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Went to the canal for a few hours this afternoon in the pouring rain. Caught 5 keeper LM and a 3.8 LM. Also caught what I think was a sheepshead. It was silver and almost looked like a carp, but was way to light to be a carp. Wasn't very big probably 12". 

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The decent bite that's been going on at Silver the last 2 weeks went right into the toilet today. It took me all day (8:30am-4pm, minus an hour for lunch) to catch a five fish limit.

 

The first one was a 4-2 , then they ALL got smaller from there, with the next four in this order: a 3-10, a 3-4, a 2-6, and then finished the day with a 13" small keeper. Not even the Ned Rig could save the day, in fact I never got a bite on it. All 5 I caught, came on 5 different things, in 5 different locations. 

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Given the heat, and idiotic boat traffic which was already ramping up by 10am, Silver fished good this morning. Not on fire, but much better than post frontal last Thursday. I caught 8-10 fish bouncing around from docks to grass between 6-10 am, with one over 4, and another pushing 4. Then I hit some matted grass with the frog after the sun got high, and caught a half dozen more, with another 4+. Was off the water by noon. Too hot, too busy.

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Yeah, over a 100 here today.  I hit the pool instead of throwing a lure!  LOL

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Hot as Hades this weekend. Saturday and Sunday I was out bank fishing from 7am until 11:30am before the heat really got insane. Both days I was sweating just standing with my rod in hand deadsticking a bait. No motion yet sweat was running down my face.

 

Saturdays totals: 5 Rock Bass, 5 Smallmouth Bass including a nice one I got while fishing by a log. (pic below)

 

Sundays totals: 1 Smallmouth Bass, 1 Rock Bass and 2 Bluegill.

 

 

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Fished from 6:30 am to 11am this morning before the boat traffic really REALLY ramped up. It was already at normal non-holiday weekend afternoon levels of stupidity by 9:30 this morning.

 

The bite was so-so, caught 8. All largemouth, all junk fishing. 2 on a frog, 1 on a ned rig, 4 on a drop shot, and 1 on a wacky rig. No hogs today. Biggest was just a 3lber, the rest were all low to mid 2lb range clones.

 

While the ned rig wasn't the answer today for bass, it did catch a bunch of crappies for me. I wasn't targeting them, but it put 2 dozen nice one in the boat while flinging the ned rig around in smallmouth water. 

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Fished an ABA tournament on Cross lake last Sunday.  Blazing hot and the leisure boats were in full force.  Had a great day though.  18.19 lbs for the win!  Caught about 20 keepers in 1 to 5 ft.  Flipped grass, docks, and shallow wood with a jig most of the day.

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A week straight of 90+ degree days, today was the second day after the cold front, off the charts high barometric pressure, lows in the low 50's last night, zero wind or cloud cover.....................and Silver was on fire....go figure.

 

I fished from 7am to 4pm, and had my best numbers day in a while, and even caught a few big ones. A 5-1, 4-14, 4-4, 3-12, and 3-10 were the best 5 out of the 30+ bass I caught today. They bit really well from 7-9 this morning, then had a long lull until about noon with only a few small fish caught, then from noon-3 they bit well again. I left at 4 after going 30 or so minutes without a bite. It was kind of a junk fishing fest today. Neko rigs, wacky rigs, and drop shot on the deep weed line, jigs  + weightless plastics under docks, creature baits and t-rigged worms in the grass....all caught fish.

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Well that's 2 grinds on Conesus so far this year.

 

I have a tournament this Thursday over there so I wanted to check it out and see if it was any different than the day nosdog2 and I were there a few weeks ago...which was also a slow day.

 

I started with topwater....nothing. Put that away after an hour. Then I started rotating through my finesse arsenal...drop shot, flick shake, neko rig, etc...one 3lber to show for that after 2 hours. Switched sides of the lake, continued to grindaway with the spinning rods...one more 3lber an hour later. Now were 4 hours into the day, I have two 3lber's fishing small stuff around the deep weed edge. Time to go flipping into the thickest stuff I can find with some water under it. It was no easy task to find such cover, weed growth on Conesus (as well as Silver) is way way behind this year. I spent the next 6 hours flipping a 3/4 oz t-rig craw, and caught 7 more fish. One good one at 5-3, the rest pretty sub average for this lake at 2.5lbs or so. Ran into several other good fisherman out there today, and the story was the same "I have 2", or "it sucks today", or "I have 5 but thats it"..yada yada yada. So evidently, it sucked for all, or at least me and everyone I talked to. Someone probably caught them good, but it wasn't me. My plan for Thursday? I have no plan. Other than to forget about most of today, and just go fishing.

