Oct 13, 2007…7:30am-11:30am.
This was one cold morning. The temperature was 41 degrees. The
rain that was forecast never came but the wind, which was SW,
started at 7 mph and increased to 15-20 mph. The water temperature
was 63.4 degrees. It had dropped over 10 degrees from last Monday.
Fishing was tough. No smallies in the usual spots so we tried
and old reliable, Lighthouse Point. Using a white spinnerbait
burned over the big rocks there we got 2 nice largemouth, 2
½ pounds a piece. We moved down to the north end of Warner’s
Bar and jigged the weedbed along the buoy markers but never
got a bite. The heavy wind made holding on the weeds very difficult.
Moving again we fished Long Point along the north side fishing
12-20 feet deep with a tube and caught 3 smallmouth less than
2 pounds each. We drifted way to fast even with the drift sock
out. To be honest, the college football games seemed more desirable
than the cold wind so we headed in. As I type this, the games
are good and so is the warm coffee.
8, 2007…9:00am-2:30pm. We made it a late start
today. The water temperature was 73.6 degrees with a WSW wind
at about 5 mph. The lake was flat to a slight ripple. The air
temperature was an unusual 83 degrees. The algae bloom was still
going strong. We fished shallow weeds (4-6 feet) in Sherman Bay
flipping a 4" tube and a black/blue Berkley Chigger Craw.
The fish were small, no more than 2 pounds but we caught 6. We
fished some of the few docks left below Midway Park but caught
nothing there. The wind picked up to 15+ mph and made the fishing
difficult along the shoreline structure so we tied on spinnerbaits
and moved in and out between 2 to 10 feet on the Colburn shoreline.
Nothing going with that either so we called it a day.
29, 2007…7:00am-3:30pm. There was fog that lasted
until 9:30 am making moving around very difficult. The water temperature
was 69.4 degrees, the wind was N at about 3 mph so the fog wasn’t
moving. The air temperature was 49 degrees. We were able to get
to the Midway Park area without too much trouble. We fished for
muskie throwing big spinnerbaits along the weed edge out to 18
feet. No fish there so when the fog gave us an opening we ran
up the lake to Crosswinds and worked our way back south casting
for the elusive toothy critter. We switched colors and also threw
a perch color giant crank bait. We did the same off the Mayville
weed line with no luck. We also tried a tube jig for some smallmouth.
This produced one VERY little smallie and a not much bigger largemouth.
Both came off the weed line in 13 feet. Many people we saw on
the lake were struggling just like us. By 10:00 am we decided
to run south to Greenhurst Point and fish some submerged rock
piles and pilings. We caught 2 largemouth using Salty Slings rigged
Texas style. We then moved to the Lakewood Beach area fishing
another rock pile, but no luck there. We fished docks in Maple
Bay and Shore Acre landing 4 more largemouth and losing 2 or 3
more. None of the fish were bigger than 2 pounds. Most were less.
It was a nice day out but a tough day of fishing. Still it beats
22, 2007…7:30am-1:30pm. The water temperature was
69.7 degrees, air temperature 71 and the wind was WSW at about 10
mph. By noon it had switched to the north and was blowing 10-15
mph. We did a run and gun day starting at Warner’s Bar then
the Viking and Mission Meadows. We only caught 2 bass, one very
small largemouth and a 4 ½ pound smallmouth. Both caught
on a tube. By 9:30 the sun was up and warm so we ran south to take
advantage of the shorelines in Maple Bay and Whitney Bay that were
sheltered from the wind. We fished shallow, 3 feet or less, with
flukes and soft stick baits and caught 13 largemouth ranging from
12" to about 2 ½ pounds. We didn’t find anything
real big but they were still fun to catch. Once the wind shifted
to the north and increased we decided to end the day.
15, 2007…7:00am-1:00pm. This day was one of the most
miserable weather days of the season. The wind was from the WNW
15-20 mph and the temperature was 49 degrees when we started. Water
temperature was 72.8 degrees. We were looking for muskie so we headed
north to the Crosswinds area. Using the wind we drifted casting
large spinnerbaits and in line spinners over the weeds and outside
the weeds out to 18feet. We hooked one good muskie but it eventually
got off. After 3hours of working the area we decide to go looking
for some bass and calmer water. We ran south and fished Driftwood
and Bellview Points. The wind was driving the water up on the points
and the fish were right in the surf. We used tubes thrown in the
shallow surf to catch smallies. With the cold wind and water making
things very uncomfortable we called it a day at 1 pm.
