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I had a great trifecta weekend fishing Kensico and Croton with Steve "Res Dog" Calnan. Friday we got to Kensico at 6:30 am and headed out of boat yard 11. We started working the west shore of laudens cove heading into Rye Lake on the lookout for Ronnie "bass stalker" and Mark G, who were headed put of boat yard 12 at around the same time. We started working laydowns with jig n pigs and points with spinner baits and cranks, after 45 minutes without a single bite we knew it was going to be a tuff day. Steve was the first to break the ice with this meaty pick caught with a hard jerkbait.



After that it was pretty much casting practice for the next few hours. We fished coves, islands, points all the way around to the west shore of the Great Island where we met up with Ronnie and Mark. They were having the same kind of day as us, so we pulled the boats up to each other and shot the breeze for 20 minutes. It's always great to see other members out on the water. Steve and Ronnie discussed their homemade lure tips and Steve gave them both one of his custom jigs. After that is was time to fish again. We headed to the weed flats west of the rt22 bridge. Steve caught his first bass on a crank off one of the bridge pilons, after that we fished the flats to no avail. We were marking fish on the depth finder but could not hookup. We left Ronnie and Mark and headed back to Rye Lake. Then it Happens, Res Dog does it again, steve nails a 6.1 pounder off a submerged tree with the jig n pig.



We finished the day with only 2 bass and my first skunking of the year. A hard day, but we knew tommorow would be better.


DAY 2: We had rowed about 8 miles the day before so slept in and got a late start on the east end of Croton around 12:00pm. The fishing was much better we started fishing outside weed edges with black t-rigged powerworms and black lizards. I hooked up first with a nice pickerel. After that it was mostley bass with a pickerel mixed in for the rest of the day. Steve had a nice t-rigged pattern going in the cove southeast of the railroad bridge. Here's a chunky bass on a yamamota worm.



Steve nailed a 5 pounder of the same weedbed that wiggled off the berkley scale before I could snap a picture. Later I got this 4.5 pounder off a rock ledge on a jig n pig.



We ended the 2nd day in much better spirits. 7 bass and 4 pickerel, not big numbers but we only fished 3 hours and a few of the fish were 4+ pounds.

Day 3: We were originally going to fish Titicus or Crossriver, but Croton showed potential the day before so we decided to give the west side a shot. Started out at 6:30am, I got things going first with a t-rigged bass, then a jig n pig bass off the rocks at the landfill. Steve caught his bass on a jig off the same rockwall.



Then the nasty weather came! Cold, driving, hard rain. But man, did it turn the fish on! We fished submerged islands, outside weededges and inside. Wherever we went we were onto hogs, most fish were 3-4 pounds. Steve had big fish with a 5.5 pounder caught in the pouring rain on a jig.



Here's another off one of the underwater humps caught on a black lizard.



Overall 23 bass in the boat for the day with a few pickerel here and there. By the time we headed home sunday we were exhausted. Looking at the maps we rowed about 15-18 miles over the 3 days. Steve and myself named the weekend the reservoir fall classic and promised to do it again next October. Hopefully some of you guys can join us next year and make it a yearly event! Next year I'll have Steve take the pictures LOL!!
 

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Great job guys! That Res Dog sure knows his lakes! I've said it before and I'll say it again...the NYC reservoir system has some of the best fishing in the state! They can be tough, like Kensico lately, but if you put in the time you will catch fish.

Looks like the fish were still in their summer haunts, and hitting summer baits like soft plastics, although it was good to hear of a solid jig bite.

Great job toughing the weather! I'm up for 'the Reservoir Classic' next fall if it happens again...

Mark
 

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P.S. Special thanks to Mark G for allowing me to use his web page to post the pictures!
 

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Those are some nice bass guys, nice long weekend of fishing.
 

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Craig, I e-mailed Mark G the photos and he put them up on his home server and then e-mailed me back the links to the photos. I then just copied and pasted the links in side the post as i went along. I'm not exactley sure how it works. Maybe Mark will come on and explain.
 

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Max,

Great job !!! It's nice to see that Steve caught that hog and saved the day. I'm glad we all had the chance to fish Kensico together....talk about a tough day !!! We'll have to arrange another mini get together on Kensico in the spring.


Ronnie
 

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Everyone,
Great job and great post on the NYC reservoirs. It's really interesting how one body of water is flat while the other is cooking !!! The lake charecteristics are fairly similiar,water clarity,temp. forage base, the big difference is obviously the weed cover as Croton is tops in this respect. If this was the deciding factor then why was the bite still tough in the weedy areas of Kensico ???? Do you think that front would of turned the Kensico bite on ?
I hear Croton Falls was outstanding as on recently.
MikeM
 
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