Elaine Supp, of Pulaski, caught this impressive northern pike through the ice on Sandy Pond, NY in January. In her words, “I was as actually jigging for perch,” she said. “Caught it on an ultra light rod, 4-pound test with a minnow .”
Well done Elaine!!
(credit David Figura )
Most Lake Ontario anglers know how good the Lake Trout fishing has been over the last couple decades. Much of this has been due to good stocking programs but also to lamprey control. While we enjoy great lake trout fishing in the eastern and western basin, NY state also gets it’s share of trophy Lake Ontario lakers.
Derek Stoner caught this 14.85 pound lake trout fishing on Chaumont Bay, NY on Lake Ontario using a Rapala Jiggin Rap.
(article by David Figura)
I like to feature trophy fish catches from across North America and even word-wide. Jared Churco got a real surprise ice fishing on Adorondack Lake, NY.
In Jarred’s words, “Well, I had a good feeling about the day. I just had it in my gut. I knew we’d be fishing a good spot,” the Tupper Lake resident said.
His gut feeling was right on. Churco, 30, ended up landing a fish of a lifetime – a massive 45-inch northern pike that weighed 25.1 pounds. The fish’s girth was 20 inches.
He hooked the fish through an 8-inch hole in the ice at about 10:30 a.m. on a tip-up, baited with a 4-5 inch sucker. The air temperature at that time was about 28 degrees, he said, and it was snowing.
“The flag (on that tip-up) had already gone up six times before that morning, but they were all small perch,” he said. When he came over for the seventh time, he said, he quickly realized “this was no perch.”
“When I set the hook, it just ripped the line out of my hands and took off like a missile,” he said. He added that he he was targeting pike that morning and had a 20-pound, fluorocarbon leader on his line
Churcho, 30, did not want to reveal the waterway where he caught the fish, for fear of creating a crowd scene on his favorite spot. He said simply that it was landed on a lake in southeast St. Lawrence County.
Anyway, once the fish took off, Churco said he yelled to his fishing buddy, Dan Dewyea, also from Tupper Lake, to “get the hell over here.” Churco said he battled the fish for about 15 minutes, getting it close to the hole five times.
(article credit, By David Figuraldfigura@NYup.com )
Featured image shows an early winter Steelhead pic by Noel Gyger on the Copper River. Happy anglers are my nephew Justin and his father, my brother Michael Gyger.
Noel Gyger reports. Light rain with highs to +4 degrees Celsius. Skeena River is low and in good shape. Steelhead are being caught. Please be careful running your jet boat as water is very shallow. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead this season. Coho run was way down this year. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in goo shape and Steelhead are being caught. Note this reg: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted.
Need a fishing guide contact Noel anytime? Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat. If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .
Wintertime in the Kitimat, BC region is definitely Steelhead-time. Tracey Hittel sent us these images of recent winter steelhead catches enjoyed by many of his guests.
In the winter time BC tributaries have less run-off which means lower water levels and ideal conditions for fly anglers to target Steelhead.
Tracey uses drift boats to get his customers to secluded river sections where they can use a variety of gear to catch some of the biggest Steelhead in the world. If you ever thought of enjoying a world-class trip for native west coast Steelhead, contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org .