North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – September 25th, 2015
Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Sept. 10 that largemouth bass up to 5 pounds and a few smallmouth bass were hitting crankbaits and various soft plastics in green pumpkin. Water was low and clear.
Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Panfish and pickerel were biting, with the bluegills, sunfish and perch hitting chunks of crawlers and other live bait. Pickerel were hitting white spinnerbaits.
East Branch Dam (Elk County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting on nightcrawlers in recent weeks.
Bald Eagle Creek (Centre County) — Fly-anglers were catching trout on a variety of nymphs, such as Caddis Larvae (16-18), Bead-head Pheasant Tail (12-16), and Stoneflies (6-12) during the day. During the evening hatches, dry flies worked well, including Tan Caddis (14-18), Slate Drakes (10-12), and Blue-Winged Olives (16-22) in the water between Milesburg and Sayers Lake in recent weeks. A few anglers also were catching smallmouth bass.
Black Moshannon Lake (Centre County) — Bass and pickerel were hitting rubber worms as well as nightcrawlers and minnows in recent weeks.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Sunfish were biting near Hunter Run Cut in recent weeks, with crawlers and minnows productive. Crappies are hitting minnows and twistertails near the causeway and the fishing pier near Lower Greens Run. The Upper Greens Access is closed for park road construction.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Trout were released on nymphs, including Pheasant Tails (14-18) and Brown Zebra Midges (18-22) in recent weeks. Unweighted nymphs and caddis emergers were productive. Tricos were hatching early in the day and spinners around 9 to 11 a.m. Terrestrials, including beetles and grasshoppers, also were effective.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) —Trout were reported on Bead-head Green Weenies on the lower and upper reaches through early September. Water was low, but the deeper holes were holding trout. Some surface action was reported in the evenings, with trout taking Caddis, Cahills, and Slate Drakes, but nymphing remained the most productive in the mornings and afternoons.
Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — The deeper pools were yielding trout to Slate Drakes, Yellow Sallies, Yellow Cahills, Blue-Winged Olivers, Sulphurs, Stoneflies, and Yellow Midges through early September. Rusty spinners and dry-dropper systems also were productive.