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On 6/15/2017 at 9:13 PM, 98 Elite 203 said:

 

 

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Nice fish!

I did Round Lake last week after all that rain we got. Water was up about a foot. Ran a squarebill over the top of the grass with moderate success. Most of the fish I caught were tight to the bank hitting frogs.

 

It's tough for me to get excited about fishing that lake though. I'm on a kayak so I have to get out there around 4:30 am before all the boats hits the water.

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2 hours ago, BuzzHudson19c said:

 

Nice fish!

I did Round Lake last week after all that rain we got. Water was up about a foot. Ran a squarebill over the top of the grass with moderate success. Most of the fish I caught were tight to the bank hitting frogs.

 

It's tough for me to get excited about fishing that lake though. I'm on a kayak so I have to get out there around 4:30 am before all the boats hits the water.

I've heard some great things about round lake holding some giants. I also kayak fish been planing on making it out there some point this year. Heard it gets really weedy though. 

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3 hours ago, BuzzHudson19c said:

 

Nice fish!

I did Round Lake last week after all that rain we got. Water was up about a foot. Ran a squarebill over the top of the grass with moderate success. Most of the fish I caught were tight to the bank hitting frogs.

 

It's tough for me to get excited about fishing that lake though. I'm on a kayak so I have to get out there around 4:30 am before all the boats hits the water.

I grew up in round lake. Actually, my parents still live in town and so doesn't my grandmother, who is on the town board. Its where I grew up fishing... I can't stand that new launch. They ruined that lake 10 times over.

 

I never fish the banks. Only in the spring. You get the numbers at the banks, but the quality that lake has is not there. You might hate me if you saw all my big fish pictures from there, including a 9.2 and 10.6lb largemouth.

 

everyone is on a kayak now at that place. 

 

and if you are interested, I filmed a show with Mike D on "Lunkerville" last year. I didn't want to do round lake or ballston because they are special places to me so I brought him to Paradox lake.

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, 98 Elite 203 said:

I grew up in round lake. Actually, my parents still live in town and so doesn't my grandmother, who is on the town board. Its where I grew up fishing... I can't stand that new launch. They ruined that lake 10 times over.

 

Grew up in Mechanicville. I'm more at home on the river.

 

I agree about the launch. It's one thing on a big lake like Saratoga, but for a 200 acre lake it becomes a burden.

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Round is 330 acres actually.

 

and yes, it's too much.

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Haven't had a chance to go as often as I'd like.

I'm shooting to go out this weekend!

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Hit honeoye today to pre fish for a kayak tournament there next weekend. Struggled just to get 5 in the boat. Place is completely different from when I went in may and you could throw anything almost anywhere and catch a fish. 

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What happened Ww2farmer? Things still slow out there? Or did you really sell the boat and take up golfing.

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59 minutes ago, bclark7b said:

What happened Ww2farmer? Things still slow out there? Or did you really sell the boat and take up golfing.

Still pretty slow.

 

Nothing has been sold yet LOL.

 

Last weekends tournament was a disaster. Unlike the first one, I HAD the bites to finish in the money but my execution was sub-par. Oh well................when it rains it pours.

 

Other than the occasional "venting" when I am flumaxed, I am just going to keep grinding away at them. I know it's not me, but the lake. Lots and lots of other good anglers are struggling over here.

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Yeah................it's the lake, not me.

 

Went to Conesus for the first time this year yesterday from 7am -3pm. I caught them pretty good. Easily my best day in a while thanks to the funk Silver is in. 

 

Mix of shallow and deep. Just kinda junk fished around. Normal summer spots were not quite "on" yet, everything was still close to, or on flats and other spawning areas.  Best three presentations were: swim jig when it was windy, wacky jig w/5" yum dinger when the wind settled down, and a 1/4 oz t-rigged 4" chigger craw under docks when the sun finally popped out.

 

The highlights of the day were a 5-10 early into the day, multiple 4+ lb fish through out the day, and steady action on 2-3 lbers all day long.

 

THEN................I had to pull out at 3pm ish to go to Silver and run my Thursday night tournament...........caught a lone 3.75lber all night.

