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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 – June 21, 2016

Tioga County

Beechwood Lake- Anglers are catching Walleye by trolling or bouncing night crawlers off the lake bottom, close to the dam. 

Trout are also being caught using shiners and spinner baits.  Pickerel and bass are being caught using shiners, spinnerbaits and various plastics.

Cowanesque Lake – Bass are being caught using shiners, senkos, crayfish imitations and various crankbaits.  The best fishing is in the evening. 

A few anglers are catching bass on the water’s surface, using poppers and spooks.  Green pumpkin, black/blue, red shad and watermelon are popular colors.  Sexy shad, bluegill and blue back herring crankbaits are also working.

Most of the fish are being found in a variety of places from 3 feet of water to 15 feet of water.  Target the weed beds and structure. 

A few Musky are being caught by anglers who are fishing for bass.  Bucktails and spinnerbaits are working for anglers targeting Musky.  A few 30-40 inch Muskies have been caught over the past few days.

Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching Bluegill, bass and Pickerel. Fishing live baits under a bobber is working best.  

Just before dark, the top-water bite is great.  Anglers are using various poppers and flies to catch panfish.  Anglers are catching trout in deep water.

Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching bass using live shiners and a variety of artificial lures. Bass are being caught early in the morning using frogs and poppers.  Crankbaits, senkos, and jigs are catching fish throughout the day. 

Areas along Rt. 287 and close to the dam are the fishing, hot spots.  Anglers are catching Crappie either by trolling or jigging in deep water, near structure.  Most of the Crappie are being caught in 10 feet of water.  Live minnows, small stickbaits and various jigs are working well. 

Walleye and Striped Bass are being caught while trolling with crawler harnesses and/or stickbaits.

Hills Creek Lake – The frog bite is on!  Anglers are catching bass on poppers and frogs.  Bass are also being caught using shiners, various plastics and hardbaits. 

Pitching weightless senkos into pockets in the weeds is working well.  Green pumpkin, baby bass, and watermelon are popular colors. 

Bluegills are also being caught using baby crawlers, redworms and mealworms.

Josh Ditzler, admiring one of the Largemouth Bass he caught on a recent fishing trip to Hills Creek Lake.  Congratulations Josh! (Photo by Josh Ditzler)

Tioga Lake and Spillway – Anglers are catching Crappie using jigs with fathead minnows.  Deep water near the dam and fallen timber off of the shoreline are holding fish.

Anglers are also catching bass and Yellow Perch.

At the spillway, anglers are catching Walleye using shiners, fathead minnows, night crawlers, twister tails and small swimbaits.  White, chartreuse and yellow are popular colors.  After dark, catfish are also being caught.

Upper Pine Creek – The water is very low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout and various other fish.  Butterworms, waxworms and fatheads are working best for bait anglers.  Small, silver, brown trout and white spinners are working too.

Fly anglers are catching trout using a variety of nymphs and streamers.  Dry fly action is best in the late evening hours.  Hatches occurring at this time are light cahills, blue wing olives, caddis, stoneflies and slate drakes.

Bass are being caught using crayfish lures.

Lycoming County

Rose Valley Lake –
Anglers are catching a variety of panfish and bass.  Twister tails, butterworms and live minnows are working best.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching bass using minnows, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  A few Musky are also being caught.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek –
The water is low and clear.  Water temperatures are in the mid 50s.  Approach your favorite fishing spots with stealth.

Anglers are catching trout using small nymphs (e.g. bead head pheasant tail; dark stonefly nymphs; bead head prince nymphs; bead head green weenie). 

Blue wing olives, caddis, isonychias, and cahills are hatching.  Trout are rising in the early morning and late evening hours. 

Centre County

Penns Creek –
At this time, water levels are good.  The water is clear and the temperature is in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Anglers are seeing hatches of caddis, cahills, blue wing olives and isonychias.

Trout are being caught using nymphs (e.g. small, dark mayfly nymphs; stoneflies; caddis larvae and green weenies).  When trout are rising, they are being caught using a variety of dry flies (e.g. tan caddis, isonychia, light cahill, midges and blue wing olives).

