Alfred Fishing Update

The bridge across the road from the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club

The bridge across the road from the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club

On Thursday April 9, my boyfriend went fishing in Alfred. He tried many spots and ended the day without a single catch. Nor, did he see any fish.

According to Zac, the water was so dirty that you couldn’t even see through it.

“It was too muddy from all the rain and snow melting,” said Zac.

Zac and his friend fished for three hours and tried many spots along the Genesee River. A few of the places were at the bridge across the road from the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club and in Shongo.

Throughout that entire day Zac said he didn’t see anyone fishing.

This same time last year we went fishing at the same spots and didn’t catch anything but a few small trout.

It’s weird how one day you can catch several fish while fishing for hours, and then the next day you don’t even see one fish in the water.

“It’s because fish go through cycles,” said Zac.

Fishing since this past summer hasn’t been as good as the year before that.

Word got around quick

There’s a small creek where I go steelhead fishing in Sodus Point. In order to prevent people fishing while shoulder to shoulder, I’d like to keep the name of the creek quiet. However, word must have gotten around that the fish are in the creek. This was proven last weekend.

The location of this creek has three parking lots on each side of the road. One of the parking lots (the biggest one) which shouldn’t even be as big as it is had 46 cars in it. That’s more than enough cars than there is room for people to fish.

This trend wasn’t this way about 10 years ago. According to my boyfriend, when he went fishing in this spot when he was 12 years old there were never this many people fishing at this creek.

“If anything, there were five to ten people,” said Zac.

The more people, the less fish each person catches. Also, having a lot of people fish scares them and they don’t bite. Steelhead are fish that are easily spooked and can see the littlest movements above the water.

“The fish are going to be spooked because there are so many people fishing for them,” said Zac.

This makes for a bad start to steelhead fishing when you can’t even get a parking spot to fish.

The few that were lucky enough to fish caught a few brown trout, steelhead and even pike.

Will Elliott- Buffalo News Outdoor Writer

On April 3, I had the privilege of interviewing Will Elliot, a freelance outdoor writer who writes for The Buffalo News when he’s not fishing or hunting.

Elliott has worked at The Buffalo News since 1985. Sixty to seventy percent of his writing consists of fishing while the other thirty to forty percent consists of hunting. According to Elliot, people are more into the written word about the sport of hunting although not much of his writing includes hunting.

As a freelance writer, Elliott is hired to work four to six hours per week. His task is to write about fishing updates and where the fish are biting. Even though he’s hired to work four to six hours, he works well over that. According to Elliott, he sits at his computer for 15 to 20 hours completing 3,000 to 3,500 words a week/five columns a week.

What got Elliott into outdoor writing? He was interested since he was a young boy who went fishing and hunting. He also said when he was a kid he started taking notes when his friends caught fish. Then, he later became a staff writer for The Courier in his teens.

When I asked Elliott what his favorite story was, he couldn’t come up with one. He did mention that some of his most memorable pieces were based on his experiences and hunts in Africa the past few times he’s visited with his wife.

“They were more fun rather than great writing, it was more of friendly letter writing and more personable,” said Elliott.

When Elliott isn’t reporting on fishing or hunting, he’s constantly thinking about what to write about next. He said he’s always thinking, listening to what people say, listening to things on the radio and he takes every chance he can based on what he sees or hears.

One of Elliott’s favorite kind of stories to write are competition winners, as he mentioned one about a young girl who won a hunting competition from the squirrels she shot this past hunting season.

“There are colorful people no matter what,” said Elliott.

Elliott mentioned that there is always something to write about.

“There’s a novel on every tombstone that didn’t get written,” said Elliott.

“I love what I do and I’ll die doing it. It goes beyond like and love,” said Elliott.

What’s in my tackle box?

tackle box

To describe every item in my tackle box would turn into a detailed thousand word essay because of the many jigs, lures and sinkers in it. First, I would have to specify which tackle box I’m talking about since I have one for every fishing season.

