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Observations from the Water – 11/21/2021

by | Nov 21, 2021

Days on the Water: 5
Who we fished with: friends/clients
Where we fished: Lake Erie, Upper Niagara, Lower Niagara
What we caught: smallmouth bass, lake trout, steelhead, browntrout
Tactics: live bait, beads, Mr. Twisters

Commentary

Observations from the Water – this Past Week (15-21 Nov)

Solid week! We managed to get out there most days despite the wind and stained up water. Honestly, with the forecast we had going into the week, I’m REALLY happy we were able to get out as many days as we did. Action was consistent throughout the week. Here’s what I noticed:

Smallmouth bass – we targeted them 2 days this past week on Lake Erie. I was pleasantly surprised to find them behaving like they were in the weeks prior. Same locations. Same presentation.

Brown trout – we boated our first one of the season today…only the one. Although that doesn’t sound like a pattern, a couple of my colleagues caught them in decent numbers throughout the week. It’s only going to get better in the upcoming couple of weeks.

Steelhead – we certainly didn’t hammer them, but we caught them every time we made an attempt. Like the browns, it’s only the beginning my friends. The best days are ahead of us.

Lake trout – they’re there…lots of them. You’ll catch them even if you try to avoid it. 4A3F827F 8A01 4721 B574 4721A36CC95F scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 D3A46B5F 1D19 4FAE AD6A 794EB5F1D64A scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 15BADC99 883B 4E47 8915 41B7CD94D289 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 4D1A8068 CD44 4643 BBA9 1C6E88C8163C scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 DDE19533 18E7 4BCF BB53 B1456936C906 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 A3ED2190 EAA0 4723 B41A 1890EBB4A2B3 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 F234099D 4E29 43CD 9C75 337FE55039C4 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 91242660 6E92 4DD8 BD9F 620B7268AC0E scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 12B114CE 7C58 41D0 82EB F19DBE551530 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 D052EA99 4A31 4190 811E 4F3D5ADCCBDC scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 CF6D20E5 AB10 4857 A5EE 35B5A2C4EBF0 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 E1F35BC6 A24F 4749 9D4D EDA30FDB779C scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 3E458E5C 1724 4BE4 8D95 F5C3B12BD9DB scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 7D85600D 8CAF 4B1E B63A D222FE20CF68 scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021 355581D1 50A0 402F A919 4B233967F76D scaled - Observations from the Water - 11/21/2021

Looking Forward (22-28 Nov )

As we were getting off the water today, the rain started falling. It isn’t supposed to until late tonight/tomorrow morning. Big surprise – the wind started kicking up as well. According to the forecast, we’re going to get hit pretty bad with some lake effect snow and big waves over the next 24 hours or so.

With the wind and precipitation this evening, I’m betting the lake will dump a lot of sediment into the river over the next day or so. I doubt the river will be fishable by Tuesday morning but am hopeful it’ll be good enough by Wednesday. Beyond Thanksgiving, the forecast looks decent. Of course, there’ll be more wind, but not destructive amounts. I think we’ll be OK through the weekend.

It’s been a slow start on the trout front, but action is picking up nicely. As I mentioned above, the best of the fall bite is still in front of us. Yeah, it seems weird typing that considering it’s late November, but it’s been a weird year (I’m not really sure what “normal” means anymore). If you’re lucky enough to have a date booked with us over the next few weeks, get ready! We still have a few open dates for December – give us a call if you want to experience fall fishing at it’s finest.

I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday. Stay healthy my friends – mentally and physically,

Ryan