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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 – January 21, 2015
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake and across the state. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST:

SUPER Dish for your Super Bowl Party!  Get out and get your fish this weekend!

Panfish Wontons (similar to crab Rangoon) great for an appetizer or Super Bowl snack


  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (1 pkg.)
  • 6 ounces flaked Crappie, Yellow Perch or Bluegill filets
  • 2 green onions sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 48 wonton wrappers
  • Combine garlic, cream cheese, flaked fish, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce in a bowl. To prevent wonton skins from drying, prepare only 1 or 2 at a time. Place 1 teaspoon of filling onto the center of each wonton skin. Moisten the edges with water and fold the wonton skin diagonally to form a triangle, pressing edges to seal.  Sealing them carefully is very important when deep frying; if you do not, all the filling will leak out in the oil!!! Moisten one of the bottom corners. Create a crown by pulling both bottom corners together and sealing. 
  • Deep fry at 350oF until golden brown, they can also be baked at 425oF for 12 to 15 minutes.

Tioga County

There were lots of people out fishing this past weekend!! 

Beechwood: Anglers are catching some small Yellow Perch and a few Bluegills.  Waxworms are the bait of choice. 

Anglers are also catching trout up to 14 inches in shallow water.  Doughbait and waxworms are the bait of choice.

Cowanesque: Anglers are catching mostly small Yellow Perch and Crappie in the coves or around timber.  Waxworms are working best.

Hills Creek Lake:  Anglers are fishing near the stumps and catching fish!  The bite is best in early morning and just before dark.  Anglers are catching Bluegills, Crappie, and Yellow Perch in 3-10 feet of water using waxworms, mousees, cranefly larvae (oak leaf grubs) on small jigs. 

Jigging with small Fathead Minnows is also working well for Yellow Perch and Crappie.  Yellow Perch up to 13 inches are being caught, but most are 7-8 inches. 

Tip-ups baited with medium or large shiners are working for Pickerel and Bass.  Anglers are catching a few nice bass, some weighing over 4lbs.  A handful of 22-24 inch Pickerel are also being caught. 

Largemouth Bass
Chris Grohgans of Milford, NJ with a 19 inch Bass.  He caught this nice Bass using a shiner on a tip-up at Hills Creek.  Congratulations Chris!!

Hamilton Lake: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch up to 14 inches.  They are also catching hand sized Bluegills and decent Crappies.  Most catches are occurring in 20-28 feet of water.  A few anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Bluegills in 8-10 feet of water.  Waxworms and maggots seem to be the best bait, but small Fathead Minnows are also working.

A few trout up to 15 inches are being caught by anglers jigging waxworms and on tip-ups using doughbait or fathead minnows. 

The bite is pretty consistent throughout the day.  Some Pickerel and Bass are also being caught on live shiners fished near the dam and along some of the drop-offs. 

A few anglers are catching Crappie in deep water, after dark.  Waxworms and maggots are the go to bait.

Renee Kelly of Wellsboro, PA with a nice Crappie from Hamilton Lake.  Congratulations Renee!  (Photo taken by Don Kelly)

Kathy Johnson of Coudersport, PA with a nice Crappie.  This was Kathy’s first trip to Hamilton Lake.  Congratulations Kathy!! (Photo provided by angler)

Gabby and Emily
Gabby and Emily Moshier from Corning, NY with a great spread of yummy Yellow Perch.  Congratulations Gabby and Emily!! (photo provided by anglers)

Hammond Lake: Fishing is slow, but a few anglers are catching Crappie using Fathead Minnows and waxworms.

Clearfield County

With the recent cold snap ice is covering most lakes in the County. 

Parker Dam: Anglers are reporting good harvests of trout.  The lake received a late trout stocking in December.  There are still quite a few remaining so come out and catch a few!

Parker Dam Annual Winter Festival
Come out to Parker Dam and learn some tips and tricks about ice fishing!  Ice Fishing Basics will be one of the several programs offered at Parker Dam’s Annual Winter Festival.  Learn more here:

Centre County

Black Moshannon Lake: Anglers are catching Pickerel and Yellow Perch using minnows and shiners on tip-ups.  A few anglers are catching Bluegill and Crappie in weed beds about 4-6 feet in depth.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake:

  • Between the beach and the old road bed: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie.  The lucky lure is the Forage Minnow jigging spoon in the “glow chub” color (yellow,orange and white).  Early morning and late evening hours are the best times for fishing.

Jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots are also working.

