North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
Hammond, Tioga lakes (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported May 21 that the crappie bite was slow in the early morning but turned on as water warmed to 59 or 60 degrees and fish moved shallow to spawn on both lakes. By early afternoon, anglers were catching crappies in 3 to 5 feet. Rocky areas and timber were the hot spots. Live minnows and white, chartreuse or green twisters were productive. Some hybrid striped bass were hitting spinnerbaits and shad-colored crankbaits through mid-May. The spillway at Tioga was yielding walleyes and bullheads and releases of smallmouth bass on shiners, paddle-tail swimbaits, and grub tails. Walleyes ranged from sub-legal to 22 inches. At Hamilton Lake, anglers were catching trout from the in-season stocking on chartreuse, orange, and rainbow-colored dough baits, or live minnows.
Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Trout were hitting olive or brown streamers, weighted nymphs, or spinners. Cold water earlier in May had fishing hugging the bottom. Smallmouth bass also were released on streamers and spinners.
Fishing Creek (Clinton County) — Good conditions in mid-May made for nice catches of trout on standard nymphs, such as Bead-head Pheasant Trails, Bead-head Prince nymphs, and dark Stoneflies in the mid-morning through late-afternoon hours. Hatches included blue-winged olives, caddis, Hendricksons, sulphurs, blue quills, and March browns, which made for occasional dry-fly fishing. The dry-dropper presentation made for the best of both dry and subsurface presentations for some anglers.
Penns Creek (Centre County) — TCO Fly Shop reported May 21 that water color was good and in the 50s. Hatches included blue-winged olives, sulphurs (14-16), March browns (10-12), tan caddis (16-18), Hendricksons (14-16), blue quills (14-16), and midges (20-24). Nymphing with small dark patterns, Stoneflies and Caddis pupa was recommended. Small Olives, Sulphurs, Tan Caddis, Hendricksons, and Midges were taking trout on top when they were rising. Streamers and spinners also were productive.
Spring Creek (Centre County) — Light and dark Sulphur nymphs were catching trout in the riffles in good conditions on this limestone creek during daytime hours in mid-May, when water was in the 50s. In off-color water, olive and brown streamers were working. Sulphur dry flies were effective late in afternoon through evening hours, as were Tan Caddis, Blue-Winged Olives, and Midges. Spinners were effective on the lower reaches of the creek.