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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)


Attention
Stackhouse Facility Parking Restrictions

Starting Sunday Jan. 5, 2020 the main parking area at the Stackhouse Facility (Spring Creek - Fisherman's Paradise) will be CLOSED to the public. This is necessary to accommodate training of the 22nd WCO (Waterways Conservation Officer) Class. The closure will continue through June, except for periods when Cadets are on field assignment.


April 1, 2020

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket wear began on 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

Pennsylvania has plenty of year-round angling opportunities that can be found throughout the state. Many anglers are exploring some of the Class A Wild Trout Streams and other special regulation waterways that are open to year-round fishing right now.

Clinton and Lycoming Counties

Currently, fishing within these counties has been great. Year-round fishing opportunities including: Keystone Select, Delayed Harvest, Lakes Open to Year-Round Fishing and Catch and Release areas have been extremely productive. Perch, Bluegill and Crappie activity has been ramping up with warming water temperatures, providing a fun fishing experience for the family and avid angler.  Minnows, worms and jigs are working well for these species right now.

Fishing Creek – Currently, the creek is high and particularly turbid with the considerable amount of rain received this week. It is a good time to get out and explore some of the smaller class A tributaries in the region.

Reminder – Sections of Fishing Creek designated as both a Class A Wild Stream and Stocked Trout Water are closed to fishing until the state-wide opening day of trout on April 18th. To see a list of stocked trout waterways and other special regulation areas by region, refer to the 2020 fishing regulations summary guide or visit: https://pfbc.pa.gov/fishpub/summaryad/troutwaters.html

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake - Anglers are reporting catching a variety of panfish using both bait and artificial lures. The overcast weather scheduled in the coming weeks will provide great conditions for fishing.

Below, brothers Mason (red hoodie) and James Page (blue hoodie) recently had success fishing the lake. They both managed to catch some nice Yellow Perch using small jigs with pieces of night crawler. (Photos provided by Ben Paige).

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Spring Creek – Recent rainfall has the creek high and muddy. Overcast conditions and limited rainfall should have the creek fishable by the end of the week. Streamers will move fish in high water.

 

 

March 24, 2020

 

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket wear began on 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

Pennsylvania has plenty of year-round angling opportunities that can be found throughout the state. Many anglers are exploring some of the Class A Wild Trout Streams and other special regulation waterways that are open to year-round fishing right now.

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 A beautiful shot of a Brook Trout that was caught in one of the many Class A Wild Trout waters in the northcentral region of Pennsylvania (Photo provided by angler).

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The water temperature is in the low 40's. Currently, flows are above average and the creek has some color. Nymphing pocket water is working the best right now. Small nymphs and caddis larvae imitations are working well fished close to the bottom. Streamers are also working well right now. Sculpin imitations are always a good choice.

Reminder – Sections of Fishing Creek designated as both a Class A Wild Stream and Stocked Trout Water are closed to fishing until the state-wide opening day of trout on April 18th. To see a list of stocked trout waterways and other special regulation areas by region, refer to the 2020 fishing regulations summary guide or visit: https://pfbc.pa.gov/fishpub/summaryad/troutwaters.html

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake - Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and other panfish using a variety of techniques. Most anglers are fishing from shore. As the water temperatures warm throughout the coming weeks fishing will only improve. It is a great time to explore new areas.

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 Anglers are catching Yellow Perch at Hunter Run Cut using a variety of techniques (Photo provided by angler).

Spring Creek – Levels are currently up but that has not put a damper on fishing. Anglers continue report hatches of blue-winged olives as well as, tan caddis. The fish are feeding on the surface, especially on cloudy days. Nymphing is producing fish as well. Hot patterns include sucker spawn as well as hot spot sow bugs. 

 


Reports compiled by Cody Whipple (RA-FBNCFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Northcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.​​