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Ashokan Reservoir NY Smallmouth Bass Fishing with Soft Plastic Baits


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  • Lots of fish located in this reservoir. Most of the following sonar readings were recorded off the Western shoreline. This shoreline had the deepest water.
  • Many of the fish we located were suspended as shown here.
  • Another group of fish suspended at the 6ft depth in 23ft of water.
  • These fish were at the mid point of the 12ft depth.
  • Look closely and you will see the thermocline at the 7ft mark. You have heard about the thermocline being important and how fish react to it.
  • Here is a better view of the thermocline. These fish were staging here.
  • Some pretty nice size fish were spotted here
  • More fish suspened at the 8ft level in 19ft of water.
  • At mid lake position we spotted this group of fish at the 7ft level in 36ft of water
  • Another group picked up crossing over the lake
  • These were picked up approaching the Eastern shoreline
  • Note how shallow these fish are staged in 15ft of water.We put up some shots or our boat's track along the Western shoreline. They might be helpful to target the fish shown as the track clearly identifies where they were spotted along the shoreline. The spring and fall will present a better opportunity to catch them when the water termp is lower. Surprisingly, despite the hot water conditions these fish were spotted in relatively shallow water. They would not take any baits we threw at them though.
  • The same here, they are staged at approx. 5ft in 7 to 8ft of water.
  • In 15ft of water we spotted a sizable cluster of fish in the 4 to 7ft range
  • Here we see fish coming off the bottom at 7ft to attack a group of baitfish
  • This is a good view of the reservoir layout
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LOCATION: Clinton Reservoir, NJ


Air Temp: - 80 degrees
Water Temp: 76 degrees
Weather: Moderate to consistent wind from the North.
Water Quality: Clear
Baits Used: Soft plastic worms and tubes
Rods: 7' medium fast tip spinning rods
Reels: Spinner Reels
Line: 8lb to 10lb mono, 12lb braid with 15lb fluro leader

The light breeze gave us a nice slow drift along the western shoreline that had abundant rock and tree structure. Normally, these conditions would be perfect to target small and largemouth bass in.

Unfortunately, the extremely hot and humid weather for the entire 2 weeks preceeding this trip created conditions that were not the best. The air and water temp did cool for a couple of days but prior to this the water temp hovered around 86 degrees!! We wanted to try fishing anyway knowing the difficulty... in short, no fish were produced.

So instead of pictures of all the fish we missed we decided to show sonar GPS coordinates of the reservoir which will help target these fish again in the fall. We located many fish as the sonar shows.

This reservoir is restricted for use by the Newark Water Authority. Permits for boats and fishing are required. Electric trolling motors only.


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