2014…7:00am-2:00pm …..Today we spent the entire
trip in the lower basin. The water temperature was about the same
this morning as the last two at 70.5 degrees. It was 58 degrees
and a minor fog. The wind was light and variable. Where there was
no fog it was bright and sunny. We headed below the bridge to Colburn
and fished the docks using weightless stick baits and pitching plastics
around the docks. We also used a buzzbait and a spook in between
the docks. We fished down the east shore line all the way down to
Greenhurst then jumped over to the west side and fished some of
Burtis Bay, Sherman’s Bay, Neits Crest, Hadley Bay and some
different bridge pilings. We finished up in Bemus Bay but the boat
traffic made it very difficult to fish. In all we caught 16 largemouth,
mainly from docks.
2014…7:00am-2:00pm …..Another morning of thick
fog! It hung around again until 8:30. It temperature was 56 degrees
with a light SE wind. The water temperature was 70.3 degrees. This
was a trip to prepare people for an upcoming tournament. We stayed
in the upper basin the entire trip. We started at Warner’s
Bar and then covered the Viking, Mission Meadows, Dewitteville Bay,
Hartfield Bay, Mayville Flats, Lighthouse Point, Whitney Bay, Victoria,
the bridge pilings and Bemus Bay. In all we caught 3 smallmouth,
18 largemouth and one muskie. We fished tubes and dropshot rigs
in 10-15 feet, soft stick baits and worms around docks and pilings.
By the end of the trip it was 80 degrees and the water temperature
had climbed to 74.8 but the wind stayed SE at less than 5 mph. The
algae bloom has kept the water stained and ugly.
2014…7:30am-1:30pm …..Fog until almost 8:30,
58 degrees and a very light WNW wind made travel around the lake
a bit difficult. Thank goodness for the GPS. The water temperature
was 70.3 degrees to start and ended at 74.9 degrees as the sun finally
came out when the fog lifted. We fished for panfish since the charter
involved a 10 year old. WE only got one sunfish, mainly because
we couldn’t get to the perch area, missed quite a few other
bites though. After the trip I picked up the grandson for a little
fishing. We got one smallmouth from Victoria, one largemouth under
the ferry ramp and 4 largemouth from the bridge pilings. He fished
like a champ!
2014…6:30am-2:30pm …..64 degrees, cloudy skies,
light SSW winds and a water temperature of 70.7 degrees started
our morning. This was a trip to prepare a young Ohio State college
tournament fisherman for competition on the lake later this month.
We started looking for smallmouth on Warner’s Bar but could
not get a bite. We moved to the Viking and there we caught one very
nice fish. We fished Victoria and caught another nice smallie. The
problem was that in both places we could not get numbers. With most
of the heavier weight coming from the docks we moved into Whitney
Bay using soft stick baits and caught 4 largemouth, We did the same
in the Power Boat Club, Sunset Bay and Bemus Bay. In all we caught
11 more largemouth. We made a stop at the shallower bridge pilings
and caught 1 smallmouth and 2 largemouth. Besides the soft stick
bait we used shakey heads and tubes.
The water temperature rose to 75.9
by the end of the trip. It should be noted that the algae bloom
is started to increase. We’ve had too many warm nights.
If you have a wish list with any room on it, wish for 40-45 degree
night time temperatures to kill it.
29, 2014…7:00am-12:00pm …..53 degrees, yes
really 53 degrees at 7am, with very cloudy skies and a west wind
at 5-8 mph started our morning. Not a bad thing when the algae bloom
is trying to start up. Let it be cold!!!!! Just no snow. Anyway
we headed up the lake to Mayville and fished tube jigs along the
10-15 foot drop-off but could only manage 5 perch. We moved in on
the docks and hooked up on 5 largemouth, most of which were small.
We fished Mission Meadows and the Viking using the tubes and caught
one smallmouth and one nice largemouth along the 10 foot drop-off.
The wind switched to the WNW and picked up making the fishing difficult
so we moved to Whitney Bay and caught three largemouth off the same
dock. We made a quick run to the Bridge and fished two of the reliable
pilings but came up empty. The last stop was in Bemus Bay where
we caught one more largemouth. Fishing the docks we used Texas rigged
soft stick baits, smoke and green pumpkin. It remained cloudy the
entire trip leaving the water temperature exactly the same as when
we started 70.9 degrees. Of course the sun came right out the minute
the boat was on the trailer.
24, 2014…6:00am-12:00pm …..The lake has been
pounded by many tournaments in the last 2 weeks and the fishing
is reflecting it. Docks are being beaten up. If you can find a weed
bed that hasn’t been cut up you will find fish, mostly small
but catchable. We started with 74 degree water a temperature, SW
wind at 5-10, sunny skies and 81 degree air temperature. The deep
water smallies have not found their way out to the deep weed edges
yet and most of the tournaments are being won by limits of largemouth,
20+ pounds. Many are coming from docks so as much as they have been
beaten up we started on the Mayville set of docks. There we caught
4 nice fish. We fished docks in Sunset Bay, Hadley Bay, Arnold’s
Bay and Smith Boys to land 8 more largemouth.
