Well, it's been a couple of weeks since I've been on the water, and after resheduling this trip twice due to bad weather, we made it out this past Friday for some great spring brown trout fishing.
We were joined by Gerry from Fishy Business, and his helper Kyle. Fishy Business is a little bait and tackle shop down in Branch Port, NY, at the North end, of the west fork, of Kueka Lake. We promptly left the dock at 6am and got set up right out of port heading west. As we made our first turn to go back, we hooked up with our first fish of the day and action stayed very steady until about 9:30. The fish gave us a little break to eat some sandwhiches, and get something to drink, and then it was back on again at 10:30 until we quit.
These guys did great, they boated 21 fish, and had well over 30 hook ups for the day. They took home several bags of fillets, from their limit catch of brown trout. No kings today despite a quick look out deeper, but we had several browns over 10lbs. I'm very impressed this year with the size of some the browns we're catching. I can't wait till Sunday, we'll be out again. And.. The LOC derby starts May 4th. Can't wait!
This report is a little late in coming.
Saturday morning I had the opportunity to join a friend of mine Lou Berelli on his boat for some spring brown trout fishing. I always enjoy fishing with other guys on their boats and see how they have their boats set-up, and what kind of trolling program they run. Sharing knowledge with others is what makes us more successful on the lake.
We left the dock aroun 6:45am, made a right turn out of the harbor, and started trolling to the east. We only ran 6 lines to start with, and that's pretty much all we needed to run on Saturday. We started off slow, but finally found some fish to stay with, and we did very well there. We caught lots of brown trout, with 2 of those being in the 10-12 lbs range, one small steelhead, and we also got an early spring surprise by boating 2 nice kings, about 12lbs a piece. Lake conditions were good, 1-3 waves, and great water color. I couldn't have ask for a better day, and better company. Next time Lou will be joining me on the Jolly II.
A few pictures below of our trip.
I finished all the hard work on the boat on Saturday and we made out Sunday morning for a 2 and half hour shakedown fishing trip. We started late, not getting the boat in the water to well after 8am, and taking some time to check and make sure things were operating properly before heading out on the lake.
We started fishing a little before 9am, and found plenty of great colored water. Water temp was a little colder than what I would've liked, and I think the fish felt the same way. The fishing was a little slow, but we managed to end our shakedown trip going 3 for 5, with a quick flurry of activity right before we quit. We found fish were a little deeper than usually for this time of year, 10-15 feet of water, and we ended up with 2 browns and steelhead. My nephew Owen, he's 5 years old, had a good time and boated his first ever Lake Ontrario fish. We quit about 11:15 just as the rain was getting colder and it eventually would turn over to wet snow. I'm glad we have top on the boat. All and all, it was a great trip, I had fun, and Owen says he wants to go again.
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.