 

My advise..............even though I live 3 mins from Silver................go somewhere else for a while. This place SUCKS this year. Other than a couple weeks early in the pre-spawn time frame, it's sucked since late last summer. I don't know what's going on, in 30 years of fishing here, I have never seen it in such a funk. I am not wasting any more valuable time off out there. It's a shame too..............I love the place. My whole fishing life has been spent there, but when I can not catch a bass doing anything in my normal routine that's worked for those said 30 years in areas that have held bass since the dawn of time, OR throwing curve balls and trying new stuff in different places, I have to throw in the towel and go somewhere else before my confidence is shot.

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I fished Silver on Friday and only managed two LM (4.1 & dink) and a lone rock bass, with the larger coming off a downed tree.   Had to seek refuge under a tree in the early afternoon when an absolute downpour rolled through for a solid half hour. 

 

Like Farmer, I fish Silver due to convenience and really enjoy fishing that lake. But it has been rough as well for me this year in my limited time on the lake.  I am going to have to venture out and 'learn' a new lake in the area since I am pretty new to fishing off my own boat.

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On 6/30/2017 at 6:38 AM, ww2farmer said:

Yeah................it's the lake, not me.

 

Went to Conesus for the first time this year yesterday from 7am -3pm. I caught them pretty good. Easily my best day in a while thanks to the funk Silver is in. 

 

Mix of shallow and deep. Just kinda junk fished around. Normal summer spots were not quite "on" yet, everything was still close to, or on flats and other spawning areas.  Best three presentations were: swim jig when it was windy, wacky jig w/5" yum dinger when the wind settled down, and a 1/4 oz t-rigged 4" chigger craw under docks when the sun finally popped out.

 

The highlights of the day were a 5-10 early into the day, multiple 4+ lb fish through out the day, and steady action on 2-3 lbers all day long.

 

THEN................I had to pull out at 3pm ish to go to Silver and run my Thursday night tournament...........caught a lone 3.75lber all night.

 

My advise..............even though I live 3 mins from Silver................go somewhere else for a while. This place SUCKS this year. Other than a couple weeks early in the pre-spawn time frame, it's sucked since late last summer. I don't know what's going on, in 30 years of fishing here, I have never seen it in such a funk. I am not wasting any more valuable time off out there. It's a shame too..............I love the place. My whole fishing life has been spent there, but when I can not catch a bass doing anything in my normal routine that's worked for those said 30 years in areas that have held bass since the dawn of time, OR throwing curve balls and trying new stuff in different places, I have to throw in the towel and go somewhere else before my confidence is shot.

 

You're in need of some Lake Erie/ Niagra River Smallmouth... 

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Back at it, and did much better than the week before when I caught only 1 big pickerel, a sunfish and a small LMB.  I got out yesterday about 3 p.m. and fished for about 3 hours, stopping to stretch a few times.  Before leaving at around 7, I landed 15 LMB (a few were about 3#, the rest were maybe 1#), 1 pickerel and a SMB that was just over 21".

I caught the SMB around 6:30  and didn't have a scale to weigh it, so I rowed over to a nearby aluminum boat (keeping the fish in the net and in the water as I went) and asked the 2 guys in the boat if they had a scale so I could weigh it.  They did; however, it didn't work, so they measured it for me and took my picture with the fish before I released it.

They asked me what I was doing to catch so many, as they had tried everything and caught nothing; so I told them the depth and the technique to use and one of the guys caught a 19" LMB on one of his first few casts. That was good to see, as they were really nice people and they were thrilled to catch something.  Also good to see that they released it after measuring.  I wished them luck,  and headed back to shore, happy to end the day landing a big fish and able to drive home in daylight.

 

I would post some pics, however when I try to attach a file there is a message that says I'm only allowed to upload 501.76KB which is strange because I have 195.31 mb capacity left for attachments?

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Reports from last several outings:

 

I fished Silver Sat Am on 7/1, Monday AM on 7/2, Weds. evening on 7/5, and all day yesterday. 

 

I fished Conesus all day Thursday on 7/6.

 

Silver reports:

 

7/1: Slow caught six bass all morning just kinda junk fishing around

7/2: Down right terrible, caught 2 bass all morning, again junk fishing.

7/5: Not terrible, but not one fire. In about three hours after work I did OK on quality fish putting a 5+lber, a 4+lber, and a couple of average size 2.5lb or so bass in the boat.

