Reflections on Lake Ontario Fishing July 2016
Reflections on Lake Ontario fishing July 2016 include another month of adapting to ever changing conditions. July 2016 was one of the hottest months on record with ambient air temperatures averaging 10-15 degrees above normal, but with one exception. There was wind! The winds were strong enough to keep us off the water. Wave heights were just too high and dangerous to allow us out on too many occasions. Small craft advisories were a common occurrence.It was very unusual to see high winds along with scorching hot temperatures in the air. Usually in Oswego, the exact opposite is true with flat calm seas and no wind on those hot scorching days. So how did this affect the fishing?
On any given day that we could get out to fish, the target water temperatures which are species specific could be anywhere in the water column. What this meant was that you had to be prepared to fish anywhere from near the surface to over a 150 ft down in the water column. Even being able to anticipate where in the water column the target temperatures should be based upon past limnological behaviors couldn’t be relied upon. We literally had to go out and put the probe down to see where the temperatures were and then fish accordingly. We were faced with this on almost a daily basis when we could get out on the lake to fish.
Reflections on Lake Ontario fishing July 2016 showed that temperature locations not only dictated where we would fish but also what we would fish for. When we were iced out one morning after a west blow(which normally pushes the water temperatures down deeper), we found ourselves fishing for king salmon with only 60-70 ft of wire out and riggers down 20-30 ft. This actually worked for the first hour or two depending on the cloud cover. Once it got bright out we switched over to Lakers out in the deeper water. This pattern worked for a while until the winds blew and changed everything around again!
When the temperatures did get pushed down, we managed some nice catches of silvers. Atommik flies with pro troll e-chips did most of the damage. One of the keys to making the flies work was dialing in the right speed for that given day. Believe it or not, speed seemed more critical this past season than ever before. Some days we were pulling 1.8 mph down speed on our Fish Hawk X4D while other days saw down speeds of 2.6 mph to trigger strikes. When we found the temps up a bit in the column, Silver Streak and Michigan Stinger spoons in the stingray size on coppers were hot. Spoons with yellow in them such as Stingray yellow killers had their moments.
As you can see in our reflections of Lake Ontario fishing July 2016, one had to be prepared to fish from top to bottom and couldn’t take anything for granted on our way out to the lake. Knowing where the temperature was in the water column was key. Next blog post will look at August and what we faced while fishing it.
Reflections on Lake Ontario Fishing Season 2016
My reflections on Lake Ontario Fishing Season 2016 run the gamete of challenging to frustrating to just plain always having to adjust to ever changing conditions. Such was the 2016 season on Lake Ontario this past year. Everything that was assumed to be normal wasn’t and having to re-invent the wheel was. Let’s start with the month of June. As many of you know and for those who don’t, June is our typical trophy brown trout month. This year,2016, it just plain wasn’t. Cold clear water close to shore made brown trout fishing almost non existent to just plain impossible. You just can’t catch what isn’t there! So what’s a charter to do?
Welcome mister Lake Trout to help save the day. When clients wanted to just bend rods and catch some fish, we targeted Lake Trout. Not planning on having to do this, we scrambled up some of the laker tackle that we had on-board and put it down to capture lake trout. Most days they were fairly easy to catch but then again there were always those days that you really had to work for them. Our best items by far were large cowbells with either spin and glows or peanuts trailing behind while bouncing bottom and stirring up mud. On any given day lakers could be found from 120 ft all the way out to 200 plus feet depending on the conditions. Some days you could see these bottom dwellers on your fish finder while other days you couldn’t, even though they were there! After writing this, I’ve decided to break this report down into sections by month. Our next report will detail our July experiences along with some of its nuances and how we dealt with them to keep the rods bending.
Lake Ontario 2016 season ended and is now in the books. It will go down as one of the most challenging seasons for numbers but one of the best seasons for trophy fish in both the king salmon and steelhead categories. We also managed to capture a few decent size lake trout and a brown trout or two as well.
The season started out with little to no brown trout fishing opportunities to be had. The winds and water temperatures created some of the absolute worse brown trout fishing conditions that we have seen in over thirty years of fishing for brown trout during the month of June. We did however, have the option to fish for bottom hugging lake trout which we did. On most days good numbers were available along with some very nice specimens that were brought to the net.
17 lb steelhead
It isn’t often that steelhead in excess of 17 lbs are harvested as like the one in the photo above. It was harvested on light tackle with a spoon.
Lake trout were readily available when there were no brown trout to go after including the laker above which weighed in the teens.
What was really funny was that this nice sized mid teen brown trout was taken when we were trolling for king salmon.Go figure!
Bittersweet top award goes to Justin Furbush from Maine for boating this 34 plus pound monster king salmon on an afternoon trip with us. Wish that Justin was in the fall LOC Derby as this fish most undoubtedly would have taken top honors netting him over $25000.00 in prize money.
End of season on Lake Ontario fishing for kings
End of season on Lake Ontario fishing for kings arrived September 11th and marked our last day for running charters on Lake Ontario. It also ended with a blow off day . Certainly one of our most challenging seasons for kings and brown trout, Lady O had her fair share of blow off days for us this year. When we did get out to fish, we did manage to catch a few. Here are a few pics of our successful clients.
Stay tuned as we will be creating a Kings for Kids page highlighting our successful youngsters who have fished with us over the years.
Kings, Kings, and More Kings
Kings, Kings, and more Kings! King salmon fishing has heated up here in Oswego,NY over the last several days with good numbers and some quality fish in the mix.Fishermen from as far as Ohio have come to join us and sample some of Lake Ontario’s bounty. Our Lake Ontario fishing charters have created some very happy anglers. Check out some of the photos below including a bonus Atlantic salmon which hit a meat rig down 101 ft. and rocketed to the surface in just seconds putting on a wicked ariel show jumping numerous times before.coming to the net.