  • Hunters Run Cut: Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie.  Jigging mealworms or wax worms in 10-12 feet of water is working.  Tip-ups with minnows are also working well.
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Fishing and Boating Report – January 14, 2015
Ice fishing season is officially here!!  Those who are out fishing are catching fish!!
Remember to stay safe.  Check the ice depths when you arrive. Here is a good chart to follow:

HUNGRY? Try a Yellow Perch recipe for Dinner!

Tioga County

Most of the County lakes have 4-7 inches of ice.  Beechwood and Cowanesque Lake still have spots that are significantly thinner. 

Hills Creek Lake:  Most of the lake has 6-7 inches of ice.  Anglers are catching Bluegills and Yellow Perch on waxworms, maggots, and mousees (rat tailed maggots: Larval form of the Drone fly).  Anglers fishing near stumps are catching Bass and Pickerel on live shiners and fathead minnows.

The best bite is early morning.  By mid-morning the fish are shutting down and fishing is slow throughout the day.  Most fish are being caught in 5-10 feet of water.  The bite picks back up just before dark.  

Hamilton Lake: Hamilton is capped with about 5-6 inches of ice.  Anglers are catching Bluegills, Yellow Perch, and a few Crappies at depths between 15 and 28 feet.  Waxworms, maggots, and mealworms are all working. 

The bite is good most of the day.  A few anglers caught a couple of Yellow Perch over 12 inches. 

Hammond Lake: Hammond has about 4-6 inches of ice.  The bite has been slow overall, but anglers are catching Crappies using waxworms and fathead minnows.

Find fish fast using PA Fish and Boat Commission’s detailed habitat map of Hammond Lake:

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake

Between the beach and the old road bed: Ice thickness ranges from 4-6 inches.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch all day.  They are also catching Bluegills, Crappie and a few Brown Trout in this area.  The lucky lure is the Forage Minnow jigging spoon in the “glow chub” color (yellow,orange and white). 

One angler caught two Brown Trout, one 14inches and the other 16 inches!  They were quite a surprise and put up a good fight.  The same angler caught a 13 inch White Crappie.  He and his two friends walked off the ice this past weekend with around 100 fish between them.  Most were Yellow Perch. 

Yellow Perch
Dan Ryan caught this hefty, 10 inch Yellow Perch at Foster Joseph Sayers Lake over the weekend.  Congratulations Dan!

White Crappie
Jordan Allison with his White Crappie catch.  The Crappie measured 13 inches.  What a great way to end the weekend Jordan!

Hunters Run Cut: Ice is about 4 inches thick.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie ranging from 5-9 inches in length.  Mealworms, minnows and small jigs are working best.

Find fish fast using PA Fish and Boat Commission’s detailed habitat map of F.J. Sayers Lake!

Penns Creek: Anglers are catching Brown Trout on a green and white variation of the Clouser Minnow pattern.  One angler reported catching 8 Brown Trout that measured between 14 and 20 inches.  That same angler had 18 other trout chase the Clouser Minnow.  The best time of day is mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

Spring Creek: Fishing is slow with the cold temperatures; but a few brave anglers are catching trout using olive or black streamers.  The trout you catch are well worth it!! 

Snyder County

Walker Lake:  There is approximately 5’’ of ice near the dam breast and up near the parking lot on the lake’s south side.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch, Crappie and Bluegills.  A few Channel Catfish are also being caught.   The lucky lure is the Forage Minnow jigging spoon in the “glow chub” color (yellow,orange and white). 

More about Walker Lake:

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 7, 2015
The cold weather of winter has finally arrived!  Ice is beginning to cover lakes and ponds throughout the region.  Hopefully you have your ice fishing gear, hot packs, cocoa, family, and friends all set to go! Remember SAFETY FIRST:

Check out some of these links to make sure you are ready for some good fishing:

Ice Fishing Tackle & Techniques:

Ice Anglers Popular Panfish Mixed Catch:

Tioga County

Ice conditions are looking good for this weekend.  Most lakes have thin ice on them now; but it is building fast with this cold snap!

Hills Creek Lake: A few anglers are catching Yellow Perch and Crappie using wax worms.  The ice is currently about 4 inches; but there are still some areas with thin ice or no ice.

NOTE: Bring the family and learn to Ice Fish at Hills Creek State Park’s Winterfest 2015! They will have snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, and more!! The event begins at 10a.m. on January 17, 2015.  More information:

Hamilton Lake: The lake is iced over and should be fishable by the weekend.

Potter County

Lyman Lake: Come learn how to ice fish at the Family Ice Fishing program being held on January 31, 2015!   More information:

Centre County

Spring Creek: Fishing is slow with the cold temperatures; but the few brave anglers out there are catching trout using olive or black streamers.  The trout you do catch are well worth it!!  Be sure to bring along your thermos of hot cocoa!  

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