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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 – September 17, 2014
FISHING. This word has different meanings for each of us… maybe it’s the escape, the peace, the simplicity, the challenge, the excitement, the hope or maybe it is the connection with ourselves, our friends, our family and nature.  Whatever your chosen meaning, you know and understand that FISHING is more than a word to you, it is an EXPERIENCE…one that keeps giving no matter where you are in life.  Enjoy your FISHING moments! 

EXPERIENCE what PA FISHING has in-store for you!

Region Fishing Reports: http://fishandboat.com/splashes.htm

Family fishing programs: http://pfbc.state.pa.us/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=family_fishing&DAY=ALL

Cowanesque Lake
This is a beautiful photo taken of Cowanesque Lake, Tioga County.
Photo taken by Tom Sweet

Potter County

Allegheny River (Coudersport area): There are plenty of fish left!  Anglers are catching nice trout in the Delayed Harvest section.  Several nice fish are being caught on bead head pheasant tails.  The biggest Rainbow Trout (18inches) was caught on a size 12 Royal Wulff.  Some anglers are also catching trout using Parachute Ants. 

Kettle Creek: Water levels are low and Trout are spooky.  Successful anglers are keeping their profile low and wearing dull colored clothing. 

Anglers are catching Brook Trout.  One angler caught two Brook Trout over 12inches along with dozens of smaller ones.  The Trout seem real hungry and are preparing for a long winter!  Flies that are working the best are size 16 stimulators. 

Brook and Brown Trout are showing signs of spawning colors.  Nothing more beautiful than trout in their spawning colors!

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

Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake: 
For information about Tioga-Hammond & Cowanesque Lakes check out the Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/thclakes.

Anglers are having some great times fishing for Bass!  Many bass up to 6lbs are being caught!!  Limited weed growth has bass holding tight to rock piles, timber, and artificial structure.  Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass are being caught in shallow and deep water.
 
Subtle presentations of crankbaits and creature baits are working best.   Darker colors are working best for the murky waters of the lake’s West end.  In the clearer waters of the lake’s East end natural colors are working best.  Shad colored crankbaits or green pumpkin, watermelon, and pumpkinseed colored soft plastics are also working. 

Hamilton Lake:
Anglers are catching good LOTS of Crappies, Bluegills, and Yellow Perch using waxworms, live minnows, and mealworms.  Low water has limited most anglers to shore fishing, though a few are fishing from canoes and kayaks.  

Fishing under a float is producing the best results, especially in the evenings in about 8 to 12 feet of water.  Some trout are being caught on paste baits floated just off the bottom.  Shallow running crankbaits in perch and shiner colors are working for trout, bass, and Chain Pickerel.

Hammond Lake:
Cooler temperatures are “lighting” up the Crappie fishing! Live minnows, fished in 8-10 feet, of water are working best.  Anglers are also catching good numbers of bass using live shiners near the dam and Route 287. 

Jefferson County

Stream flows seem to be above average compared to past years.  There are still trout left in the stocked waterways.

Sandy Lick Creek: Trout are spread out throughout the entire stream.  Anglers are catching trout using flies representing ants and beetles.  There are quite a few midges coming off providing successful catches on Griffiths Gnats and Black and Olive Zebra Midge patterns.  Slate Drakes, size 10 and/or 12 are also working well. 

Grasshopper patterns fished close to the banks are also working well for anglers.

Brown Trout
This Brown Trout was caught on North Fork Redbank Creek in the Fly Fishing Catch and Release section.  The fly that lured the trout to the surface was a Light Cahill Parachute dry fly.
Photo by: Mark Hanes

North Fork Redbank Creek (Fly Fishing Catch and Release Area):  This section is holding a good number of trout.  Anglers are catching fish using foam beetles and sizes 10-22 midge dry flies.  Because these fish are heavily fished over, smaller flies tend to be the ticket for a successful take!  A few Slate Drakes and small black caddis were observed flying around.  A few anglers caught trout using size 18-20 black zebra midge larvae imitations.

Clearfield County

Curwensville Lake: Anglers are catching heavy Musky measuring approximately 30-35 inches in length.  There will be a Musky Tournament on September 20th and 21st.  Contact Curwensville Park office for more information.

Ardell Ponds (State Game Lands 34): The ponds are being drained.  The upper pond still has two thirds of its water and the lower pond is drained down to the breast of the dam.  There will not be a salvage operation on these lakes.  Many anglers are catching large bass, Pickerel and assorted sizes of panfish.  It is a target-rich angling opportunity, but won’t last long.

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek: Anglers are catching trout and panfish in the lower reaches.  Anglers are catching Bass in the upper reaches of the stream.

Black Moshannon Lake:  Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and Chain Pickerel from shore near boat launch areas.  Successful bait being used is rubber twistertails and live minnows.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake:
Anglers are catching Crappie and Bluegill near the causeway.  Live minnows are working best.

Anglers are also catching Smallmouth Bass and lots of Largemouth Bass in the shallows.  They are catching them using a variety of baits, everything from crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms (black & green; black and blue).

