Chemung River

Binghamton, New York

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Spawned by the union of the Cohocton and Tioga Rivers in Painted Post, this medium-size stream is typical of the other strands in the web of rivers flowing through southern New York: shallow riffles and flats one moment, fast skinny runs the next, and fishy-looking pools around the bends. This has always been a popular stream for scrappy smallmouth bass ranging from 0.75 to 1.5 pounds. They’ll hit Mepps spinners worked through the heads of pools, Rapalas cranked through deep holes, and worms, crayfish, and minnows drifted along breaklines and around windfalls. Walleyes ranging from 15 to 22 inches are plentiful and respond to jigheads tipped with minnows, the bottom halves of night crawlers, or YUM Shakin’ Worms.

Chemung River Professional Review and Guide

"Spawned by the union of the Cohocton and Tioga Rivers in Painted Post, this medium-size stream is typical of the other strands in the web of rivers flowing through southern New York: shallow riffles and flats one moment, fast skinny runs the next, and fishy-looking pools around the bends.

This has always been a popular stream for scrappy smallmouth bass ranging from 0.75 to 1.5 pounds. They’ll hit Mepps spinners worked through the heads of pools, Rapalas cranked through deep holes, and worms, crayfish, and minnows drifted along breaklines and around windfalls. Walleyes ranging from 15 to 22 inches are plentiful and respond to jigheads tipped with minnows, the bottom halves of night crawlers, or YUM Shakin’ Worms."

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Binghamton
Driving Directions: Directions to Chemung River

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May 2018