing through the ice!

SAFTEY NOTE – Many anglers are anxiously awaiting ice fishing.  Remember, ice needs to be clear to be safe.  Once it thaws, aerates and/or refreezes, it loses much of its integrity.

Susquehanna River – The river is high, but a few anglers are catching Walleye.

Lycoming County

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers braving the high waters are catching the occasional Walleye and Musky using a variety of lures/flies. 

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The stream is still up and off color, but slowly falling.  The water temperature is in the low 40s.  Trout are in post spawning mode.  Anglers are catching trout in the deep, slow edges and/or pools.

Nymph patterns that are working include flashback pheasant tail #14-18; pats rubberlegs #8-12; frenchie #14-18. 

Anglers are catching trout using streamer patterns along the stream edges and in deep pools (e.g. size #4-8 and colors olive or black are working). 

Centre County

Spring Creek – Water is up, but the color has improved over the weekend.  Temperature is in the low 40s. 

Nymphing is the "go-to technique".  Many trout are not moving off the stream bottom, so be sure your nymphs have lots of weight.  Anglers are catching trout using the following nymph patterns - hot spot sow bugs#14-16; bird of prey caddis #14-16; walt's worm #12-16; mop flies are also working).

Anglers continue to catch trout using small, olive or black streamers (#6-10) along the banks. 


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.​​