8/17 Rains this week are helping water levels come back up to more normal August levels. Low still, but improving. A few more showers in the forecast should continue to help.
Pine Creek came up some this week and anglers have been having lots of success with smallmouth. Please continue to leave the trout alone. The long term forecast looks good to continue to cool down Pine. Hopefully after Labor Day Pine will back to more comfortable temperatures. Right now, the trout are still congregated in the feeder streams just trying to survive. Smallmouth are being caught on a variety of baits though. Rebel crayfish continue to be hot sellers, but anglers are catching them also on mister twisters, Joe's flies, 4" senkos, and small stickbaits. Live shiners or gulp! hellgramites are also working.
Hammond & Cowanesque continue to fish well for bass. Shallow water is holding a lot of fish and jigs, topwaters, and various plastics are working well. Popping frogs, Rebel Pop R's, and Rapala Skitter Vs are all working on top. Evenings have fished best. In deeper water, anglers are catching bass drop shotting with Yamamoto Shad Shape Worms, KVD dream shots, and wacky rigged senkos. Green pumpkin, watermelon, perch, and goby patterns have worked well. Strike King Series 3 and series 5 crankbaits and Rapala DT10s are working well too, in mostly natural colors.
Crappie fishing has been tough. The fish are spread out throughout the lake and trollers are picking them up with small stickbaits or live minnows. Jigging deeper structure is also working for a few, but the schools are broken up and catching numbers requires a lot of moving. Perch are being picked up off the bottom using minnows and nightcrawlers too.
The catfish bite has slowed some, though anglers have cuaght a number of nice eater sized cats in Hammond and Tioga, plus the Tioga spillway. Most noted good numbers of cats in the spillway, but few big ones. Livers, live shiners, and nightcrawlers are all working.
Little to report for musky and walleye. Few were caught this week. Anglers in the spillways have found a bunch of walleyes, but most are only 8-12 inches.