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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 (, Northcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – May 20, 2015
Lycoming County

Pine Creek : Anglers are catching trout on charcoal caddis size #18.  The March Brown mayfly hatch is slowing down; but the Sulfur mayfly hatch is picking up.  Most anglers are catching trout on Sulphurs now.  A few trout are being caught on nymphs as well. Water temperatures over the weekend were at 55F.

Cameron / Clinton Counties

The hatches have been slow. The fish haven’t been biting; but, as the waters warm up towards the Memorial Day weekend, it is expected that the fish will be biting pretty good! The Crappies have been biting, though, on Stevenson’s and Bush Dams in the more shallow water. They were noticed piled up and spawning.

Snyder / Union / Montour / W. Northumberland Counties

The Union County Conservation District recently held its awards banquet. WCO Steve Boughter gave distinguished service awards to DWCOs Gary Walter, Terry Bowersox, and David Mull.  He also gave service awards to all of his stocking coordinators.  He was surprised and honored when the UCCD gave him a distinguished service award, as well. Congratulations to everyone!

Union County Conservation District

Distinguished service awards

Tioga County

A cold front slowed fishing down through half of last week; but things really turned around these past few days.  Crappie fishing picked up again on the Corps lakes with good numbers of both black and white crappies being caught from shore and by boat.  Numerous 8-12 inch crappies are being caught; and a few as big as 15 inches were landed on all three lakes.  Anglers are finding a mix of pre- and post- spawn crappies.  Live minnows or small twister tails and tubes are working well.  Some of the bigger ones are being caught on small crankbaits too.

Good numbers of bluegills and crappies are being caught on Hamilton, Beechwood and Hills Creek Lakes.  Pieces of nightcrawler, mealworms, and waxworms are all working for bluegills.  Most are in shallow water and easy to catch from shore.  Live minnows are working best for crappies.  Trout are still being caught on Beechwood and Hamilton as well.  Dough baits, live minnow, and gold or silver spinners have been the favorite.  Garlic- scented dough baits have produced particularly well in chartruese, rainbow, and yellow colors.

Bass fishing has been really good this week.  Anglers have caught and released a number of really nice bass from Cowanesque, Hammond, and Tioga Lakes, including some over 5 lbs.

Luke Szentesy with a nice bass he caught on Hammond Lake

Brian Knapp with a big hybrid striper from the Tioga River

Casey Simons with a nice pickerel and bass from Tioga Lake

Josh Ditzler with a nice Crappie he caught while kayak fishing on Hammond Lake

With our first Fish-for-Free Day on Sunday, May 24, we thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone of AN ANGLER’S CODE OF ETHICS:
Many local landowners extend anglers the courtesy of recreational fishing opportunities.  Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission signage is routinely placed along stream sections open to public fishing.  When in doubt, stay out.  Ethical anglers DO NOT litter, camp, build fires, cut trees, block property, or operate any motorized vehicle or ATV on property of another without advanced permission of the landowner.  These unlawful actions will, and do, get ground POSTED!

For more information about Fish-for-Free Days, please visit our website:

With May 16-May 22 recognized as National Safe Boating Week, we would also like to remind you about the REGISTRATION OF NON-POWERED WATERCRAFT REQUIREMENT AT PFBC LAKES/ACCESS AREAS:
With the 2015 boating season beginning, boaters are reminded that non-powered watercraft, which otherwise would not require registration, are required to display either current registration or a launch permit when launching or retrieving at all PFBC lakes and/or access areas.  For a complete listing of regulations pertaining to PFBC properties, please refer to the following link: Boaters are encouraged to check all the required safety equipment on their boats such as wearable personal flotation devices, (required for each person onboard the boat and of the appropriate size including children 12 years of age or younger must wear on boats 20’ or less) type IV throw device (required on boats 16’ in length except canoes and kayaks), fire extinguisher (if required) and sound producing device.  Boaters are also reminded to check that the motorboat (including boats propelled by an electric motor) have a current motorboat registration.

For more information about Boating Basics, please visit our website:

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend. And, remember to “Wear It, PA!”

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 13, 2015
Tioga County

Tioga, Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes: Anglers are catching Crappie and Bass on all three lakes. A few 2 lb. Crappie have been caught at all three lakes.  Many of the Crappie are between 9-12 inches.  Live minnows and artificial lures are working best. Chartreuse, white, yellow, silver, purple, and orange colors are working well. 

The majority of fish are being caught in less than 2-10 feet of water.

Anglers are also catching Yellow Perch using nightcrawlers and fathead minnows in 5-15 feet of water. 

Many 5+lb. Largemouth and 3-4 lb. Smallmouth Bass are being caught on all three lakes.

Hammond and Tioga Lakes: Anglers are catching stripers and some Walleye.  Most of the stripers are 12-18 inches, but a few 8 lb. stripers have also been caught. Crankbaits, jerkbaits, nightcrawlers and live shiners are working best around the dams. Some of the fish are being caught in front of the swimming area.

Dave Heck caught some nice Crappie over the weekend. Good size and good eating, too!

Joe Dancho caught this hybrid striper over the weekend, as well. Thank you for sharing, Joe!

Cowanesque Lake: Anglers are catching quite a few good size bass.  Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and crankbaits are working best.

Largemouth Bass
Joe Dancho caught a nice Largemouth Bass over the weekend. Congratulations, Joe!

