North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – March 11th, 2016
Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Panfish and trout were reported in 20 to 28 feet of water last month, with waxworms the ticket. By late February, ice has deteriorated to the point where a tournament slated for Feb. 27 was canceled.
Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) — Bluegills, yellow perch up to 11 inches, and crappies were reported on waxworms, a variety of plastic lures, and mousees last month. Some anglers reported success in the late afternoon to night-time hours. A few perch were reported in deeper water, but others came in less than 10 feet. Ice anglers also caught some chain pickerel and bass in shallow water on tip-ups rigged with fatheads or shiners.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — In late February, trout were hitting on nymphs from mid- to late-day. Caddis larvae and bead-head Pheasant Tail patterns were effective.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Trout were hitting nymphs and streamers in late February. Nymph patterns included beadhead Pheasant Tail, Caddis Larvae, Walt’s Worms, and Squirmy Wormies. Streamers, including olive or black Slumpbusters, targeted to slack water, banks, and woody debris also were effective.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake (Centre County) — Keeper-size crappies and bluegills were hitting waxworms and jigs before ice deteriorated last month. Morning hours were the most productive.