And yesterday was good, I caught 23 bass, but it didn't start that way. I fished from 6am to 7pm. From 6-10am I had ZERO fish in the boat. Caught two between 10-11am. Then 13 between 11 am-1pm. Went to lunch. Back on the water at 2pm or so, and caught 8 from 2-7pm.

Size was decent, with 6 fish over 4lbs, 6 over 3lbs, and the rest all ranging from small keepers to upper 2lb range fish. First day in a long while I found somewhat of a pattern and was able to run it for most of my bites.

 

Conesus was not on fire Thursday. I fished from 7am-4pm, and caught 10 all day. However, still better than Silver has been on it's slow days. Mid day bite was best there too, just like silver yesterday. I had 2 fish in the boat from 7-noon, then caught 8 from noon-4pm. Size was OK, not great by Conesus standards, but a pair of 4lbers, a pair of 3+ lbers, and the rest were a mix of small keepers to mid 2lb range fish.

 

There was ONE theme both Thursday on Conesus and yesterday on Silver. Mid depth water outside large weed flats, where the grass tapered from thick to scattered clumps. I think one of the reasons for the slow fishing the past two months (other then the obvious excuse of the up and down unstable weather) is that the fish have been spread out over large flats, being the proverbial "needles in haystacks" to find an catch. They might finally be starting to group up a little and get into their summer routines. 

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Lets see.............I fished almost everyday last week either after work or on my Thursday off.

 

Monday night on Silver: Not dead, but not great, caught a half dozen average sized largemouth.

 

Tues and Weds nights after work on Silver: Both nights sucked with a capitol S. I was skunked both nights. 

 

Thursday AM on Conesus before the monsoon. It was OK, put 7 good fish in the boat in about an hour or so before having to go home due to the storm. 

 

Thursday night Tournament on Silver: Did OK, caught 11 bass in 3 hours, and finished just outside the money, with 7.87lb three fish bag.

 

Friday night on Silver: Better then Tues/weds. but not as good as Thursday. About a clone of Monday night with half a dozen average sized fish caught in 2-3 hours.

 

Sat on Silver: Caught 20+ fish from 7am-3pm, and took 2nd place with a 15lb, 15oz. bag in an open tournament put on by CV bass. Best day of the week , although still not up to my standards, but cashing is cashing.

 

I am giving it a rest today. Still kinda slow fishing and I have other stuff to do.

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Good to see it's been slow for other guys and it's not just me. I've caught a decent number of fish I just can't find size. Most years I'll get a bunch of 5#s and maybe a 6 or two, but this year I'm having trouble getting 4's. Hopefully I'll be getting a boat in the next month to expand where I can fish.

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Since last report I fished 3 times.

 

Sunday evening on Silver: I caught half a dozen, one good one 4+

 

Tuesday evening on Silver:  I caught 4, three small keepers and a 3 lber.

 

Thursday on Conesus: I held a weekday open tournament, single angler format. I finished 4th and just out side the money with a 17.20lb bag...Winner + 2nd had 21.02, and 20.29 respectively, and BR member wnybassman was 3rd and just clipped me out of the money with 17.75lbs. It was one of the funner tournaments I have fished in a while. I caught 50+ fish during the day, culling up ounces at a time all day long. I just couldn't get the elusive kicker. 

 

I wish I lived just 10 mins closer to that lake. As it is it's only a 30 min drive for me, but it's just far enough to be a PITA to go on all my after work evening trips.

 

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Been really busy at work and having WNY fishing withdrawals!  Let see some pics.

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Pics from the past couple days.  Fish, and where I was catching them.

 

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Great fish!

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Since last report:

 

Sunday 7/23- Held my yearly July team open on Silver. A tournament which I have won 2 out of the last three years. This year..........not so much. Had 3 small keepers with an hour or so to go,dumped them, put the boat on the trailer, and set the scales up early.

 

I fished Mon and weds evening on Silver the following week (7-24 + 7-26) I was skunked both nights.

 

Thursday 7/27 Fished Conesus from day break to 3pm. Caught a few smallmouth in the AM drop shotting off points when the early morning top water/moving bait bite didn't happen. Once the sun was high in the sky, I went to flipping heavy  milfoil in 6-8 feet of water and caught them pretty good. Caught 20 + largemouth doing this, with 7 of them over 4lbs, and a pair of those said 7 over 5lbs. Pulled out at 3 to go fish/run my Thursday night tournament at Silver. Caught two 2.5lbers all night, as did my partner, which was about middle of the pack, but since I was in  a hurry, the last one to have yet weighed in, and already out of it, I dumped them and went home.