Near the town of Penns Creek, anglers are catching bass using crayfish lures.  Early morning and evening hours are the best times to be out fishing.

Keep an eye on water levels and temperatures here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01555000

On a recent fishing trip with his father-in-law, Ben Page, caught a 19 inch Smallmouth Bass while fishing Penns Creek, near the town of Penns Creek.  Congratulations Ben! (Photo provided by angler)

Spring Creek- Water levels are good.  Water temperatures are holding is the 50s.

Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. bead head pheasant tail; black zebra midge larvae, bead head walt’s worm; bead head green weenie).  When trout are rising, anglers are catching trout using a variety of dry flies (e.g. chaill, blue wing olive, tan caddis, midges). 

Trout are also being caught using terrestrials (e.g. beetles, ants).

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 – June 15, 2016
Bass season opens Saturday, June 18, 2016, just in time for Father’s Day!  Are you ready?  Below are a few links to help prepare for the big weekend!

Pennsylvania’s BEST Fishing Waters for Bass - http://fishandboat.com/water/best/bass-best.htm

Pennsylvania’s Bass “Feature Page” - http://fishandboat.com/bass.htm

Tioga County

It has been another great week of fishing in Tioga County.  Anglers are catching Crappie on live minnows and various jigs around brush piles in deep water and drop-offs in all three Army Corps Lakes.  Trolling has also been effective, using small spoons, stickbaits and grub tails.  Drifting along drop-offs with live minnows is also working well.  White and natural colored jigs are working best.

Anglers are catching lots of Walleye in the spillways and rivers.  Most of the Walleye are being caught on twister tails, small swim baits, live minnows and night crawlers. A number of Smallmouth Bass, Bullhead Catfish and Yellow Perch are being caught in the same areas, with the same baits.

Cowanesque Lake - 2016 Bass Population Survey!  http://fishandboat.com/images/reports/2016bio/4x06_13cowan.pdf

Hammond and Beechwood Lakes – Anglers are catching Walleye by jigging night crawlers near drop-offs or trolling with crawler harnesses and perch colored stickbaits.  Target the creek channels and/or other drop-offs.

Upper Pine Creek – Water is clear and low.  With cooler, overnight temperatures, the water temperature has dropped into the mid 60s.  Anglers are catching trout in and below the “Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO)” section.  Current hatches include, light cahills, sulphurs, blue wing olives, yellow sallies, and caddis. 

There has been heavy fishing pressure in the upper end of the DHALO.  Downstream, there have been fewer anglers and plenty of rising fish.

Anglers are catching trout using cahill and sulphur emergers.  Cahill and sulphur spinners are working as well.  A few anglers are catching trout in the mid-morning hours (9a.m.-11a.m.), using blue wing olive dry flies.

Bait anglers are catching and releasing Smallmouth Bass throughout most of Pine Creek.  The bait of choice is minnows.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Water levels are good and water temperatures are in the high 50s to low 60s.  The water is clear, so approach your favorite fishing areas with stealth.

The bite has been slow, but anglers are catching trout using nymphs throughout the day (e.g. bead head pheasant tail; dark stoneflies; bead head prince nymphs; caddis larvae patterns).

When trout are rising, they are taking blue wing olives, caddis, sulphurs, light cahills and/or march browns.  Most of the top water action is occurring in the late afternoon into the late evening hours.

Centre County

Penns Creek – At this time, water levels are good with some color; however, water levels are slowly dropping.  Temperatures are in the upper 50s to low 60s.  Some rain is predicted for later this week and should increase trout activity.

Early morning, late afternoon into evening hours is the best time to be on the water.   The bite is slow; however, anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. small dark mayflies and stoneflies; caddis pupa).

If trout begin feeding on the surface, tie on a dry fly (e.g. light cahill; small blue wing olives; tan caddis; midges).

Just after rain events, olive, brown and/or black sculpin patterns are working great.

