Rates through November 2017 are as follows:
1/2 day (4 hours) for one or two people is $270.
A full day (8 hours) for one or two people is $385. Due to high demand, I now offer lake trout jigging trips for 3 people. 1/2 day is $345 and a full day is $465.
Trips to Keuka Lake will have a $50 surcharge added due to extra travel. I am trying to minimize the amount of Keuka trips I do, due to the drivetime. I am generally just doing them with past clients that have fished there with me.
Otisco Lake trips have a $10 surcharge for launch fees. Lake Ontario trips will also have an additional charge, depending on the port of launch.
Trips are custom tailored depending on what you want to catch and where you want to fish. I like to do "high percentage guiding". People generally hire a guide to catch fish, learn a waterway and/or learn a technique. Over the years I've learned the "fishing rhythms" of many of the Finger Lakes. Each lake offers different opportunities depending on what you want to fish for, when and where. An open mind re: the species fished for and the lake fished is the best way to insure success. I'm one person, so I can't fish everywhere all the time (though I wish I could!) Slow days sometimes occur when someone wants to do a certain fish on a certain lake at a certain time without regard to the optimal opportunity. If you go to a restaurant known for steak, and order seafood you may be disappointed! Each lake fishes best at different times of the year for different species, and I'll be glad to discuss our options. Reading my reports is a great way to see what's happening and when. Check out previous years and you'll see what to expect.
A $100 deposit is required to secure a date (except during the winter or on short notice). The balance of the payment (check or cash) is due at day's end. There is a 7 day (one week) notice on any trip cancellations. Give me a week's notice if you change your plans and you'll receive your deposit back.
DON'T FORGET YOUR FISHING LICENSE! IF YOU DON'T HAVE ONE, YOU DON'T FISH! MAKE SURE YOU BUY ONE AND HAVE IT ON YOU!
REGARDING THE WEATHER:
I will make the final call regarding weather conditions. If you have certain conditions you don't want to fish in (e.g. rain,) let me know in advance and we will figure something out. If I call off the trip, you will have the option of rescheduling your trip or a refund on your deposit. Sometimes the weather forecasts are wrong, but over the past few years they've been pretty accurate. I don't know about any of you, but I don't enjoy fishing in 25 mph winds and pouring rain; I don't expect anyone to enjoy fishing in those conditions no matter how they are dressed! If the weather looks to be that bad, I strongly suggest postponing the trip!
Here are items I recommend you bring on your trip:
•Valid NYS Fishing License (Required!)
•Full Raingear (regardless of weather conditions)
•Fishing Gear (optional)
•Cooler – esp. in the summertime if you plan on keeping any fish
I will have all the fishing tackle you will need on board, including quality rods/reels, lures and/or flies and so on. You are welcome to bring your own tackle if you choose. Please let me know in advance if you reel left or right-handed and I will have the appropriate outfits ready for you.
A few reminders:
Winter Fishing: I do a lot of winter fishing. Some of the best and most consistent fishing for landlocked salmon, lake trout and large pike is had in the winter. I don’t fish unless forecast highs will be 30 degrees or higher. If you choose to fish in the winter you need to dress accordingly with multiple layers. Full raingear is highly recommended due to any spray we may get from waves/chop. I also require lifejackets to be worn at all times in the winter. Feel free to contact me during any winter thaws if you would like to fish. Deposits are not required in the winter given the unpredictability of the weather.
"Catch and Release" vs. "Catch 'em and eat 'em" - please check "The Chef" under the "About John" heading.
See below for some tips on dressing for cold weather fishing.
Alcohol/Drugs: Alcohol is discouraged, however I don’t have a problem with a beer or two. Any inebriation or heavy drinking is unacceptable. I strongly prefer you keep the drinks for AFTER THE TRIP! Fly-fishing and alcohol on a boat don’t mix at all, especially in the winter. Illegal drugs are strictly forbidden. Cigarettes or cigars are OK.
Fish cleaning: I do get some requests to filet fish. Upon request I will gladly demonstrate how to filet pike/pickerel bonelessly. I can also show the proper trimming of lake trout and other fish. Let me know IN ADVANCE and I will bring a knife, cutting board and other accessories. If the catch involves a large number of fish, we will most likely head in a little early.
Tips for comfortable fall/winter fishing:
Don't let the thought of cool or cold weather keep you off the water! You will miss some of the best and most unique fishing opportunities in the region! Northern Pike, Landlocked Salmon, Rainbow trout and Lake trout fishing can be tops in the fall. Big smallmouth bass and perch are available too.
I suggest the following:
Purchase some expedition weight long-underwear. Stores like Bass Pro Shops routinely sell tops and bottoms for $15 a piece! Cheap! A layer of this stuff is equal to a few layers of other materials like sweatshirts or sweaters. I wear the heavy weight stuff on days when highs will be under 50 degrees. Throw on a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt or two and a down jacket and you'll be golden. A turtle for the neck can make a huge difference too.
Down is a great material. Vests or jackets will keep you warm.
Full raingear is also great to wear.
You'll be warm and comfortable and this will enable you to focus on the fishing rather than the weather. I hate being cold, and being prepared makes the late fall/winter/early spring seasons very enjoyable and productive!