North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – January 29th, 2016
Beechwood Lake, Hill’s Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Ice anglers were out in numbers as of Jan. 16, according to Don’s Tackle Shack. Ice thicknesses varied on both lakes. Hill’s Creek was yielding a bunch of perch up to 12 and 13 inches on jigs and tip-ups and waxworms and minnows. Numbers of chain pickerel also were hitting at Hill’s Creek. Beechwood was yielding trout, mostly on minnows. Nearby Hamilton Lake hadn’t formed fishable ice as of Jan. 16.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Fly Shop reported good conditions on this limestone stream Jan. 16. Water had a bit of color and was in the 40s. Dark streamers that moved with the water were recommended, as were nymphs in brown or other dark colors. Hatches included midges (22-26) and blue-winged olives (18-22). Hot patterns were Pheasant Tails (14-18), tan and olive Bird of Prey Caddis (14-16), brown Zebra Midges (18-22), olive Scuds (14-18), Sow Bugs (14-16), and Blue-Winged Olives (18-22).
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Ice anglers reported numbers of yellow perch and bluegills in mixed sizes at Hunter Run Cut. Fish were caught on tear drops and jigging spoons in 21 feet of water.
Penns Creek (Clinton County) — High, off-color conditions were reported Jan. 13. For real-time data at Penns Creek, visit the US Geological Survey station at http://on.doi.gov/1P7a8l0.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Flow and color were ideal as of Jan. 13 and anglers were catching trout by targeting banks, slack water, and the tail end of pools with olive or black sculpin and streamer patterns. Other productive flies included peach/pink eggs, Bead-head Pheasant Tails, and Caddis Larvae.