Keep an eye on water levels and temperatures here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01555000

Spring Creek- Water levels and color are good.  Water temperature is in the 50s.  Fishing has been a little slow over the last week; however, conditions should improve with cooler nights and rain predicted for later this week.

Although fishing has been slow, anglers are catching trout using nymphs throughout the day (e.g. hot spot sow bug; olive scuds; bead head walts worm; bead head pheasant tail; black zebra midge; caddis larvae). 

If you notice trout rising, switch over to dry flies (e.g. Light cahill; blue wing olive; tan caddis; midges).

After rain events, anglers are catching trout using olive or black streamer patterns.

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 – June 8, 2016

Trout spots
Seeing spots? You need to get out and catch a few of these to make them disappear! Get out this week or weekend and celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week with family or friends!

Find a waterway near you (PA’s Best Fishing Waters): http://fishandboat.com/PaBestFishing.htm

Find a Family Fishing Program near you: http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=family_fishing&DAY=ALL

Tioga County

It has been a great week of fishing for many across the county!

Hills Creek Lake – The “frog bite” is on!!  Anglers are catching and releasing bass using a variety of frog patterns in the slop and emerging grass.  Weeds are getting thick already, making Hills Creek Lake perfect for topwater frog fishing. 

Anglers are catching other panfish in pockets within the weed beds and in deep water near the dam.

Tioga Spillway – Anglers are catching Walleye, Bullhead Catfish and Channel Catfish.  Walleyes are measuring 6-15 inches with a few between 18-20 inches.  Catfish are just now beginning to get active.  Recent reports share that the bite has increased greatly since last week.

A few catfish measured 20-22 inches.  The best time seems to be in the evening and late into the night.  Smallmouth Bass and Crappie are being caught throughout the day using small swimbaits, twister tails, shiners and small hair jigs.

Upper Pine Creek – The “Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only” section, currently has water temperatures between 67-72F.  With recent rain events, Pine Creek colored up a little, but is clear in most areas.  More rain is heading for the area soon and will help cool Pine Creek to more favorable temperatures.

Anglers are catching trout using live minnows and butterworms. 

In the “Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only” section, fly anglers are catching trout using blue wing olives, sulphurs and caddis patterns.  Subsurface, sulphur and blue wing olive wet flies/ emerger patterns are working well too. 

Anglers around Tiadaghton and Galeton have noted heavy hatches of brown drakes over the last few days.  A few trout keyed in on the drakes, but most of them were taking blue wing olives.  Size 14-18 blue wing olives have been working best, on the surface.  Parachute patterns are performing best.

Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching Walleye by dragging crawler harnesses over the drop-offs.  Some of the Walleye being caught using this technique are measuring up to 24 inches.  Large Yellow Perch and Hybrid Striped Bass are also being caught using this same technique.

Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie in 8-14 feet of water.  Trolling small stickbaits and grubs is working best.  A few anglers are also catching Yellow Perch and Crappie by jigging near brush piles and/or lake habitat structures.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Recent rain events have increased water flow and added a bit of color.  Fishing conditions are great.

Anglers are catching trout using nymphs throughout the day (e.g. bead head green weenie; bead head isonychia; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail).  Just after rain events, anglers are catching trout using a variety of streamer patterns.

There are quite a few hatches occurring in the late evening hours.  During these hours, anglers are catching trout using dry flies (e.g. slate drakes; sulphurs; caddis; midges; march brown) 

Centre County

Penns Creek – Recent rain events have increased water flow and added some color to the water.  As of right now, fishing conditions are good.

The green drake hatch is winding down along with other hatches; however, there is still enough insect activity to interest trout.

The best way to go is to fish nymphs early morning and/or late evening (e.g. caddis pupa; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail; rubber leg stonefly nymphs; bead head hares ear).

If trout are rising, switch over to dry flies (e.g. small blue wing olives; tan caddis; march browns; light cahill; midges).

Sculpin patterns will catch trout, just after the rain storms and/or in the early morning hours.

