Brad, Brian, and I did an early morning raid on the bluegills of Bluestone Lake. We fished from 6:30 to 10am then got the heck out of dodge before all the Memorial Day boat traffic flooded in. We used garden wigglers, Berkley Power Maggots, and Brad used a fly pole some as well. I ended up with 37 gills and a couple of small spots and a redeye. Brad got 70 gills and a couple spots. Brad did hook about a 2 pound bass on a flypole but after a struggle it broke him off. By the time we left the swimmers, skiers, and other fishing boats were really getting up there in numbers.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
This being a very warm weather Memorial Day weekend the rivers around Hinton have been loaded with people. On this Sunday morning Brad and I waded down the backside of the arm crazy early. We started at 6am and we were off the water before th fog got started off at 8am. We used spinners and white gitzit g-tails. We ened up with 20 smallies each in our short but very productive 2 hours. All of them were smaller fish between 6 and 14 inches but they sure are fun to catch. The best part is we got our fish and got out of dodge before the holiday weekend river crowd got outta hand.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Brad, Greg and I floated from the Dam to the Highschool this morning. They were running 6 gates. The water was high and stained. Fishing was tough. Greg caught 12, Brad 13, and I got 17. The biggest being under or around 2lbs. Had we not stopped on an island or two our trip would have only taken 45 minutes in those high flow rates. CW Cabins shoals were serious buisness today, but we made it throught no prob. It was a perfect weather day for fishing. That afternoon Brad and I ran up Lake and Amy's pond before dark. I caught 10 and Brad caught 3 ten to twelve inch LMB's. I caught mine on a fluke and Brad's came off a G-tail. They didn't seem to want senko or a spinner for some reason.
Greg and I fished Bluestone from 7am to 1pm with little success. I caught 2 keeper LMB's and Greg caught 2 keeper LMB's and a bluegill. The water was falling and stainded. The fished just didn't want to cooperate at all. We fished the pit, Bull Falls, the slide, and below Bertha. It was high skies and tough fishing. My Olympus camera is being sent off for repairs so the next couple post are gonna be lacking in the pic department.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
With the river up, muddy, and unfishable Greg and I took our yaks and headed for smaller stiller waters. The technique of the day was finesse tubes, shakey heads, and even small jigs. The fish would not chase but would hit small stationary baits. Almost all of our fish came while the lure was on the inital drop. In 5 hours of fishing I caught 16 and Greg caught 12. In those 28 we each had a 5 and a half pounder along with a couple 3's, and 4 or so 2's. We put together a five fish limit close to 20lbs. A little overcast and water stain help aid our efforts.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
|Greg in his new Ocean Prowler Yak|
|New River Smallie|
|Island Hopping with the Coosa|
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Our crew got to the dock to meet Captain Steve at 6am only to retreat to a little greasy spoon for fishermen and wait out the lightning storm that was passing by. The storm finally left at around 8:30am but it left a lot of heavy rain and wind behind it for us to fish in, how thoughtful. It was noticeably colder, windier, and rougher than the day before. But the fish were biting and they were good quality fish. We fished heavy jigs pounding walleye spawning beds and managed to get 12 fish in the box that weighed a combined 38lbs. on this half day of fishing. Between the cold Canadian air, the driving rain, the waves, and the wind you had to really endure to outlast these fish to catch em. Once the wind pushed out the morning storm and the waves died down and the bite totally died. We called it quits around 1:30 so we could head back to WV. We caught a lot of drum again today and by we I mean Chad. We also caught seveal white perch. This offshore walleye trip on Erie was a great time despite rough conditions and I will definitely be back. The size of this lake and the quality of this fishery are unimaginable until you've seen it for yourself, and after you see it you'll want to see it again. Thanks to Captain Steve of Fishy Business Charters for a great couple days. If he can put on you fish in these conditions I shutter to think what he could do with some descent weather and cooperative fish.
|What wonderful weather for a little Drum fishing.|
|Sharp Teeth of the Wall Eyed Pike|
|Chad with a Nice Walleye|
|The Drum King|
Grandpa Craigo, Arnie, Chad, Jack, Pete and myself headed to Lake Erie for a couple days of walleye fishing. We fished with the trusted Captain Steve Connors owner of Fishy Business Charters out of Oregon Ohio. Arnie, Chad, Pete and Grandpa have used Captain Steve's charters many times before.Captain Steve was excellent. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking to book a charter on Erie for Walleye, Smallmouth, or Perch. I had a blast on my first trip to one of the Great Lakes. It's totally weird to me to be fishing for freshwater game fish in 3 to 5 foot waves on open water when all you can see is water and sky. On a down note the weather was unforgiving with rain and driving wind for our 2 days on the lake, but Captain Steve still put us on some really good fish during our time there. Jack, who is only 10 years old, caught his first ever walleye. Way to go Jack. Besides walleye we also caught a lot of drum (especially long lining Chad), white perch, regular perch and even a few white bass and a hybrid or two. We left the dock at 6am and came back in around 3pm. We kept 30 walleyes that weighed 93lbs when we dropped them off to be processed. The biggest fish of the day came from Pete and weighted around 6lbs. We used heavy hair jigs tipped with a night crawler and a trailing stringer hook. John Deere Greene, Purple and Chartreuse seemed to be the best colors.
|Daybreak on Erie|
|Captain Steve's Island Hopper|
|Pete with the 1st Eye of the trip|
|Ground Pounding Jigs|
|Jack's 1st Walleye!|
|Grandpa and Jack on Erie|
|Fish in the Net|
|I CATCHED EM ALL!!!|
|The Lonely Perch. Later won in the Perch Lottery by Chad.|
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Brad and I fished the Stone for a couple three hours this afternoon. The wind was tough when we started then it settled out. Brad hooked and lost a nice LMB on a spinnerbait. We took to bluegill fishing when it seemed the bass bite was going to be tough. After we started bluegill fishing we started catching some bass, including this 2.7lbs. smallie that Brad captured in the above photo. The bluegills were up shallow and very active. We ended up catchig about 40 blugills and a handfull of other bass.
I fished Bluestone from 9am to 1pm today. The water had been up and had a lot of trash in it so I didn't run far. I caught 14, mostly on cranks. I did catch a couple on a spinnerbait and a couple on flukes. I caught 1 perch, 1 LMB, and the rest were sptted bass. The water was heavy stain and 62 degrees with bright sun. The fish all seemed to be willing to chase, which makes for some fun fishing.