Once I was done cutting, it was fishing and hydration time. I returned to Lime Lake in Cattaraugus County where I stayed with Andy Christie, his family and friends. Bass fishing was on the hit list for activities.
Andy’s brother, Ken Christie is a semi-professional bass fisherman who competes in NYS Bass Federation tournaments and I was lucky enough to be able to get a day out on the boat with him. He will be on Lake Champlain later this year for a bass tournament.
The next morning we set out in his Triton bass boat with an Evinrude 150 engine and shot across the lake like a bullet. Lime Lake is a small lake or what could be called a large pond. It’s about 1 mile long and lean in width with a few bays. The lake is elbow to elbow with camps and cottages, so if you like solitude, that is not a daytime option. The only solitude is found during night fishing.
Water skiers, jet skis, canoes and pontoon boats are plentiful on holiday weekends, but scarce during the week. It’s a great little lake to fish with a canoe or small boat, which can be put in at the DEC access area. You can’t back a trailer with a boat into the access area to launch; it’s for carry in only boats. The camps all get access through a private launch on the lake which is for lake association members only. Despite this limitation, it’s a great spot to fish for bass.
The rain started after our first hour out, but we were catching fish so it didn’t matter. One after another, we started pulling in largemouth bass; many of very acceptable size. Ken caught the one and only norlunge; about a 22-incher. The norlunge were stocked to keep the population of bluegills, sunnys and perch from over running the lake. There were two guys in our party who didn’t catch a fish: Nick and Pat, but I won’t mention their names due to fact that they are overwhelmed with depression and embarrassment!
Rich Redman is a retired District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and an avid outdoorsman. His column will appear regularly. He may be reached at email@example.com.