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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.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 21, 2016
Despite recent rain events, many of the NC region streams are still low and clear.  Anglers are having most of their luck catching fish on lakes and rivers (e.g. Walleye, Crappie, bass, catfish).

Tioga County

As late fall approaches, the recreational boating season is quickly coming to an end.  Thankfully we made it through the summer months without any reported boat accidents or other serious incidents on Tioga County waterways.
Fall is the time of year when most of the boaters are anglers targeting bass during “pre-winter” feeding.

NOTE: If you are using a boat, double check your safety equipment before heading out on the lake. Make sure you have what you need to be safe and legal on PA waterways.  Use the link below find the checklist appropriate for your boat: http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/03boathandbook/chap2_11_min.htm

Also be sure that you are aware of all the areas on the lakes that are marked slow no wake and operate your boat in the appropriate manner when in these areas.

Cowanesque Lake – Anglers are catching Black Bass using the drop-shot method with different plastics and colors at 12-14 feet.

Beechwood Lake – Anglers are catching Walleye trolling with crawler harnesses at a depth of 14-16 feet.  Anglers are catching Crappie close to shore using small green/white/black jigs in 8-10 feet of water.

Cedar Run – Trout fishing is picking up a little.  The water temperature has decreased, but the water level is still low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout using dry flies (e.g. terrestrials – beetle) or small spinner baits in the early morning hours.

REMINDER: We are in the “Extended Trout Season” now.  Make sure you are aware of the regulations on your waterway.  Click here to learn more: http://fishinpa.com/

Elk County
PFBC’s WCO McMann attended the recent Elk County Youth Field Day at the St. Mary’s Sportsman’s Club.  142 Youth participated in the event and caught lots of trout using worms.

PFBC and WCO McMann would like to thank all of the helpers that came out to assist at the Elk County Youth Field Day fishing station.

Fishing station helpers
Pictured here are the individuals who assisted WCO McMann at the fishing station. Thank you for your help and dedication to get youth out fishing! Pictured from left to right: Gene Gavazzi; Dave Polaski; US Army Corp Ranger Art Myers; Dale Heeter; Tim Fitch; and Carmen Peluso; Jim Dippold.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The water temperature is holding in the upper 50’s.  The water is low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours using nymphs (e.g. dark stone flies; prince nymph; pheasant tail nymph).

Trout are rising in the late evening hours to caddis, terrestrials and a few Blue Wing Olives.  Patterns that are working include: tan caddis; blue wing olives; midges.

Try working a small streamer in deep pools in the early morning or late evening hours.  You might be surprised what you will catch!

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake –Anglers are catching Black Crappie and Yellow Perch under the causeway bridge and at Hunter Run Cut.  The most successful technique is a live minnow fished under a bobber.

Anglers are also catching Channel Catfish using chicken livers in the Hunter Run Cut area.

A few anglers are catching bass using spinner bait, rubber worms and plastics.

Spring Creek & Lower Bald Eagle Creek – Recent rain events brought a little color to the stream, but the water levels have remained steady.  The current water temperature is in the 60’s.

Anglers are catching trout using a variety of dry fly and/or nymph patterns (e.g. tan caddis; midges; blue wing olives; green weenie; pheasant tail nymph; walt’s worm).  Anglers are also catching trout using live baits. 

The best time to be on the water is early morning and late evening.  Be patient and fish your favourite runs/holes thoroughly.
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Fishing and Boating Report – September 14, 2016
Tioga County

Pine Creek – The stream is still low.  Temperatures are slowly decreasing.  Smallmouth Bass are active this week.  Anglers are catching them using crayfish and sculpin patterns.  Most of the Smallmouth Bass are holding in the deep holes and runs.

Clearfield County

Bimini Lake (Treasure Lake) – Anglers are catching bass using live bait and spinners.

Smallmouth Bass
On a recent fishing trip to Bimini Lake, Carter Genevro (7 yrs old) caught a Smallmouth Bass. Congratulations Carter!
(photo by Holly Genevro, Carter’s Mom)

Curwensville Lake – Anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill using red worms and meal worms.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The water temperature is in the 60’s.  Water level is very low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours using nymphs (e.g. dark stone flies; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail).

