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2016 Fishing Reports

Otsego Lake and Canadarago Lake

Please see all the great pictures and captions on the 2015 "Wall of Fame" and the descriptions.  What better fishing reports are there than these pictures and descriptions?

2015 Fishing Reports

Otsego Lake and Canadarago Lake

Please see all the great pictures and captions on the 2015 "Wall of Fame" and the descriptions.  What better fishing reports are there than these pictures and descriptions?

2014 Fishing Reports

Otsego Lake and Canadarago Lake

Please see all the great pictures and captions on the 2014 "Wall of Fame" and the descriptions as to the dates caught of each species.  What better fishing reports are there than these pictures and descriptions?

2013 Fishing Reports

 Otsego Lake and Canadarago Lake

Please see all the great pictures and captions on the 2013 "Wall of Fame" and the descriptions as to the dates caught of each species.  What better fishing reports are there than these pictures and descriptions?

2012 Fishing Reports

 Otsego Lake

We started fishing Otsego Lake in May this year.  We fished for lake trout and walleyes throughout May but no walleyes showed up until the last week of May.  The lake trout bite was real good all during May right up to June 2nd.  Many smallmouth were also caught in May while fishing for lake trout and walleye and they were all released immediately.  June has been walleye month! To date we have boated 61 walleyes in 16 trips fishing for walleye.  Only one trip left us with no walleyes boated although we lost a big one on that trip right next to the boat.

One trip on June 2nd netted 10 walleyes.  Only 2 walleyes were less than the legal limit of 15 inches.  The walleye bite has continued good right till the end of July.  Smallmouth bass fishing has also been spectacular since the bass season opened in June with lots of 3 pound plus fish showing up on every trip.

On July 25th we boated 10 smallmouth that all exceeded 3 pounds each.  Not bad for mid-summer fishing!

2011 Fishing Reports

 Otsego Lake

We started fishing Otsego Lake in late May this year.  As of the first week of June the fishing has been spectacular.  The smallmouth bass are responding well to almost any artificial bait. We fish them with single hooks this time of year and release them immediately right where they were caught.  Strike quickly to avoid any deep hooking. Caught 31 smallies and two big largemouth on one trip during the first week of June. Believe it or not we've also taken two large lake trout in 3 feet of water while casting for smallmouth on June 3rd.  The walleye bite has also started with some nice catches alreadyBig rock bass and bluegills have started biting, too.  Our dinner last night featured a pile of tasty fresh walleye and rock bass fillets that fed 7 people. Walleye fishing was great

in June with many awesome catches all during June.  Three fish topped 5 pounds and all walleyes exceeded 15 inches in length.  The walleye bite turned off just after July 4th.  Smallmouth bass continued to bite throughout the July and August but we would typically catch only five or 6 smallmouth every trip fishing deep.  Largemouth started to appear in better numbers in late July and August with some real lunkers hitting off the weed beds.  We boated 3 largemouth over 4 pounds although the numbers of largemouth caught in July and August has slowed down over the last two years.  Your "Reel Men" guide Tom thinks it has to do with the new large population of walleyes eating most of the newly hatched largemouth bass fingerlings late each spring. 

September, October and November was great for smallmouth bass fishing with live bait.  The smallmouth were all big and fought like crazy and there were plenty of them to make every trip a blast.  Lake trout started showing up in the shallows around the 15th of October and were caught on live minnows almost every trip until I pulled the boat on November 7th.

 CanadaragoLake

We started fishing Canadarago Lake on July 1 and the fishing for walleyes was good as usual, with all fish caught measuring over 20 inches.  The largemouth bite was awesome on Canadarago this year with the biggest bass I have seen in 8 years caught on a regular basis.  One day a group of four very good anglers

caught over 70 fish in 4 hours of fishing and four of the bass exceeded 4 pounds each.  The next day four different fishermen caught over 60 fish in five hours of fishing.  The largemouth bass bite continued excellent right through the first week of September when we switched to fishing Otsego lake for smallmouth.

2010 Fishing Reports

The fishing was so good in 2010 on Otsego Lake that we rarely fished Canadarago Lake.  The walleye bite has turned on on Otsego Lake along with great smallmouth and lake trout fishing.  Please look at the pictures on the "Wall of Fame" from 2010 for June through October to get an idea of the fish being caught on Otsego Lake.

