We've mentioned it a few times now, but the hybrid striper bite continues to be very good on Hammond Lake. I'd argue the best its been in almost a decade. Crawler harnesses, crankbaits, and stick baits are all working. Greens, purples, blues, and shad patterns have all been popular. Some have been spotted herding bait on the surface in the evening and after dark. Try a shad or bone colored popper, spook style lure (personally I prefer the Rapala Skitter V) or whopper plopper for topwater action! Target dropoffs and deeper water. Areas near the dam and throughout the creek channel have been best.
Bass fishing has been good on most of the lakes. Light weed growth on Hammond and Cowanesque has made fishing tougher than expected with fish moving to new areas of the lake. Look for timber and offshore structure to find fish. Overhangs or other shaded areas are good places to target too in shallow water. The smaller lakes have been fishing well too with anglers finding a good frog bite on Hills Creek and Beechwood. Topwater action in the evenings has been good on most of the lakes. Perch and bluegills are also biting. Live minnows, worms, and slider grubs were all popular this week.
Pine Creek is low again. We could use a few days of cooler rain to help improve conditions. Hole hopping for smallmouth can be effective. Live minnows, crawfish imitations, and small topwater poppers are working.
Action at the Tioga Spillway has been good. Smallmouth, walleye, and the occasional wiper are being caught, along with a mixed bag of panfish. Jerkbaits, squarebill cranks, and topwater baits are all working. Whopper Ploppers in the evening and after dark have been popular for the wipers and smallies. Live shiners, nightcrawlers, twister tail grubs, and small swimbaits have been effective.
Good Luck Fishing!