Up next, bass fishing

The next fishing season I’m looking forward to is one of my favorites…bass fishing!

According to the DEC website, bass season opens on the third Saturday in June through November 30 in the state of New York. This year the actual date of opening day  is June 20th.  Bass season includes fishing for small mouth, large mouth and black bass. The minimum length of a bass anyone is able to keep is 12 inches. The daily limit of the number of bass anglers are allowed to keep is five.

The great thing about fishing for bass is that they are found in several bodies of water.  When I go bass fishing, I fish for them in streams, ponds, bays and lakes.

There’s really no way to prepare for bass fishing because you don’t need a lot of equipment when fishing for them. Sometimes when I fish off a pier I would recommend having a long net to catch the fish in when trying to pull it up to you so you don’t lose it. Other than that, some of the most common types of fishing lures include worms (rubber or real), spinner bait, artificial frogs and crank bait (plastic diving lures).

Some other great things about bass fishing is that during a day of fishing, you can catch many bass which makes it more exciting. I also like that bass fight pretty good after being hooked. As soon as they bite the hook, you’ll know because they fight as much as they can to not get caught.

When the fish won’t bite

Having the new underwater fishing camera has been new and exciting when fishing for the simple fact that I get to see what’s going on underwater around my bait. However, just like many other things, there are pros and cons to the fishing camera. It’s nice to see what’s going on in the water, but the feeling of knowing that a fish is looking at your bait but doesn’t bite it is a disappointment. It’s the question if I would rather know that a fish is staring at my bait, or just not know and not be let down when a fish swims away?

The ins and outs of bullhead fishing

Bullhead are one of the tastiest fish from what I’ve heard. I wouldn’t know since I don’t eat fish, but I do enjoy fishing for them.

Around late spring at Sodus Bay, there are several anglers fishing for their next bullhead meal. Every spot known in the area is typically filled with anglers by dusk. If you plan on finding bullhead to eat or just want to catch and release, I wanted to share a few tips with you.

1) Use a middle sized fishing pole with a small hook and sinker so that the sinker carries your bait down to the bottom. Bullhead are bottom feeders so this way the bait is right in front of them.

2) Purchase chicken liver, chicken guts or worms because bullhead are attracted to the nastiest smells. If you want the meat to have a more distinguishing smell, you can leave it outside in the sun for a day.

3) Be sure to go bullhead fishing late spring/early summer. The season is best at this time so you can catch more.

4) Fish at night. Even though bullhead feed throughout the day,  I’ve found that they bite best at night. The later the better because I’ve had the most luck around 11 p.m.

5) Be sure to bring chairs to sit in especially if you aren’t fishing on a bridge because sometimes you may end up waiting for a bite for quite sometime.

6) Bullheads can be found in shallow water, therefore there’s no need to go into the deep water for them.

7) Use larger sticks as a way to hold your poles. I usually find large sticks and place them in the ground to hold the fishing pole up instead of holding it the entire time. If you can, you can also lean the pole up against a bridge if you’re fishing near one.

8) You will need light since it’ll be night time. I recommend getting a small propane lantern, just enough to light a small area.

9) Don’t forget a bucket to put the fish in if you decide to keep them. Put water from the area you’re fishing inside the bucket.



Bullhead fishing starting early


Usually I go bullhead fishing toward the end of May after finishing the spring semester when I move home for the summer. However, there has been word that the bullhead have been out earlier than usual.

Saturday, April 18, I went to Third Creek which is right off the shore of Sodus Bay near Alton. I originally wanted to fish off of Bay Bridge near Wolcott, but there were over 40 people along the entire bridge. My back up plan was Third Creek.

I arrived around 8:30 p.m. and there was plenty of room to fish. After lighting the lantern, setting up sticks to hold the fishing poles, and putting chicken guts and worms on the hooks, it was time to finally fish!

The waves were heavily crashing on shore causing the fishing poles to bob up and down as if there was a fish biting the hook. There was also a lot of garbage towards shore getting stuck on the hooks.

What a bad start to the night.

After about 30 minutes of that, it finally cleared up as the waves died down. Then, I finally started to get some bites. I caught a few and missed a few. Because it’s still early in the season I only caught four fish and had about eight bites. Not a bad start though!

My most memorable fishing experience

My first salmon

My first salmon

I remember well before I even got into fishing and had my fishing license, I went with my boyfriend to watch him fish. My first experience watching him was in the fall of 2009 when he went salmon fishing. I had no idea that eventually one day I would actually be fishing with that much intensity trying to catch a 20 pound salmon at the very least.

The fall of 2013 was when I had my first salmon fishing experience. Needless to say, it was the most memorable fishing experience I’ve ever had. It tops many of the great fishing days I’ve had over the years.

It seemed a lot easier than it looked on the other side of the spectrum compared to when I fished myself. I had a rough start trying to get a salmon hooked.

