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February Fishing In NY State

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  February offers a few warmer days and some early spring thawing which can raise stream levels overnight. This can create fantastic fishing in smaller streams which have had low water all winter.These would be Maxwell Creek, Irondequoit Creek, Marsh Creek, Johnsons Creek, Putneyville Creek, Bear Creek, Sterling Creek, and Wolcott Creek, as well as many smaller streams which dont have names or are not very well known.

   Ice fishing is still an option but use caution as the ice can become unsafe quickly when you have a few 50 degree days. On warmer days it would not be uncommon to see a few boats plying the waters of Seneca, Cayuga or Keuka Lakes trolling for Lakers, Landlocked Salmon, Browns, and Rainbows. Fishing from shore on the Finger Lakes for roaming trout with rapalas or bass minnows is also a very productive method at this time of year. Favorite spots would be Seneca Lake in Watkins Glenn on the pier, or at the salt plant, and at Cayuga Lake at Taughannock Falls State Park.

  Gordon Bennett from Elmira, New York is pictured here with 13 pound steelhead.This fish was caught on February 8, 2002, from the Salmon Creek in Wayne County. After a brief photo session the fish was released so it could be caught another day. It was one fish of many that he caught in that creek through out the month of February. gordon bennett with a 13 pound steelie


   When the winter blues set in and the weather warms up a bit a trip out on the ice to do some fishing will take away the cabin fever and provide a great day of enternaiment. Ice fishing has really changed with all new and modern gadgets available. Underwater Cameras and portable fish finders, new and improved tip ups, as well as gps units to find your favorite spots. Gas and electric powered ice augers to get you fishing ASAP. New breakthroughs in eye wear to stop glare and great advancements in clothing to keep you dry and warm. Wind proof portable ice tents and propane heaters to keep you warm when needed. You dont have to be miserable any more when ice fishing.

ice fishing
ice fishing

   In the old days we took a couple five gallon buckets a couple jigging rods some live bait minnows, wax worms, or spikes and hand auger, and an axe in case you got something really really big. If needed you could chop a bigger hole, it does happen a big northern or a big muskie even a 10 or 12 pound bass can be taken through the ice. The most targeted species when ice fishing are perch, walleye, crappies, and bluegills. Anything can be caught througth the ice pickerel, trout, and even landlocked salmon. If it swims it's gotta eat.

   Make sure the ice is safe personaly I dont recomend going out on less than 6 inches of ice should you venture out on less please check the depth as you move around warm springs or underwater currents can create thin spots or even open water patches docks with bubblers should be avoided as that would be very unsafe. Ice fishing is best done with a friend or a small group no one should venture out on the ice alone a good strong rope is also a great addition to your supplies as a saftey measure in case trouble arises.

ice fishing
ice fishing

   When ice fishing, the fish tend to group on the deep edges of the weedlines in 10 to 15 feet of water . Perch can be found on the bottom almost lake wide but they are in perpetual motion chasing the baitfish they are among the most active of the species in winter. Pike and pickerel can be caught using tip ups with bass or pike minnow set up in the weed beds as they will cruise the weeds looking for an easy meal. Year after year the same spots are magnets for the fish. When fishing a new lake you will see groups on fisherman and thats where the fish are lots of room no need to crowd. Local baits shops are also a wealth of information as to which lakes have a hot bite and what baits or lures are getting the job done. Don't be afraid to stop in and ask . Buying a few extra items to add to your tackle bag each time you go is a great way to build up a good arsenal it beats spending $500.00 bucks in one shot .

   If you have never been ice fishing and would like to try I suggest hiring a guide to learn from and learn the ins and outs, and if you don't like it you will not have invested a lot of your hard earned money in equipmnet. On the other hand if you do you will have a head start on what you need to get going on your own. Some guides also offer ice fishing adventures in addition to their open water charters. Fishing is a year round sport and can be enjoyed as such. Below is a list of guides and the lakes they fish on.

Lucky Buck Fishing Charters
Phone 1-315-481-2320

Ice fishing trips with Captain Robert Carter on Oneida Lake, DeRuyter, Reservoir and and Cazenovia Lake for perch, walleye, crappies, bluegills, and pickerel. Captain Buck supplies all bait, rods and reels, tackle and fishing knowledge. All you need to bring is a valid NYS fishing license under 16 years of age a fishing license is not required.

Sweet Melissa Charters.com
Phone 1-585-905-6252

Ice fishing trips with Captain Michael Fiorentino on Conesus, Honeoye, Cayuga, Irondequoit Bay, for perch, walleye, crappies, bluegills, northern pike, and pickerel.

Nessmuk’s Wilderness Guides
Phone 1-218-556-3809

Ice fishing trips with Guide Scott Gardner on Lake Placid and the Adirondacks we have an unlimited number of cold and warm water lakes and ponds that are great locations for fishing through the ice for Pike, Walleye, Perch, Spring Smelt, Lake Trout, Brown Trout and Salmon!

Lake George Charter Fishing
Phone 1-518-636-5253

Ice fishing trips with Captain Ed Lockharton on Lake George fishing for Trout and Salmon but the Yellow Perch and Northern Pike fishing can also be enjoyed. During your trip, your guide will instruct you on methods of ice fishing that will work on any lake. How to set up your tip ups for optimum results, lure types and jigging methods are important for success on Lake George.

Finger Lakes fishing trip may result with an encounter of the following species brown trout,coho salmon,lake trout,rainbow trout,king salmon,landlocked salmon,walleye,bass,and perch
Conesus Lake   Hemlock Lake   Canadice Lake   Honeoye Lake   Canandaigua Lake   Keuka Lake   Seneca Lake   Cayuga lake   Owasco Lake   Skaneateles   Otisco Lake   Lamoka Lake   Waneta Lake   Finger Lakes Streams  

Long Island has fantastic fishing year around. Long Island anglers can choose from a multitude of species including weakfish,striped bass,fluke,flounder,sea bass,blackfish,porgies,mackerel,cod,pollock,
Staten Island   City Island   New Rochelle   Port Chester   Mamaroneck   Sheepshead Bay   Jamaica Bay   Port Washington   Captree   Moriches   Port Jefferson   Stony Brook   Shinnecock   Freeport   North Fork   Hampton Bays   East Hampton   Montauk   Clinton Connecticut   Norwalk Connecticut  

Lake Ontario fishing Charters
Lewiston    Youngstown    Wilson   Olcott   Oak Orchard   Sandy Creek   Genesee River   Irondequoit Bay   Port Bay   Pultneyville   Sodus Bay   Fairhaven   Oswego   Port Ontario   Mexico Bay  
Henderson Harbor   1,000 Islands

Lake Ontario Charters

Oneida Lake Charters

Otsego Lake Charters

Black Lake Charters

Salmon River Guides

Oswego River Guides

Niagara River Guides

Hudson River Guide

Delaware River Guides

Finger Lakes Charters
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Long Island Charters

Susquehanna River Guides

Chautauqua Lake

Adirondack Guides

Lake George Charters

Lake Erie Charters

Lake Champlain

Great Sacandaga Lake

St. Lawrence River

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