2012…7:00am-2:00pm. Fog, cloudy skies, 63 degrees
and light NW winds were the early morning conditions. With the cooler
temperatures and rain the last two days the water temperature dropped
to 73-74 degrees. This was a “prepare for a tournament”
charter so we never stayed any place very long once we located fish.
We started off the Mayville flats along the 11-14 foot drop-off
fishing tubes. Once we located fish we moved in on some of the docks
along the Mayville shoreline fishing soft stick baits. The next
stop was Mission Meadows then Viking, Whitney Bay and Warner’s
Bar. We ran down the lake to Sheldon Hall, Greenhurst, Burtis Bay,
Sherman’s Bay and back up to Bemus Bay. In all we caught 11
smallmouth and 8 largemouth. Since this was preparing a guy for
a tournament the only thing we will give up is that all the fish
were caught on tubes and soft stick baits and the size ranged from
infants to 3 ½ pounds.
2012…4:30pm-8:00pm. This was a tough day mainly due
to the constant weather change and impending storm system coming
through. Cloudy skies and a threat of T-storms kept the temperature
right around 77 degrees. Very light NW winds had the lake very calm.
The water temperature ranged from 78.7-80.3 degrees depending on
where we were. The algae bloom is in full force. This was a muskie/bass
trip so we started in Whitney Bay in 15-17 feet casting in-line
buck tail spinners. We made one long drift zig zagging from the
17 feet into 10 feet over the weeded for the entire length of the
bay but could not raise a fish. We moved into shore and fished 2
docks that usually produce largemouth but could not get bit there
either. We ran across the lake to Sunset Bay and fished the docks
there but could only manage 4 small largemouth. We made another
move up the lake to Midway Park and made a drift casting again for
muskies along the outer weed line but with no luck. At this point
one of the forecasted T-storms had moved south of us and had caused
the wind to really pick up so we ran around Long Point and went
into Bemus Bay fishing the docks, again using soft stick baits under
and between the docks. We caught 5 largemouth and lost 2. The most
exciting strikes were those between the docks because they hit the
bait being worked quickly over the surface. Luckily all the storms
2012…6:30am-11:30am. Light WNW winds and 70 degree
temperatures with a bit of an overcast sky greeted us at the start
of today’s trip. The water temperature was a bit warmer at
78.2 – 80.3 degrees. The bite was slow today but still produced
11 bass, 5 smallmouth and 6 largemouth. Size wise nothing was bigger
than 2 ½ pounds. All the smallmouth were caught on tubes
in 11-13 feet of water fished very slow from Mission Meadows, Viking
and Mayville. The largemouth came from docks in Whitney Bay, Sunset
Bay and Bemus Bay using soft stick baits.
30, 2012…6:30am-11:30am. Cooler over night temperatures
have lowered the water temperature down to 75.3 degrees. I do believe
this to be a good thing. Today’s air temperature was 61 degrees
with light SW winds less than 5 mph and partly cloudy skies. We
began at Mission Meadows and caught 4 smallmouth in 10-13 feet using
tubes. The bite was slow so we moved up to Mayville and made one
drift in the same depths with no luck. We decided to try some of
the docks in Hartfield Bay and caught 1 smallmouth and 3 largemouth
either under the docks or in the open water between the docks where
there was both weeds and rocks. Soft stick baits did the trick there.
The wind began to pick up so we headed back to Mission Meadow’s
to give the smallmouth another try. One small problem, fisherman
on a pontoon boat that had watched us catch the smallies earlier
was anchored right on the spot so we moved down to the Viking. This
was a very good move and we should have gone back to thank the guys
on the pontoon boat for taking our other spot because we stayed
in a 25 yard stretch in 10-13 feet and caught 12 smallmouth and
one largemouth, all on the same tubes we used earlier. Sometimes
what looks like a problem turns into a golden moment.
