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Title: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 24, 2019, 07:11 AM
Just over a week from the start of a new season. Have only seen the lake this high one other time. The launch at Northville is under water. Water is at or going over the spillway at the dam. Lots of stuff floating out in the lake....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on Apr 24, 2019, 07:14 AM
More rain coming Friday.   
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Apr 24, 2019, 08:45 AM
Can’t wait to get back out there, hopefully early May! Hit George yesterday as they were putting the docks in to scratch my itch and work out the kinks..
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 24, 2019, 09:12 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/gXcZWNPb/DSCF2472.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gXcZWNPb)

Northville launch this morning
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 28, 2019, 06:49 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/dLpDg4fL/DSCF2477.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dLpDg4fL)
It's starting to drop, a little...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on Apr 28, 2019, 07:03 AM
Anyone got a water temp yet?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 28, 2019, 07:26 AM
I checked East Stoney on Thursday night and it was 49/50 degrees....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 29, 2019, 07:15 AM
Checked it last night and it was 44. We had a low of 26 overnight...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on Apr 29, 2019, 05:04 PM
Prepped the boat and got it ready to rock this weekend. Hoping for some good weather.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 30, 2019, 05:16 AM
Good Luck if you get out. My boat is still in the garage, wife has a 11am Dr. appt in NYC today and on Wed. has to go for test at local hospital on Wed and rain Thurs. and Fri. Not even sure they will have the launch open by Sat. I will play it by ear. Lot of junk in the lake so be careful....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 30, 2019, 12:23 PM
Best wishes for your wife Doug.  Good luck if you make it out.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on May 03, 2019, 04:23 AM
Any boat launches ready yet?   Saw a pic of broadalbin dock not in two days ago.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 03, 2019, 05:57 AM
No launches as of late yesterday. I will check later today and will post on here. I did see the DEC taking a load of buoy's down to the campsite....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on May 03, 2019, 07:12 AM
I saw a pic of all the buoys laying on shore.  Be nice to get them out today. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on May 03, 2019, 04:31 PM
Any chance of launching from north hampton?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 03, 2019, 05:43 PM
Just checked Northville. Gate is still closed and no dock. The campsite was still closed yesterday. Didn't go down there today...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on May 06, 2019, 10:05 AM
Thanks H2L.

Anyone know what “normal” lake levels are for spring? I know it varies greatly but was hoping there was a baseline by which I could judge boat ramp conditions by. I’ll try and look at some historical data in the meantime.

Right now it’s on a slow drop to 768’...
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 06, 2019, 02:55 PM
Try www.hrbrrd.com/   Check water levels
Should be able to go to Sacandaga and see current level plus target level and history of lake levels....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 10, 2019, 09:02 AM
The gate is now open at Northville but no dock yet. The campsite is due to open on the 17th....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on May 14, 2019, 09:24 AM
Lake level appears to be climbing again.

..A buddy at work told me he would get out when it “warms up and dries out a bit”..I told him that at this rate he can put his gear away until July  ::)
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 14, 2019, 06:17 PM
It has come up about a foot and a half in the last 5 days. Another foot or so it will be at spillway over the dam. It has been a wet spring. At least this years spawn won't be left high and dry before they hatch....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on May 17, 2019, 11:18 AM
Anyone know about launch site docks? Wondering if most are in yet.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 17, 2019, 12:42 PM

(https://i.postimg.cc/MMmHVrFn/DSCF2488.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/MMmHVrFn)
This is what the launch at the campsite looked like at 1pm.
No dock in yet at Northville. Not sure about other launches.
Good luck if you get out....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on May 17, 2019, 08:39 PM
Thanks man. Things look rough. Will report back if I go.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: [email protected] on May 18, 2019, 10:05 AM
Does anyone know if the dock is in at Broadalbin
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on May 18, 2019, 04:05 PM
No clue on Broadalbin but I launched at Day today, no issues.

Surface Water temp hovered around 50, saw it as high as 53 by the time we left. Down temp About the same ~50 degrees down to 20’. Couldn’t find the eyes really. Lost one and netted a short. Think they are still down in the main basin. No trout either. Kinda a rough day but the weather made up for it. White caps kicked up at 3.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 18, 2019, 06:02 PM
My cousin took a ride out of the campsite this pm, said he saw temps in the mid 50's. I don't think he fished. I saw lots of people putting in docks today. That means the ZOO is at the gates. Eyes, thanks for the report, it was a good day to be out there....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: rondog on May 19, 2019, 08:17 AM
The dock at Broadalbin is underwater, I had boots and was going to try it but there was no place to tie off to, then the sky opened up. Called it a day at 6; 30 AM.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 20, 2019, 06:13 AM
Rondog, too bad you couldn't get onto the lake. Lake came up another 2 inches overnight. They still haven't got the dock in at Northville. Pretty sure they will be in for next weekend, they wouldn't want to upset the weekend crowd. Who cares about the fishermen/women that want to use it? I may get the boat out of the garage this week. Hope you had a good winter, will see you on the water....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 23, 2019, 07:20 PM
As of this PM, the dock is in at Northville launch, just in time for the weekend warriors...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on May 24, 2019, 08:42 AM
Took em long enough..  ;D  I was looking at the lake level gauge yesterday, Still quite high. I cannt get out until Monday but it being a holiday has me pondering my stream gear instead.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: beerbellybob106 on May 25, 2019, 05:05 PM
Fished the south end this morning only,managed 4 shorts. Surface temps were 57 when I left
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Jpb on May 28, 2019, 07:07 PM
New to this site. I’ve been fishing g Sacandaga for 3 years now focused on walleye. Not much activity on this thread but thought I could add.

Last Friday north near Day: caught them transitioning from deep water just before dark. Mostly shorts, some keepers. Lasted for about 45 min. Nothing on bouncers, all with jigs. Same pattern the prior week but they were a bit larger. Will be glad when the water drops a bit.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 29, 2019, 04:51 AM
You seem to have found a pattern that is working for you. As the lake warms and drops you may see some change in your pattern but catching them now is a good thing. Early season has always been hit or miss for me. Good Luck....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on May 30, 2019, 03:22 PM
Nice JPB. Thanks for the report.

So I was banking on a trip tomorrow afternoon in case the weekend weather turns sour or my to do list grows. That said, My first mate bailed so I probably won’t be going.  :( Solo trips always seem to turn stressful on me.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 31, 2019, 05:31 AM
Heading out in a couple hours. First, have to get the Jeep inspected. This will be my first trip of the year, but I will give you a report anyways....lol. I fish alone most of the time just so I don't get stressed...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 31, 2019, 06:13 AM
Good luck Doug.  Hope you have a great day......
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on May 31, 2019, 06:49 AM

Give a few a sore mouth for me 🎣
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on May 31, 2019, 08:44 AM
Heading out in a couple hours. First, have to get the Jeep inspected. This will be my first trip of the year, but I will give you a report anyways....lol. I fish alone most of the time just so I don't get stressed...h2l

Very Nice! Hope you’ve already boated a few!

Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on May 31, 2019, 04:32 PM
Got on the water about 10am. Boated 7 walleyes and lost 2 at the boat. I guess I am not fast enough on the net. Five of the ones I put in the boat were keepers. 18 inches was the biggest. Didn't keep any. Water temp 62* out in the lake. Marked very few. Even the ones I was catching didn't mark them. Caught fish from 12 fow down to 32. Had the most action between 11am and 1pm. All on jigs and color didn't seem to matter it just had to be on the bottom and not moving much. Bite was light....h2l

ps..Not a bad start of the year for me.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on May 31, 2019, 06:16 PM
Nice job  :bowdown: :clapping: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on May 31, 2019, 07:11 PM
Good Job H2L. I just got home from daga myself. Didn’t do squat trolling sticks.  Marked a lot of fish but all we got were a few Smallies. I guess I still need to learn a thing and start jigging! Maybe next trip..
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on May 31, 2019, 08:21 PM

 Great job h2l 🎣👍
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Post by: reeleyz on May 31, 2019, 09:14 PM
Great job h2l 🎣👍

X2
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 01, 2019, 09:00 AM
Nice job
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 07, 2019, 04:23 PM
Pretty slow out there today. Water temp 64* out in the lake. Got pretty windy after 1pm. Got 3 walleyes. Wife wanted one so I kept one, the biggest one 22 inches. That's the biggest I have caught in 3/4 years. All were caught in about 18 fow and I was moving pretty fast for jig fishing.

The "high performance" boats are here for the weekend. Racing up and down the lake, making lots of noise...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on Jun 07, 2019, 05:13 PM
Good job H2L 8)
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 07, 2019, 05:20 PM

Good job h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 11, 2019, 09:41 AM
Nice job h2l.  Gonna head up early saturday, try to launch before the yahoos. My fiance wants to gimme a lesson on how to catch some eyes.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Jpb on Jun 11, 2019, 08:51 PM
Walleye bite has been hard to find. Fished Day area Saturday afternoon. one short one keeper. Fished shallow and deep. They aren’t where they should be for early June.

Fished main lake Sunday on waypoints from previous years. No luck. One short in 19 FOW. Tried new areas shallow and deeper with slipbobber, jig, bouncers, and cranks. I gave up and called it a weekend. Minnows, crawlers, and leeches ..... nada.

Would like to know if others are seeing the same.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 12, 2019, 06:26 AM
Jpb, it has been slow that is for sure. Lake is high and the temp hasn't warmed up much. Last season my "go to spots" didn't produce many fish at all. Had to find new spots. This year I have had to work for the fish I have caught. Heading out in a little while and will report this afternoon...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Jun 12, 2019, 10:23 AM
Walleye bite has been hard to find. Fished Day area Saturday afternoon. one short one keeper. Fished shallow and deep. They aren’t where they should be for early June.
............
Would like to know if others are seeing the same.

Gotta agree man, last two trips out I got a skunking or nearly one. As H2L said, must be water temp and level. Hopefully in a few weeks things will be back to normal but I may still need to explore a bit.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 12, 2019, 05:11 PM
Found some fish today. 13 walleye, biggest just over 18". Eight were keepers, didn't keep any. Water temp 65 degrees. Caught fish in 12 to 37 fow. All tight to bottom and still hitting light. Starting to see some bait balls...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Jun 12, 2019, 06:14 PM
Nice! Good work h2l. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Jpb on Jun 12, 2019, 08:08 PM
Nice report. Glad you found some. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on Jun 13, 2019, 05:06 AM
Another great job H2L  :bowdown: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 13, 2019, 05:41 AM
Way to get it done Doug..  But I would have keep a couple.. ;D
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 13, 2019, 06:33 AM
I kept ONE last week...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 13, 2019, 06:46 AM

 WTG h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Tom Hannock on Jun 13, 2019, 11:48 AM
Nice job hunts2long.  I was out there also.  Beautiful sunny calm day yesterday and they were biting pretty good.  I launched out of Broadalbin and fished from about 10 to 3 and got 4 keepers and some shorts and hooked and dropped a handful of others.  Caught some jigging bucktails at first and then trolling sticks anywhere from 30 to 36ft.  Talked to 2 guys leaving and they got their 2 man limit of 10 pulling spinners.  It will only get better over the next month until the usual bloodbath in August and September when they set up in deeper water and get pretty easy to find. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 14, 2019, 05:45 AM
Yes, it was a nice day to be out on the lake. Doesn't hurt to have a few fishing coming into the boat. Long range forecast show lots of days with some rain. Still not sure if I want to fish on Sat., weekend, only nice day and the contest. Plus they are saying double digit winds. I will have to wait and see.
I haven't been down to that end of the lake yet this year. Too much junk floating to make a long run. Good luck and will see you on the water....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 16, 2019, 07:06 AM
Well, I fished yesterday. Should have saved my $20, although I didn't use too many worms. Boated only 4 walleyes, only 1 keeper and not a money fish. I heard that 19" won I but will wait to see GSLFF report. Got very windy late morning and stayed that way the rest of the day. I had 4 guys at the launch say they did good on spinners but nothing over 17 inches. Last I heard my cousin was in 2nd place, pretty sure bass as that is what he targets.
Water temps yesterday were in the mid 60's out in the lake....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 16, 2019, 08:42 AM
Ended with ten keepers but none over 17.   Few shorts and bass mostly trolling cranks.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: piscesman on Jun 16, 2019, 10:10 AM
Seeing the same results as you guys. 3 Walleyes and 2 keepers. 17" the biggest. Both by the wife... Usual places Zippo.. Tried in the same general area and marked them. Many short strikes even though water relatively calm. Talking about 6/8-9/19. We only bottom bounce but working on trolling for the fishing boat. Next weekend who knows?? Water about 4' - 5' high for this time of year in our area. Towards the dam............
      Kim :flag:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 16, 2019, 10:54 AM
Bauls, not bad with the wind we had for most of the day. I should have switched to spinners, may have picked up a few more. They will be there the next time....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 16, 2019, 05:31 PM
Tried a new area and was planning on hitting some of my regular spots just when that wind came up.  Didnt bother me but she wasnt a fan.  Man these fish are thin compared to Oneida.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Jpb on Jun 16, 2019, 09:14 PM
Fished after the rain (sort of) this evening. 3 keepers one short. Largest 18 inch. Jig 38 FOW. Slow bite. Still finding them in odd places. My usual spots are dead right now.

Yes they are skinny. Not much baitfish out there?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Tom Hannock on Jun 17, 2019, 03:27 PM
Man these fish are thin compared to Oneida.

 I feel bad for them as it seems like they haven't had a meal in weeks ;D 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 17, 2019, 04:54 PM
Does the mohawk river connect to the Sac?   If so, the gobies would fatten them up.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 17, 2019, 06:18 PM
Went out for about 4 hours this afternoon. 7 walleyes, 4 were keepers. Biggest about 17". Most came from 19 to 22 fow. Lake has dropped about 6 inches and saw 68* out in the lake. The fish I am seeing don't look like they are in bad shape. It has been a late spring, the water is just starting to warm up, the bait fish will be there. Marked quite a few fish, DEEP. (45 to 50 fow) Also, very few of my "go to spots" are producing fish and I have been very lucky, haven't caught a bass yet this year....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 18, 2019, 06:31 PM
Went out again this afternoon. Of course I started where I was catching fish yesterday. Three hours and 2 small walleyes. Wind came up some so I stopped at one of my spots. Caught 4 shorts right off the bat. Moved just a little and got 9 more in about 2 hours. Four of the 9 were keepers, biggest just over 17"' Most of the fish today came from 32 to 28 fow. Marked very few of the fish I caught and they wanted the jig right tight to bottom and I would just feel weight. I also foul hooked (not snagged) a small perch. Water temp still 68*...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 19, 2019, 02:28 PM
Way to get em h2l..    :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 21, 2019, 06:35 AM
We got 2.44 inches of rain yesterday afternoon. Lake came up 8/9 inches overnight. River was very muddy...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Jun 24, 2019, 03:05 PM
Burned a vacation day and took the wife out this morning. Picked up a few shorts before noon then the bite turned off. Tried switching over to jigging but no dice. Moved locations and landed another few before headed off the lake around 1:30. Total was 4 short walleye, one keeper (released) and one SMB. All on sticks. Surface Water temps noted low to high 60s.

Encon paid me a visit. Nice guy. Checked all my safety gear and license. First time ever in ~4 years fishing this lake. He said he got a guy that morning who, if I recall correctly, was “missing 5 things”. A good reminder to make sure you are safe and legal!

A good day on the lake!!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 24, 2019, 04:08 PM
Looked like a nice morning to be on the lake. I saw ENCON out there last Monday. Glad you got some fish. The rain last Thursday must have cooled the lake off. It was 68. It is going to warm up the next few days....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Jun 24, 2019, 04:48 PM
Yes, must be. I also wondered if the wind this weekend stirred up the cool water too.  That’s said, I really don’t know how choppy it got since I stayed home and did yard work.

All the fish were pretty skinny except the bass. The keeper walleye measured 17” and very thin.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Jpb on Jun 24, 2019, 08:15 PM
Fished Sunday main lake for a few hours before dark. Choppy and wind was a bit much for jig. Caught 3 shorts, 1 16 inch. All on bottom bouncers. Still not where they should be. Scattered around.

Boat ramp was a zoo at 5 pm on my way in. Fun to watch though.

Looking forward to a normal pattern. Can’t fish for a few weeks due to travel so I hope it settles in by then. Good luck.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 25, 2019, 06:31 AM
Jpb, Sunday afternoon at the launch is great entertainment. As long as you are watching and not waiting. A lot can change on the lake in 2 weeks. I saw 2 guys at the launch last night who hadn't caught anything. They told me "it is getting too late into the season". Over the years I have found that it "starts" the last week of June....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Jun 25, 2019, 08:00 AM
Jpb, Sunday afternoon at the launch is great entertainment. As long as you are watching and not waiting. A lot can change on the lake in 2 weeks. I saw 2 guys at the launch last night who hadn't caught anything. They told me "it is getting too late into the season". Over the years I have found that it "starts" the last week of June....h2l

In my experience I find the fishing is the best in late August - october the fish seem to be more concentrated probably due to low water levels. I was out Sunday 2 keepers biggest was 19" also had a pretty cool experience , a perch grabbed a stick bait on the downrigger but never tripped it when it did finally trip it was because a pike had grabbed the perch id been dragging around unfortunately he spit it just short of the boat. The lake seemed pretty muddy up towards northville. Hoping it gets better the next few weeks as the water warms.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 25, 2019, 02:22 PM
BBB, with all this rain, there may not be any low water levels this year. Nice on the 19 incher. It's pretty cool when a pike hits a fish on your line. When it happens right next to the boat it is a big surprise. Had one hit a walleye I was about to net, it took it right to bottom and dropped it. There wasn't much skin left on the walleye....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 27, 2019, 05:25 AM
Got out yesterday in the afternoon for a couple hours before the t-storms came though. Water temp is up to 73/74 out in the lake. We caught 10, five keepers. Didn't keep any.
Marked lots of bait balls in some areas....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 27, 2019, 05:29 AM
Way to go H2L.  Congratulations....
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 27, 2019, 06:34 AM

 Nice going h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 27, 2019, 05:07 PM
Had to work for them today. Got 18, 6 keepers, kept 4. Most came from 26 fow. All on jigs except 2 on spinners. Got warm and a pretty good west wind...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on Jun 28, 2019, 04:45 AM
Way to stick with it H2L  :D absolutely NO breeze at all on Oneida just hot hot hot  :o
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Jun 28, 2019, 07:45 AM
Sounds like a good day H2L! Thanks for the report.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 28, 2019, 02:54 PM
8 walleyes, one very nice perch. 7 were keepers, didn't keep any. Dick didn't want to clean fish..HOT….h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on Jun 28, 2019, 05:00 PM
Great job Congrats  :clapping: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 29, 2019, 08:19 AM


All the fish were pretty skinny except the bass. The keeper walleye measured 17” and very thin.

You are not the first to report "skinny" walleyes. Maybe early in the season you may see a skinny fish, but I am not seeing any that look skinny. We boated almost 40 the last 3 days and they all looked fine. Lots of 14 to 15 inch fish but even those looked like they were doing OK. We kept 8 or 9 and when Dick cleaned them they produced some good dinners for him. It has been a late spring and bait balls are just starting to show up. With the cooler water temps we had early I am not sure of what kind of bug hatch we had out on the lake. I know I haven't seen any indication of a bug hatch out on the lake. Water temp yesterday was 74 out on the lake. You would think if the bass looked good, the walleyes would be OK, they live in the same lake and have the same food available.....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Jun 29, 2019, 08:58 PM
.....You would think if the bass looked good, the walleyes would be OK, they live in the same lake and have the same food available.....h2l

Agreed...the rest of the fish seemed fine, just the one bigger guy was a pretty thin. I figured it could have been post spawn.

When you speak of bait balls, is the main forage perch fry? A few weeks ago fishing the north end I saw massive schools of minnows in the shallows but wasn’t sure what they were.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: piscesman on Jun 30, 2019, 06:20 AM
Up our way towards the dam the fry are generally walleye. Have seen massive schools of them so we know they have a chance to survive and grow. This year we also spotted a pair of Loons and they could bother the fishing some. What's the water level at?? Been 3 weeks since there but will be in a few days for the 4th holiday. Thanks for any help.
      KIm :flag:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 30, 2019, 04:14 PM
Piscesman, the water level is about the same as 3 weeks ago. If anything it might be a little higher. They are drawing pretty hard on it right now.

