Oneida Lake is a smallmouth paradise, but it was the largemouth bite that led Tommy Biffle to an Elite Series victory here in the summer of 2006. On a lake known for big bronzebacks, Biffle used topwater frogs to catch even bigger largemouths and bring 63-10 to the scales over four days while the second- and third-place finishers targeted smallmouth.
The 2006 tournament was held in July, but patterns should be pretty stable into August, when the Elites visit in 2009. The variety of techniques that worked three years before is a testament to the quality of this fishery. Topwaters, tubes, drop shotting, stickworms and flipping jigs all brought catches of better than 60 pounds to the scales. Any of these techniques or something completely different could win in 2009.