7/13 I feel like somewhat of a broken record saying this, but....we need rain! Water levels drop more and more everyday. I've been watching the USGS water gauges and Pine Creek is at its lowest levels since 1962. Continued high heat and few rain showers in the forecast won't change this anytime soon.
Because of this, Hamilton Lake is also nearing unfishable levels for boaters. Canoes and Kayaks can still access the lake, but launching a boat is very, very tough right now. A bigger boat, would be impossible to launch. The lake is still easily accessible from shore, though the water near the ramp is very shallow. areas near the dam and along the backside by the trees are fishing much better. Anglers have found some nice bass, pickerel, and bluegills along the dam. Bullheads are being caught after dark too. No trout reported this week.
Hills Creek has been fishing well. The best bite has been in the evening. Really nice bluegills are being caught on nightcrawlers, redworms, waxworms, and on the surface using small poppers. Bass and pickerel are being caught on frogs in the grass and lily pads, or with poppers and jitterbugs out in the open water. Some nice bass up to 4 lbs have been caught.
Hammond Lake- Water temps are holding at around 77-79 throughout most of the lake. We fished there yesterday and found some nice perch and a few crappies in 12-14 fow, trolling crawler harnesses at 1.4-1.9 mph. Blues, purples, and watermelon type colors worked best. Other are catching panfish drifting with worms on a slow death rig, or jigging weed beds and timber. Targetting crappies has been tough, but they are being caught in deeper water around artifical structure using live minnows. Bass fishermen are doing well fishing the shoreline weedbeds, and dropoffs with plastics and crankbaits. A few fish were caught on topwater poppers and propbaits too. SIlver, white, and black topwaters have performed best. Catfish are being caught using live shiners, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers. Few walleyes reported this week.
Cowanesque Lake- CV's tuesday night tournament was on Cowanesque last night. Top weight was 8.10 lbs for 3 fish. Lunker was just over 4. Bass fishing has been tough for many up there. Plastics, jigs, and drop shot presentations have all worked best. Some fish are being caught in both the east and west ends. Many fish are holding tight to timber and brush piles. Evenings have been best. Muskies are still being caught too. Again, most are being seen in the evening.
Beechwood Lake- Bass fishing continues to be very good on Beechwood. Frogs, spinners, spinnerbaits, plastics, and live shiners are all working. The water is very clear and temps are holding around 73-75. Some walleyes and many perch are being caught too. Perch were mostly small, but a few 10+ inchers were caught. No trout reported this week.
Pine Creek- Anglers are catching good numbers of smallmouth, rockbass, and the occassional pickerel in Pine Creek. 4" senkos, grubs, and small crankbaits or spinners are all working. Anglers noted catching some up to 17" in the deeper pools closer to Blackwell and Tiadaghton. Here on upper pine, anglers are finding mostly fish in the 6-12 inch range, but nonetheless they are fun to catch! Streamers, nymphs, and worms are all working for them too. Unless you plan to keep them, leave the trout alone right now. These extreme temperatures are potential lethal even with proper handling.
A nice crappie from Hammond Lake