I once asked an ECO if they had ever netted any bait fish to try to ID them, not that he knew of.
I would think that if they were perch, we would be catching more perch. Later in the season when they are bigger, they don't look like perch or walleyes. Some books I have read say that there are 2 or 3 types of minnows in the lake. Over the years, many of the walleyes that I have cleaned, had perch in them. That could be because they hang out together....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 08, 2019, 05:15 PM
Out today, first time since 6/28. Lake has dropped about 2 feet, water temp 78/79 out in the lake. 9 walleyes and 1 perch. 6 were keepers. Caught fish in 16 to 40 fow. But not many in any one spot. Lots of bait balls at about 23 feet....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: piscesman on Jul 11, 2019, 05:06 AM
Over the 4th wife and I caught 9 with 2 shorts. Up to 18". They spit out minnows and perch fry. Had to work to locate them. White jig seemed to be the ticket. We drift fish only.
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 11, 2019, 05:50 AM
Way to go. Glad you had a good weekend on the lake....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Jul 14, 2019, 05:32 PM
Found a nice pod of fish this morning in 22fow. Was able to grab a 17",18" and 22" before they shut down also landed several shorts all on bottom bouncers and harnesses
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 15, 2019, 05:22 AM
Nice fish. Hoping to get out in the next day or two, if it doesn't get too hot....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 16, 2019, 02:49 PM
Got my butt kicked today. Only 2 walleyes and 1 perch and I had to work for those. Did have a pike on for about 2 seconds, it got my jig. The few hits I had were very light and tight to bottom. Water temp 77*…..h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 16, 2019, 03:17 PM
Least you got out.  That's great...
More than I did.....
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: piscesman on Jul 16, 2019, 07:31 PM
Hope to get back this weekend. Water level should be down and can check in usual areas. With 90's coming in I'd rather be on the water. Tight Lines to all. And Thanks John........
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Jul 16, 2019, 08:10 PM
I too hit the lake today with a buddy.

We worked hard, fishing over 6 hours, for 4 keepers, 4 shorts and a few long distance releases. All fish on sticks fished close to bottom. As H2L said the water is warm, anything between mid to high 70s. I left the fish hawk at home so no down temp.

All in all not a horrible day to be on the lake. Super calm and overcast for the morning then the sun broke and baked us.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 17, 2019, 06:27 AM
LooseEye, glad you were able to get out. Too bad no Fish Hawk, it would be nice to know the bottom temps now that the lake has warmed-up.

Piscesman I hit some of my spots yesterday, no fish. Even the one spot where I had been doing well this year, NO fish. It may have been just one of those days. I have fished this lake for over 60 years and until last year I had spots and areas where I could go and catch fish. Last year that changed but I found some new spots where I did well. This year those are not producing many fish.  I haven't been able to figure it out. This year we did have a late Spring, the lake was high most of the Winter and early this spring. (it is at target level now). One thing I didn't see this year was a "bug hatch" out on the lake. (I may have missed it)

See what happens when you get old and fish alone, YOU THINK too much. That is what the wife tells me. I do know that there are a lot of 14 to 15 inch fish this year, the perch that I am catching are pretty good size, it's TOO hot to fish, I haven't caught a SMB yet this year and I did catch my biggest walleye in 4/5 years so NOT all is bad. Did mention it's TOO hot....Good luck guys....h2l

Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Tom Hannock on Jul 19, 2019, 03:11 PM
Hopefully I can get up there soon.  Been traveling and working too much.  Fishing should be getting good now. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Jcoup on Jul 20, 2019, 11:06 AM
Got out this morning early.  Found some marks from 25-35 feet.  Most on bottom.  Trolled harnesses.  Caught 10 and kept 2.  Most were 13-14 inches. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: piscesman on Jul 22, 2019, 07:48 PM
Went up Sat AM due to late Fri work. 2 in morning after 9:00. Went out just before dark. 1- 16" and lost a big one about 50' from the boat. Wind was pushing me as reeling it in. Must have been in roof of mouth. 1st fish I've lost in a year.... Still not a bad 1.5 days......
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 23, 2019, 06:50 AM
Nice job, getting out with all this heat. I am sure the hot weather and boat traffic slowed it down some. It should start to improve as the July rush is nearing an end. I can't get out until Thursday this week but will report on how it goes. 2 or 3 days of steady weather pattern won't hurt the fishing. Good luck if you get out...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 25, 2019, 07:24 PM
Fished until the t-storms rolled in. Not a lot of luck, 1 walleye. Did catch 2 SMB, first of the season. Could not find the walleyes. Water temp 78*. Checked many of my usual spots, plus some new areas. Nothing....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: piscesman on Jul 26, 2019, 08:11 PM
      Hey Jon,
You can't catch them unless you are on the water. Worked late again today but headed up early tomorrow. Will post outcome. Great weather but will bring the Joeys.............
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 01, 2019, 04:25 PM
My daughter and I went out today. We, or should I say Lindsay, caught 5 walleyes. She kept the 4 she got. All were keepers 16 to 17 inches. She did let me catch 2 rock bass...We had fun...Water temp 79/80 degrees....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 01, 2019, 04:38 PM
Sounds like it should always happen that way... ;)
Congratulations to her... :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on Aug 03, 2019, 02:03 PM
You did a good job training her H2L   :clapping: :thumbup_smilie:  congrats to both of you  8)
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: dirtydeeds on Aug 03, 2019, 03:03 PM
Congrats h2l sounds like a great day!! Did your daughter go to churchville? Seen a post of facebook from a friend of mine that caught some walleyes there the same day, be funny if that was you guys!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 03, 2019, 06:22 PM

 She has a great teacher
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 06, 2019, 02:09 PM
Another one of those days. 2 walleyes, 4 SMB and a rock bass. The bass all came out of 30 fow. I got pretty warm out there and the lake was flat most of the time. Water temp 78*...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 06, 2019, 02:30 PM

 That doesn’t sound so bad , beats a skunk any day
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on Aug 06, 2019, 07:06 PM
H2L....to quote someone "you got out, you caught fish, it's all good "  :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: piscesman on Aug 08, 2019, 07:04 PM
Wife and I last weekend caught 5 walleyes. All by me which was a shocker. Smallies and RBass too. 1 short and the rest keepers. Cooked my 1st poor mans shrimp. Very tasty. 1 short of our record. Will resume in 4 weeks. Work and vacation take precedence. Should beat record Labor Day. Don't fish there in winter so it's now time. Good Luck to all..............
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 14, 2019, 03:03 PM
Got out today. Still can't find many walleyes. Caught 3 and 1 Smb. Bite was very light. Water temp 76/77 degrees. Lake is dropping pretty fast. About 2/3 inches a day...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on Aug 14, 2019, 04:08 PM
Still better than a skunk 😉 congrats 😁
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 14, 2019, 05:25 PM
Still better than a skunk 😉 congrats 😁
Absolutely
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 23, 2019, 08:41 AM
The Whole Dam Story..
 https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/05/13/the-whole-dam-story-film-looks-at-1930-flooding-of-sacandaga-river-valley  (https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/05/13/the-whole-dam-story-film-looks-at-1930-flooding-of-sacandaga-river-valley)
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 24, 2019, 06:43 AM
Raq, thanks for the info on the Lake. Over the years I heard lots so stories about the lake going in from my Uncles. One of which was a great outdoorsman. He fished, trapped and hunted the area before the lake went in. He rowed a boat though the Fishhouse bridge as the lake rose. We would go walking in the Fall when the lake was low and he could tell us what house or barn stood on the foundations we saw, where the roads led to, etc. The house I grew up in was moved to just outside what is now the campsite. I have an old map of all the roads and houses that was done before the lake went in. It was done by the Army Core of Eng. of what would be flooded. They didn't have GPS back then but they were dead on with what would be flooded.....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 28, 2019, 06:09 AM
Went out yesterday. 2 walleyes and 1 SMB. Water temp 72*...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 28, 2019, 06:11 AM
Sounds like a good outing to me.... :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Aug 29, 2019, 11:46 AM
Good going H2L.

I havnt been out since my trip to Seneca two weeks ago. Kinda itching but with the holiday weekend I may just leave the boat at home and avoid the aggravation. Maybe next weekend..

How’s the water leveling doing?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 29, 2019, 07:46 PM
Good going H2L.

I havnt been out since my trip to Seneca two weeks ago. Kinda itching but with the holiday weekend I may just leave the boat at home and avoid the aggravation. Maybe next weekend..

How’s the water leveling doing?

Water level is still doing good.
 Had a good weekend last weekend, 7 keepers and probably 15 throwbacks by 11am Saturday and 10 keepers on Sunday by 1030am. The launch was dead last weekend . i may try to get out this weekend again.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: piscesman on Sep 02, 2019, 02:53 PM
First visit in 4weeks. Water at a great level for this time of year. Friday night, 2 keepers. Sat with wife hit and misses. Zero Wally’s. Sunday 2 shorts and living for their future. Found their stacked “school” and had to leave. Everything is off “ to the side” this year.
Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 09, 2019, 04:08 PM
Been without internet for about 12 days. Have been fishing and it has gotten better. The last 2 trips have caught 18/20 walleyes. Only 8 or so keepers and nothing over 17". Bass have been hitting pretty good in 24 to 26 fow. Caught 15 or so. Also boated a 37 inch pike. All on jigs. Fished the contest on Sat. 14 walleyes and 2 bass. My cousin took 2nd place in the walleye with a 19 incher. Water temp 68 degrees and is about normal level for this time of year....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 10, 2019, 04:42 AM

   
 Sounds like you’ve been having some good outings,
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on Sep 10, 2019, 05:27 AM
 :clapping: :bowdown: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 13, 2019, 04:54 PM
Out today. 11 walleyes and 2 SMB. They hit pretty good until the wind switched to the East, then had to work for them. Most came from 26/28 fow. Water temp 68 degrees...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 13, 2019, 05:38 PM

Nice report , sounds like a great day 🎣
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 13, 2019, 05:59 PM
Out today. 11 walleyes and 2 SMB. They hit pretty good until the wind switched to the East, then had to work for them. Most came from 26/28 fow. Water temp 68 degrees...h2l

   To bad you dont eat fish...    :P     :D
Nice job mister...    :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: LooseEye90 on Sep 15, 2019, 10:47 AM
Nice Job H2L. I was out Friday as well trolling. Bite was great until about 10 am. 10 walleye, 2 jumbo perch, one small SMB and one rockie. All the walleye were short  :'(  Biggest was just a hair under 15. Not giving up entirely on daga for the year, but I may pivot back to Lg and Champ for the final weeks...
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: [email protected] on Sep 19, 2019, 01:48 PM
Does anyone know if the state launch in Day is still usable
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 20, 2019, 04:51 PM
Well, it was a nice day to be out on the lake. Caught 7 walleyes, 3 SMB and 3 rock ball. Only one walleye was a keeper. (17") Lots of bait fish along the breaks, just no fish on them. Water temp was 65/66* out on the lake....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: wallyworld on Sep 20, 2019, 06:32 PM
H2L......sounds like a great day, congrats  :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
Post by: [email protected] on Sep 21, 2019, 12:55 PM
I went out of the Day launch with a friend yesterday. It certainly was a gorgeous day. We only caught 3 eyes with & the only keeper being 15& 1/32 in.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 02, 2020, 01:46 PM
Just took a ride down to Bunker Hill Rd., looks like the ice is gone...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: saltr on Apr 03, 2020, 06:58 AM
Thanks Doug!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 18, 2020, 06:30 AM
With 2 weeks until walleye/pike season opens, I checked, the GSLFF contest has been cancelled for this year. Later contest are TBD.
Right now the lake level is about where it should be for early May. Not a lot of water coming into the rivers/creeks....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 18, 2020, 08:53 AM
With 2 weeks until walleye/pike season opens, I checked, the GSLFF contest has been cancelled for this year. Later contest are TBD.
Right now the lake level is about where it should be for early May. Not a lot of water coming into the rivers/creeks....h2l

Launches still open doug?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 18, 2020, 09:03 AM
The launch at Northville is closed. Normal years it opens about the last week in April, we will have to wait and see. The campsite is closed still. Usually opens early May, I have a feeling that will remain closed for awhile. For the time being the boat will remain in the garage. None of the marina's have started putting in their docks. I did see someone with a boat at the Northville beach the other day but now that has a cable across it. Not worried, the walleyes don't usually get onto my spots until later in May....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 18, 2020, 12:59 PM
Thanks, appreciate it.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 24, 2020, 08:11 AM
As of this morning the Northville launch is open and they have the dock in. Walleye/pike opens next weekend. Keep in mind, until then NO fishing at all North of the Northville bridge...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 25, 2020, 07:56 AM
Just checked the water temp at the launch, 44*. May warm up some today....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on May 21, 2020, 07:29 PM
First day on the lake this year. Water temp 57* and got up to 62* by 4PM. Eight hits, 5 walleyes. 16 to 18 1/2 inches. Black jig, tight to bottom. Didn't mark any of the ones I caught and not more than 1 from any one spot. The lake will be a ZOO the rest of the weekend. Lots of boats out today....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 23, 2020, 03:30 AM
Way to go h2l... :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: reeleyz on May 23, 2020, 06:27 AM
Nicely done!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on May 28, 2020, 05:58 AM
Went fishing yesterday. (No one said I am smart) Lake has warmed to 74*. No wind until about 1:30. Caught 3 (15 to 16") Didn't mark any fish....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 28, 2020, 10:40 AM
Went fishing yesterday. (No one said I am smart) Lake has warmed to 74*. No wind until about 1:30. Caught 3 (15 to 16") Didn't mark any fish....h2l

Seeing any out of state boats at all?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on May 28, 2020, 01:14 PM
Haven't noticed any. Over the years I haven't seen many except if a BASS contest is going on...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: beerbellybob106 on May 28, 2020, 07:14 PM
Seeing any out of state boats at all?
Lots of out of state plates at the boat launches over the weekend
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jun 01, 2020, 07:38 AM
First day on the lake this year. Water temp 57* and got up to 62* by 4PM. Eight hits, 5 walleyes. 16 to 18 1/2 inches. Black jig, tight to bottom. Didn't mark any of the ones I caught and not more than 1 from any one spot. The lake will be a ZOO the rest of the weekend. Lots of boats out today....h2l

Hey h2l - -  any tips for a newbie to Great Sacandaga on where to hit some walleyes this time of year?  My dad and I just put a boat up at Cranberry Cove marina, and I have only ever ice fished the lake.   I got some tips from a friend on some good pike spots, but any tips on some good walleye spots and some lure selection would be appreciated.  Not looking for your secret spots, just some general areas  ;D

Thanks!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 01, 2020, 06:40 PM
Caught eyes from the north to the south end.  Id focus more on watching your graph. Jig when their on bottom n troll when they suspend.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 01, 2020, 07:19 PM
Thanks. The last time I was out I didn't mark any fish, but caught 3 tight to bottom. Think I am going on Tuesday...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jun 01, 2020, 07:25 PM
I went all over the south end on Sunday, I didn't mark anything on chart, a few random here and there.  I'm still getting used to reading the fish finder and knowing where to go.  Deep water? drop offs or off points?  Around islands?   I've never fished for walleyes, or done much lake fishing really.  This is my first boat.  I'm a flyfisherman, river and stream fishing is all I've ever done.

Heading out Thursday, was going to head up to Bachelorville bridge and work in that area.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 02, 2020, 05:46 AM
Jaconwall, early season can be tough. The fish are spread out and can be on bottom, deep, shallow ,etc.. Last week there were mayfly's hatching so I fished some mud flats. Once the walleyes state to bunch up and get onto baitfish it becomes somewhat easier to locate them and those areas you tried may get better. (drop off, points, humps) Good luck....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jun 02, 2020, 06:14 AM
Thanks, I appreciate it!  I'm hoping that as the season progresses so will the fishing!  Just need to spend more time on the water learning the lake and how to use the humminbird!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 02, 2020, 07:02 AM
Something that might help. Drop a waypoint every time you catch a walleye. Youll notice some areas will hold fish during different times of the year. When you look back at ur waypts u can see what areas u did well in the following year in the time frame.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 02, 2020, 04:41 PM
Well, I didn't waste any way points today. Got wet this morning. Marked lots of baitfish but only a few fish on them...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 02, 2020, 07:37 PM
I started a fishing log last year after a few years of putting it off. Time will tell on that. Expect good outcome.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 03, 2020, 06:43 AM
I started doing a log book back in the late 60's. Drew maps of "hot" spots by lining up a camp and hill one way, something else another, etc. Then came the "green box" and then I knew what was down there. Still have the log book. It puts a smile on my face whenever I read it.

Back in the 50's I worked at my uncle's marina on Sacandaga. During the Summer 4 or 5 nights a week a man and his father would anchor their Chris Craft and fish for walleyes and fish until just after dark. They always caught fish. They were on a ridge that runs between a point and a hump. No GPS, no fish finder only a split shot and a minnow and I am sure they saw some great sunsets.....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 05, 2020, 06:37 AM
Went out last evening ,13 inch perch saved us from being skunked. Marked some fish couldn't get a bite going.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 05, 2020, 07:21 AM
My daughter and I fished yesterday. I had ONE hit in 36 fow. Marked very few fish. Tried 13 to 40 feet of water. The pods of baitfish from Tuesday were gone. Water temp warmed from low 60's to 66* during the day. Two skunks in 1 week, I may have to take up BASS fishing....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jun 05, 2020, 07:32 AM
Fished all day yesterday, until 2pm at least and it got super windy.

Is the lake always so choppy, or was it just the warm front coming in?  Last summer we were out July/August and it was not so choppy all the time....

Anyway, we finally caught a fish, my son caught a nice 18" smallie up at the Northville bridge, but that was it.

Tried jigging minnows, trolling worm harnesses with crawlers, leeches, minnows in 20-25 feet water.

I think we marked some fish, but I am still trying to figure out the Humminbird and when an arch is a fish, and when its not.   I was using the "Fish ID" but stopped because I found it annoying and it would pick up a split shot or minnow as a "fish".

If you see a big red/yellow arch is that always a fish, or could it be a rock, etc.?  I have been using 2D sonor and down imaging split screen, and when I saw a large arch, it shows on the DI as a small vertical line.

Hopefully the bite starts to pick up!!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Jpb on Jun 05, 2020, 11:23 AM
It has been a slow start this year for sure.

Can anyone confirm if the installed the launch dock at Day yet?  Two weeks ago they still weren’t in. Had to detour because of the wind. Like launching at Day though. Thanks
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 05, 2020, 12:31 PM
I have heard that the docks are in at Day...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Jpb on Jun 05, 2020, 02:34 PM
Thanks h2l. Good luck if you go this weekend.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 05, 2020, 04:36 PM
Choppy is better than flat. Dont ever use fish id. How fast were u pulling harness? Try .8-1.0mph. Lot of ppl pull em too fast. Arch not attached to bottom is fish. Arch on bottom u need to look at di. Weeds will be a vertical line. Fish will be a dot.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 06, 2020, 08:10 AM
I'm marking so few fish, I am thinking of sending the "bird" back to have some fish loaded into it....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jun 06, 2020, 01:05 PM
Thanks bauls25 for the tips.

I was trolling right around that range,  maybe A bit faster at times.  I’ll take some screenshots tomorrow to share.

I’m somewhat regretting not getting a side imaging  unit ,  have some buyers remorse. 

Going out tomorrow, going to try trolling again with worm harness and leeches/worms.  Going to try around vanderburg point
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 09, 2020, 06:47 AM
Went out yesterday. Caught 3 pretty quick then just a few hits the rest of the day. Boated my first under sized walleye of the year. (14") Just not finding many fish. Did see a couple big school of perch. Water temp 64/65*. Still not marking many fish...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jun 09, 2020, 07:49 AM
Morning - - wife and I went out Sunday AM.  Finally! Caught a walleye, although it was a small 15" or so, but it felt good to finally catch one.  Trolling a spinner with a leech around scout island.  That was it, besides a bass that we caught over by Cranberry Creek.

I am still not marking many fish either, slow rolling through 20-25 feet of water and seeing just nothing. 

