October 10, 2005…7:30
am - 2:30 pm Overcast and cold was the weather for today. The
wind was from the NNE at 5 mph and the temperature was 57 degrees.
The water temperature was 63 degrees. We fished for smallmouth
bass today. Locations were Victoria, Dewitteville, Mayville
and the Bell Tower area off Chautauqua Institution. We caught
11 keeper smallies using a melon pepper tube fished on a 1/4oz.
jig head fished in 10-12 feet of water. Most of the fish were
caught off Dewitteville and the Bell Tower. The fish were in
the 2 to 2 1/2 pound range. The tube had to be worked very slowly.
The bite was soft and hard to detect. Most of the time the fish
would pick up the bait and swim toward the boat which made it
even harder to get a good hook set.
17, 2005..7:00 am - 3:00 pm I fished a bass tournament
today. Spent the whole day drifting a 150-yd stretch off Victoria
Point. Water temperature through out the day fluctuated from 71.2
to 74.5 degrees on a partly cloudy day. Air temperature was 68
and the wind was NW at 5-10 mph. Water depth was primarily 12
feet. All the smallmouth that I caught were from this depth. They
bit a 3 1/2-inch melon pepper tube rigged on a 1/4oz. jig head
worked slowly across the bottom. 13 fish were caught and one lost.
Largest fish was 3.73 pounds and the total for the 5 fish limit
was 10.67 pounds. Winning weight for the tournament was 14.91
pounds and consisted of all smallmouth caught the same way from
the same depth up around Dewitteville.
10, 2005..7:00 am - 3:00 pm The water temperature at
jus over 71 degrees today. By 3 pm it had climbed to 76 degrees.
We went looking for bass today, scouting for a tournament next
weekend. At 7 am the lake was locked into a thick fog so we just
dropped the trolling motor and fished from the ramp all the way
along Long Point to the main lake. Once we got to the end of the
point we just went across to Whitney Bay using the compass. We
fished the shallow weeds with a buzzbbait, tube and jig &
pig with no success. We moved out to the 10-12 ft depths and started
picking up smallmouth on a tube. Caught 5 in about a 100-yard
stretch. When the fog lifted around 9:30 we moved across the lake
to the north end of Bemus bay. Got one smallmouth in the same
10-12 ft depth. Next we went south to Sheldon Hall and to Lakewood
beach. Only one fish between both places. The sun was up and bright
so we moved in on some docks around Cheney's Point. We caught
4 using a GULP sinking minnow. Total for the day 11. 9 smallmouth,
2 largemouth and only 3 were short. The largest fish was a 4 pound
4, 2005..6:30 am - 1:00 pm The water temperature stayed
steady at 71.2 degrees today. The wind was from the north at 5-10
mph. We targeted bass all day. Started at Lakewood Beach. The water
is still really stained and the weedbeds are thinning out. We caught
one smallmouth there on a Venom Salty Sling. Moved to a rocky flat
that is just south of the beach. Had one fish miss a white spinnerbait.
We got locked into that spot because of a fog that blew over the
lake. This should have helped the fish stay on the rocky flat but
it didn't. After an hour delay we moved over to Sheldon Hall but
no bites there either. Tried a few docks and lost one to a break-off
up along Colburn's shoreline. Also got another smallie on a white
spinnerbait between the docks. That was the extent of the success.
Hey, maybe they all took Labor Day off? This is as good an excuse
as I can come up with. Things will soon improve with the water level
up and the water temperature starting to stabilize.
3, 2005..6:30 am - 1:00 pm The rains finally came and raised
the lake level. It cooled the water temperature down to 71.5 degrees.
Still, the fishing has been tough. We fished for walleye the entire
trip. It was a partly cloudy day with a temperature high of 68.
