North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 17th, 2014

Hill’s Creek, Nesmuk, Beechwood, Hamilton lakes (Tioga County) — Ice anglers were active through Jan. 4, with daybreak through early morning and late afternoon through evening productive for panfish. Anglers were fishing ice that had three to five inches of snow cover in places. Bluegills, crappies and perch were hitting small jigs and Swedish pimples. Although the bite on Hill’s Creek Lake was generally slow, the Tackle Shack said anglers were catching nice trout from the fall stocking on minnows, walleyes up to 27 inches, and some largemouth bass. Perch were running up to 10 and 12 inches. All of the lakes were yielding chain pickerel.

Cloe Dam (Jefferson County) — Ice anglers were catching recently stocked brown trout on jigging spoons and live minnows in December.

Susquehanna River — Anglers in late December caught a few smallmouth bass and walleyes on jigs with soft plastics, live bait, and stickbaits, with the bass up to 19 inches and the biggest walleye 18.5 inches. Water was 37 degrees.

Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — As of Jan. 4, water was in the 30s, in good condition, and just slightly above average. Nymphs and streamers were productive, and TCO Fly Shop advised fishing the deeper pools. Midges were hatching. Productive patterns included Zuddlers, Slump Busters (4-8), Olive Bird of Prey Caddis, Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and Black and Golden Stonefly Nymphs.

Penns Creek (Clinton County)  — Conditions as of Jan. 4 were good, with water a nice green color and in the high 30s. In clearing water, TCO Fly Shop recommended fishing dark streamers along the banks and pocket water, and slowing the retrieve in cold water. Larger nymphs such as Stoneflies were productive. Hatches included midges (20-26). Hot patterns were Prince Nymphs (12), Green Caddis Larva (14-18), Hare’s Ear (12) and Olive, Brown, White, or Black Slump Busters.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Good conditions were reported Jan. 4, with water in the 40s and with a little color. Streamers fished along the banks and pocket water were recommended. In normal flow, nymphing with small Pheasant Tails and Caddis Larva was a good bet. Hatches included midges (22-26). Recommended patterns were Pheasant Tails (14-16), Olive Bird of Prey Caddis (14-16), Brown Zebra Midges (18-22), Walt’s Worm (14-16), Olive Scud (14-18), Sow Bug (14-16), and adult Midges (20-24).

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