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Title: Great Sacandaga 2020
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 🎣👍
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2019
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: lowjack12 on Aug 03, 2020, 06:58 PM
They were hitting good a 4 am yesterday
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Reef runners
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: lowjack12 on Aug 05, 2020, 02:22 PM
Try to get out in the dark before the sun rise
With hot days and pressure of the boats makes them tight lipped. I've been killing  them from 345 to 5 am. The lake I  fish is small with tons of pleasure boats. Either way they have been the most aggressive for me anytime after 2am
Been getting them on deep cranks with pole in hand jerkin the rod when we see the fish
Most of the fish are on the shallow side of the bait in 22 fow
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: lowjack12 on Aug 09, 2020, 08:00 AM
Few more late night eyes 22 fow on deep divers
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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: lowjack12 on Aug 28, 2020, 04:58 PM
Sounds like a fun afternoon how was the chop?
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowjack12 on Aug 28, 2020, 04:59 PM
Going tonight at the same hours but 12 hours apart
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: lowjack12 on Aug 28, 2020, 05:12 PM
Nice Northwest is the best going to be like at all weekend can't wait to get out
Title: Re: Great Sacandaga 2020
Post by: lowjack12 on Aug 28, 2020, 05:15 PM
I like night fishing usually have the lake yourself fish get real aggressive between 2 and 4 a.m. I get them with deep divers with rod and hand twitching it between 1.7 and 2
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