North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

Pine Creek (Clinton, Lycoming counties) — High flows with murky-to-muddy conditions slowed the fishing here and elsewhere in the region through July 1. 

Lake Cowanesque, Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — The Tackle Shack reported that smallmouth and largemouth bass were hitting on dark-color plastics and chartreuse crankbait through early July, depending on conditions. 

Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) —The Tackle Shack reported that of all the area lakes, this one has fewer impacts from rainfall and remains relatively clear, which made for some of the better fishing through early July. A good bass bite was reported July 2 on topwater frog-pattern lures, and some fish were weighing over 5 pounds.

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) —Trout were scarce by early July, having gone deep for cooler water. Although some were feeding on the surface in the cooler evenings, the best bet for catching them is dough baits off the bottom in colors such as chartreuse, rainbow, salmon, yellow and peach. Live minnows also are usually effective, as are deep-running lures and smaller stickbaits with some weight.  

Sinnemahoning Creek (Cameron County) — Bass were biting in early July, and going after crayfish, which were in soft shell.

East Branch Dam (Elk County) —Dam repair work was underway in early July, and an exclusion zone was placed in front of the dam breast to prevent boaters from getting too close to construction. Water was at summer pool, and the boat launches were open.

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