28, 2012…8:30am-10:30am. We took a chance on the
weatherman being wrong this morning. Well, he wasn’t! T-storms
rolled in as forecasted. We did get 2 productive hours in though
before the T-storms drove us off the lake. Winds were calm and from
the NE with an air temperature of 73 degrees. The water temperature
was 79.3 degrees. The water had a stain to it but it was more on
the surface. The hooked fish were visible down to about 2-3 feet.
We started at the Viking fishing melon and green pumpkin tubes but
could only manage one very small smallmouth. We made a quick move
to Mission Meadows fishing the same baits and caught 6 smallmouth
with the biggest a 3 ½-4 pound fish. As the storm started
to come on to the lake from the west we moved closer to the state
park where we caught one nice size silver bass. Then, a hint you
all should watch for, static electricity holding the monofilament
way above the surface of the water signifying possible lightning
danger. The line was actually suspended about 5-6 feet above the
water line. So off the water we went. The storm came in and remained
so we ended the trip. At least the fish were good to us for that
16, 2012…4:00pm-7:30pm. This was a late afternoon
trip that had temperatures hovering around 92 degrees. The wind
was from the WSW at 15-20 mph with sunny skies. The water temperature
was 81.9 degrees. We ran down to Bly’s Bay where we were protected
somewhat from the wind and fished the shallow grass and docks with
soft stick baits rigged weightless and Texas style. We caught four
largemouth along the shoreline in 2-4 feet of water. Smoke, junebug
and green pumpkin colors all worked equally well. When the wind
laid down we tried some deeper water with tubes at the Viking and
Warner’s Bar but could only manage a nice size silver bass.
We moved into some docks in Sunset Bay and caught one largemouth
and one smallmouth off the docks.
15, 2012…8:30am-1:00pm. This was “take a soldier
fishing” day. We had a great breakfast at the Mayville VFW
to start the morning. T-storms delayed the start of the fishing
day by more than an hour. I was very fortunate an honored to have
a young man who has served to tours in Iraq with a surgical medical
team. Also with us was Charles, one of the two photographers that
came with the guys. When we finally got on the water we ran to Warner’s
Bar. There we caught two smallmouth, one on the first cast, a couple
of silver bass and lost a musky. We moved to the Viking but had
no luck. We ran into Bemus Bay and fished a few docks where we lost
two nice largemouth in the open water between the docks and then
got chased to Long Point State Park by another frog drowning T-storm.
The park provided cover protection from the lightning. The delay
took another hour off the fishing time but a few of the other guides
made it to the park too so we sat around eating and exchanging stories.
Once the storm went by we headed up the lake to some docks off the
Chautauqua Institution shoreline. We caught a nice 3 ½ pound
largemouth. That fish won Scott the big fish of the day award.
14, 2012…6:30am-10:00am. Winds were from the SSE
at 5-10 mph with partly cloudy skies and an air temperature of 64
degrees at the start of the trip. The water temperature was a steady
79.4 degrees. Because of the short trip we fished the Viking and
Mission Meadows. Between the two places we caught 4 smallmouth on
tubes. A few other fish didn’t make it to the boat, mostly
because of missed hook sets. As usual the weatherman missed his
mark on the wind speed. By 10 am it was blowing closer to 15 mph
and the upper end of the lake was rolling pretty good.
8, 2012…6:30am-12:00pm. Despite the heat we had a
20 fish day! The constant heat for this week had the water temperature
ranging from 79 to 81 degrees. The warmer weather has the algae
bloom starting up which I know just thrills everyone. The lower
end is worse than the upper end of the lake but that soon will change
if the temperatures don’t cool down and we get some rain.
This morning’s air temperature was 74 degrees and managed
to get to 85 degrees by noon. Winds were from the N at less than
5 mph until about 10:30 when they built up to about 10 mph. Skies
were clear and sunny. We started off the Mayville flats in 10-18
feet but could only fool two smallies. For some reason the fish
have not moved into this area in quantity or quality. We moved to
Mission Meadows and caught 7 smallies and 1 walleye. Next stop took
us to The Viking where we caught 4 smallies. All the fish were caught
on a melon colored tube. Once the smallies quit we went down into
Bemus Bay and caught 6 largemouth off the docks using a soft stick
bait. Most of the fish were in the 1 ½ - 2 pound range but
we did have 2 smallmouth and one largemouth hit the 3 pound class.
