As always I spend opening weekend of walleye season fishing Oneida Lake.
Saturday the bite was tough for us. We found our fish shallow and put them in the boat using blade baits and jerk baits.
Sunday we decided to move out to deeper water. This turned out to be the right move. Not only did we put more fish in the boat but they were larger as well. Trolling stick baits was the ticket out deep.
The season is open and I have dates available if you want to get in on the action. Call soon if you are looking for certain dates as they are filling quickly.
Last week some friends and I took a trip out to Lake Erie. Erie is probably the only place I like more than Oneida.
If you take the average Oneida fish and add 5 inches you have the average Lake Erie walleye. The catch rate is very close on both lakes. Some days on Erie we average more fish other less than what we do on Oneida Lake.
The biggest difference between the lakes is the wind. You don’t want to make the trip to Erie for just one day. If you plan for 5 days you hopefully will get to fish 3. When the wind blows Erie gets very mean.
As for the taste I can’t compare as I have never ate a walleye out of Lake Erie.
Today’s trip was a last minute booking. This time of year that is more than acceptable as the weather can be unpredictable. Victor wanted to get his 2 kids out fishing on this gorgeous day.
Taking kids fishing is something I strongly support. Matthew and Avenir we nothing but smiles all day. At the end of their four hour charter they had a boat limit to take home and many more released to filet another day.
Oneida Lake walleye fishing has been very consistent this year. This fall it has been nothing short of amazing most days. I will be fishing until the snow flies so if you want to get out on the water give me a call.
Yesterday’s trip was 5 guys so that meant two boats. Mike, Mike Jr. and shamus went with me while Bill and Glen were second boat.
We started off trolling. The bite was exceptional so we were very picky about what went in the livewell. After 2 passes we moved to try jigging up a few.
The jigging bite was good but nothing like the trolling bite. Overall it was a great day on Oneida Lake putting fish in the boat with every technique we tried. We ended the day with 2 boat limits of Oneida gold in the livewells.
I am still fishing and open for trips. The bite doesn’t get much better than it is right now. Give me a call to get in on the action while we still have nice weather.
They say all good things come to an end. Unfortunately this unbelievable walleye season will be coming to an end here in the future.
I am still running trips until the snow flies. The fall bite has been very good as usual. The weather this time of year is unpredictable so appropriate clothing is a must. You want to dress in layers to make sure you stay warm.
All that being said I welcome last minute bookings this time of year. If you want to set something up tentatively based on weather I will gladly work with you to ensure an enjoyable day on the water.
I anticipate a great bite through the remaining open water season. Gibe me a call to set up a great day on the water. I have included some pictures from my recent fall trips.
I had an absolute blast this weekend with my Oneida Lake fishing charters. One was with new customers and one trip was with a regular of mine.
Saturday I took out 10 year old Harrow, his father Cory, and his uncle Andy. All Harrow wanted for his birthday was to go fishing and catch lots of fish so that was what we did.
We started out in the morning with temps in the 30s. The air might have been cold but the fishing was hot. It didn’t take long to put a limit in the boat with Harrow catching the 3 largest of the day. Many more were caught and released to filet another day.
Sunday my man Clarance was back in town. This time he brought along his mother Jonnie and his grandfather Alby. It was great to she Clarance get his grandfather out for a day of fishing.
Sunday’s bite was not as hot as Saturday’s. That being said it didn’t stop these three from boating a limit of fish.
I still have some fall dates available and expect the fishing to be nothing short of great the rest of the open water season. Give me a call to get in on the action.
Saturday I had Jim and his old Navy buddy Randy on the boat. Randy was in town visiting from Washington. Oneida Lake was angry due to a stiff east wind. We were all glad to be riding in my Ranger boat.
The walleye kept Jim and Randy plenty busy all morning. It wasn’t the fast and furious fishing we have seen in the last couple trips but it was steady. You can’t complain about steady fish hitting the net.
At the end of the day they brought a nice limit back to the dock and plenty more were released to filet another day. I have more fall dates open if you want your own limit to take home.
When they said they expected this years walleye fishing on Oneida lake to be even better than last years I thought they were crazy. Last years fishing was unbelievable. Turns out they were right. The fishing has been hot all summer.
Don’t get me wrong it has been a grind a times. It hasn’t been just drop a line in anywhere and catch fish. These fish school up and move together. I have had to spend a lot of time on the water to stay on top of them. Many days prefishing for trips or going out before the customers arrive to make sure the fish are where I think they are. It also helps to have great friends that let me know when conditions change if I am not out that day.
I have been blessed to have many great customers this summer. Almost all of which I have sent home with a limit of tasty fillets.
That being said the fishing might get a little tougher as we get into the end of August. Not to worry I will be on the water multiple days a week to stay on the fish. We will still get fish we will just have to work a little harder for them is all.
September and October the fishing will get easier again as the walleye put the feed bag on before winter. I do have open fall dates but the best ones are filling up. Give me a call to get in on the action.
Today I had the pleasure if guiding Adam and Rich. The Lake was not what you would call happy. It was a bumby ride for sure. Lucky for us the walleye didn’t care what was going on on the surface and were very hungry. They left with a limit of walleye filets and many more were released.