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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 – October 15, 2014
REMINDER(s)
  • FALL STOCKINGS

Anglers, check out our Fall stocking sites and dates (Click on FALL STOCKINGS STATEWIDE)!  Many of the Northcentral Region lakes and streams will be receiving a Fall stocking of trout either this week or within the next few weeks.

Looking for ways to target fish in PA lakes any time of year?  Check out our Lake Habitat Maps!  All of our habitat improvement structures have GPS coordinates, making it easy to know where to fish!

Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake: Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass using live shiners, crankbaits, jigs, and jerkbaits.  Numerous 5 & 6 lb. bass have been caught this year with one giant bass weighing in at 7.8 lbs!  Many of the large bass are beginning to move into the shallows now.  The west end of the lake, around logs and other great habitat, is the best place to start.

Hamilton Lake: PA Fish and Boat Commission stocked trout last week (October 9, 2014); so there are lots of trout to be caught!  Anglers are catching trout using dough bait, waxworms, and mealworms fished under a bobber. 

Anglers are catching Crappie, Yellow Perch and Bluegills using live minnows and night crawlers.  Anglers are fishing the listed bait a few feet under a bobber along the road side and around the dam for the best results.

Hammond Lake: Anglers are catching big Crappies and Bluegills along shore lines.  Schools of Crappie are hanging around shore structure.  Anglers are catching Crappie by jigging with live minnows, small tubes, and small plastic worms.  Chartreuse and white colored baits are working best. 

Bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass using crankbaits and jerkbaits in natural colors.

Hills Creek Lake: Anglers are catching bass and Chain Pickerel using live shiners, crankbaits, and plastic worms.  Natural colors are working best.  Crappies are also being caught on small plastic worms fished off a lightweight jig head.  Minnows are working well too.

Tioga Lake Spillway:  Anglers are catching Walleye using shiners and night crawlers along the bottom. 

Lycoming County

Little Pine Lake: Anglers are catching Bluegill using butter worms and pieces of night crawlers.  Lots of trout were just recently stocked and there are plenty left to catch!!

Brown Trout
Denny Kershner from Erie, PA having a blast catching Brown Trout on Upper Pine Creek!
Photo by: Julie Szur

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching trout in the Delayed Harvest section at Darling Run using small jerkbaits in natural minnow and trout colors.  Various spinners in silver, white and yellow are working too.  The same lures are working for Smallmouth Bass and the occasional Chain Pickerel.  A few trout being caught are over 14 inches!

Near Slate Run, anglers are catching Brown and Rainbow Trout using the Picket Pin fly.  The trout can’t get enough of this fly pattern, even with October Caddis hatching!

Jefferson County

Northfork Redbank Creek (Catch and Release Section):  Lots of trout!! 
Anglers are catching trout on small midges, slate drakes and purple haze dry flies. 

Olive or white Woolybuggers are working best when stripped in from the banks in the early morning hours.

Clearfield County

Curwensville Dam: Yellow Perch are on the prowl! Anglers are catching them in the shallows and in the deeper parts of the lake.  Jigs tipped with minnows are working best.

Early morning, late evening, and on cloudy days, anglers are also catching bass and Bluegill on night crawlers, live minnows and butter worms.

Water levels are still low.  Boaters need to watch for snags in the mud flats upriver of the viaduct and outside the channel.    

Clinton County

Fishing Creek: Water levels are low and clear.   Anglers are catching trout on small nymphs and caddis dry flies.  With rain in the forecast this week, prepare your gear for some great streamer and/or minnow fishing in the mornings and just after the rain storms!  Olive and brown seem to work best just after the rain.

Centre County

Penns Creek: Waters are still at good temperatures; but it is low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout using Blue Wing Olives, Midges and October Caddis dry fly patterns.  Bead head Prince Nymphs and Green Weenies are also working.  Olive colored Wooly Buggers or Slumpbusters are working well in the early morning hours. 

With rain on the way, streamers and minnows will work well at the beginning of the storms, and as the water rises.

Spring Creek: Water is low and clear.  The recent warm spell and rain on the way has trout active and chasing streamers on upper Spring Creek.  Olive colors are working best in the morning.  If possible, get out on the water when the rain starts or just after the storms; you’ll love the result! 

Size 14 Bead head Pheasant Tails, Walts Worms, and Prince Nymphs are working well in the late morning hours. 

Size 18 caddis are working well in the late afternoon.

Spinners and live minnows are working on lower Spring Creek with the same reaction from trout.   

