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Was on Silver from 7am-4pm today, and it continues to be a slow grind.

 

I caught 7 bass all day. 6 smallmouth, and 1 lone idiot largemouth.

 

The pattern was....fish something until your about sick of not getting bit...then throw it a little more for a lone bite. Put that down, pick something else up and repeat the process.

 

The six smallmouth came on six different things, in 6 different areas, from 6 different depths of water....and it was a bite an hour for...you guessed it....6 hours.

 

Smallmouth #1, a 2lber came shortly after I started on a 4" GYCB hula grub fished in 15' on a 1/2oz football head.

 

Smallmouth #2, a 3.5lber, came an hour later in 7 feet of water on a ned rig 

 

Smallmouth #3, a 2.5ber, came on a 4" Keitech swing impact slow rolled over rock/grass in 9-10 feet of water.

 

Smallmouth #4, a 2.75lber came on a tube dragged in 18' feet of water over a point.

 

Smallmouth #5, a 12"er rat keeper, came on a drop shotted GYCB shad shape worm in 22 feet of water off a tire.

 

And Smallmouth #6, a 2.5lber came from 25 feet of water on a 1/2  oz blade bait.

 

The lone largemouth, a 4lber, came on a swim jig in 4 feet of water

 

That's a solid pattern there LMAO

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This weekend was a mixed bag of weather. Saturday had crazy temps, wind and rain. Sunday was a better day with calm winds, sun and highs near 50 degrees.

 

I made my way down to the Hudson river and they had the d**n open. A lot of water, cold mountain water, was spilling over into the part of the river I fish. The current was strong, stong enough to move some trees that had fallen into the river further down from where they were last time I was there.

 

My usual spots were not producing due to the current so I started walking further down the river to find some current breaks. First one I found I cast a jig and when reeling it back got a hit relatively close to shore. A few more casts produced a Smallmouth Bass that weighed over a pound. Another one over a pound shortly after that then a big Yellow Perch. Things died down for a bit and then I got my last fish, a Smallmouth that weighed exactly what the second one I caught weighed. I think I caught the same fish twice.

 

I took the day off Monday and went fishing despite the much colder weather and threats of afternoon rain. I walked to the same spot and nothing was biting there. I walked further down the river to a bend that had a large current break that was causing a small whirlpool. There I cast my jig and caught a Smallmouth Bass.

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Got another one shortly after that, roughly the same size.

 

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Overall this weekend was better fishing than I could have hoped. Always glad to get anything in November up here especially from shore. I did get a sad feeling after throwing the last Bass back as the reality sunk in that this was possibly my last fish of the season. With the shorter days I won't be able to get out until next weekend and the temps are expected to be near freezing. Snow is predicted after Veterans Day here.

 

The other sign that the season might be over for me soon was an actual sign. They replaced the "No Swimming" signs on the shore with "Danger keep off the ice" signs...

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Well, I'm done for 2018.

 

This weekends weather is garbage. I cancelled the tournament I was going to have on Sunday, cleaned my gear out of the boat and winterized it after work today. It's going into storage soon.

 

Fishing has not been good the last 4-5 weeks, and neither has the weather. I can't remember a more cold, wet, gloomy late Oct.-early Nov. off the top of my head.

 

Since the week after Columbus day, I'm not sure the sun has shined more than 2 full days, and I'm not sure we have had more than a 1/2 dozen days above 50 in the same time. Same goes for rain....it's been wet.

 

We completely bypassed the 50's in water temps. It was 61 on October 18th, and 47 on Halloween.

 

Oh well, it was a good, fun year. 

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Anyone out yet? Gonna go scope out some spots to get out for the first time in 2019.

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Other than peek under the cover of my boat yesterday to make sure there were no critters in it, and give the jack a few cranks up to let any melting snow water a quicker exit out the back...I haven't even thought about fishing much yet. My new Garmin graphs just came yesterday, and I got some more Dobyns rods that I ordered at a buddies house that need to be picked up, but it's still at least  few weeks away for me before it gets going for good. Silver is always slow to thaw, and slow to turn on the way I like to fish after the thaw anyways.

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We’ve got a tournament on silver June 1st I’m kinda pumped for I’ve always caught giants on that lake it’s why got me into this swimbait game 

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The Dump is opening up.

