Better weather the last few days has the lakes and streams calming down and clearing up. Pine Creek is still running high. This morning, the gauge height Cedar Run at is at a little over 3.5 ft. Most anglers consider 2 ft or less to be best. That being said, Upper Pine Creek is looking better. High still, and slightly off color, but fishable. Target areas around Gaines to Galeton. Be careful wading still, but you will find better conditions. March Browns, Yellow Sallies, Blue Quills, and a handful of other insects have been on the water. Anglers are doing best subsurface with golden stone patterns, mop flies, worm patterns, march brown nymphs, and caddis pupas. Wooly Buggers, sculpin patterns, zonkers, and a few other streamers are also working. Olive and black have bene best.
Hammond and Tioga Lakes are both clearing up. Crappie fishing has been decent with a lot of smaller fish being caught Anglers are weeding through them for some better fish on both lakes though. On Tioga, Mill Bay has been productive. On Hammond, areas along rout 287, and structures just outside the no wake buoys have been good spots. Cowanesque is also fishing well with good catches off fallen trees and weed edges. Live minnows have been the most popular bait. Carp and Shad are also up shallow spawning on all three lakes.
Bass fishing continues to be very good across the county. Most fish are still holding in the shallows. Topwater action has been good. Whopper Ploppers, poppers, buzzbaits, and frogs are starting to work well in warmer bays. Also, try craw and shad colors squarebill cranks.
A few muskies have been caught this week using large shiners, bucktails, and glide baits. Again, look for shallower bays and weed edges.
The spillways are fishing well still. Walleyes are being caught on twister tails, fatheads, nightcrawlers, and small swimbaits. The best bite has been very early in the morning and in the evening. Quite a few were caught late into the night as well. Smallmouth, crappies, perch, and pickerel are also being caught on the same baits.
Good luck fishing this weekend. Tackle Shack will be open normal hours for the holiday weekend.