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camper4lyfe

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  1. I'd contact a local marina. That may at least give you a starting point. I can't remember how we found our guy (up in Clayton), but we started by working through the Clayton Marina.
  2. Doc’s Tackle in Honeoye is a solid shop, though out of the way a bit for Conesus
  3. I’m pretty sure it’s state law that you have to wear a PFD in the spring. I can’t recall the exact dates, but they’re definitely required right now, for this very reason.
  4. Cool. Thank you. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Good to know. Any particular time in the Fall? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. So in general it’s best to hit it on the 1st, as soon as the season opens. What typically defines the spawn/when they’ll be in the creek? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. I'm not entirely sure of my dad's obsession with fishing Springwater Creek, but it's a nice way to spend some time with my dad. That said, I'm hoping to get some help. I know very little about stream/creek fishing, and even less about trout. I typically fish the St. Lawrence for smallmouth, so this is a huge changeup for me. We've been going to the creek around mid-April for the past few years, and I've only started catching fish the last 2 times, but they've all been dinky rainbows (I don't entirely mind, as at least it's something), but I really don't have an understanding of what the trout are looking for, or where We should be looking for them. Tackle-wise, I've been using spinners (I've had my best luck with a small silver spinner), and my dad has been married to salmon eggs. I keep trying to get him to switch to spinners, but I haven't had any luck on that yet, but I keep trying. Unless he knows something I don't, I just don't think that's going to work for him. Initially, we were parking on Kellogg Rd and heading North on the creek toward the lake. The first couple years, we tried here with no luck, and barely even saw anything. Only when we pushed farther toward the lake, after parking along 15A and bushwacking in to the creek did we start having any luck, and like I said, they've all been pretty small. Questions: This year has been tough with the low water, and most likely abnormally warm water, but one of my biggest questions is what are the trout doing in the Spring? Are they heading up the creek for the summer, are they going up the creek to spawn and then head back to the lake? What's their movement, and how would/does water temperature potentially effect that? Does the trout fishing in the stream drop off as the season progresses, or does it move one way or another? I feel like a spinner is the way to go, and on the small size due to the small size of the creek. Is that the best way to go? Should I be pressing my dad more to move on from the eggs and switch to a lure of some sort? In the end, I'm just trying to up our odds of having some success, and definitely trying to get my dad to land his first trout. If you'd rather private message me with details so your secrets don't end up broadcast over the internet, that's fine by me. Any little bit will help, in all honesty, as we're complete novices at this.
  8. Or at minimum, don’t bother with the spillway. You’ll have to explore new areas. I’m hearing they’re staying in the lake, or close to it because of the low water and several beaver dams. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. There’s even less water than last week. At this point, I wouldn’t bother making the drive this year. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. The water's pretty low this year, and I'm hearing they're not running like normal. i may take a trip down in the next day or two to check it out.
  11. They must just be starting. There wasn’t anything this past weekend. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. It’s way too early Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. My oldest (7) is already talking about "that time we went to see the fish" and wants to go back. The kid loves fishing, and would go every day if I took him.
  14. I just dug through my pictures from last year, and I have pictures of pike running April 1. We also saw walleye in the side streams around that time too. I can't for the life of my remember the order that they run. I THINK it's walleye first, then pike, but it could very well be the other way around.
  15. No bit, but still better than working.
  16. I think I'm going to hit Conesus for a quick bit at lunch today. I'm starting to think it might be the last time on the lake for me, based on this snow that's coming.
  17. So I’m basically a complete newbie when it comes to hard water. What effect will all this snow that’s coming have on the ice? I know snow insulates and can inhibit ice formation, but can it potentially cause the ice to degrade? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  18. That’s insane on so many levels Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  19. I started using an old hole today, and I was a bit paranoid it might have been used by someone. The guy was gone, and it was iced over, so I was confident it wasn’t being used, but I definitely would have given it up had someone come after it. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  20. I think I saw them come in today. Was this around 11-11:30: I was out with my little guy (no dice, I really don't know what I'm doing, so I'm winging it), and saw a big group come in not too long before we left.
  21. How’s the ice looking? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  22. Has anyone fished the south end of Conesus, down by the inlet? I know it gets pretty packed up by Vitale, and parking can be an issue. I'm just wondering if the South end is any good (and safe yet?) With my kids being so little, there's no getting up at the crack of dawn to get them dressed and out the door at 0'dark-thirty to beat the rush.
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