7/23/16 Our drought continues this week and it looks like most of the rest of the week will be dry too. With that, we've been experiencing tough fishing on the lakes. Mornings and evenings are fishing best. Mid day temps in the low to mid 90's has made for a tough bite during the day. One customer on our facebook page noted "All we caught was sunburn", referencing a recent day trip to Hammond. Fish have been much more active before 10AM and after 5PM.
This past Tuesday night, the CV bass league was on Hammond and many bass were wieghed in. Top bag was over 8 lbs for 3 fish with a lunker over 4 lbs. Plastics and jigs are accounting for most of the fish. Senkos, flappin hogs, brush hogs, beavers, and various other baits are working. Green pumpkin and watermelon colors have been best. The Tioga County Bass Anglers are on Hammond today for a club tournament. We will update later with results. Catfish are being caught after dark using crawlers, liver, and stink baits. We have fished a few evenings this week too picking up a variety of fish, trolling. Last night, we landed 1 walleye just after dark on a Three D Worm Harness. Water temp was 78ish. We picked up the walleye trolling 16-20 fow at .7-1mph. Others have caught a few as well using similar tactics. Again, early morning, or evening is best. Pleasure boat traffic and heat during the day shut down the walleye/striper bite.
Cowanesque continues to be tough for many anglers too. Water levels are way down and much of the shallow structure we normally fish is dried up. Anglers doing best are fising deeper ledges and humps with dropshot presentations. Yamamoto Shad Shape worms have worked well in green pumpkin, watermelon, and perch colors. A few fish are being caught shallow as well on senkos, jigs, berkley power worms, and various creature baits. Again, green pumpkin type colors have been best, though some are being caught too on firetail or hot-tail varieties as well (natural body with bright pink or bright chartruese tips). We fished under the full moon late Tuesday night and picked up some smallies using topwater baits by the dam. If you're looking to beat the heat, grab a couple dark colored topwaters and give it a try late at night. The fish turned on around 10PM and were active till at least midnight.
Over on Tioga Lake, anglers are catching decent numbers of bass. We have had many calls and questions regarding water levels in the channel. Customers have fished it all week and have reported water levels are just fine, and much closer to normal than the other two lakes. Access is not an issue. That being said, wherever you fish, be aware of your surroundings! Logs and sticks have popped up on all the lakes. Here too, anglers are doing best on plastics, though many are being cuaght crankbaits as well. Try a Strike King 3XD in shallower, or a 6XD in the deeper water.
Hills Creek is still fishing well for most. Anglers are doign best very early in the morning using live shiners, worms, plastics, and topwater frogs for bass. Bluegills, perch, and crappies are being caught on road runners, minnows, mealworms, and nightcrawlers. Hills is still very weedy too.
Hamilton- Water levels are WAY down. Launching a boat is not possible. Canoes and Kayaks are doable still though. Anglers are catching bass and pickerel using topwater baits, plastics, jigs, and inline spinners. Mepps #3 and Blue Fox lures have been popular. No trout reported
Beechwood- Anglers continue to tell us great reports of walleye, bass, and pickerel out of Beechwood. Slow trolling has been best for a variety of fish, but live shiners, and topwater baits are also working.