Keep at it!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 09, 2020, 09:26 AM
Try a different depth, fish where they are.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jun 09, 2020, 09:42 AM
Yep, been through all different depths, still can't find a bunch of fish yet.   
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 09, 2020, 10:19 AM
Try a different depth, fish where they are.

I fished 9 to 40 fow yesterday...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 13, 2020, 05:03 AM
Fished yesterday. Nothing. Very few hits. It was very windy. Water temp was 69*….h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Jun 14, 2020, 07:32 AM
Last weekend caught first keeper @ 16" night time just after sunset. Not in usual spot for the time of year. Water level still a little high. Tried new spot and netted 13.5" perch. Wind shifted from the west to blowing south. Way off normal drift and netted 19" Walleye. Tried several more drifts but nothing of interest. I normally drift fish with 1/4 oz - 3/8 oz bottom bouncers. Use trout worms from walmart or dillies and floating jigs. Looking forward to next weekend on call this one. As far as fishing around Scout Island I found if you drift from south of Trap Islands in deeper water you have better chance of hooking up. Good Luck....
      Kim :flag:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 14, 2020, 10:14 AM
Kim, I agree, just not finding the walleyes in any of my usual spots. It has been tough fishing so far, at least for me. Things should start to get better. Water temp has been up and down for the last month. Not seeing any bait fish at the launch and not many bait balls out in the lake. End of June is when the fishing usually picks up and only gets better after that. Glad you were able to get out and get a few....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 18, 2020, 06:41 AM
Fished yesterday but no catching. Water temp 65 when I went out and warmed to 70. Saw bait at the launch for the first time and lots of bait balls out in the lake. Some had marks in them but were at different depths. With this up-coming warm (HOT) weather things should really improve....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 18, 2020, 10:34 AM
Thank you all for the info-- next year and this ice fishing season  I plan on fishing Sacandaga a fair amount.  From what I have gathered
spots that should produce are around Sinclair point, Batchellerville bridge area and Scout Island. Another point of interest for me especially through the ice due to its fairly easy access is Across from Sport Island Pub.  All for walleye mostly, please let me know if this is accurate or should I reevaluate.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Jun 22, 2020, 07:43 PM
You can do all the research and crunch the numbers but NOTHING will equal the time out there. You have good starting points but must dial it in. Trolling on top or further down?? Drifting with bobbers or off the bottom?? Live over artificial?? Wind direction or trolling with motor?? Hit or Miss and take notes. For myself toward the dam NO FISH ARE WHERE they should be this time of year. Trying to figure it out but slow..... Good Luck and be patient.
      Kim :wacko: :whistling: :thumbup_smilie: :flag:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 23, 2020, 04:54 AM
Looks like a break from the hot weather. May plan a trip Wed. or Thursday to get back into the swing of things. Would like to launch at Day one of these days but it can be a pain if the wind is blowing. I haven't fished down that way in years. A friend usually fishes Father's Day with his son but I haven't heard from him. If they went out this past Sunday they earned every fish they caught....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 23, 2020, 09:48 AM
Thanks Piecesman.  i am kind of an old school guy in my approach but I do  get you.  What I mean by that is finding a good area and usually running around the bottom and then from there till around 18 to three or feet up. Jigs , crawler harness, some plugs if they are aggressive all drifted or trolled as slow as possible. And off course patients.  Generally the same through the ice, minnows and suckers in that same sounding
range. of course structure and well known marked points are great because they should produce regularly. Just one point of interest is the mention of an old mill that was flooded in the creation of the res. Always holding. Thanks and I will mark it if I can find it. Generally across from Scout Island Pub if not mistaken. Any way thanks and will try Conklin when given the chance.  Meanwhile, thanks for the info, tight lines and watch out for those stinking tourists. LOL
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Jun 24, 2020, 05:53 PM
If you launch off Town of Day Boat Launch there are "pockets" between risers that should hold walleyes slightly towards the dam. If not go toward the dam and before you turn "right" go to the left. Sandy bottom coming from deep down. TOO far for me in my 12' 6hp boat. Many good places there, just need a "map". Good Luck...……
      Kim :thumbup_smilie: :flag:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 25, 2020, 06:50 AM
Thanks again Pisecesman.  I know the feeling about having a smaller boat. Ran the same rig myself. I am going to have a more substantial boat on the water next season and would like to take you aboard in appreciation, so stay in touch. For some reason having trouble setting up
private messages but will let you know when I have. Again thanks a lot, most people are not as forthcoming about good fishing spots. Good luck and will be getting ready on this end.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 26, 2020, 06:13 AM
PeterCos, I believe you need 5 post before you can use PM.
I fished yesterday. Water temp has warmed to 77 degrees. Caught 3 walleyes right off the bat, then some hits that I missed, then nothing. Starting to see more bait balls on the breaks. Also, early in the morning, before the wind came up there were a lot of minnows on the surface. Did I mention the WIND? Late morning until about 2 it got pretty breezy. Then it died down somewhat but kept changing direction. Saw my cousin out there, he trolls most of the time and was heading in because of the wind. Saw a friend at the launch and he said the bass fishing has been very good. He showed me a picture of a 3lb9oz SM from yesterday. He also had a picture of a 10" sunfish. I haven't seen a sunfish in years....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 26, 2020, 11:52 AM
You are right Hunts but now I do have access so will PM if anything new happens bur for now nothing. Thanks
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 03, 2020, 07:37 AM
Fished sacandaga last evening from 4pm till 9pm not a single walleye did get one nice perch. Marked lot of fish and bait tried jigging and crawler harnesses no hits Dead Sea strikes again. Going to Onieda next time.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 03, 2020, 08:15 AM
I went out at 6am yesterday. Caught one 17" walleye right off the bat and very few hits after that. Lots of bait and fish on them but they are at all depths. Starting see more bait on the breaks so things should start to change for us jiggers. It has been a tough year so far for me. Not fond of the hot weather and we could sure use a day or two of rain. Water temp yesterday was 74*. Believe me, "it's going to get better". Most of the walleyes have been over 15 inches so that is a good thing. Good Luck....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Jul 08, 2020, 05:22 PM
Returned from the 4th weekend with good results. 6 Walleyes and 1 short. 1 eaten and 4 in the freezer. They are starting to stack down my way. Seeing consistent schools where they should be. Nothing over 18" but that's OK. Good eaters. Most caught on Leeches which I purchased early and keeping alive.
Hope this helps....................
      Kim :flag: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 08, 2020, 05:28 PM
Glad to see the dead sea isnt so dead.
 ;D
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jul 09, 2020, 06:21 AM
Returned from the 4th weekend with good results. 6 Walleyes and 1 short. 1 eaten and 4 in the freezer. They are starting to stack down my way. Seeing consistent schools where they should be. Nothing over 18" but that's OK. Good eaters. Most caught on Leeches which I purchased early and keeping alive.
Hope this helps....................
      Kim :flag: :thumbup_smilie:

Good to hear!  What area of the lake were you having success in?  Trolling the leeches on a spinner rig?

I am still new to this lake, and this method of fishing for suspending fish and any help would be appreciated.  I'm afraid my 8 year old son and my 74 year old father are going to attempt a mutiny the next time we go fishing if we get skunked again!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Jcoup on Jul 10, 2020, 10:43 AM
Fished this morning early for a couple hours with my son.  Caught 8 shorts, trolling worm harnesses.  Saw good amount of fish marks in the 20-25 suspended.  Going to try a suspended program next time hopefully catch a few over 15 inches. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 10, 2020, 01:36 PM
Sounds like a pretty good morning. The bigger ones will come....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: filetandrelease on Jul 10, 2020, 01:40 PM

 X2 you need small eyes to make big Ones , you’ll get them next time
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Jul 11, 2020, 05:15 AM
I bottom bounce by drifting or rowing very slowly. Use drift sock if wind picks up. Get a fare share of hang ups which can be a pain but par for the course.    Sometimes when the wind starts to create a better chop the walleyes become more aggressive. I'm in the eastern part of the "arm". Too far for me to go to the main body.
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 15, 2020, 03:42 PM
Mixed bag today. 1 walleye (16") 1 rock bass, 2 SMB and an 11" perch. Water temp 78*. Seeing a lot of bait near bottom but the walleyes are not onto them...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 15, 2020, 03:49 PM
Sounds like a good day to me Doug... :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: filetandrelease on Jul 15, 2020, 04:45 PM
Sounds like a good day to me Doug... :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:
I agree
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jul 17, 2020, 10:16 AM
Mixed bag today. 1 walleye (16") 1 rock bass, 2 SMB and an 11" perch. Water temp 78*. Seeing a lot of bait near bottom but the walleyes are not onto them...h2l

I can't even find smallies out here when we are fishing.  I was fishing the weeds of Kenyon island and saw 5-6 bass chase my lure and bump it but not take it.  I have never had this much trouble catching fish.

Going to head out tonight and try off the islands again with my kids and fish the weeds and edges with worms/minnows on bobbers for them and toss some tube jigs etc. and see what happens.  I realize that walleye fishing is a finesse method of drifting, trolling, etc. but I can't believe we can't get into some bass.  I must not be fishing in good spots.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 17, 2020, 06:04 PM
The 2 bass I got the other day came from about 20 fow. A friend that targets them has been fishing 1 to 8 fow and doing well...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Jpb on Jul 19, 2020, 09:53 PM
Decent bite for an hour right before sunset. Caught six, three shorts. Worm harness and jigs. Almost feels like a normal pattern is finally showing up. Been a weird bite all year for me. Funny how it shuts down at dark.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 20, 2020, 06:05 AM
Jpb, good to hear. It seems they always turned off just as the sun hit the hills and then would pick back up about an hour later. I haven't fished after dark in a few years....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 24, 2020, 03:57 PM
I may have to go out later in the day. Just not catching any walleyes during the day. Not even many hits today and I fished a lot of water. It has been my worst year in a very long time...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Jpb on Jul 25, 2020, 01:29 PM
Caught 8, mostly shorts yesterday last hour before dark. Nothing until the last hour.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jul 27, 2020, 07:27 AM
I've been focusing on fishing the shallows off the points and islands for smallmouth.... caught 6-7 nice sized ones last Friday, and lost just as many.  Just feels good to catch some fish!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 28, 2020, 04:54 AM
Sounds like you had a good day...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Jul 28, 2020, 07:09 AM
Yes sir it was nice to finally catch a few fish!   
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 01, 2020, 06:50 AM
My daughter and I fished yesterday. Water temp 81* no wind and no fish. Only had a couple very light hits. Fished 11' down to 40'. Marked very few fish. Fished areas that I haven't fished in years. I can't figure them out, haven't had a year like this in many, many years. I have caught more walleyes in an hour than I have caught this year. Most of the guys I talk too say the same. Bass fishing is still good in the shadows but I will NOT fish for bass....lol....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 01, 2020, 06:59 AM
Glad you enjoyed the day with your daughter, the Dead Sea strikes again can't figure those walleyes out. I don't feel so bad now when the pros can't catch them either.lol
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Aug 02, 2020, 04:56 PM
Wife and I marked lot's of fish. They stayed right there. Couldn't figure out why no bites. 1, 16.5" walleye all weekend. Bass up the wahzoo. I'm thinking hot water and they are staying in the current to keep cool. If you know what I mean. Stay Safe.
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 03, 2020, 05:47 AM
Kim, if you figure them out PLEASE let me know. Current, there is so little water coming in the creeks near me are "bedrock". None of the guys that I talk to are catching walleyes. Everyone who fishes for bass are doing well....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 04, 2020, 07:37 AM
Lowjack, nice catch...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Aug 05, 2020, 05:22 AM
      John,
Since I'm down a ways on the "arm" and the bottom goes up and down there is current there and the walleyes are seeking the cooler water. IMO Definitely different this year fishing for them. Really stacked in some areas but tight lipped. Can't jig or cast lures to save my butt so I'm regulated to use live bait. A few more days and another round.
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 05, 2020, 05:47 AM
Kim, the lake has come up about 3" but there should be some run-off over the next day or so. With that end of the lake being not as wide, some current may be seen, more so when they have the gates open.
What gets me is, not even getting any smaller fish. Most years, I have found smaller fish to be very active, even if the larger ones are tight lipped as you say. Could it be that we had a couple poor spawns and we are missing a year class or two? Maybe I just think about it too much, people are starting to talk about me....lol.
Good luck this weekend. As of right now, I think I will go out on Thursday and give it a try. Will let you know....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 06, 2020, 05:16 PM
My daughter and I fished today. She gave me a lesson. She caught 6 walleyes, perch, rock bass and a SMB. Nine fish total. 4 keeper walleye to 19". Me 2 walleyes, 2 SMB, 2 perch and a rock bass. Best day this year. Water temp 76* and most of the fish came from 16 to 22 fow....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: wallyworld on Aug 06, 2020, 05:44 PM
Way to shake the skunk  :whistling:  :clapping:  :bowdown:  :flex:  :thumbup_smilie:  :w00t:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Aug 06, 2020, 06:51 PM
My daughter and I fished today. She gave me a lesson. She caught 6 walleyes, perch, rock bass and a SMB. Nine fish total. 4 keeper walleye to 19". Me 2 walleyes, 2 SMB, 2 perch and a rock bass. Best day this year. Water temp 76* and most of the fish came from 16 to 22 fow....h2l

Sounds like a great day on the water, nice work!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 06, 2020, 08:01 PM

 H2l Sounds like a good time , she’s got a good teacher 👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Jpb on Aug 06, 2020, 08:14 PM
Great to hear they cooperated today h2l. Nice day!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 07, 2020, 04:10 AM
Wow sounds like you and your daughter had a great day :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 07, 2020, 05:09 AM
We caught an 11" perch yesterday and I mean WE. I had a hit and just after that the daughter had a hit. The perch had both our jigs in its mouth...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Aug 07, 2020, 05:21 AM
Congrats John. That's a first I have heard that happen. All the perch I have caught in the summer have been 12" or bigger. Winter is another story. I don't catch too many down my way.
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 07, 2020, 05:49 AM
Great job Doug and daughter.....    :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 07, 2020, 06:28 AM

 Well now that’s team work 👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Jcoup on Aug 08, 2020, 01:52 PM
Really good fishing this morning. Boated atleast 15 walleye this morning trolling bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.  Best depth was 20-25 feet.  Got a 2 man limit of keepers.  Caught a bunch of 13-14 inches.   Great morning of fishing with my son. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 08, 2020, 04:15 PM
That is a good morning. Things may be picking up...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 08, 2020, 04:23 PM

 Sounds like a solid day 👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 09, 2020, 12:43 PM
Sounds like a great night
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Aug 10, 2020, 05:17 AM
Fished with wife sat am. 1st drift 15" that swallowed my jig. Had to keep it because it would have died. Only one for several more passes. In the 20' range. Some hits and stolen bait. Big bite and it let go in other spots. Vacation this weekend and back at it. Good Luck!!!!
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 14, 2020, 03:05 PM
Another tough day on the lake. About 10am wind switched to the East and the daughter said, "might as well go in". We didn't, got 1 15" walleye and a few light hits. Lots of bait near bottom but not many fish on them. Water temp 78*...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 21, 2020, 03:37 PM
Water temp today 75*. Got a little windy. 1 walleye, 4 SMB, 1 rock bass and had a pike on for a couple seconds and broke me off. Loss 3 jigs...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 21, 2020, 03:45 PM

 1 for a meal and some fun fish well done h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 28, 2020, 04:16 PM
Not a bad day. 9 or 10 walleyes and 1 SMB. 4 keepers, biggest just over 17". Didn't keep any. Water temp 73*. All the fish were caught between noon and 1:30. 24 fow on the break....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 28, 2020, 05:10 PM
There was a nice "walleye chop". Drifting about .6 to .8. Black bucktails. Wind was out of WNW. Good Luck tonight. I haven't night fished in a long time....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 04, 2020, 03:35 PM
Another "normal" day on the lake. 4 walleyes and 1 SMB. Water temp 70*, all the walleyes came from 28 to 32 fow. Very light hits, tight to the bottom, black jigs. Guy at the launch had a picture of a 41 inch pike. The dock at Northville is about 18" higher than my boat. Makes it hard for an old man to get out of the boat. Very windy and never took my sweat shirt off....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Sep 08, 2020, 02:19 PM
Fished early Monday AM from 6 to noon.  It was a typical day for me, my wife and I got skunked again.  I cannot figure this lake out.

Fished from Benedict Bay to Frenchmans creek.  Fished anywhere from 12-5 FOW, around weedbeds and threw every lure I had and used live minnows.

I have never fished a lake with such little success, it is so frustrating.

The only bright spot was last week I had a 40" pike follow my lure up to the boat.... at least I got to SEE the d**n thing....

Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 08, 2020, 05:24 PM
Jaconwall, it has been a tough year for many. Some are very good walleye fishermen/women. Now is a good time to target pike. So far it has been my worst year in many years for walleyes. My cousin called from the lake a while ago. He had caught 4, all 14 to 15 inches. Trolling silver spinners close to bottom, 23 fow South end of the lake....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 11, 2020, 07:49 PM
Did good last Sunday trolling rapalas on leadcore and riggers 8 keepers numerous throwbacks and quite a few smallmouths. 1.7mph 32fow lures close to bottom
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 12, 2020, 10:07 AM
That is a good day BBB...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 12, 2020, 06:12 PM
Fished the same area again this morning with the same approach and ended up with 9 keepers and at least that many throwbacks but not 1 single bass this morning cold front maybe had them shut down?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Sep 13, 2020, 06:22 AM
Last weekend had 5 keepers and no undersize Walleyes. 1st drift 2  back to back. Nothing after. Nothing Sunday but 3 on Monday. 17'' - 18.5''. Finished the year with 16 and only 2 undersized. Closing camp up next month and may get another chance depending on the weather. Don't fish it in the winter anymore so summer is my time to put them in the freezer. Definitely a down year. Water way way low.........
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 13, 2020, 06:54 AM
Another good day BBB.
Kim, not that I have caught many, most have been keepers. It was a down year as far as the walleyes went. Hoping to get out one more time....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: Jpb on Sep 13, 2020, 09:47 AM
Fished 9 am to noon yesterday. North end of main lake. Caught 8, 2 keepers, dropped 2 at net. Was very good 10-12. Worm harnesses 20-22 FOW. 1.0 to 1.2 mph. Didn’t matter what color. They wouldn’t touch a jig BTW. Slow year indeed. Do you guys think the water was different or is the population down?  And where are the larger Walleye in this lake?  Tried everything for 4 years, can’t find one larger than 20 inches here. Thanks
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 13, 2020, 12:03 PM
Fished 9 am to noon yesterday. North end of main lake. Caught 8, 2 keepers, dropped 2 at net. Was very good 10-12. Worm harnesses 20-22 FOW. 1.0 to 1.2 mph. Didn’t matter what color. They wouldn’t touch a jig BTW. Slow year indeed. Do you guys think the water was different or is the population down?  And where are the larger Walleye in this lake?  Tried everything for 4 years, can’t find one larger than 20 inches here. Thanks
For this year that is a pretty good day. It has been a tough jig bite most of the season. One summer will not tell us much about population. The spawn run this past spring was OK from what I saw. The lake is not as a big walleye producer. In my 60+ years my biggest is 26". Back in the 70's  saw many 20 to 24 inchers....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: LooseEye90 on Sep 16, 2020, 09:16 AM
Aside from the fishing being so-so how’s the lake level? My boats been bone dry for a month  :'( so I’m itching to get back out. Contemplating a weekday soon.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 16, 2020, 03:52 PM
Aside from the fishing being so-so how’s the lake level? My boats been bone dry for a month  :'( so I’m itching to get back out. Contemplating a weekday soon.
State launches are getting pretty low I cant fish this weekend so I'm thinking I might be done with the resevoir for this year. Some private launches might be ok. Where I fish north of Edinburgh lake level isnt much of an issue except at the launch once on the lake it stays pretty consistent in the middle.
Time to focus on hunting season i suppose  :'(
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 16, 2020, 04:05 PM
I agree, the launches are getting pretty bad, unless you want to get your feet wet. I just may be done for this year..h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Sep 16, 2020, 04:12 PM

Took me all year but I finally got a fish....

48" tip to tail.... bad pic with the hand over the tail, the fish and lure were all tangled in the net and we had to get it back into the water.  30 seconds holding the tail in the water and we got a good release.

Heading back out this weekend to catch another hopefully!


