Can’t believe the season is winding down already. I haven’t had much time to hunt as I’ve been working out of town. Went out today but no luck. The bugs are very active. I know there are still some horny birds out there and I will find one.
Fishing for lakers, find 80 to 100 feet of water and put your cannon ball right on the bottom with your lure just above it on the release 7 feet back. I like to use a green glow belly.
Water temperature is still pretty cold. In the mouths of some of the big rivers it has hit 41 but the main lake is still in the mid 30’s. Most of the fish being caught seem to be around the river mouths which make sense as they love that warm spring water as that is where the bait is. Mouths of the rivers in the lake are also full of logs, brush and whatever else gets picked up by the river. Weather is suppose to warm up into the high 60s this week and that could turn the salmon on in the skinny water.
Water is warming up and the lakers are starting to bite on the surface. Skinny water around the mouths of the major rivers seems to be the best spots. Few salmon here and there. I heard on a 7 pounder a couple weeks ago. Small 3″ stickbaits seem to be working the best trolled at 100 feet just under the surface. Beware of all the trash in the water. Logs on the surface and sometimes just under the surface can do a job on your boat & motor.
Captain Bill Birch
Looks like an early spring on Champlain as many of the bays are already open or never froze this winter. Some of the fishermen are already on the main lake where it is slow but their picking up a few. Water is still very cold with a high of 36 in some of the shallow bays. This is where long lines seem to work the best. Run a flat line back 125 feet and lines on your downriggers down about 2 to 4 feet, back 75 feet. Small stickbaits and 3″ metal lures.