2011…6:30am-12:30pm. We had cooler temperatures again
today with a 52 degree morning temperature and clear skies. The
wind was from the SSW at less than 5 mph. The water temperature
was 74.3 and we have a minor algae bloom that is putting a heavy
stain on the water surface. We started on the Mayville weed line
fishing a dropshot with a Gulp leech or 3” minnow for smallmouth.
We could only manage one smallie but caught a ton of panfish. It
seems they were faster to the bait than the smallies. We moved to
Mission Meadows and Warner’s Bar but found no other smallies.
We headed down to the I-86 bridge and fished some of the pilings
where we caught 6 very small smallmouth and broke of one nice one.
We ran south down to docks in Burtis Bay and Maple Bay where we
caught 5 largemouth using a soft stickbait skipped under the docks.
Coming back up the lake we stopped at the pilings again and caught
2 more smallmouth using a tube and a dropshot. We ended the trip
in Whitney Bay fishing some of the docks and catching 3 more largemouth.
By the end of the trip the water temperature was 76.2 degrees and
the wind had shifted to the W at 10-15 mph.
2011…6:00am-12:00pm. A cold front came through last
night with rain and caused the water temperature to drop nearly
5 degrees to 76.3 degrees. The wind was from the NE at 5-10 mph
with a temperature of 65 degrees rising to 76 degrees by the trips
end. We started with the Mayville weed line fishing a tube and a
dropshot rigged with a Gulp 3”fry. We could only get 2 smallmouth
to bite. We moved into the Mayville docks but caught nothing. Next
we went into the weed bed along the Mission Meadows shoreline flipping
a black/blue Berkley Chigger Craw and a 4” tube. We zig-zagged
fishing in depths from 5-9 feet but got nothing but perch bites.
We ran down to the bridge and fished some of the shallow pilings
where we caught 1 smallmouth and 2 largemouth using a tube. We ran
down the lake and fished docks near the “white wall”
and in Maple Bay where we caught 3 largemouth. The last stop was
a dock in Bemus Bay where a nice fish broke off under the dock.
26, 2011…6:00am-11:00pm. A little cooling off with
a 61 degree morning temperature was a very nice change. The water
temperature stayed right around 79-81 degrees. The skies were slightly
cloudy and we had a light west wind. We started on the Mayville
weed line using a drop shot Gulp leech. We caught 6 smallmouth up
until 7:30 am when the wind started to pick up. We headed for the
Chautauqua Institution shore line and fished the same depths along
a ledge but caught nothing. We move in and fished some docks along
the shoreline below the bell tower using Senkos and caught 6 largemouth.
Staying along the same side of the lake we moved down to Prendergast
Point and caught 1 more largemouth on a dock. Going along the same
way we went into Whitney Bay and caught two more largemouth before
the wind REALLY picked up. It was every bit of 15-20 mph so we headed
back to the launch.
25, 2011…6:00am-11:00pm. The heat wave continues
with a 6am 72 degree temperature. The water temperature was steady
at 81.3 degrees with a light SW wind. This trip was set up for muskie
so we started above Chautauqua Point on the outer weed edge in 10-15
feet and alternated between there and Dewitteville Point casting
Mepps Muskie killer spinners and giant spinnerbaits. We spent 2
½ hours working both entire weed beds all the way in to 6
feet. Only one fish followed one of the baits. We made the switch
to fishing a drop shot Gulp leech and or a tube for smallmouth of
the Mayville weed line in 10-13 feet. We caught 4 smallmouth and
a few perch. Once the smallies stopped we went into Whitney Bay
and fished for largemouth but only caught one before the rain and
thunder ended the trip.
20, 2011…6:30am-12:30pm. A light SW wind and 62 degrees
with a slight fog started off our morning. We started on the weed
line, 10-14 feet, in Mayville fishing dropshot rigs using Gulp 3”
leeches and 3” fry. We could only fool 2 smallmouth and 2
walleye along with a number of nice perch. We did the same technique
on Warner’s Bar but came up empty. We made the run to Greenhurst
in the lower basin and fished rock piles but came up empty again.
Moving to Burtis Bay and fishing docks we caught 7 largemouth using
soft stickbaits. We went into Maple Bay but there was too much activity
around the key docks there so we headed back up the lake stopping
at one of the bridge pilings. There we used a tube jig and caught
2 VERY nice largemouth, one nearly 6 pounds and the other a 4+.
The next stop was a dock in Bemus Bay where we caught a largemouth
and a smallmouth. We made a stop in Whitney Bay to end the trip
but no fish.