The wind blew hard from the WNW at 10-20 mph. This made holding
on any spot very difficult. We fished jigging spoons, tubes, jigs
and dropshot rigs around the Bell Tower and Warner's Bar at the
north end and some of the windy points at the south end. Caught
lots of perch and 4 smallmouth bass. The walleye fishing is still
off. Everyone seems to be having the same trouble locating and catching
any at all much less an 18 keeper. 3 of the smallmouth we caught
on a melon pepper tube and came from 11-15 feet by the Bell Tower.
The other one was caught on a jigging spoon in 4 feet of water on
one of the points.
14, 2005.. 6:00 am - 3:00 pm Tough day on the lake. It
stormed badly last night and the water temperature dropped from
83 to 78 degrees overnight. The lake was calm and the wind was from
the SE at about 4 mph. Two bass tournaments were going on which
made finding unused water difficult. We worked from south to north
starting in Lakewood running clear up to Mayville and then back,
fishing both sides of the lake and throwing just about everything
in the tackle box. By 1 pm the wind had moved around to the west
about 10-15 mph. We caught 6 small bass using a Venom Salty Sling
and a 4-inch Berkley Power Worm. All of them came from docks and
boatlifts. The south end of the lake is still very stained while
the very north end is very clear.
10, 2005.. 7:00 am - 2:00 pm We went searching for smallmouth
at the south end of the lake. We fished the crib, Stoney Point and
Lakewood area in depths of 3-7 feet. The wind was south at 4 mph
and switched to SW around 10 mph by 11 am. The air temperature was
in the low 80's while the water temperature was at 80.3 degrees.
Caught two nice 4 pound smallies on a drop shot rig using a GULP
3 inch smelt minnow and a GULP 3 inch white minnow grub once we
got to 7 feet. Once we found them we left them alone to be used
later this week for a guide trip. We got one largemouth around 3
pounds from a pile of rocks surrounded by weeds below Lakewood beach.
The south end of the lake has an algae bloom and has a "pea
soup" color from the outlet to Long Point State Park making
it difficult to jig many of the weedbeds. When the wind shifted
and picked up we headed up the lake to Warner's Bar north of Long
Point. We caught one keeper largemouth along the lower end of the
bar in 9 ft on a tube. We ended the day on the docks below Prendergast
Point where we caught four largemouth. These were small fish around
a pound and a half. The water at Prendergast was clear.
20, 2005.. 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm Took a friend and his son
out for some largemouth fishing. Air temperature was 90 degrees
and the water temperature was 83.2 degrees. Skies were partly sunny.
The wind was from the NW at 7 mph so that left the northeastern
shoreline fairly calm. We alternated from jigging weeds to fishing
docks in three of the bays south of the bridge, Driftwood, the White
Wall area and Greenhurst. Several fish came out of boatlifts. We
then went to a bay that has some rock piles and pilings in 5-7 ft
of water. Ten largemouth, the largest being a 4.32 pounder, came
from this spot. All were caught on a Venom Salty Sling rigged wacky
worm. Both father and son went home happy and tired from catching
all those big ones.
19, 2005.. 1:00 pm - 5 pm The wind was blowing 15-20 mph
from the west so we headed to the north end of the lake to find
some calm water. We fished shallow weeds, 3-6 ft, in the Mayville
area. We only boated 5 fish, 3 keepers and two shorts, all largemouth.
They took a melon pepper tube. Water temperature was still around
82 degrees and the air temperature was 89 degrees. The water remains
clear in most places.
16, 2005.. 6:00 am - 2 pm We started this trip on Tom's
point fishing for muskie. We worked the entire point from about
50 yards south of the point all the way around the north side back
to the PowerBoat Club throwing Tony Rizzo and Mepps in-line spinners.
No fish! We then ran south below Lakewood and fished for smallmouth.
