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Fishing Creek Pennsylvania

Mon, 03/22/2010 - 13:05 -- jmaslar

Fishing Creek in Pennsylvania is sometimes referred to as Big Fishing Creek to differentiate it from other streams called Fishing Creek. Fishing Creek originates more than 8 miles east of Tylersville, Pennsylvania. From there it flows in a Southward direction past Nittany, then curves Northward near Lamar and continues to a junction with Bald Eagle Creek near Mill Hall. The unique thing about Fishing Creek is that in the summer it disappears underground and resurfaces above Mackeyville where it is reborn as a cooler, cleaner, and richer stream. Would it not be nice if all streams could do that act? The five mile portion of Fishing Creek known as the "Narrows" is the most popular section and it may look like a freestone stream with riffles, runs and pools however; it is definitely a spring creek as there are also numerous big springs near Tylersville that continue to cool the stream as it heads toward Bald Eagle Creek.

Several sections of Fishing Creek are termed Class A Wild Trout Stream by the State of Pennsylvania which means that it will support a population of wild (natural reproduction) trout of sufficient size and abundance to support a long-term and rewarding sport fishery. The Commission does not stock these streams. Other portions are designated Trophy Trout Projects where some stocking may take place.

There are two major limestone tributary streams that feed into Fishing Creek and they are helpful in contributing to the high Ph level. This high Ph and the cooler and faster waters of the tributary streams are what make the stream so fertile providing an excellent environment for prolific hatches. You can find all major caddis, mayfly and stonefly hatches on Fishing Creek. Doesn’t this all make it sound like a paradise for fly fishermen?
Fly Fishing on the Fishing Creek:
The water above Tylersville is thin and small and the native wild brook trout are small as well. However, fishing for them with dry flies will provide some good action. Also, above Tylersville there are some big browns that require both skill and cunning to catch them. Downstream from the hatchery at Tylersville, the creek is larger and the best fishing is available in the Narrows section of the creek. This section has deep shaded pools inhabited with 12 to 14 inch browns as well as some smaller brook trout. Some of this land is posted but much of it is not posted and this area sees the most pressure because of the good fishing and because of the easy access from State Route 2002 (Fishing Creek Road) which runs along side the creek. The fishing pressure peaks during June when the green drake hatch is in progress.
The stretch running southeast of State Route 2004 enjoys considerable less pressure and contains good populations of trout. From Mackeysville to Mill Hall will also provide some nice action.
The spring hatches provide the most popular time for fishing the creek. From the first of March through the middle of April you will find some Little Brown or Early Stoneflies hatching. The stream has several Blue-winged Olive species including large numbers of the larger Eastern BWOs that start hatching around the last week of March and continue through to the middle of June. Starting in April, hatches of the Blue Quills and the Quill Gordons will occur in the fast water sections of Fishing Creek. Another great hatch that occurs on Fishing Creek is the Hendrickson which starts around the middle of April and continues for two or three weeks.
Sulphurs, Light Cahills and Eastern Pale Evening mayflies hatch from about the middle of May through the middle of June. From the middle of May through the month of September, you will find hatches of Slate Drakes. Green Drake hatches will start in the middle of June as well. Cinnamon Caddis are plentiful from the first of June through September as are the Green Caddis. The stream is full of their larvae, known as green rock worms.
Terrestrial insects become important during the summer. Imitations of grass hoppers, crickets, ants and beetles are effective from about the middle of June through the month of September.
The fall of the year is viewed by many as the best time to fish the Fishing Creek as it is a pleasant time flooded with fall color. A second wave of BWOs and Blue Quills will start in August and continue through to October. Great Autumn Brown Caddisflies hatch during September and October. Also continue with the terrestrial patterns during this time.
In the winter months, the BWO’s, Little Black Stoneflies, and Midges in the white and gray patterns will be effective on the larger waters. Scuds, Sowbugs, Crayfish. Minnows and Sculpins are plentiful in Fishing Creek providing ample opportunity for streamer imitations to lure the larger browns. Fish these flies in low light situations such as early and late in the day and during heavy clouded conditions
Our line of "Perfect Flies" including realistic imitations of all the mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies have been proven to work on Fishing Creek. If you haven't done so already, please give them a try. We are confident you will be back for more.
Geographical Location: 
Type of Stream: 
Spring limestone of medium size
Brown trout (wild and stocked) wild brook trout
North Central Pennsylvania
Nearest Town: 
Mackey, Lamar and State College Pennsylvania

Good roads provide plenty of access through approximately 25 miles of fishable waters. State College, Pennsylvania is less than one hour south of Fishing Creek.

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Submitted by Anonymous on

You really NEED to get your information correct on here. I have lived on "fishing creek" ALL of my 32 years of life. It does NOT begin near Tylersville. It starts much further east than that. The "trophy" stream part begins near tylersville. but the beginning of the creek itself is ATLEAST 8 miles east of tylersville... I live in tylersville and the creak dont start no where around here. and also it flows into Bald Eagle Creek NOT Eagle Creek and that happens near Mill Hall NOT Lock Haven.

And as for it going under ground and all YES it does. but not just where you have it listed. it also does it up stream from the "narrows" for a few miles also. And yes LOTS of springs. I also know where the 2 biggest to do so are located. One is at the Tylersville fish hatchery and the other is on my families property. as for "smaller" brooks up stream from the hatchery...IF you say so. I have caught MANY MANY LARGE browns up there. more so than down stream. They just harder to catch up through there because its not as heavily populated with near as many fish(either speices of any size) as down stream. But also lets NOT ferget to mention the fact that for MANY years the tylersville hatchery had a nursery outside the hatchery grounds that gave many HUGE trought access to fishing creek. there was trout in there known to reach 26-28 inches and more. And in the narrows what does it matter of 12-14 inch browns and smaller brooks when that is trophy stream and the must be 14 inches to keep them and some of it is catch and release ONLY anyways.

Submitted by jmaslar on

Thank you for your generous help with improving this stream report. The changes that you suggest have been included in the report. We are always happy to hear from our readers. In most cases we write about streams that we have visited, but in this case we were unable to visit the stream for first hand information. Thanks again.

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