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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.

 

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 20, 2016
Tioga County

The weather continues to be very hot and water levels on all of Tioga counties stocked trout waters, class A wild trout waters, and wilderness trout waters are very low. If you are a trout angler and are looking to pursue these fish, please be very careful when landing the trout, if you plan to release it, that you don’t kill the fish. Anglers have been having very good success trout fishing at night with large streamer patterns, surface disturbing lures, and wax worms.

The Smallmouth Bass and Walleye fishing has been the best in years on Pine Creek according to the Area Fisheries Manager and local anglers. Anglers have been picking up Walleye and Smallmouth Bass in the large deep pool on Big Pine Creek at night using 4 to 6 inch white crank baits and olive tubes.

Fishing on Beechwood Lake has been very good this summer. Recent creel checks and angler interactions have shown a very good number of Largemouth Bass, Walleye, and Panfish being caught and harvested on the lake. Fish have been caught at depths between 12 and 14 feet using worm harnesses with night crawlers and green fluoresce jigs.

Anglers fishing the Tioga River at the spillway have been reporting success catching Walleye, Channel Catfish, and Smallmouth Bass using large Creek Chubs, Shiners, and popper lures on fly rods and spin casting rigs.

If you are planning on going fishing, remember to buy a fishing license and become familiar with the rules and regulations. Also, boating season is at its peak, and boaters are encouraged to take a boater’s safety course, if they have not completed one. And, remember that all boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must have a United States Coast Guard Approved life jacket on board. 

Clinton and Western Lycoming Counties

Hot weather has plagued Big Pine Creek for the majority of the summer and the water is hot and low. Stocked trout have found their way to the mouths of most cold water tributaries on Big Pine Creek and in particular within the Catch And Release All Tackle Section in Slate Run. It is not unlawful to fish for these fish in this section of Big Pine Creek, but anglers are being informed that all trout species in this specially regulated section of Big Pine Creek are protected from being harvested or killed. Anglers are encouraged when fishing in this section of water to use very good judgment on whether or not to fish for these trout and realize that it is unlawful to kill or release a fish unharmed in this specially regulated water.

Anglers are still picking up good numbers of stocked trout in Little Pine Lake and the Delayed Harvest section on Little Pine Creek. Success has been through the use of paste bait, salmon eggs, spinners, minnows, and trolling wet flies. Most of the success has been early in the morning and after dark.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 13, 2016
Tioga County

It has been hot, humid and the county hasn’t gotten much rain over the last week; however, fishing on the lakes has been great!  The best fishing has been in the morning and evening.

Walleye fishing is going strong on Hammond, Tioga and Beechwood Lake.  Anglers are catching Walleye using crawler harnesses.  Most of the Walleye are being caught near the bottom.  Anglers using a bottom bouncer or 3 way rig and a .5-1.5 oz weight are having the best luck.  Colors that are working are silver, blue, purple, red/orange and chartreuse.  Yellow Perch, carp and a few Striped Bass are being caught using the same rig.

Upper Pine Creek- A small amount of rain fell over the weekend.  It was just enough to dampen the soil, but not enough to impact water levels. 

Anglers are catching bass using shallow running crankbaits and top-water techniques.

Hammond and Tioga Lake – Anglers are catching a few Striped Bass Hybrids using crankbaits, top-water and trolling techniques. The morning hours are best.

Anglers are catching bass using various plastics, shallow running crankbaits and top-water.  Evening is the best time to be on the water.  The bass are being caught near weeds and timber.

A few anglers are catching bass on top in the no wake zone and around the shorelines. 

Lots of big catfish are being caught this week! A number of catfish caught have measured at 30+ inches.  Cut bait, live shiners, night crawlers and stink baits are working best.  Most of the catfish are being caught in the late evening hours.  Look for deep holes with access to shallow water.  Areas like Mill Bay on Tioga Lake or the points near the swimming area on Hammond Lake are good places to start.

Anglers are also catching musky using live suckers, various crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

Clinton County

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching carp, Yellow Perch, catfish 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.

Centre County

Bald Eagle Creek – Anglers are catching trout using small, beadhead nymphs (e.g. green weenie; pheasant tail; prince; squirmy wormy).

Anglers are catching carp using crayfish, crayfish fly patterns and beadhead squirmy wormies.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake –  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.

Spring Creek- Anglers are catching trout using Trico mayflies in the morning hours.  Most of the trout are feeding subsurface.  Target shade lines and deeper pools. 

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
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Fishing and Boating Report – July 6, 2016
Tioga County

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.

Potter County

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.

Elk County

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.

Clinton County

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.

Centre County

Colyer Lake – A few boaters have been enjoying the lake .

REMINDERS
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.

Penns Creek
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.

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