The past three weeks on Honeoye have been up and down. The fish are on the skinny side, and I believe that is caused by the algae bloom. When fish canít see the forage, itís harder for them to feed. This is the first year that I have experienced a major drop in the catch rate. We have caught some nice sized bass and good numbers, but not like usual. The baby brush hogs are working, along with wacky rigged trick worms and stikos. Keep moving until you locate fish, then slow down. Use darker colors and some type of vibration or rattle will help the bass locate your offering.
Conesus has been very good. Bass are active from one end of the lake to the other. Depending on the location, you can catch them on creature baits, jig and pig, drop shot rigs or wacky rigged baits. Bait colors will vary but watermelonseed, watermelon/red flake or a jig with a trailer containing, either, some orange or chartreuse will take them in or around the weeds. Topwater has been good in low light conditions.
Keuka has been Keuka. The largemouth bite has been quite good and the key is to fish slow and make slightly longer casts. Watermelonseed wacky rigs have produced best with Texas rigged baby brush hogs a close second. If you do not own a drift sock, it is a wise investment. It is useful on any piece of water when the wind picks up. These socks slow the speed of your boat and allow you to present your bait effectively.
Fall is on the way and the water is starting to cool, this should kick the smallies and northern pike into an active mood and bring them shallower where they will be easier to target.
Be safe, wear your life vest, maintain a proper lookout. Good fishing. http://www.mudlines.com