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  1. Trips 6&7 2022, Action starting to pick back up, was a decent bite for our two January trips but slowed down in February as it normally does. All salmon yesterday, solid fish in the 4-7lb range. Cayuga slam today which was exciting for the crew! Fish averaged smaller today but more of them, the 9 rod spread running in ~20fow off the big boards kept us hoppin. UV green/yellow have been hot, taking 80% of hits.  









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  2. Can’t get out of Myers, as of a couple days ago the town of Lansing was still rebuilding the retaining walls in the marina and have a containment boom blocking the channel.  Lake level has gone up, about 1.5’ in the last couple weeks, so as soon as they are finished and  pull the boom in it will be fine. 
    Use Taughannock, as long as you have clearance to get under the bridge. We’ve made 5 trips out of there this winter. 


  3. 6 hours ago, chowder said:

    Not usually a huge problem. usually try to do days >30 but even on the real cold ones the lines are usually moving enough in the guides when trolling so that's not a big issue. Not stepping on ice that's formed on deck usually a good idea but have never had much in any critical spot. Very important to drain motors and give a quick start/shutoff. Personally, I keep a bilge pump with leads and hose in a gym bag, stays in house between trips, and never leave tackle, or gear wet and exposed after a trip. Frankly, I think trailering creates more challenges than fishing in the winter

    Ditto on making sure water is out by starting it quickly. Heated garage helps too. Rod guides usually not an issue. One thing to remember is set the clips on the releases light. I hadn’t been on the water in 3 weeks and got excited and ahead of myself and clipped all the lines on where I normally would in warmer temps and forgot about the icing that occurs on the release clips. Learned lesson yesterday when the #3 rod (center rod) of the 5 rods on the starboard side takes the first hit 5 minutes after getting that side set. Yep, froze, wouldn’t release, had to clear rods 4&5 before bringing that fish in. Luckily, the line still pulled through the frozen release clip and took drag. Mistake was not made again. Sometimes icing occurs on the planer board line as well and clips struggle to slide down line. A little finesse by bouncing it down the board line helps. If ice gets too think, I’ve had to reel board in while stripping ice off. 

  4. 5 hours ago, Reel Doc said:

    Very nice.  I didn't know you had your own backhoe!!  :happy2:


    Lol. Ya I thanked the state park workers with the backhoe knowing it would make light of my morning ice chopping duties. Locked up pretty good overnight, we chopped ice for 45 minutes but well worth it. Salmon and browns were hungry. Finally left the launch at 7:45am. 9 rod spread kept us hoppin. Nothing big but some quick action. Off the water just before noon. Tying more flies this afternoon, found a hot color combo. Good luck if you get out!



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  5. Clam 2000 2 person ice shanty.

    NON insulated 
    Folds up to 3’x4’x4”. 
    Good condition.
    Zippers work great.
    Has a few small holes from mice chewing but keeps the heat in fine. 

    Pickup in Lansing NY area. 
    Paul 607-275-7099









  6. Nice catch!

    Lake level looks to be dropping quick, down about 7-8" in the last week to ~382.5 as of today so you should be good for Taughannock.

    I have not been on the water since September, deer season wrapped up now so the Lund will be hitting the water in the next couple weeks.

    I will keep you updated as you know how much I love the next 3 months of winter fishing.

    Take care and good luck out there! 

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  7. 17 hours ago, bout time said:


    Looking for general report for Fair Haven area. I’ve not been out yet this year due to some family issues and this upcoming weekend 6-19 we have our wounded Warriors trip. We will have 13/14 boats participating with 30+ vets. Just looking to get theses men and women some fish. Any reports are appreciated




    ‘Bout Time


    Was out there Sunday 5:30-11 am. Went 4/4. Laker, coho, 2 steel. Had 9 rods running. Ran in 80 out to 250 fow. All fish caught were down in the 40-60 ft range where there was a temp break at about 40-45 ft down.

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  8. 8 hours ago, Reel Doc said:

    Really nice morning to be out on the water.   Started on the East side working shallow with flatlines.  A few boats around but no fish so decided to go to the West side.  Dropped the rigger deep and set a dipsey for the troll across and Bam, Bam a double of lake trout.  Back to work with the big board in shallow but once again, no takers, and this time couldn't blame the boat traffic as just one kayak in the area.  Sun was getting higher and what chop was on the water earlier was fading so slid out deeper.  An hour later still nothing.   Decided to cross over again and out in the middle another laker nailed the dipsey fly.  So stayed out over 300 fow working back to the launch and kept catching lakers on the dipsey while other rods stayed quiet.   It all added up to a relaxing morning and a great dinner of grilled lemon pepper lake trout.  Happy Easter everyone.





    Great report, I was looking for you out there. Surface water temp dropped and minimal 'colored' water led to a swing and a miss for us on the browns and salmon, targeted the top of the water column in the skinny water with a 9 rod spread. Picked up two chunker lakers, 8 & 9 lbs in 11 fow, full of bait fish, spitting up perch. 

  9. When you fish jigs in the shallows like this, how are you retrieving, are you bouncing them off the bottom and reel them in? I've  been trying to figure out a technique to cast in skinny water in a kayak, just to take a break from trolling. 

    Close to bottom as possible, but not on it.

  10. 8 hours ago, bulletbob said:

     I give credit to those that can catch any fish at all in water thats 33-34 degrees.. I was never any good at it...

     I still use small swimming plugs, as we did for decades, but these days it seems guys that troll with streamers catch  more fish in very cold water... I have no idea where to even buy good streamers for trolling in the Finger lakes, or what patterns  to use.. Maybe someone can enlighten me?...   Are these run with a  split shot or two to get them down a few feet?.. Are they weighted?.. I have caught fish trolling hair/marbou jigs in the past, but I am sure streamers would be a lot better... no idea how to get started.... bob

    Run them with keel sinkers, about 10 ft floro leader 8lb test on Cayuga, 1/4-5/8oz depending on the side of the boat, heavier weight on the outside to get just a bit deeper, lighter on the inside to not get hung up on the bottom in the skinny water. The flies themselves are not weighted. I tie my own. They run anywhere from 2.5-5 ft below the surface. I have run them with no weight in front of them and have caught fish. I use the weight to give myself piece of mind that they stay below the surface. Landlocks absolutely love them, but all trout species will chew on them.

    Just like you I remember pulling jigs!!!

    Back 20 years ago in my Dad's 12ft aluminum on some cold January-March days, a 12' noodle rod out one side, another one out the back and me holding a 10' noodle out the other jigging it as we trolled with the 7.5 hp Merc. Spinning reels spooled with 4lb test. We would crush the salmon. Good times.

    Things have evolved, the streamers are the same concept as the jigs, just a little different approach.  

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