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ONEIDA LAKE -
TUG HILL SOUTH
June is here,
and bass fishing is finally going to open! While we are on that
subject there is some very big news for our wonderful lake!
B.A.S.S. is going to hold one of the Northern Opens on Oneida
Lake! The tournament will take place in October and should be an
absolutely huge event. I am going to have more details in the
months to follow, but for those who would like to enter you better
act quick. You can find an entry form in the May issue of B.A.S.S
or write to the B.A.S.S. Tournament Department P.O. Box 17900
Montgomery AL 36141. The amateur entry fee is $400 with a $200
deposit. This is going to give the lake national coverage on ESPN
and in my opinion provide some of the best promotion for the lake
it has ever seen!
Many of you
might think I have become a little one sided lately on bass
fishing and the lake. Well you are absolutely one hundred percent,
could not cast it any closer, RIGHT! Why have I taken this
attitude? What is the big deal? I am not anti walleye; in fact, I
catch my fair share when time permits. But there is a constant
problem with the walleye fishery on Oneida Lake or any body of
water for that matter. That is, that these fish taste good!
Changing limits will never change the fact that 90 % of walleye
fishermen fish for flesh. The population is recovering, and as
soon as it is back and the word is out it is only a matter of time
before it can be fished out again. Bass fishing provides an
exciting recyclable resource as 90 % of the bass fisherman fish
for sport and not for flesh. The result is a bass population in
the lake that is second to none. This has attracted a national
attention with B.A.S.S and could be the Eco-Financial savior to
How did this
all come about? Well in the opinion of this writer, it can be
attributed to a combination of events in recent years. The
invasion of those little clam like aliens called Zebra mussels has
turned the muddy water walleye waves into a clear water
environment; allowing weed growing light to penetrate much deeper
than ever before. Deeper water Bass habitat means a larger
population in both size and quantity. Even though alien intruders
may do great harm, there always seems to be a silver lining to
every cloud they create. In our case, the clouds rained down 6 lb.
smallmouths in abundance! So then, why didn’t the walleyes move
in? After all, they like deep weedy shoals? Well, everyone out
there that has taken 2 limits in a day, or sold their catch to a
local restaurant took care of that. The irony of the whole thing
is that those who complain about the walleye fishing on the lake
are most likely those who have broken the rules protecting these
fish in the past. So, stop your whining, and shut up! The louder
you cry the more foolish you look as you are cause of the problem.
Not only did you rape the lake, you criticize it, giving it a bad
reputation keeping tourist and people THAT HAVE MONEY away! Oh
yeah, I still catch a lot of walleyes; thank god you complainers
do not know how to fish! OK now that is off my chest, lets get to
some helpful tips. Bass fishing is not difficult if you keep it
simple. There are a lot of things on the market that claim to be
the latest and greatest thing. As far as artificials go, you
really cannot beat hand poured soft plastic Baits. Key word here
is HAND POURED! These baits usually have larger amounts of salt
and scent and work terrific any way you rig them. Senkos are
manufactured bait from the Gary Yamamoto line, that have a similar
quality with some amazing results. Be ready for a shock as these
baits are very expensive, but well worth the investment. You local
shops such as Marion Manor and Phildon’s sporting goods carry this
line of baits.
Pat at Marion
Manor has done a great job stocking the store up with a variety of
bass baits. Start your shopping now as these lures are in great
demand and will sell out soon. Phildon’s has also introduced a
Hand poured line of finesse baits that are super soft and are
perfect for both novice and expert. There really is no way to fish
these baits wrong! Stop in and see the staff for some extra help
and hints. While you’re there, browse the rod racks and check out
the new Phildon’s Signature Series Custom Rods! Wow what a
difference one of these custom rods will make, and reasonably
priced too! Until Nextime, Tightlines, Ted
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