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Observations from the Water – 11/14/2021

by | Nov 14, 2021

Days on the Water: 4
Who we fished with: friends/clients
Where we fished:Lower Niagara
What we caught: smallmouth bass, lake trout
Tactics: live bait, beads, Mr. Twisters

Commentary

Observations from the Water – this Past Week (8-14 Nov)

Short but fun week! Through Thursday, conditions were ideal – partly cloudy, minimal winds, mild temperatures. Then – Mother Nature decided to end her streak of ideal conditions with some rain, snow, and a lot of big wind. Lake Erie has been kicking up waves close to 10’ near daily since midday Friday. Last I checked, the river picked up a lot of stain throughout all the chaos.

The days we were on the water, the lower Niagara was in peak foliage and the trout and bass and were on the feed. The tactics have been the norm for this time of year – bottom bouncing beads and white Mr. Twisters for the trout and dragging bait for the smallmouth bass. Chartreuse beads, white grubs, and golden shiners have been the ticket. Hook ups have been occurring on every drift.

Action was consistent, but I still haven’t landed a brown trout or steelhead. A few of my colleagues have made sporadic connections with these fish but nothing consistent…yet. It’s only a matter of time before that bite turns on. The water temperature (53 degrees) is a little warm compared to historical averages for this time of year, but not by much (it was 53 degrees this time last year). With all the wind and cold we’ve had lately; temperatures should drop into that sweet spot soon. 2DC84FD0 960A 4504 BC56 BCAFB68D4928 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 763A99AD 741A 4914 8C14 D4A4A2F87BEB scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 CE4CFDFD DCEA 4C3C 9566 B47C455793AA scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 A498160B 317D 4016 901B 3F855FD18EAF scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 70CAFAFD 588A 4B46 BF0B 7ECB86371C1E scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 07189A73 563D 4CC4 B590 5A79581C5575 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 7FC47B13 CF3F 49C7 B217 F19722978B64 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 8C4FF72B A8FF 4534 B173 6937EC61DE42 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 6B7F2EF5 5F0B 4E50 A46B DD8536A41DAB scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 A5C74A0B 5F52 4817 A76C E01741519E67 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 91263105 1D2D 46AF B4E5 5A06A3F55751 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 E6D3060A 42E5 4DD9 AFFB D4AFA606FA3B scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 4F623739 E731 4606 B056 C754A725DF8C scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 15487497 BCBF 4768 AB21 18E23F6D5CB2 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 E3B459BB CC18 4536 9297 AE9E3EEC4046 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 B0EF709B D514 4DB5 B49B 34FC7AFB8E13 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 640441CD 1092 4111 B97D 37EFEA9364D8 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021 6E58FD7C F0B8 4986 96A1 E76993DF963C scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/14/2021

Looking Forward (8-14 Nov )

The forecast for this upcoming week is dicey once again. As per usual, it’s calling for a lot of wind, cold temperatures, and some precipitation – classic fall, “transition,” weather. Glory favors the bold that fish through it (well, if the color of the water remains favorable).

Quick note on water color this time of year – waves on Lake Erie are the primary factor that effects clarity. Couple things to note:
– As the temperature drops, water becomes denser (think about it this way, when it get’s to 32 degrees, water is so dense it hardens into ice).
– The denser water gets, the longer it holds sediment.
– Big waves on Erie kick up a lot of sediment.
– Big waves on Lake Erie + cold water = muddy conditions for awhile

I don’t know when things will clear up – hopefully by Tuesday or Wednesday morning. If it does clear by then, it’ll likely gain more mud in the days following as it’s calling for big winds/waves come Wednesday afternoon – Friday morning. Bottom line, there will be some last minute calls throughout the week – flexibility is key. Once all this passes, I’m betting there will be an excellent brown trout and steelhead bite waiting for us. We hope to see you out there.

Stay healthy my friends – mentally and physically,

Ryan