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4-23-14 – Wild Day On The River

I had the opportunity to fish with Kevin Davis of Catch The Drift on the Oswego River today. Usually he is booked straight out but a few dates opened up short notice and by default I made quick work to fill one.

The river has been flowing and the spawning steelhead bite has been phenominal. When the shorelines of Ontario are calm enough, the bite this time of year cannot be beat. With the forecast we were dealt, the main lake was not an option so the river it would be!

We met Kevin just before sunrise and scoped out the situation. After launching the boat and shuttling a car at the destination, it was go time! we made our way upriver to the dam and got things rolling.

Within minutes of deploying small crankbaits for trolling we hooked up with a fish that shook the bait. From there it was on. We caught fish in every spot we took a crack at as long as the lures were bring. While steelhead were the main species we caught, there were also some rainbows, browns, and smallmouth bass.

As the bite on crankbaits slowed up mid morning, we started casting spawn sacs and or beads under a float. This was the ticket for the rest of the day. Until about 2:30, we caught fish consistently when we could match the float with the flow.

When it was time to go home, the four hour trip home was not looking so good but with the adrenalin flowing, we made it home in time to fish the next morning!

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4-15-14 – High Water Trout

Trout can put up a good fight on any day but add a little fast moving water and you have a recipe for quite a battle!

Today was a quick trip as there was a sever rain storm coming in later in that day that would raise the already high water. I was on the water for a few hours in a spot that has been good to me in the past. There is quite a variety of habitat in the vicinity and I chose to fish an eddy. Because of the high water, I was standing on the edge of a field!

I was tossing a “Live” Baby Shad from Lake Fork Trophy Lures on a 1/8 ounce jig head. After giving the jig a few seconds to sink, I would start working it back through the slack water with quick and erratic popping action. The bites were relatively light but firm enough for a good hook. I landed 6 fish total and lost two others that got out into the main flow.

Although not measured, big fish was a rainbow around 20 inches followed by a 16″ brown that was super slender. I see a good summer ahead on this river!

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2-13-13 – New Friend, Slow Day

For quite some time now, I have been talking to a fisherman through an online forum about some common areas that we both frequent. We had talked in the past about getting together for an outing but until now, have never been able to connect. We talked about walleye, crappie, perch, trout. and salmon. We settled on an area that offered various trout species with the intentions of jigging up perch despite the slow bit that has been occurring. He said he usually catches a fish or two at this spot but as the winter wares on the fishing heats us.

We were set up with tip ups on the ice around 6:30. The day called for blue skies with temps in the mid 30’s so if nothing else we would be comfortable. Within only a few minutes the first flag of the day popped up. Then another! Then another! These flags were all relatively close to each other and as we worked the first two up, we realized that a pod of nice sized perch went through the spread. After re-baiting, we punched holes to jig in.

Throughout the day, we moved around quite a bit looking for fish. Most attempts were unsuccessful and those holes that held fish resulted in only perch. Being that I had to work today at 2, I had to call it a day shortly after noon. Although the fishing wasn’t great it was good to meet my new fishing friend. I’m sure there will be more trips in the future. Some will be successful while others won’t. That’s why its fishing, not catching!

Later that night, I got a message saying that he had caught a small salmon before picking up.

2-6-13 – No Trout But Lots Of Bluegill

I had to work today at 2 pm so my time on the ice was limited. I got an early start and was set up only a few minutes after 6. From 6 until 9:30 I had three flags. All were hit and runs with no line stripped out. The fishing was not great but I had a back up plan. I packed up and was on a new body of water in no time.

The second spot I checked was a little more promising. Upon arrival I punched a bunch of holes over varied terrain looking for weeds of all kinds. The fish in this lake usually relate to the thickest weeds during the mid day. Being that the fish hasn’t been pressured much here this year, the circumstances were different.

After cooling off for a second, I started checking holes with my underwater camera. The majority of the holes were barren with weeds only a few inches tall. I found a few holes about 20 minutes in that held fish on a slight taller weed edge. As I watched the fish, they were actively feeding and a good population of bass was around. I found the bluegill cruising above the weeds and the pumpkinseed slightly tucked down into them.

As I started fishing, I found that the fish were feeding aggressively and plastics were not the key for this trip. The jig head color didn’t matter as long as I was using meat. As the fish started to come through the ice, I found that the best depth for the bigger gills was 5′ below the ice in 8′ of water. By the end of the day, I had started sight fishing them as my jig head was bright enough.

The trip ended up being turned around into a success but made it so much harder to leave and go to work. I’m sure that I will be back soon!

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1-22-13 – Sure, Why Not Some Trout

Sure catching panfish on just about every trip is fun but it is nice to switch things up once in a while just to know we can still do it! Planning on sleeping in a bit and not meeting a buddy until 6:30, I hit the road only a few minutes late. The 40 minute drive from my house was converted into a a little over an hour on decent roads with extra cautious drivers. Being late is not something I am use to because I don’t like missing morning bites!

