Friday, July 20, 2018

Oneida Lake report:

 The walleye fishing has been fairly steady with some of the deeper areas seeing good action. A few are also being taken along the weeds. Jigs tipped with a worm and blade baits are working well. Bass have been somewhat scarce but reports over the last week or so indicate an increase in activity. A few perch have been taken off the north shore and pickerel continue to be active.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Chautauqua Lake

Walleye are still hitting on worm harnesses but action has slowed, according to Mike Sperry at Chautauqua Reel Outdoors. If you locate healthy green weeds, the fish are there. Slow troll around 1 mph. Colorado and willow leaf blades are good bets with hammered brass a staple. There are plenty of perch in 20 feet of water in the north basin. Small ones are abundant with a few bigger ones mixed in. Jig and crawler or vibes will work. Musky is still good casting and trolling. Cast jerkbaits tight to and over weeds in 8 to 12 feet of water. Black, black and orange, and perch colors are working. Work them fast to trigger a reaction strike according to Sperry.

Jemez Mountains

In the Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos, the fishing at Fenton Lake was good using worms and corn. The Cebolla River, which flows into and out of Fenton Lake, was stocked with rainbow trout last week. Streamflows in the Jemez Mountains are very low. The Rio San Antonio was stocked July 11 with 750 rainbow trout.

Friday, July 13, 2018


Walleye seem to be everywhere, with lots of limits of fish caught just a short distance from the harbors along the Central Basin of Lake Erie. The Cleveland area walleye fishing has been best in 40 to 45 feet of water, where trolling with tandem spinners rigs and nightcrawlers or spoons has been especially productive.
Many of the anglers who generally troll the deep, clear waters are staying closer to shore and casting for walleye with weight-forward spinners and nightcrawlers and small spinner rigs tipped with just half of a nightcrawler.
While those near-shore fishermen are catching lots of walleye, they're also connecting with a great many white perch, white bass, sheepshead and catfish.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Central Lake Erie

The Lake Erie walleye fishing has been best from the Grand River area to the waters off Ashtabula and Conneaut. Trolling early in the day has been a key. Fishing off the mouth of the Grand River has been consistent in 35 to 50 feet of water. Fishermen are heading to the 50- and 60-foot depths off Ashtabula and Conneaut.
Tru-Trip diving planers and spoons in purple, pink and chartreuse have been most popular, but diving plugs and tandem spinner rigs and nightcrawlers are catching walleye. Unfortunately, a lot  of those fish are jumbo white perch, and some suspended yellow perch.
Fishermen are using on-line planer boards to take lures and line away from the trolling boat, or large planer boards supporting lines on release clips.
A few drift-and-cast walleye fishermen are scoring, usually closer to shore where schools of smaller walleye are feeding. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Chatfield Reservoir

This 1,356 impoundment is located in Chatfield State Park, as of June 20, the water temperature is in the high 60s. Walleye fishing has been good, swimbaits and crankbaits have been reported to be catching fish. Anglers are also reporting walleye being caught using bottom bouncers and live bait. Pitching jigs with artificial tails in shallow water has also been catching fish. Smallmouth Bass have also been active along rocky shores in the lake with fish being caught on various presentations. Swim baits in the 3-4 inch range and scented plastics have been good producers for smallmouth bass. Please note that due to the Chatfield Reallocation construction fishing access from the west side of the park (Eagle Cove — Kingfisher) is closed. Please access the lake from the east side of the reservoir.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mississippi River

 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports fishing along the Mississippi River near Wyalusing State Park "has not be very good" due to heavy rainfall. Fishing has been better in eastern Wisconsin, where the DNR reports walleye fishing on the Lake Winnebago system has been "very good" with many anglers catching their limits of walleyes. Anglers who catch their walleye limits are then targeting perch with success.

Friday, June 15, 2018


Chinook catches are picking up in at Onekama, the DNR said, and around the “Barrel” and in front of the golf course when trolling green spoons and flies in the top 25 to 65 feet of waters 250 to 300 feet deep. Lake trout and steelhead were also caught.
There’s still no mayfly hatch to report at Portage Lake so anglers were taking good catches of bass and panfish.  Perch were found in 18 to 25 feet off Eagle Point, the DNR said, adding bluegills were found in the weed beds along the east end and bass were being found in all areas.
“Everything is pretty slow right now,” Dewey Buchner of Don’s Sporting Goods in Manistee said. “They were getting some bluegills and crappies on Manistee Lake. They were doing good on salmon but it slowed down this week. At Hamlin, they were getting some nice bluegills.”
A few walleye were caught by those trolling a crawler harness at lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, the DNR said. The panfish were in shallow and were hitting on spiders, small flies and artificial baits.  Crappies were caught with a slip bobber in eight to 12 feet.