5/22/18 Good fishing continues throughout the county for a variety of species. More rain today could impact the bite some. So far, we have had about a 1/2 inch of rain. Nicer weather returns tomorrow.
Hammond Lake- Crappies are being caught still and anglers are finding a mix of pre and post spawn fish. Trolling or jigging offshore structure has been best. From shore, anglers are catching them near the campground boat launch area just inside the buoys. Bluegills on the other hand, have been very very good. Anglers are catching them on a variety of baits including nightcrawlers, redworms, wax worms, and gulp! maggots. Size varies, but some nice ones are being caught. Perch have been in the mix and most are being caught on live minnows or redworms. Bass fishing continues to be good with many fish up shallow. Again, there are a mix of pre and post spawn fish. Lake is off color and murky. Temps are around 60 degrees.
Tioga Lake- Anglers did well fishing downed trees for crappies. Live minnows, chartruese grubs, and cubby mini mites were popular baits. A few hybrid stripers and catfish are being caught too, also on minnows or shiners.
Cowanesque Lake- Bass fishing has been very good. Swimbaits, chatterbaits, squarebill cranks, and a variety of plastics are working. Again, there are both pre and post spawn fish, but most of the action continues to be up shallow. Crappies are being caught on fallen trees. Most noted catching lots of little ones, but they are weeding through them for nice keepers. A few stripers and muskies were also caught this weekend.
Hamilton Lake- Trout fishing was very good over the weekend. Live minnows and powerbait were popular choices. Anglers also caught them on roostertails and kastmaster spoons. Crappies, bluegills, and perch were biting too. Again, live minnows and waxworms worked well. If we get a bunch of rain, fishing could get tougher as the lake muddies up. The current weather forecast looks good for memorial day weekend regardless. Let's hope it stays that way!
Beechwood Lake- Beehwood was recently restocked and the trout fishing has been great. Powerbait, particularly spring green, salmon peach, and chartreuse, worked well.
Pine Creek- A frustrating May on Pine. Hatches were very good yesterday and anglers did well with caddis patterns on the surface. March Brown patterns also worked well. In the evening, rusty spinners in 10's to 14's caught fish. Upper Pine was high, but fishable again. Rain today could blow it out for a few more days. Spin fishing with live minnows, butterworms, crawlers, and various spoons and spinners worked well too. Yellow, black, and green roostertails were especially popular. Heavier sizes fished best. Subsurface, wooly buggers, zonkers, sculpin patterns, mop flies, and a variety of nymphs worked well. Remember, worm patterns or black stoneflies are always good after a rain too!
Long Run and Asaph Run were both recently restocked and fished well. Butterworms and waxworms were the choice live bait. Nymphing with mop flies, march brown nymphs, and stonefly patterns also worked well.
Good luck fishing! We will update again before the weekend