Honeoye Lake Report

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Karl with a nice Honeoye Lake bass

It is early September and we have a major algae bloom in progress. Do the bass still bite? The answer is yes. The bloom creates a problem for the bass to eat by sight. It is not that bass are visually impaired, but water conditions limit their distance to see our offerings. I have learned that by shaking the bait in place and limiting the horizontal movement, bass have the ability to locate the bait. Use a bait that has some appendages and it will increase the vibrations, assisting both largemouth and smallmouth to lock in and attack your presentation.

Fall patterns are starting, with the bass scattering and some moving quite shallow. Meanwhile, the spinnerbait/buzzbait bite is picking up. Small square bill crank baits will also work again as fish move closer to shore.

Water temperatures have cooled to the high 60’s and with cooler weather, will drop more. Docks are being pulled so that pattern will be gone. By covering lots of water, you’ll be rewarded.

Good fishing, wear your life vest, maintain a proper lookout.


Honeoye Lake and Seneca Lake

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Time is passing us by fast this summer. It is August 8th and Fall is approaching quickly. The water temperature on Honeoye Lake has dropped 4 to 5 degrees in the past week and the bass have been affected. Last Monday the bite was good and my clients had a good time. Tuesday I went to Seneca Lake, and we fished for smallmouth and largemouth bass. We managed 1 nice smallmouth and missed at least 3, all on melon pepper tubes. Later when the lake got choppy, we returned to the canal and managed to hook up with several largemouths on Zoom wacky rigged trick worms in watermelon/red.

Forwarding to this week, the bass have slowed considerably on Honeoye Lake. Conditions have stabilized and the bite is picking back up. I moved into the heavier weeds and am using baby brush hogs, shaking them, stoping, then shaking some more. It helps the bass locate the bait. The wacky rig is also working, but you have to fish it slow. Red Bug trick worms worked yesterday and today on the rig. Green pumpkin baby brush hogs with a 3/16 ounce weight, Texas rigged was the best producer today.

A couple of points to help your success when you go fishing.

Learn to pitch, flip and cast. Practice in the yard for a few minutes each day and you will be rewarded.

Make every effort to learn how to use a bait casting  outfit and an open face spinning reel. These are like tools in a tool box. No one tool is good for all jobs, and neither is a single style of fishing outfit.

Good fishing,


Conesus,Honeoye,Keuka Lakes

Monday, July 31st, 2017
Last day of July already. Had to go for a random drug test today, part of the USCG regulations. When you receive the paperwork, the next business day is test day.
Fishing has been very good ,but catching has been a little bit iffy with the dirty water on Honeoye Lake. The heavy rain made conditions difficult but with hard work bass had to eat. Wacky rigs, baby brush hogs and spinner baits worked.
Conesus Lake has also been off with dirty water but it is clearing as of last Saturday. Chatter baits and baby brush hogs fooled a few, but the bite was slow.
Keuka Lake, in the Branchport arm was very good last Friday. Wacky rigs, spinner baits and tubes took a mix of LM,Sm, and those toothy critters. Depths were anywhere from shore to 25 ft.
Good fishing,

Honeoye Lake

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Tucker with his walleye after a day of bass catching.

Honeoye Lake

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

 Honeoye Lake has been producing some nice fish this week. Melody managed to catch a nice 4lb. largemouth and Tucker topped off a day of bass fishing with a very good walleye. All fish were caught using Zoom plastic baits.

Honeoye Bass Fishing

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Weather has stabilized and the water temperature is steady. Bass just completed a spawn and are on the bite. When it was raining with overcast skies on Saturday bass were very active. Sunday with bright and sunny conditions slowed things down but you could still catch a nice sack. Melody managed to put a 4 lber. in the boat Sunday evening.
A mix of baits worked with wacky worms and baby brush hogs fooling the bass. As usual, the baits were Zoom products. There are many great baits in the marketplace to choose from, but these baits offer 20 per package and a long history of quality with the ability to trick bass into biting.


Honeoye Lake

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The water temperature has taken a major jump and the bass have responded. Recent rains have stained the lake, but the bass do not care. Fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black.

Bass are actively bedding. We have caught several with their tails rubbed flat on the bottom. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 10 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active.

Pickerel have also been active. I have caught several nice toothy critters on the bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Be safe, wear your life vest.





Honeoye Lake and Keuka Lake

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Honeoye Lake is starting to warm and the bass are reflecting the temperature rise by a huge increase in their activity level. The bite is more predictable and aggressive than it was last week. A mix of baits, from wacky rigged trick worms to Texas rigged baby brush hogs, have both worked well. I rigged a Denny Brauer jig with a zoom trailer and it was quite effective.

Keuka Lake presented some challenges as the water is 60 to 61 degrees in the Penn Yan branch. Folks from a neighboring state managed to catch several largemouth, smallmouth, pickerel and a few rock bass. Wacky rigged finesse worms, Bass Pro tubes, and a Stanley spinnerbait all fooled some nice fish. With the water so cool, be sure to fish slow and wear your life jacket.

Good fishing,

Honeoye Lake

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The water temperature is not rising very much for the end of May. Most locations will show 61.5 to 62 in the early hours, with isolated pockets reaching 64 later in the day. Cool night temperatures are extracting any gains that have been made during the daylight hours. Bass are biting and most are scattered. Weed growth is very thick in some areas.

Spinnerbaits, small crank baits, ned rigs and plastic baits have all been working. There have been times when color has made a difference in the catch ratio, but watermelonseed and green pumpkin have produced best.

Good fishing, wear your life vest and we will see you on the water.


2017 New York Fishing Season

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

We arrived back in NY on April 26th to very nice weather, unhooked the boat, opened the cabin and unloaded our suburban. The next day was even better and we looked forward to installing the docks and hoist. Well, big change in the plans. Cold, rain, and more terrible weather has put a damper on things. I know most of you have been cooped up all winter and are anxious to hit the lake for some serious fishing, but be patient. I have been a guide for many years and there is nothing worse than these conditions to endure. Wait a week or two until the weather warms, lake levels drop and conditions return to a more normal state. Then, we can literally “load the boat.”

We look forward to spending time with old friends and making some new friends during the 2017 season. Practice pitching, flipping and casting using a practice plug in  the yard, and when you are on the water your “catching” will be increased. Accuracy of bait presentation is very important.

Be safe, wear a life jacket and good fishing.

Frank and Melody

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