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  1. Did my annual camping trip with family at the state park. A gorgeous week of weather.. The fishing? Not so much... Fished Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - probably 20 hours on the water - without a bite. Disappointing is an understatement. I guess we hit the dead zone that seems to occur at some point every year. Saw plenty of boats out every day, but can't say I saw a net move. Ran everything we could, fished as deep as 500 fow, mixed up baits, speeds, etc. Did talk to one other boat that got skunked over two days, so perhaps not just us. Cut bait seems near impossible to find at this point, but we did buy a couple soco hard baits at Screwy Louie's. I'll be back for a week next year. Hopefully they turn on soon. Good luck to all.
  2. Can someone tell me quickly if the Irondequoit Bay launch on the north end ( marine park) is open? I know it was being renovated. Thanks in advance.
  3. I bent my ss prop in a couple spots. Nothing severe, no cracks - just bent in a couple places. Does anyone have a recommendation for a shop to do the work, preferably local to Rochester? I see a shop in Canandaigua, so not too far. Thanks in advance.
  4. Did a quick morning trip with my brother this morning straight out to our waypoints from Friday in 185-205 fow. No fish there, so we decided to just point north to see if we could find anything worth working. The lake was calm, so no concerns with conditions offshore. Pretty much a blank screen the whole way to 525 fow, but hooked into a nice king (21 lbs) in 500 fow, and a steelie trolling back south on our way in. Both took spoons down about 90 feet. The king hit a magnum gator-type spoon - half green, half white, with black dots. Nice to get another quality fish while I was up for a few days with my brother. The weather cooperated, too.
  5. About the same story for us, we set down at one of our waypoints from Friday, in 185 fow, and hit a small king before our second line was set. We thought we might have good action, as our three waypoints in 185-210 still showed fish, but couldn't really get them to go. Ended up with a good sized laker ( about 15 lbs), and 3-4 lbs steelie and king for the morning. Fished from 6-10. Hope to find another screamer in the morning tomorrow. If anyone is wondering, the fleas are pretty bad. If you're not checking lines and cleaning them off fairly regularly, you could get bound up and it could cost you a fish. Good luck all.
  6. Fished from 6-10 this morning with my brother straight out of port. We set up in 150 fow, but found fish in 200-235 fow. Went 4 for 4 with two Steelhead, a 10 lb and 22 lb king. The kings hit a blue spin doctor and fly off a chinook diver on wire out 225. The steelies hit spoons fished off the riggers down 50-100 feet. Decent action for the first hour, then very slow until we got the larger king to bite. A comfortable day on the water with a nice breeze and much better temps than yesterday. Good luck all and happy 4th of July.
  7. Yes, that's the one. Nice launch, fee $6, two docks/three ramps. Not too busy today, but it can be, depending on your timing.
  8. Got out with my brother fairly early this morning, fished 6 to 11. We motored a little west toward the river, and set up in some nicely colored water. We ended up working the 85-95 fow range mostly, in the green and brownish water. Surface temps were 52 to 54. When we ventured in the clearer/darker water, the temps dropped, and we had no luck. We finished 3 for 3, with two nice kings and a chunky laker. The kings came off magnum spoons, down 70 and 35 feet. One off a green and white spoon with black dots ( frog-type), and the other off a pink and black with silver spots. The first king jumped 5 or 6 times, and put up quite a fight. The laker hit a dipsy out 100 with a wonderbread spin doctor and fly. We had two other hits on dipsies with FF, but short hits and no hookup. Successful speeds from 2.4 to 2.65. A beautiful day on the water.
