Twitching for early season Smallmouth Bass & Pike, Lake Erie, Buffalo, NY.

Posted on May 25th, 2011

[nggallery id=510]I had a couple of hours to check-out the fishing conditions in Lake Erie, Buffalo Harbor, NY with Tony Brecknock. To our surprise, the water conditions definitely seem to be 2-3 weeks behind. There was very little weed growth where by this time there are weeds growing almost up to the surface in 7′ of water. We checked the shorelines and only spotted one cruising smallmouth bass which leads me to believe that the majority of smallies have not started spawning yet. With these observations we decided to twitch Rapala Husky Jerk #12 in deeper, open water. We quickly figured out that the fish were not hitting our Husky Jerk near the surface so we had to make long casts and twitch slowly to allow the Husky Jerk to swim down to the 6-7′ depth. As soon as we used this deeper-water, twitching presentation we started catching both smallmouth bass and pike. The fishing turned out to be great and we landed about 6-pike and 6-smallies in a relatively short period of time.

Our outfits of choice where the Shift & Team Walleye rods by Rapala loaded with Rapala Shift & Seeker spinning reels filled with Sufix 832 braided line.

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