Finally catching up with a report. The last couple of weekends have proven to be very productive for us. We have a real nice mix of fish in our catches. The kings are getting bigger too!!! We've been finding kings in a little closer first thing in the morning, as well as some nice Lakers up to 15lbs to keep us busy. When the inside bite for kings starts to cool off, we head out deep on follow those fish to capitalize on the late morning/mid-day bite. Besides kings we are finding some steelhead out deep too, and even a few cohos are falling to our presentation of spoons, flashers, and cut bait. A couple of highlights from this past weekend was a 12-1/2lbs brown trout, and a 23lb king, the biggest king on the boat so far this season. Our biggest kings have been falling pray to our light line spoon program, my favorite way to tangle with these brutes. Those deep fish, even after fighting for 20 minutes, are still really fresh behind the boat and have been quite a challenge to get the net under. But that's what keeps us all coming back to this exciting fishery. Get in on the action now! Still some dates left next month and into September, book your fishing adventure now! 585-233-9163
This past weekend I had some time to take my brother-in-law, nephews and my daughter fishing for Father’s Day weekend. We got the kids up early, got breakfast in them, and we were pulling away from the dock playing our “break away song” by 6am. The navy folks out there will appreciate that one. We set up in 100 feet of water, trolling west, set up simple program of riggers, 2 dipsies, and 2 lead cores. It took a little bit, but we found some lakers in the top 45 feet that wanted to play and the kids were more than happy to wrestle them to the boat. Our real bonus to the trip was a beautiful 11 lb atlantic salmon that just crush a spoon fished on a 3 color lead core, I mean this fish just crushed it! It was a pretty intense battle! My nephew Lucas was on the rod and did a great job. This kid is an up and coming Great Lakes angler. He never once took the fighting belt off, and was either at the wheel, or at the back of the boat watching rods. You’ll be seeing him around on the boat and around the docks someday in the future.
Looking forward to the next few weeks as the lake sets up a thermocline, and the summer fishing turns on. Get in touch to book a trip, still some dates available through Labor Day, and beyond to mid October. 585-233-9163
Steady fishing so far this month, despite some very unstable weather. We are having steady catches of steelhead 3-7lbs, salmon 5-10lbs, with a few big guys mixed in, and also some lakers that are coming into our salmon and steelhead set ups. June is usually our toughest month to stay on steady fishing, but this year has been just the opposite.
I'm looking forward to see what happens over the next 10-14 days as the lake sets up in a summer pattern. So far the salmon fishing this year has been hot, and I expect another record season for catch rates on the lake.
A rescheduled trip leaves Father's Day weekend wide open for anyone looking to get on some salmon and steelhead. Other dates also available through mid October. If you you're thinking about a trip, the sooner the better to book. Get in touch with me and we'll talk about getting you on the lake. 585-233-9163
The boat has been in for a few weeks now, and after some carburetor work and adjustments, she's fishing and catching her share fish out of Sandy Creek Harbor. The brown trout fishing ended early this spring with the warm fair weather patterns that set up in mid April, and the fishing program since has been one targeting lake trout deep, and salmon up higher. Last weekend we stuck to that program, and boated a number of lake trout and the first king of the year. This past weekend was a similar program, however we got into the first steelhead of the season with some brightly color spoons mixed into our king program.
With the new boat not quite ready to put in the water I took advantage of an invite from my friend Lou to fish with him on Saturday morning, which helped to take the edge off my severe landsickness. We started out going west right out of the harbor, water was as clear as a glass of gin, and made things tough there for us. Only one hookup in two passes on one of our favorite skinny water spots. We trolled east making some adjustments to boat position and our lures, and eventually found some fish in 3 feet of water. Managed to light up our rods up for a while, with one double, boating several nice browns and a few cookie cutters. After the inside auctioned died, we switched gear and deployed 2 riggers for lake trout, and some top water baits for cohos. Never took a fish on the surface lines, but the lakers came to play, and we would spend the rest of the morning have fun with them. Lake trout on light line, in cold spring water, equals a lot of fun, even for a bunch of veteran fisherman like us.
Finishing the last of the to do list on the boat this week, and looking to splash on Friday. I can't wait, it's been too long in coming.
Some brave souls got out on the lake for some preseason brown trout action. Lots of cold 35 degree water, but fish were hungry, and the people that braved the weather were rewarded for their efforts. It's started, and by the time the Small Fortune goes in the water 2 weeks from now, it will be on like Donkey Kong!
Still a couple weekend dates left for brown trout fishing, as we'll as many weekday charter dates. If you've never done a spring brown trout trip, you should try it, the fishing is can be intense, with bites coming 2, 3 or even 4 at a time. It's also a great cure for cabin fever. Get in touch with me and book before the boat goes in, and I'll give you the early bird special. The season has started!!!
This winter got ya down? Then let’s talk spring! Spring fishing on Lake Ontario! Even with the consistent subzero temps this past month, and this week, lots of preparation has been going into getting ready for the start of the 2015 fishing season, just a handful of weeks away.
