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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.

Fishing and Boating Report – December 17, 2014
Ice fishing season is just around the corner.  Just a few more cold snaps and you can break out the ice fishing gear!  Don’t forget to purchase your 2015 license.

Check out some of PA’s Best Ice Fishing Locations here: http://fishandboat.com/anglerboater/2005/06novdec/spec2ice.pdf

Want to know where the habitat is in your favorite ice fishing lake?  Check out the PFBC’s lake habitat maps!  http://fishandboat.com/lakeplans.htm.

McKean County

Bradford City Number Three Reservoir:  The Reservoir was stocked with Brook and Brown Trout on December 15, 2014.  Get out and catch a few!

Cameron County

County stream levels are perfect for fishing.  Anglers are catching trout using spinners, streamers and/or minnows. 

Currently there is no ice on County lakes; however, the open water is providing great fishing opportunities.  Anglers are catching Crappie in deep pockets of the lake near woody debris.  Minnows and jigs fished just above submerged brush/woody debris are working best.   

Clearfield County

Parker Dam: Clearfield County will receive its final trout stocking for 2014 on December 17th at Parker Dam State Park.  Currently the lake has some skim ice.  This may present issues for anglers, but the water is open near the causeway and areas of the shoreline.  PFBC will try to spread the trout out by using buckets.

Center County

Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout using olive or black streamers and size F05 rapalas with a black back and yellow belly.  Cast across stream, let the fly/lure swing and begin stripping in…then wait for the take!

Rainbow Trout
Katie Nihart and Dawn Peachey caught quite a few trout while fishing with fellow co-workers Dave Nihart and John Sinclair on Spring Creek.  Pictured here is a big Rainbow Trout that added to a great day of fishing.  Several trout between 12-18” were caught.  The successful lure was a size F05 rapala with a black back and yellow belly.  Congratulations to Katie and Dawn on their great catch!
(photo by John Sinclair)

Penns Creek: Anglers are catching trout using size 6 tungsten bead golden stonefly and size 8 tungsten bead woven green weenie flies.  The green weenie is working best.  One angler landed 8 trout during late morning hours.  Most of the trout caught measured between 13 and 17 inches with one measuring 19”. 

Brown Trout
Nineteen inch Brown Trout caught on a size 8 tungsten bead woven green weenie.  Congratulations Allan!!
(photo by Allan Schreffler)

Clinton County

Fishing Creek:  Anglers are catching trout using olive or black streamers in the morning.  Egg patterns are also working well.  Late morning to early afternoon seems to be the best time to fish.  The recent snow melt has slowed things down a bit.

Tioga County

County lakes were beginning to ice over last week, but with the recent warm-up the ice has receded.  Hopefully the temperatures will dip over the next few weeks to begin building ice again.

Have a little holiday fun with a PA fishing word search!!

PA's "Poler" Express: What fish will you catch this winter?

Circle names of Pennsylvania fish you can catch this winter. Learn about winter/ice fishing and where to go here: http://fishandboat.com/ice.htm
BROOKTROUT – BROWNTROUT – CATFISH – LARGEMOUTHBASS
MUSKELLUNGE – PERCH – RAINBOWTROUT
SMALLMOUTHBASS – STEELHEAD – WALLEYE – YELLOW

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 10, 2014
McKean County

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be stocking Marilla Reservoir on Monday, December 15, for the winter trout plant. The truck will be at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford gym parking lot at 10AM to meet volunteers. NOTE: There is currently no safe ice anywhere in the District. Please refer to this guide before venturing out onto any ice! http://fishandboat.com/water/ice_thickness.pdf

Clearfield County

The Bellefonte Hatchery will be doing its winter trout stocking at Parker Lake on December 17. This was rescheduled from October 8. For more details about this run, as well as others thru-out the state, view our Winter Stockings Statewide schedule.

Tioga County

A winter trout stocking will occur on December 17 at Beechwood Lake.

Keep tabs on water levels on Upper Pine Creek at this USGS link:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01548500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Elk County

Oswaya Hatchery has a winter trout stocking planned for December 15 for the Ridgeway Reservoir.

Union County

Check out the USGS water levels on West Branch Susquehanna near Lewisburg, PA:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01553500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010

Jefferson County

Cloe Lake is expected to be stocked with winter trout on December 16.

Potter County

USGS water levels on Kettle Creek at Westport can be found here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01545000

REMINDER: Boating can be a fun and safe activity just about year round, especially when the proper procedures are in place; but high winds, icy waters, and freezing temperatures can pose serious risks. Anglers and waterfowl hunters braving icy waters this winter must wear life jackets and are encouraged to arm themselves with the tools and knowledge necessary to survive, should a boating incident occur. In addition, hunters, boaters, and anglers are reminded that as of November 1, you MUST wear your life jacket while onboard boats under 16 feet, including canoes and kayaks. 

Tips for Cold-Weather Angling: As a rule of thumb, if the sum of the air and water temperatures added together equals less than 100 degrees and you fall into the water, you could be at risk for hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Cold water can rob the body of heat 25 times faster than cold air; so time is of the upmost importance should a boater fall in the water. If a boater’s core body temperature drops below normal (98.6 degrees F), the risk of becoming hypothermic increases dramatically. For more tips, please read this article: http://fishandboat.com/anglerboater/
2008/01janfeb/feat2cold.pdf
. Please be safe!

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 2, 2014
McKean County

Allegheny River:  Anglers are catching Walleye and a few Musky.

Centre County

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake:  Water levels are almost at winter pool. Currently, they are approximately 5 feet below summer pool level.  

Anglers are catching Yellow Perch near Lower Greens access and the fishing pier at Summer/Winter Launch.  Minnows and jigs are the bait of choice.
 
Spring Creek: Anglers are catching trout using egg and worm fly patterns.  A few anglers are catching trout using olive colored streamers. 

Golden Rainbow Trout
Brad Houtz caught this Golden Rainbow Trout (26” long and approximately 7 lbs) in the “Catch & Release” section of Spring Creek, near Bellefonte, PA. Congratulations Brad, and thank you for sharing!

REMINDER: Hunters, boaters, and anglers are reminded that as of November 1, 2014, you MUST wear your life jacket while onboard boats under 16 feet, including canoes and kayaks.

REMINDER: Hunting is permitted on PA Fish and Boat Commission property (unless otherwise posted); however, hunters need to make sure they do not encroach upon the safety zones extending from neighboring properties.

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