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Fishing and Boating Report – April 9, 2014
Approved trout waters open to year-round fishing

Unless, listed as “approved trout waters open to year-round fishing” all other Approved Trout Waters are closed to fishing -- including taking of minnows-- from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening day of the trout season.

McKean County

Kinzua Creek – Section 02.  Got a float stocking last week.  Seen in the photo is Kane HS student Nathan Moore.  The photo was taken by Mr. Jason Barner, Earth Science teacher and Trout In the Classroom Teacher.

Nate float stocking

Currently McKean County has high water and cold temps.  Stream temps were just reaching 40 degrees the day of the stocking.

Snyder / Union / W. Northumberland County

Adam T. Bower Dam schedule - 2014
The 2014 operating schedule for the Adam T. Bower inflatable dam, as reported by Shikellamy State Park Manager John Clifford.  These dates are subject to change based on river conditions, or in the event problems are discovered during inspections.  There are no bag replacements slated for this year, so this should be a full operating season.  The key dates for the 2014 operating season are as follows:

Spring Dam inspection:  week of April 21 (this may cause a slight increase in the upstream river levels, which will be less than 1 day duration). 
Inflation begins: April 28 and will last approximately 2 weeks. The boat launch will be closed for approximately one week in mid-May while the marina docks are installed.  During this time, boaters may access Lake Augusta from the ramps in Northumberland. Docks installed & seasonal boaters are permitted in the marina:  May 23.

All boats due out of the marina: October 5. The boat launch will be closed from October 6 until the marina docks are removed and placed in storage for the winter.  During this time, boaters may continue to access Lake Augusta from the ramps in Northumberland. 

Dam deflation begins on or about October 13, and will last approximately 2 weeks.
Fall Dam Inspection: week of October 27 (this may cause a slight increase in upstream river levels, which will be less than 1 day duration).

Changes and updates will be posted on the park advisory tab on the Shikellamy State Park Website. 

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 3, 2014
Approved trout waters open to year-round fishing

Unless, listed as “approved trout waters open to year-round fishing” all other Approved Trout Waters are closed to fishing -- including taking of minnows-- from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening day of the trout season.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Dam: Last weekend, anglers caught a few nice channel cats and a brown trout using jigging spoons through the ice.  They were caught on the main lake.

•	Brett Kleckner with a nice 30 inch channel catfish
Brett Kleckner with a nice 30 inch channel catfish

Brown trout
Josh Day with a 21 inch brown trout

Channel catfish
Josh Day with a 30 inch channel catfish

Channel catfish
Josh Day with another 30 inch channel catfish

McKean County

Chappel Fork stocking will be accomplished on April 11, 2014. There is still some snow and ice on the Forestry roads so travel with caution.

Water temps barely topped 40 over last weekend. We have had warmer nights the past few days so water temps should continue to rise over the next week.

WCO Pete Mader would like to thank all volunteers who have helped stock for the 2014 trout season!!   This has been a very cold, snowy year and we have had to deal with a lot of Snow in McKean County.  PA Fish and Boat Commission could not have stocked the trout we did without each one of you helping.  THANK YOU!!

West Lycoming County

Pine Creek: Ice on the bank has receded in most places to allow angler access to the water.  

Remember, Pine Creek is now regulated as an Approved Trout Waters Open to Year Round Fishing Stream.

Jefferson County

Jackson Run: The mouth of the stream was starting to open up from ice last weekend.

Kyle Lake was ice covered with unsafe ice conditions last weekend. 

North Fork Creek Fly Project is scheduled for stocking on 3/31. 

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 26, 2014
Water and ice safety links:
http://fishandboat.com/water/ice_thickness.pdf
http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

Approved trout waters open to year-round fishing

Unless, listed as “approved trout waters open to year-round fishing” all other Approved Trout Waters are closed to fishing -- including taking of minnows-- from March 1 to 8 a.m. on the opening day of the trout season.

2014 stocking season underway

Trout stockings are underway in each county.  Anglers are encouraged to view the 2014 stocking list on the website.  You can find the stream, section being stocked, date, meeting time & location and cancellations or rescheduling.

Centre County

Black Moshannon Lake – There are a few spots on the lake to ice fish. Anglers have reported catches of panfish and pickerel.  They used tip ups with minnows in the stream channel. 

Spring Creek: Over the last week anglers caught trout on all sections of Spring Creek. Small wet fly patterns and nymphs worked best. Spinner and bait anglers are also doing well.  Remember all of Spring Creek is catch and release.

Sayers Lake: Anglers caught crappies on open areas of the lake using twistertails and minnows. 

Elk County

Reminder to Elk County anglers, there are several Special Regulated Areas in the County that can be fished legally. 

  • 8.6 miles of “Catch & Release – All tackle” area on the Clarion River between Johnsonburg and Ridgway. Consult summary book page 22 for details. 
  • There are also two “Delayed Harvest” areas,:
    • One below the East Branch Dam outflow
    • Another along Big Mill Creek along Rt 948 between Ridgway & Highland.  
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