4/16/19 Great trout season opener! Water levels up some now. Bass bite starting to turn on. Crappies/Perch being caught | Wellsboro Tackle Shack

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4/16/19 Trout season opened with great weather and lots of hungry fish.  Anglers did well across the county in most of the stocked waters.  Pink salmon eggs, butterworms, red worms, wax worms, Kastmaster spoons, and roostertails were all working well.  In the lakes, trolling or casting small spinners and spoons worked well, and so did powerbait.  Chartruese, Rainbow, and salmon peach were all good colors.  

Today, water levels are up, and intermittent showers are expected towards the latter part of the week.  These next few days are supposed to be nice and water levels are on their way back down.  We are not forecasted to get a ton of rain, but check back or look at the USGS gauges for updates closer to the weekend.  Feel free to give us a call as well at 570-724-5138.  

The second round of stocking is underway.  Hamilton Lake is scheduled to be stocked today.  Crooked Creek and Cowanesque River were stocked yesterday.  Check the PFBC website for a full list of upcoming stockings in the area.

Bass fishing is starting to pick up, but water temperatures are still low, holding in the high 40's.  Some of the shallower waters have hit the low 50's.  Jerkbaits, jigs, and shallow diving squarebill crankbaits fished with intermittent pauses are working well for sluggish fish.  As water temperatures rise, this bite will improve. 

Perch and crappies are being caught in small numbers.  Water temps need to come up another 5-10 degrees to really get the crappie bite started.  Some are being caught in the afternoons and in the evenings using live minnows at Hills Creek.  Trout fishermen are also picking some up at Hamilton on minnows.  The bite has been slow yet on the Corps lakes.  Perch are mostly done spawning on the smaller lakes too.

We'll update again later this week.  Good luck out there!