It's been another great week of fishing on Pine Creek. Most of upper Pine Creek is still full of trout and anglers are doing well with both spinning and fly fishing gear. Hatches have been great this pat week, and various patterns are working well. Cahills and Sulphurs have been very predominant the last few days. Bait fishermen are catching good numbers of fish too using live minnows, butterworms, and redworms. Minnows are also working for smallmouth in most of Pine as well. Water levels continue to drop though. Cool nights have helped keep temps in the mid 60's, but we desperately need a few days of steady rain to help bring water levels back up for the rest of the season.
Crappie fishermen are having decent days out on the lakes using live minnows and various jigs around deeper brush piles and dropoffs on all three of the Corps lakes. Trolling has been equally effective, using small spoons, stickbaits, and grub tails. Drifting with live minnows along dropoffs is also working. White and natural colored jigs have been best. Many did well with Cubby mini mites and 1-3" twister tails.
Walleyes are being caught in good numbers still at the spillways and in the rivers. Most are being caught on twister tails, small swim baits, live minnows, and nightcrawlers. Anglers noted small fish were plentiful, and they caught many in th 6-12 inch range. Anglers are weeding through a number of dinks to find a few keepers, but the action has been good at least. A number of smallmouth, bullhead, and perch are also being caught on similar baits in these areas.
Walleyes are being caught in both Hammond and Beechwood too. Jigging dropofs with nightcrawlers or trolling with crawler harnesses and perch colored stickbaits has worked best. Target creek channels and other dropoffs to find them.
Good Luck fishing!