17, 2011…7:30am-1:00pm. This trip was to take wounded
soldiers fishing for the day. Seven boats took 16 of our country’s
defenders stationed at Ft. Drum on the lake for a day’s fishing.
I had the honor of taking a Coronel, still serving, and his wife
with me. He has served 33 months in the Middle East. We launched
at Mayville after a great breakfast at the VFW. The temperature
was 62.degrees, rising to a scorching 87 degrees. The water temperature
was 74.6 degrees and it rose to 80.3 degrees. We ran roughly 5 hundred
yds to the weed edge and fished dropshot rigs for smallmouth. We
used Gulp 3” leeches, Gulp 3” Fry and Gulp 3”
minnows. We caught 4 smallmouth there. We moved to the Chautauqua
Institution shoreline using the same baits and caught one smallmouth.
We then went fishing for largemouth. We ran to the lower basin and
fished Colburn docks but caught nothing. We moved further south
and fished some submerged rock piles and pilings in Greenhurst.
There we caught 2 largemouth. We made the run to Maple Bay but there
was too much activity on the docks that we wanted to fish so we
ran back up to Bemus Bay where we caught 5 more largemouth. All
the dock fish were caught skipping a weightless, soft stickbait
under the docks. After dropping off the Coronel and his wife I took
the grandson out for a short while back to Bemus Bay where he caught
3 more largemouth doing basically the same thing.
16, 2011…6:00am-2:00pm. This was another clear, hot
day that started at 60 degrees and rose to the mid 80’s by
the trip’s end. The water temperature was 74.2 degrees. We
started at Mayville in 10-15 feet and caught 8 smallmouth on a dropshot
using a 3” Berkley Gulp leech. By 9 am the SW wind increased
to 10+ mph and the fish shut down. We moved to Warner’s Bar
but caught no fish. Next we stopped at Bemus Bay and fished a big
platform dock where we caught 2 largemouth, the biggest being a
4.22 pounder. We fished Colburn again and caught 7 largemouth there.
The last stop was in Whitney Bay where we caught 2 more largemouth.
By now I think you’ve figured out that the largemouth are
under the docks.
14, 2011…6:00am-12:00pm. 58 degrees and clear skies
greeted us this morning. We started up in Mayville fishing for smallmouth
in 10-15 feet using tube jigs. The water temperature was 73.4 degrees
with the slight start of the annual algae bloom. Four average size
fish took our offering before the wind picked up and we had to move.
We fished Mission Meadows and Chautauqua Institution shorelines
catching only one smallie. We ran to the lower basin and fished
the Colburn shoreline where we found at least one fish on every
dock. We stopped counting after catching 14. This was a very good
5, 2011…6:30am-11:00am. The temperature was 58 degrees
to start warming to 74 degrees by the trip’s end. The wind
was light from the SE and eventually switched to SW at 5-10 mph.
The water temperature ranged from 72.3 to 75 degrees. We started
in Mayville fishing tube jigs in 12-15 feet. The first cast produced
a double. One was about 3 ½ pounds. The other was just over
5 pounds. Within an hour we caught 6 more smallies, a 2 pound silver
bass, a huge perch for this lake, roughly 1 ½ pounds and
some smaller perch. All of the fish were caught on the tube jig.
Once the action stopped we moved to Dewitteville and tried the same
method but caught nothing. With the sun up and bright we moved into
some docks in Whitney Bay and Bemus Bay where we caught 3 largemouth
using soft stickbaits.
27, 2011…6:00am-2:00pm. This was a tough day on the
water for biting fish. The morning began with a thick fog leaving
us very few safe options for a starting spot. We started on Warner’s
Bar looking for some deeper water smallmouth in 10-14 feet using
tube jigs. The wind was light from the SE and the temperature was
67 degrees. Water temperature was 68 – 70 degrees. After roughly
an hour and no results we moved up the lake to Dewitteville where
we stayed in the same depths again with no good results. We moved
into the weeds and ran a swimbait across the top of the weed bed
but could only get the attention of some perch. The fog had now
burned off and the sun was up and bright so we went shallow on some
docks along the Chautauqua Institution shoreline using soft stickbaits,
Venom Salty Slings, Tiki Sticks and Berkley Heavyweights. These
docks yielded only two rock bass and a very small smallmouth. We
moved to Whitney Bay and targeted 3 specific docks where we finally
hooked up on a nice largemouth. Water clarity in the upper basin
has improved tremendously now that the rains have stopped. We next
made the long run down to Greenhurst and fished some rock piles
where we caught another nice largemouth on a Berkley Heavyweight
soft stickbait. Moving to Maple Bay we were able to catch 2 more
largemouth in the scattered weeds along the shoreline. By now the
wind had picked up and switched to the SW at 10-15 mph so we started
back. On the way back up the lake we made stops and Hadley Bay,
the bridge pilings and Bemus Bay all with no fish. Like I said at
the beginning, it was a tough day. Good thing it didn’t rain!
