Lake George Fishing Guide by Justin Mahoney

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Many local bars and restaurants have had local ice-out pools running. My pick was the 21st of April. I am hoping I was wrong and I can be on the water with the Highliner fishing for the weekend. Historical records show the latest ice-out dates being May 3, 1940 and 1970 . Many people thought we would be pushing it very blose this season, but it appears that won't be the case. YAHOO!

Old Man Winter is finally letting go of his chilly grasp on our Adirondack lakes and ponds and Mother Nature is taking over. Just last week twenty inches of ice remained on Lake George and Ice Fishermen were still setting tip-ups. But then suddenly Mother Nature did her magic and sent us some warm gusty southerly winds and unseasonably warm temperatures with the mercury pushing into the mid 70s . That's all it took The ice on Lake George has left the shorelines and most of the lake ice that is left is honeycomb ice .
Hopefully ice-out will occur by this weekend and open water will send us scurrying for our rods and reels. This is a great time of year for fishermen. Don't miss it. Here's another added bonus. The smelt have not yet begun running so we should be able to capitalize on the great shallow water fishing it provides for the trout and salmon.

Spool your reels, sharpen your hooks and I hope to see you on the waters of Lake George real soon.

Tight Lines,
Captain Justin Mahoney
Highliner Fishing Charters
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We can't say for sure when we'll see ice-out on Lake George, but we can tell you for sure that if this fishing season is anything like the last, we're in for a record-breaking year. Lake trout, salmon and small mouth bass will be ready when you are. At Highliner Charter Fishing, we are working to get our boats and equipment ready for the advenures ahead. It's not too soon to contact your favorite fishing guide to book a reservation. Be sure and book your hotel room, camp site or cabin in advance as well. Here's to a great fishing season on Lake George, New York!

Tight lines,
Captain Justin Mahoney
Highliner Charter Fishing

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Greetings from the crew of Highliner Charter Fishing. We look forward to another great season of fishing on Lake George. It's too soon to make the cal about when we'll see ice out and get back in the water, but in the meantime, we join other Lake George businesses in taking care of pre-season prep work for 2014.

If you enjoy fishing for lake trout , bass or salmon on Lake George, you'll want to start planning your own fishing season. Spring, summer and early autumn fishing offer various advantages. In springtime, while school is still in session, lots of veteren fishermen and women- enjoy the quiet and calm. In coming weeks, we'll have tips for making the most of your fishing season on Lake George.

Tight Lines,
Captain Justin Mahoney
Highliner Charter Fishing

From all of us at Highliner Charter Fishing, we hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. Please accept our warm wishes for a happy and prosperous season and new year. If Santa dropped off some fishing tackle- good for you! Fishing gear is on the "top 5" list here on Lake George and though spring thaw is a few months out, some are already making plans for their annual journey to Lake George. Check out the rest of and make your plans today!

Tight Lines and Season's Greetings,
Captain Justin S. Mahoney
Highliner Charter Fishing

Great fishing and family fun continue on Lake George this Labor Day Holiday weekend. Small mouth bass, lake trout and perch out there and we're seeing lots of activity as people pack as much fun as possible into the last days of summer. Enjoy the photos and even more important- enjoy Lake George!
Tight LInes,
Captain Justin Mahoney
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We're seeing an impressive number of perch out on Lake George and the bass fishing is super right now. Labor Day weekend is always a wonderful holiday on Lake George.Enjoy these photos from recent days. See you on the water!

Tight Lines,
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Lake George is fortunate to have a terrific variety of fishing guides, charter boats, boat rentals and all kinds of attractions to make vacations the best they can be. While the water, fishing, boating and tubing are main attractions for many vacationers, there's so much to do in town as well. The summer street scene in Lake George provides treasured memories for many. Whether it's a great meal out in a favorite restaurant or a stop for an ice cream cone at a place that's been there for generations, the Lake George experience is what keeps families coming back year after year. It's not too late to make Lake George a part of your family memories for the summer of 2013- see you on the water! 

Tight Lines,

Captain Justin Mahoney


If you've never fished Lake George mid-summer, you've been missing out on some of the best fishing you'll find anywhere. Here's the good news- we have many weeks of prime time fishing left, so if you're just now making plans to visit Lake George, know that some of the best fishing in American awaits!
Fishing on Lake George has been super. One night last week we boated 70 bass , you got it I said 70. And, Saturday: 14 lakers 9 over 2 feet!!! 10 lakers this morning 4over23 inches, you get the picture.Here's a couple to back it up.

