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I went out fishing with a friend on lake "Y" Sunday ( Northwest side of state). We hit the water at dawn and it was a bit on the cold side with lake fog that iced the boat over. The air temp was about 24 degrees and a very slight breeze, water temp was in the low to mid to high 30's - depending on what part of the lake you were on. The launch area and shallows had some skim ice. The only issue we had was rod guides freezing = keep dipping the rod in the water. By 8:30 to 9:00 am the air temp was about 35 and the sun felt good. We did need to wear one glove and switch back and forth to keep the fingers from freezing.

We both know this lake fairly well and went to a couple of deep water humps. The target was smallies ( no LM in this lake). We started out on a hump that is about 50' across and mostly rock in 25 to 30 feet and is next to 80 to 100 feet of water. I started with a 1/2 oz. silver buddy ( silver color) and Joe started with a Yami 5" twin tail (green pumpkin) on a 1/2 oz jig. Both baits performed just about equally.

The spot we started at showed promise since there was plenty of fish showing on the lowrance. We picked up 5 or 6 smallies in 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 lb ) range and 2 smallies over 2 lbs.

After about 1 1/2 hours, we moved to another hump that is a bit deeper and has a very sharp drop on one side. This spot is also next to very deep water and only comes up to about 35 feet at it's shallow side. We did notice that there was a larger population of fish on the screen and most of them appeared to be on the sharp deep drop off in about 40' of water next to 80 or so..

We tried using the same baits with fair success and then changed to smaller baits. I tied on a 3/8 oz silver buddy ( silver) and Joe tied on a crippled herring jigging spoon ( silver with orange). This time Joe did better and picked up the big fish for the day = 4.59 lb fat smallie. I changed to a gold color silver buddy and began to catch better fish.

After a while and with this knowledge in hand we moved back to the first stop and picked up better quality fish than the first stop. We then started moving to several deep points and picked up a few here and there. While near shallow water at the points we tried to attract some shallow fish but couldn't get arrested. We both wanted to get off the water by 11:00 to 11:30 so we could get home in time to watch the last Winston Race, so we loaded the boat at about 11:15 am.

The end result was about a dozen smallies in the 1 1/2 to 2 lb range,// 4 or 5 between 2 and 3 lbs, // 3 between 3 and 4lbs. // and 2 over 4 with Joe's fat girl at 4.59.

One thing we did notice that stayed consistent is the hits felt like heavy weight with hardly any obvious hard strikes. The fish also wanted slight movement and our best results came from wiggling or vibrating the bait with very little jigging ( up/down) action.

How is everyone else doing on the winter feeding smallies??

John/NH
 

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y can't you name the lake?
 

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Good question.

There are several guys that frequent this site that I like to keep these things a bit of a secret from. It's been an ongoing joke between us for years. There is no issue with other people fishing this lake or lakes W, X and Z.

All I will tell you is that it's Pleasant Lake = 4 of them in the state.

If your ever coming up to NH and want to fish this place, I will give you all the details.

John/NH
 

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I want to fish lake X

John

Nice post buddy. Looks like you had some fun...numbing fun, but fun none the less. Catching a few smallies at this time of year will put a little "heat" in your shorts. I once fished for steelhead in -17 degree temps....now that sucked. Compared to that, 24 degrees seems down right balmy...lol I WILL be up your way to fish with you this spring. Cutting back on tournaments locally, I want to spend the year visiting new and exotic smallmouth locals. It's going to be "Sculs Excellent Adventures".... Hey...there might be a book in there somewhere...

Scul
 

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Scully,

The lake I reported on was one of the lakes I wanted to take you to if you made it up 2 years ago.

This is close to another good place so we could hit 2 places in one day or just spend a day on each and then travel to lakes W and Z.

Hope 2004 works out,

John
 

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All right John!! Always good to hear about others stretching thier bass fishing to the last possible moment. And with ice forming, you must be getting close to that point! Hopefully, we have another good few weeks here, but you never know I guess.

Ray, can I assume the "Scully World Tour 2004" will pay a visit to WNY in late October or early November, or maybe it will be May???

there might be a book in there somewhere
I'll hold out for the movie :D
 

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JOHN: we have a policy on this forum of not allowing posts with mysterious designations of the water....

our contention is: if you don't want some or all to know what water it is, then don't post about it at all......

no personal slight to you my buddy, but I have deleted other posts similar to it, could you please come back and simply name the actual water? thanks a ton.........
 

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for sure.......

Noel

You better believe it.....the "Scully World Tour" will most definitley be stopping at a lake near you...lol. In fact more than one I hope. Looking for an 'Erie Encounter" in May and some 'Finger Poppin ' action in the Fall. Possibly a wirlwind four day jaunt through the area in late June as well. Wait till the "old lady" hears about these plans.....I can hear her laughing now.
 

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John G and all:

My apologies re: I wasn't aware or the name the lake item.


As I said the lake posted is Pleasant Lake. The location is New London, NH which is off exit 10 on rt 89 north toward Vermont. It's primarily a trout lake and very deep. You would be amazed at just how many anglers think that smallies are not in this place. I have had some outstanding days on this place and it's always one of those places that we dream about as the seasons change = great cold water spot. The ramp is good, but has dozens of very large boulders waiting for you if your not in total control of your boat when navigating the first 100 feet. There is no parking to speak of and if it wasn't for the good people at the Elks Lodge we would be in trouble.

Hopefully this post will mend the mistake that I made in my original post. As I previously posted we have 4 lakes in NH that we call lakes w, x, y, and z. This has been a bit of a game between a few of us for a fair amount of years. In fairness to everyone, when I post anything about those other lakes in the future I will not use any reference to alphabetical names.

Hope this helps clear things up,

Note: WNYBASSMAN: We are not done yet. The weather looks promising for this coming weekend and I might go to Squam with a good friend and try to wear the color off our endless collection of jigging spoons and silver buddies.

John/NH
 
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