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West Branch of Owego Creek

The West Branch of Owego Creek, located on the border of Tioga and Tompkins counties, begins in Hammond Hill State Forest and meanders for approximately 47 miles to its confluence with Owego Creek, which then flows into the Suquehanna River. The West Branch of Owego Creek is a very popular trout fishing location as it's heavily stocked and supports wild trout.

Public Access

There are 1.6 miles of PFR along the West Branch of Owego Creek. There are three official PFR parking areas, and anglers also use unofficial pulloffs along the stream. County Forest Land bordering the river just north of Speedsville is another access point.

Parking Areas

  • Potato Hill State Forest: On West Creek Road .37 miles south of State Route 79.
  • West Creek Road: one mile north of intersection with Goodrich Hill Road and Jewett Hill Road.
  • Wext Creek Road: one mile south of intersection with Goodrich Hill Road and Jewett Hill Road.

West Branch Owego Creek Public Fishing Rights Brochure and Maps (412 KB PDF)

Fish Species

Brown trout, brook trout, fall fish, and white sucker.

General Fishing Information

Stocked and wild brown trout can be found in the creek along with wild brook trout. Most of the fishing pressure takes place during spring and early-summer shortly after the trout are stocked. Anglers use both natural and artificial baits, and fly fishing is also popular on the stream. Wild or holdover trout can often be more difficult to catch than the stocked fish; generally requiring a more stealthy aproach.

The West Branch of Owego Creek is open to trout fishing year-round. Anglers have the opportunity to fish this section during the winter and early spring. When fishing during these cold water periods, concentrate on the deeper holes, fish slowly and keep artificial lures near bottom. Sometimes fishing during the mid-day period after things have had a chance to warm up a little also helps. Please view Fishing for Stream Trout for more advice on trout fishing.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management

The West Branch of Owego Creek is stocked with 4,760 year-old brown trout (8-9") and 680 two year-old brown trout (12-14").