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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:25
Written by Tom Shank
Recently, I took my kayak to Little Pine Creek State Park. Little Pine is located just outside of Waterville in Lycoming County. It’s a short drive from my camp and is a beautiful place, offering camping, hiking, and the main attraction, the 94-acre lake.
The lake is made by Little Pine Creek being dammed as a part of the flood control measures of the state. Trout take the main target for many anglers, due to ample stockings by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission. Ice fishing draws winter fishing to the lake also. Panfish like bluegills and sunfish, perch, crappies and both small and largemouth bass prowl the impoundment.
I decided for an evening outing to launch around 5 p.m. on Labor Day. I took advice from my wife, Lynn, to check out where Little Pine Creek dumps into the lake. On previous trips, she discovered fish congregating in that area possibly due to more oxygenated water and less fishing pressure, due to many obstacles. Just what my kayak can handle.
As I paddled upstream, the water was low and clear, then got deeper and deeper. Fish were there, and I began to take several largemouth bass on surface plugs. There were submerged stumps and logs making perfect hideouts for fish. Lynn was right she found a hot spot.
It took me two hours to fish that area, and the lure of choice was the familiar rebel pop-r. I managed 10 bass with the biggest one being about 14 inches. Two bluegills and several large fallfish were also caught.
As much as I enjoyed the fishing and the solitude, the outdoor sights were unmatched. I was given a front-row seat of two fawns, with a protective mother, frolic along the water’s edge. The youngsters chased one another like playing playground tag. They ran into the water making circles then making land doing it all over again. The doe kept their every move in observation, always keeping me in her sights. Watching white-tails never gets boring.
Not to be outdone, another critter showed itself below me. It came within several feet of my kayak and gave me a good once-over. He cruised the surface of the water with only his eyes being seen. He was curious of me and remained watching at a safe distance.
Suddenly more appeared and at one point I had three of them swimming around. I was amidst with a family of beavers. I watched all of them as they gathered sticks and grasses and then go toward their bank den where they disappeared, only to reappear empty handed. I guess they were supplying their feed-bed for a cache during the winter when ice would prevent open water gathering.
My evening “yaking” on Little Pine Lake was full of wildlife and the fishing was just how Lynn told me it would be. Her suggestion to fish that area was right on target.
Lynn caught bass and panfish. The same beavers I saw before returned for her to see. This time they performed their stick gathering, etc., but after a time they slammed their tails unto the surface of the water which is their way of alarming each other to submerge and swim to their den.
Little Pine Creek State Park is truly a treasure to partake.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 17:03