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Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Sep 16, 2020, 04:22 PM
I'm keeping my boat in the slip until next Saturday, and then may just take a few trips to Saratoga Lake.

Went by the Broadalbin launch today, it does look very low there too
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: LooseEye90 on Sep 16, 2020, 07:57 PM
Thanks BBB/H2L, appreciate the feedback. I was going to head up to champ as well but I heard they’re dredging Westport so I’d have to go even further north to get where I want. Makes for a looong day..  Maybe it is time to focus on the woods like you said Bob. One season winds down while another starts up  :-\
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 17, 2020, 06:14 AM
Jaconwall, congrats, a very nice pike. Fall is a very good time to target pike....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 17, 2020, 06:32 AM
Thanks BBB/H2L, appreciate the feedback. I was going to head up to champ as well but I heard they’re dredging Westport so I’d have to go even further north to get where I want. Makes for a looong day..  Maybe it is time to focus on the woods like you said Bob. One season winds down while another starts up  :-\

Westport has been bad though so glad they are doing it.  Try willisboro.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: LooseEye90 on Sep 17, 2020, 11:14 AM
Westport has been bad though so glad they are doing it.  Try willisboro.

Very true! Even when the water is up it can be tough so I’m glad as well. Willsboro is very much an option.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: piscesman on Sep 22, 2020, 06:29 PM
Well, wife and I are closing the camp for the season this Saturday. Usually 45 minute job. Will be fishing 1 last time for walleyes and hope they are still where I found them before. Will post results. Good Luck to all. Have access to water if it's still deep enough...........
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 25, 2020, 09:16 AM
Very true! Even when the water is up it can be tough so I’m glad as well. Willsboro is very much an option.


Did you make it up?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: LooseEye90 on Sep 25, 2020, 10:11 AM

Did you make it up?

Nah, sounds like it’s kinda slow up north. Instead of chasing trout I stayed local to save some gas, went to toga for some Wally and Bass.  8)

Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Sep 25, 2020, 10:18 AM
How was the bite out on Saratoga Lake?  Pulling my boat from the lake tomorrow, and thought about a few day trips to Saratoga to get some October fishing in...
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: LooseEye90 on Sep 25, 2020, 11:27 AM
How was the bite out on Saratoga Lake?  Pulling my boat from the lake tomorrow, and thought about a few day trips to Saratoga to get some October fishing in...

Bites was ok on toga, not hot and heavy but kept us interested. surface temp mid/low 60s.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 25, 2020, 02:22 PM
Nah, sounds like it’s kinda slow up north. Instead of chasing trout I stayed local to save some gas, went to toga for some Wally and Bass.  8)

Thats a fun trip and a way shorter drive! 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: PeterCos on Sep 25, 2020, 07:08 PM
LooseEyes90,  Was that bite walleyes or mostly bass?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: LooseEye90 on Sep 26, 2020, 10:23 PM
LooseEyes90,  Was that bite walleyes or mostly bass?
Spent more time messing with bass than Waldos for sure. Got at least 8 jumbo sunnies on harnesses as well.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: PeterCos on Sep 27, 2020, 09:03 AM
Always a lot of gills or sunnies when trolling harnesses on Saratoga. The walleyes should be better in in Saratoga if the numbers of stocked by the DEC are accurate or true. It always makes me wonder. I know survival rate is low, but they say they put 8 million fry in per year. I would think the results would be a little better. Used to fish it a lot but success on eyes was not great. Plenty of crappies in spring but waldo was pretty hard find in both hard and soft water seasons. Any opinions?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: jaconwall on Oct 02, 2020, 02:37 PM
Fished Saratoga yesterday from 11 to 5.  Very windy, but calmed down later in the day.

Caught a lot of small bass and panfish on worm harnesses over by Mannings cove.

Went up fish creek later in day and caught 10 or so pike on spinners, largest was 30" or so but lost it right at the boat.  Was using the wrong rod and had no steel leader, right before my old man got the net on it he cut the line.

Either way, it was fun day even thought most of the fish were small.   Caught more fish in 6 hours then I caught on SAcandaga all year.

Next year, I need to figure out the bass and walleye on the dead sea....
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 14, 2020, 03:40 PM
Always a lot of gills or sunnies when trolling harnesses on Saratoga. The walleyes should be better in in Saratoga if the numbers of stocked by the DEC are accurate or true. It always makes me wonder. I know survival rate is low, but they say they put 8 million fry in per year. I would think the results would be a little better. Used to fish it a lot but success on eyes was not great. Plenty of crappies in spring but waldo was pretty hard find in both hard and soft water seasons. Any opinions?

For what its worth I've fished there 2x with very limited walleye skills and took limits 2x.  All jigging.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Oct 14, 2020, 06:16 PM
For what its worth I've fished there 2x with very limited walleye skills and took limits 2x.  All jigging.

Sacandaga or Saratoga?

Never fished for walleye on either, curiosity has me wondering
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 15, 2020, 08:37 AM
Saratoga.  All I can seem to catch at sacandaga is endless smallies.  Buddy of mine had a few really solid evenings at toga catching some decent keepers on a rattle trap!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Oct 15, 2020, 12:30 PM
Saratoga.  All I can seem to catch at sacandaga is endless smallies.  Buddy of mine had a few really solid evenings at toga catching some decent keepers on a rattle trap!

Funny you mention rattle traps, the single walleye from that lake that I didn’t catch on a rattle trap was on a Senko.

And I still can’t find them through the hard water....
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Apr 10, 2021, 09:04 AM
We could use some rain..h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on May 02, 2021, 06:01 AM
Only one boat at the Northville launch yesterday morning and they were gone by 10am. 34* and quite breezy. They did push the dock in Friday PM. Lake us still down about 4 feet from normal for this time of year. Water temp is pushing 50*. I never saw a walleye up in the creeks this spring, but the water was low most of the time. My boat still sets in the garage but it may come out very soon....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 03, 2021, 10:39 AM
Hope you have a great season!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on May 04, 2021, 05:24 AM
 :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on May 19, 2021, 03:29 PM
First trip of the season, or should I say, boat ride. 5 hours and not a nibble. Fished 7' down to 30 fow. Marked just one fish, on the bottom. Water temp low 60's out on the lake. Came in about 1pm and took the wife for a boat ride along with Scout....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: daddyrainbow on May 24, 2021, 07:24 PM
My sons fished the point at the campground this weekend and caught 5 or 6 nice smallies and lost a bunch more.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on May 25, 2021, 05:38 AM
Way to go. I have had a couple people say the bass are hitting pretty good....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 05, 2021, 01:54 PM
Fished until about 1:30. Hot out there and a little windy. Caught 2 walleyes, both out of 31 fow. Surface temp 66*. Hitting very light....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 05, 2021, 05:08 PM

 Dinner 👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 05, 2021, 05:50 PM
Fished until about 1:30. Hot out there and a little windy. Caught 2 walleyes, both out of 31 fow. Surface temp 66*. Hitting very light....h2l

   Congratulations mister...    :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 11, 2021, 06:05 AM
Fished yesterday no walleyes, but did get one large perch. Got to try the new terrova trolling motor, I think it will be a game changer once I'm used to it. Love the spot lock and auto pilot.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 11, 2021, 08:28 AM
So far a tough early season. There are some nice perch in this lake, when you find them. The spot lock has to be a great tool. Would really be nice on a school of walleyes when you find one. Good Luck...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Jun 14, 2021, 10:32 AM
Spot lock is great, as long as the water is somewhat calm.... it does keep you in the same general area.   I use it mostly when I am trolling around edge and when you get a fish on, I hit the spot lock real quick to land the fish and then keep on moving.   
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Jun 14, 2021, 01:33 PM
2 weekends ago we opened our camp on Saturday. Put fishing boat and all in water and headed out. Came back in 45 minutes later. Waves were too much for me. Wife and I went out next day Sunday am. Boated 16.5" walleye, 14.5" smallmouth, released bass. Wife caught 5" rock bass. Later I went to the creek to check out a possible fishing hole. 12" colorful rainbow. Both fish were delicious. Next weekend back at it. Water is at a great level for me right now but not in 2 months...........
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 15, 2021, 05:33 AM
Kim, good to see that you are back on the lake and that you and the wife got some fish. I heard of a few others getting some walleyes this past weekend.  Warmer water temps might be helping. Right now it looks like Friday for me, will give a report in the PM so you can plan your weekend....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 18, 2021, 02:23 PM
Fished from 7am to about 2pm. Not many hits and the ones I had were very light. Black jig, tight to bottom, 34 fow. Water temp out on the lake 70*. I am seeing some bait balls at 14 to 23 fow....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 19, 2021, 04:29 PM
Fished the tourny today, couldnt find any worth entering.  Did catch 15 keepers and 6 bass. Very fast drifts that 2 drift bags werent enough for. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Jun 19, 2021, 05:10 PM
Also in the tourney this,morning got 4 right off the bat then the rain stopped and so did the fish .  turned in an 18" and 18.25" not sure what the leaderboard turned out to be
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 22, 2021, 05:29 AM
You guys did well. A friend was out on Fathers Day with his son and got 9. All were in shallow water. BBB, the GSLFF facebook page has results posted....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 26, 2021, 07:05 AM
Got out yesterday morning with my cousin, fished from 6:30 till 1:00 .  Caught 8 walleyes, with 5 being keepers,finally a good morning on the dead sea.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 26, 2021, 09:11 AM
Iceman, you did better than I did. Found lots of fish, just couldn't get them to hit. Marked a lot in 33 to 35 fow. Glad you got into some walleyes. A friend caught a 20 to 25 lb catfish yesterday. took him 45 minutes to get it into the boat on 6lb test. Biggest I ever saw was around 15lbs out of this lake. He said the same as I did when I caught my first one "has to be the biggest walleye in the lake"....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 27, 2021, 05:35 AM
H2l if it's any help we fished those bait balls you were talking about. 14 to 20 ft. Of water with crawler harnesses on bottom bouncers worked for us.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 27, 2021, 05:40 AM
Thanks, Iceman. I am about ready to try anything....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Jun 28, 2021, 07:19 PM
Can anyone give some tips for some decent smallmouth spots to try?

I've fished the shorelines, around islands and did OK but looking for structure in 10-15 FOW has been tough going.

I'm fishing out of Cranberry Cove marina, so I'm right in the center of the lake.

Any tips appreciated!!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 02, 2021, 05:59 AM
Fished yesterday the fish were still in the same area as last Thursday. Cousin and I caught 14 walleyes, eight were keepers 6 went back, fished from 7:00am till 11:30 am. Having a good season so far.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Jul 04, 2021, 05:55 AM
jaconwall, almost any area with structure holds smallies. Most people I've seen fish for them on the shore line and that gets pounded everyday. They overlook the weeds  that hold the bigger ones and the deeper water ones. I'm towards the dam so I can't help you up that way.
On a side note, wife and I went out last weekend and the fish just disappeared. Took a long time to get an 18" walleye. Wind came up with instant whitecaps so it was the only one.
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Jcoup on Jul 05, 2021, 10:58 AM
First time on the lake this year yesterday.  Did some trolling and found some cooperative fish.  Boated 12 walleyes and kept 6.  Pretty good day.  Seemed to mark more fish this year then last year in some of my old spots.  Found them in 30-35 mostly. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Jul 07, 2021, 02:32 PM
I am fishing Saratoga and have a question that should be the same for both lakes. I marked a lot of fish in the 30 to 35 ft. depth as well. They were suspended at about 15 to 20. Are they walleye in the thermocline, and is that how you get them by trolling at that depth? I  have not fished in years but always trolled near as possible to the bottom. Should I run at the shallower depth? Thanks
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 08, 2021, 06:14 AM
I don't troll very often (jig fish) but "when" a thermocline does form, usually around 30 fow the fish seem to always be on the breaks or just below them but above the thermocline. I too, have been seeing the fish on bottom in 30 to 33 fow and they have wanted the jig right tight to bottom. Now that the 4th has passed will be fishing more....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Jcoup on Jul 08, 2021, 02:48 PM
I run an inline weight 50/50 for suspended fish on an inline planer boards and we have been catching a few while running the bottom bouncers.  We have been catching them also on the suspended lines trolling.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Sofa--kingbigbass on Jul 10, 2021, 06:44 AM
So where are the largemouth in this lake? Been here 5 times and only smallies and walleye for me
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 10, 2021, 06:56 AM
Let me know when you want to go and I will hold your hand and show you….  :o
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Sofa--kingbigbass on Jul 10, 2021, 09:01 AM
When are you available?

Let me know when you want to go and I will hold your hand and show you….  :o
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 10, 2021, 10:36 AM
I have only fished the lake for about 70 years and have caught 3 LMB. There are a few but not many. Not really a bass fisherman but the lake does have some very nice SMB....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 11, 2021, 02:41 PM
My daughter and I fished today. 9 walleyes and 1 perch. Kept 4 and the perch. Very light bite again. 28 to 32 fow. Water temp 74* out on the lake. Most came on a yellow bucktail....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Jul 12, 2021, 04:34 AM

 Good going hunts
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 12, 2021, 07:06 AM
Sounds like a good day, fishing with your daughter, that's really special. Does she out fish you.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 12, 2021, 07:22 AM
Sounds like a good day, fishing with your daughter, that's really special. Does she out fish you.
Almost every trip. Yesterday she let me catch 2 walleyes. She likes using my "lucky" fishing pole. It is a 1990 Mag-Touch, very good for the light bite....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 12, 2021, 08:27 AM
Nice job Catching..👍
 And it’s nice when the kids out fish you..😀
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jul 12, 2021, 09:29 AM
It’s a sign of not only a good captain, but a great father as well!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 14, 2021, 06:20 AM
Just a heads up. The lake has come up a foot and a half. Also seeing some junk floating....h2l

P.S. ActtivetrapChecker, I think it is a sign my reaction time is slowing down.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 14, 2021, 06:23 AM
Thanks for the heads up,will be fishing tomorrow.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 15, 2021, 02:33 PM
I got to use my lucky pole today. 8 walleyes, 5 keepers, kept 2 for a friend and his wife. (19 and 20 inches) Also, some SMB, only had to bring 1 into the boat. Most of the walleyes came mid-morning, 28 to 32 fow. Water temp 75. Also seeing a thermocline at about 35 fow....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Jul 15, 2021, 03:04 PM

 Well done a nice report 🎣
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 15, 2021, 03:55 PM
Sounds like a good day mister.👍👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: myemmy on Jul 15, 2021, 06:19 PM
Hey huntstolong your doing good,how’s famous Dave have not heard much from him! Anybody getting any trout ? Good luck as always enjoy .,!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 15, 2021, 07:28 PM
Nice going H2L, I also fished today with my cousin, caught one 17" walleye and missed a few more. We fished 15 to 20 feet of water. Also caught a small mouth bass and a perch. Lot of fish were jumping. Glad you had a good day.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 16, 2021, 05:41 AM
Hey huntstolong your doing good,how’s famous Dave have not heard much from him! Anybody getting any trout ? Good luck as always enjoy .,!

Good to hear from you. Haven't talked to Dave, I think he got married so may have SOLD the boat LOL. The GSLFF had their contest back in June, only 2 trout were brought in. Stay well....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 16, 2021, 05:45 AM
Iceman, you will have to let me know what kind of boat you have and I will watch for you. I have a black 16' Lund Fury with a 50 on it. At least you beat the skunk....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 16, 2021, 07:54 AM
H2L I have a black 16 ft sylvan with a 25 evinrude etec.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Jul 19, 2021, 03:00 PM
Got out today 8-1pm with a buddy. Tried a new area to us. Grabbed 6 keepers and 10 shorts. Lake was 72-74 degrees
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jul 19, 2021, 03:37 PM
Got out today 8-1pm with a buddy. Tried a new area to us. Grabbed 6 keepers and 10 shorts. Lake was 72-74 degrees

That’s a great day, congrats!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 20, 2021, 05:31 AM
Good job bauls25 sounds like a good day.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 20, 2021, 05:54 AM
Way to go bauls25...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 22, 2021, 03:02 PM
H2L it was nice to meet you and Lindsey out on the lake today, I did ok this morning caught 3 walleyes,1 perch, 2bass and a northern. My cousin caught a bass and one small walleye. How did you and Lindsey make out, did she out fish you again.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 22, 2021, 05:32 PM
Lindsay caught 3 walleyes to my 1 bass. Nice seeing you out there. It got a little breezy...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 26, 2021, 05:39 AM
After the ZOO on Sat. I should have gone out yesterday, only 5 or 6 trailers at the Northville launch. Everyone believed the weatherman....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 30, 2021, 07:14 AM
Fished the lake yesterday, we caught 4 walleyes and 3 bass only one walleye was a keeper. Not many boats out,storm must have scared them off.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Jul 30, 2021, 07:27 AM
Hi guys,  Want to try Sacandaga  sometime over the next few weeks. Trying out my new Lund 1400 Fury. Most likely launching at Northville.
Bought a fishing map that tells me to look for walleyes on a flat just south of there and along the east side of the west arm down to Sinclaire Point. Is that good info? Also to look for a submerged mill foundation, where might that be?   Thanks for any feedback.
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Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 30, 2021, 03:54 PM
Iceman, you must have fished in the morning, or got VERY wet in the PM. It rained pretty hard.
We went out mid morning today and fished until about 3:30. A few hits but NO fish. Very windy and cool at times....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 30, 2021, 07:07 PM
H2L  I fished 7AM  till 11:30 got off the lake just in time. Peter cos that sounds like as good a spot as any, don't know where the submerged mill is.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Jpb on Jul 31, 2021, 08:37 AM
Fished yesterday 7 am till 11. Main lake  north east area, west of Sinclair point.  6 walleye, 2 keepers. 1 SMB. Steady bite in 20-25 FOW. Scattered. Bottom bouncers with worm spinners. 1.2 mph.

First time fishing sacandaga this year. Tried some old spots and still good.  Appreciate the posts. Tight lines.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 01, 2021, 03:33 PM
Fished Saturday and today, finally after many slow trips I finally hit it right, Saturday took my father and we ended with 9 keepers and at least a dozen shorts, today took the wife out to the same area and was able to put 10 keepers in the boat and at least that many shorts. All on worm harnesses in 29-34fow
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 02, 2021, 05:13 AM
Way to go...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 02, 2021, 05:52 AM
Good job beerbellybob and job, the Dead Sea comes alive.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 02, 2021, 09:34 AM
If we get 2 or 3 days in a row without storms, things should really pick up...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 02, 2021, 04:39 PM
Ill be back out Saturday
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Jcoup on Aug 04, 2021, 10:56 AM
Fished last night for 3 hours.  Caught probably 15 shorts and 4 keepers.  Trolling worm harnesses/bottom bouncers... Lots of 13 inch walleyes last night.. Had fun... Kept the kid busy.. Sounds like its turning on and getting a steady bite. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 04, 2021, 02:48 PM
Got 11 walleyes, 2 perch and 4 rock bass. Jigs, 25 fow. 3 of the walleyes were keepers. Didn't keep any....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 04, 2021, 03:02 PM
Way to go h2l..👍👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Aug 04, 2021, 06:50 PM
Hi hunts, it was nice to meet you today.  Found the engine code caution light reset procedure when I got the boat home. Fairly simple, hope to get out again maybe next week. Thanks on the info will have to learn jigging as the other boat that came in had success doing the same thing.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 05, 2021, 06:13 AM
Nice job H2l,  I can't go till tomorrow hope they are still hungry.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 05, 2021, 06:24 AM
Pete with a code it should be an easy fix. Nice meeting you at the launch. Iceman, good luck on Friday....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 07, 2021, 06:27 AM
Fished the lake yesterday 6:30 till noon. Caught 3 walleyes, 1 keeper,4 bass, and one perch. Not a very good day but beat the skunk.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 07, 2021, 06:52 AM
Iceman, seems every trip turns into a search mission. Turned pretty warm in the PM. I know on Thursday there were a lot of insect casings  on the surface, almost looked like may flies, which can make for a tough bite. We haven't kept any in awhile, but the last time we did they were spitting up small minnows in the live well. With all the rain and cooler temps maybe in insects think its Spring again. Summer will be back this week...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 07, 2021, 05:51 PM
Well my program from last weekend only netted 2 keepers and a few throwbacks switched over to rapalas on leadcore and snap weights in 35-40fow and pulled 3 more keepers and a smallmouth. Most fish were spitting up small minnows, looked to be perch.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 07, 2021, 07:35 PM
BBB, well at least you got a few. WTG. I have let to find a program that works 2 days in a row....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 08, 2021, 06:57 AM
H2l I noticed they were spitting up minnows in the live well also. Do you tip your jigs with anything, maybe minnows are the way to go.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 08, 2021, 09:01 AM
I put a worm on the jigs. Minnows are pretty hard to keep fresh in warm weather. Will use a leech once in a while...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Aug 10, 2021, 09:17 AM
Hi Hunts2, Will be heading up there Thursday morning.  Will look for you.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 10, 2021, 02:00 PM
Spot lock is great, as long as the water is somewhat calm.... it does keep you in the same general area.   I use it mostly when I am trolling around edge and when you get a fish on, I hit the spot lock real quick to land the fish and then keep on moving.

