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Chautauqua Musky Season

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Ivan,Another good one! Maybe I should have passed on watching the Bill's today!

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Off to Chautauqua Lake this morning to fish with my friend Dr.Dave Palo till dark.I will report on Lake conditions and how we did later tonight.

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We got a late start at 3 pm,tried trolling south basin first,did not mark much at all and no hits.Water temp was 59 degrees near White Wall and 62 degrees near the bridge.Went toward Long Point next marked some bait fish but not much in bigger hooks.Water temp infront of Long Point Marina was 63 degrees.Trolled through Witney Bay and past Prendergast Point to near the Bell Tower 62 degree water there,deeper water was like a dead sea.We quit at 8 pm with no hits at all.Everything must be in the weeds around the edges,we should have been casting shallow.

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I have not been back down to Chautauqua Lake,but I get texts from my friend Dr.Dave.He caught 4 muskies yesterday afternoon,so the trolling bite is still on.He is at number 98 muskies for the year using leadcore system,needs 2 more to reach 100 and 250 muskies recorded with Muskies Inc. To move to Masters Division. I'm sure he will get there today! Congrats Dr.Dave!

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With all the high winds Chautauqua Lake has stayed gin clear and muskies were caught there today!Surface water temp up north is 49.4 degrees.

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Went fishing for Thanksgiving started out pretty slow with just a few lazy follows and then nothing , until right before sundown when in comes another follow.

 After several figure 8's with no response I made the next 8 with the rod submerged to the reel and then back to normal depth again. As soon as the bait came to the surface she slashed at it and missed , by the time she got turned around the bait was coming right at her and she CRUSHED it.

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Awesome fish I was out with ronix51 on Tuesday and Wednesday it was tough fishing we only managed one follow and a little one maybe 25 inches go to see someone get a good one

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Nice Dan. Makes me wish I would have made it back there again this year. Just curious...what was the water temp?

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Thanks everyone , it was a pretty sweet couple of days and a nice way to end the season if I don't make it back this year.

 

Joe - would love to but 2 days of strait casting sun up till sun down is about all I can handle

 

Adam - Temps were 45-46 on the north end never went to the south

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Dan,Congrats on the Big Girls! It has been very slow in the Buffalo Harbor this year,I will give it a few hours tonight and 3 pm to 12 midnight hour days tomorrow & Monday.

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Spent the last day of the season out on Chautauqua with Joey.  Bite was very good, boated a good number of fish with our biggest certainly being my heaviest of the season:

 

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The other's we got that day were generally in that mid-30" class with one sub-30.  Certainly kept the action up though and was a nice way to end the season.  Going to have add more lunges to my Christmas wish list... My only fall trip down to Chautauqua this year and I was quickly reminded how great of a fishery it is - especially early spring / late fall time.  Hope you all have a great end-of-season! 

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You guys defiantly ended the season on one hell of a good note!!! You guys defiantly know how to raise those monsters!!! If one didn't know better, they would have a hard time believing a persons story. The proof is in the pudding!!! Great job to all that put the effort forward. To all be safe, Happy Holiday's. PAP.

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