I went solo today in search of the perch and didn’t have a hit from1 PM until 5 and a lot of folks got disgusted and left for home. From 5 -6:15 PM things really took off. I was jigging for perch in 8 ft of water and I had been drilling holes all afternoon and spending a while in each and then moving around looking for signs of life. I finally found one hole that had a spark of life in it and started catching perch one right after another and then a largemouth then a couple more perch and another largemouth some more perch and then my little jigging rod bent over like there was no tomorrow and the 2 lb test line started peeling out with the drag going for about six or seven times…I strongly suspected I had a trout by the feel of it and the fact that it stripped out about half of my line….turned out to be a 24 inch male rainbow all colored up It was worth the wet arm getting him out of the hole too
All the fish came out of that single hole and all on the same little jig with spikes and I ended up with 3 or 4 perch after the pic.
Anyway glad I ended up staying and waiting it out… the biggest of the largemouths was 19 1/4 inches and the other was 18 inches,. All in all a fun day on the ice.
Oh and I have confirmation that there are in fact rainbow smelt still in Canandaigua. I caught two of them on spikes while jigging in 36 ft of water and there was a whole school of them there.
Edited by Sk8man, Yesterday, 8:28 PM.