I spot lock in big waves a lot jigging lakers no problems at all.  Occassionally some cavitstion on my stratos with a 60" shaft.  Adding a 87" shaft to 23ft proline for spot locking for tog and bass in the ocean.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 11, 2021, 05:58 AM
Hi Hunts2, Will be heading up there Thursday morning.  Will look for you.
Hi PeterCos I also will be out Thursday morning will keep an eye on lookout for you.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 11, 2021, 06:01 AM
Good luck guys, I think it is going to be too HOT for me. My cousin caught 8 walleyes yesterday. Worm harness' in around 30 fow. Only 3 keepers....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Aug 11, 2021, 02:29 PM
Hey Iceman, What kind of boat? Blue 14 ft LUND here.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 11, 2021, 07:28 PM
Hey PeterCos I changed my mind to hot tomorrow going Friday instead. I have a black sylvan 16ft. With white etec evinrude motor. Will catch you another time. Good luck tomorrow.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Aug 12, 2021, 05:24 PM
Thanks guys, skipped out myself. Would like to tag along with one of you guys to learns the ropes, if I am not being too pushy note me. Thanks
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 13, 2021, 03:52 PM
Fished today 6:30 till 11:30 one small walleye and three bass also got broke off by a pike. Was really hot out should have stayed home.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 14, 2021, 05:11 AM
Sometimes it pays to be "old and wise". Weather has not been great for fishing, but at the same time fishing can really improve after a week of hot weather. We will see.....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 14, 2021, 06:47 AM
H2l I believe I have reached the old part, when does the wise part kick in. The water temp on my fish finder said 80.2 air temp. Was much higher. Can't say I enjoyed that trip much.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 15, 2021, 08:39 AM
Fished today 6:30 till 11:30 one small walleye and three bass also got broke off by a pike. Was really hot out should have stayed home.


fished yesterday for a few hours - real hot, and those biting flies were out in full force, it was crazy!  Never experienced that before.

Caught a few decent smallies and actually had a smaller pike 20" or so break my line right when I was about to net it.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 16, 2021, 07:03 AM
Jaconwall, did you get my PM...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 16, 2021, 07:58 AM
Yes I just checked, thanks!!  I didn't see it there, and searched my email and it was in spam filter.....
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 16, 2021, 02:43 PM
We fished today. Left fish to find bigger fish. Came back to first spot after only catching 2 others. Ended up with 13 or 14 walleyes. Nothing over 15 1/4 inches. All came off a small shelf between 35 fow and 31 fow. Bite was light and they wanted the jig on the fall. Water temp 78*...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 16, 2021, 02:53 PM
Sounds like a good time h2l.👍👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Aug 16, 2021, 05:01 PM
Nice going H2
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Post by: iceman260 on Aug 17, 2021, 06:36 AM
Good job h2l ,must have been fun.
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Post by: hunts2long on Aug 20, 2021, 04:40 PM
HOT, no wind. Fish were in the same area as last trip. Caught 8 walleyes and lost 5 or 6 on the way up. 34 to 31 fow, very light bite again. 3 keepers, one just over 17"...Good seeing you guys again....h2l
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Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 20, 2021, 04:44 PM

 Great eaters , keep after them hunts
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Post by: iceman260 on Aug 20, 2021, 09:47 PM
Nice to see you again, we didn't do as good as you and lindsay, we caught two shorts and lost a couple on way up. Water temp went down a few degrees with all the rain we had. Keep up the good work, more rain is coming.
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Post by: PeterCos on Aug 22, 2021, 04:08 PM
Hi all, Is there good good spring crappie fishing, and if so where should I look?   Hope you all are enjoying the rain.
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Post by: iceman260 on Aug 23, 2021, 07:04 AM
I've never fished for crappie on sacandaga, always do well on Saratoga lake for them in spring.
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Post by: hunts2long on Aug 23, 2021, 08:09 AM
I haven't caught one in years...h2l
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Post by: PeterCos on Aug 23, 2021, 11:20 AM
Thanks guys, Saratoga is where I have had luck as well, just thought that if I was spending time at GSL I would ask.
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Post by: piscesman on Aug 24, 2021, 06:13 PM
Been a while since I posted. Back from vacation far from here. Has the level fallen off?? Have this and Labor Day weekend off and don't want to screw the pooch. Thanks for any help. BTW, when we went to our camp in Brooks Bay area before the 13th the water was May level.......
     Kim :'(
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Post by: hunts2long on Aug 25, 2021, 06:25 AM
Kim, well the lake is still at May levels. 70+ years and I don't think I have ever seen it as high in August. Fishing has been fair to good, when you find them. Guys fishing for bass are doing well. Good luck...h2l
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Post by: piscesman on Aug 25, 2021, 07:32 PM
Thanks foe the reply. Been a tough year. Only 2 walleyes to date. Both keepers. Have not been up as much as I'd like but there's always fall and next year. Thanks again.
      Kim
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Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 26, 2021, 05:45 PM
I always do better when the water is low so in my eyes the best is yet too come
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Post by: hunts2long on Aug 26, 2021, 05:49 PM
BBB, the lake is smaller, just my .02....h2l
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Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 26, 2021, 06:00 PM
BBB, the lake is smaller, just my .02....h2l

Cant argue that
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Post by: hunts2long on Aug 27, 2021, 06:16 AM
Really the size of lake makes no difference to me, I only fish the bottom foot or two...h2l
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Post by: piscesman on Aug 28, 2021, 03:48 AM
Same here. How's the water level??
      Kim
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Post by: hunts2long on Aug 28, 2021, 04:57 AM
It's at May levels. Going to give it shot this morning....h2l
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Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 28, 2021, 05:04 AM

 Good luck hunts 🎣
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Post by: iceman260 on Aug 28, 2021, 07:47 AM
Good luck h2l, should be nice day with lower temps.
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Post by: wallyworld on Aug 28, 2021, 08:34 AM
H2L....Hope the 30 minute downpour that just went thru here missed you on the lake :-\
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Post by: hunts2long on Aug 28, 2021, 02:05 PM
We had on and off showers for a couple hours, then it dumper on us but we only had 2 worms left so came in. NO we didn't take rain gear. 12 walleyes, some SMB, rock bass and a bullhead. They were hitting pretty good before the fronts came though. All came from 28 down to 32 fow. Water temp 75*...h2l
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Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 28, 2021, 02:46 PM

 Attaboy way to put it to-m
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Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 28, 2021, 02:57 PM
Great job h2l...   :thumbup_smilie: :clapping:
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Post by: iceman260 on Aug 29, 2021, 03:53 AM
Good job H2l, hope to get out this week myself.
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 01, 2021, 02:47 PM
Fished today, 10 walleyes, 3 were just over 15", also caught 3 rock bass. Most came from 24 down to 28 fow. Water temp 73*....h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 01, 2021, 02:58 PM
Good job H2l, will be going tomorrow morning if rain stops.
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Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 01, 2021, 03:22 PM
Fished today, 10 walleyes, 3 were just over 15", also caught 3 rock bass. Most came from 24 down to 28 fow. Water temp 73*....h2l

  That’s a good day.  Congratulations.
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Post by: wallyworld on Sep 01, 2021, 03:43 PM
Way to go H2L  :flex: :thumbup_smilie:
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Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 01, 2021, 04:07 PM

 Good day and great eaters 🎣
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Post by: piscesman on Sep 01, 2021, 05:31 PM
Sounds like I'm missing out on the fun...... Coming up on Sunday with or without the wife. 7 straight weekends this year I couldn't get there. The high water gives me a small relief but who knows what could have happened. Probably closing up in 3 weeks so this weekend or?????????/
      Kim :-\ :-\
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 02, 2021, 05:50 AM
Iceman, it's not raining so good luck, mist coming off the water, air temp 49*...h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 02, 2021, 02:31 PM
Fished the lake today couldn't keep them off our lines. We caught 20 walleyes this morning,most were shorts but managed 3 for dinner,my cousin kept 2 for dinner. Great time, we fished our usual spot.
(https://i.postimg.cc/KRgdxhs1/20210902-133149.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/KRgdxhs1)
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 02, 2021, 03:08 PM
Congrats, that is a good day, any day...h2l
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Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 02, 2021, 05:38 PM

 Nice fish iceman
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 03, 2021, 02:55 PM
Thanks guys that was the best day out in a long time, the lake was a little choppy.
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Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 03, 2021, 05:08 PM
Nice catches I will be out Sunday and hopefully monday
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 04, 2021, 03:27 PM
Good luck Beerbellybob.
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Post by: PeterCos on Sep 05, 2021, 07:42 AM
Any suggestions on best worm harness colors.
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Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 05, 2021, 11:45 AM
First spot this morning was loaded with fish but they were very tight lipped only landed 1 short, switched over to riggers and leadcore for an hour still nothing. Headed to another spot ive had luck before and found a very aggressive school on a drop off from 18- 35fow and was able to put 8 keepers in the boat and several throwbacks all on worm harnesses
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Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 05, 2021, 11:46 AM
Any suggestions on best worm harness colors.
This year it seems like pink has been pretty consistent
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Post by: PeterCos on Sep 05, 2021, 02:46 PM
Thanks Beer Belly
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 06, 2021, 07:27 AM
Any suggestions on best worm harness colors.
Green has been working for me.
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 06, 2021, 10:11 AM
When I have used blades I usually started with silver, then purple. I always used Northland blades, but found that when they are hitting spinners, color really didn't make much difference. I sometimes even changed color after every fish...h2l
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Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 06, 2021, 10:40 AM
Ive done well with just a slow death hook on a 6ft leader behind a bottom bouncer no blades.
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 09, 2021, 12:42 PM
Fished this morning caught 16 walleyes and lost 4 more at the boat, most were shorts, we got three keepers for my cousin. Had a good time, lake was like glass. All on green spinners.
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Post by: PeterCos on Sep 09, 2021, 12:48 PM
Hi guys, My new boat has been taking on water from somewhere so I am bringing it to the dealer next week. Hope to get out again this year.
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Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 09, 2021, 12:51 PM

 Sorry to hear Pete , hope it comes out of the shop soon
 Sounds like a good time ice man
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 09, 2021, 01:18 PM
Sorry to hear that petercos.
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 10, 2021, 05:50 AM
Peter, hope it is a quick fix....h2l
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Post by: bauls25 on Sep 12, 2021, 08:14 AM
Broke a throttle cable Friday, Park Marine got me in and out quickly that afternoon.
Decided to throw something different at the fish Saturday in a area Ive never fished. Landed 27 walleye, largest being 19 7/8” right as the wind switched from North to South. Good enough to take 1st in tourney.
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Post by: wallyworld on Sep 12, 2021, 08:25 AM
Bauls25.....Nice fish, Congrats  :flex: :thumbup_smilie:
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Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 12, 2021, 09:33 AM

 Well done bauls
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Post by: Deadeyez on Sep 12, 2021, 11:35 AM
Hell yeah Bauls! Way to smash em!
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Post by: bauls25 on Sep 12, 2021, 08:33 PM
Thx guys. Had a blast and ate great. Sunday funday.
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 13, 2021, 06:37 AM
Bauls25 great job, nice fish. :clapping:
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 13, 2021, 07:48 AM
Park Marine is the best. Way to go on the walleyes. Wind change is always good fishing....h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 17, 2021, 06:28 PM
Fished the lake this morning, my cousin and I caught 22 walleyes, not a keeper in the bunch. Was a beautiful overcast morning, calm water and no summer crowd. We had a great time, wish the fish were bigger.
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 18, 2021, 08:45 AM
Lots of walleyes, just not many keepers being caught by anyone. There has to be some, just can't find them. We have moved around a lot this summer looking for them...h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 19, 2021, 07:06 AM
H2l if you and Lindsey go out today good luck and wish her a Happy Birthday, hope she catches some big walleyes.
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Post by: bauls25 on Sep 19, 2021, 07:16 AM
If i catch 2-3 shorts, I move to another area.
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 19, 2021, 01:22 PM
Bauls, I always move after a couple shorts. Sometimes you don't have to move far.
Today may have been a good day to target pike. Lindsay caught two, one about 24" and another about 32", also had a bite off. Only a couple walleyes....h2l
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Post by: PeterCos on Sep 23, 2021, 11:42 AM
The dealer could not detect any leaks in my boat. I am not sure if that is good or not, as I  know I have taken on some water. Will now have to wait for further investigation if the problem persists. I know LUND has a lifetime warranty on their hulls but I have heard some complaints. For instance a single rivet may not get covered due to the wording of the warranty. CRs where I bought it and took it said not to expect any problems but not overly happy. Anyone else have similar situations?
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Post by: Fishin-Mission on Sep 23, 2021, 11:54 AM
With regard to a possible leak in your boat.  Did the dealer check the live well supply and drain lines for a leak?  It is possible to have a leak in the hoses and connections.  Sure hope you do not have a leaky boat.  I have suspected a leak in mine but never found one.
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Post by: PeterCos on Sep 23, 2021, 07:26 PM
Thanks Mission, He did suggest plugging live well intake and see what happens. That is the plan for next season as the boat is in storage and I am hunting and waiting for hard water.
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 24, 2021, 06:56 AM
Petercos years ago I almost sank a boat on Saratoga lake, I headed out on the lake when I realized my boat wouldn't get on plane, realized water was up to the floor. I turned around and made it to the launch, my bilge pump was keeping me from sinking. Got it on the trailer and pumped out,the culprit was mice chewed through the live well intake hose.
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Post by: PeterCos on Sep 24, 2021, 01:12 PM
Sound like what is going on with me. Heading out and it was taking on water, a fair amount so that I headed back. As I said the dealer found zero rivet leaks so I think live well line also. Ticks me off the boat is not even a year and I do not have mice where I stored at home. If is does not leak when I plug the live well line I will know. Thanks all for info.
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 25, 2021, 03:37 PM
Fished today. 5 or 6 walleyes, a bunch of rock bass and 1 pike. Water temp out on the lake 69*....h2l
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Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 25, 2021, 04:01 PM
Nice day to be out..👍👍
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Post by: iceman260 on Sep 26, 2021, 08:06 AM
H2l good job on the fish, are they still letting water out, last time I went the docks were quite far out.
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Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 26, 2021, 08:19 AM
 

 Well done h2l
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Post by: hunts2long on Sep 26, 2021, 08:53 AM
H2l good job on the fish, are they still letting water out, last time I went the docks were quite far out.
With the rain we got Thursday it came up about 7 or 8 inches. Yesterday the water was up to the bottom of the dock...h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on Oct 08, 2021, 07:11 AM
My cousin fished the lake yesterday with another guy, he said they caught 7 keepers in 28ft. of water. I couldn't go had to take my wife to doctors.
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Post by: hunts2long on Apr 10, 2022, 06:19 AM
The ice has been gone on the Northville end for a few days. Friday there was some still some out in the main lake, but it wasn't looking like it would last long.
With the rain the lake came up over 4 feet since Thurs./Friday. It is at the normal level you would see early May.
The streams and rivers are very high and really running. May not be a good sign for a walleye run. I just hope they hadn't sprawed already.
Hope everyone has a good Winter. Season opens in 3 weeks....h2l
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Post by: bauls25 on Apr 27, 2022, 08:35 AM
Anyone know why the state doesnt stock walleye in Sac?   Seems odd.
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Post by: 62 & Done on Apr 27, 2022, 05:11 PM
Not enough forage for the fish that are already in there. Local clubs stock trout and the pike love them.   Dead Sea
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Post by: bauls25 on Apr 28, 2022, 05:28 AM
Hmm.  Just emailed DEC.  See what they say.
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Post by: hunts2long on Apr 28, 2022, 07:10 AM
I have asked that question many times over the years. No one seems to have an answer. The bass seem to be able to find enough food. The natural spawn can be too "hit or miss" each Spring. From what I saw this Spring was a MISS, last years wasn't much better.
Back in the 70's I believe they use to stock some in the lake. They also shocked and tagged walleyes in the Spring. We caught many of the tagged ones in the following years and from the info we received back they were growing, but not very fast. That said, looking at the records I kept we seemed to be catching more (NOT A LOT) fish in the low 20" range than I have caught in the past 5 or 10 years.

Bauls25, you know this, a few years ago the lake was on FIRE, it was nothing to go out and catch a walleye on almost every jig drop. I wouldn't even go on the water without 5 or 6 dozen of worms. Many were legal but many shorts mixed in. Two years ago was a tough year, last year a little better. Over my, close to 60 years of fishing and living on the lake it has it's good and bad years. I believe it has more to do with the "hit and miss" Springs than any thing else. MAYBE a 3 fish limit is something that would help. This coming from some one who doesn't EAT fish....h2l
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Post by: bauls25 on Apr 28, 2022, 10:10 AM
My name is Chris Powers, I am an aquatic biologist for the New York State DEC. My area of coverage includes Saratoga and Fulton counties and Great Sacandaga Lake. I was forwarded an email you sent inquiring about walleye stocking in GSL. The state does not stock walleye, however the Great Sacandaga Lake Fish Federation does stock some. The DEC does not stock because there are many tributaries that support spring spawning runs and natural reproduction. Furthermore, we know that walleye in the lake grow slower than walleyes elsewhere in the state, this is likely due to the low productivity of the reservoir due to annual water level drawdowns. Stocking additional walleye could potentially reduce growth rates even further by increasing competition for food. If you would like to discuss further feel free to give me a call at 518 623 1708.
 
Thanks,
 
Chris
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Post by: hunts2long on Apr 29, 2022, 06:12 AM
Bauls25, thanks for sharing that. I agree, there are a lot of places for the spawn, but not every year are the conditions right for a good spawn.
The "drawdown" has been going on every year since the lake went in.
If I recall, some of those "good" fishing years were following the new regulation of keeping the lake level higher during the Summer, I think it helps better weed beds to develop during the warm weather period, before they die off during the winter.

As far as the GSLFF stocking walleyes, they do stock a few thousand each of the past 8 or 10 years. It is a big lake. Why not 50k to 100k fry each year from the hatchery. If only 10% made it, it would help.

Anyway, thanks again and hope to see you on the water....h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on Apr 29, 2022, 07:10 AM
Bauls25 thank for sharing that info. Correct me if I'm wrong many years ago I was told they introduced smelt in the lake to increase forage. Was this true and did they take, the bass, pike and perch all seem to grow big ,why not the walleye's. I noticed more big bait pods on the lake last year than I have seen before.
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Post by: hunts2long on Apr 29, 2022, 10:23 AM
Iceman, they did try stocking smelt many years ago, they didn't seem to take. You are right, the last 5 years or so, there has been much more baitfish. I believe that has a lot to do with the lake level kept higher during the summer months that allows better week beds to grow giving better areas for them to survive...h2l

The gate is open at the Northville launch.
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Post by: bauls25 on Apr 29, 2022, 01:46 PM
Could genetics play a roll in their size more than forage?   I see Drago gets 80k stocked and thats a much smaller lake. 
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Post by: PeterCos on Apr 30, 2022, 07:19 AM
Good luck all on opening day tomorrow.
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Post by: iceman260 on Apr 30, 2022, 07:37 AM
Good luck to all fishing tomorrow.
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Post by: bauls25 on Apr 30, 2022, 12:26 PM
I dont really get the point of stocking trout in gsl. Do they not reproduce?   
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Post by: iceman260 on May 06, 2022, 07:32 AM
Fished the lake yesterday with my cousin, never had a hit, didn't mark any fish or bait pods. Water was 50.7 degrees, was nice to be out and give the boat a shake down.
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Post by: hunts2long on May 06, 2022, 12:13 PM
I take it that you didn't see my PM I sent you. I haven't gotten the boat out of the garage yet, maybe next week....h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on May 07, 2022, 06:55 AM
H2l thanks for PM, yes I missed it,thanks for that info. Hope to see you out there soon.
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Post by: PeterCos on May 07, 2022, 08:03 AM
My boat will be at Park Marine Base starting on the 15th. Hope to meet up with you guys.
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Post by: iceman260 on May 13, 2022, 01:32 PM
PeterCos that would be nice, maybe you can teach me how to catch walleyes.
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Post by: PeterCos on May 14, 2022, 12:57 PM
Iceman I am new to the lake, so a learning experience for both.
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Post by: hunts2long on May 14, 2022, 05:48 PM
Peter, don't let Iceman fool you. I saw him with a walleye...lol...h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on May 15, 2022, 06:30 AM
Peter h2l and his daughter are the walleye experts, they always catch and make it look easy lol.
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Post by: PeterCos on May 15, 2022, 05:01 PM
So I have heard, I plan on hooking up with them and picking their  brains.
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Post by: Raquettedacker on May 15, 2022, 05:43 PM
Peter h2l and his daughter are the walleye experts, they always catch and make it look easy lol.