7, 2007…7:00am-1:00pm. This was a trip set up to
locate fish for a later date tournament. Smallmouth were the target
fish for the beginning. We fished the Mayville area on the outside
weed line. No smallies, but strangely enough two muskies. The first,
a 35" fish made it to the boat. The other MUCH bigger didn’t.
Both hit a 3 1/2 " melon pepper tube on 8 pound test. Oh yes!
It was some fight. We next moved to Mission Meadows where we caught
one smallie and then the Lutheran Camp where we took 2 more. Warner’s
Bar produced one for us but there was a guy who was fishing a DD16
and killing them in 13 feet banging the bait on the bottom. We recorded
the info and left. We moved to Victoria but the forecasted T-storms
blew in and ran us off the lake. The wind was N when we started
at maybe 3 mph and the lake was nearly dead flat. Water temperature
was 73.2 degrees.
31, 2007…7:00am-12:00pm. Fog and 58 degrees with
a water temperature of 70.2 degrees greeted us this morning. A very
light north wind did little to move the fog. It stayed until about
9:30 am in patches. We started on Warner’s Bar but had no
bites after and hour of fishing hard. We moved to Midway Park and
promptly caught 2 very nice smallmouth, one being around 5 pounds.
We made 2 more passes and caught 2 more, both about 2 ½ pounds.
We then moved up the lake and fished the weed line off The Crosswinds.
There we caught 8 more smallies and 3 largemouth. We also lost 4
nice fish. The wind started to pick up to 10-12 mph so we moved
down the lake to Victoria. We caught 2 more smallies before ending
the day at noon. All the fish we caught on a watermelon tube on
¼ oz jig. Depths ranged from 9-15 feet.
4, 2007…6:00am-2:00pm. This was a tournament day.
We began at the Viking where we caught 4 keeper smallmouth. Water
temperature was 76.7 and the wind was light and variable. The fish
were caught on Senkos, tubes and dropshotting a Gulp 4" sinking
minnow. We then ran south to Maple Bay and fished some of the docks
out of the reach of the SW wind that came up at 5-8 mph. We caught
7 largemouth skipping soft stickbaits and casting spinnerbaits.
Next stop was an area with rock piles/weeds and pilings, all submerged.
One 4 ½ pound smallie and 4 largemouth came from there. All
were caught on Venom Salty Slings. We stopped and fished the bridge
pilings but caught nothing. The last stop was Bemus Bay where we
caught 2 more largemouth. A very good tournament for me with a 4th
place with 13.41 pounds.
25, 2007…6:00am-11:30am. Cooler temperature, 60 degrees,
and overcast skies were the order today. Showers were forecast but
never showed up. The wind was from the south at 5 mph and the water
temperature was 72.3 degrees. We started at Warner’s Bar fishing
watermelon tubes. Almost emmediately we caught a 17 inch walleye.
We send the next half hour looking for another bite but it never
materialized. We moved to the weedline above Midway Park. There
we caught 3 very small smallmouth. Then moving up the lake we fished
Mission Meadows and could only get one very small largemouth. At
that point we changed tactics and ran south to fish some docks for
largemouth. We ran to Maple Bay, pulled up to one dock and caught
6 largemouth and one smallmouth of one dock using soft stick baits.
None of the other docks produced so we made one more stop on the
way back along the Colburn shoreline and caught a real nice 3 ½
11, 2007…7:00am-1:30pm. The skies were overcast and
the wind was from the SW at 13 mph. Rain was in the forecast with
T-storms for the am hours. The air temperature was 77 degrees and
the water temperature was 75.6 degrees. We started our morning at
Warner’s Bar but quickly found that the fish were not anywhere
to be found. We fished along the Long Point shore line and missed
3 small smallmouth bass. We moved to the other side of the lake
to Victoria and fished the weed line edge above the point. We caught
one short walleye. We fished some of the docks above Victoria. We
caught no fish and were run off the lake by rain and a T-storm.
We waited the storm out, about 1 hour, at Long Point in the snack
bar. Once the area was safe we headed south to the bridge. Another
storm started to move in so we stayed under the bridge fishing the
west piles and caught 2 smallmouth and 1 very small walleye. The
storms were very nasty but we stayed reasonably dry and out of the
reach of the lightning. We continued to spend the rest of the trip
fishing the shallow (4-7 feet) bridge pilings using tube jigs. We
caught 2 more smallmouth and 5 largemouth and losing 3 others, all
on watermelon color tubes.
9, 2007…8:30am-1:30pm. The wind was from the SW at
10-15 mph. The water temperature was 75.6 degrees and the air temperature
was 88 degrees when we started. We fished nothing but docks today.
