3/19 It looked like ice season was over weeks ago, but continued cold weather has helped rebuild ice on Hamilton and Hills Creek Lakes. Anglers were out this past weekend again catching good numbers of perch and crappies. Some areas on both lakes are unfishable. areas that completely thawed out weeks ago, near incoming water, are either still open, or skimmed over with very thin ice. Keep in mind, this late in the year, longer daylight hours wears on the ice. If you head out, be sure to have your safety gear and spud your way out to fishing grounds. Again, avoid areas of incoming water, such as the creek coming in on Hamilton. The dam end is in better shape with good ice on most of this end.
Trout are being stocked county wide by the PFBC and area sportman's clubs. Of particular interest is the newly classified 'Keystone Select' stretch on Pine Creek. This area, formerly known as the 'Delayed Harvest' runs from Darling Run down to Owasee. We were able to help, alongside 40 other volunteers, to float stock this entire stretch. I can tell you first hand, that the trout we stocked were impressive. Many huge rainbows, big beautiful browns, and plenty of average catchable sized trout were stocked. This stretch of water is open for year round fishing, and remains under delayed harvest artificial lures only regulation. It is stocked with more big fish than before, allowing for an incredible opportunity for anglers to latch into some true trophy fish! Get out and enjoy it!
Perch are starting to bite well down in the Tioga and Cowanesque spillways. Slip bobber rigs with live minnows, worms, or small tubes and grubs are working. Anglers are still catching walleyes as well. Keep in mind that walleye season is now closed and they must be released.
It's going to be another exciting year in Tioga County! Get out and enjoy some fishing!