  I havent seen any reports from him . Hes not giving any secrets away... 8)
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Post by: hunts2long on May 16, 2022, 06:00 AM
The boat is coming out this week, I have either been busy or slowing down, not sure....h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on May 17, 2022, 06:17 AM
The walleye are in trouble now,especially if you take Lindsay with you.
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Post by: hunts2long on May 17, 2022, 06:27 AM
Won't fish until next week, going to be too HOT this weekend. Lindsay is working until school gets out....see you out there....h2l
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Post by: hunts2long on May 21, 2022, 05:25 AM
The boat is out of the garage and ready to go, looking at Wed. My cousin called me yesterday from the lake. He had just caught and released a 28lb pike. She hit a CP Sling, 8lb test line with no leader.
I forgot to ask if he got a picture. I guess the guy with him got cut trying to get the fish in the boat. They got it back into the water so fast he forgot to measure it....h2l
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Post by: iceman260 on May 21, 2022, 06:37 AM
Nice fish for sure,  there are some big ones out there. I might be out next Thursday weather permitting.
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Post by: beerbellybob106 on May 21, 2022, 05:54 PM
Going to give it a go tomorrow I don't usually do good till mid June but the weather has been pretty warm maybe I'll find a few
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Post by: hunts2long on May 22, 2022, 05:48 AM
Good Luck...h2l
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Post by: PeterCos on May 22, 2022, 12:22 PM
Out for a few hours yesterday with no luck. Think I am going to need help from you experts until I can get some consistency.
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Post by: beerbellybob106 on May 22, 2022, 04:43 PM
2 keeper walleye and a nice perch this morning marked quite a few just couldn't get them to bite
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Post by: iceman260 on May 24, 2022, 06:44 AM
Good job Bob were you jigging or trolling.
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Post by: hunts2long on May 24, 2022, 10:16 AM
I will check out the jigging in the morning.
Peter, it is still early, give them some time....h2l
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Post by: beerbellybob106 on May 24, 2022, 08:27 PM
Good job Bob were you jigging or trolling.
Got 1 bottom bouncing worm harnesses and 1 trolling rapalas on downriggers
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Post by: hunts2long on May 25, 2022, 02:49 PM
First trip in the book. 2 16" walleyes and one perch. Water temp 68*. Both walleyes came from 31 fow which surprised me. Hitting very light and right tight to bottom...h2l
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Post by: Raquettedacker on May 25, 2022, 05:37 PM
First trip in the book. 2 16" walleyes and one perch. Water temp 68*. Both walleyes came from 31 fow which surprised me. Hitting very light and right tight to bottom...h2l

  Way to go..👍👍
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Post by: hunts2long on May 25, 2022, 05:44 PM
My body tells me, "You are getting too old". The wife asked me if I was going out again in the morning..lol...h2l
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Post by: PeterCos on May 25, 2022, 07:16 PM
Nice job Doug.
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Post by: filetandrelease on May 25, 2022, 08:21 PM

 Well done H2L
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Post by: iceman260 on May 25, 2022, 08:46 PM
Good job Doug, I'll be going out tomorrow.
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Post by: iceman260 on May 26, 2022, 03:07 PM
Fished this morning with my cousin, two hits and two misses, better luck next time. Marked a lot of bait.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on May 26, 2022, 04:06 PM
It will only get better. Got pretty windy this afternoon...h2l
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Post by: PeterCos on May 30, 2022, 02:01 PM
Hunts what kid of jigs and presentation do you use?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on May 31, 2022, 06:09 AM
I am using 1/4 to 3/8 oz bucktails. Black/blue was best color last year. With only 1 trip this year not sure but it does seem to change. I never start a day with what was working on the last trip. As for presentation, I have seen that change from hour to hour. Most times (warm water) they like a lift and drop, early season more of tight to bottom, you just have to play around. Looking like this Thurs. may be a good day....h2l
There were some fish not far from where you are keeping your boat, I just couldn't get them to hit.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on May 31, 2022, 06:32 AM
H2l may see you out there on Thursday, good luck to you.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 02, 2022, 02:51 PM
Another day, 2 walleye, 1 short and 1 17". Water temp 70*. Had some hits but missed them. Not many boats on the lake, saw 2 others fishing....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 03, 2022, 05:45 AM
Doug you are the walleye master, couldn't go yesterday, my sister needed my help.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 03, 2022, 06:00 AM
I don't know about that. I missed a few good hits yesterday. I think that happens when you aren't getting a lot of hits, or, maybe getting old and my reaction time is slowing down. As I have said, it is still early, the "tiger lilies" aren't in bloom yet! Enjoy the weekend....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Jun 04, 2022, 04:46 AM
Hey Doug, how deep are you fishing? Looking to open camp tomorrow and hit the water. 1st time up this year. I know that you are a ways away from our camp since it's near Brooks Bay. Good Fishing this weekend.
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 04, 2022, 06:26 AM
Only been out 2 times and only caught 4 walleyes. The ones I have caught have come from anywhere from 22 to 31 fow, which I thought was deep for this time of year. Spring has aways been tough for me. Poke around out there, you never know. If you find them let me know! Good Luck and enjoy the weekend....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 04, 2022, 06:59 AM
That's 4 more than I have caught, time to change tactics for me, good luck to all going out, see you out there soon.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 04, 2022, 03:50 PM
Caught two shorts in front of Park Marine in about 25ft of water. Any pods of fish I marked were hugging bottom in deep water, 35 to 40 feet.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 05, 2022, 05:24 AM
Way to go Peter. That is a start...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 05, 2022, 06:00 AM
Good job Peter, way to start the season.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 06, 2022, 07:41 AM
Doug, What pound test do you use when jigging?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 07, 2022, 06:05 AM
Use 6lb Fireline most of the time. I do have a couple spooled with 4lb....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 09, 2022, 12:45 PM
Geez Guys long time no hear- Been busy hope to get out this weekend. If anyone wants to know if the bass are aggressive, caught one off the dock with a non baited floating jig.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 10, 2022, 06:31 AM
I always fish on Thursdays, this week it rained so I stayed home. Next week Thursday is our 50th anniversary wife won't let me fish. That day lol.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 10, 2022, 06:42 AM
You would think after 50 years you would have her trained! Have a Happy Anniversary! I thought about going today but it might be too windy. Maybe Monday or Tuesday...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 11, 2022, 06:57 AM
Thanks for the anniversary wishes Doug. She's been a tough one to train, maybe I could get some pointers from you lol. She's a wonderful woman to put up with me for fifty years. See you out there when the tiger lilies bloom.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 13, 2022, 07:01 PM
Launched up by Edinburg bout 10am. Wanted to see what the dam looked like. Ended up fishing here and there til 4pm.   6 keepers, 6 shorts and a handful of bass. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 14, 2022, 04:58 AM
bauls25, sounds like a good day. I haven't fished down that way in a few years. Use to do pretty good....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 14, 2022, 05:59 AM
Thanks for the anniversary wishes Doug. She's been a tough one to train, maybe I could get some pointers from you lol. She's a wonderful woman to put up with me for fifty years. See you out there when the tiger lilies bloom.
Going to give it a try today. I will give you an update...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 14, 2022, 06:04 AM
H2l looking forward to your report, bauls25 sounds like you had a good day.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 14, 2022, 08:24 AM
Came across a spot that i had to turn around and go back and check.  Had to be 40 fish stacked up.  Jigged up 3 shorts and moved on.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 14, 2022, 05:33 PM
Well I almost got skunked! 1 short walleye, 5 SMB (they are moving deeper!, 6 perch and 1 rock bass. I spend over 2 hours on a lot of fish, mid lake off an underwater sand bar. 36 fow, just off the top of the sand bar that tops out about 20 fow. I could not get a hit. That spot has produced a lot of walleyes in the past. Find it better when they are up on top. Water temp 69*...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jun 14, 2022, 06:00 PM
Does anyone have an opinion about launching a canoe from Northampton Beach campground and finding some productive water? We are camping there third week of August.

To me, it’s still fishing but I look forward to any thoughts of those who fish it frequently.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 15, 2022, 05:03 AM
ATC, just South of the campsite there is a group of islands. Off those islands can be pretty good but keep in mind that the water levels are always changing and August is a long way away. Has you get closer to your trip, hit me up and I will provide an update...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 15, 2022, 05:54 AM
After I had posted yesterdays report, my cousin called me. He was also out yeaterday also said he marked a lot of fish. He is a troller so covered a lot of water. He did boat 6 walleyes but only 2 were over 15". (spinners) Based on what I saw and what he said, I would have to believe they are starting to bunch up. Looking at some of my old "logs" my first fishing vacation was always the last full week of June. Usually caught a lot of walleyes, I was a Lindy Rig fisherman in those days. That was before lake maps, GPS, etc. I would put markers out about 200 yards apart along the old river bed and back troll looking for "hot" spots. There are a lot of slip sinkers out there.  If I found  something that looked good I would log, draw a map. Many of those spots are still producing. Today I can go to many of them by just looking at my Helix. I have only 6 way points saved....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 15, 2022, 07:06 AM
Thanks for the nice report H2l, might see you out there next week.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 15, 2022, 07:36 AM

 Keep after them Hunts Sounds like you got them dialed in
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jun 16, 2022, 05:41 AM
ATC, just South of the campsite there is a group of islands. Off those islands can be pretty good but keep in mind that the water levels are always changing and August is a long way away. Has you get closer to your trip, hit me up and I will provide an update...h2l

Thanks H2L. Appreciate the information. Spent 6 hours in a canoe pan fishing a small ADK lake, beautiful day, lots of dinks but was a blast. But my body doesn’t like canoes, so I may have to go a different route in august.

Tight lines everyone!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 16, 2022, 06:59 AM
ATC I agree with you on the canoe thing. H2l is spot on with his info, hope you do well in august.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 19, 2022, 05:24 AM
I give everyone credit who fished the GSLFF contest yesterday, it was not a nice day out there. I did go down for the weigh in. Biggest walleye 21 inches, biggest bass 18 and there were No trout entered....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Jun 21, 2022, 05:21 AM
Tough fishing in that wind.  Couple keepers, few shorts, lot of small bass.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 22, 2022, 05:28 AM
You are a better man than I am! Glad you found a few...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 22, 2022, 06:52 AM
Good job bauls25 when your old and retired like me, you don't fish that rough stuff anymore.
,
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 24, 2022, 05:04 AM
It was a good week to be without the Jeep. The weather has sucked. They did call yesterday afternoon and I get the Jeep back this morning, just in time for the weekend, hot weather and end of school. Should be getting out on the lake next week to see how the fishing is.....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 24, 2022, 07:42 AM
H2l glad you got the jeep back, tiger lilies have bloomed should be good fishing. See you out there.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 24, 2022, 05:04 PM
Went out about noon! Water temp at the launch 64* out in the lake 70*. 4 walleyes 3 keepers, biggest about 18". Didn't keep any....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 24, 2022, 06:24 PM
Nice job Doug..
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 25, 2022, 07:31 AM
Good job Doug,
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Jun 25, 2022, 11:15 AM
8 fish this morning 7 keepers 18-22 fow all on harnesses
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 25, 2022, 02:01 PM
Good job Beerbellybob.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 25, 2022, 03:58 PM
BBB, that is a good day...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 25, 2022, 08:22 PM
Slow day for me - one short- Did not get out till early afternoon and a lot of boat traffic. Do you guys usually try to get out early or late for better fishing- on like that for Saratoga for sure.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Jun 25, 2022, 08:34 PM
Slow day for me - one short- Did not get out till early afternoon and a lot of boat traffic. Do you guys usually try to get out early or late for better fishing- on like that for Saratoga for sure.
I've always liked the morning. Launched at 6am today and by 8:30 the bite I found had disappeared. I also like to get there early and try to be off by 11 before the launches turn into a zoo
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 26, 2022, 05:09 AM
First, I stay off the lake on weekends. Usually on the lake by 7am. Once the fish get into their summer locations, I seem to catch most of my fish during the day. That could be just the way I fish! I trolled spinners for a few years and caught fish but I have caught a lot of fish jigging. I don't keep any fish and I do feel that jigging is much better for the fish. It is very rare when I walleye takes a jig deep....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 26, 2022, 06:21 AM
I'm with h2l no weekends, I like to go out about 7 am and fish till noon. Most of my fishing is spinners but would like to try jigging.
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Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 26, 2022, 06:35 AM
Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Jun 27, 2022, 06:37 PM
1st time up since opening the camp. Fri night 16.5 smallie and small rock bass. Sat am 2 just legal smallies. Sat night, skunked. Sunday am, 2 walleye 17" & 18". Will be good eating. Down toward the dam so many won't venture that far. Not good on posting pictures here so....................
      Kim  :flag:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 28, 2022, 04:54 AM
That is a good start to your season. The dam is a good 1 hour run for me, too "dam" far. You must have seen all the BIG boats on Sat....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 28, 2022, 06:23 AM
Pisces man good job on first trip, nice eater size walleyes.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jun 29, 2022, 07:16 AM
I will be heading out tomorrow, hope to get a few. Will post when I get back
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 29, 2022, 02:52 PM
Pete. nice seeing you on the lake. 5 walleyes, 1 rock bass and a 12" perch. Water temp 72*. Two of the walleyes were keepers. Did better on the Northville end of the lake. Wind changed from the South to the West and the bite seemed to pick up, but I had had enough for one day. I MUST be getting old...h2l

GOOD LUCK, Iceman!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Jun 29, 2022, 05:16 PM
Hunts, Great seeing you out there and thanks so much for the mini teaching lesson on spots.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jun 29, 2022, 05:35 PM
Spend some time in that area and you will catch some fish...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 01, 2022, 05:59 AM
Fished yesterday with my cousin, we caught three walleyes, one was a keeper, also caught a small pike. Bass were jumping all over.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 01, 2022, 06:27 AM
Sure that were  bass and not carp?
 Carp are still spawning and the juveniles do a lot of jumping..
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 01, 2022, 06:40 AM
Iceman, it was a nice morning to be on the lake. Way to go!
Raq, I have seen a few carp coming out of the water at the house. They just sort of come out the water and fall back in....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 02, 2022, 07:40 AM
Raq never gave carp a thought, you could be right. It was a nice morning to be out.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Jul 05, 2022, 07:02 PM
Well, ended up with 6 walleye boated. 1 short at 14.5", the rest above 15". Definitely am doing better than last year but still a ways to go. The wally we kept are in the freezer but kept 1 to fry tonight and were delicious!!!!!!!! Looking forward to next weekend!!!!!!
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 06, 2022, 06:00 AM
Kim, not bad for July 4th weekend. Just way too much boat traffic for me. The more you fish an area the more you learn. Many areas produce year after year, just keep in mind the water level changes during the year.....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 06, 2022, 06:14 AM
Good job Kim, you are having a good season so far. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Jul 06, 2022, 07:55 PM
Thanks everyone. Took me 20+ years to learn how to catch walleye up there. Never have been very good on artificials so natural was the way for me. Bought a smaller mangeable boat with smaller motor and my catches increased. Maybe 1 or 2 undersize [per year but the rest are kept. Tight Lines to all.....
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 07, 2022, 04:22 PM
Caught 8 walleyes, 5 keepers, kept 3, 17 to 18 inches. Also some perch. 7 came from the same area. 19 fow, water temp 74*....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jul 07, 2022, 05:11 PM
Nice work everyone!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 07, 2022, 06:55 PM
Nice job H2l, you had a good day, was nice to see you out there. We caught 2 walleyes only 1 keeper and a northern. Sun got to me, but it was a nice day, might put the bimini top on next trip.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 08, 2022, 06:31 AM
Iceman, most of the walleyes came from the spot I had fished when I went out. I had left that area because the perch were eating all my .25+ worms. On the way back up the lake the wind had changed and picked up so I stopped there again. The walleyes were pretty active for about 45 minutes, the wind changed to the west and they shut right off. Had 2 or 3 pretty good fish get off. The 3 I got I gave to a friend in trade for apple bread, their blackberries aren't ready yet....h2l

I waited almost 45 minutes at the launch to get the boat out, some "fisherman" couldn't get his boat off the trailer because his tie down straps were still on!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 08, 2022, 07:01 AM
H2l that trade sounds like a good one. The boat launch can be pretty entertaining at times.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Jul 08, 2022, 07:12 AM

 H2L I did that once , and was caught by a bud ,omg did I get busted lol , all I had to do was pull up quick and unhooked and re-dunk
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jul 08, 2022, 07:43 AM
I once saw a kid with his dad’s power boat try to launch it by unhooking the trailer from the hitch…
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Jul 12, 2022, 05:40 AM
Slow weekend for me. 2 Walleye same drift with 1 in the net and other pole went down. 1 keeper and 1 short 13". All I could manage 6 trips out. Traffic horrible so that came into play. Yes, I tried fishing mid-day, not again. Did find another spot thanks to a tip from a guy I know up there. He many targets' bass.
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 12, 2022, 06:10 AM
Weekends can be a pain. HINT: 2 fish on at about the same time will sometimes tell you something. The fish I have been catching are from "spots". 7 of the 8 I caught on last trip were on a spot about 50' x 50', but it does produce fish on a regular basis the past 2 or 3 years, you just have to be there at the right time. In the past if I catch a few on a spot and there is another spot close by I would move to see if that spot was also active, sometimes yes sometimes no. There are always active fish, you just have to find them, my .02 cents. Like Buck Perry always said, " the fish are deep, shallow or somewhere in between"....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 12, 2022, 07:37 AM
Kim like h2l said weekends can be a pain, if that's the only time you can fish make the best of it. Fish early morning or later in evening less boat traffic. You still did well not getting skunked.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Jul 12, 2022, 05:59 PM
Picked up 4 keepers Saturday night just as the sun set about 8:30 fished from 6 till 8:30 before I had my first bite. Picked up 4 in about 30 minutes then the wife got nervous about being out in the dark  ::) I'll be back to that spot soon to see if it was just a fluke or not
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 13, 2022, 06:55 AM
Good job beerbellybob, sounds like things are picking up.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 13, 2022, 03:03 PM
Fished today, 10 walleyes, 5 SMB and some perch. Only 2 walleyes were over 15 and not by much. Many of them were in 12 to 14 inch range. Found a huge bait ball with lots of fish in it but the perch were killing me. Ran out of worms. Water temp 76*. That bait ball was from 5' down to 20'. If I could get the jig below it I would catch a walleye...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 13, 2022, 03:10 PM
Great job Doug..
 That would be pretty exciting…👍👍👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Jul 13, 2022, 03:32 PM
Nice job Doug - - what area were you fishing?  I'd love to get my kids set up over some perch!  We had some good luck down around sunset bay marina last week and caught a real nice 16" perch.    Have not been out too much to fish, been doing more beach days with the kids!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 14, 2022, 12:35 PM
I am having that feeling, that today is the day I should have gone out...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 14, 2022, 07:58 PM
Thanks for the info this morning Doug, went out where you said to go ,got two twin walleyes 14 3/4 inches missed 3 more fish. Found a big bait ball but no perch. Went to our usual  spot nothing hitting there,started to rain so we headed in. Got to the spot we started at couple more hits and misses started to rain again headed home.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 15, 2022, 03:14 AM
I thought you may have gotten a little wet. They had to be there, but they do move a lot. You at least caught a few. That area can be good, don't give up...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 15, 2022, 06:13 AM
We didn't get to wet only damp we got off before the real rain came in. Hope all went well for your wife,thanks again.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 16, 2022, 05:46 AM
Iceman, all went fine yesterday. We were at St. Peter's at 5:45 and back home before noon.  She slept most of the afternoon....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 16, 2022, 07:10 AM
H2l that's good news, see you out there next week.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 18, 2022, 06:11 AM
What's up, no one fished this weekend?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 18, 2022, 06:19 AM
There were a lot of boats out there but I don't think many were fishing. Lots of jet skis. Lindsay has a couple days off this week, just trying to find a cooler day to go out or get her here "early"...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 19, 2022, 07:02 AM
H2l the weather looks hot all week with rain on Thursday, will probubly fish Friday this week. Good luck to you and Lindsay when you go.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 20, 2022, 05:12 AM
We were also looking at Thursday morning but not with the weather forecast I see this morning. Right now thinking Friday, just not sure if Lindsay is off on Friday. Had a pretty good storm go thru about 3am this morning....h2l 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 21, 2022, 06:11 AM
Looks like the weatherman fooled us again. This morning doesn't look bad but no one at the launch...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 21, 2022, 07:44 AM
H2l the weatherman said rain today, maybe we will see you out there tomorrow.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 23, 2022, 05:40 AM
Fished yesterday, me and my cousin caught 12 walleyes 6 were keepers, missed a few more. Also caught a large perch 14 inches. The morning was bearable with clouds and a breeze keeping the heat away.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 23, 2022, 06:41 AM
That is a very good day. Had to be getting pretty hot by the time you came in. TOO HOT for me. There must be a bass contest today as the launch is over half full this morning...h2l

