Spring Creek: February Trout Fishing in Pennsylvania
February 12, 2014
If you're looking for the best option for February trout fishing in Pennsylvania, Spring Creek in Centre County is definitely your best bet. Here's a detailed look:
Centre County's Spring Creek is one of the state's many storied, high-quality trout streams. As a spring-fed limestone stream, Spring Creek provides a more stable environment than a freestone stream, in terms of both flow and water temperature. This means that even in the dead of winter Spring Creek will likely be free of ice.
The majority of Spring Creek — 16.5 miles — is managed as All-Tackle, Catch and Release, meaning you can use fly or spinning gear; both natural and artificials are permitted. Save for some hatchery escapees, the fish — mostly brown trout — are wild. Central Pennsylvania is a trout fishing hotbed, so you'll likely see other anglers, particularly along the easy-to-access spots. The 'canyon' section (4 miles of Spring Creek that runs between Benner Springs and Bellefonte) provides a place for secluded fishing for anglers willing to walk. You can park at the Fish and Boat Commission's property at the Bellefonte or Benner Springs hatcheries and walk in from there. A 0.8 mile section near the Bellefonte property — Fisherman's Paradise — is managed as Fly Fishing, Catch and Release.
Other February options include ice fishing on Hammond Lake for crappies; and pursuing holdover trout (from falls stockings) at the Shenango Lake outflow.
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