Fishing Report: Belleau Lake, Wakefield, New Hampshire, July 7-13, 2018

Date: July 7-13, 2018

Time: Afternoon

LocationFishing Spot: Belleau Lake, Wakefield, NH

Weather: Beautiful…

Air Temperature: 80’s and low 90’s

Water Temperature: 76-80


My family’s big vacation this year was a week on Belleua Lake in WakeField, NH.

We took the kayaks as well as the Nitro Z-18 bass boat to switch things up a bit. As this was a family vacation and not week away for me to just fish all day I wasn’t able to fish every day or for more than a few hours when I did get the chance to go out and fish.

I had never been to Belleau Lake before so I did some research about it. You can find some of my information about it here. The information I could find was scant and mostly targeted towards real estate and home ownership on the lake. The fishing reports stated Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, Pickerel etc..

And, according to a couple of the locals I spoke with on the lake, there are BIG fish in this lake… of course there are ….

I found the lake to be shallow in a lot of places. The water also seemed to dark/muddy/very stained… it left a very grody scum ring around the waterline of my boat.

I even managed to find a rock that wasn’t marked in any way. Luckily, I was just cruising around mapping some sections at barely more than idle speed when I looked down my electronics and noticed the depth rapidly rising from 6 feet to 5 to 3 to… clunk ! WTF !

I didn’t find a lot of underwater structure or weeds either. On the North-Eastern part of the lake, I motored through some shallow water and into a small cove area. The center of the cove did have some fairly deep water which I found interesting. There was also a very nice stretch of lily pads along the undeveloped side of the cove. My first day through here, I didn’t catch any fish although the water was the most promising I had seen here on the lake thus far. I worked the middle of this cove as well as there seemed to be a hump of some sort there. Nothing. For the first few days, I spent my fishing time on the north/top part of the lake. I hadn’t caught any fish…

Later in the week, I decided to try the southern end of the lake and see if anything was biting down that way. At the southernmost part of the lake, I found some promising water… there was what looked like a very large floating bog of some sort… lots of lily pads and little islands of sticks & grass. I felt hopeful… I worked the outer edges of this bog mass as well as every off shore lily pad island… An hour later I was very frustrated… I started talking to myself… if this lake has Largemouth bass in it then they should be here… RIGHT HERE…

At that time, I was almost to the end of the main bog mass. I made a deal with myself that I would fish the next 90 feet of so of water and then pack up and head back to the dock.

I casted my Senko to a very loosely put together area of smaller lily pads… not the mat but a larger area with a lot of smaller lily pads close together… now, I hadn’t had a bite nor so much as a nibble in days… when it finally came on this cast… I was a bit late with the hook set as I had mentally checked out… I lost the fish… it’s a good thing that nobody was recording me right then… Again, I had a chat with myself and got my head back into the game…

Another cast of the Senko to the same general area… wait… wait… nothing… twitch… twitch.. nothing… curses begin forming at the back of my brain… reel up some slack… hmm… that feels … H E A V Y… time to SET THE HOOK !

Got him… landed a beautiful 3 pound Largemouth bass

I would end up catching THREE, count ’em THREE, Largemouth over that last 90 feet of bog mass… zero fish over the prior tens of acres of water yet three within an area that could be covered by a long cast… not complaining but this place is hard to figure out 🙂

In this same general area, I came across another local who had lived on the lake for many years. He too stated that there are lots of nice fish in the lake. I asked him what he generally catches. He said he always catches Largemouth. He’d never caught or seen a Smallmouth in the lake but they are supposed to be in there. He was shocked when I told him that I was just blindly casting off of the boat dock the day before and had lost a Smallmouth bass when it jumped and tossed my swim bait before I could reel it all the way in.

The last day, I went back to the bog area… I only managed to land a single Largemouth in the 1-2 pound range. BUT, I did catch one of those elusive Smallmouth bass too…


Pretty fish and a mad fighter even at that small size…






Fishing Report: Black Lake, Hammond, New York, June 23-29, 2018

Date: June 23-29, 2018

Time: Afternoon

LocationFishing Spot: Black Lake, NY

Weather: Variable…

Air Temperature: 70’s

Water Temperature: 72-74 ? Can’t be sure as I was on a friend’s boat and didn’t pay too much attention


I’ve been to Black Lake twice prior to this trip. It’s a fantastic fishery for Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass.

The weather wasn’t all that great during this trip. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t great either. Cooler temps, some rain and windy conditions throughout the week. The water level was also very low and even dropped throughout the week. We could tell because by the end of the week we were stepping down into the bass boat from the dock whereas at the beginning of the week that wasn’t the case.

The fishing was either on or off… we’d motor up to a spot and start fishing. One of two things would happen… we’d start hitting Northern Pike almost immediately or we wouldn’t… it got the point where if we didn’t hook something with the first ten casts then the next thousand casts weren’t going to produce any fish either.

It was truly the week of a thousand casts/day. Even my back and shoulders were feeling it by the end of the week.

The bait of the week was a spinner bait. We could cover a lot of water and work them over, around and through the weedy sections of the lake where we tended to focus our efforts.

