Bald Eagle Creek Brown trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Bald Eagle Creek
Before we begin, be aware there are two streams in
central Pennsylvania with the name of Bald Eagle Creek.
To confuse it even more, they are close to each other.
The smaller stream is a tributary of the Little Juniata
River. The larger one is about forty miles long and is a
tributary of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
This is about the larger Bald Eagle Creek.

The stream flows into Sayers Dam at Bald Eagle State
Park. This is a freestone stream, not the usual spring
creeks that are prominent in the Central Pennsylvania.
The stream parallels State Route #220. There's plenty
of access along the road. Fly fishing Bald Eagle Creek
varies greatly depending on where you fish it.

Bald Eagle Creek is heavily stocked by the state and
popular with local anglers. The stream can become
crowded in areas just after the season opens in April.
Under the right conditions, fly fishing Bald Eagle Creek
can be a pleasurable experience.

Spring Creek flows into Bald Eagle at Milesburg. This
adds cool limestone water to the stream and greatly
improves it. The fly fishing opportunities are much better
in the Summer below the Spring Creek confluence. This
section has a good population of wild brown trout as well
as stocked trout.

The lower section also has a much higher aquatic insect
population due to its higher pH. There are good hatches
of mayflies, caddisflies and some stoneflies. There's still
some anglers that catch the trout to eat, but many are
released. Few of them catch the wild browns which are
much more selective.

The season is the standard Pennsylvania trout season.
Springtime is a good time for fly fishing Bald Eagle
Creek due to the hatches.
Fly fishing the stream can be challenging during the
Summertime above Spring Creek's confluence. The
water gets too warm..
Fall is the best time to catch a larger brown trout. They
spawn in the Fall. .

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (Stocked and some

Small to medium

Central Pennsylvania

Nearest Town

First Saturday of April through


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