This upcoming week has a couple good looking days in it. Did you fish your normal area yesterday? What was the water temp?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 23, 2022, 08:25 AM
H2l first stop was at the area you told me to go,to no luck there so we went to my usual spot, found them very Hungry. Overcast and breeze made for cool fishing, left at 11 oclock started to get hot, fish were still active. 14 inch perch was very fat.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 23, 2022, 08:33 AM
That first spot seems to be producing better in the afternoon for some reason but I do hit it on my way out most every day. I will fish a spot for 15 to 20 minutes then move on..h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 23, 2022, 09:22 AM
H2l water temp was 79.2 here’s a picture of the perch.
(https://i.postimg.cc/hfpP5rp9/4-D411884-15-BD-44-C3-9-D55-9-B6-A8849-A0-FE.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/hfpP5rp9)
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 24, 2022, 05:32 AM
That is a good looking perch. Water has gotten warm....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Jul 24, 2022, 08:00 AM

 Really nice perch iceman
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 25, 2022, 07:39 AM
My cousin caught the perch, he said it fought much harder than the walleyes.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 26, 2022, 04:02 PM
I thought today would be the day. 3 walleyes, 5 perch, 1 SMB and I had a pike on until cut me off. Water temp 78* and there was a good walleye chop, 2 footers out on the main lake....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 26, 2022, 04:17 PM
That’s a good day Doug ..  👍👍👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: wallyworld on Jul 27, 2022, 04:28 AM
Nice catch H2L   :bowdown:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 27, 2022, 05:16 AM
Nice catch H2l, nice day to be out low humidity and a breeeze.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 27, 2022, 05:24 AM
A couple times early I wished I had brough a sweatshirt. The wind got a little too much in the afternoon. I had to switch up to half oz. jig and that wasn't doing well. There were 7 or 8 boats out on the Northville end early in the morning. I should have started out on the main lake, the fish were there, just didn't have the boat control to jig very well...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 28, 2022, 06:13 AM
I had planned to go out today, rain stopped me, maybe tomorrow.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 28, 2022, 06:55 AM
There was no one at the launch this morning...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 28, 2022, 07:22 AM
A couple times early I wished I had brough a sweatshirt. The wind got a little too much in the afternoon. I had to switch up to half oz. jig and that wasn't doing well. There were 7 or 8 boats out on the Northville end early in the morning. I should have started out on the main lake, the fish were there, just didn't have the boat control to jig very well...h2l

Doug do you use a minnkota with spot lock?  Not perfect on windy days but helps a ton.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 28, 2022, 07:54 AM
I know it would help but I don't have a trolling motor on the boat..h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: mcully on Jul 28, 2022, 09:54 AM
drift bags work well too at times for control and speed
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 28, 2022, 05:48 PM
Mcully, I have thought of drift bags, but I don't usually make very long drifts.

Iceman, I am planning on going out in the morning. Will look for you if you are out...Good Luck....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 28, 2022, 08:47 PM
I know it would help but I don't have a trolling motor on the boat..h2l

Clearly doesnt hurt your numbers overall.  I was a huge fan of drift socks prior to the using spot lock.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Jul 29, 2022, 06:04 AM
H2l couldn't make it out today, had other things to attend to. Hope you had a good day.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 29, 2022, 03:54 PM
Well you didn't miss much. First hit of the day was a pike and it cut me off. I started out in the main part of the lake, nothing. The wind came up out of the WSW and it got rough again, not as bad as on Tuesday. I started working my way back up the lake hitting some of my spots. Ended up with 1 SMB and 3 short walleyes. All South of the bridge. It was a long day, almost 7 hours. Water temp 78*. Had the loon feeding by me again this PM....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 30, 2022, 10:54 AM
Well you didn't miss much. First hit of the day was a pike and it cut me off. I started out in the main part of the lake, nothing. The wind came up out of the WSW and it got rough again, not as bad as on Tuesday. I started working my way back up the lake hitting some of my spots. Ended up with 1 SMB and 3 short walleyes. All South of the bridge. It was a long day, almost 7 hours. Water temp 78*. Had the loon feeding by me again this PM....h2l

How deep are those bite offs?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Jul 30, 2022, 04:41 PM
The one yesterday was just off a hump that goes from about 18 fow to 22 fow. The other one was on top of the same hump. That area seems to hold a lot of pike, a lot of baitfish. My cousin boated a 20+ pounder not too far away about 2 or 3 weeks ago. It is about the only area I fish for pike, usually in Sept., I don't target them very often like I use too...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Aug 01, 2022, 05:05 AM
Fished Fri night, Sat am, pm and Sunday am. Wind Friday and Sat am made for short fishing time. 2 smallies. Sat night went to a different spot and boated 2 keeper eyes. Made another drift and pole goes down. Diving and shaking. Thought I had the walleye of my dreams. Fishing with 8lb main line and 6lb on the jig end. Fortunately, the reel drag worked well. When I finally brought it to the boat, I netted a 33" pike. Took a couple minutes to untangle my net from its mouth. Put back in the water. Noticed a 5" rock bass in the boated too. Couldn't figure why it hit my crawler. After a few minutes while untangling my lines, it kept coming to the surface. Tried to revive it but no use. Ended up filleting it and will have some pike to eat. It should have easily broken my line but didn't. Another mystery. Good Luck to all. Won't be back until Labor Day weekend. Work and vacation..........
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 01, 2022, 06:10 AM
Kim, it has been windy and I bet that end of the lake gets like a wind tunnel at times. Pike on light outfits can be fun but it takes a while to get them in and sometimes over does it. I have ended up keeping a few because of that. It doesn't go to waste. They don't know when to stop eating. I have had them hit walleyes. Way to go on the walleyes. Enjoy your vacation. This summer is going fast....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Aug 02, 2022, 05:17 AM
Thanks, h2l, boated 12 this year with only 2 shorts. Had the pike last night and it was delicious. Vacuumed some for this winter. The wind can be tricky at times. I have a drift sock that helps me maintain a slower drift, so the fish have a better chance to inhale the bait. Too many short strikes when not using drift sock on a once calm lake. You can see the waves pick up from a mile away and brace for impact. Good Luck out there. Walleye must be 18" at the 1,000 islands. That could be a challenge...........
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 02, 2022, 06:06 AM
Piscesman the fish will be getting a rest until Labor Day when you come back lol. In the meantime H2l and I will try to give them sore lips.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 02, 2022, 06:20 AM
This guy was seen at GSL..

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(https://i.postimg.cc/YLY4Q2xg/87-EF2-FB2-5-D32-4-BE9-BD98-0080-C485-F3-EF.png) (https://postimg.cc/YLY4Q2xg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KkK3vDk0/AA3-CC7-A4-BE05-40-B8-A7-CA-17-E45-B141148.png) (https://postimg.cc/KkK3vDk0)

(https://i.postimg.cc/grZLC4PJ/F0-DE96-DD-14-F2-41-A0-8-FB9-6-FBCFAAFC49-C.png) (https://postimg.cc/grZLC4PJ)
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: gotagetm on Aug 02, 2022, 06:49 AM
That is cool!!!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Aug 02, 2022, 06:44 PM
YOU just keep off my HONEY HOLE!!!!! Or I'll be having Moose stew into the winter.........
      Kim :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :flag: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 03, 2022, 06:13 AM
The best way too keep me off your Honey Hole is to tell me where it is. I would hate to stumble onto it by accident....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 03, 2022, 08:03 AM
Iceman, I am planning on being out on Thursday morning, before the HEAT...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 03, 2022, 03:09 PM
H2l we will see you out there, we plan on leaving before the heat also.Boat is hooked up and ready.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 04, 2022, 05:06 PM
Iceman, I think I am going to have to go with you. Ended up with 4 short walleyes, 4 bass and a perch. I did loose a very nice walleye right next to the boat. I was off the water by 12:30..
(https://i.postimg.cc/F73YN5zd/297633019-5464338556936893-5548821934390695389-n.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/F73YN5zd)
My nephew took a picture....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 04, 2022, 05:14 PM
H2l you are welcome to fish with me anytime, we didn't do much better, 8 walleyes 4 were keepers and 1 smallmouth,bass went back. Was nice to see you out there,how did your brother make out?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Aug 04, 2022, 06:04 PM
Great photo Doug,  My boat is currently at Saratoga as I needed to do some work on it. Hope to get out next week with the weather being what it is.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 04, 2022, 06:20 PM

 H2l Nice pic , least you got out and had some action
 ,
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Aug 05, 2022, 04:51 AM
That's a good size boat. My fishing boat is a 12'er with a 6 hp on back. Can get a little cramped at times..........
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 05, 2022, 05:47 AM
Kim, I know what you mean. I spent a lot of years in the "same boat". This is 16' but it has an 80" beam...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 05, 2022, 07:01 AM
That's a good size boat. My fishing boat is a 12'er with a 6 hp on back. Can get a little cramped at times..........
      Kim
  I think most of us have started out with a boat like that, nothing wrong with it as long as it gets you out there. Enjoying fishing is all that matters.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 05, 2022, 07:04 AM
  I think most of us have started out with a boat like that, nothing wrong with it as long as it gets you out there. Enjoying fishing is all that matters.
X2
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Aug 06, 2022, 04:31 AM
I do have a 14' 1971 StarCraft with a 20 hp on back plus trolling motor. I was getting blown all over on windy days so decided to downsize for maneuverability. Has paid off greatly. Once I'm semi-retired, next year, going to put the 14' in the water. Can get to other spots much quicker and hoping for good results. Can even get back to down rigging and trolling.................
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 07, 2022, 07:36 AM
Hoping the weather is a little more bearable this week. Would like to get out a couple times, piscesman send those coordinates so we can stay away from your HONEY HOLE lol.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 07, 2022, 10:49 AM
The weather can't get much worst. The launch was less than half full yesterday afternoon...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 08, 2022, 08:50 AM
Well it looks like I will be fishing Thursday morning again can't get out more because wife has appointments.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 11, 2022, 12:42 PM
Fished this morning by myself, my cousin had something to attend to. Got the big skunk had three hits missed them all.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 11, 2022, 01:44 PM
Fished this morning by myself, my cousin had something to attend to. Got the big skunk had three hits missed them all.
They will pay next time 👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 12, 2022, 05:34 AM
Iceman, I guess we now know who the fisherman is in your boat. We have all had the skunk in the boat a few times. As F&R said, wait until next time. I was planning on going this morning but remembered I have to have some blood work done.....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 12, 2022, 05:57 AM
H2l my cousin said he is my good luck charm, I say it's the worms I bought at Stewart's instead of Jim's bait shop.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 12, 2022, 12:43 PM
What is the biggest walleye anyone here has caught?  I heard of a guy catching a 10lb fish the other day, that seems like that would be huge for GSL, maybe not?

Side note - - any recommendations on fishing up in Edinburg area?  I have not spent much time up in that section, but I assume around the bridge piers would be decent. 

Any fish, not just walleye - I am an equal opportunity fisherman!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Aug 12, 2022, 02:07 PM
27 1/4”.  Not sure weight
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Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 12, 2022, 03:29 PM
H2l my cousin said he is my good luck charm, I say it's the worms I bought at Stewart's instead of Jim's bait shop.
Curious, you guys and gals tip your hair jigs with worms ?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 12, 2022, 03:31 PM
I do...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 12, 2022, 03:36 PM
Jacon, my biggest was 26 inches. Biggest I ever saw was close to 30" and was pushing 10lbs. I saw the fish on the ice. The guy had never fished the lake before and was taking it home to EAT. I think I talked him into putting in on the wall, that was 8/10 years ago....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 12, 2022, 03:43 PM
I do...h2l
Thanks I was wondering
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 12, 2022, 06:40 PM
Curious, you guys and gals tip your hair jigs with worms ?
I do when I jig but I also use bottom bouncers and spinners with a crawler when trolling.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Aug 16, 2022, 06:37 AM
Day three at Northampton Beach. Didn’t bring the canoe, with all that the bride and princess pack for a 5-day camping trip I could muster up the energy to laid it up.

I am going out first thing tomorrow to see if I can find some pan fish from shore. Was going to do that this morning but the rain I didn’t see coming overnight made me adjust my plan.

Beautiful lake. The ladies have enjoyed paddle boarding off the sand bar
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 16, 2022, 06:56 AM

 Sounds like a great time
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 16, 2022, 02:12 PM
ActiveTrapChecker, I should have come and set on the beach with you. Good Luck fishing from shore, you may do better than I did today. 1 bass and 1 short walleye. It got pretty warm out there. Marked a lot of fish just couldn't get them to hit...h2l

Iceman, the fish I was marking were 2 to 5 feet off bottom. Water temp 76*.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 16, 2022, 02:34 PM
H2l thanks for the info I will be going Thursday with my cousin. At least you didn't get the skunk, are the perch still around? ATC good luck from shore.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 16, 2022, 05:44 PM
I didn't stay in the area that had the perch for very long. There were a lot of bait fish but only a few fish on them. There wasn't much wind today and the only good wind was out of the East and that didn't last very long. Never liked the East wind. Good Luck on Thursday...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Aug 17, 2022, 06:53 AM
H2l thanks for the info I will be going Thursday with my cousin. At least you didn't get the skunk, are the perch still around? ATC good luck from shore.

We got the skunk too, don’t feel so bad. But we had an enjoyable time wetting lines.

Better luck next time!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 17, 2022, 08:42 AM
ATC, it was a nice day. I grew up just outside the campsite, my Uncle built the marina back in the '50's and sold it in the '80's. When I was a kid there was no campsite. The bay where the launch is has produced some nice pike in the Springtime....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Aug 17, 2022, 09:25 AM
Very cool H2L, that marina is packed every year. We’re gonna bike from out camp to the boat launch and/or beach for the night bite. Biking helps burn the calories from eating camp food!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Aug 17, 2022, 09:31 AM
H2L you may be able to help me fish for something else, given your history here on the lake. The princess wants a GSL hoodie, is there a local store that sells GSL clothing?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 17, 2022, 03:16 PM
Check out Adirondack County Store in Northville, the 5 and 10 and Topps. There is also a place (not sure of their hours) on Rt. 30 across from The Ice Cream Tree but if you stop there you may need another bike ride....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Aug 17, 2022, 09:04 PM
Thanks for the tips! Topps had some but not her size. Will definitely check out the other places.

She finally landed her first GSL fish after several hours of casting the past few days. A decent bass. I got the skunk, but as I told her a good captain puts others on fish!


Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 18, 2022, 07:49 AM

 That’s right 😃
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Aug 18, 2022, 01:40 PM
Check out Adirondack County Store in Northville, the 5 and 10 and Topps. There is also a place (not sure of their hours) on Rt. 30 across from The Ice Cream Tree but if you stop there you may need another bike ride....h2l

Adirondack Country Store was the winner. She couldn’t decide between two so she got two. Also grabbed a GSL magnet for the fridge.

Thanks again for the information, H2L
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 18, 2022, 03:33 PM
Glad she caught a fish and that you got some GSL gear....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 19, 2022, 06:24 AM
Fished the lake yesterday from 6 am till 11 am, we caught 4 walleyes all short, 3 nice bass,and 1 perch. All fish went back except the perch, fish were all caught before 9.30 am.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 19, 2022, 07:45 AM
Iceman, it has been a tough year so far. They have to be there somewhere. I know I haven't found very many. It got a little breezy in the afternoon. I saw that you were out early...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 19, 2022, 09:45 PM
Fished tonight 6:30-8:30 fished a spot I'd been marking fish on previous trips and they were on the feed. My wife and I had our limit of walleyes and caught at least 10 short fish plus we lost a bunch. All on worm harnesses I ended up putting a stinger off my harness which seemed to help keep the fish hooked a little better. We were in 20-24fow
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 20, 2022, 05:33 AM
Way to go BBB. When I trolled harnesses, I used a stinger often, made a big difference in the number of hook-ups. Good report....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 20, 2022, 06:37 AM
Way to go BBB sounds like you and the wife had a good time. H2l we were marking fish just not hitting good, maybe BeerBelly is on to something, try the evening bite we marked most fish in 20 to 25 ft. range even tried jigging with no luck..
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Aug 20, 2022, 12:17 PM
Good to hear they're biting. Put the trolling rods in the boat. Giving that a try. Elbows been to sore to jig last few months.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 20, 2022, 05:36 PM
bauls, good luck...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 21, 2022, 06:48 AM
Bauls25 good luck.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Aug 21, 2022, 04:50 PM
Fished 10-3. Got into 1 nice eye and and a few bass trolling deep.  Marked a bunch of bait balls and a bunch of fish suspended 20’ down. Tried trolling a spoon and it ended up wrapping my other line.  Fun.  Got rained on.  Stopped to jig for a minute lefty. As awkward as it was, jig bite was fire.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 23, 2022, 05:25 AM
Sounds like a fun day...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Aug 23, 2022, 07:09 AM
Buddy said they boated 30 trolling saturday am.  Biggest was 17 with a lot of shorts.  Bites I got were very aggressive, he said the same.  Maybe those lil storms fired them up. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 23, 2022, 08:17 AM
It has been a while since I had a day like that. There seems to be a lot of shorts this year...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 23, 2022, 10:46 AM
Buddy said they boated 30 trolling saturday am.  Biggest was 17 with a lot of shorts.  Bites I got were very aggressive, he said the same.  Maybe those lil storms fired them up.

I have not caught 30 fish total in the last 2 years on this lake.   I have never fished a more frustrating place.... although I have not spent a lot of time trying to troll, using the bottom bouncers etc for walleye.

I fished Sat and Sunday AM and didn't catch a single thing.   Trolling, fishing over humps, ledges, etc.   Fished weeds and rock piles for bass, and nothing.   

I can only assume that even the bass are hanging out in deeper water because of the temps.

H2L has given me some spots to try to catch perch even for the kids with no luck.

I'll mark fish and bait balls, then come back and troll that area and see nothing on the finder and get no bites even.   I have yet to land on a school of fish.

Where were your friends fishing?  Just general area I am curious, no one wants to give up there best spots but north end, south end etc.?

Any help and tips from anyone is appreciated to figure out this lake.

I am in Cranberry Cove, so I usually fish the western shore and southern end of the lake.

I don't mind catching bass, but I can't even find them on this lake.

Thankfully the pontoon boat works great to just hangout and swim with the kids, we've done a lot more of that this summer than fishing.

Hopefully when the water cools down, the fishing will improve......




Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 23, 2022, 03:48 PM
Jaconwall fishing is not always catching, first you have to be where the fish are. Next you need to present your bait in a way that they like, jigging you need to consider cadence and color of the jig and you need to be over the fish. If your trolling you need to be at the right depth and your bait needs to be in there zone, you also need to choose the right color spinners. I found the most important things are being on fish and troll slow 1 mph. Is working for me with green spinners and 1 1/2 ounce bottom bouncer. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Aug 23, 2022, 04:28 PM
Theres marking fish, and there's landing on fish.  I never come across schools of fish just trolling around.  Its when i go bouncing from spot to spot looking.
(https://i.postimg.cc/kBDWnXNk/72-D0-A001-FA25-42-AD-8910-50441-EF0-C3-A4.png) (https://postimg.cc/kBDWnXNk)
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 23, 2022, 04:30 PM
thanks for the color suggestion! 

yeah, i tell my son the same thing - its called fishing, not catching!   I am a very experienced fisherman, but all my life its been more river fishing, and fly fishing for trout, steelhead, etc.

I am confident that I am doing things the right way, i'm just not finding the spots with fish.   

I'll try some green spinners and see what happens!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Aug 23, 2022, 04:41 PM
My dads favorite was a green dixie spinner.  If im slow trolling worms, its my first one out. Good luck
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 23, 2022, 06:20 PM
Green is always a go to. Last summer if I wasn't running pink I couldn't catch anything. I've also had good luck with gold. This summer I've been doing good on a chartreuse shad glow Cabela's harness with a slow death hook and rotten tomato has been good too
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 24, 2022, 06:11 AM
CONFIDENCE, that I believe is the KEY to selecting lure, lure color, etc. Back when I trolled spinners a lot my go-to was black/silver. I used quick change clevis' so I changed colors often. One thing I did was, if I caught 2 fish on a color I would change blade. Doing that I learned that if they are hitting, color may not be the KEY, speed may be more important. Same with jigs, I very seldom start the day with the color that was working best on my last trip. I haven't fished 2 rods at the same time in years.

This year has been tough for many. 30 fish days are special on this lake. I haven't seen one in 2 or 3 years. Look at it this way, "someone has to be there when they are hitting". When I think back about the ones I have had, I was fishing a lot more often. I know you younger guys don't like to hear this, but BACK in the old days, early 2000's there were a couple years of 30+ days very often. I don't keep fish but if others were doing the same a lot of walleyes were taken home. It was also when I learned to jig fish.

jaconwall, I haven't fished down that way in a couple years but seemed to do well from Deer Island down toward Sunset Bay. A friend boated a 8lb+ walleye in that area last year, it was released. The South end of the lake had some pretty good spots also but it is a long run for me.

I have talked to some pretty good fishermen this year that are all saying the same thing, "it's tough" and lots of "shorts". I know it has been HOT which keeps me off the water more than I want to be. As side note, talked to my cousin last night, he had an issue with heat stroke last week while fishing. Had trouble getting back to the launch, couldn't get out of the boat, got someone to get the boat out of the water and ended up in the ER. Doing fine now, just BE CAREFUL....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PikeKing23 on Aug 24, 2022, 06:16 AM
Try fishing at night ;)
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 24, 2022, 06:41 AM
H2l is right this lake is hard to fish, there are times you can't keep fish off the hook, and times they are hard to catch. I have had 20 fish days and days I got skunked.  I think the change in water depth from them letting it out is a big factor. One week your in 20 ft. of water then next week it's only 15 ft. .
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 24, 2022, 06:48 AM
Try fishing at night ;)

OLD guys don't fish at night. LOL...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 24, 2022, 07:44 AM
H2l is right this lake is hard to fish, there are times you can't keep fish off the hook, and times they are hard to catch. I have had 20 fish days and days I got skunked.  I think the change in water depth from them letting it out is a big factor. One week your in 20 ft. of water then next week it's only 15 ft. .

I agree with you, the level dropping is the biggest factor on this lake.  That 100% affects how fish move and set up in different areas, and when they can be in 20 feet of water, and then next week its 15, they have to keep moving, so you have to keep moving!  That is the irritating part, you can't really have a great "spot" to always go to, because the circumstances change so much.

My biggest issue is just getting on the fish, and to keep learning how to use my electronics.  I have a new Lowrance set up and I am still getting used to it.  I have yet to find a school of fish like the image that Bauls shared yesterday.  I will mark bait balls, but not schools of larger fish like that.

Might try to get out tonight for a few hours, we'll see what happens!  Thanks for all the tips everyone.

At least when the water cools down the pike fishing will pick back up, we always do well with them at least!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 24, 2022, 12:58 PM
Jaconwall good luck tonight. H2l are you fishing tomorrow ? My cousin and I will be out there, fish early and stay hydrated.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 25, 2022, 02:15 PM
Fished this morning 6:30 till noon, three walleyes, two pike, three bass,one perch and a rock bass missed a few also. A good mix of fish, two walleyes went home.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Aug 25, 2022, 03:40 PM
Figured out how to run 2 rods trolling spoons this morning without any tangles. Just found the fish as I was getting ready to go. Back to back doubles of 16-17” and I left with dinner.
(https://i.postimg.cc/5jZgmgYC/313773-E1-1963-4-D16-9594-2-FBE32-BF1698.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/5jZgmgYC)
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 25, 2022, 04:44 PM
Good work bauls25 the same thing happened to me found walleyes just when ready to leave, managed to get three in the boat two keepers. Nice helix twelve.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 25, 2022, 05:21 PM
Nice work Bauls!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 25, 2022, 05:23 PM
Nice going guys. Had house guest so didn't get out today...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 26, 2022, 09:03 AM

 Nice unit Bauls , also nice to have a pic within a pic 👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 26, 2022, 04:49 PM
Heading out tomorrow afternoon to the spot I did good last weekend to see if they are still there. Might try jigging them this time opposed to trolling
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 26, 2022, 05:41 PM
Good Luck....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 26, 2022, 05:44 PM
Beerbelly good luck tomorrow. Jigging worked my last time out.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 26, 2022, 08:57 PM
Fished with the wife tonight over off the point by sunset bay.  Marked some fish, came back thru trolling and jigging.   She hooked a walleye, then lost it right at the boat, and a decent rock bass.  At least we caught something!

Had 2 hits jigging that I missed also.

Going back out early tomorrow solo for a few hours, if anyone is fishing the southern end of lake let me know.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 27, 2022, 06:02 AM
jaconwall, good to see you are getting out. Last night looked like a good time to get out.

BBB, do you keep your boat at the lake or are you launching each time.

Looks like some more warm weather on the way. a little cool down wouldn't hurt.

Good Luck everyone....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 27, 2022, 06:20 AM
Jaconwall good to see you are catching some. Beerbelly let us know how you do today, good luck again.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 27, 2022, 09:34 AM
jaconwall, good to see you are getting out. Last night looked like a good time to get out.

BBB, do you keep your boat at the lake or are you launching each time.

Looks like some more warm weather on the way. a little cool down wouldn't hurt.

Good Luck everyone....h2l

I launch everytime, I've thought about getting a slip somewhere but I like to bounce  around too much
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 27, 2022, 09:04 PM
Well got to the launch in Day this afternoon and there was a sign saying the launch closed at 7pm for fireworks not really sure why they needed the dock and launch for that, so I left there pretty pi$$ed off and headed to broadalbin with low expectations.hit the launch just in time as 6 boats were coming in just as I pulled away from the dock. I was pleasantly surprised to find hungry fish at my first stop, we boated somewhere around 15-20 fish 7 legal size the rest were shorts. 22fow seemed to be best. Also caught some of the biggest rock bass I've ever seen and one perch just shy of 13". As soon as the sun dropped below the mountains the bite shut off and wee called it quits at 8pm. Taking a couple friends tomorrow morning up to Day to hopefully get them some fish for their freezers.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 28, 2022, 03:51 AM

 BBB 106 that’s a great day
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 28, 2022, 05:40 AM
BBB nice day for sure!

I fished 6AM to 9AM caught one bass.   Then my dad came up and met with me, and then we went over by scout island and ended up having an OK day, caught 6 or 7 walleye, all shorts but at least we got some action.   Still yet to hit a spot with some bigger fish, but at least we are making some progress!

Heading out today with the family, might try to do some fishing.  Anyone have any tips for any spots this time of year where some minnows/worms might catch some perch or bass.  Might head up towards Northville bridge today and check that area out.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 28, 2022, 06:20 AM
Beerbellybob 106 and jaconwall sounds like you both had a good day. Good luck to you both today.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 28, 2022, 06:26 AM
BBB, that is a good evening of fishing. I found that when the sun hits the hills they shut off, for about an hour or so.

jaconwall, PM sent....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 28, 2022, 06:32 AM
Also,  watched the fireworks off Sinclair point and drove back to the marina in the dark, first time we’ve done that.   Not going to lie, driving the boat at night is super creepy!   If I didnt have my chart with the trail to follow back , not sure how I’d do it!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 28, 2022, 06:36 AM
Over the years I have hit a few of the un-lighted buoys, you just go slow...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 28, 2022, 07:48 AM
Also,  watched the fireworks off Sinclair point and drove back to the marina in the dark, first time we’ve done that.   Not going to lie, driving the boat at night is super creepy!   If I didnt have my chart with the trail to follow back , not sure how I’d do it!

Sounds like a good time to me.  On my larger boat I have radar and its still a bit un-nerving to ride around at night!
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Aug 28, 2022, 11:57 AM
5 keepers and a few throwbacks this morning had to cut our trip a little short but it was fun nonetheless
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: bauls25 on Aug 28, 2022, 07:22 PM
F+R didnt you used to run a 10 or 12” lowrance? Had to upgrade ever since then.  These guys can catch some fish.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 29, 2022, 06:56 AM
BBB sounds like you had a good time. Jaconwall sounds like a fun evening, but the lake is spooky at night.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 29, 2022, 02:46 PM
I should have stayed home. Got the walleye skunk. HOT no wind until after 1pm. Marked a ton of fish 20 feet down to 28, just off bottom, just could get them to hit. Did catch 1 small perch, 1 nice bass and a 10" bullhead out of 33 fow. Water temp 79* out on the lake. There are a lot of bait balls along just about every break...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 30, 2022, 06:48 AM
H2l it seems to me you don't do as well without Lindsay in the boat, could it be you need your good luck charm lol. You have taught her well.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 30, 2022, 07:30 AM
Lindsay has been working most of the Summer. She is a pretty good fisher gal. I do miss her in the boat....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 30, 2022, 08:33 AM
Got out for a couple hours on Sunday AM, fished noon- 1:30 or so.   Trolling worm harness my Mom caught a nice 16" walleye and my wife caught a 14" perch, but that was it.   

The good news is that I am finally figuring out how to catch some fish in this lake!   Appreciate all the help and tips from all you guys, especially Doug - you've been very helpful!

Learning how to read the different features of the Lowrance HDS has taken some time.  The side scan is great to see where the structure is, but I am still struggling to figure how to read that to identify fish.  I took a screen shot I'll share when I get back from a business trip (sitting in airport now ) 

Good luck this week to anyone going out !
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 31, 2022, 06:20 AM
Good for you jaconwall, glad to see you catching fish. You can never go wrong with info from Doug, he knows the lake well and is willing to share info. Hop the launch is accessible for a while, they are letting water out very fast.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Aug 31, 2022, 06:44 AM

 JW try putting your cursor on the object and zoom to start,  after a while you will pick it up without zooming , great tool
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 31, 2022, 08:46 AM
Looks like Friday might be a good day to be on the water before the final big Summer push...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: jaconwall on Aug 31, 2022, 01:39 PM
Good for you jaconwall, glad to see you catching fish. You can never go wrong with info from Doug, he knows the lake well and is willing to share info. Hop the launch is accessible for a while, they are letting water out very fast.

at my new marina I'm able to keep the boat in until Oct 15th which is great for Pike fishing but not sure how much water will be left by then at this rate... water seems a lot lower then it was at this time last year.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Aug 31, 2022, 05:10 PM
I'll be going out tomorrow morning will give a report when I get back home.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Aug 31, 2022, 05:28 PM
Good luck, save some for me...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 01, 2022, 11:59 AM
Fished this morning from 6:30 till 11:00 then it started to get rough. Caught one short walleye right away and lost two more on the way up,my cousin lost one and he caught a small mouth bass. Not a very good day.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 01, 2022, 01:24 PM
I think I saw you going down the road when we came back from Albany. I know it was pretty windy. My cousin just called me from the lake, they had 1 short walleye. Hoping Friday is better...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 01, 2022, 02:55 PM
I'll be out Friday night and Saturday morning
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 01, 2022, 09:20 PM
H2l good luck tomorrow.BBB good luck also.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 02, 2022, 05:50 AM
My cousin called last night, he ended up with 4, two were keepers. Drifting bottom bouncers. He said it was windy enough to drift 2+ mph.
Good Luck this weekend, BBB. I will get you a report this PM....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 02, 2022, 02:52 PM
I am beginning to think I have lost my touch. 1 bass and 1 short walleye. I had some hits but they were more like taps...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 02, 2022, 07:51 PM
4 keepers tonight and all the shorts you wanted to catch the 1:5 keeper to short ratio was about spot on tonight
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 02, 2022, 07:58 PM
H2l you can't expect to catch a ton of fish everytime. I think it has a lot to do with the water level dropping so fast. We experienced the same thing last time out. BBB Good work maybe the evening bite is better.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 03, 2022, 06:36 AM
BBB, seems like the evening bite is the way to go. I have never had a problem catching walleyes during the day. I am finding the fish, just can't get them to commit. One thing I have noticed is there hasn't been many days with what I call a "good" wind. Lots of calm or very little wind during the day. Also, most years by late August I see some indications of a thermocline, none this year. That is due to HOT weather and very few cooling rainy days. Lots of baitfish, more than I have seen in a few years. On my way in I stopped at one of my old spots that hasn't produced much the past couple years and had a couple light hits so maybe next time. I don't think I used 6 worms yesterday. Have a great Labor Day weekend....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 03, 2022, 01:35 PM
Took a couple buddies this morning ended up with 6 keepers, lots of small ones again went through over 4 dozen crawlers
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 03, 2022, 03:59 PM
Beerbellybob sounds like you have a hot spot. Are you jigging or trolling.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 03, 2022, 05:21 PM
Bottom bouncing crawler harnesses .9mph, find shelf's that are 22-26 fow and fish the edges where it drops off to deeper water. When I find fish I try to stay on them most of the spots I'm only trolling 100yds reel up and turn back around  when they stop biting I keep going along the shelf until I find another school. Hope this helps
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 04, 2022, 05:13 AM
BBB, that sounds about right for this time of year. I may have to take up trolling again, I don't think I have trolled in 4 or 5 years....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 04, 2022, 06:37 AM
BBB thanks for that info, that's pretty much what I have been doing not quite as deep .9 to1.0 seems to be what they like. Will try deeper thanks.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 09, 2022, 05:41 AM
Pretty sure I am done for the season. The launch isn't looking very good. Won't get the boat put away for another week or two...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 09, 2022, 07:18 AM
I might try one more time, didn't go this week my cousin was away and my sister was in the hospital. Maybe I'll give Saratoga a try.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: beerbellybob106 on Sep 09, 2022, 07:27 PM
Pretty sure I am done for the season. The launch isn't looking very good. Won't get the boat put away for another week or two...h2l
Yep I think my season is done as well. The wife requested a trout fishing trip for our anniversary tomorrow so we're heading north with the Radisson for some brookies.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 10, 2022, 06:04 AM
BBB, Happy Anniversary and Good Luck with the fishing....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 10, 2022, 06:06 AM
Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Beerbelly, good luck fishing.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 10, 2022, 06:09 AM
I will have to take a run down to the launch to see if anyone is fishing the contest today. I think the weigh in is at SIP this PM, I may check it out also....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: Jpb on Sep 10, 2022, 08:44 AM
Fished yesterday afternoon until the sun went down. 6 keepers, 8 shorts. Steady action. Bottom bouncers 1 mph on channel edges.

I haven’t fished much this year. I do appreciate the posts here to keep me informed on what is going on for when I can go. One of the few places where good people share. Thanks fellas.

Launch was fine in Northville. No issues. Still plenty of water to use. 
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 10, 2022, 08:56 AM
Jpb, good day on the water. By myself it gets tough when the lake gets low...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 10, 2022, 08:15 PM
Jpb that sounds like a pretty good day, thanks for info on the launch.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Sep 11, 2022, 03:34 PM
Well, last time on Sacandaga this past weekend for me. 4 times on the water and 3 rock bass to show for. Marked schools which I believe were walleye in many areas. Since I only drift fish my bait was 4' below their schooled level. Just wouldn't commit. Last drift through I decided to keep going when generally I go back to the start of the drift. 5 Schools I passed at various levels BUT no strikes. Decided to call it a year. Usually don't fish this late in the season. Tight lines to all. See you on IS!!!!!!!!!!!
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 12, 2022, 07:03 AM
Piscesman good luck icefishing, catch you on IS will be switching over soon.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 13, 2022, 05:38 AM
Kim, it has been one of those years. The last time I was out I did see fish in small groups along the breaks, just couldn't get them to hit. I haven't ice fished in a couple years but I do check in on IS. See you over there.....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 14, 2022, 06:48 PM
Going to try tomorrow morning. Will report when I get back.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 15, 2022, 04:59 PM
H2l nice to see you this morning, glad your eye is doing well. Fished the lake today, caught 7 walleyes and missed one at the boat, also caught 3 bass and missed three fish. Might try it again next week if launch permits. Only two walleyes were keepers.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 15, 2022, 05:49 PM
Good seeing you and Cuz. Glad you caught some fish. Must have been a cool start...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 16, 2022, 07:02 AM
H2l it was a cold start, it got quite choppy with the breeze,there were other boats out but not from northville launch. We thought about jumping in the water to warm up,water is still warm at 70* . The launch is getting very hard to use, especially for us old timers.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Sep 17, 2022, 04:05 AM
Thanks guys. I didn't have a bad year. Boated 12 and only 2 shorts. Averaged 16.5". 3 dinners and others in the freezer. Can't really complain because it took me a looooong time to figure where they were at. Now trying to figure hooking up more often. Soon headed to IS......
      Kim :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 17, 2022, 06:11 AM
Kim, that is not bad for the amount of time you spent out there and most on weekends.....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 17, 2022, 06:22 AM
Well guys it's been a good year, thanks to H2l and all his help finding fish, might try one more trip. Hope everyone has a good year ice fishing.see you on IS.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Sep 18, 2022, 04:08 AM
Thanks, h2l. Yes, only weekends right now but going down to part time next year with job. SOO, with 4 days off fishing or catching hopefully will be better. May even put my trolling motor in boat to try trolling or down rigging.
      Kim
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 19, 2022, 06:37 AM
H2l wish Lindsay HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me and cuz.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 20, 2022, 06:02 AM
Thanks, will do....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 22, 2022, 07:13 AM
Didn't go out today because of weather, might call it quits till  ice fishing.. see you on Ice Shanty.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 23, 2022, 05:56 AM
Rained most of the morning and got pretty windy in the afternoon, good call. You know if you are ever up this way let me know and we can get a cup of coffee....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 23, 2022, 06:02 AM
H2l will do, thanks for all your great info.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 27, 2022, 05:50 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/Hj3mPzF7/DSCF2958.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Hj3mPzF7)

Think there are any walleyes at the end of the rainbow? Not much water out front!...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 27, 2022, 05:56 PM

 Great pic H2L
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 28, 2022, 06:18 AM
H2l is that the lake or the river in that picture.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 28, 2022, 07:58 AM
River in front of the house, about 2 miles above launch...h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Oct 14, 2022, 06:05 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/p9PjDx3n/DSCF2968.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/p9PjDx3n)
Northville launch yesterday....h2l
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: iceman260 on Oct 14, 2022, 09:24 AM
Pretty hard to launch a boat there. That is the lowest I've ever seen it.
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: PeterCos on Oct 14, 2022, 12:37 PM
WOW
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: piscesman on Oct 15, 2022, 04:43 AM
That is low but not compared to earlier years. Here's a link to Sacandaga water past and present levels.
      Kim



http://greatsacandaga.lakesonline.com/Level/
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2021
Post by: hunts2long on Oct 15, 2022, 05:39 AM
Kim, you are correct. Back 12 years or so they started holding the lake higher until Labor Day. Before that I have seen it this low in early Sept....h2l