2009 Fishing Reports

October 2009

  Otsego Lake

October is the month for live bait.  The bigger the shiner minnows used for bait, the bigger the fish you catch on Otsego lake.  Thirty fish days are not uncommon with the smallmouth bass weighing between 3 and almost 5 pounds, however, we have yet to see that smallmouth bass tipping the scales over 4 lbs. 13 oz. 

That big five pounder is out there somewhere!  As always, the smallmouth bass fishing in Otsego has been spectacular this month.  In our ten trips taken on Otsego Lake this month, we boated well over 300 smallmouth bass - all released unharmed!  Late October saw more lake trout being caught.  On October 30th we boated seven big lake trout. Five of the seven were over 6 pounds and two were over 8 pounds - all taken on live bait in shallow water.  Only two largemouth bass were taken this month. As the water temperature drops the largemouth become sluggish and go off the feed. 

The occasional big walleye has also bitten while fishing for smallmouth bass.

  Canadarago Lake

The fishing on Otsego Lake was so spectacular this year, we did very little fishing on Canadarago Lake.

September 2009

  Otsego Lake

September saw the largemouth bite start to dwindle with smallmouth bass beginning to become the predominant catch as the days progressed towards October.  Some big perch are beginning to show up.   Medium sized fathead

minnows will catch you a cooler full of big perch on Otsego in late September

in about 15 feet of water.  Look for the schools on your fish finder.  Live bait

has started to produce better catches of smallmouth bass than artificial lures.

Live crayfish and medium shiners along with big fathead minnows will get you some nice smallmouth in late September.  Fish those live crayfish REAL

slowly on the bottom!!

  Canadarago Lake

Walleye are still biting early in the morning on Canadarago.  Don't expect many fish but you can still get two or three nice fish if you get up early enough and fish the weed edges in 15 to 20 feet of water.  You can catch a lot of largemouth bass, but many are sub-legal fish and the legal ones aren't too big.  We are wondering where those big largemouth have gone?  We're looking foward to seeing those big smallmouth start biting in October.

August 2009

  Otsego Lake

The first week of August was still good for surface smallmouth action real early

in the morning.  The rest of the month saw many 2 to 3 pound largemouth biting in the shallows on the edge of most weed beds.  The occasional walleye and smallmouth could be taken while largemouth fishing by jigging just off the shallow weed beds in 10 to 15 feet of water.  This August was one of the best

ones I've seen for consistently taking big smallmouth bass on Otsego Lake.

  Canadarago Lake

Canadarago continued to produce a good walleye bite early in the morning

during August.  Good size largemouth bass also have moved into the shallow water and can be taken in the morning on various rubber artificial lures.  Fish slow and quietly.

July 2009

  Otsego Lake

The first three weeks of July continues the great smallmouth bite with plenty of fish up to 4 pounds hitting surface plugs up to about 8:00 AM and then hitting live bait for the rest of the day.  We've also had plenty of large perch in the 10 to 14 inch range also hitting live bait in 10 to 20 feet of water.  The largemouth have just moved into the shallows and the first big largemouth bite happened on July 21st.  We should see a continued consistent largemouth bite for the rest of the summer in the shallows with the smallmouth bite tapering off as they start moving into deeper water.

  Canadarago Lake

The first two weeks of July has been good for consistent catches of decent walleye up to four pounds with only one fish under 15 inches and 3 to five fish mornings pretty common.  Drift fishing in 15 to 20 feet of water off certain productive spots has been the key with our secret walleye lure.  We've also been picking up some decent largemouth bass in 20 feet of water - the best weighed in at 4.5 pounds

June 2009

  Otsego Lake

This June has been one of the best for catching smallmouth bass consistently.

Fishing in the shallows with artificial lures during the first three weeks of June produced spectacular catches of smallmouths up to 3.5 pounds.  All these fish were immediately released.  The last week of June we switched to live bait and continued with a great smallmouth bite in 10 to 20 feet of water.  The smallmouth bass fishing was so spectacular we ignored all other species on Otsego lake in June!

  Canadarago Lake

June was one of the best months we can remember for catching big "jack" perch on Canadarago Lake.  You could "sight" fish them consistently in 5 to 7 feet of water with small jigs.  One morning produced about 40 fish in two hours.

We kept the biggest ones for a great fish fry.  Only a few walleyes were caught.

May 2009

We did not fish Otsego or Canadarago Lake in May.  One week of May was spent in northern Quebec with a great bunch of 8 guys fishing for walleye and northern pike.  Make sure to check out the May pictures on the "Wall of Fame".

