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Olcott, New York is WFN's 'Ultimate Fishing Town'

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

OLCOTT, NY – After a record number of votes were cast, Olcott Beach, New York topped the leader board in WFN: World Fishing Network's Ultimate Fishing Town contest.  Read Full Story

Big Eyes of Bay of Quinte, PART 2

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Keiths Shoal is another bottleneck location. The top of the shoal is 6 feet deep, dropping off to 100. We like to fish along the sides of the shoal with the same setup as the Bat Cave, except we find the baits need to be a little higher. Early in the morning our lures are from the surface down to 30 feet and as the sun comes up we begin to drop our baits to lower depths. Our spread is much tighter and we prefer to have a Torpedo Diver with a 50-foot lead to the deep diving bait on the inside, tighter to the boat. We put a leadcore rod with a second deep diving bait on an inline board and on the outside a deep diving bait on braided line. This spread really breaks down the water column and if one particular setup gets hot we start changing more rods to duplicate the winning setup.

Thompsons Point is the third bottleneck staging area with a general depth of 35 feet. This area is a long stretch where the width of the waterways varies and at times can become tricky to navigate. We stay with the same setup as Keiths Shoal with the exception of using shallow runners on the inside two rods, letting the Torpedo Divers and leadcore take the baits to the appropriate depths and deep divers on the outside. If we have three people in the boat we will run all rods on one side and will keep the boat over the deepest water. This makes for easier fishing, especially in heavy boat traffic.

The Bay of Quinte ought to be on every serious troller’s bucket list. Walleyes weighing in the teens are actually common—there’s really not another place like it. GLA

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Big Eyes of Bay of Quinte PART 1

Monday, October 03, 2011

It's mid-October and while children start thinking of Halloween costumes and candy, the surface temperature of eastern Lake Ontario has dropped below 60 degrees and trophy walleye begin their annual migration toward the Bay of Quinte. These walleye spend the summer spread across the eastern basin of Lake Ontario feeding primarily on shad and perch. In October, the shad begin to move towards Amherst Island, at the northeast corner of Lake Ontario and by mid-October the shad have made the turn into the opening of the Bay Of Quinte and into Adolphus Reach, which is just west of the Bay of Quinte. (For map, go to 

Of course the walleye are following their food supply and will stay in the beautiful and protected Adolphus Reach before moving to their next destination.  Read Full Story

GLAngler Feats: A Great August Trip

Friday, September 30, 2011

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New York Lake Ontario Anglers Now Get Three Rods!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Why should Lake Michigan anglers get all the tangles? Effective immediately, trollers and everyone else fishing Lake Ontario’s New York waters can use three rods each. The new law went into effect recently, and should prove a boon to anglers, who can now put more presentations in the water and figure out what salmon and trout want.  Read Full Story

A-TOM-MIK Announces Invitational

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Never too soon to announce a new tournament and that's what Tom Allen, the owner and operator of A-TOM-MIK Manufacturing is doing for a first-time event out of Lake Ontario's Port of Oswego, New York next August. Called the 1st Annual A-TOM-MIK Invitational, it is slated for Saturday, August 11, 2012.  Read Full Story

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