Spring Creek- Recent rain events brought water levels up, but did not impact fishing.

Anglers are catching trout using nymphs in the early morning and late evening hours (e.g. bead head green weenie; caddis larvae; black zebra midge; bead head walt’s worm; hot spot sow bug).

When the trout are rising, dry flies are working great (e.g. sulphurs; tan caddis; blue wing olives; midges).  Craneflies should begin to hatch soon, so keep a few patterns handy, just in case.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 1, 2016
Tioga County

Crappie fishing has been variable day to day; but many anglers are catching them using live minnows, bladed jig heads, and small stickbaits.  Trolling has been very effective this week.  Anglers are finding a mix of pre- and post- spawn Crappie in all of the lakes.

Bass fishing has been good across the county.  Many of the bass are spawning and on beds, but a number are done spawning.  Most fish are being caught and released in shallow water.  The top water frog bite is turning on.  A few really nice bass have been caught and released on Hills Creek Lake, Hammond Lake and Cowanesque Lake.

Upper Pine Creek – Water levels are beginning to drop; but trout fishing is still very good!  Anglers are catching trout using a variety of flies on the surface (e.g. green drakes, sulphurs, slate drakes, blue wing olives, caddis, and some stoneflies).

The trout are most active in the early morning and late afternoon into the evening hours.

Anglers are also catching trout using live minnows, butterworms, and wax worms.

Pine Creek Brown Trout
Pine Creek Brown Trout caught using a green drake dry fly on the Delayed Harvest section over the weekend
(photo by Don Kelly)

Hammond Lake –  Gizzard Shad are spawning now.  Anglers are catching Striped Bass Hybrids and bass using shad imitations.  Various crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater poppers are working.  A few of the Striped Bass Hybrids weighed in at 9lbs over this past weekend.

Striped Bass Hybrid
Over the weekend, Trevor Stauffer, caught a nice Striped Bass Hybrid.  Congratulations Trevor!
(photo provided by angler)

Lycoming County

Pine Creek- Anglers are catching trout in the early morning, late afternoon and evening hours.  Trout are being caught using nymphs (e.g. sulphur nymphs; drake nymphs; stone flies) and dry flies (e.g. slate drakes; blue wing olives; sulphurs;  caddis).

Brown Trout
Hefty Brown Trout caught just below the Slate Run Tackle Shop.  Look at those colors!
(photo by Julie Szur)

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Water flows are decent and the temperatures are about 52F.  Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. bead head pheasant tail, bead head frenchie, bead head prince, and green drake nymphs) and dry flies (e.g. sulphurs, tan caddis, blue quill, march brown, and green drake). 

Early morning and late afternoon into the evening hours are the best times to be on the water.

Centre County

Black Moshannon Lake – Over the holiday weekend there were lots of kayakers and canoers on the lake.

Remember, a fun boating trip is a safe boating trip, WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET. Check out more about safe boating here: http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are still catching lots of Crappie using a variety of techniques, from live minnows and twister tails to pink and white tubes.  Most of the Crappie have spawned at this time.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake fish habitat maps: http://fishandboat.com/water/habitat/mgmt_plans/lake/fj_sayers.pdf

Recent Foster Joseph Sayers Lake fish report: http://fishandboat.com/images/reports/2016bio/3x05_25fjsayers.pdf

Penns Creek –  Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. small dark mayflies; stoneflies; caddis pupa) and dry flies (e.g. green drakes; blue wing olives; midges; tan caddis; sulphur; march brown; coffin flies).

Green drakes should last the rest of this week.  There are plenty of other hatches occurring as well.

Spring Creek-  Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. cress bugs; olive scuds; midges; walt’s worm; bead head pheasant tail; black zebra midge) and dry flies (e.g. parachute sulphur; CDC tan caddis; tan caddis; sulphurs; midges).

Anglers are also catching trout on lower Spring Creek using worms bounced on the bottom.

Early morning and late afternoon into evening hours are the best time to be on the water.

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