North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 24th, 2015
Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Participants in Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day April 11 fished lakes like this since streams were blown out. Some lakes even had remnant ice. Hammond was ice-free.
Penns Creek (Snyder, Union counties) — Good conditions were reported by TCO Fly Shop April 11, when the creek had average flow and water was in the 40s. Nymphs, crawler patterns, and streamers were productive. Suckers were starting to spawn, so sucker spawn (12-14) and egg patterns (12-16) were effective. Blue-winged olives (18-24) were coming off and trout were beginning to rise to them. Other hatches included midges (22-26). Nymphing was the best bet.
Big Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — A bit up and off-color conditions were reported April 11, and the creek was rising. Water was in the low 40s. TCO Fly Shop reported most action was below the surface, with stonefly nymphs (6-12) and streamers productive. Small flies in slower, deeper water were recommended. On warmer days, hatches included tiny blue-winged olives (20-22) and midges (22-26).
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — As of April 8, with ice off the lake, anglers reported catching yellow perch near the causeway and lower greens area, with minnows the ticket, although the bite was overall slow.
Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Bass and pickerel were reported on medium shiners through early April.
Tioga, Cowanesque lakes (Tioga County) — Smallmouth bass were released on crawlers and medium shiners through early April, but the bites were generally slow.