Well it’s that time of year again on beautiful Lake George and many other surrounding waters. The great thaw of spring is upon us and old man winter has released his grip on mother nature. We are finally seeing some gorgeous spring weather, which coupled with multiple angling opportunities is enough to make your head spin. If you are like me, your every free moment is spent contemplating where to go and what to fish for! The crappie bite is on fire, water levels on local streams are returning to normal and the lake trout and salmon report on Lake George has been nothing short of spectacular.
Although the past few years my focus has been chasing walleyes, I grew up fishing for lake trout and salmon with my father. Dad currently runs two operations: Justy-Joe Charters and Ft.Myers fishing adventures, spending summers on Lake George and heading south to fish the Gulf of Mexico in the winter. The older I get the more I realize how spoiled I was! I got to fish on a 28-foot Penn Yan and learn from one of the best Captains on the lake. Dad took me everywhere he fished, and I was eager to tag along on charters. We fished just about every weekend together. Springtime always meant it was time to get the boat out, make sure all the gadgets and gizmos were in top notch working order and oh yea……go get on some fish!
Unfortunately with some repairs being done on my boat, I have been unable to get out and get serious about it as of yet. Luckily I have a good group of fishing buddies that are eager to relay information and keep me posted on the day to day action. When it comes to landlocked salmon, the new strain recently stocked into the lake seem to be doing quite well. Catch rates have most certainly increased and anglers are reporting more frequent encounters than in previous years. Right now they will be cruising the upper portion of the water column as recent warm weather has given surface temps a boost. The savvy angler will be paying close attention to water temps and following the bait, smelt in particular. The smelt this time or year can be found somewhere nearby their traditional spawning grounds. Pay attention to your humminbird helix unit and look for large blobs suspended in the water column.
The lake trout action has been great as well and this time of year they can be found all over the water column. You will find them in shallow and there will also be populations of deep-water fish lurking on bottom. These slow-growing hard-fighting fish are a blast to catch on light tackle and with this years mild weather and minimal ice fishing pressure the up-coming season should be dynamite. Remember that these fish are naturally reproducing, so take the smaller fish if you plan on taking any. When it comes to table fare you won’t be missing out in my opinion!
When it comes to baits there are plenty of options and everyone has their favorites. Stop in and talk to Luke and Fish307 and he will “hook you up” with some solid local advice. Experimenting with spoons, stick baits, live-bait and flies will be essential to figure out what they want, which can change day to day. Weather is a huge factor as well. The bite on a chilly high-pressure day accompanied by a North wind can be very slow. If you don’t mind a little rain and skipping the sun tan, those dreary bone-chilling days can be worth enduring. One thing we take very seriously is our terminal tackle. The “devil is in the details” as they say and Dad always taught me to buy the best. All our snaps and swivels are made by Rome specialty company inc. Sampo makes the smoothest ball-bearing swivels out there, which are critical in any presentation that could cause line-twist. We also run the Rosco duo-lock snap, which are feather light and super strong. This will keep all your baits running with optimal action.
So if you haven’t done so already, get the boat out of storage and the rods ready for action. It won’t be long before waters warm sending these species deeper to find comfort. This short-lived spring action can be some of the best fishing of the year and for the most part very straight forward. Anglers are experiencing success fishing out of kayaks, canoes and even right from shore. Stay tuned as we take you from season to season in upstate New York sharing stories, reports and conditions, right here on all seasons wild. Thanks for reading and fish on!