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Observations from the Water – 12/05/2021

by | Dec 5, 2021

Days on the Water: 6
Who we fished with: friends/clients
Where we fished:  Lake Erie, Lower Niagara
What we caught: lake trout, steelhead, browntrout, smallmouth bass
Tactics: beads, Mr. Twisters

Commentary

Observations from the Water – this Past Week (29-Nov – 5-Dec)

What…a…week! It’s a rare occasion to be able to fish 6 days in a row this time of year but we pulled it off. Fair conditions for most of the week (plus some adventurous clients that wanted to fish in the wind on Thursday) kept the color of the water in fishable shape all week. I’m happy it worked out that way – I got to see some new friends and some guys I’ve been fishing with since I started guiding.

As you’ll see from the pictures, nothing much changed since last week. The lake trout bite is still going very strong. Steehead are around in better numbers than last week but still a little slow. The brown trout made fleeting appearances and all of them have been small. There’s a lot of bait in the system – a mix of emeralds and gizzard shad – so you can’t go wrong with a baitfish imitation (that’s why I use white, twist tail grubs). There’s also a lot of lake trout eggs in the system – so you also can’t go wrong with a chartreuse or yellow bead. We’ve been catching fish on both baits at about the same rate.

As I mentioned last week, it’s tough to complain about these conditions. From my perspective, a greedy one at that, I’d like to see a little more variety. I’m super happy the lake trout have remained active for much longer than “normal” this year, but I’ve landed hundreds of them so far and would like to see more of the drag screaming fights common to steelhead…it’s coming. D572F55A AE77 486A B9CD 1E3236D285E5 scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 627DB8AF 3021 4631 9112 83413505594A scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 DA123C31 6396 42FA ABF5 6821D2D84113 scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 DA724050 4640 437D AB3A F070A9509BEA scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 7AB18735 DF28 4335 AE54 9A0FAAAD3B72 scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 659D0391 7DB6 4E03 9684 0E2513090952 scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 9B77E210 BF2A 4A79 9CBB D70FD3E240DF scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 6D0D9A26 91FA 49C0 8591 B25722D0EB89 scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 6FEB8969 CE57 419D 9AAB 56F06E6B10CE scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 A25CBDFC 6943 474F 9932 3F1CBEB48683 scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 9D0D81E9 3E2C 4261 92D4 F5CC0B91D1EA scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 123A1081 4A01 45A3 AD5C B1A046A398E5 scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 AF54FD8C F40E 463D 8002 4B166E5FBCC6 scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 CF7CAFC2 6937 4EBA A7F7 A455E7977A7A scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021 1F9CB4A3 3982 4EF9 98D0 3902B512FDF3 scaled - Observations from the Water - 12/05/2021

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Looking Forward (06-12-Dec)

This upcoming week is looking promising. Other than the storm that’s forecasted to hit tonight and pound the area with wind and rain for about 24 hours, the remainder of the week looks good. Similar temperatures as this past week – highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s, easy to deal with/not water staining winds, and small amounts of precipitation should allow us to fish daily after Tuesday. I say, “after Tuesday,” because Monday’s storm will likely muddy every blue line in our region for at least 24hours.

I haven’t spent any time on the Lake Ontario bar so far this season – mainly because we haven’t had the right wind for it very much lately. However, this upcoming week will present a few opportunities to head out there so that’s certainly part of the plan. I’m hoping the big brown trout opted to stay out there to spawn vs. coming into the river in big numbers. Time to find out.

I think the steelhead fishing is about to get really good. Water temps are great, and those fish are far behind their “normal” pace in filling up the river so…

Quick note – if you live around here, you likely saw your first significant snowfall this past week and said to yourself or someone close to you, “I’m not ready for this!” Well folks, it happens every year so now that the shock is over, start considering plans to mitigate the shack nasties. Acclimation/exposing yourself to the cold is the best way to welcome this annual trend into your life. I have one activity in mind that’ll provide much more than mere exposure to the elements. Give us a call to discuss.

Stay healthy my friends – mentally and physically,

Ryan