Hamilton and Hill Creek Lake: Anglers are catching lots of Crappie.  Evening and night fishing is producing great fishing for anglers using live minnows. 

Fly anglers are also catching lots of panfish using poppers, wet flies, and streamers.

There are still lots of trout left.  Anglers are catching trout using doughbaits and live minnows.

Centre County

Black Moshannon Lake: Yellow Perch and other panfish are hitting live minnows and nightcrawlers.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake: Live minnows and twistertails under a bobber are helping anglers catch lots of Crappie.  Best areas are near the causeway, Bald Eagle Launch, and the Hunter Run cut area. 

Anglers are also catching Yellow Perch using live minnows, nightcrawlers, and some paste baits.

Penns Creek: Anglers are catching trout using small streamers in the morning.  A variety of nymphs are working in the late morning and early-to-late afternoon.  Caddis adult patterns are also working well in the evening.

Spring Creek: Walt’s worms, hair’s ear flashback, beadhead prince nymphs, caddis larvae, and zebra midge nymphs are working well.  The Sulphur mayfly hatch is just getting started.  A few anglers are catching trout using sulphur nymphs.  A few caddis dry flies are also working.

Early morning and early-to-late evening seems to be the best time on the water. 

Tussey Mountain Pond: Anglers are catching panfish using redwords, butter worms, and a variety of paste baits.  Anglers are also catching bass using live minnows.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek: A few sulphur mayflies have been spotted.  Lots of caddis adults have been seen in the mornings and in the evenings. 

Anglers are catching trout on caddis larvae imitations, walt’s worms and adult caddis patterns.  Early morning and late evening are the best times to be on the water!

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching lots of trout!  The march brown mayflies have been hatching all week.  Anglers are catching trout using march brown patterns.  There have also been clouds of caddis.  Anglers are catching trout using caddis patterns; however, the most success has been on the march brown patterns.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 6, 2015
Tioga County

Upper Pine Creek: Anglers are catching lots of trout using small caddis patterns, rusty spinners, and blue dun patterns on the surface. 

Anglers using spinning gear are catching trout on spinners, small spoons, waxworms and live minnows.

Renee with Rainbow Trout
Renee Kelly caught a nice Rainbow Trout on Upper Pine Creek recently. Congratulations Renee!

Hamilton Lake: This lake has been “THE” lake to fish so far this year.  Trout and panfish continue to bite and anglers continue to catch!  Anglers are catching trout on a variety of spinners and spoons. Gold, purple, chartreuse and silver colored spinners and spoons are working best. They are also catching trout on waxworms, fatheads and doughbaits.  Garlic scented baits are working best this season. 

Hammond and Tioga Lakes:  Anglers are catching lots of Crappie!  The Crappie are moving into to shore and feeding heavily right now.  Anglers are catching Crappie on live minnows, white and chartreuse twister tail grubs, small stickbaits and waxworms.  The next two weeks will be the best fishing of the season if the weather continues to cooperate!

Olivia with Crappie
Olivia Krout caught this Crappie using a live minnow. Congratulations Olivia!!

Cowanesque Lake: Anglers are catching bass using chatterbaits, crankbaits, creature baits and jigs. 

Crappies are also starting to bite. Anglers are catching Crappie near artificial structure and standing timber.

Marsh Creek: Anglers are catching good numbers of trout using salmon eggs, waxworms and mealworms.  Fly anglers are catching trout on olive and dark green streamer patterns.  A variety of nymph patterns are also working.

Trinity with Rainbow Trout
Trinity Osborn caught a beautiful Rainbow Trout using a garlic, pink salmon egg on Marsh Creek. Congratulations Trinity!

McKean County

Water levels are beginning to drop across the County and water temperatures are on the rise.  May 4, 2015 was the first time the water temperatures were above 50F.

Allegheny Reservoir: Water levels are down slightly. 

REMINDER: You must wear your lifejacket on the reservoir while underway in all canoes, kayaks and boats less than 16ft in length. 

Anglers are catching Walleye at the Southern end of the reservoir, but the bite is slow.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake: Anglers are catching Crappie near the causeway, Bald Eagle Launch and the Hunter Run cut area.  Live minnows and twistertails under a bobber are working best.

Boating pressure has been moderate.  Most of the access areas are currently open with the exception of East and West Launch areas.  Both will be open for Memorial Day weekend.

Black Moshannon Lake: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Pickerel fishing from shore.  Minnows  and a variety of spinners are working well.  A variety of rubber worms are also working.

A moderate number of unpowered kayaks and canoes are utilizing the lake.

Bald Eagle Creek, Cold Stream, Cold Stream Dam, Six Mile, Black Moshannon Creek: Anglers are catching trout on all of these waterways.  Everything from paste baits, waxworms, redworms and minnows are working.

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout using walt’s worms, zebra midges, caddis larvae patterns and caddis adult patterns.  Early morning and late evening are the most productive times to be on the water.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek: Anglers are catching trout on caddis larvae imitations, walt’s worms and adult caddis patterns.  Early morning and late evening are the best times to be on the water!

Lycoming County

Pine Creek: Anglers are catching trout using double bead, yellow stonefly nymphs and black stonefly nymphs.  One young angler caught a nice brown trout using a white rooster tail. 

Josh with Brown Trout
Josh Hoover, recent participant at PFBC’s Family Fly Fishing Program on Pine Creek, caught this nice Brown Trout after class.  He was using a white rooster tail.  Congratulations Josh!

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