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Map highlighting counties in the Northcentral RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)

Reports compiled by Amidea Daniel (adaniel@pa.gov), Northcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – August 19, 2014
McKean County

East Branch Tunungwant Creek, near Lewis Run: Water levels are ideal for this time of year and anglers are catching Brown Trout using spinners. 

Brown trout

Scott Love was using a spinner when he caught 3 Brown Trout.  The trout measured from 21 inches to 26 inches.  Congratulations Scott!!  Thank you for sharing your fishing story with us!!

Clinton / W. Lycoming County

Family fishing

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching trout using slate drakes, midge dry flies, and small nymphs.  

Fishing Creek: Late evening fishing has been good!  The stream has a murky coloration to it after recent rains.  Streamers should be good during the early/mid part of the week.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Dam: Anglers are catching Bluegill and Yellow Perch at access areas near the causeway and Lower Greens Fishing Pier.  The bait of choice is minnows and twister tails. 

Anglers fishing from boats are catching Crappies while trolling in deeper waters.  Smallmouth Bass and Catfish are also being caught in the evening hours.

Black Moshannon Lake: Anglers are catching Chain Pickerel and Smallmouth Bass using live bait, spinners, and rubber worms.  They are also catching Bluegill.

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout in all sections using a variety of lures and flies.  Small dry flies and spinners are working, along with some live bait.

Reminder: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm .”

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 12, 2014
Anglers are catching fish across NC region!! 

Jenna
Jenna Bond recently went on a fishing trip to Pine Creek with her Grandmother, Julie Szur.  Jenna loved being on the water with her Grandmother so much she asked her if they could eventually buy a cabin there!  Check out this great photo of Jenna with one of her first catches using a fly rod!  Congratulations Jenna, we hope to see you on the water again someday soon!

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: The stream has gotten shallow, but kayaks and canoes are still able to make their way down.  Most of them have only had to portage around shallow areas once during their trip.

Anglers are catching trout using slate drake dry flies and nymphs.  Some trout were rising to small black midges as well.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Dam: Anglers are catching musky, crappie and smallmouth bass.

Musky
Kevin Heeman and his son Wyatt Heeman caught a nice musky using perch colored artificial bait over the weekend.  Congratulations to you both!!!

Another bass angler caught smallmouth over the weekend using a black and blue, plastic worm, dropshot style (e.g. Weight is tied on the line below the hook.  It helps hold the bait at your chosen depth).  One of his bass measured in at 20” and 4 lbs!

Spring Creek: More rain is on the way to the Spring Creek watershed.  Get your streamers and minnows ready for some great fishing!  Right after the rain take your streamer out and cast it just off of the bank.  Switch up the timing of your retrieve to see what the trout want. Once you get a hit, keep the timing! 

You might also want to try using some squirmy wormies, san juan worms or vladi worms.  They are great flies to use when nothing else is working in muddy waters.

Clinton / W. Lycoming County

Bald Eagle Creek: Anglers are catching smallmouth on streamer patterns.  Anglers are also catching catfish on streamers!

Channel Catfish
Josh Day of Mill Hall, caught this nice 31 inch Channel Catfish on Bald Eagle Creek near Lock Haven using a streamer pattern!  Congratulations Josh!
Photo by Josh Day

Fishing Creek: Late evening fishing has been good!  Trout are hitting on small caddis and mayfly nymphs. 

West Branch Susquehanna River: Anglers are catching a channel catfish just below Lock Haven, using chicken liver and  minnows.  A few angler friends recently caught 7 channel catfish in one night!

Reminder: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm .”

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 6, 2014
Clinton / W. Lycoming County

Fishing Creek: Anglers are catching trout near Lamar using small mayfly and caddis nymphs in the early morning and late afternoon hours.

Anglers are catching trout in late evening hours on Mill Hall sections of Fishing Creek using minnows.  A slow retrieve of the minnow is working best. 

West Branch Susquehanna River: Anglers are catching a few bass near Wynfield.  They are using crank baits to coax the bass in.  Be prepared to spend some time for the first bite as fishing has been a little slow.

Elk County

East Branch Clarion River: Anglers are catching trout in the delayed harvest area.  Fly of choice is an ant.  Trout being caught range from 10-16 inches in length.

East Branch Dam: Anglers are catching smallmouth bass using live leeches.  One angler caught a 20 inch bass!!

Lycoming County

Slate Run:  Anglers are catching trout using the infamous “Green Weenie”. 

Rose Valley Lake: Anglers are catching largemouth bass in the evening and after dark.  Bait of choice is night crawlers and minnows.

West Branch Susquehanna River: Anglers are still catching smallmouth bass and channel catfish.  Catfish are hitting on dough balls on the bottom and night crawlers.  

Centre County

US Youth Fly Fishing Team
The US Youth Fly Fishing Team WON their second consecutive GOLD medal at the 13th World Youth Fly Fishing Championships, Poland!!

Gold team
Gold, silver and bronze teams

The team is based out of State College, PA.  Currently there are 3 youth from Pennsylvania on the 2014 team.  The 2015 team roster will be out in the next few months.  PA hosts 2 clinics per year for youth interested in making the team. 

Check out their website for more information on getting involved as a youth competitor, a volunteer or sponsor!   http://usyouthflyfishing.com/

Here are a few wise words from two of the team members who competed in Poland:

Hunter Hoffler “What we have preached time and time again is that this is a consistent team effort that leads to our success.”

Cam Chioffi “…I can really say you’re all like brothers to me.  Team mentality prevails every time and we showed it again.”

Cam with one of his catches
Cam with one of his catches

Foster Joseph Sayers Dam:  This time of year crappies tend to hit the best during the week when the boat and angler traffic slows down.  Anglers fishing at depths 6-10 feet are having the most luck catching crappie from shore. 

A local angler stated he is catching crappie at depths between 6 – 10 feet, using minnows and a few split shot under a slip bobber.  Slip bobbers provide great presentation of your bait at water depths traditional bobber rigs can’t reach.  They are easy to use, cast and store.  Most bait shops and super centers carry these types of bobbers.  Go out and give them a try! 

PA Angler and Boater article about slip bobbers:
Check out page 14 of the 1984 PA Angler, Nick Hrmoniak wrote a great introduction to the slip bobber technique! http://fishandboat.com/anglerboater/75archives/1980s/1984arch/05may1984.pdf

Lower Buffalo Run: Anglers are catching trout using scuds.  Most trout are between 8 and 12 inches.

Spring Creek: Recent rains are creating great morning and late afternoon fishing.  Anglers are catching trout using the “squirmy wormy fly pattern” and scud patterns.  Trout being caught are between 9 and 13”.  One angler recently caught 19 trout during the last hour of daylight!

Penns Creek: Anglers are catching trout on pheasant tail and stonefly nymphs.  Blue Wing Olive dry flies are also working on the surface.

Reminder: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm .

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