Anglers, check out our Fall stocking sites and dates (Click on FALL STOCKINGS STATEWIDE)! Many of the Northcentral Region lakes and streams will be receiving a Fall stocking of trout either this week or within the next few weeks.
Looking for ways to target fish in PA lakes any time of year? Check out our Lake Habitat Maps! All of our habitat improvement structures have GPS coordinates, making it easy to know where to fish!
Cowanesque Lake: Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass using live shiners, crankbaits, jigs, and jerkbaits. Numerous 5 & 6 lb. bass have been caught this year with one giant bass weighing in at 7.8 lbs! Many of the large bass are beginning to move into the shallows now. The west end of the lake, around logs and other great habitat, is the best place to start.
Hamilton Lake: PA Fish and Boat Commission stocked trout last week (October 9, 2014); so there are lots of trout to be caught! Anglers are catching trout using dough bait, waxworms, and mealworms fished under a bobber.
Anglers are catching Crappie, Yellow Perch and Bluegills using live minnows and night crawlers. Anglers are fishing the listed bait a few feet under a bobber along the road side and around the dam for the best results.
Hammond Lake: Anglers are catching big Crappies and Bluegills along shore lines. Schools of Crappie are hanging around shore structure. Anglers are catching Crappie by jigging with live minnows, small tubes, and small plastic worms. Chartreuse and white colored baits are working best.
Bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass using crankbaits and jerkbaits in natural colors.
Hills Creek Lake: Anglers are catching bass and Chain Pickerel using live shiners, crankbaits, and plastic worms. Natural colors are working best. Crappies are also being caught on small plastic worms fished off a lightweight jig head. Minnows are working well too.
Tioga Lake Spillway: Anglers are catching Walleye using shiners and night crawlers along the bottom.
Little Pine Lake: Anglers are catching Bluegill using butter worms and pieces of night crawlers. Lots of trout were just recently stocked and there are plenty left to catch!!
Denny Kershner from Erie, PA having a blast catching Brown Trout on Upper Pine Creek!
Photo by: Julie Szur
Pine Creek: Anglers are catching trout in the Delayed Harvest section at Darling Run using small jerkbaits in natural minnow and trout colors. Various spinners in silver, white and yellow are working too. The same lures are working for Smallmouth Bass and the occasional Chain Pickerel. A few trout being caught are over 14 inches!
Near Slate Run, anglers are catching Brown and Rainbow Trout using the Picket Pin fly. The trout can’t get enough of this fly pattern, even with October Caddis hatching!
Northfork Redbank Creek (Catch and Release Section): Lots of trout!!
Anglers are catching trout on small midges, slate drakes and purple haze dry flies.
Olive or white Woolybuggers are working best when stripped in from the banks in the early morning hours.
Curwensville Dam: Yellow Perch are on the prowl! Anglers are catching them in the shallows and in the deeper parts of the lake. Jigs tipped with minnows are working best.
Early morning, late evening, and on cloudy days, anglers are also catching bass and Bluegill on night crawlers, live minnows and butter worms.
Water levels are still low. Boaters need to watch for snags in the mud flats upriver of the viaduct and outside the channel.
Fishing Creek: Water levels are low and clear. Anglers are catching trout on small nymphs and caddis dry flies. With rain in the forecast this week, prepare your gear for some great streamer and/or minnow fishing in the mornings and just after the rain storms! Olive and brown seem to work best just after the rain.
Penns Creek: Waters are still at good temperatures; but it is low and clear. Anglers are catching trout using Blue Wing Olives, Midges and October Caddis dry fly patterns. Bead head Prince Nymphs and Green Weenies are also working. Olive colored Wooly Buggers or Slumpbusters are working well in the early morning hours.
With rain on the way, streamers and minnows will work well at the beginning of the storms, and as the water rises.
Spring Creek: Water is low and clear. The recent warm spell and rain on the way has trout active and chasing streamers on upper Spring Creek. Olive colors are working best in the morning. If possible, get out on the water when the rain starts or just after the storms; you’ll love the result!
Size 14 Bead head Pheasant Tails, Walts Worms, and Prince Nymphs are working well in the late morning hours.
Size 18 caddis are working well in the late afternoon.
Spinners and live minnows are working on lower Spring Creek with the same reaction from trout.
Keep an eye on the USGS water flows for Spring Creek:
Upper Spring Creek at Houserville, PA: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
Lower Spring Creek near Milesburg, PA: