Sept 23, 2006…7:00am-1:00pm
Rain, rain and more rain today. The water temperature dropped
to 64.7 degrees. The wind was SW at 10-15 mph. We fished the
Viking area, Victoria and Mission Meadows. We used tube jigs
(white), drop shot rigs and crankbaits ( shad colors). The smallmouth
seemed to not want the watermelon colors today. Once the switch
was made to the white the bites came fast and furious. There
was a tournament this weekend and one of the boats came by fishing
a crankbait successfully. We switched and had the same success.
It never hurts to pay attention to what others are using especially
when they are catching fish. The smallmouth hit the all of the
baits. We also got 4 walleye, 3 short and one 25 inches.
17, 2006…7:00am-3:15pm We began the morning with
a 1 hour fog delay. Once the fog lifted we headed to Mission Meadows.
To our surprise there was no one else there. The south wind we
had allowed us a good drift up the weed line in the 11- 12 feet
that we needed to fish. I caught 2 good fish on the first pass
and my non-boater caught one. We continued to drift over this
area for the entire tournament. The fish were moving in and out
of the weed edge. As the wind picked up the bigger fish became
more active. By the time we left for the weigh-in we both had
our limits, 5 for me and 3 for my non-boater. In the process we
also caught 3 walleye and a 35-40 inch muskie. All the fish were
caught on ¼ oz watermelon tube jigs. I placed 4th in the
boater division and my non-boater placed 4th in his division.
Check out the results http://proxy.espn.go.com/outdoors/bassmaster/media/tournament?tournamentId=1070
16, 2006…7:00am-12:00pm Spent the morning fine
tuning the plans for tomorrow’s BASS Series tournament.
The fish are still where they were last week. One more place became
an option, Victoria. We caught two fish there in the same 12 foot
depth. The water temperature dropped to 67 degrees. At this point
that doesn’t seem to be an issue. The wind was from the
south at 5 mph and is forecast to be the same tomorrow and then
switch to the SW at 5-10 mph.
8, 2006…7:00am-12:30pm We spent the morning scouting
for the BASS Series tournament coming up next weekend. We concentrated
on the smallmouth population. We found fish in 4 key areas, north
of the Bell Tower, Warner’s Bar, Midway and Mission Meadows.
Both the tube and drop shot were working at all 4 spots. The depth
of 12 feet was consistent. Our objective was to locate the fish,
not catch a big quantity. If they hold up and the weather cooperates
next weekend could go very well.
2006…10:30am-2:30pm We had a late start today. The
wind was from the south at about 8 mph. With the bad algae bloom
at the south end of the lake we stayed north of the bridge. The
water temperature was 77.2 degrees and the sun was up and hot. We
fished docks and weed beds looking for largemouth but came up empty.
We moved out to the deeper weed edges off the Dewitteville shoreline
and were able to catch 3 short walleye and one 1 ½ pound
smallmouth. It was a nice day on the lake but not much going with
2006…6:30am-1:30pm 55 degrees, no wind and a minor
fog greeted us this morning. The fog never fully lifted until 9:30.
The water temperature stayed from 77.3-78.6 degrees. We fished tube
jigs around Warner’s Bar and caught 14 smallmouth bass from
2-5 pounds. The bite lasted until the fog lifted and the wind picked
up from the NW at 5-10 mph. We tried a few docks around Midway Park
and only caught one small largemouth. With the wind blowing fairly
hard we decided to try for muskie for about an hour. We fished the
weed line from Tom" Point to Victoria with no luck. At the
end of the drift we tried a tube jig and caught one more smallmouth.
The Last stop was to fish the I86 bridge pilings. No luck there
2006…6:00am-12:00pm It was a bit warmer this morning.
We had 61 degrees for air temperature and 77.4 for the water temperature.
The wind was from the south at 5 mph. We fished the Warner’s
Bar area to start. We caught 4 smallmouth and one walleye, as well
as, a few pesky pan fish. We also had a nice smallie break off after
a short fight. All of the fish were in 10-15 feet of water. We then
made a drift down the weed line at Victoria Point making casts in
the same depths. Only one smallmouth came from this spot. One more
stop at Mission Meadows produced one more smallmouth.
2006…7:00am-1:00pm 48 degrees and fog greeted us
this morning with a SE wind at about 5 mph. The water temperature
was 77.4 degrees and stayed that way all morning. We fished the
Warner’s Bar area in 10-15 feet of water using tube jigs,
watermelon. We caught 11 smallmouth over a 2 ½ period. The
biggest was 3 ¼ pounds. Once the action tapered off we moved
to another weed line above the Bell Tower and caught 2 more smallies
in the same depths.
2006…10:00am-3:00pm The water temperature fluctuated
between 77-79 degrees. The wind was 5-10 mph from the NE. Water
clarity was stained. We fished all deep water today from 10-20 feet.
We used ¼ oz. tube jigs looking for walleye and smallmouth.
It was not a very productive day. We only caught 4 smallmouth and
no walleye. The smallmouth came from 12 feet (3) and 20 feet (1).
All of our time was spent at the north end of the lake, Bell Tower,
Dewitteville, Warner’s Bar and Victoria.
2006…3:00pm-8:00pm Cooler temperatures, 75 degrees,
today were primarily were caused by a 5 mph north wind. The water
temperature was still 82.3 degrees. Using the wind for a good drift
we fished the deep shelf, 11-15 feet, along Victoria Point. Two
smallmouth came from this area, one in 10 feet and the other in
14 feet. Both bit a watermelon tube jig. We tried the same technique
further north at Mission Meadows but only caught one 10" smallie.
We then ran to Mayville and spent about a half hour fishing some
docks but caught nothing. The next stop was Warner’s Bar where
we went back to fishing the tube jig in the 10-15 foot depths. We
caught 4 walleye, 15-17 inches, and one 2 pound smallmouth.
2006…4:00pm-7:30pm This afternoon was hot! The air
temperature was 91 degrees and we had 84.3 degrees for a water temperature.
The wind was from the WSW at 15-20 mph. We tried a few docks around
Prendergast Point, both above and below the point, with no success
except for an occasional rock bass. We moved out into 10-12 feet
along the weed edge between We Wan Chu Cottages and Prendergast
Point drifting tube jigs. Two 17 inch walleyes took that offering.
The wind died down slightly so we moved to the other side of the
lake toward Dewitteville and began doing the same technique. We
caught 1 very short smallmouth, 2 more walleye and a number of silver
bass and pan fish. At this stop we added a small piece of night
crawler to the jig. This seemed to draw more strikes.
20, 2006…6:00am-2:00pm The morning temperature was
68 degrees today. Because of all the warm weather the water temperature
rose to 83.2 degrees. The wind was very light from the south. We
headed to the south end of the lake today and began at Stoney Point.
We fished the entire length of the shoal but caught no fish. Next
was the Lakewood Beach area. We tried the gravel bottom in 6-8 feet
using tube jigs but again came up empty. Next we moved into Maple
Bay and fished the docks there. The water was clear and calm. We
caught 5 bass, 3 smallmouth and 2 largemouth from these docks using
soft weightless stickbaits, skipping them as far back under the
docks as we could. After covering that shoreline we moved to the
Bly’s Point area and caught 3 more largemouth using the same
method. When the wind got stronger, SW 10-15 mph we changed and
fished the northern area of Long Point where we lost a large smallmouth
bass after he so graciously showed himself with a spectacular jump.
We temporarily hooked him with a watermelon tube in 12 feet of water
along the weed edge.
16, 2006…6:00am-1:00pm The weather made another
drastic change today. The wind started from the west at 3-5 mph
and then shifted NW at 10-15 by 11 am. The water temperature stayed
at 77.8 degrees while the air temperature went from 66 in the
morning to 90 by noon. We started our day at Stoney Point where
we fished white Power Jerk shads, Venom Salty Slings, spinnerbaits
and a watermelon tube. Only on fish at this stop but it was a
good 4 pound largemouth taken on the tube jigging the weed pockets
in 4 feet of water. The sun got bright early so we stopped at
the docks around Bly’s Point but could only catch one smaller
fish. We went up the lake to Warner’s Bar and fished the
rocky bottom outside the weed edge in 11-15 feet of water. We
caught one smallmouth bass and, believe it or not, a 35 inch garfish
on a tube jig in 15 feet of water on the bottom. The last stop
was the docks below Midway Park. We caught 4 more largemouth from
these docks using a smoke colored Salty Sling.
