CONNECTICUT: Blind-Casting Lures on the Surface

September 11th, 2012

We were busy with daily trips including some double headers through Labor Day, but the demand for charters has slowed down very quickly as families got back to business at summer’s end.

We did have two trips last weekend. Saturday’s charter was briefer than expected, with Mother Nature calling the shots. We left the dock at 8am with New York City residents, Thomas Triplett and his son, Nicholas, and Gordon Kaplan and his son, Jack; both boys are four years old and had never fished before. At our first stop they reeled in porgies and sea bass, after which we changed tactics in pursuit of bluefish, heading outside the Norwalk Islands. Unfortunately, the waters were a bit rough, and both of the boys and one of the fathers became seasick, so we had to cut the trip short and return to our dock before their symptoms worsened. They were happy to get their feet back on dry land, and everyone agreed that, all in all, the experience was a happy one, and they wanted to return to try again on a calmer day.

On Sunday our passengers were Dave Stueber of Bedford NY and his 13-year-old son, Andrew. Within 15 minutes of leaving the dock we were into bluefish, blind-casting lures on the surface, with the fish ranging from 3-5 pounds. We moved further along the shoreline and found another body of smaller blues and large porgies. The Stuebers enjoyed non-stop action throughout the trip, boating 25 fish, keeping five blues and three porgies for the dinner table.

Capt. Sal Tardella
My Bonnie Charters
p: 203-866-6313

ARKANSAS: Crown Lake – Try Using Top-Water Plugs Early

September 11th, 2012

Bream reports are good; try crickets.

Crappie are good on minnows.

Bass reports are good; try using top-water plugs early in the day and plastic worms in the evening.

Boxhound Marina
p: 870-670-4496

MONTANA: Upper Madison River (Red Hot) – Attractor Nymphs Often Produce

September 6th, 2012

The entire upper river below Hebgen is fishing really, really well.

The aquatic hatches are basically finished and the trout are more opportunistic which is often a good thing. It is still nice to toss a big nymph up top like a stonefly or streamer trailed by smaller techy nymphs like 3 dollar dips, caddis pupae and small baetis emergers.

In the afternoon flashy but small attractor nymphs often produce. The dry fly fishing has been hit or miss but hoppers and ants are starting to get some eats.

As water temps have dropped the good fishing is now extending well into the afternoon. This should be good all the way into November!

Montana Angler
Fly Fishing

MISSISSIPPI: Aberdeen Lake – Target Shallow Grass with Spinnerbaits & Buzzbaits

September 6th, 2012

As the days are getting shorter, fish are starting to make that fall transition, but with the extended heat and humidity the fishing action has been slow.

The old river is probably high and muddy due to heavy rains so alternative areas to fish are recommended.

The crappie reports are still a bit slow but some are catching a few. Target stumps and brush in 4 to 8 ft of water with minnows for best results.

The bass bite has been fair with a few bass anglers reporting some fish being caught in the bigger sloughs by targeting shallow grass with spinnerbaits and buzzbaits.

The catfish reports have been fair but a few catfish are being caught on trotlines fished off the main channel. Whole shad and cutbait has been the best baits.

Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks



COLORADO: Cherry Creek State Park – Night Crawlers & Leeches Being Used

September 6th, 2012

Fishing success at the Cherry Creek Reservoir remains low due to the unseasonably warm temperatures that we are experiencing.

The current water temperature is 74 degrees.

Boat fishermen are having more success because they are able to access cooler, deeper water. In general, boat fishermen are catching small catfish, crappie, trout and walleye. Night crawlers and leeches are being used with some success.

Dept of Natural Resources

ONTARIO – Canada: Jigs and Minnows Were Best this Week

September 4th, 2012

More excellent fishing to report this week, although some may interpret it to be “slow”.

Don Thompson’s crew certainly would as they ONLY managed to boat 675 fish this week, one of the “slowest” years Don remembers in his 20+ coming to camp. I guess it’s all relative when you have been coming to camp for that long. How’s this for a week of fishing. Andy Augustine- many of you recognize the name along with his father Keith, as two of our most dedicated pike fishermen. Well they do a little walleye fishing on occasion while here too. In fact, Andy had releases this week of 29″, 26″, 24″, 23″, 22″, four 21″, and a 20″. Keith his father released walleyes as follows: four 22″, six 21″, and four 20″. Not to be completely outdone by “the boys”, Esther (Mom) while not spending nearly as much time on the water as the guys still managed to release a 24″, and three 21″ walleye.