10, 2014…6:00am-12:00pm ….. 67 degree water
temperature and cloudy skies with 72 degree air temperature started
the morning trip. Still looking for some productive weed beds but
finding most all ripped up by the weed cutters. They are definitely
doing their job this season. We started on the Mayville flats along
the middle buoyed area in 5-7 feet flipping a Berkley Power Worm
and the new 3” Havoc Pit Boss but could only catch small fish,
no more than 2 pounds. We moved down the lake and fished the buoy
liner on Warner’s Bar and still could only get small fish.
We kept moving south and stopped at the bridge pilings but no luck
there. Then we checked the weed bed in Hadley Bay, but again only
small fish. We moved to the docks in Soft Acres using soft stick
baits and that produced 3 nice fish in the 3 pound class.
6, 2014…9:00am-1:00pm ….. It was a gorgeous
morning at 60 degrees, clear and sunny. The wind was out of the
NNW at less than 5 mph. The water temperature dropped a few degrees
because of the last two cold nights and was 65.3 degrees. It never
got above 68.2 degrees throughout the trip. We started at Chautauqua
Point using weightless stick baits and caught 10 smallmouth and
one largemouth. We saw a few more that we could not get to bite.
They all were in 3-6 feet of water. We moved down to the shoreline
between Mission Meadows and the Viking and caught 5 smallmouth mainly
on a tube jig. They were a little deeper out to 7 feet. Next we
stopped at Warner’s Bar and caught 7 largemouth, again using
tube jigs. They were inside the buoys in 4-7 feet. The wind was
blowing pretty good by then, 10-15 mph, and we just got tired of
dealing with it so we moved around to Bemus Bay where it was more
sheltered and caught 7 more largemouth and one more smallmouth using
the tubes and the weightless stick baits. Not a bad day for a late
start and only 4 hours.
4, 2014…9:00am-1:00pm ….. It was sunny and
65 degrees with a light south wind. The water temperature was 67.8
degrees in the upper basin. We fished the shoreline from the Viking
to Mission Meadows in 3-6 feet using spinnerbaits, and soft stick
baits. We could see good size smallmouth roaming in the 4 foot range
but could only get 3 smallmouth and 2 largemouth to bite due to
the clear water and little to no ripple on the water. The wind shifted
around 10 am, coming from the west at 8-10 mph but still no more
action. We moved to Chautauqua Point and caught 7 smallmouth. Once
that bite stopped we moved to the Dewittville Bay and caught 4 largemouth
all on the weightless stick bait. We made one more drift on the
shoreline where we started the morning but could only get one more
smallmouth. The wind really picked up at that point so we moved
into Bemus Bay where it was a bit calmer. It turned out to be a
good choice because we caught 6 more largemouth. Most of the fish
were caught on the weightless stick bait, smoke in color
2014…6:00am-2:00pm ….. Finally, the water level
has gone down from what the storms left us a week ago. The lake
was over many of the docks on the lake and dangerous debris was
floating all over the lake. Not an attractive situation for me so
I stayed off the lake until this morning. We were greeted with a
50 degree morning temperature and a minor fog. The wind was light
from the north. The water temperature was 65.2 degrees. We started
above Mission Meadows and worked the shallow shoreline all the way
down to the Viking using wacky style soft stick baits, spinner baits,
swimming jigs, and white flukes. We caught 6 smallmouth and 2 largemouth.
During this time the wind switched to the NE around 5 mph. We changed
and moved to a rock pile above the Bell Tower but had no success.
Next we fished Lighthouse Point where we caught 1 largemouth around
4 pounds. The next stop was Warner’s Bar where we caught 1
smallmouth and 4 largemouth. We made the long run down to the lower
basin and fished Sheldon Hall, the Crib and Ashville Bay all with
no success. The water was a bit warmer at 68-70 degrees and stained
enough to hinder seeing any fish movement in the shallows so we
headed back up to where we started the morning. By now the wind
had shifted again to the NW and 5-10 mph and the water warmed to
67.8 degrees. At this point the skies had cleared and it was sunny.
We could only get one more smallmouth. We finished at Victoria where
we caught one more smallmouth. Throughout the day the rock bass
were on fire and we totally lost count on them. They were getting
to the baits faster than the smallies.
17, 2014…7:30am-12:30pm …..
The morning temperature was 38 degrees. It was partly cloudy with
a WNW wind 5-10 mph. The water temperature held at 58.4 all morning.