The rest of May was spent fly fishing the local streams - specifically the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Neversink, and East and West Branches of the Delaware River.  A 'Light Hendrickson" parachute dry fly in size 14 accounted for the most trout - all browns - many over 18 inches! Two of my lucky customers got to see this spectacular fishing at its best this year. The monster of all trout was a 28 inch beauty taken on that #14 fly on the West Branch of the Delaware. The fish weighed in at 7 pounds.  Check it out on the "Wall of Fame".  If I had my choice in May I would fly fish every day on the West Branch of the Delaware!  I won't tell you the best pools unless you come fishing with me next May - Sorry!  Call now to book next May's fly fishing guided trips on the West Branch of the Delaware.  No drift boat - just a long hike and wading for some of the biggest trout you'll ever take on a dry fly.

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2008 Fishing Reports

October & November 2008:

October and November are the months for big smallmouth and this October was no exception.  We have seen many fish caught weighing in around 3 pounds and four fish have tipped the scales at just over 4 pounds.  Some lake trout and walleye are showing up every now and then among the smallmouth.  Live bait is king.

September 2008:

During the first two weeks of September largemouth bass were still being taken on every trip in good numbers, but by mid-month the smallmouth bass had taken over again with good size fish hitting live bait consistently in 20 feet of water.  The great smallmouth bite continued through the end of September.

August 2008:

August saw lots of largemouth bass being taken on Otsego lake with the average fish weighing in from 2 to 3 pounds.  Early August was a good time to catch walleyes on Canadarago also.  The walleyes we caught in August were bigger than the July fish on average but they all tasted delicious.

 

July 2008:

The great smallmouth bite on Otsego Lake continued through the first week of July and then slowed down some but the largemouth bass started to bite real well off the weed beds and structure so there was no lack of action.  There was some good walleye action on both lakes in early June for fish averaging around 3 pounds.

 

June 2008:

This has been the best June the “Reel Men” can remember for taking big smallmouth bass on Otsego Lake.  The bite has been spectacular for fish averaging about 3 pounds.  We caught well over 200 smallmouth during the first two weeks of June and all were immediately released unharmed.

In mid-June “Reel Men” Tom, Eric, & Andrew took off to Lake Huron for a four day fishing trip.  Check out the Bass, walleye, and Pike we caught on the “Wall of Fame”.  The last two weeks of June saw the great smallmouth bite continue on Otsego Lake.  The early morning surface bite was awesome.  We also landed some big largemouth and smallmouth on Canadarago Lake during the last week of June.

 

May 2008:

The “Reel Men” again took a great bunch of guys to Quebec on their annual pike and walleye trip.  There were no forest fires this year and the weather was cold and rainy, but the fishing was spectacular.  Our party of six caught 983 fish in six days.  Denny had the biggest pike at 11 pounds and Tom caught the biggest Walleye at 8 pounds.  Vic caught the most fish. (over 200)

 


2007 Fishing Reports

October & November 2007:

The big smallmouth have started their autumn feeding spree.  They have moved into 10 to 20 feet of water and are biting pretty consistently.  We’ve seen a few nice fish over four pounds.  That five pound smallmouth still eludes all of us.  A few nice lake trout have been taken in the shallows also.

September 2007:

September saw a pretty even mix of largemouth and smallmouth bass being taken.  The size of the largemouth started to decline but the numbers caught were still impressive.  The smallmouth bite started, but the real big fish haven’t showed up yet.

 

August 2007:

August was the best fishing so far this summer for jumbo largemouth bass.  Our “secret” lure scored big and our clients had many days where they caught over 20 largemouth bass – mostly off the deep weed beds on both lakes.  We saw a good number of fish over 5 pounds.  Over 200 largemouth bass were taken in the month of August.  All were released in good shape.

 

July 2007:

Early July saw the walleyes bite real well on Canadarago Lake in about 15 feet of water.  Then by the second week of July the big largemouth bass started to bite in earnest on both lakes.  Over a hundred largemouth were caught and released from our two boats during the last three weeks in July.

June 2007

“Reel Man” Tom and son Andrew traveled to Tennessee for some striper, catfish and trout fishing.  Captain AJ took us out for two days on two different TVA reservoirs and we caught some real nice stripers, hybrids, and catfish.  Andrew scored the big fish with a 20 pound striper and 11 pound blue catfish.  Tom nailed a 10 pound hybrid.  Later in the week we fished with trout guide Jason Reep and fished in the Great Smokey Mountains in eastern Tennessee.  We fished one of the tailwater streams in a drift boat and caught and released over 40 trout in a day’s fishing.  The biggest was a 17 inch rainbow.