18, 2011…6:00am-2:30pm. The wind was light and variable
changing to SW at 5-10 through the day. Water clarity has improved
immensely. The upper basin has visibility down to 3 feet while the
lower basin has a slight stain. The water temperature stayed right
around 70 degrees with an air temperature max of 77 degrees. We
began at the crib fishing the inside of the buoys. We caught 5 largemouth
and 1 smallmouth flipping tubes. We moved above Greenhurst Point
and caught 8 largemouth using senko type baits over a combination
of rocks and weeds. Once that action stopped we moved into Maple
Bay and fished a rock pile in 8-9 feet of water where we caught
2 more largemouth. The next stop was Bemus Bay where we flipped
some weeds with a tube and fished a short section of docks. We managed
just 2 small largemouth from that stop. We made the run to Mission
Meadows and fished the deep ledge 10-15 feet but caught nothing.
Moving in shallow we did catch one largemouth. We ended the trip
flipping the weeds on the Mayville flats but caught nothing there.
Those weeds had a slime on them which always give me problems.
15, 2011…6:00am-12:00pm. A temperature of 47 degrees
and no wind to speak of greeted us at the start of the morning.
We started in the upper basin at Mission Meadows, this time with
the Aqua View camera to check and see if the smallies were where
they were suppose to be. They were but only 2 would bite. They were
in 10-11 feet of water right along side a school of walleye. They
wouldn’t cooperate either. We spent nearly 2 hours trying
just about everything, to no avail. The water temperature had dropped
to 65.3 degrees because of the cooler nights and could have had
something to do with it. The wind picked up from the SE but that
still didn’t change the lack of action. We moved down to Bemus
Bay and caught one largemouth on a dock. With the wind from the
SE we went into Hadley Bay and found 7 nice largemouth, all on docks.
We did try the weed line out to 7 feet in the bay but no luck there.
The smallmouth were caught on a tube and the largemouth were all
caught on soft stickbaits fished weightless.
11, 2011…6:00am-12:00pm. The skies were overcast
and it definitely looked like rain. The only rain was a short 20
minute shower. The temperature was 63 degrees and the water temperature
stayed right around 70.4 degrees in the upper end of the lake. The
water has really cleared up since last week. The wind was light
from the SE. The first stop today was Mission Meadows. We fished
a tube jig in 11-18 feet and caught 2 smallmouth. We moved to the
other shore and fished the same depths along the Chautauqua Institution
shoreline. That produced one walleye on the same tube jig. The wind
picked up and so we used it to drift and drag the tube along the
12-14 foot weed line from Lighthouse Point to Mayville. Fish showed
up on the graph but none would bite. We moved in on a short stretch
of docks in that area and caught one largemouth and a Tiki Stick.
The last stop was Warner’s Bar where we caught one smallmouth.
The deep bite just hasn’t started yet. The weed beds are behind
in growing so it’s tough to find a strong concentration anywhere
except the docks, which are also behind in being put in because
of all the high water that we’ve had. So far the lower basin
of the lake has out produced the upper basin.
10, 2011…6:00am-12:00pm. The wind today was from
the NE at 5-10 mph but was nearly calm most of the morning never
hitting that speed until the end of the trip. The temperature was
58 degrees first thing and warmed to around 65-70 degrees by noon.
It was overcast most of the time, almost looking like it would rain
any minute, but it never did. The lower end of the lake was today’s
location. The water temperature was 73-75 degrees and the water
clarity was stained with a visibility of about 2 feet. Based on
Weds trip we stayed shallow today, mostly 2-4 feet and no deeper
than 7 feet. Except for a set of rock piles and a short rocky strip
we stayed on docks. All the fish, 11 largemouth came from docks
using a soft stick bait (smoke) and the new Berkley Heavy weight
Thumper Worm ( green pumpkin party) fished weightless. Both baits
were skipped under the docks. Areas fished were Greenhurst, Shore
Acres, Hadley Bay, Neits Crest and Maple Bay. The fish were of much
better quality with the best 5 estimated and around 14 pounds total.
