My guided bass fishing trips during February had me mixing up the trips between both the Butler Chain of Lakes and Lake Toho. We have experienced unseasonably colder days than normal here in the past month.

Both fisheries are good for numbers and size, with the Butler Chain tending to be more consistent on the colder days. Most productive technique for my customers here has been trolling medium to large wild shiners over deeper vegetation. Each day has produced anywhere from 8-20 bass ranging in size from 2-6 pounds.

Lake Toho has produced best on warmer days. In the past week my customers have begun to catch more fish eight pounds or better and I am anticipating that to continue as the weather warms in March.

Captain Randy Yager

Fish Species: Largemouth bass
Bait Used: Wild shiners
Tackle Used:
Method Used: Trolling and freelining
Water Depth:
Water Temperature: 50-62
Wind Direction:
Wind Speed:

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About The Author: Randy Yager

Company: Guided Bass Trips

Area Reporting: Black Lake and 1000 Islands, New York

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