Once my boyfriend helped me hook a salmon I was all on my own. I quickly realized that salmon aren’t like fishing for bass or sunfish. The salmon I had on my hook fought like no other.

Because there were a few trees knocked down in the creek, I knew they were quick ways I could lose the fish. On top of that, there were about 15 other salmon swimming up and down the narrow creek making a tight squeeze.

There was another fisherman who was fishing across the creek who hooked his salmon right after I did. At one point I was worried that I was going to lose the fish because both of our salmon intertwined our line. I remember the man saying “I’m sorry honey” because he thought I was going to lose my fish because of it.

Luckily I didn’t lose my fish, and neither did the other guy. We just had to move along with our line keeping it close so it wouldn’t tangle up. I fought trying to reel the fish in for 20 minutes. Once I got the fish close to shore, my boyfriend grabbed the net to get it off the hook easier without losing it back into the water.

Once I landed the fish, my arms trembled as I attempted to hold it sideways to get a picture with it. I couldn’t even lift the salmon properly, so my boyfriend took a picture of me holding it vertically.

To me, catching one big salmon was better than catching 10 bass in a day. The long fight was well worth it to have such a great memory for my first time salmon fishing.

Stream fishing not looking so promising for some

With the extremely nice weather from over the weekend, I headed down to Sodus Point to check out all the waterfronts to see how the fishing has been.

First stop, a small creek that leads to Lake Ontario. There were four vehicles in the parking lot, and out of the four cars I only saw one person fishing at the start of the creek. I asked if he had caught anything or saw any fish and his response, “Not yet”. Although that could have been his response because he didn’t want me to know the fish were there or it was the truth. However, I went to the next fishing spot, the pier in Sodus Point.

Sodus Bay has finally melted after a long winter of about 30 inches of thick ice. There are still some big chunks of ice floating on the bay, but the pier was clear.

I pulled into the parking lot by the pier and I saw about six people fishing. I tried anxiously for about an hour and didn’t see a fish nor did I get a bite. That was the end of that. As I was leaving, as fisherman do, we’re always curious to see how others are doing. A man stopped me and my boyfriend and asked us if we had caught anything. We simply replied “no”.

The man said he just came from fishing by Arney’s Marina in Sodus Point which is a small bridge where you can fit no more than five people per side. Some people even get on the edge of land beneath the bridge to fish. The fisherman said it was too crowded there so he left. He mentioned that his nephews who were fishing at the marina weren’t even catching any fish.

The spring weather has brought many people out fishing, but it hasn’t brought the fish out to be caught.

Steelhead & Talking Dirty…

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What I feel to be the longest winter ever has FINALLY come to an end! I’ve already been out on the open water fishing Lake Ontario tributaries for steelhead (migratory rainbow trout). My ice gear is stored away and it’s time to focus on spring opportunities! Steelhead are incredibly spunky and I’ve enjoyed getting my heart broken from time to time and also landing these amazing creatures on my fly rod over the years. They can be found in Lake Ontario tributaries in the fall months and throughout the winter as they prepare to spawn in these waters come spring.

IMG_0657cwm Steelhead! I love releasing these fish just as much as catching them!

Trout have excellent eyesight and are found in cold and clear waters eating insects, small fish and roe (fish eggs) from salmon or other trout. In December last year I had the opportunity to get out with a friend and learn the…

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How to prepare for stream fishing

Before any fishing trip, you must always check to make sure you have everything you need for a day worth of fishing. Since it’s the season for stream fishing, I want to let you know how to prepare for a day of stream fishing for steelhead or trout according to what my boyfriend would bring.

It’s not necessary, but I would recommend getting waders.

“You will need waders to get in the water and stay dry,” said Zac.

Having waders allows you to have more leeway when and if you decide to step into the water. Waders come in a variation of styles,. There are some that are similar to boots and go up to your knees, there are waders that are similar to pants and come up to your waist, and there are waders that are similar to overalls and go over your clothes in which you can walk in water up to your chest.

“For stream fishing you will also need a medium weight fishing rod,” said Zac.

You don’t want a pole that’s too large to handle especially for small fishing areas, like when stream fishing. You also don’t want to use a small fishing pole that wouldn’t be able to hold onto a large fish without snapping in half.

“You will need seven to 10 pound line,” said Zac.

“It’s not required, but it is a good idea to have a small net. I also suggest a number six hook with a couple 1/8 ounce split shots for stream fishing,” said Zac.

Brown trout especially like egg sacks so Zac uses them store bought or you can create your own.

“You can use an egg sack with a bobber if you want, but you don’t have to. If you don’t want to use a hook with an egg sack, you could put small spinners on the line instead” said Zac.

One last thing Zac mentioned to bring when stream fishing is a camera to take pictures.