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  1. We will be just downstream of Clayton. Is there a lot of current there? Do you drift to keep line vertical with Jigs? Do you use bottom bouncers or troll with diving devices like dipsey or jet divers? Go with current or upstream? I may try jigging/casting spoons while drifting if that works.
  2. What techniques and lures are you using. I'm coming in from Ohio on Thursday with wife for 3 days and would like to catch a few fish for fun. I fish Lake Erie trolling. Appears St Lawrence is different.
  3. I am heading to Clayton area end of Sept weekend with wife. We have never been there. We want to do some fun fishing. I usually fish Lake Erie central basin and troll spoons, crankbaits with inline planer board, weights or dipseys for walleye. Do these techniques work around the weed bed edges or deeper water for walleye, pike or smallmouth? Looks like we may have to learn dropshot fishing. I'm not good at jigging or using the paddle tail swim baits but have little of everything. May venture out to beach or dock at dusk and throw a few cranks or jerkbaits. We will be sight seeing most of the visit, but have a boat available for a day and can shore fish. Just looking for what works to have some fun catching what ever will bite. Not looking for a cooler full or wall hangers, just fun. I see on map that Picton Island, Grinder Island, Eel bay and couple other locations mid river on US side are reasonable boat ride from our cottage. Any advice on how to spend one day for fun fishing would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for ideas. Chris
  4. FarmerChris


    New to this kind of terminology. Why do you run copper? Is it for depth? How deep can you run dipseys, and do you run them on braid or wire?
  5. FarmerChris

    Lake O Newbie

    I also plan to fish Lake O as newbie this summer, Niagara bar to Olcott area. Some general questions on tackle and tactics. For Riggers, some one mentioned "bulking" up the line to combat fleas. Do you run braid or mono on rigger rods, and what diameter and lb. test is suggested? My inline planar board rods can double as rigger rods, or I could pick up some new ones or re-spool the reels. Currently use 12# Maxima mono on these. Or do you mean bulk up the rigger cable itself? Sounds like spoons are most common lure. What size and designs? I have a lot of regular size Michigan Stinger spoons, some scorpion size, and a pack of jumbo salmon spoons from e-bay lure lot that I have never used. Do you run any stickbaits for salmon, browns, steelhead, or lakers? I have 4 good dipsey rods with #1 Dipseys. Would these work in place of Riggers, or complement them in spread? These setups are 8" Taloras with Tekota 500lc spooled with 40lb power pro on mono backing. Is this adequate? too heavy? too light? I was looking to re-spool this spring and for Erie walleyes I don't think the line size matters too much on dipsey rods. Boat is 18'6" Lund Sport Angler with 150 Opt, 9.9 4stroke trolling motor 80lb Minkota on bow, so limited to nice weather fishing. Thanks in advance for replies. I am enjoying researching this adventure.
  6. Thanks for the picture of torpedos. What do you hook to the back eyelet? I have chamberlain and blacks releases set up on cable above the weight. For 2 rods per rigger, planned on using a stacker on the cable.
  7. I am new to using downriggers, so have been reading up as much as possible. I have 2 Cannon Mag 10HS units. Intend to use riggers in summer on Erie when walleye are deep, over toward Ashtabula and Conneaut. Hope to come to Lake O in July, probably Olcott, Niagara bar area. I tried out my riggers by Pa line, 75 fow last September, 10 lb balls down 50 ft had lot of blowback, not seen on sonar. Maybe it was current, maybe need less water resistant, heavier weight. I have looked on e-bay and various web sites. Best information I've seen is this LOU website. Thanks for all the shared information. Question: when you say "torpedo" weights, are those the fish shaped ones, or a straight cylinder? I have reviewed info on the Shark brand weights. Trying to determine one best set of weights to get that will work on Lake O and Erie. Thinking 13 or 15 lb fish shaped, if that is what you call torpedo shape.