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On March 15, 2019 at 8:58 AM, J Francho said:

The Dump is opening up.

Maybe I'll venture down to Empire to see if the usual cast of characters is fishing by the bridge and try my luck next week.  Good to see activity on the Upstate NY board again.  

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Checked some creeks the other day they are opening up what ice is left is all broken and just wedged in blocking off the water and drifts from going out to the lake. Had two days in the 60s since then though hopefully be out fishing by next weekend I’m itching to bad 

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19 hours ago, clayton86 said:

Checked some creeks the other day they are opening up what ice is left is all broken and just wedged in blocking off the water and drifts from going out to the lake. Had two days in the 60s since then though hopefully be out fishing by next weekend I’m itching to bad 

Going to try the Hudson River near me next weekend. Locally we are going to have 40-50 degree days this week. No ice on the river but the water is cold.

 

Gonna try some Jerkbaits and float and flies for Smallmouth. If that doesn't work I am going to soak some worms for Catfish and Suckers in the feeder canal. Those fish swim up the canal this time of year looking for the fish that got trapped in there before the freeze and died. Talk about frozen dinners.

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On 3/16/2019 at 1:23 PM, RichPenNY said:

Maybe I'll venture down to Empire to see if the usual cast of characters is fishing by the bridge and try my luck next week.  Good to see activity on the Upstate NY board again.  

They're there, adding ornaments to the power lines, lol.

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5 hours ago, J Francho said:

They're there, adding ornaments to the power lines, lol.

I live about 5 mins from there in Penfield. Only hit it up a couple times earlier in the fall. Didn't feel like dealing with trout fishing this winter.

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7 hours ago, Krux5506 said:

I live about 5 mins from there in Penfield. Only hit it up a couple times earlier in the fall. Didn't feel like dealing with trout fishing this winter.

Yeah that’s like me being 10 minutes from oak orchard I avoid it like the plague during the salmon/trout run. Nothing like rubbing shoulders well trying to fish. 

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23 hours ago, Krux5506 said:

I live about 5 mins from there in Penfield. Only hit it up a couple times earlier in the fall. Didn't feel like dealing with trout fishing this winter.

I didn't get out this winter either.  I'm just up the other side of the hill, off Helendale.

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Any tips on Conesus and silver for June and July I’m kinda lost ?

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On 3/21/2019 at 12:03 PM, NolanEckert21 said:

Any tips on Conesus and silver for June and July I’m kinda lost ?

Doesn't get much more detailed than a lot of ww2farmer's posts. 

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4 hours ago, Krux5506 said:

Doesn't get much more detailed than a lot of ww2farmer's posts. 

Or an invite to tag along with me...I have a open seat all the time for a BR member. I have had a lot of you guys take me up on that, and it's always a good time.

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Fishing with @ww2farmer  is always a great time!  He has taught me a ton! 

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3 hours ago, nosdog2 said:

Fishing with @ww2farmer  is always a great time!  He has taught me a ton! 

Same!! I am anxiously waiting for him to get out on the water so i can take him up on fishing with him again!!

I learned more on one of his "bad" days than i did on any of my "good" days haha.

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Won't be long now. Probably next weekend.

 

Silver is still iced over, but the shore ice is shot and receding fast. The main slab is that dark, punky looking ice that goes quick with a little bit of wind and rain on it.

 

 

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I entertained myself by watching the time lapse webcam on the south end of Silver. It went from ice covered at 11:44am yesterday morning to mostly open water today...at least in the view of the camera. Good chance I will be on the water next weekend.

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What do you recommend for mid summer bass on silver like during July to early August, Do you guys throw weedless baits in the weeds and move em through slow or throw moving baits on top of them. is the T-rig good ? Colors? When we go we normally target weedlines and we just havent been getting the numbers or size they it takes to compete even on both conesus and silver. Anything would help, thanks in advanced.

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00dale....Are you a Dale I know? Have you stood on the back of my aluminum boat before in a tournament? A tournament we didn't do so well in, but I almost pulled a rabbit out of my hat with some late heroics in the marina on a frog? Do we have a mutual friend named George?  If so, you know who I am.

 

If not, sorry for the assumption, and questions.

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Boat is ready, tackle is loaded. Tomorrow the 2019 season begins for me.

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