Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

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Southcentral Region

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) – A couple of 5-pound lake
trout were boated in 69-degree water Sept. 25 – a sign that cooler
weather could improve the bite on striped bass.

Little Juniata River (Huntingdon County) – Water was low in late
September although temperatures were falling to the low 70s.
Nymphing with generic patterns, such as Pheasant Tail, Caddis
Larvae, and Green Weenie were recommended, as was stripping small
streamers by the banks. Tan and olive caddis (14-16) also were
possible. On overcast days, small blue-winged olives (18-20), and
some Isonichia, Cahills and blue quills also were possible. Go-to
presentations included blind-casting terrestrials, swimming Slate
Drakes, small nymphs and Green Weenies.

Big Spring Creek (Cumberland County) – Sight-fishing for
rainbows in the ditch can be productive, with trout feeding on
cressbugs and sometimes rising to midges. Water was sometimes
off-color as a consequence of a project under way to remove
remnants of old concrete locks in late September. Patterns included
Blue-Winged Olives (14-24), Grey/White Midges (18-26), Blue-Winged
Olives (16-22), Czech Nymphs (10-16), Cressbugs (12-18), Scuds
(12-16) and Sculpins (6-10).

Letort Spring Run (Cumberland County) -_Terrestrials were
slowing but still taking big brown trout. Streamers, such as
Sculpins and Shenk’s White Minnows, and Cressbugs and Scuds on the
bottom have been productive. Specific patterns include Midges
(20-26), Blue-Winged Olives (14-18), Sulphers (14-18), Beetles
(14-18), Letort Cricket/Hoppers (12-18), and Shenk’s White Minnow

Yellow Breeches Creek (Cumberland County) – Small patterns were
key in late September. Tricos were hatching in the mornings and
later in the day. Tricos were coming off mornings, caddis during
the day and midges in the evening. Terrestrials were slowing,
although ants and beetles were nabbing trout. Nymphing was
effective, as fish here seek out deeper water. The Allenberry
section has been good for nymphing in recent weeks. Attractors such
as Copper Johns, Green Weenies and Hare’s Ear have worked well.
Other patterns are Blue-Winged Olives (14-20), Black/Tan Caddis
(14-18), Slate Drakes (12-14), Midges (20-26), Tricos (20-28),
Sulphers (14-18), and Hare’s Ear (12-18). For more, visit

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