It's that time of the year. Our phones are ringing all day with the same question- "Are the crappies in yet?"
While it looks like we are about a week from the start of peak fishing, the crappies are biting and anglers are having decent catches on most of the lakes. We are expecting cool weather all week, and this will likely keep the fish off shore for another week. Smaller fish have been catchable from shore. The bigger ones have been holding deeper. The Corps lakes are up some and off color. Temps are holding in the mid 50's. As noted in our last report, the peak will likely be around the 2nd and 3rd week of this month.
We found decent numbers of smaller fish around the boat launch area at Hammond. Chartreuse and Chartreuse/Orange Crappie Magnets worked well at both Hammond and Nessmuk the past few nights. Brighter colored baits or live minnows have been the choice for most fishermen.
Upper Pine Creek was restocked with trout again on Monday. Water levels are closer to back to normal for this time of the year with decent clarity. Rain showers are expected on and off most of this week. The smaller streams are flowing nicely and fishing has been good on most of them. Hamilton Lake was also recently restocked. The lake is up and dirty, but powerbait, meal worms, and a variety of spoons and spinners have been working for trout. Corn Yellow, Chartreuse, Spring Green, and Garlic have been the most popular powerbaits this week.
The Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament is next week on May 15/16.
CV Anglers will be hosting a kid's fishing derby this Saturday, May 8th.
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