We fished the lower basin at Stoney Point, Sheldon Hall, the Crib,
Lakewood Beach and Sherman Bay with a Redeye Shad as the go to bait,
along with a swim jig and a tube. WE caught 11 smallmouth, 6 largemouth
and 2 walleye. Most were caught on the Redeye Shad. Depth of the
fish was still the same, 3-7 feet. Nothing spawning as yet.
2014…3:00pm-8:00pm ….. Unbelievable! Another
cool down. The temperature was 47-52 degrees. The water temperature
was warmer at 57-63 degrees. Cloudy/dirty water where the creeks
were running into the lake but it didn’t seem to bother the
fish. The wind was very strong from the WNW at 15+ mph. We fished
the Dewittville to Midway shoreline using the wind to push us down
the shoreline. We did the same on the Shore Acres to Colburn shoreline
and also at Bly’s Point to catch 17 smallmouth, 6 largemouth
and 2 walleye. We used a swim jig, Redeye Shad and a Red Rattle
Trap. All the fish were in 3-7 feet of water.
2014…7:00am-1:00pm …..This morning we fished
the upper basin. There were early morning showers that cleared to
sunny skies. The temperature started at 57 degrees and rose to 82
by the end of the trip. The water temperature was between 58-64
degrees. The wind was from the SW at less than 5 mph. Senkos, jerkbaits,
flukes and swim jigs were used to catch 14 smallmouth 1 largemouth
and a 30” muskie. We fished the rocky shoreline from Dewittville
down to Midway Park, the Chautauqua Institute shoreline and Victoria.
2014…12:00pm-6:00pm …..We had partly sunny
skies with a temperature of 82 degrees. The water temperature was
68-72 and the winds were SW 5-10 mph switching to W 15 mph. We fished
the lower basin around Colburn, Shore Acres and Sheldon Hall using
white flukes, tubes and swimming jigs to catch 3 smallmouth, 8 largemouth
and 1 walleye. All the fish were in 3-6 feet.
2014…7:30am-12:00 and 1:00pm-4:00pm…..50 degrees
and showers greeted us this morning. There was very little wind
from the SW. The water temperature had warmed to 51 degrees but
the fish took an hour before they would bite. In the boat this morning
was Tim Huffman, Monster Crappie.com and Dave Mull freelance writer
and past president of AGLOW. Again we started at Stoney Point. We
also fished Sheldon Hall, Bly’s Point and Shore Acres using
tubes, Husky Jerks and a new bait called a Biffle Bug. In all we
boated 13 smallmouth, 6 largemouth and a 46-48 inch Muskie which
was caught on the same 8 pound test as all the other fish.
The afternoon trip had Don Dziedzina
from Illinois Outdoors and Cory Schmidt from Aqua Vu fishing.
By now the water temperature had come up to 54-58 degrees and
the outside temperature had come up to 70 degrees with lots of
sun. The wind switched to NW 5-10 mph. We decided to start at
Shore Acres where the morning trip left off. We then moved to
the Colburn Shoreline. The fish were few and far between so we
ran up to Mission Meadows and then back down to Victoria. In all
we caught 6 smallmouth, 3 largemouth and 1 walleye. Baits used
were tube, Biffle Bug, swim jig, and a Flicker Shad crank bait.
2014…7:30am-12:00 and 1:00pm-4:00pm…..For the
morning Josh Lantz, Executive Director of AGLOW fished with me.
Kevin Fahey from Shimano joined us for the afternoon trip. It was
a bit warmer at 41 degrees when we started with a water temperature
of 52.3 degrees in the lower basin which is where we started. The
wind was SE 5-10 mph and the skies were partly cloudy. Throughout
the day we fished tubes, rattle traps, crank baits and a Husky Jerk
at Stoney Point, Bly’s Point, Shore Acres, Warner’s
Bar and the Lutheran Camp catching 12 smallmouth, 2 largemouth and
1 walleye. The most effective bait was the Husky Jerk.
2014…7:30am-11:00am…..Another cold morning
at 38 degrees with a water temperature of 51.3 degrees and a light
SW wind. With me this morning was Jeff Davis form Whitetails Unlimited
and Trent Marsh from Hawke Optics. We started at Stoney Point where
we boated 3 smallmouth and one very nice walleye. When the fish
shut down we moved to Bly’s Point and picked up one more smallmouth.
We fished Lakewood Bar and Stoney Point again with no more luck.
The primary bait was a melon pepper tube.
2014…7:00am-12:00pm…..This was first day out
on the lake. It was spent scouting for the rest of the week. I was
scheduled to take AGLOW (Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers)
members out each day. The temperature started out a chilly 37 degrees
and managed to get to 53 degrees by noon. The water temperature
was anywhere from 49.5 to 51.4 degrees. Winds were light from the
SW. In all 2 big smallmouth and one walleye were put in the boat.
The water temperature had to be above 50 for them to bite. Time
was spent at Stoney Point, Sheldon Hall, Driftwood and Shore Acres.