6/5/18 The Drakes are hatching! Water levels perfect. Tioga County & Pine Creek Fishing Report | Wellsboro Tackle Shack

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Water levels are PERFECT right now on Pine Creek and the green drakes have arrived!  Sulphurs, caddis, and stoneflies are also in the mix.  Anglers are catching fish throughout the day on a variety of dry flies and nymphs.  We did well on March Brown emerger and dun patterns in the afternoon. too.  Mop flies, and various streamers continue to work well also.  Spin fishermen have done best with butterworms and live minnows.  Roostertails and Mepps spinners have also been popular.  Smaller sizes and brighter colors have been popular.  Silvers, golds, firetiger, and chartruese worked well.  

The crappie bite has been decent on Tioga, Hammond, and Cowanesque.  The majority of the fish are spawned out, but a few are still in shore.  Anglers on all of the lakes are catching a lot of smaller fish.  Live minnows have been best.   Trolling with shad raps and similar baits has yielded some bigger fish.  Shad colors, purples, and firetiger patterns all worked.  

The walleye bite continues to be very good in the Tioga spillway and farther downstream.  Bouncing nightcrawlers, shiners, or larger fatheads off the bottom has produced fish.  The peak of the bite has been very late at night or early in the morning.  (2-4AM).  However, fish are being caught all day.   Water levels are good for wading now.  White, chartreuse, orange, and green pumpkin twister tails have all worked too.  Also in the mix, are smallmouth bass, crappies, perch, rockbass, and an occassional striper or pickerel.  


Bass fishing across the county continues to be good.  Most of the fish are post spawn now.  The topwater bite has been good with whopper ploppers, poppers, and buzzbaits producing fish this week.  Various plastics and crankbaits are working subsurface too.  Bass fishermen picked up some nice muskies on Cowanesque also using spinnerbaits and crankbaits.  

We expect a good bite through the rest of the week.  Get out and enjoy it!