They were in the Ashville Bay, Shore Acres and Hadley Bay areas.
We fished Power Bait Sinking Minnows in smoke/black fleck, Venom
Salty Slings in smoke and Tiki Sticks in Black/Chartreuse. The bass
were cruising in the shallow grass between the docks and holding
way back as far as 4 sections. We got 5 largemouth, all in the 2
¾ pound class and one smallmouth about 2 pounds. The wind
increased to around 17-20 mph and basically did us in for the day.
7, 2007…6am-11am. The temperature was 59 degrees
with clear skies. The water temperature was 73.9 degrees. We had
a mild wind from the SW at less than 5 mph. This turned out to be
a really tough day of fishing. We fished the weed line from the
Bell Tower to the Packard Mansion using melon tubes. Water depth
was anywhere from 10 feet to 20 feet as we zigzagged to try to locate
the fish. We only caught 1 smallmouth and one short walleye. Moving
into the docks we fished back toward the Bell Tower but only caught
rock bass. We then headed to Mission Meadows. There we caught one
smallmouth and another short walleye fishing the 11-13 foot weed
line edge. Trying some docks below Midway Park as our next stop
we came up empty. Continuing to move south we tried Warner’s
Bar but caught nothing. We then made a long run down to Maple Bay
and fished the south shoreline docks. We caught 3 largemouths, one
being a nice 3 pounder.
6, 2007…7am-3pm. The temperature was 57 degrees
with clear skies. The water temperature was 73.6 degrees. The
wind was from the south at 5 mph. We started on Warner’s
bar fishing a watermelon tube. We caught 3 walleye, both short,
in 13 feet. We moved up the lake to Mission Meadows and caught
2 walleye and 4 smallmouth, all in 12-15 feet of water on the
outside weed edge. The wind shifted to the NW so we moved to some
docks around Prendergast Point. We caught 1 largemouth on soft
stick baits. We ran down below the bridge and fished some docks
but the wind move to the north and made boat control difficult.
We made the run clear up to Mayville to get some protected shoreline
and caught 4 nice largemouth off the docks. By now the wind was
from the north at around 10-15 mph putting white caps on the lake.
We ended our day at that point.
4, 2007…6am-11am. The temperature was 57 degrees
with an overcast sky. The wind was south at 3-5 mph. The water temperature
was 73.6 degrees. We started at Warner’s Bar fishing the weed
line going from 11-18 feet. The first cast produced a smallmouth.
From then on it was all walleye. No keeper size (18") fish,
but a total of 5 were all caught on a watermelon tube. Other’s
in the same area were using crawlers and leeches and catching fish.
The wind increased to 8-10 mph so we moved to Victoria Point and
fished the same depths but could only hook up on one walleye. The
wind continued to pick up so we ran south to Maple Bay to calmer
water and fished the south shoreline docks. We took 7 largemouth
off these docks using a soft stick bait, fished weightless and skipped
to the back of the docks. The forecasted storms and rain started
to move in so we called it a day and headed for the safety of the
ramp and home.
2, 2007…6am-1pm. A slight fog was over the north
end of the lake. The air temperature was 49 degrees. The water temperature
had dropped to 74.6 degrees mainly because of all the cooler nights.
The wind was light from the north. We headed to the far north end
of the lake and fished the outer weed edge off Mayville. We started
by trying for smallmouth but there was no activity. We managed one
very small walleye. We switched up and worked the edges with in-line
spinners for muskie but couldn’t even get one to follow. We
worked the edge toward the NW corner for the smallies and had some
surface action going on but no strikes. The next stop was Mission
Meadows working the same baits for both smallmouth and muskie. We
came up with the same results there. We then changed up and fished
the docks below Midway Park using soft stickbaits. We missed a few
fish and then caught a nice 5+ largemouth inside a boatlift. We
continued fishing this shoreline and lost 4 more largemouth, some
under the docks a some in between running the baits over the top
of the weeds. The wind, still from the north picked up and made
fishing this shoreline difficult so we moved to the Bemus Bay area
and lost 3 more largemouth. We got lots of bites on the docks but
did not successfully hook up enough to get them in the boat.
27, 2007…8am-12 noon We got a bit of a late start
because of the weather report for potential rain and T-storms early.
They never got here until around 4 pm. Good thing we went anyway.
The water temperature was 76.8 when we started and climbed to 79.2
by the time we stopped at noon. Air temperature was 88 degrees.