 

The last week of June was still a great time for smallmouth on both Otsego and Canadarago Lakes.  The largemouth also started hitting rubber worms in the shallows on both lakes.

May 2007

Eight guys caught hundreds of fish in five days of fishing.  Ken caught the biggest fish of the trip – a 12 pound monster pike.  Our trip was cut short by one day when the largest forest fire in Quebec history forced our evacuation!

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2006 Fishing Reports

October 2006:

10/3/06 – Ed and his step-dad fished Otsego Lake for about 7 hours and had one of the best days fishing ever.  They caught largemouth, smallmouth, pickerel, sunfish, perch, rock bass, lake trout, and landlocked salmon.  The lake trout was 6 lbs. and the salmon was 7 lb.  There were some real big smallmouth, too.  Over 30 fish were caught in all. 

10/8/06 “Reel Men” fished the Cross Lake tournament.  Four big smallmouth were brought to the weigh-in and one largemouth.  Tom caught a 5 lb. freshwater drum and David caught a huge 14 lb. freshwater drum.  Vic also caught the big smallmouth of the tournament, a 3.99 lb beauty.  That huge drum was the biggest one anyone had ever seen.  It was still 10 pounds shy of the state record.  Check out Dave’s and Vic’s picture on the “Wall of Fame” for October 1 – 9.

10/13/06 – Dick, Ray, and Tom fished Otsego Lake for about 6 hours and caught a whole mess of big smallmouth bass.  The day started slow but picked up as the smallies started hitting live bait on the west side of the lake around noon. Well over 20 fish were caught.  Check out Dick and Ray with their big Smallies on the “Wall of Fame” for October 10 – 31.

10/19/06 - Rob & Tom caught a pile of big fish on Otsego Lake this morning.  Rob caught many pickerel and largemouth and Tom caught all the smallmouth.  Thirteen fish were caught in all.

10/22/06 – “Reel Men” fished the Otsego Lake Tournament and caught 16 smallmouth and largemouth bass.  They brought 4 smallmouth and one largemouth bass to the weigh-in and their total weight was 14.01 pounds.  Unfortunately seven other pros had a better day slamming big smallmouth.  There were two 5 pound bags over 17 pounds each.  The biggest smallmouth of the year was caught and weighed in at 4.66 pounds.  This was the biggest smallmouth ever caught at a tournament in the history of the club.

September 2006:

9/9/06 – “Reel Men” fished day one of the Otsego Lake Tournament placing fourth overall for the day with a total catch of over 11 pounds.  The “Reel Men” caught 18 total bass, but couldn’t get that “lunker” fish.  The biggest fish they caught was just over 3 lbs.

9/10/06 – “Reel Men” fished day two of the tournament on Canadarago Lake and placed third for the day.  They brought 5 fish in to the weigh-in totaling over 12 pounds, which gave them a two-day total of over 23 pounds.  That was good enough for a second place overall finish in the two day tournament.  The “Reel Men” caught 13 total fish this second day with a 4.01 lb. largemouth and a 3.25 lb. smallmouth.

9/21/06 – Two guys fished Otsego Lake for 6 hours and caught both largemouth & smallmouth bass.  Total bass caught was 12 and the biggest one was a smallmouth weighing just a shade under 4 lbs.

9/29/06 – Both ”Reel Men”, and Craig from Florida fished Otsego Lake for 6 hours and caught a whole net full of fish. (See the full net picture on the “Wall of Fame”.) There was a total of 29 bass caught and many were over 3 pounds.  Most of the fish were smallmouth. One huge 4 lb. pickerel was also caught by “Reel man” Tom.  “Reel Man” Eric out fished the two older men by a two to one margin.  Must have been the younger reflexes he used to set the hook faster.  It was a great day of fishing.

9/30/06 – Joe and his 3 friends from New York City fished Otsego Lake for 5 hours and caught a whole mess of big fish.  Two huge smallmouth bass were caught by these guys, one was 4 lb. 2 oz. and one was  4 lb. 12 oz. This second smallmouth was the biggest one the “Reel Men” have ever seen landed on Otsego Lake in over 30 years of fishing the lake.  These guys boated over 30 bass during this trip.  Our best day so far in 2006.

9/30/06 – Craig from Florida & “Reel Man” Tom fished the afternoon bite on Otsego Lake and boated another 9 fish – all smallmouth bass.  They were all good fish weighing over 2 lbs.  The biggest was well over 3 lbs.