Trout are rising in the late evening hours to caddis, terrestrials and a few Blue Wing Olives.  Patterns that are working include: tan caddis; blue wing olives; midges.

Centre County

Black Moshannon Lake – A few kayakers and canoers are utilizing the lake. 

Anglers, fishing from shore, are catching bass near the access areas in and along weed beds.  Top-water lures are working best.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Boating activity is moderate.  All access areas are open and are being utilized.  The marina is operating on weekend hours. 

Anglers are catching Black Crappie and Yellow Perch under the causeway bridge.  The most successful technique is a live minnow fished under a bobber.

In the evening hours, anglers are catching Channel Catfish using chicken livers in the Hunter Run Cut area.

A few anglers are catching bass using spinner bait, rubber worms and plastics.

Spring Creek & Lower Bald Eagle Creek – Anglers are catching trout using a variety of dry fly and/or nymph patterns (e.g. tan caddis; midges; blue wing olives; green weenie; pheasant tail nymph; walt’s worm).  Anglers are also catching trout using live baits. 

Anglers using paste baits at the Milesburg bridge are catching trout.

Anglers are catching trout on Spring Creek, Bellefonte Borough, using live bait.

Northumberland County

Snapping turtles
Over the weekend Eric and Audrey woke up to 28 baby snapping turtles swimming in their pool.  Once collected, the turtles were released in the Susquehanna River.
(photo by WCO Sweppenhiser)

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 7, 2016
REMINDER – The “Extended Trout Season” began right after Labor Day.  Be sure to review the “Extended Trout Season” regulations here: http://fishandboat.com/fishpub/summary/inland.html

Fall stocking list: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx

Tioga County

Water temperatures are beginning to drop.  Fishing across the county has been good. 

Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes – Anglers are catching bass using crankbaits.  Shad colored lures are working best.  Anglers targeting the points at Hammond Lake are having the most luck.

Tioga Lake – Anglers are catching Walleye, Yellow Perch and Hybrid Striped Bass using crawler harnesses.  Purple, blue, silver and natural baitfish patterns are also working.  Walleye are holding tight to the bottom.  Hybrid Striped Bass are being caught higher in the water column.

Anglers are catching lots of catfish at the Tioga Spillway using night crawlers, shiners and stink baits.  A few of the catfish were over 30 inches.

Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching bass along the shorelines using poppers, plastics and live shiners.  Anglers are also catching Bullhead Catfish in the evenings.

Lycoming County

West Branch Susquehanna River –Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass near Williamsport, PA.  Baits of choice are tube jigs, small spinners, crank baits and hellgrammites.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The water temperature is 60F.  Water level is low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours using nymphs (e.g. dark stone flies; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail).

Trout are rising in the late evening hours to blue wing olives, midges and caddis.  Patterns that are working include: tan caddis; blue wing olives; midges.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass just below Lock Haven, using crank baits, hellgrammites and streamer patterns.

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek – The water is low, making it difficult for kayakers and canoers.  Anglers are catching bass using crankbaits and top water lures.

Black Moshannon Lake – A few kayakers and canoers are utilizing the lake. 

Anglers are catching bass near the fishing pier.  Top water lures with a weedless rig are working best.

Anglers are also catching Yellow Perch and pickerel using minnows.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Boating activity is moderate.  All access areas are open and are being utilized. 

Anglers are catching crappie under the causeway using minnows and small twistertails rigged under a bobber.

In the evening hours, anglers are catching Channel Catfish near Hunter Run Cut, using chicken livers.

Spring Creek –  Fishing is steady.  Anglers are catching trout using terrestrials (e.g. beetles, ants, grasshoppers, adult midge patterns). 

Most anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. green weenie; walt’s worm; black zebra midge; hot spot sow bug)

The best time to be on the water is early morning and late evening.

Keep an eye on water levels by clicking here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01547100

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