If you’re like most people you’ve probably heard stories of how legendary the smallmouth bass fishing is in NY.  From Ontario, Erie, St. Lawrence, Oneida, Champlain, Cayuga, Susquehanna, you can find yourself hooking up with smallmouth in the 5-7+ pound range on every trip if you know what to look for, what to bring, and what to expect.  Come unprepared, however, and you will leave with a coldness in your heart as deep as those lakes.

samllmouth in net [click to continue…]


Fishidy 3.0 Is Here!

It’s been several months and lots of valuable feedback from our members in the making, but the time has come to unveil the latest and greatest version of the Fishidy platform!  Fishidy 3.0 is faster, easier to use, and loaded with new features to help you find fish even faster!  Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:

New Waterway Pages w/ Faster Maps

Fishidy’s waterway pages have a sleek new design that puts you in full control of the data related directly to your map view. We’ve added summary information on each waterway including whether there is Premium content available, like marked Fishing Hot Spots® and underwater structure, plus the number of member and pro catches, spots, total followers, and whether there are bottom contours on the map.

An enhanced activity feed has been moved alongside the map instead of below. You can also toggle the entire side panel open or closed to get a broader view of the map. Video links from providers like YouTube will now auto embed and play directly in the activity feed.  Recently shared catches are also just a quick glance away.

lake mendota waterway page [click to continue…]


Ontario.  Erie.  St. Lawrence River.  Champlain.  Oneida.  Seneca.  Cayuga.  These are the names you hear thrown around when people talk about monster smallmouth bass in NY.  What if there was another name that belonged in that group, an overlooked body of water that went unappreciated?  What if I said come to NY and we will catch 5 and 6 pound smallmouth all day long.

Oh, and we’re gonna do it between Binghamton and Owego in the Susquehanna River.

jim root smallmouth bass

Two of My Susquehanna River Smallies

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Lake Wisconsin Is Much More Than Walleyes

Lake Wisconsin is known as a good lake for walleyes, saugers, crappies, and muskies especially in the spring and early summer before the algae bloom arrives. The lake is over 9,000 acres and stretches from the dam at Wisconsin Dells to the last dam on the Wisconsin River at Prairie du Sac. Lake Wisconsin is an excellent fishery for many different fish species. The lake also has an abundant number of bass (largemouth and smallmouth), white bass, catfish, drum, sturgeon, and of course, bluegills.

slab crappie

When I’m fishing Lake Wisconsin, I usually fish for walleyes and saugers. But, a few seasons back, I decided to experiment on the lake. First, I’ll backtrack and tell how a few years ago; I discovered by chance [click to continue…]


Earning the Catch

Tough start to the season on Long Island

Everyone knew the start of this year’s season would be a non event after the winter we had. Six weeks came to be the agreed upon consensus in factoring the delay to the usual patterns of fish in these waters. Obviously very few fishermen were going to wait it out and there’s been quite a few surprised good and bad. Gator blues showed up in force much earlier than they normally do, fluke even with a higher bag limit and lower minimum length are all over, porgies by the buckets have been there for the taking, and some serious sized sharks are rewarding the anglers heading offshore. The stripers though, are keeping everyone guessing.

mike with fluke fish [click to continue…]