Heavy rains over the weekend brought water levels up and reduced clarity across the county. Despite this, fishing has remained over all, pretty good. Pine Creek is still high, but it is receding and should be at good levels for the Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament this weekend.
Crappies- Hammond, Hills Creek, Cowanesque, and Beechwood are fishing decent for crappies. Mornings and evenings have been best. Live minnows have been most popular. Of all of the lakes, Hills Creek remains the clearest. Cowanesque and Hammond are off color to dirty. Tioga was closed down earlier in the week, but it has reopened again. Expect muddy, tough conditions there for a few more days. There is a crappie tournament on Hammond on Sunday, May 20th and a second one on June 3rd. More details here- https://cvbassleague2017.blogspot.com/p/schedules.html
Trout- Higher water has made trout fishing tough for many. Pine has still been loaded with caddis and a variety of other insects, but fishing has been tough with a fly rod. If we can avoid another major downpour, Upper Pine should be in decent shape for the weekend. Be extremely cautious wading. Remember, heading west on Route 6, Pine becomes smaller and is more likely to be fishable too. Many of the smaller streams are fishing well and will be back to good levels by the weekend as well. Asaph and Long Run were both recently restocked. Or, try one of many of the small wild brookie streams in the area.
Bass- The bass bite has been on fire on Hammond and Cowanesque! Most of the fish are up shallow and many fish are spawning. Squarebill cranks, jigs, chatterbaits, and a variety of plastis have been effective.
A few stripers were caught at Cowanesque this week using crankbaits, swimbaits, and jerkbaits. Similarly, some nice hybrid stripers have been caught on Hammond these past few days too. The below hybrid striper was cuaght today at Hammond using a spoon.
Good luck and be safe out there! Stop in and see us at Tackle Shack for all your fishing needs this week too.