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Fishing continues to be very good across the county with anglers having good success catching trout, crappies, bass, catfish, and a few muskies and stripers. Water temps on the lakes are holding in the upper 60's to low 70's in the afternoons.
Fly hatches on Pine Creek have been very good lately. Be sure to keep an eye on the fly hatch post for the latest info. Drakes, sulphurs, caddis, BWOs, and more are on the water. Evenings have been best for topwater action.
Cowanesque Lake/Spillway- Bass fishing is off to a slow start here, but crappies have been excellent this year. Live minnows or a variety of jigs are working. Crappie Magnets, small tubes, and various twister tails have been very good for them. Chartruese, Green, Red/White, and plain white were all popular. A few stripers are being caught at night using cut bait and live minnows. A few muskies are being caught at Nelson Falls, and along the north shore of the lake. Crankbaits and inline spinners have been best. Try perch patterns, alewife patterns, and chartruese shades. A live bluegill or sucker is also a great bait to try. Target emerging weed beds and other inshore cover.
Hammond Lake- Crappies are past the peak of the spawn, but plenty are still being caught in shallow from shore, particularly in the evenings and after dark. On the boats, anglers are finding them in 2-14 feet of water, with a mix of spawning and spawned out fish. Deeper weed edges and artificial structures are good places to find them as we near the start of summer. Bass are being caught throughout the lake. Small swimbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits are all providing action. Weedbeds along the campground shoreline and the rocky rip rap near the dam have been popular spots. Whites and shad patterns have been most popular.
Beechwood Lake- Trout are still being caught in good numbers. Powerbait and power eggs fished off the bottom have been working well. Rainbow, Yellow, Pink, and Chartruese with or without sparkles have been good. Garlic flavors have been particularly popular this year too. Crappies are done spawning for the most part, but anglers are still finding them along the road side fishing fallen timber. Some really nice smallmouth have been caught lately, mostly near the dam.
Hills Creek Lake- Big bluegills, and a mix of perch and crappies, have been one of the main targets here lately. Weeds are coming in and the bluegills are in the shallows. Fly fishing with small poppers and terrestrial patterns is a fun way to catch them on the surface. Topwater action has also been good for bass, and the froggin bite is starting to turn on.
Hamilton Lake- Crappies have been hanging shallow as they wrap up the spawn. The shoreline down from the dam side parking lot has produced quite a few fish. Live minnows and small hard baits, like Yo-zuri pins minnows, were working well for both the crappies and trout. Powerbait has also been good for trout. Some really nice bass have been caught on larger swimbaits and various plastics.
It's going to be a another nice week. Get out and Fish Tioga County!