Little river yields big fish

The Chenango River may not be the largest in the state, but it holds some monster fish. This is the time of year that is great for targeting the big guys.

When it comes to big fish, the northern pike takes the prize in our river. Known for its vicious strikes and large streamlined bodies, the pike is on the top of the list for the fishing adrenalin junkie. Not known for its table fare, pike typically get released to live and grow. There are many ways to catch them, but a few are a little more productive and exciting.

I took a float trip down the Chenango the other day with my buddy Dana Crosby. We were on a combo mission for geese and fish. The crop fields haven't been cut yet, so geese are hard to find where I hunt. I have gotten into the routine of jump shooting them from my kayak, while I fish all the good holes. Pike are on fire after the first of September, and geese can also be found at the same time hanging out during midday hours. After feeding up in the a.m., on green fields, they take midday shelter on the banks and in the water. This gives you the chance for a mixed bag, which is always nice.

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