13,2016….6:30am-11:30am…The forecast had stormy
weather that never showed up. It was a warm 72 degrees to start
with a 5-10 mph WSW wind and cloudy skies. The warmer weather had
the water temperature up to 75.3 degrees. We fished the Viking using
the wind in our favor to drift and drag tubes in 5-17 feet. We did
the same at Victoria. We were able to catch 5 smallmouth in the
2 pound range and lost one at the boat. We moved into the bay above
Victoria and fished the outside of a weed bed in, 7 feet that the
cutters left with the tubes. We caught 1 smallmouth and 2 walleye.
Both walleye were less than the 18 in. size limit.
12,2016….6:30am-11:30am…This was another trip
for preparing a client for a tournament so again, we did not stay
and beat up the fish. The morning temperature was 64 degrees with
a WSW wind at 5-10 mph. It was partly cloudy to start but developed
into a hot (84 degrees), clear sunny day. The water temperature
was 71.5 degrees. Water clarity is still down to 7 feet. We fished
the weed line above the Bell Tower, Lighthouse Point, Victoria and
Warner’s Bar using tubes in depths of 10-15 feet. We also
fished some shallow rocks early using buzz baits and chatter baits.
In all we caught 8 smallmouth mostly in the two pound range.
6,2016….6:30am-11:30am…Sunny and bright this
morning with a temperature of 65 degrees. The water temperature
was 73.4 degrees. A light SW wind put just enough of a ripple on
the water to allow a nice drift. We fished tubes in 9-17 feet depths
in Mayville and the Viking catching 4 smallmouth and breaking off
one. Once the bite stopped and the wind picked up we moved to sheltered
waters and fished the docks at Prendergast Point and Harfield Bay
where we caught 5 largemouth using weightless plastics.
3,2016….6:30am-1:30pm…It was a bit chilly this
morning with a temperature of 48 degrees. The wind was from the
SW at less than 5 mph and partly cloudy skies. With the colder temperatures
the water temperature dropped to 71.3 degrees. This was a trip to
prepare a client for an upcoming tournament so we didn’t stay
on fish very long. We made runs to the Mayville Flats, Dewitteville,
Mission Meadows, Viking, Warner’s Bar, and Irwin Bay. In all
we caught 7 smallmouth, the largest a 5 ½ pound fish. Then
we headed to the lower basin looking for largemouth around docks.
We caught 5 total fish covering water from Greenhurst back to the
bridge. Had we stayed on some of the fish our numbers would have
increase. This was a locate and leave alone trip.
30,2016….2:00pm-7:00pm…The wind was from the
WNW at 10-15 mph with sunny skies and a temperature of 67 degrees.
The water temperature held between 75.4-75.7 degrees. We headed
up to the Mayville shoreline to get shielded from the wind and fished
the docks using weightless soft stick baits. The weed cover was
very slim around the docks which had a lot to do with no fish being
caught there. We moved into Hadley bay where the weed cover was
better and caught 5 largemouth using the same technique. We changed
up and moved out to the 10-17 foot ledge off the Mayville flats
to try for a smallmouth bite using tubes and grubs but could only
boat 4 perch. The wind was still blowing pretty hard so we ran down
to Bemus Bay and fished some of the docks there and caught just
one largemouth. We finished up over by We Wan Chu Cottages and caught
4 more largemouth around docks. The wind never really let up to
allow us in more productive deep water but we made the best of what
the weather gave us. Most of the fish were around 1 ½ pounds
with 2 right around 3 pounds.
28,2016….6:30am-11:30…62 degrees and partly
cloudy skies with a 5-10 mph NW wind greeted us this morning. The
water temperature stayed steady through the whole trip at 75 degrees.
We headed to the upper basin to the condos above Point Chautauqua
looking for a muskie bite. Casting in-line spinners we were able
to raise one fish but couldn’t get the bite. We moved to the
creek mouth and point in Dewitteville where we got two more fish
to follow but still no hook up. A big school of white bass kept
chasing baitfish on the weedline and we were able to catch two of
them. That would be the last action we would get. We tried the shoreline
from Mission Meadows all the way down to Midway with no luck. We
made a run to Whitney Bay and Bemus Bay and failed to raise a fish.
Some days just raising three fish to the baits is an accomplishment.
Muskie fishing is just that way.
10,2016….6:30am-11:30…We were greeted with
a 48 degree morning temperature. The cooler overnight temperatures
lowered the water temperature to 63.4 degrees at the start of the
trip. We had partly cloudy skies and a light south wind. By the
end of the trip the water temperature had worked its way up to 67.3
degrees. We headed to the upper basin searching for smallmouth.