Keith Messenger’s crew mentioned that the week was the best fishing for big walleye they have had since they have been coming to camp (relative newbies at three years). Rod Glessner released 25 1/2″ and 24″ walleyes, Don Schmidt released a 25″ walleye and Keith released a 20 1/2″ walleye, and they had a bunch more in the 18-20″ range and one sixteen incher that was so fat they measured it three times as they just couldn’t believe their eyes. Warren Tester’s had another crew here for their second trip this season with Bruce Rimstad releasing¬† 22″ and 21 1/2″ walleyes, John Siffert releasing 22″, 21″ and a 19″ walleye, and Carter Christie releasing¬† 21 1/2″, 20″ and 19″ ‘eyes.

Finally Brian Pralle was here again with his sister Brenda and parents Don and Joan and caught plenty of fish to take home and eat during the week. In fact Brenda, on her first Canadian fishing trip released a beautiful 21″ walleye as did Don.

Jigs and minnows were best this week fished on deeper structure in 24-32 fow, although a shallower bite was also going on with the same presentation in 16-18 fow.

Dave & Milissa Peffley
Peffley’s Canadian Wilderness Camp
P: 807.222.3184


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PENNSYLVANIA: Fish Have Been Eating Both Flies & Artificial Lures

September 4th, 2012

The fishing has had steady action!

The fish have been eating both flies and artificial lures. Carp on fly action has been great and for a few days we have had them eating flies aggresively! We landing 3 fish in one outing. Nothing like seeing them take a fly and then peel drag off the spool.

Capt. Steve Hancock
Susquehanna Fly and Spin Guide Service
p: 717-576-4217

ALABAMA: Fish Caught on Missile Bait Tomahawk Worms

September 4th, 2012

Sunday evening I spent some time fishing with a few folks out of the great state of Arkansas they were here doing some meeting stuff with the rest of there management team. We had a late day trip I must say the 1st hour or so was still pretty tough out there with some intense heat. The last few hours the fish started schooling up and we started finding fish along grass lines and points.

Most of our fish were caught on Missile Bait Tomahawk worms, some top water with Spro frogs and buzz frogs. We worked mainly the mid part of the lake and and found bits off several areas around the mid lake.

Fishing is good, the top water bite is improving everyday, fall is near and we have time to take you fishing! Come fish with me I have days available to fish with you!

Captain Mike Gerry
Fish Lake Guntersville Guide Service
p: 256.759.2270

S CAROLINA: Last Chance to Catch Spawning Bream in the Shallows

September 4th, 2012

Good to very good. Captain Steve English reports that crappie fishing is improving and will only get better as water temperatures continue to cool. Already water temperatures are a good bit cooler than usual because of cloudy, rainy weather. Fish can be caught around mid-depth brush piles in 10-20 feet of water by anglers using minnows and jigs. Larger fish are being caught in the lower lake, but the numbers are better in the upper lake.

Good. Captain Steve English reports that the full moon coming up this weekend will probably be the last chance anglers have this year to catch spawning bream in the shallows. Move your boat slowly through the shallows and look for active bream beds to throw crickets to.

Fair. Captain Jim Glenn reports that there has been some improvement in daytime blue cat fishing over the last couple of weeks, and some folks are boating very nice fish both drifting and anchoring. Fish are scattered with some fish being found in the usual deep water for summer and some shallow.

Largemouth bass:
Slow. Captain Jimmie Hair reports that bass fishing is very tough on Santee Cooper, and typically August and September are the slowest months of the year. Very little bass fishing is going on in the lakes and most clubs are fishing the Cooper River right now. By late September and October fishing should improve and fish will make their way to the creeks.

South Carolina
Dept of Natural Resources

GEORGIA: Fish Caught on Live Shrimp also Hitting DOA’s & Soft Plastic Baits

September 4th, 2012

The trout bite has been very strong all summer long most of the fish have been right under the keeper size but there are TONS of fish.

This fall should be one of the best inshore bites in a long time and I can not wait. Most of the fish have been caught on live shrimp but there are also hitting DOA’s and any soft plastic baits.

As for the redfish I have seen a lot of rat reds which I love to see and a few of the big reds are also starting to bite back in the rivers.

Capt. Jeff Stokes
Reel Stoked Charter Fishing
p: 912-269-9041