We caught 5 and lost a few more using a Berkley Power Jerk Shad
and a Venom Salty Sling. The biggest was about 3 pound. The action
stopped as it got warmer so we moved up the shoreline to Lakewood
Beach and jigged the weeds in 3-6 feet for largemouth. We used Power
Worms and tubes, red shad and melon pepper colors but caught no
fish. By 10 am it was time to hit some docks where the fish had
been holding most of the week. We fished the south shoreline to
avoid the 10-mph SE wind that had picked up. The areas fished were
in Ashville, Bly and Prendergast Bays. The two fishermen, rookies
to "dock skipping", were quick learners and caught good
fish. Using a Texas rigged Venom Salty Sling they caught 10 good
keeper fish along with some shorts and rock bass. By 2 pm the T-storms
that were predicted started rolling in so we headed back to the
launch. The water temperature had climbed from the 78 degrees at
the start of the morning to 81 degrees by the end of the trip. All
in all it was a good day.
15, 2005.. 6:00 am - 12 pm Used this trip as a scouting
trip for a charter the next day. Location of the fish was primary
to catching them. Fished the south end of the lake looking for smallmouth.
Used a Berkley 5" white/pearl Power Jerk Shad over scattered
weeds on a rocky flat in 3-5 ft of water. Had quite a few follows
and caught 2 smallmouth and 1 largemouth. The wind was SE so this
area was protected and the water was calm in the early stages. Once
the sun came up higher in the sky the action slowed. On the way
back up the lake we fished for some muskie off the shoreline of
Cheney's Barn. Only one follow. Checked a few different docks along
the Maple Bay shoreline and then called it quits for the day. Didn't
want to stick fish that were needed for the guide trip tomorrow.
12, 2005.. 9:00 am - 2 pm Water temperature at the start
was 77.2 degrees and the wind from the SE at less than 5 mph. We
started at Prendergast Point casting for muskies. Lots of bait swimming
around…hundreds of small perch. No fish followed any of the
spinners. Went to Tom's point next and found lots of baitfish again,
but no muskies. With the amount of perch we saw this morning the
lake will have a good crop for quite some time. By 11:30 the water
temperature had risen to 79.8 degrees. The sun was up and hot so
we decided to check a few docks for bass. We fished Hadley's Bay
and Arnold's Bay. The largemouth were up in the farthest back dark
shady spots on the docks. We caught 9…all keepers up to 3
1/2 pounds using soft stickbaits skipped under the docks. By the
time we got off the water the water temperature was at 81.3 degrees.
7, 2005.. 8:30 am - 3 pm We targeted largemouth bass
the entire trip. Water temperature was 75.2 when we started and
the wind was SE at about 5 mph. It was partly cloudy. We first
fished the docks in Asheville Bay. Only two fish came off those
docks all caught on a smoke Venom Salty Sling. Tried the weeds
in the bay out to 10 feet. The weeds were in good shape but empty
of bass. Next we moved south to the Greenhurst Point area. Weeds
were slimy so we went across to Lakewood Beach. There we caught
three nice fish 2 1/2 - 3 pounds along the weeds in 6 feet of
water. Two of the fish bit a Berkley Pumkinseed 7 1/2" Power
Worm. The other came on a green pumpkin tube. As the wind changed
to NE we headed north to the bridge. Fished the bridge pilings
and caught 9 off one piling. The water depth was between 6 and
7 feet around the piling and there was a good amount of scattered
milfoil. They bit spinnerbaits, Power Worms and tubes. One last
stop put us in Bemus Bay where we finished the day fishing the
docks and catching 5 more fish for a grand total of 19. All were
keepers in the 2-3 pound and were released. Not a bad day for
two guys just looking to wet a line for a few hours.
29, 2005.. 6 am - 3 pm …Went hunting for muskie for
the first 2 hours around the outside weed edge on the south side
of Prendergast Point. Had two 30-35 inch fish show themselves and
follow but no strikes. The fish seemed sluggish and not in any hurry
to be caught. Most likely the increased water temperature, 81.2,
has caused this from these hot summer days. They chased a black/red
Mepps inline spinner. Decided to fish for bass the rest of the day.
