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  1. Its been pretty hit or miss really. I’ve had a decent day casting and a decent day trolling so far. I’ve also had a couple pretty slow days. Fish have been difficult to pattern so far imo. Seems the bigger fish turn on for a day and then its tougher for a while. Water is unusually clear, even in the south end. Totally different than this time last year. Tons of pondweed almost everywhere right now. Casting is a good bet right now as it seems most fish have been fairly shallow still and not over open water yet. You’ll probably at least see quite a few. I wouldn’t limit yourself to the south end casting. Personally, I prefer casting the north end but either can be good. Jerkbaits Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. I don’t know anyone that fishes it at night for muskies. I’m sure you could catch some, especially when the water warms up more. Floating weeds will be more of a problem at night. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. I heard a couple Ohio guys got busted last week for fishing early. I hope they are able to enforce the season more often. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. We have a Minn Kota Terrova. Spot lock is a nice feature. I agree it holds within a couple feet. Works well in wind and current too. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. I found an old LOU thread from 2016 when we were talking about guys fishing Chq early for muskies. My hope is that somebody is around to enforce it this year. That’s all. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. Ok. Not even if you knew the same people were poaching deer for the last 5 years? The law is there for a reason. To protect possible spawning muskies and the fishery. There is natural reproduction of muskies in the lake. Everybody needs to wait. 95 percent of muskie anglers are very conservation minded and dont have a problem with this. If they do they either are not muskie fisherman (like yourself) or not the type of people the sport needs/wants. Like i said a couple times already, its about educating people who are mis informed about when the season actually starts. I really dont think most guys are doing it intentionally. Whats the point of having the law if it’s not enforced? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. Its been happening every year since they changed the season. Im sure of it. Over the last couple weeks, I personally have had multiple people ask me of im fishing muskies on Chq May 23rd. Guys that have any issue with this are exactly the type of guys that create the problem. I have been fishing for muskies since March 14th where legal. (PA, OH, WV) I have not been in the house too long. Do either of you even muskie fish? Do you guys poach deer out of season? Same thing. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Pretty easy to tell a muskie boat/fisherman. Rod holders, speed, baits, leaders... I guarantee i could pick them out. I really dont think people are doing it intentionally. I think some people are confused by what was the 3rd Saturday but now the last Saturday for the opener. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. I put a call into a DEC conservation officer just now and made them aware there are people targeting muskies on Chautauqua lake one week early since they changed the date. She was going to send an email to all the officers in the county to make them aware. I hope they have an officer on the lake the weekend of May 23rd to issues citations. I hope people see this an obey the seasons/laws. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. It’s the same thing every year since they changed the opener from 3rd Saturday in June to the last Saturday in May...people fish the lake for muskies 1 week early. The season DOES NOT open 5/23 or Memorial Day weekend this year. It opens 5/30. I wish they would put an officer on the water to issue citations to the people that fish for muskies a week early. With lower water temps this spring, there likely will still be some spawning occurring. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. I’ve been fishing a decent amount since March 14th. It’s been a fantastic spring. Probably my best spring ever since I started muskie fishing 22 years ago. There are way more boats than usual out, though. Good luck to the NY tiger fisherman. I hope the fishing is as good for you. I’m looking forward to hitting Chautauqua in about a month. Here’s a few from this spring (starting March 14th and one as recent as yesterday) for motivation. The big one was on a figure 8 casting in March. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. That is a nice feature of the Fat AZ’s, I just dont use mine that way. I like that the adjustment on them is infinite and not certain fixed positions. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. Ive never had an issue with my down rods popping loose. The angle of the pressure from the pull of the lure is different than the angle of pressure required to open the holder and remove the rod. I never move the position of any of my holders to remove the rod as chowdaire mentioned. I personally prefer my holder to stay firm in one place. I tighten my Fat AZ holder as tight as they will go. Cisco also makes risers in different sizes if you need even more height. The center rod in this pic is on one of their risers. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. We used 1/4” aluminum backing plates on the under side of our gunwales to reinforce the track. Use bolts with lock nuts. Hard to say what side id use if I only ran one wash or back rod. The other day, i fished solo and ran the back rod on the non kicker side. It did well. But I have days where the kicker side back rod was good. Hard to say if that has more to do with rod position or bait choice. Id experiment for yourself. One nice thing about track is you can run holders in different positions. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
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