Spring Creek:
Now is the time to be fishing.  It is ideal fishing conditions and no one else is fishing!

Anglers that are fishing are catching trout using small Blue Wing Olive nymphs and Squirmy Wormies.

Tricos, Light Cahills and small Tan Caddis are coming off in the early morning hours.  Anglers are catching trout in the upper sections using fly imitations of each fly mentioned.  Ants and beetles are also working well.     

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

Clinton County

Upper Fishing Creek: Currently, water levels are low.  The best time to fish is early morning and late evening using small nymphs (bead head pheasant tails, caddis).  Some trout are feeding on flying ants and small midges in the late evening hours.

Lower Fishing Creek: With a little more water in the lower reaches, fishing has been a bit more productive than in the upper reaches.  Anglers are catching trout in late evening hours on small nymphs, ants and midges. 

Lycoming County

West Branch Susquehanna River (Pine Access): Anglers are catching Catfish using chicken livers, night crawlers and dough balls in the later evening hours.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 10, 2014
Potter County

First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek: Anglers are catching wild Brown and Brook Trout along with a few stocked Rainbow Trout between Costello and Proudy State Park. 

With overcast skies and the threat of rain on the way, Blue Winged Olives and Isonychia Mayflies are hatching throughout the day.  Quite a few Isonychias are on the water and in the air during peak hatch times.  The heaviest part of the hatch seems to be just after 12p.m.  Antlers were catching the trout using size 22 CDC blue wing olives and size 10-12 Royal Wulff dry flies. 

Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake:  Anglers are catching bass using jigs and live minnows.  Most of the bass are being caught off of weed clumps, rock piles and some off of deep timber. 

PA Fish and Boat Commission, Tioga County Bass Anglers, Tackle Shack and Mansfield University placed 60 porcupine cribs throughout the lake on September 6, 2014.  Over 35 volunteers showed up to help build and place the structures that will create better fish habitat and fishing in the future!  THANK YOU to all who came out to help!!

Hamilton Lake: Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Yellow Perch and Crappies using live minnows.  Some of the Crappies are coming from the deeper water.  Crappies are hitting on small twister tails and some tube jigs that are either chartreuse or white.

Try fishing at different depths to find the schools of fish.  Once you find them you are in for a treat!

Anglers are also catching trout using night crawlers on the bottom.  Bullhead Catfish are hitting on pastebaits and live minnows. 

Clearfield County

Curwensville Lake: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Bluegill and Pumpkinseeds using butter worms and red worms cut in half.

On September 6, 2014 Clearfield County Conservation District held their Conservation Days at the lake.  PA Fish and Boat held a Family Fishing program as part of the event.  Kids and their parents had a great time catching fish all day using worms.  The best luck was had early in the morning and later in the afternoon!

Yellow Perch
Jordan Merritts proudly displays her catch at the Clearfield Conservation Districts’ event held at Curwensville Lake on September 6. She caught it during the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Family Fishing Program that was part of the event. Her bait of choice was a butterworm. Congratulations Jordan!!

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek: Anglers are catching trout and panfish in the lower reaches.  Anglers are catching Bass in the upper reaches of the stream.

Black Moshannon Lake: Boating pressure has been light with the majority of boaters being kayakers and canoers.

Anglers are catching Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and Chain Pickerel from shore near boat launch areas.  Successful bait being used is rubber twistertails and live minnows.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake: Boating pressure was moderate over the holiday weekend.  Boating since the holiday has been light.  All access areas are being used.

Anglers are catching Crappies near the fishing pier at Lower Greens Run.  They are also catching Crappie and Bluegill near the causeway.  Bait of choice is live minnows.

A few anglers are catching large Channel Catfish near Lower Greens Run access area using chicken livers and nightcrawlers.  The best time is late evening.

Spring Creek:
Anglers are catching trout using small nymphs (scuds, Walts Worms, squirmy wormies).  Lower in the watershed anglers are catching trout using worms and live minnows.

After rain events, head out and cast a streamer (olive/black wooly buggers/slump busters) as close to the bank as possible.  Trout may hit your fly within the first few seconds!  It is a thrilling take and fight! 

More rain is on the way Wednesday night into and through Thursday this week.  Should be a good time to fish Spring Creek!

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

 

Clinton County

Upper Fishing Creek: Currently water levels are low.  The best time to fish is early morning and late evening using small nymphs (bead head pheasant tails, caddis). 

With rain on the way, it may not hurt to have your streamer box ready to go.

Lower Fishing Creek: Anglers are catching trout in the early morning hours and late evening hours on small nymphs, streamers and minnows. 

Get your worms, minnows and streamers read to cast after the rain event over the next few days. 