August 2006:

8/2/06 – The oldest of the “Reel Men” fished Otsego Lake with his youngest son for largemouth for four hours and caught 12 good fish including two 4 lb. bass, which his son caught.

8/5/06 – Both “Reel Men” fished Canadarago Lake in the morning and caught a few good largemouth and “slammed” many good sized smallmouth.  The smallmouth averaged over 3 pounds each and we caught  nine of them.

8/8/06 – Three anglers fished Otsego Lake for 5 hours and caught a mess of nice largemouth bass.  They all averaged about 2 pounds and there were no real “lunkers”, but we caught 14 fish overall.

8/11/06 – Three fishermen from Texas fished Otsego Lake for six hours.  The youngest fisherman was 5 years old and he caught the biggest fish – a smallmouth bass weighing in at almost 4 pounds.  His dad and grandfather also caught some good fish – both largemouth and smallmouth.  Together they caught over 25 fish.  These guys were good fishermen.

8/13/06 – Three fishermen fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours.  They caught 4 largemouth, 3 rock bass, and one perch.  They all tried hard – but the fish weren’t cooperating very well today.

8/18/06 – Two fishermen fished Canadarago Lake for 6 hours and caught 4 big smallmouth and 5 nice largemouth.  The biggest fish was a largemouth weighing 4 lbs. 6 oz.

8/19/06 – Two fishermen fished Canadarago Lake for three hours and caught 2 big perch, 1 sunfish, and a big largemouth bass and a big smallmouth bass.  Both bass weighed about 3 lbs.

8/20/06 – The “Reel Men” fished the Canadarago Lake Bass Tournament sponsored by the “Susquehanna Bass Association” and placed second with a weight of 11.68 lbs. The “Reel Men” team caught a total of 4 legal bass during the 8 hour tournament and “Reel Men” Tom got a 4.31 lb. largemouth bass which was the second biggest fish of the tournament.  Chris caught the biggest fish of the tournament with a largemouth weighing 5.50 pounds. Joe caught the biggest smallmouth weighing 4.00 lbs.  It was a tough day fishing with a cold front coming in.  Only two teams out of 22 brought in a five fish limit.

8/22/06 – A father-son duo from Chicago fished Otsego Lake and caught a mess of good fish including one big pickerel, perch, rock bass, and a good number of largemouth bass.  Their total fish count was 16, eight of which were largemouth bass averaging around 2 pounds.  Not a bad half-day fishing.

8/25/06 – The same father with his two sons, all from Chicago, fished Otsego Lake for the second time this week.  The fishing was a little slower but still good.  Only nine fish were caught but they were all good largemouth bass and the average size was a little bigger than the ones caught on Tuesday, with the biggest fish weighing just under 4 lbs.

8/29/06 – One good Texas fisherman and his “Reel Men” guide fished Otsego Lake for largemouth bass.  This guy from Texas was a real good bass fisherman and he out-fished his guide by a couple of fish by “Texas-rigging” as opposed to wacky rigging our favorite artificial bait.  A total of 13 bass were caught and two of them were about 4 pounds.  Another real good half-day fishing!

 

July 2006:

7/3/06 – Five anglers fished the east side of Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 18 good size largemouth bass.  The biggest bass was just over 4 lbs.

7/15/06 – two anglers fished Otsego Lake in the rain for three hours and caught 2 big smallmouth and two big largemouth bass.

7/16/06 – two young anglers fished Otsego Lake with the “Reel Men” and caught four good sized largemouth bass along with many rock bass.  The big bass of the day weighed in at 4 lbs. 1 oz.

7/18/06 – two anglers fished Otsego Lake for largemouth bass for five hours and caught many fish.  The fish averaged about 2 pounds each.  One 4 lb. fish took a “wacky” rigged worm under a willow tree.  It was the big fish of the trip.

7/25/06 – Two fishermen fished Otsego Lake four 4 hours and caught many fish.  The big fish of the trip was a 12 pound carp.  We also caught big perch, rock bass, two big small mouth bass, and three nice largemouth bass.  The biggest bass was a smallmouth weighing 3 lbs. 10 oz.

7/28/06 – Two fisherman fished Otsego Lake four six hours and caught 16 bass using rubber worms.  They were all largemouth bass and the largest weighed in at 4 lbs. 8 oz.  Every bass was over 12 inches long!

7/31/06 – Four good fishermen from Texas fished Otsego Lake for four hours and caught a mess of good bass.  Perch and rock bass were also caught.  The big fish of the trip was caught by the youngest angler.  That fish was a largemouth weighing in at 4 lbs 2 oz.