We fished tubes along the north shoreline from the Viking to Dewitteville
and caught 5 smallmouth. We worked 6-15 feet depths but most were
caught in 6-8 feet. We moved over to Prendergast Point and tried
for a muskie bite but got none. So we ran down to the lower basin
and used Power Worms and Chigger Craws flipping in the weeds in
Hadley Bay. We could only find a nice bullhead to take one of the
Chigger Craws. We moved to Neits Crest and worked the shallow rocky
shoreline. We saw 5 different smallmouth cruising in the area but
none would bite. On the way back to the launch we stopped and fished
a few bridge piling but caught nothing. Not too bad for a tough
day. Most of the fish are in that “post spawn funk”.
Give them a few days and the bite will be back.
3,2016….6:30am-11:30…This morning we had a
little bit of everything, some cloudiness, then fog and finally
sunshine. The wind was light from the south and eventually shifted
all the way around to NW, picking up to 8-10 mph. The temperature
was a little cooler at 58 degrees. It lowered the water temperature
to 62.8 degrees but the warm sun had it back up to 71.6 degrees
but 11. Our first stop was at Lighthouse Point fishing rocks, wood
and scattered weeds. We caught one small largemouth on a weightless
plastic. We moved to Dewitteville Bay and caught one largemouth
and one smallmouth again on the weightless plastic. Our next move
was to The Lutheran Camp shoreline where we fished tubes to catch
5 more smallmouth. The fish were in the area but we had to really
work it over to get them to bite. The fish were in 3-7 feet on the
inside weed edge.
1,2016….6:30am-1:30…The water temperature started
at 68.2 degrees and made it to 72.7 by 1:30. We had clear skies
and 62 degrees for a morning temperature with SW winds at around
5 mph. We started on the outside drop off in Mayville fishing tubes
and dropshot in 10-15 feet depths but could only catch perch. We
moved to Chautauqua Point and caught 1 smallmouth on a weightless
plastic. We moved to the shoreline off the Lutheran Camp and caught
8 more smallmouth all on tubes. They would chase a fluke but would
not take it. Once the smallie bite quit we headed to the lower basin
and found some largemouth both on beds and also cruising. We were
able to catch 3 of them, one on the weightless plastic and 2 on
a small beaver type plastic. We managed one more smallmouth in front
of Lakewood Beach on a tube. The largemouth were is less than 4
feet of water and the smallmouth were in 3-8 feet.
23, 2016….8:00am-12 noon…The temperature this
morning was 42 degrees with a light north wind creating another
dead calm water day in the lower basin. The water temperature was
61.3 degrees at the start and by noon was 63 degrees. The fish have
started their move up into the shallows. We saw many fish roaming
in 3-6 feet both largemouth and smallmouth. They stayed fairly close
to the scatter weed edge rather than out in open water. We were
able to get one smallmouth and 4 largemouth using tubes, spinnerbaits
and weightless plastics. I’d like to say get your hopes up
but starting Wednesday T-storms are in the forecast all the way
through Memorial Day weekend. Cross your fingers.
2016….7:00am-12 noon…The temperature this morning
was 38 degrees with a slight north wind and basically dead calm
waters in the lower basin. The water temperature was 55.4 degrees
at the start and maxed out at 58.7 degrees by noon. Looking for
smallmouth we fished tubes, swim baits, jerk baits and weightless
soft plastic stick baits in depths ranging from 3 feet to 10 feet.
We caught 3 nice smallmouth in the 4+ pound range. Two on a tube
and one on the new Berkley Cutter 90+ suspending jerk bait. All
the fish were in 7-8 feet around scattered weeds and rocky bottom.
2016….7:00am-12 noon…We’re getting closer
to warm weather. It was 43 degrees this morning with cloudy skies.
The sun never broke through until around 10am. By the end of the
trip it was 59 degrees. The water temperature started at 55.4 and
gradually made it to 57.6. This was a perch fishing trip. Every
place we stopped only one would get to the boat. After jumping around
to a few spots we finally found them around Dewitteville in scattered
weeds from 4-7 feet. A very small junebug color grub along with
the sun coming out did the trick and 24 went in the live well. We
did see 4 or 5 largemouth cruising the shallows. It won’t
be long now and the fish will be moving up.
2016….7:00am-12 noon…The water temperature,
54.3-56.8 degrees, survived the last two cold days, including snow.
Yup May 15th and we had snow. YUK! The wind was NW at 5-10 mph with
overcast skies and occasional rain showers. It was cold, 43 degrees
to start and gradually made it to 56 degrees. We fished crankbaits,
spinnerbaits, grubs, tubes and jerkbaits above the bridge and below
the bridge in depths from 3 feet to 18 feet and could only find
one largemouth that would take a tube. The water is very clear.
Weed growth looks good so far. Saw lots of perch so the forage is
2016……..Well I guess you’re wondering
why it took so long to post a report??? The 2015 season was not
a good one for catching fish unless you went muskie fishing. Not
my most favorite thing to do. Anyway, I just couldn’t bring
myself to take people’s money and not give them a good trip
and when I went on my own there wasn’t much to write about.
I could have posted the same report word for word each time….it
sucked. Hopefully the 2016 season will be better.