Reminder: Harvest season closed on some special regulation waters after Labor Day.  Before heading out trout fishing in these areas check the regulations in your 2014 Summary Book or find it here: http://fishinpa.com/  

Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Regulations:

  • Minimum size – 9 inches, caught on, or in possession on, the waters under these regulations from one hour before sunrise on June 15 to one hour after sunset on Labor Day.
  • The daily creel limit is three combined species from one hour before sunrise on June 15 to one hour after sunset on Labor Day, caught on or in possession on the waters under these regulations. From the day after Labor Day until one hour before sunrise on June 15, the daily creel limit is zero.
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Fishing and Boating Report – September 3, 2014

Nathan with Brown Trout
Nathan Shervinskie with a nice 16” Brown Trout from Penns Creek.  It was caught on a bead head pheasant tail in the early morning hours.
Photo taken by Tom Shervinskie

Potter County

Kettle Creek: With all of the rain this Summer, the upper reaches of Kettle Creek are providing some great trout fishing days! Anglers are catching trout using artificial flies.  Patterns that are working are stimulators, grasshoppers, beetles and flying ants.

Water levels in upper Kettle Creek are stable and water temperatures reach 70 during the day dropping down into the lower 60s overnight. Check out the Kettle Creek USGS water gage/temperature links below.

Lower Kettle Creek:  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01545000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Upper Kettle Creek:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01544500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Tioga County

Upper Pine Creek: With water temperatures beginning to increase, fishing is slowing down a little.  The best time for fishing is the early to late evening hours.  Anglers are catching Brown Trout in the riffle and shady areas of the stream.  The tackle of choice right now are small brown caddis, sulphur and flying ant imitations.  Anglers using spinners are having luck catching Brown Trout with small spinning tackle during the early morning hours off of the banks. 

There are still a few Slate Drake mayflies coming off; so anglers may want to try a few while on the water. 

Bass are also hitting on top of the water, so don’t hesitate to throw a few poppers in the late evening hours as well.

Keep tabs on water levels on Pine Creek at this USGS link:
Upper Pine Creek: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01548500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

McKean County

Anglers are still catching stocked trout in County streams because of the great rainy Summer we have had. 

Allegheny Reservoir: Still at Summer pool and anglers are catching lots of Blue Gill, Yellow Perch and Bass.  Bait of choice are minnows under slip bobbers fished just out from the shallow areas of the banks.

Elk County

East Branch Clarion River: The Delayed Harvest area on the river is fishing well.  Anglers are catching trout using attractor patterns, flying ants and beetles.

Clearfield County

Curwensville Dam: Anglers are still catching Yellow Perch near the boat launch areas. Channel Catfish are still biting.  Anglers are catching them using chicken liver and night crawlers in the evenings.

Centre County

Spring Creek: Recent rains are providing great fishing for spin, bait and fly anglers!  Worms and live minnows are working in the lower reaches of the stream.  Small, olive streamers (wooly buggers/slump busters, and “squirmy wormies” patterns are working in the upper reaches for fly anglers.

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

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Crappie, and Blue Gill using live minnows under a slip bobber.  Most fish are being caught about 3 feet from the bottom.  One angler reported catching 35 fish in 2 hours.  His window of fishing luck was between 9a.m. and 12p.m.

Other anglers are still catching Smallmouth Bass using plastic worm jigs in the early morning and evening hours.  Black and blue worms are working best.

Channel Catfish are being caught in the late evening hours using chicken liver and dough balls on the bottom.

Black Moshannon Lake : Anglers are catching Bass and Chain Pickerel near access areas.  Rubber worms, night crawlers, minnows and spinners are providing the best results in the evening hours.

Penns Creek: Anglers are catching Brown Trout using small nymphs (bead head pheasant tails and prince nymphs) during the early to late morning hours.  They are also catching Brown Trout on streamers during the early morning, late evening hours just after the rain storms. 

Check water conditions on Penns Creek on the USGS site: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01555000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Clinton County

Fishing Creek: Anglers are catching trout using flying ants and other terrestrials during the early and late evening hours.  Small nymphs (bead head pheasant tails, prince nymphs and green weenies) are still working in the morning hours.

Union County

West Branch Susquehanna River: Anglers are catching Small Mouth Bass and some Fall Fish near Winfield, PA, using tubes and crank baits off of the bank.  Most of the Small Mouth Bass are measuring between 8 and 12 inches.

Keep tabs on water levels near Winfield on the USGS sites below:
WB Susquehanna near Williamsport, PA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01551500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

WB Susquehanna near West Milton, PA:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01553240&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

WB Susquehanna near Lewisburg, PA:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01553500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

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.”

Reminder: Harvest season closes on some special regulation waters after Labor Day.  Before heading out trout fishing in these areas check the regulations in your 2014 Summary Book or find it here: http://fishinpa.com.

Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Regulations:

  • Minimum size – 9 inches, caught on, or in possession on, the waters under these regulations from one hour before sunrise on June 15 to one hour after sunset on Labor Day.
  • The daily creel limit is three combined species from one hour before sunrise on June 15 to one hour after sunset on Labor Day, caught on or in possession on the waters under these regulations. From the day after Labor Day until one hour before sunrise on June 15, the daily creel limit is zero.
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