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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 – July 1, 2015
Clinton / West Lycoming Counties

Water flows are high on Pine Creek and the W. Branch Susquehanna River. Nightcrawlers would be a good choice for anglers trying to fish the high and murky waters.

Cameron County

It is prime time for catching bass in the Sinnamahoning Creek!  Crabs are going to softshell right now, and bass are going crazy for them.  Pick them off the bottom, clip the pinchers off of them, and get out there and catch some bass!  Good Luck!

McKean County

After this past weekend, water levels are up; and it looks like more rain is in the forecast this week. There were lots of trees, limbs, and brush down over the weekend. If you are coming up here for the holiday weekend and are going to canoe, kayak, etc., please be mindful of the possibility of hazards on the water that might not have been there previously. Be diligent and wear your life jacket!

Another summer reminder for the Allegheny Reservoir – all canoes, kayaks, and boats under 16ft must have life jackets worn while underway on the lake. With the increased holiday traffic expected over the next week or so, it is important to wear your life jacket while out on any lake with unlimited horsepower vessels.

Tioga County

Rising water temperatures and fewer trout definitely slows down the bite; but they do not stop for the summer. Areas that normally hold trout in the spring, around the Hamilton Lake boat launch, are starting to fill in with grass and the shallows warm up considerably, sending the trout deeper in search of cool water. Catching them requires fishing closer to the bottom.  In the evenings once it cools down, many of these fish will move back to the surface and feed on bugs, too.  Dough baits fished off the bottom are a good choice.  Fish a 3-4 foot leader off a slip sinker. Chartreuse, rainbow, salmon peach, and yellow are all popular choices.  Live minnows will also work.  Lure wise, try deep running baits or fishing smaller stick baits with some weight to keep them down to the right depth.  Fishing from shore can be pretty tough for trout right now.  This year we have great water levels. If you have a small boat, kayak, or canoe, it would definitely be a big help.

Elk County

With work started to repair a leak in the East Branch Dam, an exclusion zone has been placed in front of the Dam Breast prohibiting boats from getting to close to the construction site.  Other than that, water is at summer pool and both boat launches are open. Reminder that there is mandatory wearing of life jackets with all canoes, kayaks, and any boat under 16 feet in length on the Dam.   Enjoy the holiday weekend and Be Safe! 

Independence Day is also Fish-for-Free Day! To make the fishing experience more convenient, newcomers to the sport can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state.

“We want to encourage individuals to try fishing so we’ve made it easy by setting up tackle loaner sites,” adds Laurel Anders, director of the Bureau of Boating and Outreach. “Many of the sites are right at state parks, which are always a popular place for visitors on holidays like July 4th. We also have loaner sites at county parks and some public libraries.”

For more information, please visit our website:

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 24, 2015
Centre County

Spring Creek:Anglers are catching trout with green weenies. And, even with the recent heavy rains, Fisherman's Paradise is looking clear and anglers have been successful catching trout in early morning and early evening.

Tioga County

The bite has been tougher with variable weather moving through the area all week, but a number of really nice bass are being caught.

Cowanesque: Anglers are finding fish in the weeds and standing timber.  A variety of presentations are working including drop shot presentations with a green pumpkin or watermelon minnow imitation, crankbaits in shad and baitfish colors, and various texas rigged plastics.  Fish are being caught in many areas from 1-20 feet of water.  A few striped bass are being caught as well on crankbaits around the dam.

Dustin Wheatley with a 5.37 lb. Largemouth from Cowanesque

Hills Creek: growing weed beds and lily pads are holding lots of bass and the frog bite is on!  Various topwater frog and mouse imitations are working.  wacky or texas rigged worms in green pumpkin, motoroil, and pumpkinseed worked well in open patches in the weeds.

Pine Creek: Good numbers of trout are still being caught in upper Pine.  Rains this week helped bring water levels up some. The smallmouth bite is picking up too.  Live minnows, crayfish imitations, and spinners are all working.

Hamilton: Panfish are being caught in good numbers using nightcrawlers, redworms, and waxworms.  Fly fishermen are having fun using terrestrial imitations and small poppers.  Areas around the dam are fishing well.  A few trout are still being caught on dough baits fished off the bait or with gold and silver spinners.  Boaters caught them using small stickbaits and spinners as well.

Renee Kelly with a bluegill from Hamilton on a grasshopper fly

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 17, 2015
Centre County

Spring Creek: Beadhead walt’s worms are working right now, and, surprisingly, green weenies also appear to still be working for anglers this week.  Anglers have been catching trout in all stretches over the past week. Live bait has been working well, along with various dry fly patterns.

Fishing Creek: Smaller nymph patterns are still working throughout the day; but the streamers are working best during the early morning hours.

Pine Creek had variable conditions due to showers in the watershed over the past week.  Water was higher and off color with upstream showers, which slowed fishing, but extended favorable temperatures for trout.  Evening fishing with emergers and light cahill dries was good when water levels were near normal and temperatures were less than 68°F.  Use your thermometer!  For warmer temperatures, early morning fishing is advised. 

Slate and Cedar Run fished acceptably well with low and clear conditions.  Anglers observed a rattlesnake beside Slate Run, so walk carefully!

Sayers Lake: Anglers are catching some bass around the lake using rubber worms and spinners. Catfish have been reported with chicken liver and nightcrawlers in areas around the causeway. Panfish have also been reported using minnows and worms.

Boating activity was moderate at the lake over the past week. Weather conditions have affected the boating at the lake. All access areas are open, and boaters are reminded to pay attention to slow no wake areas. Additionally, heavy rains usually cause submerged debris in the upper areas of the lake; boaters should use caution when skiing or tubing in this area.

Spillway: Anglers have been catching perch, crappie, and bluegill in this area. Most anglers are using minnows under a bobber. Additionally, bow hunters have been successful with carp.

Black Moshannon Lake: Anglers have been catching Bluegills, Bass, and Pickerel in access areas around the lake. Spinners, twistertails, and live bait have been working best.

Boating pressure was moderate over the past week. Most of the boating activity has been unpowered kayaks and canoes.

Bald Eagle Creek: Anglers have been doing well for trout in the lower Bald Eagle Creek from Milesburg downstream. Flies, nightcrawlers, and minnows seem to be working best.

Moderate kayak and canoe pressure has been observed during the past week.

The Great Outdoor Picnic, to benefit the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation and Pennsylvania’s Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, will be held this Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 11AM-5PM, at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park.  PFBC staff will be on-hand.  For more information, call 814-238-8138.

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