I lost a few nice Northern Pike in the weeds too… they’d hit my spinner bait and then run right down into the thick weeds… the bigger pike tended to run further and wrap a ton of weeds in my line… so much so that they were able to break off… ARGH !

I did land some nice pike though. My buddy took biggest fish of the week (twice !)… he landed an 8 1/2 pound Northern Pike and an hour later he hooked into 7 pounder !

Here’s a few fish photos…

We stayed at Fisherman’s Landing this trip. Nice folks and generally nice, clean cabins.

And, we eat well on these trips too 🙂

Fishing Report: Silver Lake, Barnard, Vermont, June 21, 2018

Date: June 12, 2018

Time: Afternoon

LocationFishing Spot: Silver Lake, Barnard, VT

Weather: Sunny, Clear, light winds

Air Temperature: 80’s

Water Temperature: 78 degrees


This year’s annual camping trip to Silver Lake allowed for one afternoon out on the water in my Kayak. The weather was great and if I was concerned about anything it was too great !  Bright sun on a hot day usually results in a slow day on the water…

I also like fishing here since this place is deeper and much different that any of the places I fish locally. It forces me to try different baits and approaches to fishing. Another reason is that the fish that you typically catch are quality fish. This isn’t a place that’s loaded with 1-2 pound fish but it does hold some big fish.

I’ve had trips here where I’ve been able to catch a dozen pike on Friday and then catch nothing but water the next day. It’s just one of those places.

This day, Silver Lake was nice to me 🙂

I was able to catch six Northern Pike. All over 3 pounds. Two were over 4 pounds and one was nearly 6 pounds. Nice !!!

As you can see in the above photo, I was using a crank bait today. Quite a change from my usual shallow water Senko fishing in my local ponds.

Another thing about today is that I was hooking these fish ‘just anywhere’ on the pond. Deep, shallow, ledge, flat and even amongst the chaos of swimmers and kids horsing around on rented paddle boats ! The photo below on the right shows this…

I used to also catch a fair amount of Largemouth Bass here as well. But, in recent years, all I’ve managed to catch have been Northern Pike. I’m not sure of the Largemouth are declining or are just tougher to catch in late June which is when I always fish here. On this day, too, the lake gave up a nice 3 1/2 pound Largemouth too 🙂


It was also a great day for sunburn on the legs…

Lastly, here’s a very unprofessional video of me landing one of the 4+ pound Norther Pikes…


Silver Lake State Park offers an excellent camping experience. We like to stay in the leanto’s … they are great !


And, like the weather all over New England… just wait a minute and it changes…


Fishing Report: Norton Reservoir, May 20, 2018

Date: May 20, 2018

Time: Afternoon

LocationFishing Spot: Norton Reservoir, Norton, Massachusetts

Weather: Overcast. Light wind.

Air Temperature: 60-70

Water Temperature: Did not record


Another quick trip out to Norton Reservoir. Today I had my daughter with me and she kicked my butt… ! She hooked this 4 3/4 pound monster on a senko about a foot from shore.

I hooked a few today, 3 I think with my best bass weighing about 2 pounds.

Some Photos of the Day:

Oh… and the forecast called for a light, passing shower… NOT !!!! (love my auto bilge)…




Fishing Report: Wequaquet Lake, May 11, 2018

Date: May 111, 2018

Time: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

LocationFishing Spot: Wequaquet Lake, Barnstable, Massachusetts

Weather: Sunny and calm to start… but the wind came up and was whipping 10-15 mph. I got lots more practice on the trolling motor today.

Air Temperature: Mid 60’s

Water Temperature: Low 60’s


This was the second tournament of the year for the South Shore Bassmasters.

Wequaquet Lake was another new lake for me. I’d never fished here before but I still felt confident that today was going to be a good day for me. The weather had warmed up a bit. I’d done some research online about the lake and felt that I had a workable approach to the day.

I had a feeling that there would be fish up shallow and on flats either spawning or getting ready to spawn. I started the morning by casting a spinner bait and a swim bait in 4-8 feet water on a calm flat. I was seeing smallmouth bass following my spinner bait a few times but none of them would take the bait. I wasn’t having any luck with a silver swim bait either.

I trolled around a point and started using a black jig and blue trailer combo along contour lines in about ten feet of water – which didn’t turn up any fish either.

I figured I’d move closer to shore and try to see if anything was up close or around any docks or walls etc. This was when the WIND STARTED BLOWING… argh I hate wind while fishing… The wind was incessant and becoming stronger and where I was on the lake gave the wind a clean shot at me.

I moved out into the middle of the lake to a location where there were some humps that came up from 20 feet to 4-6 feet. If I was going to get blasted by the wind I could at least make it work for me by using the wind to float me across the humps. I dragged the hums with same black jig and also a jerkbait. No luck…

Next I moved to spots on the lake that were behind points or islands that would block the wind to some extent. It was really blowing hard and was incessant. There were no breaks. It just kept blowing.

