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Map highlighting counties in the Northcentral RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)

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 – March 25, 2015
Centre County

Small nymphs (blue wing olives, prince and zebra midges) are working on Spring Creek, although fishing is slow because of the cold water from the recent snow melt.

Clinton County

Anglers on Fishing Creek also reported slow fishing due to the snow melt; but there was limited success on streamers.

Tioga County

Anglers are still ice fishing throughout the county. While the PFBC does not monitor ice thickness, there were reports from anglers that they had to cut through about 12+ inches of ice to fish.

Anglers were spotted fishing Hills Creek during most of the past week.

Northumberland and Snyder Counties

The Northcentral Region is gearing up for the Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day on April 11 and the Statewide Opening Day of Trout on April 18.  For more information about our Mentored Youth Program, please visit our website:

  • Please note that Mahantango Creek, between Northumberland and Dauphin counties, and West Branch Mahantango Creek, between Snyder and Juniata counties are the ONLY streams open on the earlier (Regional) date, which is March 28.
  • Make sure that you know which waters have been stocked prior to your outing. All waters that have been stocked for Mentored Youth days are highlighted in each of the County Listings here:

One of the “Great White Fleet”
One of the “Great White Fleet” on the way back after a stocking trip in Northumberland County

Reminder about trout fishing regulations this time of year:

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 18, 2015
Reminder about trout fishing regulations this time of year:
  • Approved Trout Water Open to year-round fishing: (excerpt) These waters are open to fishing from March 1 to opening day of trout season; however, no trout may be taken or possessed on these waters during this period.

Tioga County

Ice fishing season is coming to an end across the County. A few anglers are venturing to the open water on Tioga and Cowanesque Rivers; but the bite is a bit slow. The bite should improve as the temperatures climb in the coming weeks!

Beechwood Lake: Anglers are catching lots of trout! A few of the trout are measuring over 20 inches.  Jigging with waxworms is the lucky tactic! 

Yellow Perch and Crappie are also being caught on waxworms.

Hills Creek Lake: Anglers are catching Pickerel and bass using live shiners in shallow water.  Yellow Perch and Bluegill are being caught using waxworms and mousees.

Centre County

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout using squirmy wormies, Walt’s worms, blue wing olive jig nymphs, and black streamers. Sucker spawn patterns are also working well this time of year.  Good luck to everyone!!

PA Fish and Boat Commission held one of the first fly fishing programs for 2015 this past weekend.  THANK YOU TO:

  • The volunteers: Gary Kell of the Federation of Fly Fishers, and Jean Brenchley and Fran Stevenson of the Central PA Women’s Angler Group)! 
  • Each of the 15 women who braved the cold, rainy weather to learn a different way of fishing at PFBC’s “Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing” program on March 14, 2015.

The majority of the participants traveled from across the state (Downingtown, East Berlin, Sewickley, York, Blossburg, Hanover, Butler, Stroudsburg, Maytown, Tamaqua, Morrisdale, Williamsport, Port Matilda, Bellefonte, and State College)!  Some came with their sisters; a few came with their friends; and others came to learn alongside new friends.  They learned everything from taking apart and putting together reels and rods, identifying insects and artificial flies, knot tying, casting, and some on-water fly fishing skills.

Group photo
Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing group shot.  Great fun had by all!!

Elizabeth Tepinski
Elizabeth Tepinski of Tamaqua, PA.  Elizabeth is new to PA, and she wanted to learn fly fishing as one of the ways to experience and explore our great state!  Here she is with a green weenie she attached to her leader on her own!  Way to go, Elizabeth!

QuickTime Video
Jean Songer of State College, PA, having a great time learning the roll cast with instructor Jean Brenchley, a member of the Central PA Women’s Angler Group!!  Great job, Jean!  (Jean came to the class along with her sister, Christine Myer of Port Matilda, PA)

Brittany Libernini
Brittany Libernini of Hanover, PA, with a trout that was camera shy!!  Congratulations, and good luck fishing!

Cheryl McNeill
Cheryl McNeill of Butler, PA, and her friends studying and identifying aquatic insects

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 11, 2015
Reminder about trout fishing regulations this time of year:

It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring!!  Yellow Perch are preparing for spawning and anglers are loving it!!

Yellow Perch
Photo of a Yellow Perch from PFBC’s 2011 trapnetting survey on Rose Valley Lake.  Report completed by Andy Leakey, Area 3 Fisheries Biologist Aide

Tioga County

Recent warm temperatures are beginning to melt the snow and ice.  It looks like the ice might be around for about another week or so.

Beechwood Lake: Angers are catching a lot of trout in water about 5-15 feet deep.  Bait of choice is waxworms and fathead minnows.  Most of the trout are 12-14 inches in length, but a few trout measuring 22 inches have been caught! 

Yellow Perch are also being caught on waxworms.


Tiger musky
Jeremy Reb caught a 36” tiger musky while fishing Cowanesque Lake recently.  Congratulations Jeremy!!

Hamilton Lake: Hamilton is fishing well.  The large panfish are becoming harder to catch, but a few are still being caught in water depths of 10-28 feet.  Bait of choice is waxworms, spikes and mousees. 

Anglers are catching some trout by jigging waxworms.

Hills Creek Lake: Yellow Perch are moving into the shallow waters in preparation for spawning.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch using waxworms on jigs or by using tipups baited with fathead minnows or medium sized shiners. 

A number of nice Pickerel and Bass are being caught using medium and large shiners. 

A few anglers are catching Crappie in the evenings and into the night using fathead minnows and waxworms.

Nessmuk Lake: Lake habitat work continues thanks to PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Lake Habitat crew and several community volunteers!!

Volunteers from the Tioga County Bass Association assisting PFBC’s Lake Habitat Management section with habitat structure building and placement.  Thank you once again to all of the volunteers who are braving the elements to ensure good fishing in the future!

Volunteers from the Tioga County Bass Association

Spider hump

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake: Recent warm temperatures and rain has caused the ice to break along the edges of the lake causing unstable access for ice fishing.

Over this past weekend anglers caught Yellow Perch using jigs tipped with waxworms. 

Black Moshannon Lake:  The morning seems to be the best time for catching good numbers of fish.  Anglers are catching lots of Pickerel on medium sized shiners.

Quite a few Yellow Perch are being caught in water about 4-5 feet deep.  Bait of choice is jigs tipped with waxworms.  They are also catching Yellow Perch on fathead minnows.  Most of the Yellow Perch are measuring 9-12” in length. 

Bass and Crappie are also being caught using fathead minnows and medium shiners.

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout using a variety of small nymphs and some black/olive streamer patterns.  The squirmy wormies are also working!  Black stoneflies are coming off in the late afternoon.  One or two blue wing olives were seen coming off in the late afternoon as well.

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 through the ice. Remember, SAFETY FIRST:

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