North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 4th, 2014

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported nice numbers of bass and some crappies, with live shiners, crankbaits, and spinners working well through June 22. Fish were reported in various depths, with crappies scattered after the spawn.

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle said the crappie bite was slightly better here than at Hammond. Bass also were hitting on live shiners, crankbaits, and spinners, with catches coming both shallow and deeper. Trolling small stickbaits also was effective.

Pine Creek (Lycoming, Tioga counties) — McConnell’s Country Store reported water had warmed to 72 degrees by mid-June, and was discouraging anglers from targeting trout. Bass and walleyes were a better bet, with bass reported on streamers and crayfish patterns, and walleyes taking live minnows and crawlers.

Slate and Cedar runs (Lycoming County) — These small mountain streams were yielding trout through June 22. Hatches included small blue-winged olives (18-20), slate drakes (14), caddis, little yellow stoneflies, and lime-color stone flies. Effective patterns were Pheasant Tail and Hare’s Ear nymphs, and Green Weenies.

Little Pine Lake (Lycoming County) — Shore anglers were catching panfish, perch, and smallmouth bass on this 94-acre impoundment through June 22.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was a little high, a nice green color, and in the 50s as of June 22. TCO Fly Shop reported productive fishing. Cahills and Caddis provided some dry fly action, but nymphing was the best bet. Hatches included caddis (14-16), midges (22-26), and little blue-winged olives (18-20).

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — After the crappie spawn ended, anglers were still catching some fish from shore, including the causeway. Sunfish were hitting minnows and redworms under a bobber.  Anglers also were catching catfish at the Upper and Lower Greens access areas.

Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — Perch, sunfish and chain pickerel were biting minnows from the boat launch areas in recent weeks.

Kettle Creek (Tioga, Potter, Clinton counties) — Trout were hitting Rusty Spinners and White Wolf flies in recent weeks. Green drakes started hatching earlier in June.

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