Rod Jig

is fishing in kinzua dam good?

i wnat to go on a fishing trip to kinzua dam and warren pa but i dint know if is good help me out if ya know

Since the mid-1970s, the New York/Pennsylvania-border reservoir has a strong history of producing monster walleye.

Most of these fish were caught through the ice and were the largest walleye caught in either state each year.

The Keystone State record was pressured several times before finally being destroyed in 1979 by a slob 16-pound, 12-ounce, 34¼-inch walleye.

The following year, Mike Holly of Bradford pulled the current record — 17 pounds, 9 ounces, 36½ inches — through the ice.

Walleye
Stretch out a line of tip-ups from shore for walleye on Allegheny/Kinzua Reservoir.
Eleven years later a fish fell 2 ounces shy of the record.

The New York state record — 16 pounds, 7 ounces — was also caught at Kinzua in 1994, though it wasn't caught through the ice.

The lake also produced the current Pennsylvania state-record northern pike.

Though it too wasn't an ice fish, fishing for northerns still remains excellent during the winter.

Brown trout have become regular part of the ice fishing on Kinzua, though they aren't caught as frequently as walleye or pike.

Trout up to 6 pounds are common. Ice anglers sometimes hook into musky, but the bigger ones are too large to pull through the 6 to 8-inch holes drilled by most ice fishermen.

Rainbow trout are stocked in Kinzua, but they aren't caught as often as browns.

Catfish up to 12 pounds were fairly common during the late 1970s, but they are unusual now.

Lake trout and Atlantic salmon have been stocked as well, but are also fairly uncommon through the ice.

Tip-up central

Tip-ups are the mainstay on this reservoir. Most ice anglers use at least four tip-ups and no more than one jigging rod.

Jigging rods left unattended quickly become structure on the bottom of the reservoir.

Emerald shiners are the staple tip-up bait; in fact, some of the most successful ice anglers will not fish without them.

Fortunately, they are usually available at area bait shops.

The favorite size bait for big-fish anglers is 4 to 6 inches. Either way you hook the fish — through the lips or through the back dorsal fin — will work.

Running these shiners with a treble hook single-wide gap is most likely the best approach. Early season, the fish are more aggressive, so either tactic works well.

Strategies

Everyone has a different view when it comes to fishing Kinzua and how to set your rigs.

From what I've determined, there's no right answer, but I tend to set my tip-ups at a variety of depths.

Tip-up 1 is set near a shoreline boulder with the bait about 5 feet under the ice.

This is a great set-up for pike, trout or musky.

Tip-ups 2, 3 and 4 — intended primarily for walleye, though they might catch anything — are set with their baits about a foot above the bottom.

Tip-up 5 is set just a few feet under the ice over deep water. It is intended to catch trout primarily, but perhaps pike.

Start your tip-up pattern near shore, and near some type of steep structure such as a steep point, cliff or large boulder.

Pike and trout often roam just a few feet under the ice, and pike, especially, near shore. Set the bait about 3 to 4 feet beneath the ice.

If pike are your primary objective, set two or three tip-ups close to shore with a reasonable distance between them.

If the water is deep enough, vary the depths of the baits. For example, if the depth is about 15 feet, set one at 3 feet, one at 8 and another at 12.

Keep in mind that the fishing regulations require that tip-ups be close enough to be under your immediate control.

J-pattern not just for ducks

If you want a tip-up spread that is ready for any Kinzua big fish, run your tip-ups in a line, or a "J" shape, out from shore to a depth of no more than 30 feet.

Beyond 30 feet you will catch mostly smaller walleye, and bringing them up from depths greater than about 33 feet will kill most.

If the bottom slope is relatively gentle, the line should be roughly perpendicular to the shoreline.

On steeper slopes, run the line at a more acute angle so you can spread the holes at least 20 feet apart.

This will cover a reasonable amount of water, and it will usually avoid fish tangling two lines.

Walleye seldom take out more than 10 to 15 feet of line. Pike and trout often take much more.

Setting the depth of the bait depends on the fish you hope to catch. For walleye, the bait should usually be set within a foot of the bottom.

If trout are your objective, set at least a couple of baits no more than 5 feet under the ice, no matter what the depth.

If you see most hits coming on one or two tip-ups, concentrate more of your rigs in that same depth range.

I prefer, regardless of the pattern, to keep at least one tip-up close to shore.

I also reserve one of my five allotted rigs for jigging.