The wind was from the SW at 5-8 mph. The first stop was Bly’s
Point. We fished the docks to the north and caught 1 smallmouth
on a Berkley Sinking Minnow. We followed the shoreline around Cheney’s
Point and fish both the weeds in 4-7 feet with a Power Bait Beast
and a few of the docks with the Sinking Minnow. Only one largemouth
was caught off a dock. Next we moved south to Maple Bay and caught
4 largemouth on a 50 yd stretch of docks. All were caught on th
Sinking Minnow. The last stop was the I-86 bridge pilings. Using
a watermelon tube we got 1 walleye and 4 smallmouth.
17, 2007…6:00am-1:00pm The sky was overcast and the
temperature was 60 degrees when we hit the water. Water temperature
was at 72.3 degrees and the wind was SSW at 5-8 mph. We fished Mission
Meadows, Warner’s Bar until 9:30. Only 4 walleyes, all under
the 18" limit, 1 smallmouth and one largemouth. There was no
surface activity today and very little response to the tube jig
that has been working all season. The water depth on the fish we
caught ranged from 10-22 feet so there was really no consistency
in location. As the day warmed up the water temperature went to
74.8 degrees and the wind shifted to the west at 10-15 mph. We moved
to the docks and caught 3 largemouth on a watermelon black fleck
tiki stick. The wind made it difficult to fish efficiently and we
left a lot of fish untouched. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.
16, 2007…6:00am-12:00 This was a beautiful day for
the opening of bass and muskie season. The sky was clear and the
early morning temperature was 64 degrees. The water temperature
was 70.2 and rose to 72.6 degrees by noon. The wind was light and
variable then turned NW at 5-7 mph. We fished for smallmouth and
walleye at Victoria Point, The Vikings, Mission Meadows and Warner’s
Bar. In all we caught 5 nice smallies and 5 short walleye. Water
depth was 11-13 feet. All the fish we caught on a watermelon tube
and a Milky Pepper Power Grub. By 9 am the deep bite quit so we
moved to the docks along the Colburn shoreline and others above
Cheney’s Point. We fished a Venom Salty Sling and a Tiki Stick
and caught 7 largemouth. All the largemouth were between 2 ½
to 4 pounds.
9, 2007…6:00am-9:00am Today was very cold for a June
morning, 48 degrees with overcast skies. We fished a very short
time because the wind came up hard from the north at 15 mph which
made fun fishing very uncomfortable and the thought of breakfast
and a hot cup of coffee a temptation we easily fell prey to. We
started at Victoria and caught 2 walleyes and 3 smallmouth using
a watermelon tube on a ¼ oz jighead. Wanting to fish a different
area and someplace out of the wind we headed below the I-86 bridge
to the Shore Acres area. The wind made to too rough to fish the
docks in that area so we changed and threw spinnerbaits and topwater
between the docks. Before we left we caught 4 largemouth along the
Colburn shoreline on a Pop’R in 2-3 feet of water on the inside
weed edge. Yes, the water was still rough….topwater? It worked,
6, 2007…6:00am-12:00 The weatherman proved today
that you never know what to expect until you look outside. Nothing
that they said would happen, happened. So what’s new? We were
met with misty rain showers and colder than predicted temperatures.
It was 48 degrees when we started and 51 degrees when we stopped.
The water temperature ranged from 65.3 to 66.5 degrees depending
on where we were. The wind started out light and variable and shifted
to the west at 5-8 mph. The water is still very clear. We fished
Victoria Point, Warner’s Bar and a small point on the north
end of Bemus Bay. We caught 5 smallmouth, 1 largemouth and 3 under
sized walleye. The smallies took a Pop’R in 23 feet of water.
The biggest was just over 5 pounds. All the walleye and the largemouth
were taken on a watermelon tube jig.
26, 2007…6:00am-11:30am With this trip we could take
advantage of the new catch and release regulation for bass. This
new regulation allows pre-season (before the 3rd Saturday in June)
specific targeting of bass using artificial lures only, with immediate
The water temperature was 66.4 degrees
with an air temperature of 61 degrees. The wind was from the north
at 5-10 mph. The forecast called for early morning showers but
we never got any. It did remain overcast, which helped keep the
smallmouth that we were after, active. We fished a white Berkley
Power Jerkshad to get some reaction bites on the surface. Then
we switched to a deeper presentation. Most were caught using a
3" watermelon or green pumpkin tube on a ¼ oz jighead.
In the mix we caught walleye. They were right in there with the
smallies. They bit the same tube. We fished the Victoria Point,
Warner’s Bar and Mission Meadow’s areas in depths
of 10-18 feet. In all we caught 5 walleyes, 11 smallmouth and
2 largemouth. The largest walleye was 24" and the largest
smallie went right around 5 lbs. All were released to fight again.