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Lures and Bait for Lake George

post #1 of 12
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Guys im going to L. George for the first week of July, i will be on the southeast part of it. i never been there and i would like to know which line should i equip my reel with and which kind of bait or lures should i bring with me.
also there is any specific time of when to fish? i never fished in frsh water, so i dont know much about it.
thanx un advance for your help
PS will NOT have a boat, so it will be pier fishing.
post #2 of 12
Lake George is Fresh water fishing. Unless you plan on doing a lot of fresh water fishing I would say stick to live bait that you can get up there at any bait store. You could go out & spend a lot of money for different lures but again if your not a fresh water fisherman then for the time your up there it's not worth investing in gear you'll never use. I would suggest a spinning reel with 10lb test should cover all types of fish in the lake. A Rod between 6'-7' should be fine.Again if you don't have that & won't use again maybe you can borrow from a fresh water fishing buddy. Lake George is like any other lake or pond only larger. It has Lg mouth bass,Small mouth,Blue gills, perch,pickeral & a few other types of fish. If you wanted to but an outfit you could pick up a Rod & reel cheap with a few lures at dicks, Sports Auth.,K-mart, Wally World ETC.
post #3 of 12
check the lake george web pages. they have rental boats and outfitters. they can help with your questions on what is biting when you go. i rented a boat years back for not too much considering its money making months
post #4 of 12
You should be catching bass, both large and smallmouth, and pike and walleye if they are in there. Never fished it myself so I'm not sure what is in there. I'd bring some big Mepps spinners, daredevils spoons and some topwater lures like scumfrogs and spook-type lures. Maybe some rubber worms and tube jigs, too. You can probably catch fish all day long but morning and evening will be your best bet. You can also post this in the FreshWater forum and get a better response.
post #5 of 12
Show up with your largest surf casting pole!



People will freak when you tell them you are trying to get the alligator out of the lake. Or even better, your trying to hook the Lake George Monster.











post #6 of 12
Hi, I've fished there( Lake George-the Queen of Waters) a bit several years ago. I am not familiar
with the area where you will be, I fished the opposite shore.
What I can tell you is that the water is crystal clear and much of the lake is very deep.
Since you will be near shore weeds may be there,that should be a good thing, especially for LM Bass and Pike. The lake also has many rocky areas, good for SM Bass.
Bait was mentioned and that's a good idea. Tackle shop's have a good supply of shiners and crayfish and worms, all good.
As for lures I had good luck with drop shotting and hairjigs, curlytail jigs and swim jigs with a crayfish type trailer such as the Ragetail .
If I went back I would like to try weedless lures such as a fluke, like the Bass Assissian Shad rigged with a 4/0 wide gap bass hook.
Because the water is crystal clear for serious fish fish early and late or around cover such as under the pier/boat dock.
During the day panfishing is fine lots of bluegills and yellow perch.
As a final note make it a point to go to one of the bait and tackle shops ASAP after arrival they can give you all the info u need.
good luck
Greg
post #7 of 12
i have been fishing up there for maybe 16 years. ithe first 6-7 i fished it like a normal weedy bass lake. casting to the shores over rocks (hard to find weeds) with spinner baits and crankbaits, etc. and would barely catch 5 smallmouth in a 2 hour trip. the water is too clear to fish from shore, + there are big boats that make huge wakes wich i think disturb the fish or at least annoy them in shallow water. then i got a tip to fish basically in the middle of the lake and started killing them. i think i easly catch 20 times the amount of fish now.

you will do 10-20x better from a boat. the water there is so clear that the fish like deeper water compared to the same species in other lakes. i would highly recommend renting a canoe or kayak for a day and you will get bored catching smalleys. carolina rig 6" zoom water melon on a 2/0 gamakastu with 1/4oz weights in 20-30 feet of water, preferably on a hump or near some structure. i dont think it is a coincidence, but 20-30 feet is just about the limit of depth that you can see the bottom at in that lake. cast it out, let it get to the bottom, then creep it along and you will slay the bass. preferably creep the bait up the slope, but i dont think it matters that much, as long as your lure is in the right depth range. last time i was up there i even caught a 6 pound largemouth that way. obv you wont have a depthfinder, so find your humps by fishing the north or south ends of islands in 20-30 feet of water, it should be a good enough hump. i wouldnt be supprised if you catch 25-30 fish in an hour, over half keeper sized. i have had problems with the smaller bass inhaling the hook into their gut. i used to just cut the hook off and hope they survive. i found a better way. if you go in with your pliers through the gill cover, under the rear gill, you can get a great angle of the dangle to get a hook out that you can only see the last half inch of. only takes a second and im sure it does less harm to the fish than leaving the hook in.

they had a bass tourny up there once, when i wasnt fishing(doing some stone wall work) and there were some big names in it. at the hotel i was staying at in ticonderoga i walked up and asked a few dudes standing around a 60k bass boat how they were doing. they said that they had caught 8 fish all day. mainly fishing the shore. i kinda chuckled (i bet i looked cocky...i was 20 at the time and all grimy from hardscaping all day) and then told them the above method. they were like 'yeah maybe we'll try it' kinda like they didn't believe me. well the next day i asked how they did. 50+ fish and 20ish keepers.


have fun up there.
post #8 of 12
and i will take you fishing....
post #9 of 12
I've got some friends with a house in Bolton Landing and I've fished the lake a lot. It is deep and very very clear, but there are also a lot of shallow weedy areas. You said southeast part so I imagine you'll be spending some time on the fishing pier. It's pretty deep there but there's a lot of structure like docks.

For bass, I like to use Senko worms, slug-go's, tube jigs, twister tails, spinnerbaits, and topwaters (early/late).

There are a ton of perch on the southern side and they like small twister tail grubs and small hair jigs.

The lake gets very choppy on nice weekend days due to all the boat traffic.

It's a great lake to fish and there are bait shops all over. Good luck!
post #10 of 12
I might be going up there in mid-july so this thread is very helpful to me also.
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post #12 of 12
i go there every year and what works the best for me is live killies or a crank bait....also it depends if you are off the docks in town or on a boat in the water
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