It is without the peak of the crappie bite here in Tioga County. Fishing has been excellent all week on Hammond, Tioga, and Cowanesque. The bite is slowing on the smaller lakes, but good numbers continue to be caught at Hills Creek and Beechwood. We are mid-spawn on the Corps lakes with some fish done and some fish still full of eggs. A good mix of white and black crappie are being caught. Weed beds, timber, and rock piles are all holding fish. Water temps have warmed to the high 60's. Thie bite will continue for probably another week. Get out and enjoy it while you can! Fish are being caught on jigs and minnows. Small plastics such as Gulp! Alive Minnows, crappie magnets, Eurotackle B-vibes, trout magnets, and slider grubs are all working. Carry a variety of colors and switch baits if the bite slows. Minnow patterns, white, chartruese, pink, and motoroil colors are all good choices to start with.
Pine continues to fish very well too. Water levels are good and anglers are catching trout on wax worms, meal worms, spinners, and various hard baits. Natural patterns have been best with clear water conditions. Fly fishing has been very good too. Sulphurs are starting up and March browns continue to provide some action. We expect to see the drakes starting to hatch soon. Keep an eye on our Fly hatch post for updated information.
Bass are biting well as they too move in for the spawn. Spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, squarebill crankbaits, and topwater baits are all producing fish.
Carp and shad are up shallow spawning. Expect to see lots of splashing and activity along the shorelines. Carp often get overlooked, but if you want to have some fun fighting big powerful fish, they are an excellent species to target. Nightcrawlers, redworms, crayfish imitations, and various flies will all work. Any of the corps Lakes, crooked creek, and tioga river are all good places to target them.