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  1. Went on my 38th week-long vacation, and this time, it's my 5th year hauling my fishing boat along. Added some excitement this year with my newly acquired 21-foot Trophy Walkaround. Most of the time, we were more into hunting exotics than specifically going after lake trout. We covered every nook of the Crooked Lake, mainly aiming for different spots and points, hoping to reel in some Atlantics or a Bow, but luck wasn't on our side this time. But when we did decide to target lakers, things started picking up once we nailed down a plan. Our best setup was 8 rods cruising at 1.9 mph in 130 fow, and here's the gear we used: - Planers - 5 color with a Smithwick Firetiger stick bait - 7 color with a Reel Rage Electric Muffin - 220 weighted steel with a Reel Rage Brown Town - 250 weighted steel with a Stingray "You Can't Afford It" - Downriggers set at 50 feet and 55 degrees, holding a Moonshine Walleye 1/2 Moon Gold Perch, and a Warrior Flutter Purple UV Alewife, both with a good 30ft lead - Wire Mag Slide Divers doing great work at 1.5 mph over 111 feet, loaded with Moonshine Walleye 1/2 Moons in Blue UV and Purple UV, each rocking a long 30-foot lead. Our luckiest spot turned out to be along West Lake Road, around 2 miles south of Switz. At 130 fow, we teamed up with my dad, and things got wild—7 fish in an hour, even scoring a double and a triple catch back-to-back. Unlike two years back, we noticed a shortage of bait this time, especially around the Bluff area. Through the week, we kept about 4 lake trout for lunch. Funny thing, all their stomachs had were perch minnows. Most of the catches were the usual 2 to 3-pounders, with a handful tipping the 4-pound mark. Those little fish must not have much of a shelf life with not much grub around. Despite the rain playing spoilsport, it was an awesome week of fun. Gotta say, that boat cover was worth every penny, keeping us dry and happy!
  2. Did some trolling on Keuka the last few days. Did well in the mornings, for me, they didn't start hitting until about 8:30 and lasted about 2 hours. Almost all were spitting up bait.
  3. Is there anywhere to launch a small boat anywhere near hammondsport? I don’t need a dock but need to be able to back a 16 ft boat in. Thanks.
  4. Launched out of hammondsport at 6:30AM and trolled north along the west shore at 120ft depth. Found most fish half way to bluff in 130-140' and all 2-8' off the bottom. Went 10 for 13 in 4 hours. Hot spoon was a black with pink and purple ladderback we nicknamed "hot barbie" that took 5 fish alone. 3 diver hits on a white with pink ladderback and a couple on other black ladderback colors. Riggers were just off the bottom and diver rods were out 220-240. Shallow ran some deep diver rapalas with no luck. Best day we've had on Keuka slow trolling, but to be honest was the first time we were really serious about it.
  5. This is my 3rd year bring my fishing boat up to for our annual (36) family vacation week on Keuka Lake! We had some great weather, delicious local foods and some great fishing! As usual I stopped up at Fishy Business and picked up a few spoons, advice on where to fish as well as my purchase from last year that he had still waiting for me that I left accidentally while loading firewood. Thanks Gerald! If your fishing Keuka make sure you stop up and get some honest advice and pick up some tackle from fishy! That watermelon northern king was HOT! Thanks again I fished out in front of the old green barn by the bluff for 4 mornings from 530am to 8:30am in various depths but the best was in 110 fow. The troll was really slow at 1.7 mph and the thermocline was at 60 feet. We marked a-lot of bait which after cleaning a few lakers for breakfast ended up being tiny perch. Last year we didn’t mark any bait so this was good but I would of like to see more diverse bait fish and not the perch. Running that slow allowed me to run 2 cowbell rigs down low just 5 foot of the bottom and then set the upper 4 rods at 35 and 55 feet down. Didn’t have any luck in the under 55 foot column even though we were marking fish there. Our best spoons were custom copper UV Reel Rage spoons that were painted and shipped super quick (thanks Scott) on the 5 color led core. We left them on both side all week and went 16/24 and a small mouth on those alone which would of made for a great week. We also brought in Thanks Brian at Ketchum Fish Charters for the led core suggestion. I honestly wouldn’t of brought those rods if you didn’t suggest it.. The watermelon norther king UV was also hot all week set at 40 feet down stacked bring in at least 2 lakers every trip The hammerhead aluminum watermelon UV cowbells with the gambler watermelon glow and one I made my self were on fire all week ring in 4 lakers per trip easy.. I also hooked up with tenatureboy and shared some intel as he was out on the bluff too. Hope mine was helpful.. yours was.. thanks.. Thanks for all the advice it made for a great time..
  6. Renting a cottage for the week and looking for some starting advice for trolling for laker, bows or browns on Keuka..... Boat is rigged up for LO salmon with downriggers and fishhawk... I have the standard spoons, spin dr and flies arsenals. Areas of lake to focus? Do I need cowbells? color? Thanks in advance!
  7. Are there any tournaments scheduler for 7/10?
  8. I took a 1/2 day on Thursday and decided to hit up lady Keuka since I was going to be there Sunday for the FLTA and wanted to test a few spots. Launched from the state park in the dark and shot down to the hammondsport basin and had lines in by 515 out in front of snug harbor. I immediately picked up 2 small Lakers down 80 on green NBK stingers behind spin doctors. I shot up to the bluff after about an hour of nothing and put out some watermelon cowbells with some homemade spin n glos and got 2 more in about 30 min. I then pulled up and hit up the state park and picked up 1 and 1 miss on cowbells. loaded up the boat and drove back home and was back to work by 1pm.
