Presque Isle Bay Fishing Report May 16, 2015
I had the privilege of taking Jeff and his son, Jon, out on Presque Isle Bay this past Saturday. We met last year and I took them out on Kahle Lake, which is a small lake in Northwest Pennsylvania. We all hit it off and had a great time, but I knew they would have an even better time at the smallmouth bass factory that is Presque Isle Bay in the spring.
We started off around 8:30am after having to back track a bit after finding the Chestnut Street ramp was full as it normally is on weekends in the spring. Once we hit the water from the Peninsula side of the Bay, it didn’t take long for us to get into some action. Jeff and Jon are from the Pittsburgh area and had never caught a smallmouth bass of any size before Saturday, but that changed in a hurry. Prior to us launching I told them smallmouth bass are pound for pound one of the hardest fighting freshwater fish and the brown fish didn’t disappoint. Jeff and Jon boated a handful in the first hour, including a very solid fish in the four pound class for Jon.
After a couple moves we put a few more fish in the boat, before returning to our starting spot. Both Jeff and Jon hooked up with a few more nice sized, scrappy smallmouth bass as the conditions grew tougher with the increased wind on the Bay. We made a couple more moves hooking up and catching a few more fish in the two and a half to three pound range before packing it in for the day.
It was a fine day on the water with some great company. Helping introduce people to new techniques and getting them to battle with my all time favorite game fish is what it’s all about. We caught all of our fish drop shotting plastics in shallow to mid range depths in the Bay. The day called for rain and scattered thunderstorms, but we were lucky enough to only get a little wet in the first hour or so of the day. -DD