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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #40 on: Feb 02, 2014, 02:00 PM »
I love saratoga been fishing it for years. Heres the deal IMO. All access areas are not very good most of the ice season, you really gotta have the drive to understand what these different species do in this lake. Aside from gills and bass which are much easier to pattern and find, the crappie/walleye guys who know what they are doing I can promise you are not on here to post pictures and let the whole community know the details lol. You gotta follow these fish on seasonal patterns, and punch lots a holes and do your home work. I love that this lake is challenging, the weed growth is a huge problem and has relocated seasonal schooling patterns of crappie and walleye. My 2 cents.

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #41 on: Feb 02, 2014, 03:00 PM »
I love saratoga been fishing it for years. Heres the deal IMO. All access areas are not very good most of the ice season, you really gotta have the drive to understand what these different species do in this lake. Aside from gills and bass which are much easier to pattern and find, the crappie/walleye guys who know what they are doing I can promise you are not on here to post pictures and let the whole community know the details lol. You gotta follow these fish on seasonal patterns, and punch lots a holes and do your home work. I love that this lake is challenging, the weed growth is a huge problem and has relocated seasonal schooling patterns of crappie and walleye. My 2 cents.

I agree on the access points...many of the "good" spots are a long walk from fitch road or the south end...you can't just walk out and join the crowd and expect to kill them every time.  Saratoga isn't that big of a lake but it makes me wish I had a wheeler sometimes.  Oh well, that is why I have a boat ;D

Also although few people really fish for them because not many like to eat them I've had some fantastic (100 fish) nights bullhead fishing out on the boat on open water in the spring and summer.  Find a nice private spot and double anchor in 10-15 feet of water over a muddy bottom, throw out some cut bait on an ultralight set up and sit back and relax while you can because when they come in you will be busy..  I've caught several honest 16 inchers out of there before and I think there are bigger ones as well. I wouldn't be surprised if some kind of record is broken from out of there.  Oh yeah, and trust me, a 16 inch bullhead can be pretty fun on 2 lb line.  If you're stuck on shore the state launch can be ok as well but nothing beats finding a new spot.

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #42 on: Feb 02, 2014, 04:59 PM »
The bullhead in this amd ballston lake are awesome... great eating fish too and like you said on a 7 ' ultra light crappie set up its a fun fight
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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #43 on: Feb 02, 2014, 07:22 PM »
Great posts- I was off Brown's today pretty slow. I am determined to figure this lake out.

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #44 on: Feb 02, 2014, 09:40 PM »
Went off of fitch today walked way out to the 28 feet range and still only a smallmouth bass and a couple dink perch and sunny. I had 5 tip-ups out....NOTHING....I also was giving each hole 5 minutes...If I didn't see anything I would move to the next hole...I moved all over that lake today and fished it hard and still...The results were awful AGAIN.

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #45 on: Feb 02, 2014, 09:58 PM »
Went off of fitch today walked way out to the 28 feet range and still only a smallmouth bass and a couple dink perch and sunny. I had 5 tip-ups out....NOTHING....I also was giving each hole 5 minutes...If I didn't see anything I would move to the next hole...I moved all over that lake today and fished it hard and still...The results were awful AGAIN.

I had a terrible day today too...a handful of dink perch.  I ended up walking wayyyyyyy out of fitch road, twice as far as the last group and i walked over near the mouth of the kaydeross(but not too close).  I was only out from 2 pm to 3:30 though.   I blame the weather. ;D

Wait a few days and try again...it has been slow on lake george for a lot of people as well.  The fish are moving around/tight lipped right now.

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #46 on: Feb 03, 2014, 04:50 AM »
I had a terrible day today too...a handful of dink perch.  I ended up walking wayyyyyyy out of fitch road, twice as far as the last group and i walked over near the mouth of the kaydeross(but not too close).  I was only out from 2 pm to 3:30 though.   I blame the weather. ;D


Watch it near the Kaydeross.  The bay right to the north of the creek mouth can have fish at times but it can also have some tremendous springs.  I've drilled holes in that area that erupted with water from gas that had been building up under the ice.

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #47 on: Feb 03, 2014, 06:30 AM »
Watch it near the Kaydeross.  The bay right to the north of the creek mouth can have fish at times but it can also have some tremendous springs.  I've drilled holes in that area that erupted with water from gas that had been building up under the ice.
x2 its a mine feild over there with them..
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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #48 on: Feb 03, 2014, 07:30 AM »
That's the only part of the lake I stay away from,to many blow holes for me. And there are new ones every year. Sat was a good day started at Fitch in the dark caught 0 left at 8 am went south with friends caught 40 perch kept 15 keepers,just jigged. Sun a lot slower started out gangbuster then you had to work for them the single fish would not bite if there were 2 you could get 1 to trigger. Ended up with 14 keepers sun.

