As the last few days of summer wrap up, fish are moving to their fall homes. With this, bass fishing has been tougher on most of the lakes. Afternoons and evenings are fishing best. As the water continues to cool, the fall bite will pick up. Smallmouth in particular, will get better and better over the coming weeks.
Cowanesque- Anglers are catching some bass in the west end timber and along the north shoreline. Offshore structures are holding some smallmouth, but the bite has been spotty. Muskies are very active with the cooling temperatures and anglers are catching quite a few in the 24-36 inch class with a few 40+ inch fish. Weeds and fallen trees are good places to target them. Crappies are being caught around the standing timber and fallen trees in the west end. Bass anglers noted picking up a few large crappies on crankbaits and spinnerbaits too in these areas. A few stripers are being caught around the dam, mostly by anglers targetting bass. Crankbaits and spoons are good baits to use for them.
Hammond- Bass fishing continues to be good here with a mix of fish in shallow water in the no wake zone and offshore on man-made structures. Buzzbaits and frogs are working around the weed mats. In the more open water, walking baits and whopper ploppers have been catching fish. Offshore, crankbaits diving to 15 or 16 feet have been best with largemouth feeding heavily on Gizzard Shad. Shad imitations have been best, but if you're not getting bit, don't be afraid to try a brighter chartruese bait. Crappies are being caught mostly offshore by anglers trolling small crankbaits, or fishing structure with live minnows. Perch are being caught in similar areas on worms and minnows
Pine Creek- Water levels are good and temperatures are great right now. Anglers are doing well on spinners and small spoons for smallmouth and trout. 4" senkos and ned presentations (TRD's and TRD crawZ mostly) are working well for smallmouth too. Fly anglers did well these past few days in the Keystone select stretch using isonychia nymphs and mop flies.
Tioga River/spillways- The walleye bite has been spotty, but the smallmouth are on fire. Twister tail grubs, stickbaits, swimbaits, and various soft plastics are working. Some are finding a good morning and evening topwater bite too with whopper ploppers and poppers.
To our north, salmon runs are starting to heat up. We are doing our best to stay up to date with the run from our friends fishing the Lake ontario tributaries. Anglers have been fishing Salmon River with good success and fish are trickling in to Oak Orchard too. Some of our customers did well over the weekend throwing spoons at the mouth of the Oak.
Fishing should only continue to get better both locally and abroad. Wherever you fish, good luck out there!