Overall, its been a great week of fishing on the local lakes and streams. Bass season opened yesterday and Tioga County Bass anglers kicked off their first tournament on Cowanesque. Today, CV anglers holds an open on the Cow too. We will post results today or tomorrow, after I talk to the clubs.
Hammond- Bass are being caught on live shiners, and a variety of artificials. Anglers noted a good topwater bite in the morning, using frogs and poppers. Crankbaits, senkos, and jigs all produced fish throughout the day. Areas along rt 287, and closer to the dam fished well. Crappie fishermen are finding a steady bite, either trolling, or jigging deeper structure. Most fish are coming from 10+ feet of water (fow). Live minnows, small stickbaits, and various jigs worked. A number of walleyers and stripers were reported this week too. Few large ones, but anglers are catching them trolling crawler harnesses and stickbaits.
Cowanesque- Mornings have been tough so far, but bass are being caught on shiners, senkos, crayfish imitations, and various crankbaits. Evenings are fishing better. Some are catching a few fish on top using poppers and spooks. Green pumpkin, black/blue, red shad, and watermelon were ll popular plastics colors. Sexy shad, bluegill, and blue back herring crankbaits are working. Fish are being found in a variety of places from 3 fow out to 15fow. Target weed beds and structure. Some muskies are also being caught. Some by bass fishermen, some by people fishing for muskies. bucktails and spinnerbaits are working well for them. no big ones reported, but a number of 30-40 inchers were caught or lost.
Tioga Lake- Anglers continue to do well with the crappies here. Deeper water around the dam and fallen timber off the shoreline are both holding fish. Jigging with fatheads has worked best. Good numbers of bass and perch are also being caught.
Hills Creek- The frog bite continues, though most noted slow mornings with fishing picking up late in the day. Others are catching them on shiners, and various hardbaits and plastics. Pitching weightless senkos into pockets in the weeds has been effective. Green pumpkin, baby bass, and watermelon were the most popular colors. Bluegills are biting well too. baby crawlers, redworms, and mealworms have been best.
Beechwood- We are still hearing good reports for walleye out of Beechwood. No huge numbers and few big ones, but anglers are catching a fair number of them trolling or bouncing crawlers off the bottom closer to the dam. Some nice trout were caught too, including a large golden rainbow! Pickerel and bass are both being caught using shiners, spinnerbaits, and various plastics. No big bass, but some nice 1-3 lbers.
Hamilton- Anglers have been having fun wiht bluegills, bass, and pickerel all week. Live baits have worked well fished under a bobber. Topwater just before dark has been good too. Various poppers, and flies are working for the panfish. Some trout were caught, mostly in deep water off the botttom.
Tioga Spillway- Action has varied day to day, but most noted a steady bite and lots of small walleye. Few keepers are being caught. Shiners, fatheads, crawlers, twister tails, and small swimbaits are all working. White, Chartruese, and Yellow have been popular colors. A number of bullheads and catfish are being caught too. Again, few big ones, but decent numbers after dark.
Pine Creek-Water is very low and crystal clear, but anglers continue to catch trout, and various other fish, in all of upper Pine Creek. Butterworms, waxworms, and fatheads are working best for bait fishermen. Small silver, brown trout, and white spinners are working well too. Fly fishermen are still doing well too using a variety of nymphs and streamers. Dry fly action has varied day to day, but most nights there have been lots of rising fish. Light Cahills, BWOs, caddis, stoneflies, and slate drakes are all hatching. See the Fly fishing a the top of the reports page for more details. Temps are climbing into the 70's. We need rain bad! Smallmouth are also being caught on similar baits/lures. Small Rebel crayfish are starting to work well too.
Good luck fishing!
Tony Swan-Beechwood Lake Cecil Bill- Cowanesque Lake