I drill several holes for this, with at least one close to each tip-up — no more than five feet away — so I can jig there if it appears that a school of w

Find Rod Jig On eBay Below:

Tsunami Airwave Jigging Boat Spinning Rod
Tsunami Airwave Jigging Boat Spinning Rod
$79.95
ROCK ISLAND SPORTS HT ICE BLUES JIG RODS
ROCK ISLAND SPORTS HT ICE BLUES JIG RODS
$8.29
Shimano Trevala 6 6 Jigging Casting Fishing 2pc Rod Med Heavy Model TVC66MH2
Shimano Trevala 6 6 Jigging Casting Fishing 2pc Rod Med Heavy Model TVC66MH2
$129.99
ROCK ISLAND SPORTS SHAKESPEARE UGLY STIK GX2 ICE JIG RODS
ROCK ISLAND SPORTS SHAKESPEARE UGLY STIK GX2 ICE JIG RODS
$19.99
VAN STAAL SPINNING JIG ROD VJS70 325
VAN STAAL SPINNING JIG ROD VJS70 325
$269.00
Rod Building Cork Inlay Creation Kit with Jigs create checkerboard Designs
Rod Building Cork Inlay Creation Kit with Jigs create checkerboard Designs
$138.55
New Shimano Game Type J Spin Jigging Rod Model S603 6 H Free Fast Ship
New Shimano Game Type J Spin Jigging Rod Model S603 6 H Free Fast Ship
$399.99
New Shimano Game Type J Spin Jigging Rod Model S594 59 Heavy Free Fast Ship
New Shimano Game Type J Spin Jigging Rod Model S594 59 Heavy Free Fast Ship
$399.99
New Shimano Game Type J Spin Jigging Rod Model S624 62 XH Free Fast Ship
New Shimano Game Type J Spin Jigging Rod Model S624 62 XH Free Fast Ship
$399.99
New Shimano Game Type J Casting Jig Rod Model B605 6 XH Free Fast Ship
New Shimano Game Type J Casting Jig Rod Model B605 6 XH Free Fast Ship
$399.99
New Shimano Game Type J Casting Jig Rod Model B604 6 Heavy Free Fast Ship
New Shimano Game Type J Casting Jig Rod Model B604 6 Heavy Free Fast Ship
$399.99
Jigging World Fluke Fishing Specialty Rod SHOGUN Spinning Rod FREE SHIPPING
Jigging World Fluke Fishing Specialty Rod SHOGUN Spinning Rod FREE SHIPPING
$269.00
St Croix Avid Ice Jigging Rods AIR27M 27 Medium Free whistler spoon
St Croix Avid Ice Jigging Rods AIR27M 27 Medium Free whistler spoon
$49.99
St Croix Avid Ice Jigging Rods AIR27ML 27 Medium Light Free whistler spoon
St Croix Avid Ice Jigging Rods AIR27ML 27 Medium Light Free whistler spoon
$49.99
Daiwa SALTIST JIGGING STJ70XHFS 7 Spinning Rod
Daiwa SALTIST JIGGING STJ70XHFS 7 Spinning Rod
$150.99
Truscend rainbow slow jigging fishing rod
Truscend rainbow slow jigging fishing rod
$190.00
Cabelas Pro Guide Jigging fishing rod 76 10 25 lb lot11604
Cabelas Pro Guide Jigging fishing rod 76 10 25 lb lot11604
$59.95
2 WRIGHT  MCGILL INSIGHT PRO ADVANTAGE 72 JIG WORM CASTING RODS NEW
2 WRIGHT MCGILL INSIGHT PRO ADVANTAGE 72 JIG WORM CASTING RODS NEW
$69.95
Sig rod wrapping jig
Sig rod wrapping jig
$29.00
GLoomis E6XT 71 M Jig  Worm Casting Rod 852CJWR 12171 01
GLoomis E6XT 71 M Jig Worm Casting Rod 852CJWR 12171 01
$189.99
GLoomis E6X Jig  Worm Spinning Rods
GLoomis E6X Jig Worm Spinning Rods
$189.99
GLoomis E6X Jig  Worm Spinning Rods
GLoomis E6X Jig Worm Spinning Rods
$189.99
G Loomis GLX 782S SJR Spin Jig Spinning Rod
G Loomis GLX 782S SJR Spin Jig Spinning Rod
$415.00
GLoomis GLX Jig  Worm Casting Rods 7 1 12539 01
GLoomis GLX Jig Worm Casting Rods 7 1 12539 01
$460.00
GLoomis E6XT 71 MH Jig  Worm Casting Rod 853CJWR 12172 01
GLoomis E6XT 71 MH Jig Worm Casting Rod 853CJWR 12172 01
$189.99
GLoomis E6XT 68 MH Jig  Worm Casting Rod 803CJWR 12170 01
GLoomis E6XT 68 MH Jig Worm Casting Rod 803CJWR 12170 01
$189.99
G Loomis GLX 842S SJR Spin Jig Spinning Rod
G Loomis GLX 842S SJR Spin Jig Spinning Rod
$445.00
Brand New Daiwa Super Rod Jig caster 106H for Long casting from JP F S
Brand New Daiwa Super Rod Jig caster 106H for Long casting from JP F S
$438.47
Used Daiwa Emeraldas AIR AGS 86ML S saltwater squid jig spinning rod Japan 573
Used Daiwa Emeraldas AIR AGS 86ML S saltwater squid jig spinning rod Japan 573
$475.00
Used Tenryu Jig Zam Version III JZV III 631S 4 boat game spinning rod Japan 257
Used Tenryu Jig Zam Version III JZV III 631S 4 boat game spinning rod Japan 257
$425.00
Used Shimano Grappler Jigging S604 offshore jigging spinning rod from Japan 256
Used Shimano Grappler Jigging S604 offshore jigging spinning rod from Japan 256
$335.00
Used MC Works Real Fusion 651LR Medusa Custom offshore jig spinning rod Japan 18
Used MC Works Real Fusion 651LR Medusa Custom offshore jig spinning rod Japan 18
$595.00