Keep an eye on the USGS water flows for Spring Creek:
Upper Spring Creek at Houserville, PA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01546400&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Lower Spring Creek near Milesburg, PA:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01547100&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 8, 2014
REMINDER(s)
  • FALL STOCKINGS

Anglers, check out our Fall stocking sites and dates (Click on FALL STOCKINGS STATEWIDE)!  Many of the Northcentral Region lakes and streams will be receiving a Fall stocking of trout either this week or within the next few weeks.

Looking for ways to target fish in PA lakes any time of year?  Check out our Lake Habitat Maps!  All of our habitat improvement structures have GPS coordinates, making it easy to know where to fish!

Potter County

Streams are low and clear, but fishing is still good across the county!

Kettle Creek: Trout are feeding and anglers are catching them on the streams!  Be sure to sneak up on the areas you want to fish because the trout are easily spooked with the low water flows. 

Bead head pheasant tails, bead head Prince Nymphs are working well.  On the surface, small caddis and ant patterns are still working. 

The Special Regulations Catch and Release section will be stocked this week with trout. 

USGS water levels on Kettle Creek at Westport: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01545000

First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek (between Costello and Prouty): Blue Wing Olives (BWOs); caddis, slate drakes and stoneflies are still coming off.  Long casts and long leaders and size 16 beadhead pheasant tail nymphs set 18” under a royal wulff dry fly size 10 is catching lots of trout!  Several wild Brown Trout ranging from 16” – 18” in length are being caught using the above recipe of flies!

Lyman Run Lake:  PA Fish and Boat Commission will be stocking the lake this week!!  Come on out and catch a few, there will be plenty of trout for everyone.

Tioga County

Largemouth BassOne of the 14 Largemouth Bass caught on upper Cowanesque Lake using live and artificial baits.
(Photo by Keith Beamer)
 
Cowanesque Lake: Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass using live and artificial bait.  A few anglers caught 14 bass, Yellow Perch and Bluegill on upper Cowanesque Lake recently!!

Cameron County

George B. Stevenson Dam: Trout will be stocked on October 8, 2014.  Come out and catch a few!

Lycoming County

Little Pine Lake: Anglers are catching Chain Pickerel using rapalas.  Lots of trout were just recently stocked and there are plenty left to catch!!

Lycoming Creek: The Delayed Harvest Section was stocked on October 3, 2014.  Come out and catch a few!!

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching Brown Trout on upper Pine Creek.  Flies producing the most success are size 14 Beadhead pheasant tails; size 18 blue wing olive nymphs;size 18 golden stone fly nymphs; blue wing olive dry flies; slate drakes and tan caddis are also working. 

Best times to fish are early morning and late evening.

Rose Valley Lake: Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel and lots of pan fish using live minnows, night crawlers and butterworms.

West Branch Susquehanna River: Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on a variety of baits. 

Jefferson County

Northfork Redbank Creek (Catch and Release Section):  Lots of trout!!  PA Fish and Boat Commission recently stocked trout.  So come on out and catch a few!

Anglers are catching trout on streamers.  Olive or white Woolybuggers are working best when stripped in fast causing aggressive takes!

North Fork Redbank Creek
North Fork Redbank Creek catch and release section
Photo by George Kutskel

Redbank Creek: Water levels are at “seasonable” low levels.  The cold nights are keeping the water cool and keeping fish active.  Anglers are catching trout by covering lots of water and targeting deep, fast runs.  The trout seem to be holding in the deep, fast runs and under cover (e.g. logs, rocks and undercut banks). 

Flies that are working are bead head Pheasant Tails and Hares Ear patterns.  Be sure to sneak up on your target waters.  If you don’t spook the trout first, you have a good chance at catching them. 

Sandy Lick Creek: Anglers are approaching target fishing waters with lots of stealth and are catching trout using bead head Pheasant Tails.  Carefully approaching the target waters is more important than the fly pattern at times. 

Some size 18 Blue Wing Olives, Light Cahills and midges were seen coming off sporadically.  Griffiths Gnat is always a great choice if you prefer to dry fly fish.

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout caught on Sandy Lick Creek using a Walt’s Worm
Photo by Mark Hanes

Sandy Lick Creek
Sandy Lick Creek west of Brookville, PA
Photo by Mark Hanes

Elk County

East Branch Dam: As of October 5, 2014, the main boat launch at the dam was closed for the year.  See you next Spring!

Clearfield County

Curwensville Dam: Anglers are catching bass using a variety of baits and lures.  Best time for fishing is early morning and late evening.

Waters are low, so boaters need to be aware of possible snags in the mud flats upriver of the viaduct and outside the channel.    

Janesville Dam: Come out and catch some trout!!  There will be plenty for everyone!  PFBC will be stocking trout October 8, 2014 at 10:15a.m.