As the tips ups were being set out, the first flag popped. Of course it was the furthest flag we had out but the reel was spinning fast! Taking a second to catch my breath we decided the first flag was mine. As I pulled the tip up out of the water the fish kept moving. Quickly, I set the hook and began to retrieve my fish. As it screamed by the hole on the first pass we determined it was a young brown. As it came out of the hole we took a few pictures and removed the hook that was right in its beak. After releasing the fish we continues setting out our spread.

After we put 14 tip ups out we took a minute to rig up a jigging rod to hound some perch. The holes that we were looking for perch in were stacked but in 40 feet of water. The fish were aggressive but setting the hook didn’t go so well. After catching only one nice perch to several small ones we went back to relaxing and watching our tip ups.

From that point on the day went downhill fast. The wind picked up with gusts into the 30’s and the temps had to be in the single digits. The combination of the two ended our trip early. After cooking a venison and hotdog lunch, we decided that we were full, happy, and cold and that going home was our best option. The next fish that we caught on a trip up was as we picked up for the day.

In the end, we both got to catch a trout and eat some good food. When I arrived home, the wind was blocked by the trees and I felt bad for going home early. I think theres another tip up trip in the near future! It’s nice to sometimes sit back and relax.

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4-16-12 – The Bass Weren’t Biting…

The plan for the day was to go fishing for bass but try to pick up some trout and bluegill along the way. We headed to a small inland pond that is rumored to have some nice bass and decent gills. We got on the water around 9am and the temperature was rising fast. The high of the day was somewhere well over 80 and the sun pounded all day.

The first shore we fished had some decent old woody structure so we fished it in its entirety as the wind pushed us along. On average it was only a few feet deep quite a ways out with crystal clear water. If there were any fish we would have been able to see them cruising along. The only thing that inhabited this stretch were turtles, and lots of them! It seemed like they were on every tree that was in the water.

As we approached the far end of the shore, we noticed a few mergansers take off. As we watched them go we could see fish popping in the shade of an over hanging pine tree that they just left. Creeping in, we came across a beavers winter cache of branches that jetted out over a slightly deeper channel. Under all the timber was a pile of fish silhouettes. We took casts with multiple baits of all sizes until we determined they were all trout as they chased our baits up to the boat. We quickly changed to spinners and the fish started biting. We caught a few decent sized brookies before moving on in search of the bass.

We began fishing the north shore with a decent current pushing closer and closer. There was much of the same type of structure present but with a few freshly fallen trees still sporting green pine needles and deeper water closely adjacent. This is when we were able to catch a few small bass ranging in the 1.5-2 pound class. The fish were tucked tightly in the cover of the dense pines. For the remainder of the north shore we found fish in every pine tree that offered similar cover. Floating along, we also discovered several bass cribs as we went over them. If there was any fish in them, chances are we spooked them off before realizing they were in there because of the clear water and us being directly overhead.

After the excitement of catching and seeing a bunch of fish on the north end, we began fishing south again with no fish to be had. We found lots of familiar looking, old fallen timber in shallow water. We saw one school of small bluegills cruising in and out of a cluster of ancient tree stumps before calling it a day at this pond.

Because it was still early in the day, we decided to hit another lake before heading home. We launched the boat planning to fish a northern end of the lake looking for similar structure as we had previously found. Also, a bit of shelter from the wind because of the formation of the lake offered a bit of it. Go figure, the fishing was once again poor.

We managed a few smaller bass before hitting the only honey hole for bass of the day. Unfortunately, they were not the species of bass we were looking for. There was a pile of rockbass sitting where we least expected them. We found a square dock sitting in no more than a foot of water with only a few inches for an opening before meeting the sandy bottom. The fish were stacked up under there big time. We anchored the boat only a few feet from the dock and vertical jigged them as if we were ice fishing. We could watch the entire scenario unfold each time we dropped our jig in the water. We found that they hit best when the jig was slightly suspended off the bottom but they would come check it out each drop even if it was resting on the bottom. It was a blast! After a short while my buddy told me we had to leave because I was having too much fun… Weak!

I also posted a few videos on our facebook profile from the days honey hole!

I got to test out a batch of “live” baby shad by Lake Fork Trophy Lures. Even though the bite was slow, I was able to catch fish when they were around. The action on these plastics in nice. They seemed to have more action than similar “baby shad” style baits because of the swim slot while being equally durable. I caught numerous rockies without having to change the bait.

Moving on, we had only a short stretch before hitting the next batch of fish. Cruising down the east shore, we came across a spot where a sandy shoal jetted out from shore and immediately into 20+ feet of water and the fish were jumping. We assumed they were trout so we began casting our spinners. First cast, I hooked up with a brown. Not much for size but still a fun catch. Within the small area enclosed by the shoal, the fish were cruising around and surfacing occasionally as there was a decent sized hatch going on.

The remainder of the day was very unproductive. I don’t think we caught another fish even though we fished a lot more water before getting off shortly before 6. The day was slow but we fished two bodies of water that were new to both of us. We learned a bit about where and how to fish and probably won’t forget sunscreen the next trip out. We both got roasted in the early summer sun with our winter skin!