15, 2006…6:00am-1:00pm Rain, a north wind at 3-5
mph and a 70 degree air temperature greeted us this morning. The
water temperature has come up to 77.4 degrees. We headed to the
Mayville area and fished the weed edge in 10-12 feet of water for
smallmouth. We spent about an hour and only caught one smallie and
one largemouth, both in the 2 lb range. Both fish hit a watermelon
tube jig. We also tried Dewitteville and just north of the Bell
Tower but had no luck. The wind shifted to the NW and the sun finally
broke through the overcast sky, so we headed for protected water
behind Prendergast Point, fishing the docks. The water was crystal
clear and the largemouth were up under the docks. We caught 3 more.
We got them by skipping a smoke colored soft bait under the docks.
We finished up in Bemus Bay doing the same thing and caught 2 more
largemouth and lost 3 more. All the fish were right around 2 lbs.
13, 2006...6:00am-2:00pm The wind switched today an came
out of the north at 5mph first thing in the morning so we tried
for smallmouth early in the Mayville area. We caught them on watermelon
tube jigs along the weedline in 11 feet of water. The largest fish
was 3 lbs 12 oz. The air temperature was 66 degrees and the water
temperature was 73 degrees. We moved to Dewitteville and caught
them there too doing the same thing. Once the action stopped we
went hunting largemouth. The wind did another switch and went NE.
That left the Shore Acres shoreline protected. We worked the docks
along there and caught the largemouth. The total for the day was
9, all were keepers.
12, 2006…8:30am-4:30pm The weather was wet. It rained
on and off all day. The good part was that the T-storms that were
forecast never showed up. The temperature was 70 degrees and the
water temperature was 73-75 degrees. The wind was from the south
at 5-10 mph until about 2:30 when it shifted to the SW at 10 mph.
Water clarity is still very clear. We fished Victoria Point, Dewittville,
and the Bly Point area. We caught a total of 16 bass, 6 of them
were not keepers. The biggest was a 4 ¼ pound, 20 ½
inch smallmouth. We also caught a 13 inch perch. Most of the smaller
fish were smallmouth caught in 10-12 feet of water dragging a watermelon
tube. The others, a combination of smallmouth and largemouth were
caught over weed beds and docks using a soft stick bait. The fish
seemed to be transitioning between the docks and weeds because of
the unstable overcast weather system. Water depth was from 3-5 feet
with the weeds being about a foot below the surface. Most of the
strikes were soft pickups.
10, 2006…5:30am-1:30pm The wind today was from the
south at 10 mph and the water temperature was 73 degrees the first
thing in the morning. By the end of the trip it had risen to 75.2
degrees. It was clouding and rainy most of the day. T-storms were
forecast but never appeared until after we were off the water. We
started at Stoney Point where we missed two fish using a white Berkley
Power Jerkshad over the top of the weeds and rocks. We moved up
the south shoreline to Lakewood Beach but had no success there.
Next we tried the docks in Maple Bay. Nothing there either. We did
the same below Cheney’s Point. Next stop was the docks below
Shore Acres Marina. There we caught two and lost 2 bass. We then
changed tactics and used the wind, which had picked up to 15 mph,
to our advantage and drifted dragging watermelon tubes on ¼
oz. jig heads in 10-12 ft of water. We did this in two places, Victoria
Point and Mission Meadows. Between the two places we caught 4 smallmouth
and 3 walleye. None of the fish were very big, but none the less
fun to catch.
7, 2006…8:30am-1:00pm The wind was light and from
the south with a temperature of 70 degrees. The water clarity was
a little stained caused most likely by the windy days and rough
water. We started at Stoney Point jigging the weed bed in 3-5 ft.
We used a watermelon tube and a red shad 7” Power Worm but
got no bites in two drifts. We did the same thing off Lakewood beach
with no success. Once the sun got bright we moved in to the docks
below Cheney’s Point. Skipping soft stick baits we caught
6 largemouth bass. The biggest was 2 ¼ pounds. The wind picked
up somewhere around 15 mph from the SW so we moved into Bemus Bay
but could only find 2 cooperative largemouth there. Both were just
keepers. The air temperature was 78 degrees and the water temperature
was 73 degrees.