April is the time of year we fishing the skinny water for those porky Lake Ontario brown trout, and even though we’re not in shorts and sandals, it’s a great cure for cabin fever. Last year was the best brown trout fishing I experienced in 30 years of fishing the big lake, and I expect similar fishing again this spring. This cold winter will have those fish very hungry come ice out.
With more hard work, my new boat, the Small Fortune, will ready buy April 1st to get you and your crew on the water for an early trip. Or if you’d rather wait to fish in warmer weather, and go after those off shore salmon and steelhead, it’s never too early to book your trip. The sooner you book, the more dates there are to choose from.
I’m booking both weekend and weekday dates from April through September, and if you book before April 1st, I’ll get you in on the early bird rate.
Well... new to me anyway.
It's been a very busy couple of months. Unfortunately my real job has been keeping me busier than usual, plus all the end of the summer farm projects that we have to get to done. One thing that I've been working on is getting into a bigger, more comfortable boat for the 2015 season. Not that I jumped into this sort of thing, as a charter captain I had been on the look out for a bigger boat for a while, and knew what I wanted in a layout, I just needed the right boat, at the right price, at the right time, and this 26' Baha Cruiser Weekender was the outcome of that. This boat is solid, transom and stringers have been replaced and the engine was rebuilt 4 years ago. She weighs, with fuel, around 7,500 lbs. That should make fishing in 4 footers a nicer than the old Sportcraft. It has a large cabin area, and an enclosed head, with electronic flush. And the best part... no engine cover in the back to have to work around, just flat open deck.
I've been working on compiling a list of small projects to get done on her this fall, she's a solid vessel, but with 26 fishing seasons in the log book there are more than a handful of dock scars and dings that need to be taken care of to have her looking great. I'll be working on these things, and getting my equipment set up, this fall as my time allows.
So here it is, the new ride. The "Small Fortune"!
It's been awhile since I posted a report on here and wanted to take some time to catch things up. The July fishing has finally set up and the fishing is starting to become a more consistent summer fishery. Big kings have moved in off Sandy Creek, and we are catching a mixed bag of fish on each trip, lakers, brown trout, kings, and even a steelhead or two.
This past Saturday was an great day to be on the water, and I was joined by Dan and his son Aaron. We found fish early on in our trip, inside of 100 feet of water, boating lakers and an occasional brown trout, and even a bonus king. The guys kept a couple for the dinner plate, and by 10 am they were ready to go deeper and find a bigger fish. We slid out to 200, and not long after our 300’ copper starts growling with a good fish. Just what we were looking, and upgrade to what we had in the box. Both kings came on flashers and flies, with our spoons fished off riggers doing damage to the browns and lakers. Best target depth was 50-70 down.
Sunday I had a couple of 11 year old fisherman, Brandon and Sam and their fathers, join me for a morning trip. All week I was concerned that the weather was going to keep us off the lake, but it held off all morning, with only a light sprinkle at most. Our game plan was to fish for browns and lakers with the down riggers, and get these boys into some fish that weren’t going to pull them in the lake. The fish were there, and biting, but we struggled all morning to keep fish hooked. Despite sharp hooks, and a release adjustment, I just couldn’t keep them on for these guys. Best water was inside a 100 feet, 50 to the bottom. A strong south wind kicked up and there was a lot of cold water pushing in, but the fish didn’t seem to mind, and we had a steady bite most of the morning. The highlight of the trip it seemed, at least for me, was feeding the seagulls fish parts, and all of us laughing out loud as they were choking down huge pieces of fish trimmings in one gulp.
We had great crew this past Sunday morning, Patrick treated his wife Karen and daughter Victoria to a trout and salmon trip on Lake Ontario. Patrick is very familiar with our great fishery and fished with his Dad a lot back in the late 80s and early 90s, and his coaching on rod handling showed that he was a true Lake Ontario veteran.
We started our trip in close, east of the harbor, looking to see if we could get a brown trout or two. There was good temp there, however with clear water and lots of alewives in spawning we did not put much effort into the skinny water. In 45 minutes we never moved a rod, and then pointed the boat north and switched things over to hunt for silver fish. We found the bite out deep to be pretty stubborn. Lots of streakers on the sonar swimming in and out of the riggers, and finally we popped the first fish, and young Victoria brought a nice 13lb silver Chinook to the boat. We stayed in that water for the rest of the day, 160-180, there was a good picture there. Fish and bait, nice colored water, with 45-46 degree surface temp. We didn’t break any records, but we finished up with another teenage king, 16lbs, a lake trout, and nice 8lb steelie, with a bunch of small kings and one small atlantic. By far the MVP for the day was a Get-R-Done SS free slider, but it took all small fish. Most of the action coming on riggers 55-65 down. Only one flasher fly bite, which we took the laker on.
The kings are here and things seem to be setting up finally for some good offshore thermal bar fishing. Looking forward to heading to Wilson this weekend to fish the 2nd of the Niagara ProAms with team LandingZone. It’s always fun to fish with these guys, and get in on some of that Gold Coast chrome.
Capt. Chris has been fishing the big lake since he was 4 years old. He loves to share his stories, and experience to help others catch more fish on their own.