Parker Dam: PFBC will be stocking more trout in December due to the planned draw down that the lake will be undergoing for repairs to the causeway.  Keep checking PA Fish and Boat Commission’s website for updates on fall stocking of trout.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek: Water levels are low and clear.  Anglers who are catching trout are catching them in the early morning and late evening hours.  Live minnows, streamers and nymphs are working well.  Target the deeper runs and be sure whatever you are fishing with is close to or on the bottom.  In the late early morning hours, especially after rain, target the banks.  You just might get an aggressive take!!

Centre County

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout using small, olive Woolybuggers in the early morning hours.  Cast to the bank and swing, you’ll love the take!!

Size 14 Bead head Pheasant Tails, Walts Worms, Prince Nymphs are working best in the late afternoon hours.  Late evening, streamers are working well if fished just off of the banks.

Spinners, live minnows and streamers are still working well on lower Spring Creek.

The will be some good fishing just before, during and just after the rain storms on the way! 

Keep an eye on the USGS water flows for Spring Creek:
Upper Spring Creek at Houserville, PA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01546400&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Lower Spring Creek near Milesburg, PA:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01547100&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 1, 2014
Potter County

Kettle Creek: Streams are very low and trout are easily spooked; however, the trout are feeding and anglers are catching! 

Most of the trout are being caught using ant patterns.  Anglers are reporting good numbers of trout being caught and that there are large numbers of fly ants around the streams.

Kettle Creek Brown Trout
Here is an underwater photo of a Kettle Creek Brown Trout caught on an ant pattern
Photo taken and provided by George Kutskel

USGS water levels on Kettle Creek at Westport: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01545000

Lyman Run Lake:  Anglers are catching trout on live minnows.  The lake is calm and clear.  Early in the morning and late evening fishing has been the most successful for anglers.

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout on upper Pine Creek.  They are catching the trout on a variety of flies (e.g. size 14 Beadhead pheasant tails, size 18 blue wing olive nymphs, size 18 golden stone fly nymphs, blue wing olive dry flies, slate drakes and tan caddis are also working).  Some of the trout being caught are between 14-20 inches in length. 

Most of the fishing action is occurring early morning and early to late evening.  Un-weighted black streamers fished by swinging them are also working in the late evening hours.

Brown Trout
Heavy Brown Trout caught on blue wing olive and golden stonefly nymphs
Photo by Julie Szur

Evangeline
Anglers of all ages were enjoying some fishing on Pine Creek over the weekend.  This is Evangeline Daniel fishing with a Fall Fish she caught; Brookie, the Golden Retriever; and Evangeline’s mother in the background.
Photo by Julie Szur

Brown Trout
Rachel Stout was out fishing with the ladies on Pine Creek and caught this great Brown Trout
Photo by Julie Szur

Clearfield County

Curwensville Dam: Anglers are catching pan fish and bass using a variety of baits and lures.  Best time for fishing is early morning and late evening.

Boaters beware in the flats upriver of the viaduct.  There are lots of snags and mud flats just outside the channel that will damage your boats if hit.

Janesville Dam: PFBC will be stocking trout October 8, 2014 at 10:15a.m.

Parker Dam: PFBC will be stocking more trout in December due to the planned draw down that the lake will be undergoing for repairs to the causeway.  Keep checking PA Fish and Boat Commission’s website for updates on fall stocking of trout.

West Branch Susquehanna River: The group “Squirrel Tails for Trout” recently stocked trout between Curwensville Civic Center and Elliot’s Park.  The average size of trout stocked was between 13 and 16 inches.

Water levels on the West Branch are at their lowest this year.  Do NOT attempt to canoe between Clearfield and Karthus, unless you want to drag your canoes/kayaks. 

The river is still runnable for unpowered crafts between Bells Landing and Curwensville Dam.

Clinton County

Bald Eagle Creek: Anglers are catching trout on lower Bald Eagle Creek using flying ant patterns in late afternoon and a variety of nymph patterns in the early evening hours.  Streamer patterns have been working well in the early morning and late evening hours.

Be sure to take advantage of the beautiful scenery by kayak or canoe on Bald Eagle Creek! Water flows are good.  The scenery and wildlife will make a memorable trip!

Centre County

Spring Creek: On upper Spring Creek, anglers are catching trout using size 14 beadhead pheasant tails and flashback hares ear nymphs.  Small caddis and ant patterns along with other terrestrials are working on the surface.  Early morning and late afternoon are producing the most success for anglers.  If it is a high sunny day, target the shaded areas near logs, large stones, or undercut banks. 

On lower Spring Creek, anglers are catching trout using small spinners and live minnows in the early morning hours.

Keep an eye on the USGS water flows for Spring Creek:
Upper Spring Creek at Houserville, PA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01546400&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Lower Spring Creek near Milesburg, PA:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01547100&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

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