As we approach the last half of April on Lake George, it is time to concentrate on the smelt run. With early ice-out, warmer water temps and very little water in the brooks, it is going to be interesting to see how this year’s run plays out. A day or two of steady rain could help by getting some water in the brooks .
Use your electronics to locate the schools of smelt and the deeper holes and drop-offs just outside the brooks. Once you have located the smelt, troll stickbaits like rapalas , thundersticks and smithwicks in various depths of the water columns . Fish will be located anywhere from top to bottom this time of year. Spoons and streamer flys in bright colors troll just below the surface but work best on the salmon.
Of course the best way to fish the smelt run and assure yourself success is by using a good guide. If you’d like to spend a day with Highliner Charter Fishing, give us a call today and we’ll show you how to fish the smelt run.
Captain Justin Mahoney
Highliner Charter Fishing (518) 885-3838
Lake George’s Premier Charter Fishing Fleet