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Sandy Pond Ice fishing 1/9/13

I fished North Sandy Pond of of the Elms Golf Course with Mike Brassard on 1/9/13. The fishing was slow as we expected but we did manage to catch 3 pike and about a dozen keeper perch. We also released many small perch. 

We were fishing 12 feet of water. We were fishing with 7 tip ups, 3 tip downs and jigging in the shanty. Most of the perch came on the jigging rods. Two of the pike came on the tip ups and one on a tip down. 

As stated we expected the fishing to be slow as the perch were unable to enter the pond from Lake Ontario this year due to low water. 

Wayne-o's Guide Service in 2013

2013 is here at I am already hard at work making changes to my website with the hopes of making it more enjoyable and useful for my guests. As most people I have set some goals for the new year.


  1. MakeWayne-o's Guide Servicea more enjoyable and useful website.
  2. Expand my business to the Salmon River Reservoir.
  3. Build a new site that will be more interactive, share my knowledge, and share my stories.Fishing tips and stories
  4. Help more people catch fish and have a great time doing it. 

I truly love being a fishing guide and I hope that 2013 gives me the chance to do more of it.

Ice Fishing 2012-13

With cold weather finally upon us most people's minds are turning to ice fishing. I know I am getting the itch to get out on the hard water. If we get the temps that they are calling for I would say we should be on the ice by the weekend. 
Remember to use caution make sure there is at least 4 inches of ice before fishing. Always take someone with you and make sure you have rope and ice spikes in case one of you does go through. If you are unsure of the ice thickness bring a spud and use it on your way out.

New Ice Reels

I have been doing some research on the new style ice reels that have hit the market in the last two years. These are the straight line reels that look like small fly reels. They claim to be better due to the fact that the line comes off the reel straight eliminating lure spin. 
I have heard from different people that the drag systems are no good on these reels. I checked them out at the Gander Mountain First Ice Show this year and found this to be true on the cheaper models. As someone who spends most of his time on the water fly fishing these reals naturally appealed to me. I will be purchasing one in the next week or two. Has anyone used one of these reels yet? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

Oswego River Fishing 12/19/12

Wednesday the 19th of December was a cold morning at just 34 degrees when I launched the boat. The plan was to pull plugs and drift beads and egg sacks for four hours on the Oswego River. The water was up to 11,400 cfs and the wind was blowing strong out of the north west. When Jason, Chris, and Nick arrived I told them the wind was going to make float fishing tough and we would probably just pull plugs.
We all loaded into the boat under the Route 104 bridge on the Oswego River and I showed them how the reels work and what lures we were going to start with.

Pinning Small Water

Float fishing with a center pin reel has become one of the hottest ways to fish for steelhead. It's many advantages include precise depth and speed control along with a very natural and long drift. When fishing small streams many people believe there is no advantage for the pin due to the short drifts and shallow water that is commonly found on these waters. This is far from true. 
These smaller waters often have small pools and short runs that are perfect for float fishing.  The pin gives your the advantage of being able to precisely run your bait through each section of these pools and runs.

Small Stream Salmon

People often ask me when is the best time to come to the area to fish the smaller waters for Salmon. I always tell them from Columbus day weekend through the end of October. Some times it is earlier but most years we don't get the needed rain until this time.

These smaller streams are not dam regulated like the Salmon and Oswego rivers therefore if we don't get enough rain the fish stack up in the mouth of the rivers and wait. This presents a whole new chance to fish small streams for Salmon.

New Feature

This is going to be a new feature of my website. My blog will be where I share my fishing and hunting, and other outdoor stories. I will also give tips for all things outdoors. I will try my best to keep it updated on a regular basis so there will always be new content for you to read.

The 2012 Salmon Season has been amazing and looks like there is still more to come. The Salmon River will be bumped up to 285 cfs at 8 tonight and that should bring even more fish into the river. 

Check back for more soon. 
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