As we enter August, bass fishing continues to be very good. Mild temperatures and good water levels have kept the bass biting on all of our local lakes. In shore and off shroe bites have both been good. Anglers are doing well at Hammond and Cowanesque using a variety of crankbaits and soft plastics. Rapala DT10s, DT20s, and Strike King 5XD and 6XDs have been the most popular. Squarebills over top of submerged weeds or in the shallow timber are also producing. Stick with natural shad patterns or natural patterns with a touch of chartreuse. Helsinki Shad, Sexy Shad, Sexy Blue Back Herring, Chartruese Sexy Shad have all been good. For soft plastics, anglers are doing well on a variety of baits. Old standby baits like the senko, brush hogs and berkley power worm have both been popular, but others are doing well too using Reaction Innovations beavers, Strike King Space Monkeys and Rage Craws, and Big Bite Baits YoMama's and Real Deal craws. Experiment with your favorite plastics. Black/blue, green pumpkin, watermelons, and similar shades of green are working well. Various jigs are also producing fish. the Strike King Bitsy bug continues to be our best seller again this year.
Catfish are being caught in decent numbers at the Tioga Spillway and at Hammond Lake. Most are smaller, but a few pushing 12-13 lbs were landed too! Chicken livers, live shiners, and cut baits have been the most popular baits. (Check out this big one below!)
Hills Creek, Hamilton, and Beechwood are fishing well too. Bass are being caught on topwater baits, flukes, and live shiners, among other things. Bluegills, Perch, and Crapiies are also being caught, mostly on live minnows, redworms, and waxworms. A few trout were landed on Hamilton and Beechwood using white powerbait, live minnows, and trolling with small spoons and spinners. Quite a few trout are staying at the head of Hamilton in the creek. Anglers noted catching them these past few weeks using redoworms or baby nightcrawlers.
It's been a wet summer, but get out between the storms and enjoy some great fishing!