28, 2012…6:00am-11:30am. This was another cool morning
at 53 degrees but with a totally opposite direction in the wind,
SW, less than 5 mph. The water temperature was 73.4 degrees with
partly cloudy skies. We started the trip searching for smallmouth
using tube jigs. We fished Mayville, Mission Meadows, Viking and
Warner’s Bar and caught a total of 13. Most were on the very
small size. It seemed the big fish just didn’t want anything
to do with us.
26, 2012…6:30am-11:30am. This was a nice cool morning,
53 degrees and a NNW wind less than 5 mph. The water temperature
was 76.8 degrees with partly cloudy skies. We started off at the
end of the Mayville flats in 12-17 feet of water fishing a tube
and a drop shot rigged with a Gulp 3” leech. We caught 3 smallmouth
on the drop shot leech. The wind began to pick up so we headed to
Mission Meadows where we could let the wind work in our favor. We
fished the same depths using the same baits and caught 3 smallmouth
all on the tube. The wind continued to build to the forecasted 15-25
mph so we tried the Viking and caught one smallmouth but couldn’t
deal with the wind so we ran down to Bemus Bay and fished some of
the docks in the calmer water with soft stick baits and caught to
nice, 3 pound class, largemouth to end the trip.
20, 2012…11:00am-4:00pm. Bright sunshine, 87 degree
temperature and a 5-10 mph west wind was today’s forecast.
We fished three areas today. First we ran to the top of the lake
and fished a tube off the Mayville flats in 12-18 feet but came
up empty. With the bright sunshine we decided to move to some docks
on the Maple Springs shoreline. Using a Berkley Heavyweight soft
stick bait we caught 7 largemouth. The last stop took us all the
way down the lake to Greenhurst where we caught 5 more largemouth
using the same bait. All the fish were in the 2 pound range. They
were nothing to win a tournament with but still fun to catch. The
water temperature at the upper end of the lake was 76.4 degrees
and 82.3 at the lower end.
13, 2012…9:00am-12:00pm. Well, as usual the weatherman
guessed wrong. The forecast was for sunny skies and they said at
7:30 am the wind was NNW at 5 mph. NNW was correct but not even
close to 5 mph, more like 10-15 mph and it looked like we would
get rain any minute. Oh, for only a job like that! The air temperature
was 57 degrees but the water temperature stayed at 67.3-69.4 degrees
depending on where we were.
We started on the Mayville flats to
get away from that “mild” wind. HA! We made two drifts
using white Berkley Power Jerk Shads. We could only manage to
fool one largemouth. We moved down to Dewitteville and fished
a tube jig in 12-15 feet around the point but could only get panfish
to bite. We drifted the Mission Meadows shoreline and lost one
fish on a soft stick bait along the weed edge. The last stop turned
out to be the best, the Viking point. The wind was blowing right
on the point and the fish were sitting just inside the weed edge
on the windy side. We caught 2 largemouth and two smallmouth,
one a 4 pounder. All were caught on a tube jig casted into the
weed edge and ripping it out.
11, 2012…8:30am-12:00pm. Today we had a SSE wind
10-15 mph, air temperature of 85 degrees and a water temperature
of 70.7 degrees. We started at Warner’s Bar in 11-13 feet
using tubes along the open areas just outside the weeds. We caught
3 smallies on one drift. We moved up the lake to the Viking staying
in the same depths but this time dragging the tubes we caught three
more smallies. We tried the same technique at Mission Meadows and
off the Mayville flats but came up empty. The wind picked up to
roughly 20 mph and the sky clouded up looking like the predicted
rain storms would start so we headed back to Long Point and got
off the water.
