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North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – January 30th, 2015

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Jan. 18 that ice anglers were catching numbers of bluegills and yellow perch on maggots and waxworms. The shallower water near the stumps was yielding bass and pickerel on live shiners and fathead minnows. The early morning hours and those just before dark were most productive, and nice catches were being made in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Quality yellow perch, including 12-plus inchers, nice bluegills, and a few crappies were reported on maggots, mealworms, and waxworms in 15 and 28 feet.  A lot of Lake Nessmuk’s fish were transferred here last year after Nessmuk was drained.

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — Crappies were hitting fathead minnows and waxworms through the ice, although the bite was slower here than at other area lakes. Don’s Tackle Shack said Hammond’s crappies seem to move and can be hard to find, but they bite well once anglers locate them.

Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Ice anglers were catching numbers of yellow perch, bluegills, and crappies, and a few brown trout up to 16 inches, with jigging spoons in yellow, white and orange productive.  

Penns Creek (Snyder, Union counties) — Brown trout were hitting Clouser minnow patterns in green and white as conditions allowed. 

Spring Creek (Centre County) — As of Jan. 15, TCO Fly Shop reported that this limestone stream was the best bet for winter fishing in the area, as water was in good shape, although a little lower than average for this time of year. Water was in the 40s. Nymphing was recommended for consistent bites. Hatches included some midges (22-26) in the afternoons. Pheasant Tails (14-18), Blue-Winged Olive nymphs and dries (18-20), Green Weenies (14-16) and other classic patterns were productive.

Walker Lake (Snyder County) — Anglers were catching yellow perch, crappies, and bluegills, and a few channel catfish through mid-January, with jigging spoons productive.

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