Penns Valley trout streams draw opening day crowds
It’s no secret that some of the best trout fishing streams in the country are located in Centre County. Penns Creek and Sinking Creek wind their way through rural Penns Valley, and those streams are among the popular spots in the county that always draw a crowd of anglers on the opening day of trout fishing season. This year’s opening day, April 15, was no exception.
Parked vehicles lined the roads at every turn, and many anglers lined the banks of the creeks. The morning weather was perfect for fishing: warm, sunny and with little wind.
A family outing atmosphere pervaded the area along the streams, with canopies, lawn chairs and barbecue grills set up, waiting to be enjoyed.
The common denominator for everyone was fun.
Meghan McCracken, who operates Salt and Honey catering business, had her food truck, the Nomad Kitchen, set up along Penns Creek near Coburn to help feed hungry anglers.
“The truck was two years in the making,” said McCracken.
Also doing a brisk business selling food were members of Grace United Church of Christ, located along the banks of Penns Creek in Spring Mills. The church was holding its annual fishermen’s brunch. Volunteers were kept busy serving up eggs, bacon and barbecued chicken to hungry fishermen. According to church member Don Myers, the brunch raises money for the church’s benevolent fund, which helps local charities and people in need in the Penns Valley area.
Along with local anglers, opening day attracts people from outside the area. At a busy spot along Sinking Creek was John McWilliams, his son Trevor, and Trevor’s friend Tanner Oldaker, from York County. The youngsters showed nice stringers of trout they had caught, including a 21-inch rainbow and a 14-inch palomino trout. McWilliams said the boys used wax worms for bait. A few feet away was John McWilliams’ brother Tom and his son Brandon, also from York County.
“We come up every year,” said Tom McWilliams. “We really like it here.”