With streams being low, clear and warm, trout fishing throughout the county is slow. Anglers are catching trout using a variety of nymphs, sizes 16 – 20, large streamer patterns at night, spinners, and live bait (e.g. red worms, red fins and hellgrammites).
Anglers are catching bass in lakes across the county. Morning fishing is slow, but evening fishing is great! Creature baits, senkos, squarebill crankbaits and various jigs are working on all of the local lakes. A few 6lb bass were caught recently by anglers trolling with night crawler harnesses and stickbaits.
Most of the bass are being caught in or near weed beds and around timber piles/fallen trees. Working jigs and plastics through the weeds or running shallow crankbaits/squarebills over the weeds is working well.
Upper Pine Creek- The stream is nearing “all-time lows”. It is very low, clear and warm. Trout are trying to survive by seeking deep pools and/or cooler water.
Bass fishing has picked up! Anglers are catching lots of Smallmouth Bass using poppers, small streamers, crayfish patterns, spinners and various live baits. Small poppers in the evening are also working well.
Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching large numbers of Yellow Perch, Walleye, Channel Catfish, Crappie and Smallmouth Bass. One angler caught and released an 18” Smallmouth Bass. Most of the anglers are catching fish using a variety of streamer patterns, corn, poppers, crank baits and live minnows.
A few of the catfish being caught weighed in at 22 lbs. Most of the catfish being caught are much smaller, but at least ½ dozen were 30inches or more. Chicken livers, stink bait, cut bait and night crawlers are all working. Most of the catfish are being caught late afternoon and evening. A few anglers are catching Bullhead Catfish.
REMINDER – Make sure you have your fishing license and consult your fishing summary booklet regarding rules and regulations for the water you fish.
Hills Creek Lake – The lake has lots of weeds; however, anglers are catching Crappie, Yellow Perch, Sunfish and a few Walleye along the weed edge. Night crawlers and minnows are working best.
Drifting or trolling in the morning or evening is working well. A few anglers are catching bass and a variety of panfish in and around the weed beds.
Even with recent rain events, streams across the county remain low and clear. Anglers are catching trout at the mouth of cold, feeder streams. Fishing the riffles during the day and pools at dusk has been productive for most anglers.
If the county gets rain later this week, it should increase fish activity and fishing success.
East Branch Dam – Due to construction, the US Army Corp of Engineers has extended the “Exclusion Zone” further out from the breast of the dam. This will prevent boats from getting too close to construction equipment.
In addition, boaters and anglers need to be mindful of increased traffic. Workers will be using heavy equipment and smaller vehicles (e.g. ATV’s) during the construction.
Fishing Creek – Low, clear water means anglers need to use stealth when approaching favorite fishing locations.
Anglers are catching trout using small, lightweight nymphs (e.g. bead head pheasant tail; bead head green weenie; bead head prince nymph, dark stone flies) throughout the day. When trout are rising, early morning and late evening, use dry flies (e.g. tan caddis, light cahill, midges, blue wing olives).
On sunny days, target shade lines and deep pools with lots of cover.
West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching Carp, Yellow Perch and Smallmouth Bass between Lock Haven and Jersey Shore.
Poppers, crank baits and spinners are working well for Smallmouth Bass. Worms and crayfish are working well for Carp. Yellow Perch are taking worms and minnows.
Colyer Lake – A few boaters have been enjoying the lake .
Paddlers must have a boat registration or launch permit to use Colyer Lake.
A current boat registration is required to moor your boat at Colyer Lake.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Boating traffic has been moderate with all access areas being used.
Anglers are catching Crappie near the causeway. Minnows and small twister tails seem to be working best. Anglers are also catching Channel Catfish near upper and lower greens run area. Chicken livers are the bait of choice.
Bass are also being caught near submerged road beds around the lake. Crank baits and poppers are working well.
Black Moshannon Lake – A few kayakers and canoers were out over the weekend.
Anglers are catching bass and pickerel using weed-less rigs.
Bald Eagle Creek – Upper Bald Eagle is low, clear and warm.
Stream conditions, below Milesburg, are a little better with the help of Spring Creek flows. Anglers are catching trout using spinners and nymphs in the pools. Anglers are also catching carp using a variety of nymphs and baits.
Anglers are still catching trout using small, lightweight nymphs (e.g. pheasant tail; prince nymphs, hares ear, dark stoneflies, green weenies) throughout the day. Blue quill mayflies are hatching and trout are actively eating them, when they are present.
Trout are rising in the early morning and late evening. When fish are rising use dry flies (e.g. tan caddis, isonychia, light cahill, midges, blue wing olives).
Spring Creek- Spring Creek is fishing steady. Most of the trout are staying subsurface. Tricos are on! Anglers are catching trout using Trico mayflies in the morning hours.
Anglers are catching trout using small nymphs throughout the day (e.g. pheasant tail, bead head Frenchie, black zebra midge larvae, walt’s worm, sow bugs, green weenie).
Terrestrials are also working (e.g. ants, beetles).
Keep an eye on water levels and temperatures here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01546500
Snyder / Union / West Northumberland County
Susquehanna River (Sunbury Fiber Dam) – Anglers are catching bass using soft plastics, minnows, grubs and tubes. Catfish are also being caught.
Large baits and/or lures are catching large bass. This area is a “high pressure” fishing area, so don’t be afraid to switch up your choice of baits/lures to catch more fish.