4/25 Customers were really making it hard to be in the shop all day yesterday. Numerous customers reported "Best Day Ever" on Pine Creek, fly fishing. Apple Caddis are coming off in clouds and the fish are eagerly taking them. Many noted, dozens and dozens of rising trout throughout upper Pine Creek. Most of this bite has been from mid morning to mid afternoon, though some had good reports just before dark too. (see current hatch report for more details) Bait fishermen and spinner fishermen had mixed results. Waxworms and butterworms fished on light line seemed to be the ticket. Also, small black/yellow panther martins, CP swings, and Size 0 Blue Fox Vibrax spinners in gold, silver, or pink, all worked.
The smaller streams also yielded many great reports. A few people bragged about catching their first trout ever and others had exceptionally good days catching and releasing dozens of trout. Each creek was different, but great reports came in from Long Run, Cowanesque River, Asaph, and Mill Creek. Spinners, pink salmon eggs, powerbait, butterworms, mealworms, and waxworms, all yielded fish. A few people fished headwater streams and had fun catching native brookies on redworms too.
On the lakes, anglers found good numbers of panfish yesterday. Hammond put out some really nice crappies and perch, including a number of fish over 12 inches. Again, most of the crappies being caught now are larger, black crappie males. Few females were caught yet. Expect the peak of the bite to start within 1 1/2 to 2 weeks. If you are planning a trip, the first and second week of May should be the best fishing of the season, assuming water levels and temperatures remain stable. A significant cold front will push the fish off shore. Right now, the current forecast looks good after this week to push the fish inshore to spawn. These next few days should slow down the bite a little. As the fronts move through, things will improve again.
Hamilton and Beechwood are due to be restocked next week. At this time, reports on both lakes have really varied. Some are doing well with spinners and spoons, but others noted a tough bite. Powerbait has not been working very well, but butterworms, live minnows, and waxworms are yielding some fish too.
These young ladies had a great day on the water. Submitted to our facebook page "We pounded trout on my spinners and minnows today on mill creek too. My girls and myself easily landed 75 trout, if not closer to 100 between the 4 holes we stopped at. Including two 20"+ browns, that were released. All by 11am! It was an awesome day today!"