Tioga, Hammond, Cowanesque, Beechwood lakes (Tioga, Potter
counties) – Trout and panfish have been the main catch on these
waters, although walleyes and a few smallmouth bass also have been
reported. Crappies have gone deeper, and are hitting on spinners
and grub type jigs. Walleyes also have gone deep and are seeking
slightly warmer water, with catches coming in 20 to 30 feet.
Anglers are jigging and trolling for them. Numbers more than sizes
have been reported. The largest has been about 23 inches.
Cowanesque also offers the prospect of catching muskies although
anglers should be prepared to cast all day for them. Some northern
pike are hitting in a deep hole in the Oswayo River in
Kettle Creek (Potter County) – Slow fishing in cold conditions
was reported in the Ole Bull State Park water in recent weeks.
Trout have become lethargic as water temperatures fall.
Blanchard Lake (Lycoming County) – Water temperatures were 38
degrees in Pine Creek, Nov. 24, and anglers who would ordinarily
fish for trout headed with mealworms to Blanchard in Bald Eagle
In hunting reports, quite a few bears were harvested, along with
complaints of many smaller bruins and cubs being shot, some as
light as 52 pounds. Sean McConnell, of Boiling Springs, shot a
409-pound bear in Sproul State Forest. A 500-pounder was shot in
Waterville, where the state forest yielded half a dozen trophy
bruins. Turkey season was reportedly excellent. A couple of nice
bucks were taken during archery season in Pennsylvania and during
New York’s recent rifle shotgun season, which started around
Thanksgiving. Nick Camburn, 17, of North Fork, shot a 13-point,
230-pound buck – his first ever shot with a bow – in some private
woods in Harrison Valley, Potter County. He only had one arrow with
him and had borrowed a bow from his brother Jeremy Camburn, and
bagged the buck an hour into hunting season, sitting on the edge of