Fishing report: A great month for fishermen
June is a dream month for fishing in Bradford County. Both spin, bait, and fly anglers have their pick of opportunities. For our big rivers like the Susquehanna and Chemung, we are in the "summer patterns" and the gamefish are aggressively feeding at times.
Summer provides them with a variety of options such as insects, baitfish, and crayfish. Even the tiny Class A wild trout streams are teeming with mayfly activity and hungry trout willing to take a properly presented dry fly. The pond and lake fishers will find eager Largemouth, Perch and Crappie working the shallow areas in voracious post-spawn hunger. Last Monday, I witnessed a group of Largemouth Bass herding a school of fry into a neat ambush. However, with all the opportunities for fishing â¦ the most difficult fishing problem though, may be how to get out of doing yard work!
I'll be breaking down our county and highlighting a few fisheries, along with what is working well for anglers:
For Trout, I would suggest hitting the faster runs and riffles on the Towanda Creek, Sugar Creek, and Sugar Run using the following flies: No. 10 Picket Pin (wet) No. 14 Light Cahill No. 12 Gray Fox, No. 14 - No. 16 Olive Caddis (dry flies) in the early morning and evening. I have had great success with these patterns in the last 10 days. The trout have keying in on the hatching flies and aren't interested in much else in the evenings.
Lakes and River Bass: No. 2 Clouser Deep Minnow in Grey/Reddish Brown, No. 2 Black Anokpeas' Bugger have been working to get a few nice Largemouth and Perch about 15 to 25 foot from the shore.
A multitude of things have been working for river and lake anglers. The one thing about bass fishing that seems to separate it from other types of fishing is the fact that they are so many lure options available and so many different ways to fish them. What works for one angler, doesn't necessarily work for another. May and June are great months to try and learn some new techniques while the fish are in a more aggressive mode. As we move towards the heat of summer, many of these fish are going to push off shore and remain in the deeper areas of our lakes and rivers.
Susquehanna and Chemung Rivers: Depending on river conditions (now currently dirtied by the last night's thunderstorm on May 29) most anglers have been using darker colored jigs, primarily a larger sized black jig in a 1/4 oz. or 3/16 oz. This will stand out in the stained water. Bait fisherman have been using live hellgrammites and shiner minnows under a float with great success!
Previously, before this week's storm and subsequent return of the mud - Stick baits, spinnerbaits, along with tubes have been working great for landing smallmouth bass.
This is sure to be norm again once the clearer water returns. The crayfish have had their springtime molt and the bass are again keyed into crayfish patterns.
Stephen Foster Lake and Mountain Lake: The spotty top water bite in the middle of May has just turned on for the Largemouth Bass! Most bass are on the beds actively spawning or guarding them. The Stillwater bite for bass will only get better in the next week or two. For Perch, crappie, and blue gills - my best bet would be a white grub jig or smaller sized spinners.
All anglers: Be on the lookout for turtle crossings to and from your favorite places to fish. This is the time of the year that turtles can be seen along and on the roadways heading out to lay eggs.
Let me end my report with a thank you to all our readers (and my customers at JJ's Jigs). Good luck on the water! Please let me know how you are doing on all of our great fisheries by sending me an email at email@example.com
Dave Pelachik is an avid angler and master jig & fly tyer of JJ's Jigs located in Towanda, Pa. Visit his website at www.jjsjigs.com