Central Pennsylvania is littered with quality trout streams. However, only a few minutes from Altoona, Canoe Creek, which meanders through Canoe Creek State Park, is one that shouldn't be overlooked. Heavily stocked by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission this is a favorite for many and where we pulled off the side of the road to film Pautzke Outdoors.
Clarity made fishing a chore. Keep in mind, none of us had ever fished Canoe, nor did we have a local connection to point us in the right direction. Fortunately, having James Swearingen of Steel City Anglers paid off. We started by fishing seam lines, tailouts and the edge of heavy current and ended up picking up roughly a trout every 30 minutes, which was much better than anyone else we interviewed. The three locals who had been fishing the river for more than 20 years (and were casting into the same huge hole we were) left after not getting a bite for a few hours.
All our success came on Balls O Fire salmon eggs. Swearingen started with Natural Deluxe and Pink Shrimp and caught about six trout before the trout got conditioned and he had to switch to Gold Label and Yellow Jackets. We later caught a few on Orange Deluxe and Silver Label, basically every jar we brought. But we can’t lie. We did have to work hard. Normally, we can catch a dozen trout in an hour. This time we had to fish three.
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