8, 2011…6:30am-2:30pm. The water temperature was
71 degrees and the water clarity was much improved with the break
in rain and high winds. Today was a scorcher with a temperature
in the 90’s. Obviously that meant VERY sunny skies. The wind
was SW and had been predicted to be 10-20 mph but turned out to
be right around 10 mph. We stayed at the upper end of the lake the
entire day covering nearly the entire shoreline, both deep and shallow.
We began on the Mayville flats with surface baits and spinnerbaits
in 2-6 feet and coming up empty. Making a move to Hatfield Bay and
applying the same methods we got the same results. Next we stopped
at Mission Meadows. After spending time in that same 2-6 feet depth
we moved out to 10-14 feet and caught one smallmouth on a tube.
We moved down the lake to Midway Park staying out in the 10-14 range,
again nothing. We got the same results on Warner’s Bar. Next
stop was the bay below Prendergast Point. By now the sun was up
and it was getting very hot so we moved into the docks. We used
a senko type bait and a swimming jig and finally hit pay dirt catching
2 largemouth and a smallmouth around the docks. We stayed shallow
the rest of the day fishing docks up that side of the lake. The
final total was 10 bass….2 smallies and 8 largemouth. No real
size to most of them, the largest a 3 pound largemouth.
2011…7:00am-11:00am. The morning was very foggy and
a cool 58 degrees. The wind was light from the S. The water temperature
dropped nearly 2 degrees to 61.7 degrees because of, what a surprise,
MORE RAIN! This also put more debris in the lake and also stained
it up again. Victoria Point was the first stop mainly because of
the fog. It produced 1 smallmouth and a 16 ½ inch walleye.
Both were caught in 10 feet of water on a melon pepper tube. With
the fog still around the next stop was Warner’s Bar. There
a 35 inch muskie took the same tube. This was a great fight on 8
pound test. Luckily he was hooked on the side of the mouth away
from all those nasty teeth. Those were the only good fish. Everything
else was perch, rock bass and sunnies. With the inconsistent water
temperatures the bass are in a confusion mode, not knowing what
to do. With the stained, dirty water it’s hard to locate much
of anything deeper than a foot.
2011…4:30pm-8:00pm. This was a busy day on the water.
Fishing boats everywhere we went. Probably because the weatherman
hasn’t given us many good days and they all jumped on this
one. The temperature was 72 degrees with a NNW wind at about 8 mph.
Within an hour or so it dropped to nearly no wind at all. The water
temperature ranged between 60.2- 63.7 degrees. We first ran to the
Mayville flats to avoid the wind and found 5 other boats pounding
the water. We made to drifts changing depths from 2 feet out to
6 feet casting spinnerbaits, Berkley Hollow Belly swimbaits and
a Berkley Power Jerkshad but found no fish and saw no one else catching
anything. We moved down the lake to Chautauqua Point and basically
did the same thing with the same results. Next stop was Mission
Meadows where we first went shallow with no results and then moved
out to the 11-15 foot ledge and fished tube jigs. No takers there
but we did wake up some perch in the deeper water. The final stop
was Warner’s Bar where we fished the tubes. We caught 2 smallmouth
bass, the largest a 4 ½ pound hard fighter. After a short
while the rock bass started hitting on nearly every cast. Not exactly
what we were looking for but fun to catch. I know, I know…we
probably should have started at Warner’s Bar. Who knew? HA!
9, 2011…7:00am-11:00am. The water temperature warmed
to 55 degrees by today’s trip. The wind was from the NE at
5-10 mph and the water remained stained. Skies were clear and sunny
with a temperature of 44 degrees rising to 56 degrees but the end
of the trip. We fished Stony Point for most of the trip catching
8 smallmouth, one crappy and a perch. All the fish were caught on
a melon pepper tube. The first and largest fish was a 5lb 14oz smallmouth.
The fishing was a little slow but when you caught one it was worth
2011…7:00am-11:00am. FINALLY! The weather has finally
cleared up and looked something like spring. The temperature was
a bit chilly at 38 degrees and there was a small amount of rain
but the lake was calm with a wind from the NE at 4 mph. Water temperature
stayed right around 51 degrees all morning. Because of all the previous
week’s rain and wind the water was quite stained. We fished
Derby Bar, Lakewood Bar and Stony Point using crankbaits and tubes.
In all we caught 10 smallmouth and 2 largemouth bass. Most of our
fish took the melon pepper tube on a ¼ oz. jighead.