Report for the week ending 1/17/16............From my friend Bill Schrader, of Newark, New York.
A GREAT DAY OF CRAPIE FISHING
I'm sorry that I didn't take any pics but here is an ice fishing report from last weekend. Saturday about 10am my first trip on the ice. I went to a spot on the "Erie/Barge" canal here in Newark, NY. I punched the first and only hole I would need in 6 inches of ice. Set up my flip-over and turned on the heater. It was 20 degrees out with 15-20 mph wind. My Vexilar showed fish so I started jigging with small plastics for panfish. I started to pick up a few small crappie, bluegills and silver bass. I fished for about 3 hrs and ended up with 6 keeper size (9 inch min) crappie and about 20 nice bluegills and 5 silver bass. All were released. Not a bad start to the season. So I figured since crappie prefer low light conditions and we had a new moon and steady barometer I would try early am on Sunday.
I went to the same spot and started fishing 10 ft. of water at 6:45 am. My Vex just lit up with huge marks suspended 2 ft off bottom. I know crappie like to suspend so I started jigging with plastics and as the fish started to close in, I raised the jig up to get them to chase. This way I can pick off the aggressive fish without pulling them up through the school and spooking them. I was into a feeding school of big crappie.
When the action slowed, it was 7:45. I was catching as fast as I could get back down the hole. I must have caught 60-70 fish in that first hour. I had 35 keeper crappie from 9-12" with some decent bluegills. I messed around for another hour but clearly the bite was over when it got light. All fish were released to catch another day. I know these fish aren't big by Florida standards but they sure are fun on an 18 inch ultra-light rod and 2 lb test mono. This week I am headed to Sodus Bay on the south shore of Lake Ontario here in Upstate NY to try for some yellow Perch. I will continue to let you know how I'm doing and will get some pictures to you next time. I'm looking forward to our kayak trip in May.
Stay warm bud.
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