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May Fishing In NY



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   May fishing is really excellent almost all species of fish are active and biting somewhere. All of the Finger Lakes offer fantastic spring fishing. One of my favorite spots in May is the north end of Cayuga Lake for perch, crappie, bluegills, bass, and pickerel all can be caught in the same water, and on the same type baits. We use 4 or 6 pound test line on ultra light out fits and use small jigs 1/32 ounce. Black Mr Twister in the 1 & 1/2 or 2 inch size are my favorite. Small spinners and spoons will also work well. The best bait of all is a nice perch minnow set down about 3 feet deep just above the weed line. Big slab crappies can't resist them. You can catch fish almost any where it just depend on what you want to fish for.

  The Oswego River is also a hot spot this time of year as the warmer river water enters the lake it draws all species of fish in and is hard to beat. The Erie Canal system has been refilled by now and offers some great fishing. Mays Point in the Montezuma Swamps is also good place for sheepshead, catfish, pike and carp. Most small ponds and lakes will also yield good catches of fish this time of year! Trout can be caught in Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes by trolling with down riggers and planner boards.

    Another possiblity for NY fisherman is the fact that the shad and striped bass are still in the spring migration from the Atlantic Ocean to spawn in fresh water streams the two biggest being the Delaware River and the Hudson River. Shad and striped bass are a real challenge to catch and a novice should consider the use of a guide for the first outing.


  Richard Ferreira from Cortlandt Manor, NY was fishing on the Hudson River aboard his boat in early May, 2004. He was fishing the Croton Bay area and was using live herring for bait that he purchased from Buchanan Bait and Tackle. That was the winning combination that produced this fantastic Hudson River striped bass. Richard says the fishing has been super so far this season. He has even come close to placing in some of the local contest this year.
Hudson River Striped Bass Fishing


The date was May 19, 2003 when Jim Cleary Sr. And Jim Cleary Jr. were on a father and son fishing trip the upper Hudson River Below the Troy Dam
  The date was May 19, 2003 when Jim Cleary Sr. And Jim Cleary Jr. were on a father and son fishing trip the upper Hudson River Below the Troy Dam. They had an awesome time hooking and landed over 30 shad, 2 striped bass and many, many herring. Every spring the striped bass and shad make a spawning run up the Hudson River. They collect up below the dam and this creates an awesome fishing oppurtunity for NY anglers.

Jim Cleary Sr. And Jim Cleary Jr. were on a father and son fishing trip the upper Hudson River Below the Troy Dam
Jim Cleary Sr. And Jim Cleary Jr. were on a father and son fishing trip the upper Hudson River Below the Troy Dam


Keuka Lake Fishing
  Pictured here is Jack Dillon from Philadelphia Pennslyvania. He and his fishing buddies rented a cabin on Keuka Lake in May 2002. The spring weather was wet and cold but the fishing was red hot.They were using Husky Jerks casting towards the shoreline and caught many nice Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass between three and 5 pounds. His buddies Tom and Rick also caught a nice Lake Trout while trolling back to the cabin.


  Joe Timmons with a very nice Keuka Lake Bass . He was fishing on Keuka Lake in very cold and wet conditions, but stuck with it and landed a couple of very good Smallies and a Largemouth in the 5 lb range along with some nice size Pickerel and one very big LakeTrout. They also caught 2 very large perch! These perch were close to if not at the 3 lbs mark.

Keuka Lake Smallmouth Bass Fishing


   I had never fished in a lake like Keuka Lake before. We went out with 6 people and 3 boats, we had the whole lake to ourselves. I know it was cold in the 30's and low 40's, but with such a great lake it would take a lot more than that to stop us from fishing it. The thing that stands out more than the great fishing in the lake is that every person we meet up there were pleasant beyond belief. There wasn't one time that we would be fishing near the bank and pass someone working or relaxing at their property that they didn't have a tip or a kind word for us, knowing that we were from out of state from the registration numbers on the side of my boat. I can't wait till I can bring my family up there to share the experience with them. Joe Timmons


Oswego Walleye Fishing
Oswego Walleye Fishing

  Memorial Day 2005, Ken Hemshrot and his son had a fabulous night walleye fishing trip on the Oswego River with Shane Thomas of the Gottum Guide Service. The photo on the left shows 4 walleyes that weighed in at an 14 pounds, 11.5 pounds, 10.5 pounds, and 8.5 pounds. Ken's son Kenny caught his first legal NY State Walleye, and it was an incredible 11.5 pounds. Of course not to be outdone dad came through with a 14 pound whopper. Kenny's 11.5 and Ken's 14 pounder are going to be mounted. It was a very memorable Memorial Day for Ken Hemshrot and his son.



Fishing In Jamaica Bay

 Joey Bud Russo is pictured here with this fantastic 32 pound striped bass caught in Jamaica Bay in May of 2005. With the cold weather and rain the big stripers are holding in the warmer bay waters. They are biting on almost any thing they see. Joe says the big bass are being caught in 12 feet of water and sometimes less during the slack tide. The fish are running very big for this year and the state record could be broken once maybe several times before the season is over. Now is the time to hit Jamaica Bay and do some fishing. If you are interested in Jamaica Bay fishing click here.



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