Bowman Creek Trout
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Bowman Creek Pennsylvania
Bowman Creek is a tributary of the Susquehanna River
in Pennsylvania. It's born from Mountain Springs Lake in
a swamp like area near Stull where the stream has
plenty of native brook trout. You have to hike into this
area of the stream but everywhere else, access is
usually easy. Bowman Creek can take on a tannic acid
color or tea color due to the area it comes from. It flows
from its beginning on North Mountain for about
twenty-five miles to the North Branch of the
Susquehanna River. The upper section flows through
public state game lands and has several small
tributaries that also have brook trout.

The river has wild, streamborn brown trout as well as its
natvie brook trout. Its Roaring Run tributary has some
wild rainbow trout. Parts of the Bowman River is stocked
by the state. It has a mile long "delayed harvest" area
that runs from state highway 292 Bridge downstream
close to the confluence of Marsh Creek. The stream
averages 30 to 35 feet wide in this area and is heavily

State highway #309 follows the lower section of Bowman
Creek. State highway #29 is close by near the Noxen
area and other roads above Noxen. Access for fly
fishing Bowman Creek is easy in the middle and lower

Bowman Creek has many hatches of aquatic insects
including black and brown early stoneflies, Blue Quills,
Grannon Caddis, Spotted Sedges and Cinnamon
Sedges, Hendricksons, Sulphurs, March Browns,
Blue-winged Olives, Slate Drakes and Tricos. The creek
has plenty of terrestrial insects like ants, beetles and
grasshoppers also.

The season is the standard Pennsylvania trout season.
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing Bowman Creek
due to the hatches.
Summertime is okay except for the hottest days.
Fall is the best time to catch the larger brown trout
Wintertime can be tough and the water can be frozen in

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (Wild and stocked with
Rainbows (Wild in Roaring Run)
Brook Trout (native and stocked with


Northeast Pennsylvania

Nearest Towns
Evans Falls

Middle of April through February

Easy to Difficult

Special Regulations
Catch and Release Delayed Harvest
Area - fly fishing only

Non-Resident License
State of Pennsylvania

National Weather Service Link

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and
Trout Flies
Bowman Creek
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