June 2006:

6/17/06 – Bass Season Opens Today!

6/18/06  - “Reel Men” took 2nd place at the first BASS tourney of the season on Canadarago Lake with a 5-fish bag of over 15lbs. Two anglers fished for 8 hours and caught dozens of bass and pickerel.  Reel Men won the  “LUNKER of the DAY Award” with a largemouth weighing 4.77 lbs.  All fish were released.

6/25/06  - “Reel Men” took 1st place at the BASS tourney on Good Year Lake with a 5-fish bag of 10.5 lbs. Two anglers fished for 8 hours and won LUNKER again with a largemouth weighing over 4.08 lbs.  All fish were released.

May 2006:

5/26/06

5 anglers fished Otsego Lake for six hours and caught countless pickerel.  Many trout and salmon followed our lures to the boat however only one small brown trout was caught.

5/28/06

5 anglers fished Otsego Lake for five hours and caught many pickerel.  While fishing for pickerel with wire leaders a few good bass were also caught.  All bass were released immediately.  Pickerel were also released.

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2005 Fishing Reports

October 2005

10/15/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for five hours and caught 13 total fish including 4 largemouth bass, six smallmouth bass, two pickerel, and one perch.  The big largemouth was caught on live bait and weighed in at 2.5 pounds and four of the smallmouth bass were all about 18 inches long and each weighed about 3.5 pounds.  All fish were released unharmed.

10/14/05

Three anglers fished Otsego Lake for five hours and caught nine fish including 7 smallmouth bass and two largemouth bass.

The biggest smallmouth was just over 3 pounds and the other smallmouth were good fish, but the two largemouth bass were

just legal size.  Fish were caught on live bait and artificial lures.  All fish were released unharmed.

10/09/05

Reel Men guide Tom fished the Otsego Lake bass tournament from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM and caught 4 largemouth bass and 9 smallmouth bass.  The biggest largemouth bass weighed 2.5 pounds and the two biggest smallmouth bass weighed almost exactly 3 pounds each.  The remainder of the bass were less than 2 pounds each.  The best five fish weighed a total of 11.45 pounds, good enough to win the fourth place trophy. Only artificial lures were used.  All fish were released unharmed.

10/07/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for six hours and six fish were caught including three small bass, two legal smallmouth bass, and a big largemouth.  The biggest smallmouth was 3 pounds, 9 ounces and the big largemouth was just over 5 pounds.  The fish were all caught on artificial lures.  All fish were released unharmed.

10/02/05

Four anglers fished Otsego Lake for six hours and twelve fish were caught including five small bass, four legal smallmouth bass, & two big perch, Two of the smallmouth bass weighed in between 3 and 4 pounds.   Another huge salmon was lost right next to the boat.  The fish were all caught on live bait and jigs.

10/01/05

Four anglers fished Otsego Lake for five hours and eleven fish were caught including six small bass, five legal smallmouth bass,  and a few perch, pickerel, and sunfish.  Three of the smallmouth bass weighed in between 3 and 4 pounds and the highlight of the day was a 23 inch 3 lb salmon.  A huge salmon estimated to be 6 to 8 pounds was lost right next to the boat.  The fish were all caught on live bait. 

September 2005

9/29/05

Three anglers fished Otsego Lake for five hours and fifteen fish were caught including three largemouth bass, eleven smallmouth bass,  and a perch.  The smallmouth bass weighed in just under 4 pounds and the biggest largemouth was also 4 pounds.  The fish were all caught on live bait.  All fish were released unharmed.

9/25/05

Four anglers fished Otsego Lake for five hours.  The biggest fish caught was a 4 pound largemouth bass.  A smallmouth that was 3 pounds 6 ounces was also caught.  The legal fish caught included four pickerel( the biggest was 26 in and weighed 3 lb. 2 oz.), three smallmouth(biggest 3 lb. 6 oz.), nine largemouth ( five were over 2 pounds), and two perch.  In addition we threw back two sub-legal largemouth, one rock bass and one sunfish.  A total of 22 fish were caught.  The fish were caught on artificial lures and live bait. All fish were released unharmed.

9/24/05

Four anglers fished Otsego Lake for five hours. 12 fish were caught, all but one of them were legal fish.  Eight were largemouth bass, two were smallmouth bass and two were rockbass.  One angler caught the two biggest fish, a 3lb. 10 oz. largemouth and a huge 3 lb. 12 oz smallmouth. Only artificial lures were used. All fish were released.

