We had a very slow, cold start to the fishing season, hopefully tuesday night’s ice mess is the official end of winter! That being said, there are plenty of people out on the streams and reservoir giving it the ‘ol college try with some moderate success. Thanks to David Liao for weighing in this 8+ lb brown trout caught last sunday trolling with a swimbait-nice fish! Also, Ryan “Rastaman” Cronin with a nice wallkill river walleye…….Alexander Berton with a nice early season largemouth on the fly rod-can anyone say crayfish pattern? The crappie die hards have been weighing in some nice fish in the past week, we carry the fathead minnows and small shiners to fish for the Slabs…….The local streams have been running a little bit on the high side, but the streamer and nymph fishing tactics seem to be paying off for those who are hearty enough to stay in the water for a few hours. Small black stonefly dry flies and midges have been teasing up some fish on the surface, but we are waiting for some warmer, “buggier” weather to pop the topwater game open…….We have seen a lot of reservoir fisherman easing into the 2014 season, cleaning out the boats and getting their game tight for early season trout on the troll or bait……EASTER WEEKEND HOURS: FRIDAY 4/18 6AM-6PM, SATURDAY 4/19 5:30-5PM, EASTER SUNDAY 5:30-12 NOON. We have all sizes of shiners, plus nightcrawlers and trout worms. We also just loaded up on wax and mealworms. We hope for sawbellies within the next 2 weeks. Call us for the latest fishing reports at 914.666.8091 or 914.763.6083.
Let’s all celebrate the start of another fishing season by telling Old Man winter to hit the road! Trout season is finally open, the ice has started to open up on most of the reservoir’s with shoreline open water fishing possible on many reservoir’s. Be careful when considering launching your boat on reservoir’s that still hold ice, that’s a big no no in the eyes of the NYC DEP. As of 4/1, Kensico Reservoir is open to boaters, with most of the other northern waters still iced up. Call the Mahopac boat management office 914.232.1309 for more ice-out guidelines.
The trout streams within the watershed are mostly stocked and open for fishing. All fisherman should check to make sure your license and watershed access permit are current. We are fully stocked with all freshwater, fly & spin fishing tackle and waders you need. Our Live Bait tanks are loaded with shiners of all sizes, sawbellies will hopefully be available at the end of the month. We have spikes, wax & mealworms in the grub department, troutworms and nightcrawlers are also fresh in the fridge.
We hope to see you soon, the warm weather looks to be here at last.
THE ICE FISHING HAS HIT A FEVER PITCH ON THE LOCAL WATERS!!!! ALL OF THE RESERVOIR’S ARE FROZEN SOLID, I GUESS WE CAN THANK THE COLD WEATHER FOR SOMETHING. OUR BACKYARD CROSS RESERVOIR HAS BEEN COUGHING UP NICE PERCH, CRAPPIE & BROWN TROUT, WE HAVE THE FULL RANGE OF SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE SHINERS, PLUS FATHEAD MINNOW AND WAX, MEALWORMS & SPIKES TO GET THE JIGGING RODS & TIP UP FLAGS FLYING. THANKS TO JOHNNY “JAWSLAMMER” ALFANO & “BASSMAN” SAM FOR THEIR NICE PIKE & LARGEMOUTH PHOTO’S-KEEP THE PHOTOS COMING, WE LOVE TO POST THEM ON OUR FACEBOOK & WEBSITE.(WITH YOUR PERMISSION) WE JUST RECEIVED A BEAUTIFUL BATCH OF HANDMADE TIP-UP’S BY 40-UP TACKLE HANDMADE HERE IN THE USA. THEY ARE READY & RIGGED TO GO. ALSO, WE NOW FEATURE JIGGING ICE FISHING RODS FROM ST. CROIX, ALSO MADE HERE IN THE STATES!
UPDATE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST.FINALLY! WE HAVE SOLID ICE ON CROSS RIVER BY THE DAM OFF OF RESERVOIR RD., SOLID FISH CATCHING INCLUDING SOME DECENT BROWNS TAKEN BY BOAT AREA 11 AND 12. OUT BY THE ISLAND IS A BIT DICEY, PROCEED WITH CAUTION. WE MEASURED 5-6″ OUT FRONT OF “THE SAND BAR” RTE. 35 SIDE. GO GET ‘EM!……….GOOD ACTION ON CROSS RIVER RESERVOIR BEHIND THE SHOP HERE OFF RTE 121. PERCH, CRAPPIE AND SOME SMALL BROWN’S HAVE BEEN TAKEN ON JIGS AND SHINERS THE LAST FEW DAYS. BOAT AREA 12 & 13 ON RESERVOIR RD. ARE FROZEN FOR ANGLERS WHO WANT TO FISH SOME DEEPER WATER. WE NOW HAVE FATHEAD MINNOWS AS WELL AS SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE SHINERS! THANKS TO MATT HOLLIS’ FOR SENDING US THE PIC OF A VERY SOLID 3+ LBER SMALLMOUTH BASS & ”SLAMMIN’” SAM ROBERTS FOR SENDING IN THIS BIG ‘OL TOAD LARGEMOUTH TAKEN THROUGH THE ICE THIS PAST WEEK!!!!
The deep freeze is finally here for the ” Hardwater” angler, time to dust off grampa’s tip-ups and sharpen up the ice auger! There is plenty of opportunity locally to get out and dunk some shiners or jigs through the ice and fish for crappie, perch, bass & trout. We have beefed up our ice fishing dept. and now feature handmade tip-up’s made here in the states, plus we have plenty of jigging lures, ice augers & much more. We also have small, medium & large shiners, plus waxworms, mealworms & spikes. Call us for information on where to fish- each day we are seeing more fisherman and the conditions are improving on all bodies of water. Also, we would love to receive any fish photo’s you have, we update our facebook page with all the latest catches. We are open 7am-5pm tue-friday, weekends we are here at 6am, the coffee pot will be on!!!