Fishing around the county has been excellent these past few days with temperatures and the weather finally cooperating. This trend should continue through memorial day weekend with continued warmer temps and little rain in the forecast.
Pine Creek- Fishing has been exceptional with good hatches of March Brown, Grey Fox, caddis, and BWOs. Water levels and clarity are perfect right now. On spinning tackle, wax worms and red worms have worked well. Also, a variety of spinners and small stickbaits. Rapala CD5's and F5's, as well as Yo Zuri Pinn Minnows have been particularly popular. Trout and minnow patterns were working best. Natural colored spinners, or plain gold and silver, have been best. We really reccomend trying the NEW Spooner from Scyco's lures. They're made in PA and have been a hot seller this season. Mixing a spoon with a spinner, they offer an action that fish haven't seen before and they flat out catch fish. Fish them very slow with a swivel to prevent line twist. Powerbait trout worms (Bubblegum color) have been working well too.
Many of the smaller streams are also fishing well. Crooked Creek has been very popular this week and the trout are bitng well. Anglers are also catching smallmouth and rockbass here. Fly fishing with streamers in olive or olive/black colors has been effective or all species. Live minnows, waxworms, and a variety of spinners were popular this week.
Asaph Run continues to fish well too. Wax worms and salmon eggs were most popular. Pink and Red eggs have been working best. Trout magnets in Mealworm gold, white, chartruese, and pink are also working.
On the lakes, anglers are catching good numbers of trout at Hamilton and Beechwood. Powerbait and power eggs have been best. White, Orange, Chartruese, and Pink are all working. Regular and garlic flavors are both catching fish.
Crappie fishing is finally ON right now! On the smaller lakes, there's a mix of spawned out and spawning fish. Anglers are catching them at Hills Creek, Hamilton, and Beechwood. Crappie Magnets, Charlie Brewer Slider Grubs, small twister tails, and small tubes are all working. Chartruese, Orange, White, and Pink were all popular. Live minnows and wax worms are also catching fish. Hammond and Cowanesque are both starting to fish very well too. Boaters are finding them along rt 287 and along the campground shoreline at Hammond. Look for rock, weeds, or timber and you will find crappies.
Bluegills are also moving onto beds in many areas too.
It's been an odd year, but great fishing is finally here. Get out and enjoy it! These next few weeks will be some of the best fishing of the year.