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Offline PerchMan45

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Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« on: Jan 13, 2022, 06:37 PM »
A friend and I made the trip from CT and it paid off for us. We fished 7-8Ē of ice in 13-22 feet of water. After setting up our tipups, we each jigged and caught dozens of tiny 4 or 5Ē perch, six or seven fat sunfish, a 11Ē Largemouth and a big 23Ē Swamp Dart. There was lots of flag chasing to be had, we caught 5 Perch ranging from 8-11Ē and an uncountable amount of Swamp Darts that were all good sized and quite fat. The Swamp Darts were absolutely rabid- many times we dropped the shiner down and it was taken before the flag could be set.

But the highlight of the day came towards the end when my buddy pulled up a beautiful 17Ē Smallmouth on tip up set at 13 feet in 14 feet of water. The Smallmouth is in the picture below


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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #1 on: Jan 13, 2022, 06:40 PM »
sounds like a great day  ;D
worth the ride  :tipup:

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #2 on: Jan 13, 2022, 07:34 PM »
sounds like a great day  ;D
worth the ride  :tipup:

For sure. Itís fun to chase Swamp Darts once a year. After that Iíve seen enough  ;D

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #3 on: Jan 13, 2022, 07:47 PM »
You confused me for a second with that swarp dart name. I never heard that one before. Made me think of swamp darter which is a favorite native fish of mine but much too small to catch on a hook.


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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #4 on: Jan 13, 2022, 07:59 PM »
Perchman, looks like a great day and weather was perfect.  What body did you hit today ?

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #5 on: Jan 13, 2022, 08:02 PM »
You confused me for a second with that swarp dart name. I never heard that one before. Made me think of swamp darter which is a favorite native fish of mine but much too small to catch on a hook.


Iíve always called Pickerel Swamp Darts. Not sure where it comes from but thatís always what Iíve referred to them as. I think itís a pretty fitting nick name!

Offline FishOn62

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #6 on: Jan 13, 2022, 08:10 PM »
We call them Slime Darts.

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #7 on: Jan 13, 2022, 08:28 PM »
Perchman, looks like a great day and weather was perfect.  What body did you hit today ?

With respect, Iíd rather not say to avoid burning the spot out. Itís not a heavily fished place and Iím sure those who do fish it would like to keep it that way.

A lot of people read these forums and if I posted exactly where it was I am 100% certain it would be a mob scene.

Nothing against you. I hope you understand.


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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #8 on: Jan 13, 2022, 08:40 PM »
Totally understand, itching to get out and 7-8 inches of ice was impressive, so felt safer on a body with that much ice versus the 3-4 Iím hearing in other areas in the berkshires.

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #9 on: Jan 13, 2022, 10:14 PM »
Totally understand, itching to get out and 7-8 inches of ice was impressive, so felt safer on a body with that much ice versus the 3-4 Iím hearing in other areas in the berkshires.

Where are you hearing 3-4Ē? Iím not sure thereís fishable ice in the Berkshires thatís less than 6Ē quite honestly. I was at several different spots last week that had 5-7Ē and I would imagine those have at least gained 2Ē since. Granted they were fairly small bodies of water but still decent fisheries. Of course always check ice before going on, but most ponds and lakes in the Berkshires are locked up and are solid.

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #10 on: Jan 14, 2022, 02:42 AM »
Open water at Onota, Cheshire, Pontousac and Laurel still.  Spots are closed with some activity but nowhere near 6+ inches.  I had heard smaller bodies were in better shape. 

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #11 on: Jan 14, 2022, 07:58 AM »
Open water at Onota, Cheshire, Pontousac and Laurel still.  Spots are closed with some activity but nowhere near 6+ inches.  I had heard smaller bodies were in better shape.

As of when?  I know people have been fishing some of these places.
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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #12 on: Jan 14, 2022, 08:21 AM »
I live in the Berkshires and drove by each yesterday, confirmed by Bait Shops as well.  With that said there are areas that people are on and fishing just not the entire body are accessible.  With forecast being what it is over the few days should be good to go. 

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #13 on: Jan 14, 2022, 09:25 AM »
Nice report sounds like fun.  Love posts like this with just general area mentioned. 

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #14 on: Jan 14, 2022, 10:13 AM »
I live in the Berkshires and drove by each yesterday, confirmed by Bait Shops as well.  With that said there are areas that people are on and fishing just not the entire body are accessible.  With forecast being what it is over the few days should be good to go.

Awesome, thanks for the report!
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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #15 on: Jan 14, 2022, 11:56 AM »
Onota Lake, Cheshire, Pontousac and Laurel activity but only in certain spots since there are some open water spots.

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #16 on: Jan 14, 2022, 12:15 PM »
Nice report sounds like fun.  Love posts like this with just general area mentioned.

Thanks. I feel itís rude and inconsiderate to blow up a spot that isnít heavily fished.

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #17 on: Jan 14, 2022, 06:51 PM »
Judging by the pictures, I'd say the OP was on Silver Lake  :tipup:

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #18 on: Jan 14, 2022, 07:20 PM »
Thanks. I feel itís rude and inconsiderate to blow up a spot that isnít heavily fished.

Good sportsmanship. 

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Re: Fun Day in the Pittsfield Area
« Reply #19 on: Jan 15, 2022, 04:32 AM »
Excellent job and great report. Thank you.

 



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