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Ice fishing 2-28-15 Canandaigua -a mixed bag


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I went solo today in search of the perch and didn't have a hit from1 PM until 5 and a lot of folks got disgusted and left for home.  From 5 -6:15 PM things really took off. I was jigging for perch in 8 ft of water and I had been drilling holes all afternoon and spending a while in each and then moving around looking for signs of life. I finally found one hole that had a spark of life in it and started catching perch one right after another and then a largemouth then a couple more perch and another largemouth some more perch and then my little jigging rod bent over like there was no tomorrow and the 2 lb test line started peeling out with the drag going for about six or seven times...I strongly suspected I had a trout by the feel of it and the fact that it stripped out about half of my line....turned out to be a 24 inch male rainbow all colored up :)  It was worth the wet arm getting him out of the hole too :lol:

All the fish came out of that single hole and all on the same little jig with spikes and I ended up with 3 or 4 perch after the pic.

 

Anyway glad I ended up staying and waiting it out... the biggest of the largemouths was 19 1/4 inches and the other was 18 inches,. All in all a fun day on the ice.

 

Oh and I have confirmation that there are in fact rainbow smelt still in Canandaigua. I caught two of them on spikes while jigging in 36 ft of water and there was a whole school of them there.

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Thanks John.  bandrus 2 largemouth bass (and they are in season still in the Fingers :) ) . Normally I don't keep them but they are good when caught in the cold water.

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Thanks John. bandrus 2 largemouth bass (and they are in season still in the Fingers :) ) . Normally I don't keep them but they are good when caught in the cold water.

That's what I didn't know.. How come finger lakes keep it open?

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Les,

Great job! I always heard Canandaigua has nice largemouth bass. I got skunked on Erie yesterday. There were fish moving around all day but few paused to look at my jig. Thought I might eventually get a big rally like you did.

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Thanks guys....lot of fun on light tackle.... good luck on Keuka John.  bandrus- I'm not sure of the reasoning but it has been that way for years.

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My son specifically goes after them this time of year for eating....I've always considered them as "bait" despite knowing they are delicious I don't eat them :lol:  He usually gives me a lot of %$$#@  about it too :)

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Congrats Les, way to hang in there buddy!!! Really nice trout by the way!!! With a little luck we should be able to float our boats soon, yea right!!!

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Thanks Pap....it is looking like July maybe :lol:  (God I hope not) Mike C. you lucky dog...look forward to getting together when you get back. I'll be in Clearwater the 21st for a few days though :)

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Hey Tim- the rainbow seemed a little stiff for release :lol:  I figured it would take too long for the respirator to arrive so I took him home and performed surgery instead....unfortunately the patient  didn't make it....but on the good side he will taste good :)

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Thanks dre.  Hope to maybe run into you out there is the weather ever improves :)

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North end its a long way out to the fishable areas but good ice and the snow is wind blown in many places plenty of ice 8-10 inches. South end snow hard packed with some paths by heavy traffic about 8-10 inches of varied quality ice.

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