9/22/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for four hours. 11 total fish were caught, all of them legal fish.  There were 7 largemouth bass, two small mouth bass, and two pickerel caught.  The best largemouth weighed in at 3.5 lbs.and the biggest smallmouth was 2.5 pounds.  Only artificial lures were used. All fished were released unharmed.

9/12/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for five hours and caught 13 legal bass.  One largemouth was almost four pounds.  Two of the remaining legal bass were smallmouth bass.  One smallmouth was over 3 pounds and 18 in. long.  All fished were released.  In addition, 4 sub-legal bass were caught along with two rock bass and one very large pickerel ( 3 lbs. 10 oz. & 27" ).  While fishing a shallow weed bed, one angler had a large lake trout swim in from deep water and take a rubber worm.  He had it on for a while before it threw the hook.  It was only a foot under the surface when it hit and it was visible during the whole time it was hooked.  It was about 2 feet long.  All fish were caught on artificial lures.

9/5/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 6 hours and caught 2 legal smallmouth and five legal largemouth bass. The weather was sunny  and breezy in the 80's.  The biggest smallmouth weighed in at 3 pounds and the biggest largemouth bass weighed 2.5 pounds.  All fished were released.  A few sub-legal bass of both species were also caught and released along with three rock bass.  All fish were caught on artificial lures.

9/3/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for three hours and eight fish were caught including six largemouth bass, one smallmouth bass,  and a rock bass.  The smallmouth bass weighed in just over 3 pounds and the biggest largemouth was also 3 pounds.  The fish were all caught in 8 feet of water on the edge of a large weed bed all within 100 yards of each other.  One of the largemouth was exactly 4 inches long.  One inch shorter than the lure it struck.  All the other largemouth were over 2 pounds.

August 2005

8/27/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for four hours and five fish were caught including two largemouth bass weighing 4.3 pounds and 3.6 pounds, one smallmouth weighing about 2 pounds, a big pickerel, and a rock bass.  The smallmouth are beginning to become very active on both lakes.  Expect the smallmouth fishing to be spectacular real soon!

8/26/05

Three anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 10 largemouth bass, 3 smallmouth bass, 2 pickerel, and a few rock bass.  The heaviest largemouth bass weighed 3.5 pounds and the heaviest smallmouth weighed in just over 3 pounds.

8/24/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 5 hours and caught countless panfish and 3 walleye.  Lost a 17" walleye.

8/23/05

Four anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 8 largemouth and 5 smallmouth bass.  Heaviest largemouth and smallmouth were both 2.5 lbs.

8/22/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught dozens of panfish and 2 largemouth bass.  Heaviest largemouth was 2.5 lbs.

8/21/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 8 hours and caught 11 largemouth, 2 smallmouth bass and 15 rock bass.  Heaviest largemouth was 3.59 lbs.

8/20/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 3 hours and caught 1 largemouth and 1 smallmouth bass.  Lost a 2 lb smallmouth.

8/19/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 7 largemouth, 1 pickerel and 8 rock bass.  Heaviest largemouth bass was 4.0 lbs.

8/17/05

Three anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 11 largemouth, 1 smallmouth and 12 rock bass.  Heaviest largemouth bass were 4.0 lbs, 3.0 lbs, and 2.5 lbs.

8/16/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 4 hours and caught 2 largemouth, 1 walleye, 1 perch and 1 rock bass.  Heaviest largemouth was 2.5 lbs and the walleye was 16".

8/13/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 4 hours and caught 5 largemouth.  Heaviest largemouth was 3.5 lbs.

8/11/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 2 largemouth, 1 pickerel, and 8 rock bass.  Heaviest largemouth was 3.0 lbs.  Lost a 3.0 lb largemouth.

8/10/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 5 hours and caught 6 largemouth, 1 pickerel, 4 rock bass, and 1 carp.  Heaviest largemouth bass was 2.5 lbs.  Carp wieghed 13 lbs.  Lost a 3.0 lb largemouth.

8/8/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 8 hours and caught countless largemouth bass, 4 smallmouth bass, 2 pickerel, and countless rock bass.  Heaviest smallmouth was 1.5 lbs.  The five heaviest largemouth were 4.0 lbs, 4.0 lbs, 4.0 lbs, 3.0 lbs and 2.5 lbs.

8/6/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 2 largemouth bass, 2 rock bass 1 carp, and 1 pickerel.  A 3 lb smallmouth was lost.  Both largemouth bass wieghed 2.5 lbs.

