North (Central)

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 5th, 2015

Pine Creek (Lycoming County) — Trout were hitting charcoal caddis (18). The March Brown mayfly hatch had slowed by May 20 but sulphur mayflies were picking up. Some trout were taking nymphs.  George B. Stevenson, Alvin R. Bush dams (Clinton, Cameron counties) — Crappies were biting in the shallows through May 20.  Hamilton, Beechwood, Hills Creeks lakes (Tioga County) —…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 22nd, 2015

Upper Pine Creek (Tioga County) — Numbers of trout were hitting small caddis patterns, rusty spinners, and blue dun patterns on the surface.  Small spoons, waxworms, and live minnows also were productive. Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Very productive trout fishing was reported through early May, along with excellent panfish action. Trout were hitting spinners and spoons in gold, purple,…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report- May 15th, 2015

Shabbona: Look for crappies over the fish cribs and brush piles along the campground shoreline. Begin your search by setting your presentation half way down the water column. Best presentations include Mini-Mites and minnows. Bass fishing is slow. Muskie fishing is good. Bass anglers casting rattle traps are catching a few bonus muskies. Look for muskies in the shallow waters…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015

Traverse City Area Catch-and-immediate-release bass fishing remains good on Duck and Green lakes. Steelhead fishing has been slow on the Betsie and Boardman rivers. Toms are strutting, and the early part of the spring turkey season has been pretty good. There’s been no sign of morels yet. WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com. East Jordan Area Perch were hitting in Lake Charlevoix…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015

Hills Creek, Hammond, Hamilton lakes (Tioga County) — Panfish action was heating up, with anglers catching crappies and perch on live minnows, redworms, and crawlers on all three lakes. Water temperatures were around 50 degrees on April 22. Bass and pickerel were also starting to hit, with bass weighing up to 3 pounds and some pickerel measuring up to 20…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – April 24th, 2015

Traverse City Area Ice has moved out and fishing was just getting started last week. Bass anglers were taking advantage of the new catch-and-immediate-release bass season and catching good numbers of fish on Duck and Green lakes. Atlantic salmon have been caught on Torch Lake where anglers were long-lining with crankbaits and spoons along the drop-offs. Toms are strutting. The…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 24th, 2015

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Participants in Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day April 11 fished lakes like this since streams were blown out. Some lakes even had remnant ice. Hammond was ice-free.  Penns Creek (Snyder, Union counties) — Good conditions were reported by TCO Fly Shop April 11, when the creek had average flow and water was in the 40s….

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – April 17th, 2015

ASHLAND AREA This report is for the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. We find ourselves between seasons at the moment, as the remaining ice on the bay is no longer safe, yet there is still too much of it for any open-water action. The ice has gone out at Saxon Harbor, and anglers are already trolling from there. In the…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 10th, 2015

Penns Creek (Snyder County) — As conditions allowed through late March, TCO Fly Shop recommended streamers along the banks or going deeper with nymphs, especially bigger Stoneflies. Hatches included tiny Blue-Winged Olives (20-22) and midges (20-24).  Tioga River — Don’s Tackle Shack reported anglers were releasing a few walleyes and smallmouth bass, but the bites were slow as of March…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – March 27th, 2015

Traverse City Area Ice was melting quickly around Traverse City, and ice fishing has come to a halt. Steelhead are starting to trickle into the Boardman and Betsie rivers, and spawn and jigs are producing. Once open water arrives, perch should start hitting in Grand Traverse Bays. WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.  Wellston Area The Little Manistee River was wide open…

Southwest Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 20th, 2015

Highpoint Lake (Somerset County) — Anglers were icing bass up to 16 inches, crappies up to 13 inches, and chain pickerel between 18 and 24 inches in early March. One angler caught a 15.25-inch crappie. Brady’s Run Lake, Raccoon Lake (Beaver County) — A slow panfish bite was reported, but some anglers were catching trout in recent weeks on tiny…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 20th, 2015

Beechwood Lake (Tioga County) — Numbers of trout were hitting in five to 15 foot depths through mid-March, with fathead minnows and waxworms the tickets. Trout sizes varied up to 22 inches. A few yellow perch were reported on waxworms. Cowanesque Lake (Tioga County) — A 36-inch tiger muskie was caught in recent weeks. Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — A…

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – March 20th, 2015

ASHLAND AREA This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. The ice fishing is still good, but with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, it won’t last too much longer. This might be  shutting down by this week. Call ahead. Travel conditions on the bay and to points north have been excellent, but the warmer weather forecast for…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – March 13th, 2015

East Jordan Area Fishing has been slow in Charlevoix County with frigid weather keeping pressure to a minimum. Walleyes, pike, and lake herring are hitting on Lake Charlevoix, but perch fishing has been slow. Decent panfish action has been reported by anglers on the Bellaire Chain of Lakes. Whitefish have been caught on Torch Lake with the best action coming…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – March 13th, 2015

Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Numbers of perch, bluegills and crappies were hitting on waxworms. Anglers were fishing through about 14 inches of ice. Hills Creek Reservoir (Tioga County) — Nice perch up to 12 and 13 inches were reported on waxworms or fathead minnows. Bass and chain pickerel also were biting, with live shiners the best bet.  Beechwood Lake…