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #49 on: Feb 03, 2014, 07:55 AM »
That's the only part of the lake I stay away from,to many blow holes for me. And there are new ones every year. Sat was a good day started at Fitch in the dark caught 0 left at 8 am went south with friends caught 40 perch kept 15 keepers,just jigged. Sun a lot slower started out gangbuster then you had to work for them the single fish would not bite if there were 2 you could get 1 to trigger. Ended up with 14 keepers sun.
nice the perch this year have been fussy... but my thought is i think we had such a good hatch this year in two years were going to have one hell of a perch year ... i was fishing in 16' and my graph was solid with perch all the way to 5 ' i was sight fishing at that poit but they were all small but i did see a few nice ones its just the little guys are more fierce and i found jiggin a larfer rap or a big pimple weeded out the small guys tho i was still cathing the dinks wich was crazy.. the spoons i was using were at least 2-3 times the size of em... got a trick for ya ill pm you
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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #50 on: Feb 03, 2014, 07:58 AM »
Some people just cant admit there's bad days....I wish that everyone would just be honest.
been honest. Didnt say i havent had a bad day but at the same token iv only had one so fsr on THAT LAKE... found new spots that have just continualy produced. And theres the proof. Alot of people have a hard time beliveing someone having a good year.
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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #51 on: Feb 03, 2014, 09:40 AM »
I love saratoga been fishing it for years. Heres the deal IMO. All access areas are not very good most of the ice season, you really gotta have the drive to understand what these different species do in this lake. Aside from gills and bass which are much easier to pattern and find, the crappie/walleye guys who know what they are doing I can promise you are not on here to post pictures and let the whole community know the details lol. You gotta follow these fish on seasonal patterns, and punch lots a holes and do your home work. I love that this lake is challenging, the weed growth is a huge problem and has relocated seasonal schooling patterns of crappie and walleye. My 2 cents.

100% couldn't agree more.  SPOT ON!

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #52 on: Feb 03, 2014, 11:22 AM »
One of the best spots for eyes and crappies is walked right on pass by many people who figure that the area is garbage.  Walleye and crappies are looking for the same structure and areas just have to find those areas on the lake.      The 7 foot flat holds eyes and don't be afraid to fish near docks near drop offs for crappies.    And I learned years ago don't post picks on here that give away your location.  Sorry but there are 10000's of guest that are looking for a hand out.     
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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #53 on: Feb 03, 2014, 11:59 AM »
I have no doubt that their is some good eyes in that lake and I was catching some nice perch about a week ago but it all has stopped and the fishing has been terrible...not just for me for everyone.

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #54 on: Feb 03, 2014, 12:31 PM »
Not everyone.      Pm sent
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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #55 on: Feb 03, 2014, 06:39 PM »
i have been fishing at toga for years since i was a little kid and i almost gave it up because the only fish i like to catch is walleye and perch. i went there a few times this year to some of my good spots where the walleye used to be and nothing but i did go there one day and was catching big perch on tip ups and jigging and that was the only time and then went back a couple more times and only bought small perch but i want to find a better spot for the eyes before the season is over.

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #56 on: Feb 03, 2014, 08:09 PM »
no idea why, but the Northern pike population has declined big time and the largemouth bass size is down. All year long during the bass season, winning bags are 7-10lbs for 5 fish. Thats HORRID! 7 years ago you wouldnt be in the money if you didnt come in with a 20lb bag.

IMO, if all the dumb weed control stuff that goes on. Screwing up spawning grounds for the fish and baitfish. Without proper weed growth, the baitfish dont reproduce. Without them, well you know whats going on.
[/quote there are a lot of smaller bass, but I still think there is a good amount of larger bass in my opinion. People need tobstart keeping the 12 - 13 inches. I fish that lake a lot, tournaments included, spring through fall and see and catch a lot of nice fish. Last spring, trolling around the shallows, I saw a lot of pike that would make you think twice about swimming in that water. Mannings cove to be exact. I really think that lake is turning into a deep fishing lake, meaning most of the bigger, more mature fish, are moving  deeper. Not saying that you can't find some in less than 10 ft. As for the walleye, last year, while fishing for bullhead off snake hill, I watch a guy come within 40 yards of us, catch a walleye. There are a lot of guys that target them all night, as there was that night. What they did to the weeds is horrible. I stopped shocking it which is a plus, unless theybstarted that .bs again. They need to get rid of those cutters!
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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #57 on: Feb 03, 2014, 08:16 PM »
One of the best spots for eyes and crappies is walked right on pass by many people who figure that the area is garbage.  Walleye and crappies are looking for the same structure and areas just have to find those areas on the lake.      The 7 foot flat holds eyes and don't be afraid to fish near docks near drop offs for crappies.    And I learned years ago don't post picks on here that give away your location.  Sorry but there are 10000's of guest that are looking for a hand out.   
I totally agree!
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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #58 on: Feb 03, 2014, 09:01 PM »
I think OXYGEN is also very important on this lake being so small and weedy. Ice gets thick, weeds die, O2 goes way down and many species just don't eat as much due to metabolism slowing down. So this time of year it's expected to have slow days, and we forget about this I think. Really love the challenge here though, and I am determined to figure the dang walleye out. Just always so many places to fish and so little time!!!!!

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Re: SARATOGA LAKE BS THREAD
« Reply #59 on: Feb 03, 2014, 09:04 PM »
This a little off topic..but I forgot to tell you guys I saw an airplane land in mannings cove it was awesome ;D

 


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