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  • Experience Great Northern Pike Action with the Saiff Charter Fleet! ( May and October)
    Book a Fall Pike Trip by calling us at 315-771-3514

    Anna (New York) dropped the hammer on this big Pike along the weed lines just off Association Island in Henderson Harbor!

    One of the un-sung HEROES of Lake Ontario Sport Fishing is the Northern Pike!  The Eastern Basin of Lake Ontario is home to some of the BEST Pike fishing in the Great Lakes System!  Each year in the spring and again in the fall, we assault the Back Bays in pursuit of this great sport fish.  Pike  are extremely good table fare and  any angler that has sampled on of our “Shore Dinners” prepared from Pike, can attest its excellent flavor.  Some anglers release Pike because they don’t know how to fillet them in a “Bone Free” state.  Our docks in Henderson Harbor are manned by proficient fish cleaners that know how to get the “Y” bones out of a Pike fillet!

    Book this trip by calling 315-771-3514

    Casey Gibbons (NH) holds one of several HUGE Northern Pike taken during the last week of May with the Saiff Charter Fleet!

    The Back Bays of Lake Ontario are full of a variety of warm water species.  In addition to Northern Pike, anglers can expect to encounter Walleye, Pickerel and Small Mouth Bass!    The accessibility of these other species keeps “Action” on the rods throughout the day.  Most examples of Northern Pike will be in the 5-15lb. range with occasional examples breaking the 20 lb. mark.  We employ Planer Board techniques to present an 8 to 10 rod pattern across the known haunts of these big fish.

    Here are my old friends Paul and Casey Gibbons with a big “Tanker Pike” that Casey took during the last week of May.  We caught several big Pike on this day as we trolled the broken shelf rock of Pillar Point.  This is a big Pike and we lost two that were even bigger!  We tangle with these big fish all throughout the spring until the weed growth makes it too difficult to fish for them.

    In the fall of the year, the weed lines begin to die off and anglers can once again target the Pike that reside along them.  Once this occurs, we go to work fishing our spring “Hot Spots” plus some new edges that the Pike like to frequent in the fall.  Last year, my buddy Mickey Novak (Central New York Wildfowlers) joined me for an October 30th outing.  Here is the Jumbo Pike that Mickey took on the last day that we fished!

    Book this great fall Pike trip by calling 315-771-3514

    Mickey Novak with a great October Pike!

    Mickey is an avid duck and goose hunter that also likes fishing.  I mention the duck and goose hunting because September and October are great times to enjoy one of BSO’s “Cast and Blast’s”.  This is the perfect time of year to experience great Puddle duck hunting or Canada Goose hunting and take in some fishing at the same time.  At BSO, we are a “Year Round” operation that serves the needs of the travelling sportsman during every season.   Take a look at the Bill Saiff Outdoors website and get a feel for all the things that we have to offer.  Remember:  when you come to fish with us, the WESTVIEW LODGE will be your base of operations.  We have a 178 seat restaurant, bar and 12 hotel rooms for your convenience.  The best part is that you simply walk across  the street to get on the boat each morning!  Everything you could possibly want is in one location!  Call us to reserve dates for your next adventure! 315-771-3514… See you on the water.  Capt. Bill Saiff III

  • “Spring Classic” Derby Dates Available!

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    In 2018′, the SPRING CLASSIC DERBY occurs on May 17th-20th.  This Derby which originates from Henderson Harbor, features 4 different fishing divisions.  The divisions include, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Walleye and Northern Pike.  The Saiff Charter Fleet has won this tournament many times over the years including 2015′ when they swept the “Captain’s Purse” in 4-Divisions. [Read More]

  • KING SALMON (Staging) – Great Fishing Opportunity on Lake Ontario!

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    One of the most written about time frames to fish King Salmon on Lake Ontario is the Staging Time frame.  This time period occurs from mid- August through mid-September.  King Salmon at this time are grouping to run tributaries.  At this time of year, Salmon are approx 3 1/2 years of age and are at peak weight.  They have fed voraciously in an effort to build body mass and strength.  Generally these big fish will stage in 60 to 130 ft. of water off the mouths of tributaries where they were stocked.  This gives anglers a unique opportunity to target them (in mass) before they run the tributaries to spawn.   [Read More]

  • BSO TEAM – Headed to Bloomsburg PA (Early Bird Sports Expo) Jan 25th-28th

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    Meet the BSO Team at the Bloomsburg PA “Early Bird Sports Expo” on Jan. 25th through the 28th.   Thursday through Sunday, our Hunting and Fishing Team will be at the EXPO!  This is one of our favorite times of year because we get to see all of our old friends, meet some new ones and share the memories of our days spent afield and on the water.  In the TECHNO AGE that allows a BLOG like this to be written, it is still a “Sad Substitute” for looking someone in the eye, swapping tales, answering questions, shaking hands and generally getting to know someone.  As communicators in the industry, we long for the engagement and want to see our clients more than once or twice a year! [Read More]

  • “Bill Saiff Outdoors” – Reap the Benefits of BOOKING EARLY!