  9. Wondering if anyone chase trout with fly gear from their motor boats? Is there a time of year you can drift and cast steamers etc? Could you catch Lakers in the Winter in shallow from your boat, similar to how people catch them from shore? Just looking for ways to get away from trolling.
  10. The skinny silvery thing was about 3.5" long. The itty bitty ones were spit up by a bass I caught. They were about a half-inch long. I think the bigger one might be a small sawbelly? These were from Keuka.
  11. Good Day, Anyone been through the canal lately with this low water level? Pulling the boat in a few weeks..... Any feedback appreciated. Dave
  12. Thank you for all the LOU site members that came to support Fishy Business.During some of your visits, some of you left your items that you bought on the counter..I will save them untill we meet up again. Thanks Fishy
  13. First of all I want to thank you guys for your past help! It's always appreciated! Now I want to ask for your opinions for my trip to Keuka this Saturday. I'm an 1hr 10 min Drive to the State Park (Branchport) and a 1 hr 20 min drive to Hammondsport. I'll be launching a small boat with limited range. I'd like to troll/jig for Lakers and Salmon and maybe trout early (6-9ish) and then warm water game fish for a bit after the bite dies down. I've only fished Keuka once on a friends boat and we launched out of Branchport. We were perch fishing in the fall so very different trip. Which would you launch from if you had to make the choice given my range is probably limited to 3-4 miles with my small boat with good conditions.
  14. Planning to get back in to trout fishing the finger lakes after a several year hiatus and was hoping to get some recommendations on some good trolling spoons to start with?
  15. Long story short this is my 2nd year trolling for trout and this the second year I brought my fishing boat up to Keuka for our annual week long vacation (this is year 35 spending a week on the lake with my family. ) my old man had a fishing boat in the 90s and we always had good luck trolling for trout Using Bradstreet a On Jenson Moocher flashers on Keuka until the mid 90s when the lake dried up hard and all the bait fish just disappeared. I stopped up at fishy business on the way and bought some firewood and a watermelon spoon to add to my arsenal and fished 5 days in total from 6am to 8:30am right out on the bluff to the green barn and caught on average 4 fish every trip. my first mate Jeremy joined me on every trip! My speed going south was 2.2 and north was 2.4. I even took my old man out with me twice during the morning and he brought in some fish. The good news is there seems to be some life starting to show in old lady Keuka. The bad news is all the fish were tiny and only a few were keepers. I didn’t keep any btw. Considering last year I didn’t know what I was doing and didn’t catch anything I feel this was a successful fishing trip! Here are some pics
  16. Short version-You might lose gear trolling near one of these. They're for a DEC study. Everyone else probably knows this but I didn't find any posts. First time out on Saturday and noticed a buoy out in front of the Bluff and thought "Someone is using hotspot buoys here?" Thought I steered clear of it but lost a spoon while passing by, too far away to read the small print message that I later found out included the word "away." The Association put out this helpful warning about orange buoys in February, but the DEC must have decided on using yellow as well- https://www.keukalakeassociation.org/Orange_Buoys_on_Keuka_Lake.pdf "Anglers, please be aware that if you are fishing within 150 feet of these buoys, it is possible that fishing gear may get entangled in equipment used to anchor the buoys to the bottom." Orange_Buoys_on_Keuka_Lake.pdf
  17. Got the poles in at the south beach about 6:45 am next time it will be 5:45am because the bite just died at 9am. Had a bunch of releases and finally 1 in the boat on a Michigan Stinger magnum NBK with a pro troll NBK pattern. Things got quite and went to branchport and put out same rig but with dipsies instead of slide divers and got another in the boat, Green and White were the colors today.
  18. Has anyone been fishing Keuka lake. Will be heading there in two weeks to do some fishing. staying at the State Park and will be launching from there. Anyone doing any good?
  19. G'Job DEC! We trollers can now target lakers, lakers….. or lakers. Rainbows, browns and salmon are as rare as hen's teeth! Plenty of bait though (sawbellies, NOT your phantom ciscos). No fun! No interest! Lakers only..... and you did it DEC! Rethink your stocking plans or you'll lose fishermen support, license income, charter guys, etc. Sawbelly counts rise and fall from time to time. Always have. You panicked last couple years, and started talking about your bs cisco theories (yawn). You shoulda just waited for the sawbellies to resurge (it only took 6 months) then re-stocked the game fish. Please.
  20. Will be coming up the week of Aug 5, staying at the State Park and looking for any suggestions on fishing for lake trout and Land lock salmon. Never fished this lake before. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
  21. Does anyone know if the ice is off the Branchport arm and if the state park boat launch is open? I'm planning a trip up tomorrow and while I'm coming from the south, the Hammondsport Motel apparently no longer allows the public to launch for a fee. If anyone else knows of a better option on the southern end, I'd be glad to know about it too, thanks in advance.
  22. Lots and lots of hungry lakers near the state park launch Wednesday.80 to 130 fow. Hope they did not stock the ciscos (sign by launch) in that area.
  23. Hello. I accidentally left my 4.5 ft Gorilla step ladder at the Penn Yann launch Friday night. If any one that used that launch Friday night or Sat a.m. found it and decided to do the right thing and keep an eye on it until the owner could step forward then I thank you and would really like it back. It was not cheap. Please send me a pm. Thanks for helping me out. On another note, we went 3 for 5 on lakers. Nothing huge but good enough for the smoker.
  24. Here's what a Naples-made Sutton 44 & 71 spoon looks like after getting hooked on my jig Saturday. Falling-apart brittle. Couldn't tell if the mono they were attached to was ever part of the copper wrapped around the whole mess. At least I got to learn that people love these 44 spoons.
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