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jkowal

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Honeoye Lake
« on: Dec 31, 2009, 07:16 AM »
Tournament this weekend out of boat launch 7am, what is the fishing like there?

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #1 on: Dec 31, 2009, 07:18 AM »
that lake can be "Hit or miss".
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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #2 on: Dec 31, 2009, 07:19 AM »
The reports and conditions page should get you up to speed: http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=13692.140
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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #3 on: Jan 10, 2010, 09:58 PM »
Fished her today,5-6" solid ice. 2 rock bass,6 LM bass & a lot of dink gills. Had a BIG northern attack my aqua-view camera 5 times.wish i could have recorded it.   Looking for big gills & perch. Any advice on where to start looking?

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #4 on: Jan 10, 2010, 10:31 PM »
Sandy bottoms....north end....weeds......wall eye's.......easy access......less crowds.....    8)
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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #5 on: Jan 11, 2010, 01:49 PM »
Im new here would like to go tommrow. whare ie the marina everyone is talking about.

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #6 on: Jan 11, 2010, 02:48 PM »
The marina is on the east side about a mile down.  It's called Trident.  It's easy to find.
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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #7 on: Jan 11, 2010, 02:53 PM »
I am an Australian (hence the screen name...) I had my first ever ice fishing experience at Honeoye (thanks Dan!!) and have been hooked ever since. I love the lake, but as has been said already, it really is hit or miss...my first time was miss, but it didn't stop me :)
I hear talk of good pickerel and a eye or two every now and then.

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #8 on: Jan 11, 2010, 03:51 PM »
I am an Australian (hence the screen name...) I had my first ever ice fishing experience at Honeoye (thanks Dan!!) and have been hooked ever since. I love the lake, but as has been said already, it really is hit or miss...my first time was miss, but it didn't stop me :)
I hear talk of good pickerel and a eye or two every now and then.

Sean.
Can you ice fish "down under" during your winter (our summer)?
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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #9 on: Jan 12, 2010, 07:00 AM »
Sandy bottoms....north end....weeds......wall eye's.......easy access......less crowds.....    8)

Not anymore......... :-\

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #10 on: Jan 12, 2010, 07:43 AM »
ive fished this lake for a few years now and ive noticed a pattern about every two years the blugills and crappie are monsters i mean absolute giants most of the time we catch them late in the ice season i mean really late liek last ice on the east side down about 500 yards if you can get there 12 -14 fow with minnows and plain grey round ball jigs but in the off years everything is dinks if you notice in the summer months the lake gets fished really hard almost to hard
Keep your worm in the water and your eye on the prize.

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #11 on: Jan 13, 2010, 09:23 PM »
My family has had a cottage on the lake since 1933 and I have been going to the lake since I was born (1957).  In that time there have been several major changes and lots of minor ones that have affected the fishery.  A lot of folks are talking about it on the "Conditions and Reports" board but I think this is a better spot for the discussion.
Back when I started ice fishing in the 60's and through the 70's, we used to catch tons of perch 7-10 inches and the weedline was well defined at about 10 ft.  Walleye were being caught deep for the most part and pickeral were very prevalent in the weeds. Most everyone I know or saw took just about every perch caught and left the small ones on the ice. I don't remember many bluegill catches being big at that time, but that could just be where I was fishing and what I was using.
In 1979, sewers were put in around the lake. This caused the 1st major change that I remember as the water cleared up and the weed line moved out to about 14 ft.  Also, the perch fishing slowed and I heard about alewife being found in the lake. Fishing equipment started to improve  also and depth finders became more advanced.  Using a paper graph and a flasher, I located a number of underwater structures during the summer, which I found also held fish in the winter and I started to catch more bass, walleye, and bluegill ice fishing.
In 1995-96 another major change happened as there was a massive die-off of the alewife.  The ice was littered with them.  There was also a massive die-off of weeds that year.  I was able to find small patches of weeds on some of the underwater structures I found, and had one of my best years ever on big gills fishing those spots.
The next major change came around 2002 with the zebra mussel. The water cleared up and the weed line moved out to 18-20 ft.  I also started catching lots more bass ice fishing then.  Now it also is evident that somebody has introduced Northern pike into the lake.
My main reason for going through this is to illustrate that the lake is very dynamic and we have to adapt to it, as it will not adapt to us.
I hope others will share their observations and hopefully we can all learn  from it without anyone being offended or insulting anyone else.  Let's keep the Reports board for the reports.
Good luck.
Norm
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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #12 on: Jan 13, 2010, 09:36 PM »
 8) 8) 8) very well said ....and nicely put...Thanx   8) 8) 8)
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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #13 on: Jan 14, 2010, 12:09 AM »
well put it is always changing thats why it is called fishing!! ;D

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #14 on: Jan 14, 2010, 12:13 AM »
Nice report! A long time obsevation is a valued tool .
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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #15 on: Jan 14, 2010, 02:27 AM »
Well Norm, I for one am offended. You've just proved you know more about your home water than I do.

You have just hit the nail square and drove it home.  Fishermen need to adapt. I dare say that most waters I fish...year round....change frequently. If you're a stream fisherman, you know that the stream flushes each spring and a few times throughout the year. The pools and eddys change. It's basically the same. but with subtle differences.

Lakes, especially smaller lakes like Honeoye, change too. Yearly temperature changes, rainfall and available sunlight can affect weed growth and, conversely, fish  reproduction and feeding areas. The changes can be dramatic or very subtle....but....there's always a change. The word DYNAMIC is accurate.

I'll be down there tomorrow morning testing my ability to adapt ;D

Thanks Norm. Local insight is more valuable than a jig collection.

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #16 on: Jan 14, 2010, 06:19 AM »
No ice in Oz....some snow in a very few select places for a very short time.
I have fished my whole life, took 40 years to find my favourite type!!

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #17 on: Jan 14, 2010, 06:26 AM »
Norm,

Very well said.  The fish are there and so are we.  It is still always fun to be out.
   

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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #18 on: Jan 14, 2010, 07:18 AM »
No No No...Keep doing and fishing like you have been for the last 10 years ::), ::).  The whole enviroment is changing everywhere, we need to adapt.  Thank you Norm for your post  :bow:, you know this lake very very well.  It is funny you  posted that I was just talking to and older friend over the weekend about Honeoye and he was saying about the same exact stuff.....If I just could get my hands on his journal.
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Re: Honeoye Lake
« Reply #19 on: Jan 14, 2010, 07:28 AM »
Norm is 100% correct.  If you don't change with the times, you are going to be left behind.  I have found that this lake changes more than any other lake I fish.  The pike issue, they could be getting in there other ways other than people dumping them in.  Honeoye Creek ( which has a pike population) dumps into the Genesee River.  The Genesee River has a decent pike population also.  Nothing stopping pike from getting into the lake for years. 

 

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