Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lake Ontario’s Eastern Basin

To assess the status of warm-water fish populations in Lake Ontario’s Eastern Basin, the Lake Ontario Research Unit conducts gill-netting operations annually. The 2015 nettings captured the lowest number of smallmouth bass since 2004, and the 2015 numbers were among the lowest in 39 years of netting.
Adding to this gloomy picture is the fact that no strong year-classes of smallmouths have been detected in recent years.
Even though the 2015 nettings showed a decrease in walleye abundance, the news is a bit brighter here as the Annual Report states, “ ... with the evidence of moderate to strong reproduction in recent years, the fishery is expected to remain relatively stable for the next few years.”
In its assessment of yellow perch populations in the Eastern Basin, the Annual Report says, “in 2015, yellow perch catch declined to the lowest level in the time series. This decrease may be partly attributable to water temperature patterns and catch variability; however, angler reports also suggested lower yellow perch abundance in 2015.”

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lake Erie

black bass department, catch rates declined in 2016 but still remain relatively high at around .9 bass per hour of fishing. Only three percent of the bass caught last year were actually harvested. Robinson noted that 2016 was the first year that the decline was evident in the measure of angling quality.
While the future looks good for the warm water fisheries, the cold water fisheries are a bit more disconcerting. While lake trout have exhibited high abundance in recent years, 2016 saw the bottom drop out with a 57 percent decline in survey netting results.
“Sea lamprey woundings also increased last year,” said Jim Markham, cold-water biologist with the Lake Erie Unit. “Our target is five wounds per 100 lake trout and we were over 15 last year.”
Stocking numbers will also be down in 2017 due to problems at the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery located in Warren, Pa. A lake trout acoustic telemetry study is underway as of 2016 to follow laker movements, helping to identify key habitats preferred such as primary spawning areas. No wild fish have been documented as of this time.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Caesar Creek Lake

: A great variety of species, including muskies. In fact, with annual stocking, it has become one of the best musky lakes in the state. It’s also a good lake to fish for crappies, bass and saugeyes. It has one of the top white bass populations in Ohio.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Elephant Butte Lake:

 Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, top water lures and grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair using tubes, spinner baits, senkos, grubs, swim baits, crank baits and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using cut bait, prepared baits and liver for catfish. Our only other report was the big striped bass Alyssa Prince of Las Cruces caught — 43.7-inch, 35-pound striped bass April 2. She was fishing the back of Ash Canyon with 12-pound braid to a 6-pound leader and using a 5-inch shad pattern senko.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Central Wisconsin

With accessible boat landings and stable water conditions, the setting is perfect for early spring walleye fishing on the Wisconsin River.  Unlike most lakes and rivers, the Wisconsin River remains open year-round for game fish like bass, walleye, and pike, allowing anglers to take advantage of some great early season fishing.  

The walleye limit on the Wisconsin River remains at 5 fish per day per angler.  Size restrictions apply and are as follows:  Each angler is allowed a 5 fish daily bag limit with no fish under 15 inches and no fish between 20 and 28 inches. Each angler is allowed 1 fish per day over 28 inches as part of their daily bag limit of 5 fish.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Crappie fishing is good on the south end of the lake. James Whittle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said minnows are working better than jigs. Fish eight to 12 feet deep around standing timber, brush piles and docks. A good jig color is black body and chartreuse tail.
Black bass are biting along main lake points. Try swim baits, spinner baits, jerk baits and crank baits. Walleye are occasionally caught by bass fishermen using jerk baits.
Striped bass are biting in the Prairie Creek and Point 12 areas on shad or brood minnows. A 47-pound striper was caught recently near the Arkansas 12 bridge