  9. Thank you, tech2526. I'm reaching out to them.
  10. I'm having trouble with a Big Jon captain's pack downrigger, and have pulled it from my boat. Does anyone know of an outfit or individual in the Rochester or Finger Lakes areas that services them? I see there are no dealers or service shown on the Big Jon site in the area. Thanks
  11. My brother and I got out for our first big lake trips of the season, out of Braddock's on Sunday (first time there), and out of Hughes Marina yesterday. Out of Braddock's, fished out near the fleet in the 130-175 fow range, couldn't get any of the bigger fish to bite, but got a couple decent steelies; one on a caramel dolphin near the surface off a planer board, and the other on an NBK spoon down 30 feet on a rigger. We also picked up a skippy king. It was nice to have the lake mainly to ourselves out of Hughes yesterday morning. We started about 100 fow at 6 a.m., and ended 4 for 5. We caught a couple kings in the 8-10 lb range, lost one about 13-14 lbs that decided to go ballistic at the boat and ended up wrapped in the prop and breaking off (white spin doctor with black and green dots), a nice 20 lb king off a natural-colored, alewife-looking spoon, and a laker about 12 lbs. Most of our action was in the 50-60 foot depths and the fish we took were in the 190 fow range. We saw a couple boats working about 100 fow as we were trolling in at 10:30. A couple nice days on the water.
  12. Thanks for the input, guys. I thought I had posted this in South shore Ontario thread, but I guess not. I was looking at Friday, and it seems the wind is supposed to be a southerly, so I think I will plan on the brown program fairly close, as rolmops suggested. If you're seeing different wind forecast, please point me to the site, but looks doable right now.
  13. I may get the boat out on Friday before winterizing for the season, and am looking for advice on a program. I will most likely launch out of Sodus or Williamson. Is my best bet to run a brown program close to shore (browns and maybe steelies), or head out deeper, say 100+, for some non-mature salmon and other species? If you think I'd be wasting my time on the big lake, and should try a Finger lake, let me know. Thanks in advance for ideas.
  14. Went out with my brother Tuesday morning, same 120-140 fow, good action continued. Caught a nice coho at 9 pounds, king at 15, a steelie, laker, and a baby king before pulling lines at 10. A little choppy out, so we had enough. Spin doctors on dipsies out 275-320 again did most of the damage, although we dragged the baby king around for a while on a glow frog spoon, and the steelhead was taken on a spoon. Riggers at 100-115. Wednesday picked my cousin and his girlfriend from Seattle up in Syracuse, spent some time at the NY state fair - hot! Got back to camp and decided about 5 to try to hit the water for a bit. Pretty good rollers out of the northwest, but fish were where we left them, and we took a nice king about 40 minutes in to our troll. That was enough for me, and headed in to just beat some more rain. Fish came on yellow and green spin doctor with black dots and a fly, out 300 on a dipsy.
  15. Got out with my brother from the State Park (camping in a cabin) Sun evening and Monday morning. Sunday late afternoon went 1 for 2 with just a brown to show, that hit a white and green pro king spoon on the rigger down 115. We were in 120-140 fow with some other boats.Lost what most likely was a decent king to a break off of our spin doctor on a dipsy out 275. This morning from 7 till 11 hit the same water with about 15 other boats in the 120-150 fow range. Our best was in 120-130. We had a swivel pulled on a watermelon spoon, cheated on a rigger, 0 for 1. Fortunately, they kept biting. We had hits on another watermelon spoon, and then dipseys with mountain dew spin doctors and flies took fish. Our riggers were parked at 105 and 115, dipsies out 275-330. We landed a double of nice fish, our first. We marked occasional fish down 100 to 120. Finished 6 for 7, all kings, and happy with our limit. 4 were in the 15-20 pound range. Back at it in the morning if the winds cooperate.
  16. Thanks, Yankee Troller. I did go out of Hughes on Saturday and caught a decent steelie pretty quickly over 120 on a planer board on a caramel dolphin spoon with a couple splitshots. I thought we were going to have a decent day, but it was a slow afternoon. We picked up a nice brown down 50 over 220 fow, and that was it. On Sunday we launched out of Irondequoit and fished the shallow water for an hour and a half without a bite, so we headed over to the Genny and trolled it for a bit, running jplugs and spoons. No action, despite the marks. Saw a couple other boats working the same water, and only saw guys reeling in to change what they were offering. Nice days on the water, though. Thanks for the reply.