Tight Lines,
Captain Justin

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Summer is here and the fishing on Lake George is spectacular right now. It's not too late to make plans for a great 4th of July holiday on Lake George. Family fun will rule this week- with parents and kids enjoying tubing off the pontoon boats, island picnics and , of course, the fireworks. Lake trout fishing is also in prime time. Enjoy the photos from some of our weekend guests and make your Lake George 4th of July plans today!

Tight Lines,
Captain Justin Mahoney
Highliner Charter Fishing (518)885-3838
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The holiday weekend was if nothing else, full of surprises. Friday was chilly and windy with rain on and off all day. We bass fished with some nice fish being boated, both large and small mouths. Friday night temps dropped into the 30s and the rain started coming down in buckets. The forecast called for it to stay like that all day Saturday with the addition of winds at 30 mph. Looked like it was going to be a tough one. I had two charters booked for Saturday, nine hours of rocking and rolling on Lake George. As predicted, I woke Saturday morning to pounding rain and heavy wind, definitely a morning to dress in layers. I was filling my coffee cup at Cumberland Farms at 6:00 a.m. when my phone rang. It was Jim Napoli, my morning charter. "Hey Justin, it's Jim, you're calling off the morning charter, aren't you?". "Hell no, Jim" , I replied, I'm like the mailman, rain, hail, sleet, snow, I'm there. See you at the boat at 6:45." . " OK" Jim replied, you think we'll be all right?"
"No problem, Jim. The boat will be zipped in and the heat will be on. See you there."

At 7 a.m. Jim, his two boys, his wife Charlotte and I headed out into the pounding rain in big white caps. At least the cabin was dry and warm. After a short trial and error period of figuring out how to position the boat in the rough seas, we were able to get our downriggers set, and we started fishing. Shortly after getting set up, the first rod popped. "FISH ON- right rod". Matt sprang up and grabbed it. A nice 22-inch laker. The action stayed like this for the next couple hours. Everyone was laughing and having fun. Heck, we forgot it was raining and blowing 25 miles per hour!

At about 9:45, I told everyone we were going to pull up and go see if we couldn't connect on some bigger fish- breaking my golden rule, "you don't leave fish to find fish." Glad I broke the rule. The next 45 minutes gave us our 3 biggest fish of the morning. We headed back to the dock, everyone laughing and talking about what a great morning we had when the phone rang. It was Dan Adclose, my afternoon charter. "Looks pretty nasty, Captain, you calling the trip?"
" Hell no", I replied. "The fishing is good. See you at noon. "

By noon, winds had picked up and were blowing at 30 mph. The lake was about as rough as she gets. "Let's go", I thought. " Fishing's good." The high winds did make the afternoon trip a little tougher and it took a little while to get the fish going but by the trip's end we had boated some nice lakers and Dan and his son, Matt enjoyed a good afternoon on the lake. They also did a great job helping keep the boat on track in such nasty conditions. 5 pm- phone rang. It was Pat Schultz, my morning charter for the following day. "Supposed to be rainy and cold," he said. You know my reply by now. The trip was on. At 7:00 a.m. we pulled away from the dock with Patricia and her son, John Paul (JP). There was light to moderate rain falling, but the winds had subsided and the temps were about 40 degrees. The forecast called for low 60s by mid afternoon. Not bad.

Now, JP is going to get his own report tomorrow, because his is the story of Troutzilla! So, be patient and read the next report.

Sunday night Rocio Torres called to confirm Monday's trip. It was supposed to fall into the high 20s and low 30s tonight. "No problem, we have heat." Mother Nature really got bizarre Sunday night. Temps fell into the mid 20s and low 30s with a morning frost. " Is this really the end of May?" I thought. Then I turned on the Weather Channel at 5:00 a.m. It showed Gore Mountain (just 10 minutes from the house) with 5 inches of snow and Whiteface Mountain, an hour to the north, with over 30 inches. Unbelievable. Even crazier, was that they predicted temps to rise 40 to 45 degrees by midday, reaching the 70s. Fishing was a little slower Monday morning, but we still boated several nice lakers including a nice 10 pounder. The weather may not have cooperated for the holiday weekend, but the fish sure did. Hope to see you on the water. Check out some Lake George Fishing Charter photos from the weekend and be sure to read my next report on JP's tussle with Troutzilla.

Tight Lines,
Captain Justin,
Highliner Charter Fishing,
Lake George fishing charters
(518) 885-3838

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Captain Justin Mahoney owns Highliner Charter Fishing and Lake George Island Adventures and has been fishing Lake George, Saratoga Lake and the Adirondack waters for more than 25 years. He is a full-time charter fishing guide providing sportfishing trips aboard the fishing charter the Highliner, and family outings and excursions on the Lake George Island Adventures pontoon boat serving Lake George and Saratoga Lake.