Recently Purchased Rod Jig:


daiwa stj59xhf saltist boat jigging conventional fishing rods fuji , daiwa stj59xhf saltist boat jigging conventional fishing rod , g loomis sjr 722 s imx 6 1 piece classic spin jig bass rod, new gloomis gl2 7822s tjr trout jig rod 2 piece rod, new shimano tvs66m trevala jigging spinning rod, new gloomis sjr642s imx spin jig bass 1 piece rod, new gloomis sjr783s gl3 gl series spin jig bass fishing rod, gloomis gl2 720s tjr trout jig rod, shimano tvss66xl trevala s jigging spinning fishing rods c4s, shimano tvss66xl trevala s jigging spinning fishing rod c4s, new gloomis nrx 803c jwr bass jig amp; worm casting 1 piece rod, gloomis e6xt802sjwr jig and worm 68 1piece spinning rod, g loomis e6x722s spin jig 1piece 6 spinning rod, gloomis e6x783s spin jig 6 6 1piece spinning rod, gloomis nrx 872s jwr jig worm bass spinning rod blue, gloomis sjr 722 s gl3 spin jig bass rod, new gloomis sjr842s gl3 classic spin jig bass fishing rod, new gloomis gl2 600s tjr trout jig rod new, 2016 hamachi nano jig xtreme 56 pe 1 3 japanese jigging 10 30 lb rod fishing, hamachi zenku stump puller nano jig 52 pe 1 3 japanese jigging fishing rod, 2016 hamachi nano jig xtreme 56 pe 2 5 japanese jigging 20 50 lb rod fishing, g loomis gl2 trout jig 7822s tjr 6 6 2 piece spinning rod, openbox ugly stik tiger elite jig spinning rod, openbox fiblink 6 saltwater jigging spinning rod 2piece graphite heavy boat fis, g loomis glx bass jig amp; worm 894c jwr 7 5 1 piece casting rod heavy, major craft skyroad skr1002h heavy 10 shore jigging fishing spinning rod pole, daiwa jig caster 87mh 87 medium heavy shore jigging casting spinning rod pole, shimano coltsniper xtune s1002h 102 heavy jigging casting spinning rod pole, daiwa catalina j63mls e medium light 63 jigging fishing spinning rod pole, shimano coltsniper s1006m 106 medium jigging casting spinning rod pole, daiwa shore spartan 103hh 103 ultra heavy shore jigging casting spinning rod, shimano coltsniper xtune s1006hps 106 heavy jigging casting spinning rod pole, shimano coltsniper s1000mh 10 medium heavy jigging casting spinning rod pole, shimano coltsniper s1000m 10 medium jigging casting spinning rod pole, shimano grappler bb s631 63 jigging fishing spinning rod pole from japan, daiwa blast j61s23 jigging model 61 jigging fishing spinning rod pole, used shimano metalblow s631 max150g jig offshore jigging casting rod japan 845, used major craft crostage crc70l saltwater offshore jig casting rod japan 535, clue amnis am53bml jig 60200g pe082 shore game casting rod from japan, used daiwa catalina game 68s3n saltwater offshore jig spinning rod japan 261, used daiwa emeraldas air ags 89m saltwater squid jig spinning rod from japan 519, used shimano game type j b605 saltwater offshore jigging casting rod japan 170, shimano ocea jigger quick jerk s622 62 offshore jigging fishing rod japan, shimano ocea jigger natural jerk s644 64 offshore jigging fishing rod japan, daiwa catalina j62ms e medium 62 jigging fishing spinning rod pole, shimano ocea jigger natural jerk s642 64 offshore jigging fishing rod japan, shimano ocea jigger quick jerk s623 62 offshore jigging fishing rod japan, shimano ocea jigger quick jerk s621 62 offshore jigging fishing rod japan, shimano coltsniper bb s906m 96 medium jigging casting spinning rod pole, shimano ocea jigger natural jerk s643 64 offshore jigging fishing rod japan, shimano ocea jigger quick jerk s605 6 offshore jigging fishing rod japan, shimano ocea jigger quick jerk s624 62 offshore jigging fishing rod japan, used yamaga blanks blue sniper 812 saltwater offshore jig casting rod japan 142, used shimano arc type xx s904m max50g jig shore spinning rod fs from japan 497, used daiwa emeraldas air ags 74mh saltwater squid jig spinning rod from japan 46, used daiwa catalina jigging 61s23n offshore jigging spinning rod japan 255, used major craft crostage crjs603 boat jigging spinning rod fs from japan 779