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Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: centre county, Penns Valley 4D
Mikeymjr23... Elk creek is a great wild trout stream to fish. I have caught many wild brookies. I fish out back of my house and walk up tours the narrows 1/4 mile maybe. I adventure down stream time to time tours Millheim. I don't need to go far to catch them little brookies, and there some big brownies in there as well. I caught some & lost some as they call them hook jaw? Caught rainbows as well.
Theres some big boulders in this creek, summer time it seems to draw in kayakers. I mainly use a white rooster tail with black dots. I will use my spinner an cast up stream retrieve down to me. Some areas you cannot walk on the bank, to darn thick. I walk up slowly in the creek and hit the white water. I swear theres a trout behind every rock. I loose some, good luck to get it to strike again.
I do fly fish, but not here, i not that good advoiding over hanging tree beanch's lol. There's time's i would have some red worms on me. I would work that spinner from left to right or vise versa. I catch a few, but i know theres more in there. Before i go up any further, I tie on a #12 hook with a red worm. As i said before you see white water, they like to hang out behind them rocks, some didn't take the spinner but they sure did take that red worm.
I go maybe 50 feet up or down stream from my back yard, caught a few and lost more than i reeled in. I use to fish stock streams, Penns creek mostly not any more. I have a good time just going out back and catching them little brook trout, you will not reel them in right away. There are some good holes that holds quite a bit trout in them.
Last year i bought a jon boat with jet motor to fish the Juniata River for Smallmouth Bass. I haven't spent much time out back last season, but i know them trout are there. Yeah theres been a Bald Eagle hanging around, just about everyday wife or I see the Eagle. Awesome as ------ to see that. Has a nest up stream along the narrows been there couple years now. Another thing is minks are popular here. Minks are very active when the ducks have there chicks. Witnessed alot of minks chasing the chicks sitting out back. Use to be a guy trap mink out back in trapping season. He asked if it was ok to walk thru my property to sit up along the bank. I did ask why here with a laugh, his reply was you have it nice and clear free of brush behind your place.
Anyways where ever you decide to go fishing good luck to you. Oh just remember years back Dad and I use to travel 4 miles back in the woods to engle bee That spelled right? Its Penns creek. Thats a great place too. Only issue is finding permission to park. people live back there an some will not let you park on there property, but we had permission from a fella who left us park end of his lane anytime. Haven't been back there over 10 years now.
Good luck, enjoy your time where ever you decide to go here in the great county of Centre County. Theres some fine fishing here.