Pictured from left to right is Dave Criss of Pine City N.Y. Raymond Martin of Elmira, N.Y. and James Cleary of Big Flats N.Y. They are holding up a fantastic days catch they caught while fishing aboard the BUC A ROO Charters. This was around mid April 2000. The fishing was fabulous and they had limited out before 11 A.M.
They caught coho salmon, brown trout, and steelhead all off planer boards on stick baits this spring fishing can be fast and furious!! The coho salmon were averaging around 8 pounds and one brown trout went almost 12 pounds! The stickbaits were fished along the mud line in 10 to 15 foot of water and the brighter colors orange and fire tiger seemed to be more productive. Also in the clear water the rapala's black and silver and the perch were working great.
The key to great spring fishing is to find the stained water along the shoreline. Using planner boards run brightly colored stickbaits in orange, red, yellow and pink color combinations into the darker water, and on the clear side run darker colored lures in black, silver, green, and blue. Also try different size plugs to match the size of the baitfish they may me feeding on. Sometimes it may be necessary to add a small split shot a few feet in front of the stickbait to get the plug down if the stained water carries out to water a depth of more than 15 feet deep. You may also run a spoon or stickbait on flat line behind the boat as well. Fish may be taken with down riggers set 2 to 6 feet deep with a long lead say 30 to 60 feet back. When using down riggers in close pay attention to the water depth so you don't hang them up on the bottom.