Smallmouth Bass Charters | Henderson Harbor, NY
Henderson Harbor Smallmouth Bass Charters
In addition to our trout and salmon charters, Good Times Sportfishing offers smallmouth bass charters on Lake Ontario out of Henderson Harbor. Located 19 miles north of the Lighthouse Marina is the beautiful town of Henderson Harbor. Henderson Harbor has been referred to as the “Smallmouth Bass Capital of the US” many times over the years and for good reason. The copious amount of bait, endless structure and massive areas for spawning are a perfect recipe for excellent bass fishing. If you prefer light tackle, with a spinning rod in hand, these are the charters for you!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I book?
A: Our smallmouth bass charters are a specialty charter for us and we limit the number of them each season to a low number, and run them only from July 1 to September 15. If you are thinking about fishing, call Capt. Nick (315-778-8245) and start the conversation. Once a date is picked a $200 deposit is due and the balance is due the day of the trip.
Q: How much are smallmouth bass charters?
A: Our rate is $750 for a 6-hour trip. This is based on up to 3 anglers.
Q: What is your refund policy?
Good Times Sportfishing has a 60-day cancellation policy. If for some reason you cannot make it, call Captain Nick and he will work to either get you your refund or reschedule your date. If for some reason your fishing charter is canceled by Good Times Sportfishing, you may choose between a refund on your deposit or moving it to another day of fishing. Cancellations within 60 days of the trip your deposit is forfeited. Unless you have been previously notified that your charter has been canceled you are expected to show up at the dock at your scheduled time.
Q: When and where do we meet?
We will meet at the Town of Henderson Boat Launch at 7:00 AM on the day of your chart. Please grab your items for the day, and come down to the dock. We will return to the dock at approximately 1:00 PM.
Q: Can you tell me about the boat used for bass charters?
While our trout and salmon charters use a 31’ pilot house set up for trolling. Our bass charters run a boat specifically set up for smallmouth fishing. Frequent moves from spot to spot and the need for pinpoint accuracy on setting up on fish, requires the right boat. Fast and nimble, “On the Fly” is a Grady White 220 Tournament equipped with a 225hp ETec Outboard, full head, Garmin GPS and sonar with sidescan, and custom windless for staying on the fish.
Q: What should I do if the weather is bad on my charter day?
Always dress for colder and wetter weather than anticipated on Lake Ontario. If the weather ends up being too rough to go out we normally make that decision at the dock so keep in mind that to get a refund you must show up at the dock for our decision.
Q: What is your minimum age for children?
Good Times Sportfishing prides itself on being the most kid friendly charter on the lake. With that said, safety is still our number one concern. With rough seas, heavy moving equipment like windlesses, and fish flopping on the floor with hooks hanging out of their mouths we ask that kids under 8 stay at the dock for safety reasons.
Q: What is included?
All tackle and bait are included. We often have people ask about bringing their own tackle. Good Times Sportfishing is Lake Ontario’s top charter boat for a reason and the best equipment is one of them. We will take care of all bait and tackle and prefer to use only the choices we make in line, reels, rods, and tackle. Leave that lucky pole at home and come enjoy a day of fishing with the best!
Q: What else should we bring on our trip?
Extra clothing and rain jackets just in case it rains. It is always colder offshore so be prepared. Soft-soled shoes, sunglasses, camera, bring your own snack and beverages but please avoid glass containers. Alcohol in moderation is fine. Yes, you should bring bottled water and not just beer. 6 hours in the sun requires hydration. Don't forget your fishing license (under 16 no license required). A valid New York State fishing license (under 16 no license required) May be obtained locally or from the DEC website: CLICK HERE. Lastly, bring along a good attitude so we can all enjoy the experience.
Q: Do you clean my fish?
While keeping and cleaning fish is a standard part of our trout and salmon charters, we do not include fish cleaning on our bass charters. While the keeping of fish to take home is allowed, we encourage (CPR) catch, photograph and release to help keep this the awesome smallmouth bass fishery it has now become!