Posted by admin on May 17, 2015
After having a productive guide trip Saturday, I was freed up Sunday to hit Lake Erie to see how the bite was. After watching the weather all week, it seemed as though we would have wet conditions with a chance of thunderstorms, but luckily that never culminated.
After being delayed a bit in the morning I hit the water around nine o’clock to a beautiful, calm Lake Erie. I ran East about a dozen miles before putting the trolling motor down and fishing. I had an area that I found last year that didn’t hold a lot of fish, but great quality when you did find one. I wanted to explore it a little more.
Within about ten minutes of throwing my jerk bait it was absolutely hammered by something near the end of a long cast. After fighting me from a distance, the bronze behemoth emerged in the clear waters. I saw the fish clearly and was excited as I knew it was around five pounds. It put up a great fight on the light line before I finally wrangled it to the boat. Once I looked at the fish I knew it was bigger than just five pounds. It had a giant stomach and the sheer look of a giant. After looking at it then I presumed it was around that trophy six pound mark and I was very close in that assessment. I put it on the digital scale and it fluctuated in the 5.70-5.75 lb range before settling in at 5.70 lbs.
That was an excellent start to the morning, but things slowed down soon thereafter once the bluebird skies and calm conditions emerged. The bite got very tough for the next couple hours as it often does under those conditions. Although we all complain about the wind and waves that Lake Erie is so well known for, they generally have a positive impact on the fish feeding. If you think about it like a southern reservoir in the summer, when they aren’t pulling water and generating current, it is extremely difficult to catch fish and it’s the same on Lake Erie.
I spent the rest of the day looking for new summer areas with my electronics and got off the water not long afterwards to meet up with a friend to get some boat equipment at Chautauqua Lake. All in all it was a beautiful day on the water and while the bite tapered off quickly, it’s always a great day when you are fishing. Especially, when you are able to connect with some giant smallmouth! -DD
Posted by admin on May 16, 2015
I had the privilege of taking Jeff and his son, Jon, out on Presque Isle Bay this past Saturday. We met last year and I took them out on Kahle Lake, which is a small lake in Northwest Pennsylvania. We all hit it off and had a great time, but I knew they would have an even better time at the smallmouth bass factory that is Presque Isle Bay in the spring.
We started off around 8:30am after having to back track a bit after finding the Chestnut Street ramp was full as it normally is on weekends in the spring. Once we hit the water from the Peninsula side of the Bay, it didn’t take long for us to get into some action. Jeff and Jon are from the Pittsburgh area and had never caught a smallmouth bass of any size before Saturday, but that changed in a hurry. Prior to us launching I told them smallmouth bass are pound for pound one of the hardest fighting freshwater fish and the brown fish didn’t disappoint. Jeff and Jon boated a handful in the first hour, including a very solid fish in the four pound class for Jon.
Jon Guide Trip May 16th. After a couple moves we put a few more fish in the boat, before returning to our starting spot. Both Jeff and Jon hooked up with a few more nice sized, scrappy smallmouth bass as the conditions grew tougher with the increased wind on the Bay. We made a couple more moves hooking up and catching a few more fish in the two and a half to three pound range before packing it in for the day.
It was a fine day on the water with some great company. Helping introduce people to new techniques and getting them to battle with my all time favorite game fish is what it’s all about. We caught all of our fish drop shotting plastics in shallow to mid range depths in the Bay. The day called for rain and scattered thunderstorms, but we were lucky enough to only get a little wet in the first hour or so of the day. -DD
Posted by admin on May 11, 2015
The weather was too perfect not to go fishing on Monday, so I hooked the boat up and went to Presque Isle Bay to scout for an upcoming guide trip. I arrived in the late morning for the impromptu trip to find many other angler’s had to the same idea as I had.
The air temperature got up into the 80s and with the recent warm spell the water temperature was in the upper 60s, which had jumped up nearly 20 degrees in a matter of only a couple weeks. I fished some of my deeper areas, catching a few smallmouth, but nothing too exciting, so I headed in shallow to see if the fish were roaming the flats.
In no time that proved to be the case. Tons of smallmouth were up on the shallow flats either spawning or roaming around spawning areas. I soon figured out bait and color didn’t matter all that much as the fish were aggressive and fairly easy to trick. It was an incredible day with a good deal of quality fish with a few in the upper four pound and five pound class. They bit all the way up to when I got off the water around eight, just before the storm came in. Tubes and drop shots were the ticket throughout the day although size and color didn’t seem to make a big difference. -DD