National Fishing Forecast

Saturday July 29, 2006

Black Lake, NY

For a great shot at some good northern fishing, head up to Black Lake in upstate New York. Black lake is maybe the best of the Thousand Islands chain; you can find largemouth, smallies, perch, bluegill, walleye — you name it. Word is that the bass are crunching on those crawfish right now, so make sure you pack soft plastics and jigs and work them around rocky points. A 7-day license is 12 bucks for residents, 25 for non-residents.

Saturday July 15, 2006

Western Basin, Lake Erie, OH

This week we spotlight the western basin of lake Erie in Ohio, a great time to do some walleye fishing. Head out to middle Bass Island, it is part of the set of islands called the "three sisters." If you prefer northern pike, head north of Kelley's Island around the shoals.

Saturday July 8, 2006

West Point Lake, GA

This week the pros are going after smallmouth in New York, but there's a third species of black bass — spotted bass — and they're really biting down at West Point Lake in Georgia. Guides down there recommend throwing topwater baits in the morning at secondary points near Earl Cook Park; in the afternoon, the action is all in deep water in the main lake. And in-state license are just nine bucks, and you can get them by phone, online, or in tackle stores.

Saturday June 23, 2006

McPhee Reservoir, CO

If you've got a boat and live in the four corners region, we want to know why you aren't fishing McPhee Reservoir.

McPhee, located in the extreme southwest corner of Colorado, is the second-largest lake in the state. It has 4,470 surface acres, 50 miles of shoreline, and it's managed for both cold-water species (like trout and salmon) and warm-water species (including some fantastic large- and smallmouth bass, catfish and crappie).

Bring your deep-diving crankbaits when you head out -- the water reaches a depth of 270 feet below the dam. Much of the fishing is in river canyons, making it the ideal spot for a day on the boat. It's also peppered with no-wake zones, so it draws more anglers than recreational boaters.

In short, it's one of the Mountain West's great fishing gems. For more information, call 970-385-6577 or visit http://www.go-colorado.com/McPhee-Reservoir/.