5, 2006…8:00am-1:30pm. A cold front passed through
overnight and dropped the air temperature to a high of 65 degrees.
The water temperature remained 72.4 degrees. We fished the shallow
inside weed lines and docks below Cheney’s Point, Bemus Bay
and Greenhurst. Fishing was slow. It took repeated casts to the
same areas to trigger a strike. We only caught 7 largemouth bass
for the entire trip. All of the fish were caught on weightless soft
stick bait. The biggest was a 2 ¼ pounder. It was caught
out from under a boatlift.
3, 2006…5:30am-2:30pm. The morning was overcast with
an air temperature of 65 degrees. By the end of the day it was 80
degrees. The water temperature was 72 and remained that way all
day. The wind was 5-10 mph from the SW. We started at Victoria Point
looking for some active smallmouth. They were chasing baitfish in
15-20 feet. There were fewer fish than in the last week or so. We
had some follows using a white Berkley Power Jerkshad and a watermelon
Power Tube but caught no fish. The next stop was Stony Point where
we worked the shallows where the weeds and rocks come together.
Only a few bites, no fish. We moved deeper, 3-7 feet jigging the
weed pockets with Power Worms. Only one stray crappie would bite.
By 9:30 the sun finally came out and we headed to Bly’s Bay
where we fished the docks, skipping soft weightless stick baits
under the docks. We caught 5 good largemouth in the 2 pound range.
The last stop was the Prendergast Point area where we caught 7 more
largemouth, the biggest weighing in at 4 ½ pounds. All we
caught using the same method as the other 5. Along the way we caught
the occasional panfish and rock bass. It seems that the largemouth
are still shallow and holding on the weedy areas of the docks. All
were caught on the windy side at least to dock sections back.
20, 2006…6am-12 noon We went fishing for smallmouth
bass early. The wind was from the SW at 5-8 mph. Air temperature
was 64 degrees and the water temperature was 70.3 degrees on this
partly cloudy day. The smallies were chasing baitfish all around
Victoria Point but wouldn’t hit anything we offered. After
about an hour we moved to the Dewittville shoreline. The smallies
were in 11-13 feet of water and hit both topwater and tubes. We
used a Berkley Popper, white Power Jerkshads and watermelon Power
Tubes. The wind picked up to 10-15 mph and shifted to the west by
9:30am so we used a “Lake Erie Drag” technique and got
a few more to bite. The last stop was in Bemus Bay to fish a few
docks for largemouth, and get out of the wind. We “skipped”
Gulp Sinking Minnows and Venom Salty Slings under the docks to catch
the fish. All together we caught 14 bass.
18, 2006…7:30am - 10:30am Another bright sunshiny
day. The water temperature remains in the low 70’s. The smallmouth
action had already stopped by the time we arrived today. This is
definitely in early morning bite. We tried anyway but caught nothing.
We continued back down to the docks south of Cheney’s Point
and caught and released 2 largemouth and one 3 lb smallmouth. The
same pattern held up from the previous day 6/17. Then we ran down
to Ashville Bay, fishing the docks in this bay to finish the morning.
We caught and released 2 more largemouth, both in the 2 lb range.
17, 2006…6:30am - 12:30pm Bright sunshine all day.
Wind from the south at 10-15 mph. Water temperature was 70 - 72
degrees. We started at Victoria Point. For the first hour and a
half the water was exploding with schooling smallmouth chasing bait.
They would work the surface for about 15 minutes, then stop. This
continued in 10 or 15 minute intervals for the entire 2 hours. We
caught 2 smallmouth (largest was 4 ½ lbs), 2 short walleye
(17”) and a 2 pound silver bass. All the fish were caught
on tubes, green pumpkin and brown. Once the action stopped we ran
south to an area of docks just below Cheney’s Point. There
we caught large and smallmouth bass using smoke colored soft stickbaits,
skipping them under the docks. All together 21 bass were caught
and released from this stretch of docks. This was a great opening