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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)


February 13, 2019

 

ICE FISHING IS HERE! USE THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT PA ICE FISHING AND SAFETY TIPS!

https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx

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In PA, anglers willing to fish, even on cold days, are sometimes rewarded with beautiful surprises, like this wild Brown Trout!  #pafishing365 (photo provided by angler)

Tioga County

Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are catching panfish using green, black and chartreuse colored soft plastics.  Wax worms are also working well.

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Don Kelly, owner of Tackle Shack, sharing a photo of a Crappie caught while ice fishing Hills Creek earlier this week.  Thank you for sharing Don! (photo provided by angler)

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Prior to the deterioration of the ice, due to new snow, flooding and ice, anglers were catching lots of panfish, using a variety of techniques.  Currently, there is a lot of open water, but as the cold weather moves back in, ice conditions should begin to improve.

NOTE – Anglers are reminded to always check ice conditions, prior to venturing out on the ice.

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Prior to the warm-up and winter storm, Bill Savage, Eva, Beth, Julia, David had a great day on the ice at Foster Joseph Sayers Lake! Thank you for sharing your story! (Photo provided by anglers)

Spring Creek – The water has good color and is back down.  The water temperature is in the mid 40s.

Anglers are catching trout using the following nymph patterns- squirmy wormies #12; walt's worm #12-16; olive scuds #14-18.

Anglers continue to catch trout using streamers.  Streamer patterns that are currently working include, olive, black streamers #4-8.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The water level and color are good.  The water temperature is in the mid 40s.  Trout are on the bottom, but they are feeding! 

Anglers are catching trout using small streamers.  Sparkle minnow patterns and sculpin patterns (#4-8) are working well.

Nymphs are also working well.  Be sure to bring along a few orange/peach "mop" patterns. 

In addition to the "mop" pattern, the following nymph patterns are also working well – Flashback pheasant tail nymph #14-18; Frenchie #14-28; black or brown stonefly nymphs #8-12

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Mop patterns are working well, even on cold, icey days!  This pattern caught a few trout, prior to the winter storm, earlier this week.  (photo provided by angler)

 

February 6, 2019

ICE FISHING IS HERE! USE THIS LINK TO LEARN ABOUT PA ICE FISHING AND SAFETY TIPS!

https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx

Tioga County

Ice anglers are continuing to have luck at Hamilton, Beechwood and Hills Creek Lakes

NOTE – Warm weather and rain will change ice conditions over the next several days.  A few of the lakes and pond ice conditions have already begun to deteriorate.  Winter weather temperatures will return over the weekend and in to next week.

Anglers should always check ice conditions prior to heading out on the ice.

On a recent ice fishing trip to Hamilton Lake Don Kelly and friends, Jaoa, Kris and Sean had a great time catching trout, pickerel and bluegill.  Thank you for sharing your story anglers! (Photos provided by anglers, via Don Kelly's Tackle Shack, Wellsboro, PA)

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Jefferson County

Cloe Lake – Anglers are catching trout using wax worms.

NOTE – Due to warm weather and rain, anglers need to check ice conditions prior to venturing out on the ice.

2_6_2019CloeLakeWCOMcKenrick.jpgSeveral anglers celebrated "Ground Hog Day" on the ice at Cloe Lake, Jefferson County. (photo by WCO McKenrick)

Lycoming County

Rose Valley Lake – Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and Bluegill using small, tungsten jigs, tipped with spikes.  Anglers are also catching panfish, using fatheads under tip-ups.

Anglers are also catching large Yellow Perch and pickerel. 

NOTE – Ice conditions are not monitored.  Anglers are advised to use caution and always check ice conditions prior to going on the ice.  It is recommended that ice anglers wear a life jacket when on the ice.

On a recent fishing trip to Rose Valley Lake, Nate Shervinskie, had a wonderful time reeling in bass and other panfish during the mild winter weather!  Thank you for sharing! (photos provided by angler)

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Nicely's Pond – Anglers are catching panfish, using a variety of techniques.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Due to warm weather and rain, ice conditions are deteriorating; however, before the rain and warm temperatures, anglers were catching lots of panfish at Hunter Run Cut and near the old road bed, just off the beach are of the park.  Colder temperatures are expected to return next week, so stay tuned. 

REMINDER – Anglers need to check ice conditions prior to venturing out on the ice.

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Beautiful sunset and silhouette of ice angler, Jordan Allison, on Foster Joseph Sayers Lake during a recent ice fishing trip.  (photo by Tom Shervinskie)

Spring Creek – The water is up and a bit off color.  The rain and snow melt will cool the water, causing trout to be more lethargic.  The water temperature is in the mid 40s.

The following nymph patterns are working best - squirmy wormies #12; walt's worm #12-16; olive scuds #14-18.

Anglers are also catching trout using streamers.  Streamer patterns continue to work include, olive, black streamers #4-8.

Clinton County

Ice anglers are having luck across the County, using a variety of ice fishing techniques.  With recent warm temperatures and rain, anglers need to check ice conditions before going out on the ice.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers targeting Walleye and Musky are out scouting open waters.  A few are having luck with live minnows and others are having luck with large lures.

Fishing Creek – With rain and melting snow, the water is up slightly and a bit off color.  The water temperature is in the mid 40s. 

Anglers continue to catch trout using small streamers and jigging them along the banks. 

Nymphs are also working well.  Nymph patterns that are working include – Flashback pheasant tail nymph #14-18; Frenchie #14-28; black or brown stonefly nymphs #8-12

Streamer patterns that are working include – sculpin patterns; sparkle minnows #4-8

Whether you fish nymphs or streamers, be sure to get them on the bottom.  Cold water temps are keeping fish on the bottom.


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.​​