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Old 07-16-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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Raquette Lake Smallies

Has anyone done any smallmouth fishing on Raquette this summer? Heading to my family camp on Sucker Brook Bay in two weeks and I always look forward to a week of fishing. I hear the water level is extremely low this year. Not sure how that will impact the bite.

The last few years I have had a lot of luck fishing senkos in 6-12' of rocky water near the Needles. I understand a lot of smallies suspend in 25' of water, but I haven't had any success trying to entice them with tube baits. I have also caught some nice largemouth bass at the mouth of Sucker Brook by throwing plastic frogs up in the lily pads.

Any advice is appreciated. What are some of your favorite techniques for ADK smallies?

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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Will: senkos, tubes, and surface lures are my favorites for smallmouth. My favorite is a surface lure, but the senkos are probably the most productive. Tubes and curly tails are a distant 3rd. Good luck.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:56 PM   #3
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How about minnows? We'll be at Tioga Point for 2 nights in August. Needles and Eldon Lake look promising... is that right?

What about the lake trout. I reckon they'll be down low... all the way down at 90 feet? There's this contour map here...

Will jigging/drifting with live minnows and sinkers work? We won't have downriggers or lead core line.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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EagleCrag, topwater is also my favorite smallmouth technique. Nothing beats a smallie blowing up a Zara Spook or Jitterbug at dusk.

SkiBum, I have caught a few big bass right off of Tioga Point. There is some submerged structure from an old dock or something that holds some big fish. The two times I fished for lake trout on Raquette we used lead line and big rapalas in 70-90 ft of water.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:03 AM   #5
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Not from Raquette Lake, but does this qualify as a nice Smallie? I caught it in a "long" ADK pond 7/18/12.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:20 PM   #6
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Nice fish! I just got in to Raquette. Caught this 16 inch largemouth on a Zoom Horny Toad throwing into lilly pads tonight. Hoping to get out in the permitting.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:12 PM   #7
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I like plastics and, depending on water depth/conditions, a Texas rig. Before dark, I usually switch to top water for both bass species.
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