What makes spring so good in Rochester is the
ability of the water to warm up quickly.
Prevailing winds are south-southwest, which are favorable to the
south shore. That
coupled with the sandy bottom and multiple tributaries brings the
fish to the shallows in
pursuit of bait.
For this reason many charters from other ports move their operations
to Rochester in the spring. I know, because I used to be one of them. Where else
can you start fishing Cohos and Browns in early April and move into Steelheads and Kings
in early May?
the water warms we tend to move offshore. That can mean
fishing over 100 to 700
feet of water. But not to worry, the average run from port in the
middle of summer is
still less than 8 miles. That's less than 30 minutes.
This close proximity to deep water ensures the cold water Trout and
Salmon need to flourish. When other ports are complaining about warm water, our
fishery is as consistent as ever. Salmon tend to be the target of choice, but
Lake Trout and Steelhead aren't far behind. Calm seas and plenty of sunshine make
summer fishing great.
The mighty Genesee River and its flow bring the King Salmon
right to our front door
during the fall. After chasing these fish all summer, now they come
to us. There are
days when we don't even put the boat on plane to fish.
Fishing comes full circle in the fall. As the season wanes, the
variety of species increases. By mid-September and into October all of the fish
are back close to home: Kings, Cohos, Rainbows, Browns, Lake Trout and Atlantics. Are
you starting to get the picture?