 

Sat 7/29: Fished in the evening after the boat traffic died down on Silver. Not much, a couple of 3lbers and a 2lber 

 

Sunday 7/30: Fished from 6am-5pm on Silver. Decent day given my current performances there. Caught one over 4, one over 5, and a bunch of 2-3 lb fish. Just junk fishing. Some deep, some shallow, some in the mid depth grass.

 

Monday night 7/31: Fished Silver from 5pm-dark after work. Caught a 5+ lber and a bunch of decent ones working deep grass lines.

 

Weds night 8/2: Fished Silver from 4:30 pm-dark after work. Only caught 5, but those five were a 6-3, a 4-14, a 4-4, a 3-15, and a 3-11. All caught flipping docks shallow.

 

Thursday 8/3: Fished Conesus all day from 7am-5pm. Slow morning. Only caught 4 in the grass after NOT catching any on reaction baits early. Went shallow and flipped docks the rest of the day. Good numbers day doing that, but no real bunchs of hogs like Conesus is good for at times. Best I could do for size doing that was an upper 4lb range fish, and a couple low to mid 3lb range fish, but lots of action on 2-3 lbers. Enough so that it kept me doing it all day, because I was catching fish.

 

 

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Since last report:

 

Sunday 8/6: Fished Silver all day. Some other outfit had a club tournament going on out there. So to stay out of the way I just played around doing goofy stuff, in dead water until they were gone. Goofy stuff in dead water was not very productive. I caught 2 fish the entire time. Once they left and I started fishing "right" I had a decent afternoon.

 

Monday night 8/7: Fished Silver for a few hours after work. It was probably the best evening of the season so far for big fish.

 

Tuesday night 8/8: Fished Silver for a few hours after work. It gave Monday a run for the money for top evening outing for the season so far.

 

Thursday 8/10: Fished Conesus from 7am-2pm. It was SLOW. Worst day I have had there this year. I only caught 8 keeper bass all day, and nothing much bigger than low 3lb range. Had my last Thursday night tournament of the year on Silver in the evening...evidently Monday and Tuesday were a tease. My partner and I struggled our way into a middle of the pack finish.

 

Saturday 8/11: Fished Silver all day. Same old same old on Silver. Morning bite was brutally slow. Only having four fish by noon. But then the afternoon was on fire with size and numbers. And then they shut right off at 5:30-6:00 and I struggled for 2 bites from then till dark.

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Went out to cayuga sunday. I've struggled there the last two weeks. I'm no good fishing in open water. Flipped some docks with little success. Caught a few small fish. Fishing there the last few times has made me realize I'm a world class pickerel angler but not so good with bass! If anyone knows cayuga I'm looking for advice.

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Since last report:

 

Monday night 8/14: fished for a few hours after work. It was slow. Two average sized largemouth, and one decent 3+ lb smallmouth are all that I caught.

 

Tuesday night 8/15: Carbon copy of Monday night, except I got one decent largemouth out of the three fish I caught.

 

Weds night 8/16: Terrible, one 3lb largemouth, one 4+ lber that jumped off boat side

 

Thursday night 8/17: OK, a 4+ lber,  a pair of 3+ lbers, and a handfull of small keepers to keep me awake between the better bites. Fished with my buddy , whom I have never fished with but is a good angler, and we meshed well together and he caught a handfull of decent ones too. We decided to apply our new found team work to a tournament this weekend.

 

Sat. Afternoon 8/19: Terrible, one 2.5lber, and one 4.5 lber.

 

Sun. 8/20: Fished a team open tournament with the "new" to me partner from thursdays outing, who, much like me is a local big stick on this lake most years, but is struggling this year. We have known each other for years, are good friends, and usually take turns beating each other. Well two wrongs made a right today. We bumbled and stumbled doing a little bit of each others stuff all day and came up with a solid 19lb 2oz. bag. Good enough for $$$ and 3rd place. He caught a couple good ones right away, and then we both chipped away at it adding decent fish and culling for a few  hours until about mid -day. Then both of what we do died, and we hung on for the cashing spot. We had  fun together, and it was refreshing to not suck for once this year. I am already looking forward to fishing with him again.

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