With the sun up and bright docks seemed to be a good choice. Fished
the shoreline docks south of Shore Acres Marina and caught three
on a watermelon Berkley Power Tube. Moved across the lake and fished
the docks from Cheney's Point to Hadley Bay switching from the Power
Tube to a 7 inch Power Worm in Pumpkinseed. This got 3 more strikes,
one being a nice 3 pounder. All were largemouth. The dead carp situation
is under control thanks to the Lake Association's efforts of going
around and picking up all the floaters. There are still a few but
the shoreline is in much better shape.
18, 2005.. 6 am - 2 pm …Fished a bass tournament
on Chautauqua Lake. Water temperature hovered right around 67 degrees.
Wind was from the WNW at around 10 mph. The water is still very
clear. We caught good numbers of largemouth but could not find the
bigger fish. Normally shallow and on the docks, these fish were
nowhere to be found. We found smallmouth up in shallow where the
"largies" normally are. As we found out at the weigh-in,
the people who targeted the smallmouth came out the winners. The
top three weights were all smallmouth. Winning weight was just a
hair over 19 pounds for 5 fish. 15+and 13+ followed respectively.
Where did they catch them? They won't say. But I did notice what
they had tied on the rods. A white fluke and a melon colored tube,
two of the most deadly baits for the smallmouth. Ours were all caught
on soft stickbaits, spinnerbaits and tubes. We had 11.63 pounds
and didn't even come close. Even with that it was a great day on
the water, we caught fish lots of fish and enjoyed the day.
5, 2005.. 7 am - 11 am …Fished Warner's Bar and Victoria
Point. Took a friend and his 9-yr. old out for some perch fishing.
Perch and rock bass kept him busy for the entire 4 hours. Largest
perch were 9 inches. Wind was calm and the sky overcast. The fish
were in depths of 5-9 ft with the bigger ones in 5-6 ft where the
rocks and weeds came together. Water temperature was 63.4 at Long
Point when we put in but dropped to 61. 2 by 8 am, most likely because
of the air temp dropping about 4 degrees. We fished ultra-light
tackle and used 1/32-oz jigs with Berkley 1" micro sparkle
tubes…chartreuse/white rigged on 6-lb. test. After the first
hour we got a lot of company on Warner's Bar so we moved to Victoria.
Fish were still in the same depths and just as active. Two "accidentals"
right in with the perch…a 3-lb. smallie and a 30+ inch muskie
all caught by our young fisherman and all on the ultra-light tackle.
Go figure! Took pictures (check photo page)
and got them both back in the water to grow bigger. Some days you
just never know what's going to happen.
2005..7 am - 12 noon…Fished Warner's Bar, Lakewood
Bar and Greenhurst Point area. Primary targets were perch and crappie.
Found both, 9-10 inch crappie and 5-7 inch perch, in an aggressive
hungry mood. Lots of fish in all three areas. Most were caught on
GULP earthworms rigged on a 1/16-oz. jighead. This set up fished
on ultra-light Abu Garcia Cardinal 300 combos made for a fun filled
day. Fish were in depths of 5-9 ft where the rocks and weeds came
together. Water temperature was between 60-64 degrees and the water
was clear on a morning filled with sunshine. Wind was from the SW
at less than 10 mph. By noon it had picked up to 10-15 mph. For
anyone looking for a bucket full of tasty crappie and perch this
is the time to hit Chautauqua.
2005…Fished from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm. Wind was from
the NE at the beginning with a water temperature of 60 degrees.
Fished the North side of Long Point State Park along Warner's Bar.
The Panfish were on fire. We used GULP earthworms, Berkley Power
Leeches, 2" Berkley Power Grubs in colors of white and pumpkin/orange.
These were rigged on a 1/32-oz. jighead. With ultra-light tackle
this was really great fun. We caught a combination of perch, rock
bass, sunfish (some were huge slabs) and an occasional unavoidable
bass. All fish were returned to the water to grow bigger and be
caught again someday.