9/19/16 It's been a busy week here at Tackle Shack as anglers hit the lakes and streams for some early fall fishing. Water tempsa around the county are dropping. Pine Creek has dropped into the low 60's and the trout were very active. Anglers caught them on small cranks and various streamer/nymph patterns. Fishing should continue to get better! Keep an eye on the Pine Creek Fly Fishing post for more details. Water levels have not improved at all and we are still around near record lows. An inch of rain last night did little to help. Smallmouth have still been very active as well. Anglers are catching them on small craw patterns and small stickbaits
Most of the lakes are still very, very low. Tioga is still near normal pool, but the other lakes are extremely low. Despite this, bass fishing has been very good. Senkos, Shad Shape worms, and various creature baits have worked well. Anglers found a good crankbait bite most of the week as well with Strike King 3XD's, Rapala DT 10's, and Bomber Fat Free Shads being the most popular baits. Natural baitfish colors have been best. The jerkbait bite has been improving and anglers caught them this week on Rapala Shadow Raps and X raps. The jerkbait bite should continue to improve as the water cools. Areas of rock bottom and woody debris are holding bass. The no wake zones in Hammond and Cowanesque are both very, very low and near unfishable by boat in many spots. Tioga, however, is near normal levels. Anglers did well fishing the channel and the main lake using beavers, jerkbaits, and some topwater. Of the smaller lakes, Hills Creek and Beechwood are both fishing well. Working the weed edges with plastics has been best. Hamilton has been very slow lately. Likely the low water has fish pushed out deep and they are hard to find from shore.
Anglers on Hammond found good numbers of hybrid stripers all weekend. The catch? Most were very small, likely this year's stocking. Good new for the future at least! Nice cats were being though on nightcrawlers and shiners.
Below the dams, action continues to be decent. Low water is making it tough to not lose of a lot of tackle, but anglers have been rewarded with nice cats and a handful of good sized walleye. Still though, anglers are seeing many 8-12 inch walleyes in the river. Anglers noted a few active muskies at the Cowansque spillway, but could not hook up. Again, cooling water should improve the bite!
Finally, on Beechwood, anglers found some nice walleyes, pickerel, and bass all week. Trolling crawler harnesses has worked the for walleyes. Natural colored blades and bright oranges/yellows were popular.
Tioga River Cats Hammond Lake Channel Cat Baby hybrid stripers!