Fishing in the Canal Around The Oxbow.

Fishing in the Canal Around The Oxbow.

Here’s a Jack Pike (Jack means he’s a tiddler at about 20”). They need to be 24” before you can take them. This is a very tasty fish! Over the past few years, I’ve caught  more of these than any other species. The yellow spots distinguish the pike from a Muskellunge, which has vertical stripes.

pike

Here’s a Common Carp. Bottom feeder and they love maize from a can. The canal is full of these fish, and they are great fun to catch, especially on a light rod. I like to chum the water with dry cat food, soaked in water. Carp like to feed at night, but fishing at night needs too much dedication for me.

carp

walleye

Walleye for dinner!

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Here’s my feeble effort for a carp! However, there are much bigger ones in our canal!

24lbcarp  A 25lb carp caught in 2011, Fulton, New York!  And these monsters are in Fairport too!

I think we should have a carp fishing competition in the village.  That should bring in some visitors!

Here’s an organisation that sets up carp fishing competitions where you can win some serious money, like anything from $2000-8000 for catching carp!   Wild Carp Companies

wild-carp-companies-hosted-professional-carp-angling-tournaments

If you’re interested in this, please post a comment here.

 

Mike Caswell

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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