6/19 Another great week of fishing here in Tioga County. Bass, bluegills, trout, and catfish are being caught in good numbers across the county.
Pine Creek- Pine Creek is fishing very well! Fly anglers can expect good numbers of rising fish in the evenings and some action throughout the day too. Subsurface, nymphs and streamers are working well. Sulphurs, BWOs, caddis, and Slate drakes are making up the bulk of the hatches right now. If you are only fishing Pine for trout, you are missing out! Smallmouth, rockbass, and various sunfish are all biting well too. Try a small crawfish pattern, or a rebel craw, for some fun smallie fishing. Sunnies and rockbass are easy to catch on live bait, small poppers, and various flies. Water levles came up some today with the rain. This was much neeeded and should help keep trout fishing going for a few more weeks.
Cowanesque Lake- Bass fishing has been very good on Cowanesque with anglers catching nice largemouth and smallmouth on a variety of baits. Live shiners worked well around the weedbeds and timberr. chartruese crankbaits, black/perch whopper ploppers, jitterbugs, senkos, and various creature baits have been working. Keep a variety of soft plastics on hand and work the timber/weeds for some nice largemouth! Weed growth is better htis year and mats make for great frog fishing too.
Hammond Lake- Despite continued tough crappie fishing, anglers are still catching a few. Bluegills and bass have been much more cooperative. Anglers are finding bass throughout the lake holding tight to cover. Senkos, shad shape worms, squarebill cranks, beavers, and various topwaters all yielded fish. A few hybrid stripers were caught with crankbaits and jerkbaits near the dam breast too. Live shiners and green night crawlers were also working well for bass!
Tioga Lake- Anglers did well here for a variety of fish. Crappie fishing has been best here, but most noted many little ones and few bigger fish. Bass are biting well and anglers found a mix of pre and post spawn fish in shallow water. One angler noted 'best day he's had in years', boating 20+ largeouth and smallmouth on shad colored crankbaits in 4-8fow. Cats are being caught in deeper water using live shiners, cut baits, livers, and stinkbaits.
Cats, cats, cats.......
Spillway action has been great. Mornings and evenings are yielding some very nice cats. Again, shiners, cut baits, livers, and stinkbaits are all working. Old shrimp were also popular. Bullheads were caught on many of the same baits, as well as nightcrawlers.
Hills Creek Lake- Weeds are making for tough fishing for many, but on the weedlines anglers did catch bass on top using jitterbugs, whopper ploppers, and poppers. Back in the weeds various topwater frogs have been working. A good rule of thumb to start with is- dark/cloudy days use a black frog. clear sunny days, use a white belly frog. Pitching jigs and plastics into open holes has also worked for bass. Bluegills are being caught on a variety of live baits and small twister tails. Wax worms, or pieces of nightcrawler worked best.
Good Luck out there!