North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – September 11th, 2015

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Aug.  26 that low, off-color lake conditions made for tough fishing here and elsewhere in the region. A couple of striped bass were reported on crawler harness rigs but they were small. Largemouth bass were hitting topwater lures in shallow water in the morning hours, and smallmouth bass and some smaller-size crappies and perch were reported on bright-colored crankbaits. 

Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported that fishing was picking up at the end of August, with a decent bass bite reported in the evenings (daytime was still tough) on jigs and various soft plastics in shallower water. Some bass weighed up to 5 pounds. 

Tioga Lake (Tioga County) —The winning weight in a recent panfish tournament was 12 panfish, mostly crappies, totaling just under 7 pounds. The lunker was a 1-pound-plus crappie. Small jigs and small minnows were the ticket in 10 to 20 feet of water. 

Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Fly Shop reported excellent stream conditions Aug. 26, with water temperatures in the low ‘60s and some color in the flow. The best trout bite was early and late in the day. Tricos (20-24) were hatching in some pools in the mornings. Spinners were seen from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Occasional hatches of Cahills, tan caddises (14-16), blue-winged olives (18-22), and midges (22-26) also were reported, along with assorted terrestrials (12-20). Nymphing was the best bet for a consistent bite during the day.

Foster Joseph Sayers Dam (Centre County) — Crappies and nice-size yellow perch were reported at the spillway and dam breast, with red worms and minnows productive. Bass and perch were reported in the upper Greens Run area.

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