Tioga Lake remains closed. When we spoke with them yesterday, we were told they did not have an ETA for reopening yet, as there is major cleanup and repair needed since the flooding. However, Hammond and Cowanesque are both open with normal water levels and conditions. We will update as soon as we hear when Tioga will open. For more information, call the Ives Run park office directly.
EDIT- Tioga Lake is OPEN!
Beechwood Lake- Anglers have been doing well on the largemouth and smallmouth bass on weedlines and in the lily pads. Various plastics have been working. Weightless senkos and carolina rigged creatures have been particularly popular. Walleyes are also being caught on weedlines with nightcrawlers, live shiners, and crankbaits. Perch and shad colors have been best. Topwater action has been decent in the evenings. Try a topwater frog in the lily pads or a whopper plopper on the weed edges and around fallen trees.
Hills Creek Lake- Panfish are biting still on the weed edges and in some of the deeper areas. Nightcrawlers or waxworms have been best for bluegills and perch. Some anglers are doing well with topwater poppers and ant patterns with a fly rod too. Bass fishing has been steady with anglers catching them on topwater frogs in the weeds and lily pads and with live shiners or jigs arouund the weed edges.
Nessmuk Lake- Fishing has been good here with anglers catching bass and panfish consistently on a variety of baits and lures. Remember this is under catch and release regulation still. Try a whopper plopper, inline spinner, or ned rigged TRD worm or senko for bass. Small poppers and roostertail spinners have worked well for panfish.
Hamilton Lake- Mixed reports here this week, with anglers finding a tough bite. fishing has been best in the mornings and evenings. Bass, panfish, bullheads, and a few trout were reported.
Tioga River- Fishing has improved in the tioga river. Walleyes and smallmouth are being caught again with inline spinners, shallow diving crankbaits, and live shiners. Pickerel, rockbass, and catfish are also being caught.
Pine Creek is at nice levels and anglers were still catching trout throughout most of upper Pine. With extremely warm weather today and lasting through the next week, it would best to target smallmouth instead until things cool down again. Rising water temperatures will stress the trout sending them to the tributaries and cool water refuges. Smallmouth though are active and being caught on streamer patterns, small crankbaits, poppers, and various live baits.