St. Patrick’s day fishing in a green kayak

[caption id="attachment_21946" align="alignnone" width="620" caption="St. Paddy's brown trout number two. Capsurz kept one of my favorite fishing hats from blowing off of my head on several occasions."]
The ice has melted away enough to open up some fishable water here Western NY.  With the spring-like weather on St. Patrick's Day, it seemed like a great opportunity to make the first kayak fishing trip of the season.  The celebration was all the more complete with my GREEN Malibu Kayaks Stealth 14 out on the water at a Lake Ontario tributary.  I made sure to wear one of my lucky fishing cap too!
[/caption] Green fish (bass) would have been welcomed, but my friend and I were targeting brown trout.  We were initially skeptical about our chances for success.  The water was a bit turbid due to runoff from recent rain and snow melt and the wind was blowing a bit stronger than was forecasted.  I have been wearing Capsurz throughout the ice fishing season, and I'm happy to say that it comfortably kept my lucky fishing hat from blowing off of my head on several occasions on our St. Patrick's Day kayak fishing trip.  Lucky fishing hats are hard to come by! After a slow start, the water warmed from 37 to a high of 44 degrees and a stonefly hatch began.  This really seemed to turned the fish on and we managed to pull in a total of five 23-24" brown trout on spoons fished low and slow. [caption id="attachment_21948" align="alignnone" width="620" caption="I had to snap a quick photo of this beautiful fish because a stiff southern breeze was blowing me out into Lake Ontario."][/caption] These were also our first entries for the Kayak Wars 2011 tournament.  Icing on the St. Patrick's Day cake was the fact that they all qualified for the trophy fish points bonus to rack some points up for Team Fishgator!


I have been a dedicated freshwater kayak angler for the past nine years. I had fished off and on my whole life, but fishing from a kayak unleashed the beast. I earned my Ph.D. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University in 2002, and am an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at a large private university in Western New York. I helped to co-founder the Western New York Kayak Association, regularly blog for and am a MEMBER OF TEAM MALIBU KAYAKS pro-staff. I reside in the Finger Lakes with my wife and two children.


  1. You guys are catching some monster Brown Trout! Very nice fish!

  2. You have a great CV! Especially with relation to kayaking and fishing. I enjoyed your post.

  3. Paul Shipman says:

    Rick, Thanks! We have a lot of great fishing here in the Rochester, NY, Area and Finger Lakes Region.

  4. Rich Putrelo says:

    Were you trolling or casting. Also, were you using cleos and what size and color?

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