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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 (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 – August 31, 2016
Tioga County

Cowanesque Lake – Anglers are catching Striped, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass using a variety of lures and baits. 

Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching Largmouth Bass using Rapala Skitter Vs and Rapala Skitter Props.

Largemouth Bass
On a recent fishing trip to Hamilton Lake, Pat Pfaff caught a nice Largemouth Bass using a Rapala Skitter Prop.  Congratulations Pat on a great catch!
(photo by Richard Pfaff)

Hammond Lake – Anglers are catching Walleye using crawler harnesses while trolling.  With cool weather on the way, Walleye fishing will only get better!

Lycoming County

West Branch Susquehanna River –Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass near Williamsport, PA.  Baits of choice are tube jigs, small spinners, crank baits and hellgrammites.

Smallmouth Bass
On a recent West Branch Susquehanna River fishing trip, Coleman Good and his brother Clayton caught and released over 50 Smallmouth Bass. Here is Coleman with one of his prized catches. Congratulations on a great fishing trip!  Thank you for sharing your story!
(photo by Clayton Good)

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The water level is still low and clear, but is holding a temperature of 60F.  Anglers are having catching trout in the early morning and late evening hours using nymphs (e.g. dark stone flies; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail).

Trout are rising in the late evening hours to blue wing olives, midges and caddis.  Patterns that are working include: tan caddis; blue wing olives; midges.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching bass using crank baits, tube jigs and white streamer patterns.  Mid-afternoon into the late evening hours seem to be the best times for catching fish.

Centre County

Spring Creek –  Fishing has been steady over the last few days.  Anglers are catching trout using terrestrials (e.g. beetles, ants, grasshoppers, adult midge patterns). 

Most anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. walts worm; black zebra midge; hot spot sow bug)

The best time to be on the water is early morning and late evening.

Keep an eye on water levels by clicking here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01547100

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 24, 2016
Tioga County

Recent rain events have slightly increased water flow in streams across the region.

Pine Creek – The water level is up a slightly; however, water temperatures are still high.  Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass.  Baits of choice are rebel crayfish, mister twisters, 4” senkos and small stickbaits.  Live shiners and hellgrammites are also working.

Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes – Anglers are catching bass using jigs, topwaters and various plastics.  Most of the bass are being caught in or near shallow water.  Popping frogs and rapala skitter vs are working well. 

In deep water, anglers are catching bass using crankbaits, green pumpkin, watermelon, perch and goby patterns are working well.

Evenings seem to be fishing best. 

Tioga Lake and spillway – Anglers are catching catfish using livers, live shiners and nightcrawlers.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek – The water level is low and clear, but is holding a temperature of 60F.  Anglers are catching trout in the early morning hours and late evening hours using nymphs (e.g. dark stone flies; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail).

When the trout are rising, anglers are catching them using dry flies (e.g. tan caddis; blue wing olives; midges).

Rain is predicted over the next few days.  If water levels begin to rise, try a streamer or spinner near banks, logs and large boulders.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching bass using poppers and crankbaits.  Yellow or white poppers are still working best. 

Centre County

Spring Creek – The water level is just below normal for this time of year.  Anglers are catching trout using terrestrials (e.g. beetles, ants, grasshoppers, adult midge patterns).

Most anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. walts worm; black zebra midge; hot spot sow bug).

The best time to be on the water is early morning and late evenings.

Keep an eye on water levels by clicking here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01547100

Penns Creek – Anglers, fishing lower Penns Creek, are catching Smallmouth Bass using poppers and/or crankbaits.

REMINDER: Certain sections of Penns Creek are temporarily CLOSED TO FISHING.  To learn more about the locations:  http://www.fishandboat.com/news/2016pr/penns-creek-sections-closed.html

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 17, 2016
Clinton County

Fishing Creek – Water levels are currently low and clear.  Anglers are catching trout in the early morning hours and late evening hours using nymphs (e.g. dark stone flies; bead head prince; bead head pheasant tail).

When the trout are rising, anglers are catching them using dry flies (e.g. tan caddis; blue wing olives; tricos)

Rain is predicted over the next few days.  If water levels begin to rise, try a streamer or spinner near banks, logs and large boulders.

West Branch Susquehanna River – Anglers are catching bass using poppers.  Yellow or white poppers are working best.  A few bass were caught using a hellgrammite fly pattern.  White streamers are also working.

Anglers using spinners are catching bass and Yellow Perch.

Centre County

Spring Creek – The water level is up a little and is a bit off color.  Rain is predicted over the next few days and should help wash away some of the aquatic vegetation.  Anglers are catching trout using terrestrials (e.g. beetles, ants, grasshoppers, adult midge patterns).

The best time to be on the water is early morning and late evenings.
Keep an eye on water levels by clicking here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?site_no=01547100

Elk County

Because of the lack of snow this past winter, the water level never reached summer pool at the East Branch Dam.   Now, with the drought we have experienced this past summer, the staff at the East Branch Dam have CLOSED the main boat launch until next spring.
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