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Onieda Lake Fishing Report

Burnie Haney

Onieda Lake Fishing Report

23 Apr 2017

I enjoyed another fun filled rod bending action packed trip to Oneida Lake. My bass tournament teammate Mike Cusano spent last week in Florida while I was up here cracking these NY bass, so when he returned home he got his Skeeter out of cold storage, prepared it and invited me down for hismaiden voyage of the 2017 season. What a voyage it was, Mike’s boat ran great and the fish bit pretty good too.

We started at 7: 15 and fished until 2 PM, landing 33 fish between us with about a 60- 40 split between bass -Vs- pickerel. We picked up right where I left off last week concentrating our efforts in 6 ft. of water or less and again today the lure of choice was the Keitech Swing Impact Fat (2.8” Black Shad) on a BPS 1/8 oz. mushroom jig head.

I fished mine on 4 lb. test using a TFO 763-1 ML power rod for the majority of my fish with a few LMB coming on a 3/8 oz. Strike King swim jig (Black Blue w/Blue Sapphire Twin Tail) that I fished on a TFO 735-1 MH power rod, spooled with 15 lb. Cortland Superbraid with about 12-16” of 20 lb. test fluorocarbon for a shock tippet to protect against pickerel/ pike bite offs. I also hit one fish on the Lucky Craft 1.5 (Cameleon Brown Craw).

Mike hit his on the same Keitech Swing Impact Fat 2.8”, 1/8 oz. jig head and he mixed in the Green Pumpkin color, then he started hitting a few fish on a swim jig and Football head jig.

Mike even caught a couple drum and a bullhead on the Football head jig. Key for us was finding the hard bottom areas and working a continual retrieve with Keitech swimbait or the swim jig and then using a steady drag with the football head jig. By Oneida Lake standards we didn’t light them up, but my five best bass went 22.08 lbs., by far one of the best pre-spawn bass bites I’ve ever had on Oneida Lake.

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