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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 12th, 2013

Posted on April 11, 2013

Sayers Lake (Centre County)

Perch, crappies and sunfish were reported in recent weeks, with the roadbed between the summer-winter launch and Bald Eagle launch productive. Live bait with twister tails under bobbers were the ticket.

Spring Creek (Centre County)

Water was cold with good clarity and average flow as of Easter Sunday.  Blue-winged olives (18-20) were coming on. Dry fly activity was reported, with trout midging on the surface for a couple of hours a day. Gray or darker midges (20) were productive, as were streamers, and crawler and egg patterns.

Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County)

Cold (40s), clear, below-average flow was reported Easter Sunday, making small nymphs under indicators a good bet. Blue-winged olives (18-24) hatches were starting on warmer, cloudy days and cream and black midges (24) were hatching on warmer, sunny days, according to TCO Fly Shop. Water was a little cold for trout to chase streamers. Recommended flies included Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Black and Golden Stoneflies, Green Weenies and other patterns.

Penns Creek (Clinton County)

Water was running a little below average and had some color but was clearing Easter Sunday. It  was still cold (40s). A slow trout bite was reported, although streamers during low light periods and tiny nymphs were taking fish. Blue-winged olives (18-20) and midges were hatching, but the olives hadn’t come on strong yet. Stoneflies (12-6), Hare’s Ears (14-10), and eggs also were recommended, with large stoneflies cast to the faster runs. Other patterns included Green Weenies (12-14), Prince Nymphs (12), Green Caddis Larva (14-18), and black Slump Busters.

Pine Creek, Little Pine Creeks (Lycoming County)

Early season flies were hatching, including blue-winged olives and Blue Quills on nicer days, and occasional quill Gordons. Water levels were outstanding as of April 1. Henricksons were expected for opening day, and March Browns at the end of April, or earlier with mild conditions. The delayed-harvest areas were yielding trout to Woolly Buggers and nymphs.