Smallies, Family, and Friends - Lake George

Fished with a couple guys from the Y yesterday and they did great.  Caught some really nice smallmouths.  Biggest at close to 3.5 - fat 18.5" fish.  

Later in the day we had a family rock bass tournament (biggest, smallest, most, ugliest, biggest smallmouth).  Winner got a crepe. Everyone got a crepe.

Nate and Anna both caught nice smallmouth bass.  Water temps are close to 77 degrees.  Beautiful day on the water!

Lake Trout on Lake George - Summer 2016

The key to our fishing success this year is largely due to some excellent equipment that I bought in the off season.  The first key to our success has been our electronics (the new Garmin GPSMAP 7610 xsv) which have opened our eyes to the haunts of the Lake Trout (and really all the deep water structure that we fish).  The imaging of the unit is out of this world.  Another tremendous feature is the processing speed of the internal GPS:  the 10 Hz processor updates your location and heading 10 times per second.  The Garmin High Definition lake map is the best one out there for Lake George.  I am seeing deep water structures that I never knew were down there!

Another piece of equipment that has been a huge help is my new Motorguide xi5 trolling motor.  I push the anchor feature and I hover in the same spot over top of fish and end up with very encouraging results (see smiles below)!

Rod of choice was clearly Okuma's Helios MH 7' spinning paired with the Helios HX-30 spinning reel and Gamma's Torque 10/3 with Gamma Edge Fluoro 12-16 lb test.

Jigging with 1 oz. jig heads from Old Fart Lures!

We have been so busy with trips that we haven't had as much time to fish lakers, but my wife and I were out the other day for a little and I popped this one!  Almost 11 am - calm, bright sunny morning - and lake trout are chomping - I love it!  Water temp is over 75 degrees.

Beautiful Lake Trout/Smallmouth morning Lake George, NY

Our good friends the Brubaker's were visiting Silver Bay and Lake George this week and we finally got out to do some fishing together.  We fished Lake Trout to start the day and got bit right away - only connecting on 1 out of 3 hits.  Chris caught the fish and it was a beauty.  Then we moved over and fished smallmouth and caught a bunch of fish with some really nice ones in the mix.  Way to go Chris and Matthew!  Much of the success we're experiencing on the water has come from using Garmin technology, including incredible mapping software that helps us dial right in on deep water structure!  ( Water temp was 75 - perfect morning to be on the water!

Lake Trout/Smallmouth Fishing on Lake George is on Fire

Had trips on Thurs and Friday...all trips were very successful.  Fished Thursday morning for Lake Trout and bass - my clients caught two lakers and a bunch of smallies.  

Thursday evening fished with James and his son Luca and his father in law, Bob.  Caught the heck out of the smallies.  Ended up with some really nice fish.  Water temps are 75.  Bigger fish are showing up in the spots where they should be.

Awesome Evening on the Water - Lake George, NY

We had an incredible evening on the water with George and his family.  We caught monster fish - probably ended up with close to 75 smallmouth and largemouth in the evening.  Water temp was push 75 degrees.  Fished deeper sides of humps (as deep as 50').  Found fish willing to bite our soft plastics - still using drop shot and plastics.  The pictures from our time only say half of it!  Grandpa (who was skeptical of the boat) ended up pouring it on - catching one giant fish after another.  George got the biggest smallmouth pushing 20" and 4 pounds.  Can't wait to do it again next year!

- Joe

Guide Trip - Lake George

Chris and his kids and their cousin's daughter pounded fish the other night.  We couldn't keep the fish off the line.  I had four or five fish swinging in the boat all evening long.  We caught some decent smallmouth bass, but lost some really big ones.

We ended our time with both Hayden and Mia losing really nice fish - and all we had to show for it was a 4" perch that one of the fish spit up!  But all in all, it was a great time and a great memory!  These guys were all eager learners and willing participants!  Water temps are edging into the low 70s now and fish are beginning to set up in the summer pattern. (photos courtesy of Julia - thanks Julia!)

- Joe

The T.R.D Bite - Lake George, NY

Bite was hot tonight after the storm pushed through.  Must have caught close to 25 smallies - with some really good fish in the mix.  I finally tried the Z-Man T.R.D rigged on a 1/6 oz mushroom head jighead and it was unreal.  

Still throwing prop baits as well - producing some really nice fish.  Water temps ranging from 70-71.8 degrees.  Fish were caught in 15-20 fow on underwater sand/rock points and off shore humps.  Excuse the fish selfies - need to remember to bring the Virbe out next time! (Fish selfie = self-fish)

- Joe

Lake George Fishing

Yesterday I took my daughter, Anna, out for about 45 minutes.  It was non stop action - she caught a fish every time she dropped down.  Fishing off shore humps produced smallmouth and rock bass.  Water temps nearing 70 degrees.

Tonight I took my wife out for about 45 minutes.  The goal has been to catch at least one bass every day.  We have no problem going out and catching fish.  But this year, I want to find the bigger fish earlier in the summer.  We did it again tonight - caught a 3 lb smallmouth on a prop bait.  Top water is so much fun.  Another mid lake hump area - fished top water over 25 fow.

- Joe

Guide Trips August 3rd Lake George

Had the privilege of taking out Terry and (almost) his entire family!  We creatively had 16 people on the boat throughout the day.  Everyone caught fish and we saw lots of big smallmouths come in the boat.  At one point it seemed like the girls out-fished the boys, but I think things evened out by the end of the day.  Fought wind early and then things laid down.  Evening bite was super strong too!  All fish caught drop shotting a variety of humps and points.