Since ice fishing season is still in effect and nearing the end, I will discuss my ice fishing tackle box. It has what seems like a million of the same thing in every color.  When I’m shopping at any sporting store I find myself buying even the smallest packs of jigs and other things that I already have and don’t need more of. Even when I stop at the bait shop on Bay Bridge to get minnows for the day, I find myself browsing at the jigs and lures. Every year, my tackle box gets filled even more than it already is.

There are plenty of sinkers, bobbers, colorful and shiny lures, lures with shiny fuzz on them, rubber glittery jigs, and sweedish pimple lures, my personal favorite! All are good for ice fishing!

Fish Stocking

Not all streams, rivers, lakes and ponds come stocked with a plethora of fish on their own. This is one of the things that NY State DEC does which is called “fish stocking”.

Fish stocking is when DEC releases over one million pounds of fish into more than 1,200 public streams, rivers, lakes and ponds across the state. (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7739.html)

There are two main reasons for doing so. One, to enhance recreational fishing and two, to restore native species where they originally occupied. The fish that are released are found in hatcheries that are run by DEC. There are currently 12 hatcheries that raise anywhere from one kind of fish to multiple fish such as brook trout, rainbow trout, lake trout and walleye to name a few.

Without the assistance of DEC, some ponds, streams, lakes and rivers would be quiet remain inactive because of the lack of fisherman visiting.

For a complete list of fish stocking information in specific waters (by county) check out the link below.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7739.html

Fly Of The Year

Troutbitten

There were not many good fishing options with the high flows, but I wasn’t going to pass up the beautiful weather on Monday.  I decided to drive out of town a bit to find more manageable flows and hopefully some big fish.  As luck would have it, I found a little bit of both.

Before I dive into this unbelievable day on the water, I need to provide some background info for the story I am about to tell.  Dom and I are members of a private online forum with a handful of other close friends.  On this forum we discuss techniques, catalog our days on the water, and work together to come up with ways to solve everyday problems encountered on the stream.  What started as just a few friends talking fishing, has developed into an invaluable tool for driving innovation and making us all better fisherman.  It’s amazing how…

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Next fishing season…stream fishing

Even though there are still a few people who have been ice fishing before the ice melts, I’ve decided to call it quits for this season. On to the next fishing season which is stream fishing particularly for steelhead.

There’s a small creek in my hometown that eventually leads to a mouth into Lake Ontario. This particular creek is very popular in the spring and late fall. This past weekend there were about 25 parked cars in between the three parking lots. Seeing that, I assumed that the frozen creek has now melted.

Another place I like to fish at in the spring is at the pier in Sodus Point where you can fish the channel which is the main travel way from Sodus Bay to Lake Ontario, or on the beach side which is Lake Ontario.

 

If only the end of the season was as good as the beginning

With the warm weather quickly approaching, I decided to fit one more day of ice fishing into my schedule…at Sodus Bay. Bad idea on my end since the fishing hasn’t been that great the second half of the season.

As a result of the frigid temperatures this winter and the wind combined, the ice has thickened to at least 30 inches. With that being said, it’s turned into an arm work out drilling holes with a hand auger. So, it’s only worth it if the fish are biting.

On Friday, March 6, my boyfriend and I were out on the ice for about two hours and neither of us got a bite. Nor did the three tip-ups we had set up. For me, I get antsy when I haven’t had a bite in over 30 minutes so this was a stretch for me to patiently wait for a bite.

Unfortunately for us, we didn’t catch a single fish and that was when I decided I was done fishing Sodus Bay for the rest of the season until next year because it’s not worth it anymore. It was fun while it lasted…in the first half of the season.

1-31-15 – Should Have Stayed Home

D & B Ice Adventures

There is always a day or two every winter when you should just stay home. Today was cold, really cold, that was the root of all problems.

I knew things were amiss when I tried to fire up my auger. It always starts within 3 pulls no matter the temperature but it didn’t. I pulled and pulled until it finally fired but the pull cord didn’t coil back up. I had snapped the recoil spring and wouldn’t be able to get it running again until it was replaced. I figured that I better cut all necessary holes so I dealt with frozen hands to make sure that we could find fish.

The fishing was off and only a few holes showed suspended fish on the flasher. After setting up my shack, i started scooping my hole only to break the ladle clean off! Frustrated, I tried different jigs, plastics, and…

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