The crappies are biting!!! Hamilton, Hills Creek, Hammond, and Tioga are all fishing well. Fish started moving in shore on Hamilton and Hills Creek this week. On the Corps lakes, they are still holding out deeper, but they are schooled up and feeding heavily. Look for structure with acceess to spawning areas and rocky dropoffs. Live minnows have been best, but anglers are catching them on a variety of jigs as well. Fish are being caught from shore at Hammond. They are within casting range, but have not moved into the shoreline yet. This will change very soon. This bite lasts a couple weeks. Get out and enjoy it while you can!! Temps across the lakes range from 57 to 61.
Trout fishing has been excellent on Pine Creek and most of the area streams. Asaph and Long Run were just restocked too. Fly hatches have been excellent this week with caddis, blue quills, hendricksons, and sporadic march brown hatches. Anglers with spinning tackle are catching fish on a variety of baits. Butterworms, wax worms, live minnows, power bait, and salmon eggs have all been popular. Water levels are great right now.
Bass are biting too! They are moving in shallow across the county. Cowanesque has been fishing particularly well and anglers are catching them on swuarebill cranks, jerkbaits, plastics, and chatterbaits. Both largemouth and smallmouth are being caught in less than 10 feet of water.
Walleyes are being caught in good numbers at both the Cowanesque and Tioga spillway. Anglers noted picking through numerous shorts to find keepers, but fish up to 26 inchers were caught. Live shiners, night crawlers, jerkbaits, and white or chartruese grubs have been best. A few are doing well on 3-4 inch shad colored or white swimbaits too.
We're getting into the peak of the spring season. Whatever you like catching, now's the time! Get out and enjoy some fishing!!