Continued showers and cooler weather has the lakes and streams back to normal levels and at good temperatures. Fall stockings will be starting up next week. Hamilton and Lyman Run Lake will both be stocked in early October. Also, Tiadaghton Chapter Trout Unlimited will be stocking the Keystone Select stretch on Pine Creek during the week of Oct 9th. Now is an excellent time to hit some of the smaller wild trout streams before their spawning season too.
Crappie fishing has been good on Tioga and Hammond Lakes. Anglers are doing well with live minnows, and a variety of small plastics and crankbaits. Berkley Flicker Shad continue to be a favorite in both shad and perch patterns. Some perch are also in the mix. minnows and redworms are working for them too. Areas near timber and the connecting channel have been particularly productive
Bass fishing is heating up with the cooler temperatures too. Weeds are looking good on most of the lakes and anglers are finding a solid shallow bite on most of the lakes. Target shallower areas with topwaters, like a buzzbait or whopper plopper, or shallow running cranks and chatterbaits. Shad patterns have been most popular. Similarly, flipping these areas with creature baits, jigs, and craws is also working.
Musky fishing is improving on Cowanesque and in the spillway. Bone whopper plopper have been working on the surface. Try a 110 or 130 size for a mix of largemouth and muskies. Perch and shad colored glide baits are also working.
Customers and staff are starting to catch good numbers of salmon up north too. Stop in and we're glad to help you gear up for fishing the Lake Ontario tributaries. These next few weeks should be excellent!
Good luck fishing