Winter is slowly releasing its grip on Central Pennsylvania, and the signs of spring are becoming more apparent daily. Trees are starting to bud, robins and geese are back, and hungry trout are starting to feed on the first mayfly hatches of the season.
On Yellow Creek we have been seeing the first BWO’s and Brown Stoneflies on the water through the warmest part of the day along with plenty of feeding trout.
Weather conditions for the week call for more of the Springtime mix with snow and cold through midweek giving way to sunshine and daytime highs in the 40’s by the weekend.
It’s also a great time of the year for a day of fishing on Penns Creek. The water levels are in excellent shape, with flows that are higher than average.
As we typically see on Penns this time of year, much of the deeper water is holding a greenish color that is perfect for fishing. Like Spruce Creek, fishing nymphs or streamers is the best bet for putting fish in the net.
Anglers on the water may see limited numbers of Midges or Blue Winged Olives.
Little Juniata River
The water level on the Little J is a little lower than average for this time of year at 320cfs, which is great for early season wade fishing. Much like Spruce and Penns, fishing nymphs and streamers is the best bet for putting fish in the net.
On the Little J last week, a hatch of Blue Wing Olives brought fish to the surface. On nights with colder temperatures, it is usually best to focus on fishing the river during the afternoon hours.
Other than Blue Winged Olives, anglers might also see Midges or Little Black Stoneflies.