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Silver was absolutely on freaking fire tonight. I bet I won't say that a lot this year LOL.

 

I fished 3 hours, from 6pm-9pm, boated 30+ bass. Easily one of the best short after work trips in a long time.

 

Best five 5-3, 4-9, 4-6, 4-4, and 4-3. A 4-0 and several upper 3's didn't make the cut.

 

I flipped docks for an hour and a half and caught the snot out of them, then moved out to the grass as the sun was going down and kept up the pace.

 

At one point on the grass, I had a flurry of 7 fish between 3.5 and 4lbs on 7 consecutive casts, with hordes of bass following the hooked to the boat trying to steal the bait from it.

 

I don't know what's going on here LOL. I have fished this lake for 30 years, had the day of my life back in May, followed by one of the worst 3-4 week spells I can ever remember, to the place being more "on" than "off" lately. Meanwhile, Conesus, which is usually great for me more times than not, is stumping me. I wish my Thursday tournament was on Silver this week instead of Conesus. I am not on Silver (for a tournament) again until the 26th. Which by then might be too late to take advantage of this spell of good fishing.

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Had my previously mentioned tournament on Conesus today. I finished 5th with 17.24lbs. 21, 20, + 19 cashed, 17.30 was 4th, and then me.

 

I gave it away.....at least third, I doubt I was getting to 20 lbs, but I had two noticeable upgrades get off due to operator error. One was a big smallmouth I high sticked the hook set on when the bite caught me off guard, I had it to the boat, but she just opened her mouth and out came my 3/4 oz jig.

 

The other was a big largemouth that bit me under a dock, and I was day dreaming............NOT looking at the bikini clad hotties on the next dock down....nope, not looking at them at all, and I never noticed this fish pick my bait up and swim OUT from under the dock into the grass with my line wrapped around two posts. By some act of god, I got the fish back under the dock, back around the poles, only to have my leader break when it made one last surge at the net. Those metal posts did a number on my 17lb FC leader...thats what I get  for gawking at................I mean day dreaming.

 

Anyways, other than those two bone head moves, it was still a grind to get to 17.24. I had a limit in the first hour on a swim jig worth about 13lbs, then proceeded to struggle for the next 6 hours not catching anything that would help. Then in the last hour made several culls to get to where I was. The two boo-boos happened at the end of the day too about 20 minutes apart, and in the last 1/2 hour. The only saving grace today was that my bag was at least good enough to take a slim lead in our AOY race two events into the season.

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Went to the local reservoir today because that's where I go when I need a pick me up from the grind of fishing the lakes on the boat. From 3-8 I caught too many fish to count 6 being over 5#. With many 3-4's mixed in. 

Best 5 were 5-14 5-7 5-5 5-4 and 5-2. It's almost cheating at this place though. I caught the 5-7 and 5-2 on consecutive casts dragging a 1/4 oz. I think I may go back Saturday to totally refuel my confidence tank before I take the boat out again and grind to find fish.

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Regardless of what happens the rest of the 2018 season, there's going to be two days I remember from this year for a long long time. I have fished this lake for 30 years, and days like these two don't happen often. A really really good day here is 20-30 fish, that's why these two days will be remembered for a while.

 

The first was May 12th, see my report  a few pages back on that day, but the highlights were: A new PB 6lb 8oz smallmouth, 11 bass over 5lb boated, including the PB smallmouth and a 6+ lb largemouth, and over 100 bass caught during the day.

