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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 29th, 2014

Cowanesque Lake, Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Aug. 15 that this 1,085-acre reservoir was fishing well with largemouth bass hitting on crankbaits, dropshot rigs, creature baits and jigs, and green pumpkinseed, black and blue, and black and red the go-to colors. Bass sizes were mixed up to 5½ pounds, with a number of fish over 3 pounds.

Tioga and Cowanesque rivers — Numbers of smallmouth bass were reported on hellgrammite and crayfish pattern lures, but a lot of the bass were running small.

Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Despite low-water periods early in August, anglers were able to float the creek, and reported catching trout on Slate Drake dry flies, nymphs and small black midges.

Bald Eagle Creek (Clinton, Lycoming counties) — Channel catfish up to 31 inches were hitting on streamers.

Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Trout were hitting small caddisfly and mayfly patterns in the evening.

West Branch Susquehanna River  — Channel catfish were hitting on chicken livers and minnows below Lock Haven.

Foster Joseph Sayers Dam (Centre County) — Muskies, smallmouth bass and crappies were reported in recent weeks, with one angler catching a 20-inch bass on a black-and-blue-color drop-shot-rigged rubber crawler.

Spring Creek (Centre County) — This limestoner was a little high but a nice green color and fishable as of Aug. 14. Water was in the 60s. Tricos (22-26) had started hatching, with some mornings better than others, and fish were rising to spinners, according to TCO Fly Shop. Light Cahills (12-14) and Tan Caddis (14-16) were providing some surface action in the afternoons and evenings, but nymphing with streamers was a more consistent bet. Ants, beetles and other terrestrials, like the Green Weenie, were effective.

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