Honeoye currently has an algae bloom which has colored the water and slowed the bass action. The fishing is still excellent, but it requires a little more effort to find active fish and trigger a strike. Any bait that will make some vibration, either by itself, or when you shake it can trigger the fish. The bass need this action to help locate your offering in the colored water. Using darker colors, such as junebug and black can also help fish visually find the bait.
Conesus Lake has been fishing very well for bass. At the three hour Tuesday night tournaments, it will take 11 to 13 pounds for a win and 8 to 9 pounds to get a check. Normal eight hour tournaments will have the winner carrying a five fish bag weighing somewhere between 16 to 25 pounds. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly.
Canandaigua has been fishing very good. Tournament wins have been at 16 to 20 pounds, and the bass have been very active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, and we did well using wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. We used darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly.
Seneca was on the slow side this past week. We fished our usual areas where we caught a mixture of smallmouth, largemouth and pike. A couple of big fish (specie unknown) took the bait into the weeds and managed to get off, so we didnít get a look at them. Still a fun morning. Fish were caught on lipless cranks and spinnerbaits.