  17. Current Lake reports/advice? Hi, guys. I am thinking of trying the lake on Saturday, out of Irondequoit or Williamson (Hughes) and, with the decent southerly wind forecast, could probably head out a ways. I haven't been out since the end of August. I'm wondering if anyone has been fishing the open water lately, and could recommend starting depths. I'm not really interested in fishing for any of the staging or spawning fish up the rivers. Anyone doing anything out there? Thanks in advance. I'll probably hit a Finger Lake on Sunday before winterizing the boat.
  18. I bay 8/21 My brother and I got out for our last salmon trip of the season, dropping lines about 7:45 a.m. in about 100 fow straight out of port. We marked bait and fish down about 80-110 in the 95 to 130 fow range, where we spent our few hours. We went 4/4, with two kings 14 and 16, a coho at 6, and a small brown. The salmon all took the spin doctor/ atomik fly combo in the picture, off a dipsy out 325, and the brown hit a magnum blue dolphin on a free slider down about 50. We had decent action and caught a variety of species over the two nice days on the lake, so we were happy. Thanks to all who post and help each other out.
  19. I bay 8/20 Decided to start a little later today with my brother and niece, thinking we would let the lake lay down a little. Fished from 9:45 until about 2:30. We fished primarily from 135 fow to 190, where we were at least marking occasional fish. We went 4 for 7, with a brown, steelie, a skippy king, and one king at 14 lbs. We lost an acrobatic brown that threw the watermelon spoon on its second jump, a king about 10 lbs at the boat that somehow broke us off at the dipsy after missing him with the net, and a fish on a spoon we never saw. Nothing was too large that we lost. We had the kings on mountain dew spin doctors on dipsies set at 300. The brown and steelie were on a green pickle stingray and a blue stingray. We marked fish from 90 to 110 down primarily.
  20. Fair Haven 7/26 & 7/27 We're camping at the state park this week, but it's been difficult to get out with all the rain and wind. Wednesday we got out both morning and evening. We took mostly small kings, including a few skippys, working from 150 fow to 500. Plenty of other boats in the morning, but it seemed many were searching. We couldn't find any good marks. My cousin from Seattle was out for the second consecutive year, and so we were hoping to get him a nice king like last year, but it wasn't to be. We did get one 8 or 9 lbs. Thursday afternoon we went out after the rains and the wind died some, but there were still 3 foot rollers from the nw to start. We set up in 60 fow, and trolled north, thinking maybe we'd see some browns. Other boats started to motor out, heading deeper. We marked a waypoint with a nice screen of marks in 75 fow, but no takers. So we headed north with the rest. We trolled all the way to 250, with a baby brown and a skippy king to show for it. Turned and began the slow troll back to port, to our previous waypoint, and the fish were still there, and it included kings! We made 5 or 6 passes, and had a fish almost every time. We would have worked it more, but no time. My niece did a great job reeling in her first mature king ( with the assistance of my brother). We took two 20 lbers and one at 10. We took fish on a wire dipsy with a dark green spin doctor with fluorescent green dots and fly, out 190; a magnum carbon 14; a magnum pro king spoon in green and white; and a stingray in blue and yellow was a break off at the leader. We only had one meat rig out over the couple days, but we think it got hit just once ( no hookup).
  21. Hughes 6/10 afternoon My brother and I launched at 11 and set down in the vicinity of a half dozen boats in the 130-150 fow range. Deployed spin doctors and flies off wire dipsies, spoons on riggers, and a stickbait and spoon on inline planers. Marked fish and bait in the top 60 feet, but couldn't get them interested, except one chunky laker around noon on a dalmatian spin doctor and fly out 190. Pulled them at 3:30, since there was no action, and only the flies were biting.
  22. Hughes was fine last weekend. I was only there briefly, as I launched the boat and discovered quickly I had no steering, but docks and launch are fine. Ditto what Hassellmania said on the coast guard dock. The public launch by Arney's marina, coming into town, was fine. I used that one.
  23. Thank you for the replies, gentlemen. I might drive the west side of Cayuga tomorrow and check it out, maybe cast a few.
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