8/4/05

Three anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 6 hours and caught 1 walleye, 1 smallmouth bass, and countless perch and panfish.  Walleye was 20" and smallmouth was 2.5 lbs.

July 2005

7/31/05

Five anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 5 hours and caught 3 walleye, 3 largemouth bass, 1 smallmouth bass, and dozens of perch and panfish.  Heaviest largemouth was 2.5 lbs.

7/30/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 3 hours and caught 2 walleye, 1 perch and 1 pickerel.  Walleye measured 21" and 20".  Perch measured 12".

7/29/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 3 hours and caught 1 smallmouth bass which wieghed 2.5 lbs.

7/27/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 5 hours and caught 9 largemouth bass.  Heaviest largemouth was 3.0 lbs.

7/25/05

One angler fished Canadargo Lake for 2 hours and caught 2 walleye.  Walleye measured 20" and 16".

7/24/05

One angler fished Canadarago Lake for 2 hours and caught 3 walleye.  Walleye measured 21", 20" and 18".

7/24/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 8 hours and caught 14 largemouth and 1 smallmouth bass and 12 rock bass.  Heaviest largemouth was 3 lbs.

7/23/05

Three anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 3 hours and caught 3 largemouth and 3 smallmouth bass.  Each fish was 2.0 - 2.5 lbs.

7/21/05

Four anglers fished Otsego Lake for 8 hours and caught 15 largemouth bass, 4 smallmouth bass, 15 rock bass and 2 pickerel.  Heaviest largemouth was 3 lbs and the heaviest smallmouth was 2 lbs.

7/20/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 6 hours and caught 9 largemouth and 1 smallmouth bass and 7 rock bass.  Heaviest largemouth wieghed 3.5 lbs and the smallmouth wieghed 2.5 lbs.

7/17/05

Three anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 5 hours and caught 2 walleye, 1 largemouth bass, 8 perch and countless panfish.  The largemouth wieghed 2.5 lbs.

7/13/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 3 hours and caught 5 walleye and countless panfish.  Largest walleye was 17".

7/8/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 15 largemouth and 1 smallmouth bass and 6 rock bass.  Average bass was about 2.5 lbs.  Heaviest largemouth was 4.0 lbs and the heaviest smallmouth was 2.5 lbs.

7/4/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 3 hours for tiger musky using live minnows.  A tiger musky took the bait on a line that did not have a steel leader. After taking the bobber for a 30 yard run the hook was set and the fish was played for about 30 seconds.  Then the tiger musky's teeth cut through the line.

7/3/05

Three anglers fished Candarago Lake for 3 hours and caught 5 largemouth and 1 smallmouth bass and 8 rock bass.  All largemouth and smallmouth bass were around 2.0 lbs.

7/2/05

Two anglers fished Canadarago Lake for 3 hours and caught 8 largemouth and 1 smallmouth bass.  The heaviest largemouth was 3 lbs.

June 2005

6/30/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 6 hours and caught 7 largemouth and 2 smallmouth bass and 15 rock bass.  All largemouth and smallmouth bass were around 2.0-2.5 lbs.

6/27/05

Three anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 9 largemouth and 2 smallmouth bass and 5 rock bass.  Each largemouth was about 2 lbs and the heaviest smallmouth was 3 lbs.

6/24/05

Three anglers fished Otsego Lake for 5 hours and caught 14 largemouth and 5 smallmouth bass and 6 rock bass.  Three fat largemouth bass each weighed over 3.5 lbs.  The heaviest smallmouth was 3 lbs.

6/22/05

Reel Men Guide Eric fished Otsego Lake for 6 hours and caught 3 largemouth and 1 smallmouth bass and 4 rock bass.  Largest fish was a 2.5 lb smallmouth bass.  Lost a 3 lb+ bass.

6/21/05

Two anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 4 largemouth and 2 smallmouth bass and 11 rock bass.  Heaviest largemouth and smallmouth were 2.5 lbs.

6/19/05

Reel Men Eric and Tom fished the first bass tournament of the year on Canadarago Lake.  Fished for 8 hours and caught 5 smallmouth and 16 largemouth bass, 28 rock bass and 3 pickerel.  Largest smallmouth was 2.6 lbs and the heaviest largemouth was 3.6 lbs.  Reel Men took 2nd place at the tournament.

6/18/05

Three anglers fished Otsego Lake for 4 hours and caught 8 smallmouth and 7 largemouth bass and 11 rock bass.  Largest fish was a 3 lb smallmouth bass.