NOTE:The snack bar
at the launch is open and has good food at a reasonable price.
8, 2012…12:30pm-4:00pm. Just went out for, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm,
I’m not sure why. The wind was blowing from the NW at 15-20
mph, it was really hot and there weren’t many places to hide
from the wind. I thought that I would head up to Mayville to get
shielded by the upper shoreline. WRONG! I turned the corner at Long
Point and decided the 8 mile rough ride wasn’t going to be
worth it so we headed down to the bridge and tried fishing some
of the pilings. The water temperature was 68-69 degrees. We fished
a tube around 3 of the pilings that usually hold fish but caught
nothing. Next we tried the Colburn shoreline fishing the docks and
inside weed edge but again nothing. We ran to the south side of
Cheney’s point where we found some calmer water and fished
a white Berkley Jerk Shad. The fish were in the weed pockets in
3-4 feet of water. They would come up, grab the jerk shad and go
right back down. We managed to get 5 largemouth doing that, following
the weeds down to Niets Crest. In this case the wind actually helped
move us along in the thick weeds. There was no real size to any
of the fish but they were fun to catch.
24, 2012…6:00am-11:00am. It was a bit warmer today
with a morning temperature of 62 degrees. The wind was SE 5-10 mph
and built to every bit of the forecasted 20 mph by 10:30am. The
water temperature stayed steady at 67-68 degrees. Visibility was
still down to about 10 feet in most places. We started on Warner’s
Bar again because it has been the most consistent area. The first
cast produced a nice 3 pound smallie and then an hour later a small
one, so much for consistency. We did manage a 17 inch walleye too.
We headed over to Victoria Point and caught another smallmouth and
a largemouth. All were caught on the melon pepper tube. We moved
to the rocky shoreline above the Viking and saw quite a few smallmouth
still guarding beds but could only catch one. We did find a spot
where 3 largemouth were roaming the shallows and caught one on a
weightless soft stick bait. Not a bad day for one that had the wind
come up so hard so early.
2012…7:00am-1:00pm. I took a couple of hunting buddies
fishing today. We had a NNE wind at less than 5 mph, water temperature
of 64.7 degrees and an air temperature of 54 degrees with a slight
fog giving way to clear sunny skies. The water was still clear on
Warner’s Bar, where we started, with visibility to 10 feet.
No surface bite today but the tube bite was red hot. We fished Warner’s
until around 9 am catching 8 smallies ranging from 12 inches to
4 ½ pounds. Water depth was between 10-14 feet for all the
catches. The wind started to pick up so we moved to Point Chautauqua
searching the shallows for smallmouth and largemouth. We saw plenty
but they wouldn’t show any interest in tubes, white flukes
or a soft stick bait. We checked the Mayville flats with no luck.
The same was found to be true above the Bell Tower. Last stop was
Victoria Point. There we caught 5 more smallies and one small largemouth.
Every fish today was caught on a melon pepper tube.
2012…7:00am-1:00pm. The water temperature was 63.4
degrees and we had an air temperature of 56 degrees. The wind was
light and variable with clear skies. We started on Warner’s
Bar for two reasons, 1 the water was absolutely flat and 2 this
is one of the finest spawning flats for smallmouth on the lake.
The weeds were up to about 2 feet below the surface and full of
small perch so the bait was there. Water clarity was clear and visible
to 10 feet. We started on the rock flat just outside the buoy line
in 10-13 feet using tube jigs. It took about ½ an hour and
roughly 100 yds of the flat to get a bite…a very small smallmouth.
There were small minnows all over on the flat and soon the water
was boiling with surface activity so we switched to a Spit’n
Image and caught so many that I stopped counting at over a dozen.
When the surface bite stopped we went back to the tube and caught
bigger fish, with the largest a 5.3 pound smallie. We spent over
4 hours fishing the bar and like I said lost count after we hit
a dozen… More like double that.