john1947

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The smallies are back in my area.Anywhere drom15 to 25ft today over rockybottom,CSmall black sinkos with a drop sinker worked well

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Gobie's a problem fishing the bottom?   Haven't drifted for smallies for years because of the ugly buggers....

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I wonder how they are doing in Webster from Shipbuilders creek to Hedges. It would be great if they are coming back. Smallmouth are still doing good in Lake Erie and Niagara River. I don't think they ever had the problem there. I think eastern Lake Ontario never had the problem as bad either.

 

It used to be a blast catching them before they crashed. I had to switch from hair jig with worm to tube jig (dark brown and green colors) when the gobies became a problem. Also used to do pretty good trolling crank baits. White plastic grubs (3 or 4 inch) used to kill them at times. They would be stacked up in shallow when the lake turned over. Catch rate of 20/hr or more at times.

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John1947 that is really good to hear. I have had the opposite luck in the Hamlin/ Hilton area. what part of the lake are you fishing? I haven't gone for any smallies in a few weeks now because I just can't seem to catch one in the lake anymore

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I haven't fished for smallies in the lake in probably 15 years since I was a real youngin' but those were some of my fondest fishing memories. Fish after fish with a worm, hook and weight.

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Not sure but I'd give it a try right outside the Fair Haven Pier by then...

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Heard they were picking up some last week in the clark point area. Don't know weather to head down that way or head out to Galloo.

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are the smallies still hitting going up the end of september to give it a shot? Staying in selkerk shores.

Just got back last night from a week in Fair Haven   and  had 2 days to fish the bluff just coming out of little sodas bay, we were fishing the suggested 24 to 30 foot depth and on our first drift  we hooked up with 5 large smallies, lost 2 big ones. (they popped the line), 2 more drifts and we caught 4 more.. we were drifting live shiner's.

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Just got back last night from a week in Fair Haven and had 2 days to fish the bluff just coming out of little sodas bay, we were fishing the suggested 24 to 30 foot depth and on our first drift we hooked up with 5 large smallies, lost 2 big ones. (they popped the line), 2 more drifts and we caught 4 more.. we were drifting live shiner's.

Are you drop shotting the shiners? I fished a bit further east of those bluffs a couple weeks ago starting in about 23 FOW and drifting into 15 and boated about 7 smallies in a couple hours of assorted sizes, biggest in the 3lb range. I was using soft shells, first time using live bait in years since I've lately been an "artificial bait only" snob, and also the first time in probably 15 years fishing the lake. The drift was a bit fast but it seemed to produce just fine.

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Little sodus bay was loaded with smallies this a.m.. I tried perch fishing and gave it up. I was having too much fun. The whole west side from 80 yards N. Of grass island all the way to meadow cove. Most were suspended 1/2 way down between 10 & 20 fow. Took off the perch minnow rig for a mepps spinner. My glove has bass thumb.

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Wow that's pretty cool. I haven't fished little sodus since Halloween but for largemouths. Sounds like you were getting them right in front of our cottage.

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thanks for the thread.  Went to Little Sodus on Wednesday caught 5 smallies 3 largies 2 pike and a perch.  All on tubes.  Pretty place to fish in December.  If not for the reports we would not have gone out.    

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Mainly fished from meadow cove North on both sides of the Bay.  It was a nice day so we put some time in.  We were in 20-25 foot of water casting to shore.  water temp was still 44.

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Try deeper, get your soft shells or rubber claws, and drag a concrete coffee can or mushroom anchor on the drift. That's my last go resort when it's tough. Stir up that bottom. Been a tough summer for smalls. I've been skunked a few times this year too. I'm very tan though pulling gamblers around for Lakers. They bite still.

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