Labor Day Weekend Short Report
We’re finally experiencing the dryness of summer and the rivers are responding, albeit gradually. It should be a nice weekend for fishing in terms of the water levels and weather, although I wouldn’t mind a morning of overcast and misty rain to get the BWO’s going on the Delaware! Take advantage of this window now, because the forecast doesn’t look so great (meaning days of precipitation) starting Tuesday next week. Depending on the weather dynamics, that could always creep forward into the weekend. Here’s a breakdown of southern tier fishing conditions:
Susquehanna – the lower river from Binghamton on down is still high and discolored and is not in fly fishing shape just yet. The upper Susquehanna will be fishable and should provide good smallmouth action early and late.
Chenango – The Chenango is still on the high side, most likely because of the location of its floodplain in relation to where the big rains were last week. By weekend it could be good, but may not be optimum.
Chemung – Staff Hydrologist Dan reports, “come on down”. The river has good clarity and levels are right for wading. The Chemung, no doubt, had the most time to run-off from last week’s deluge so this would be my prime choice if you’re into chasing quality smallmouth. With the cooler nights I wouldn’t be surprised to see a walleye or two either. I fished this river for the first time this year and while it did offer up a few nice fish, I’m still hunting for some quality smallmouth bass, and I know it holds them…
Tioughnioga – Senior Staff Hydrologist Chip (hey, he said he wanted a promotion in title at least if I couldn’t give him a pay raise) reported on Wednesday that the river was still up some but the water clarity was good. By the weekend it should certainly be in very good fishing shape.
West Branch Delaware – The West Branch may have had a pre-weekend release but now seems to be settling down a little, flowing at around 850 cfs. This level is on the high end of the wading scale, but if it drops more the Westie should be just right later in the weekend.
Other Catskill rivers – According to the Catskill Flies website, the Beaverkill and Willowemoc are ideal in terms of flows and temps.
Local creeks – Most of the local creeks should be in good shape over the weekend. Owego Creek water levels are coming down nicely. Cayuta Creek may be another good bet.
Remember, as Harry Murray says, a day you don’t go fishing is a day you’ll never get back. Get out and enjoy fishing – tight lines…