Posted by admin on May 25, 2016
We left port from the city side of Presque Isle Bay around 7am and headed out in search for some plump smallmouth bass. I was joined on the water by prior client and friend, Michael, and his father Art from Pittsburgh. The morning was cool, but irregularly calm for the shores of Lake Erie, so we pretty much had free rein to zip around at will.
Throughout the day, we bounced around various areas in the Bay and made a brief stop in the big Lake. The bite wasn't fast and furious, but we had a steady flow of bites for most of the day with drop shots and soft plastic stick baits. With the water warming steadily from the lower 60s to the mid 60s, fish were anywhere from shallow to deep and we caught them about everywhere in between. We even mixed it up for a brief time and did some largemouth fishing in Horseshoe Pond.
We caught a good amount of fish in the 2-3 lb class, with a few four pound specimen. With the cold fronts from the past week, things were slightly behind from where they were in 2015 at this point, but it's getting better everyday as the water continues to warm on the Bay and the Lake.
It was a fun time on the water with Michael and Art as the banter and fish catching throughout the day kept things entertaining. I'm looking forward to hitting the water again with another couple of fishermen from Pittsburgh tomorrow morning. Looks like the storms from the Midwest are a bit delayed, so we should have some ideal weather to catch some beautiful bronzebacks! -DD
Posted by admin on May 17, 2015
After having a productive guide trip Saturday, I was freed up Sunday to hit Lake Erie to see how the bite was. After watching the weather all week, it seemed as though we would have wet conditions with a chance of thunderstorms, but luckily that never culminated.
After being delayed a bit in the morning I hit the water around nine o’clock to a beautiful, calm Lake Erie. I ran East about a dozen miles before putting the trolling motor down and fishing. I had an area that I found last year that didn’t hold a lot of fish, but great quality when you did find one. I wanted to explore it a little more.
Within about ten minutes of throwing my jerk bait it was absolutely hammered by something near the end of a long cast. After fighting me from a distance, the bronze behemoth emerged in the clear waters. I saw the fish clearly and was excited as I knew it was around five pounds. It put up a great fight on the light line before I finally wrangled it to the boat. Once I looked at the fish I knew it was bigger than just five pounds. It had a giant stomach and the sheer look of a giant. After looking at it then I presumed it was around that trophy six pound mark and I was very close in that assessment. I put it on the digital scale and it fluctuated in the 5.70-5.75 lb range before settling in at 5.70 lbs.
That was an excellent start to the morning, but things slowed down soon thereafter once the bluebird skies and calm conditions emerged. The bite got very tough for the next couple hours as it often does under those conditions. Although we all complain about the wind and waves that Lake Erie is so well known for, they generally have a positive impact on the fish feeding. If you think about it like a southern reservoir in the summer, when they aren’t pulling water and generating current, it is extremely difficult to catch fish and it’s the same on Lake Erie.
I spent the rest of the day looking for new summer areas with my electronics and got off the water not long afterwards to meet up with a friend to get some boat equipment at Chautauqua Lake. All in all it was a beautiful day on the water and while the bite tapered off quickly, it’s always a great day when you are fishing. Especially, when you are able to connect with some giant smallmouth! -DD
Posted by admin on 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.
Jon Guide Trip May 16th. 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