As the day wore on, I cruised around a bit and tried a few more locations. I managed to find a few fish but for whatever reason I couldn’t seem to hook the ones that counted. The seemed to be picked up my bait but not ingesting it. I’d feel a fish on the line. I’d set the hook. The fish would let go… I lost my best fish when it spit my spinnerbait when it jumped about ten feet from my boat.

I really struggled today in the high winds… I have a 70 pound thrust trolling motor on my bass boat. It has 5 speeds, 1 thru 5. I typically have my trolling motor set to 4 as it provided enough thrust to troll me around under most conditions. Today, not so much. At the 4 setting, I was unable to hold my position in the wind… the wind would slowly push me backward such that I was unable to actually sit on a spot an work it at all. Setting 5 is like hitting a rocket booster when you push the petal down. It’s so strong that it’s difficult to use as the initial thrust will knock you off the boat if you aren’t ready for it. You also have to constantly steer as the high speed takes the boat off it’s line rather quickly.

Most fish caught today during the tournament, and there were some big fish and bags caught, were bed fish… the anglers were able to either drop their power poles or utilize their stronger, high tech, gps-enabled trolling motors to be able to work a spot and catch those bedding fish.

The 2 fish I did land didn’t count… the first was a smallmouth bass that wasn’t much bigger than the black senko I caught it on. The second was a nice 4 pound Pike ! I’d zero’d for the tournament but not for the day 🙂 And, again, I learned a lot and saw a new body of water too !

Some Photos of the Day:




Fishing Report: Whitehall Reservoir, May 6, 2018

Date: May 6, 2018

Time: Afternoon

LocationFishing Spot: Whitehall Reservoir, Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Weather: Overcast, some wind but not much.

Air Temperature: High 50’s

Water Temperature: Did not record


Went out for a few hours on my friend’s bass boat today. We had high hopes for today as there was little wind and the water temp was somewhere in the 50’s I’d expect. We managed a few small bass over the course of about 3 hours on the water. Dark Senkos and dark swim baits did the trick. Typical Whitehall in our books !!!




Fishing Report: Norton Reservoir, May 5, 2018

Date: May 5, 2018

Time: Afternoon

LocationFishing Spot: Norton Reservoir, Norton, Massachusetts

Weather: Overcast. Light wind.

Air Temperature: Don’t recall exactly but high 60’s ? I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts

Water Temperature: Did not record


Just a quick trip out on the reservoir for the first time in 2018. My daughter and I caught a couple of small bass and a pickerel.

My best bass weighed about 2 pounds.

All fish were caught on a black Senko

Some Photos of the Day:





Fishing Report: South Watuppa Pond, April 21, 2018

Date: April 21, 2018

Time: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

LocationFishing Spot: South Watuppa Pond, Fall River, Massachusetts

Weather: Sunny but cold and very windy. Multiple layers of clothing !

Air Temperature: Low 30’s to start. High 40’s/Low 50’s to finish

Water Temperature: 46-50 degrees (cool!)


This was a fishing trip of firsts for me…

  • First time bass fishing in such cold temperatures
  • First time fishing this specific pond
  • First time fishing in a bass club tournament

I honestly had no idea what to expect… the conditions were very tough nevermind the fact that I was fishing in my first ever bass tournament. I had recently joined the South Shore Bassmasters Club and this was their first tournament of the season.

Despite being frozen to the core preparing my boat for launch in the parking lot, I somehow managed to get launched and ready to fish without any issues.

Oddly enough, or, as it turns out, fortunately enough, I caught my first bass on my fifth cast of the day ! It was only 1 3/4 pounds but I had a fish in the boat ! I recall thinking to myself with surprise that the fish are biting despite the cold conditions. I used a black football jig with a dark blue craw trailer.

How wrong I was !!! This first bass would be the only bass I would boat the entire day. I did get bit off by a pike and did manage to land a pike a bit later in the day but that was it.

At the weigh-in, I learned that I wasn’t the only one having a tough day. There were many anglers that zero’d today. The largest bass caught was just 2.3 pounds.

In any event – looking at the positives – it was a great learning experience on many fronts.

Some Photos of the Day:




Fishing Report: Whitehall Reservoir, April 2018

Date: April, 2018

Time: Afternoon

LocationFishing Spot: Whitehall Reservoir, Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Weather: Overcast, some wind but not a gale at least. The tolling motor got a workout.

Air Temperature: Low 50’s

Water Temperature: 40-42 degrees (chilly!)


I had zero expectations of catching any fish today it all. The entire reason I was out at this time of year was that I had cabin fever… I’d just picked up my boat from winter storage and needed to get it out onto the water to make sure it would run and operate as expected when I needed it for a tournament later in the month 🙂

My boat ran great even in the cold water conditions and I was pleased by that. I did not actually catch any fish on this trip. However, I was able to spend some time over in the deeper sections of the reservoir that I’d typically not been able to in the past. There were only a couple of other boats out  which was nice as there was a lot of freedom to roam around and sit in areas where there’s typically a fair amount of boat traffic. I made a lot of mental notes as to where new drops and rock piles etc. were that I’d not known of before.

No fish but lots of information gained so it was a worthwhile trip for sure !