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New York is well known for great Bass,
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When it comes to successful bass fishing on New York lakes, finding bass is the biggest challenge in catching bass. Bass hang out in very specific places for very specific reasons. No matter where bass are found, they experience an annual cycle of activity that is much the same. Spring warmth in New York triggers a move to the shallows to feed and spawn. Bass stage a pre-spawn feeding frenzy in water from mid 40s to the high 50s. The bass will be highly concentrated on New York lakes in the areas that warm earliest. For example: the extreme shallow ends of coves, channels between lakes or bays, little protected bays with dark bottoms and in shallow channels. The main thing is to find a good, warm bay and then do a decent job of casting to the banks. The bass are going to be tight to the banks. The water in New York lakes and rivers warms steadily after the spawn as the bass begin to move toward their summer haunts and prepare for serious feeding.
Early summer bass wreak havoc on the minnows spawning in the shallows where the bass just spawned. Spinnerbaits, jig/minnow combinations, and plastic worms are top baits used in the spring. As summer approaches on New York lakes the fish have come off their post-spawn behavior and the lake is setting up in a summer pattern. To a great extent, the active schools of bass will congregate on the inside turns in weeds on breaks near the shore. The inside turns that hold the most and biggest bass are those with the thickest new weeds and the fastest drops into deeper water. Try fishing 6-12 feet of water, but check down as far as 20 feet. At this time of year on New York lakes the active bass will be tightly grouped, and you will almost always find some on inside turns. Other great places to check for bass in the summer months is around points, flats, docks, and any cover. After a cold front, bass often tuck up in the dense, floating masses of any weedbeds or vegetation on a lake. Throughout the summer on New York lakes with weedlines bass fishing can be very good. Deep weedlines naturally attract bass, as it's the place where the security of deep water meets the cover and food of the weeds. If a lake has good deeper weeds, that's where bass spend most of their time. In New York lakes that do not have much weed cover, bass will spend more time on dropoffs.
Cooling water in the fall brings on more changes.
The fall turnover destroys the thermal
stratification on the lake, so uniform temperatures top to bottom allow
the bass to move up, down, or sideways wherever they choose. Fall bass
are very active, moving from deep water to shallow water searching for
food. Studies have shown that bass do more prowling now than at any
other time of the year.
Walleye tend to be structure fish. Great places
to check for walleye on NY Lakes include; rocky points, reefs, sunken
islands, boulder piles, sand flats, and rocky shoals. Also, when the
wind blows, walleyes bite. In the spring, NY walleyes like to hang in
the shallows after spawning, typically in water no deeper than 15 feet.
By the time June arrives in New York, walleye head for deep shoreline
points, sunken islands, sandbars, and rock bars in depths ranging from
New York features many Rivers that are known for great fishing year round. The major factors to consider when reading a NY River are the strength and direction of the current, the depth, the amount of cover, and the make-up of the riverbed. Most species of fish in New York's Rivers like to hang where the current is neither too strong or too slow, where there's a fair amount of water to cover their backs, where they can find shelter from predators, and where there is clean gravel or sand over which they can find food easily.
Reading New York Rivers
In a stream, trout like to stay in the same spots,
they find shelter from the current waiting for food to come along. In
New York's larger bodies of water like lakes and ponds, trout like to
stay on the move. They are most attracted to areas rich in food to maximize
their feeding chances. Trout prefer temps between 50-60 F. Brown Trout
tend to like slightly warmer temps, while Brook Trout prefer cooler
temperatures. If you are fishing a deep New York lake with stratified
water temps, finding the fish becomes a game of depths. In the warm
NY summer months, trout head to the deeper points. In the late fall,
winter, and spring the trout head to shallower depths as the deepest
parts are often too cold.
During the summer months is when crappies need to eat the most. Try searching for suspended crappie with sonar, then hover off the edge of the pod and drop lures and baits just above them. Crappies love to hunt over and around weeds during the low-light periods while during the day they suspend over deeper water nearby. In late summer, you can normally find them 12-24 feet down during the day and sometimes even shallower. By September, crappies leave the cabbage beds to hang near wintering spots. New York lakes and rivers contain many crappie hotspots. Here are some of the top places for successful crappie fishing on New York lakes and rivers.
Shallow Ledges and Channel Breaks
Inflow Water-Control Structures
To find shallow smallmouth bass on Lake Erie, search for bottom transitions, vegetation, or deeper trenches near rocky flats. Make sure to check 3-6 foot shoreline rock-boulder flats with inside ledges that drop into 6-9 foot depths before reverting to shallow flats. Smallmouth bass like to cruise these inside drop-off ledges and wander up onto the flats in search of food, primarily crayfish. Shallow fish on Lake Erie feed on schooling emerald shiners when they're available, along with crayfish and gobies. Areas of broken rock hold more and better fish than areas without broken rock. Also, look for transitions, as this could be moss patches on a sand bottom, sand meeting gravel or rock, or where rock meets gravel. Sweet spots always contain a transition of two or more elements.
The St. Lawrence River has lived up to its reputation as a great muskie fishing river by producing a catch over 60" in 2011. Trolling large diving plugs is the prominent approach, with late fall prime for record-size fish. As part of its recovery from a VHS kill, St. Lawrence River muskies are currently experiencing incredible growth rates with girths to make any New York angler smile.
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