 

That brings us to yesterday. Another 100+ bass day, with 23 fish over 4lbs put in the boat. No five lbers though. I did set a new bass caught on consecutive casts record for my self, when I caught 17 3-4lb fish in a row..off one piece of cover. Unlike that day in May where I caught them on multiple things, and caught big smallmouth and largemouth, I only caught one smallmouth yesterday, and I had one rod, and one bait in my hand all day, and pretty much caught fish non-stop from 6am-5pm. The only lull I had was from 11am -2pm when the sun popped out. But before and after that, it was cloudy, and they were chomping as long as there was cloud cover.

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@ww2farmer you just set the bar for next time we fish together!  Hahah!  Great day!

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Silver continues to be "on"

 

Fished 3 nights after work this week...Monday, Weds., and Friday. Caught the snot out of them all three days.

 

 Entered and fished a CV Bass League open tournament yesterday on Silver with my buddy Tim. I was quite confident in having a high finish given the way I have been catching them. We both caught  tons of quality fish, had a great time and ended up in the money , finishing 2nd out of 25 teams with 21.8 lbs.  Winners had 22lbs, and 3rd was 19lb. 

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Went to canandaigua last night because it's close by. Caught a rock bass and a 2#er. Never really have any luck there so I wasn't very suprised by it. Looks like the next time I can go out will be next Saturday the wife is going to pa so I have all day to fish! Now I just need to figure out where to go.

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I fish outta Fair Haven NY (about 25 mins east of Sodus Bay) every weekend. The fishing continues to be in that normal summer pattern, i.e. finesse fishing mostly for me anyway. Decent numbers I guess but not finding the quality I have in years past. 

 

Ben, I see you're from Palmyra. I fished the canal out there last week with not much success. I didn't quite have the patience with how hot it was the day I was out there. Fished that Canal Park right outside of Macedon, at the mouth of that spillway. Only got into pike and small bass. 

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Are you guys on shore or in a boat?

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I'm on my boat around Fair Haven/Lake O, usually on shore at the canal or occasionally kayak. 

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5 hours ago, Krux5506 said:

I fish outta Fair Haven NY (about 25 mins east of Sodus Bay) every weekend. The fishing continues to be in that normal summer pattern, i.e. finesse fishing mostly for me anyway. Decent numbers I guess but not finding the quality I have in years past. 

 

Ben, I see you're from Palmyra. I fished the canal out there last week with not much success. I didn't quite have the patience with how hot it was the day I was out there. Fished that Canal Park right outside of Macedon, at the mouth of that spillway. Only got into pike and small bass. 

The canal get's really tough in the summer. I only go when I only have an hour or two because its so close. The water going through that park where the water falls are is actually mud creek which runs into the canal. Lots of pike and dink smallmouth. Both of which are fun to catch. Lots of guys catch walleye there also I believe although I never have

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37 minutes ago, bclark7b said:

The canal get's really tough in the summer. I only go when I only have an hour or two because its so close. The water going through that park where the water falls are is actually mud creek which runs into the canal. Lots of pike and dink smallmouth. Both of which are fun to catch. Lots of guys catch walleye there also I believe although I never have

The canal is what usually ends up being my "weekday fishing" spot. Like you said, close enough to home and sometimes can be fun. Usually I fish closer to the Ayrault rd launch in Fairport and often times end up with quite a mixed bag of fish. Lots of walleye around there. 

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9 hours ago, J Francho said:

Are you guys on shore or in a boat?

If this was directed toward me I am in a boat. If you ever make it down to canandaigua with any success I would love some tips. I launch from the south end because the north end is an absolute mad house weekends and nights when I can get out there

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I only fish Canandaigua late fall/early winter, and haven't been there in years.  The south end is the right place to be, though.

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Still trying to dial in the smallies out of Fair Haven in the lake. Early season is a piece of cake. Post spawn things start to be a little less predictable, and my lack of experience of fishing those deep 30ft+ areas becomes apparent. I'm finding the shallower water is still holding the cookie cutter bass. The ones that are fun enough to catch here and there but not doing too well with locating those bigger fish. Perhaps this is where side imaging could help me out a bit...

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Look for carpets of bait, holding close to the bottom.  At first, it will look like weeds on a standard graph.  I find down imaging much more useful than side imaging for this, since the bait is not suspended in the water column.  Start at 25' and work your way out.  Works for me out in front of Port Bay, just a little east of you.

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