North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – February 26th, 2016
Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Ice anglers were catching bass on shiners as of Feb. 11 although the bite was generally slow during the day. Perch and bluegills were hitting in the early morning and just before dark earlier in the month. Some after-dark hits also were reported on tiny jigs tipped with waxworms. Chain pickerel were reported on live shiners and fathead minnows on tip-ups.
Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Murky conditions slowed the panfish bite earlier this month, although catches were reported in 20-plus feet of water. Waxworms were the best bet. A few bass and chain pickerel also were reported.
Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Anglers reported trout on fatheads, salmon eggs, and dough-baits on tip-ups early in February. A few nice-sized crappies also were reported, with fatheads and waxworms the ticket.
Rose Valley Lake (Lycoming County) — Chain pickerel and largemouth bass were reported at the start of February. Walleyes were hitting in the evening hours.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Water was dropping, in the high 30s, and clear as of Feb. 12. TCO Fly Shop reported steady fishing with darker nymphs in slack water or dark streamers that move water. Hatches included midges (22-26) and blue winged olives (18-22).
West Branch Susquehanna River — As conditions allowed, anglers were catching crappies and yellow perch earl in February.