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    Every season, we get hammered with calls during the peak of the season!  Customers call when the mood strikes them and want a trip immediately……Unfortunately, we are attending to our regular customers at this time and when we don’t respond promptly it appears that we are not interested in the business.  This could not be further from the truth but there is only so much that can be done in a single day!  It is our “ULTIMATE GOAL” to take care of everyone and make sure that all are served well!  This BLOG is a request that you call EARLY for your bookings this season!  We dedicate the months of January, February and March to handling customers and their questions.  We are in the office every day and it is the BEST time to speak with us about any concerns that you might have! [Read More]

  • Fishing and Hunting Christmas Gift Certificates Available!

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    The Holiday Season will soon be upon us and we will be scrambling to find the PERFECT Christmas Gift for the sportsman in our lives.  “Let’s Face It”.  Those of us who are dedicated, generally have all the GOODIES we need for our outdoor pursuits.  So, what can you get them????  A Gift Certificate for a BSO Hunting or Fishing expedition is the perfect gift choice.  The Bill Saiff Outdoors Team offers Gift Certificates for the following: [Read More]

  • Duck Season – Just around the corner! Book some fall dates.

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    We have just finished an “EPIC” September Goose Season with well over 1,000 birds harvested by clients from 16 states.  Saturday October 7th marks the beginning of the early ducks season!  Our early ducks season is highlighted by opportunities for Mallards, Black Ducks, Green Winged-Teal and Wood Ducks.  Those sportsmen wishing to venture into the Perch River WMA can also expect to gun Widgeon, Shovelers, Pintail, Blue Winged-Teal, Ringnecks, Gadwall and a host of other ducks….. The SWP Team manages marshes and wetland impoundments in 3 counties here in Northern New York.  Our early season hunts are legendary in waterfowl circles.  The early duck season with occur from October 7th through October 29th.  Keep in mind that MIGRATORY CANADA GOOSE opens on October 28th and runs through the end of the season.  This year duck is closed from October 29th through November 3rd (Goose will be open during this split) .  Duck will re-open on November 4th and continue through [Read More]

  • BIG BROWN TROUT a Saiff Charter Specialty in the Spring! (Lake Ontario Fishing Charters)

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    The Saiff Charter Fleet begins it’s Brown Trout fishing season on Tuesday April 4th along Lake Ontario’s southern shore.  Veteran anglers to the Saiff Fleet know how dynamic this early fishing trip can be.  The photo above is of veteran Saiff Charter client Jim Roy (NH) with just one of the many GIANT Browns that he’s taken over the years.  Capt. Bill Saiff III takes the Saiff Charter #5 to the south shore each [Read More]

  • June – A Great Month for GIANT Lake Trout!

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    The eastern basin of Lake Ontario is one of the most diverse fisheries in the world but it is certainly punctuated by the GREAT Lake Trout fishing that is found here.  During the 2016′ fishing season, the Saiff Charter Fleet had more requests for dedicated Lake Trout trips than in any other year.  We think the reason is that: Anglers in North America are realizing that Lake Ontario’s Lake Trout fishery is among the best in the world!  Why is Lake Trout fishing so good in the eastern basin?  The answer is that [Read More]

  • Ice Fishing Poster 2016-150

    Ice Fishing with Bill Saiff Outdoors is just around the corner!  Our Ice Fishing side of the business is called “HardWater Ice Guides” and we ply the waters of eastern Lake Ontario and the bays and harbors of the Mighty St. Lawrence River.  While we concentrate on Yellow Perch, we also catch lots of Northern Pike and Pickerel.  Our team provides everything that you need for a successful day on the ice.  Our equipment includes:

    Snowmobiles, ATV’s, Gas Augers, Lithium Ion Augers, Vexilar Sonar, Underwater Camera, Jigging Rods, Tip-Downs, Tip- Ups, all tackle and the finest in double hub shelters with heaters.

    Our team members are life long residents of this region and know the back bays and harbors intimately.  We have also secured private access to the ABSOLUTE BEST fishing locations.  Our ice fishing contacts are spread throughout this region so when a Hot Bite occurs – we find out about it immediately.  The cost of our Ice Fishing Adventures is $150.00 per person/per day.  Those booking before the end of January will receive the discount price of $125.00 per person.  Our regular customers love this trip!  Like our Waterfowl hunts and our Open Water fishing excursions, “This is a social occasion”!  All the angler needs to bring is his or her warm clothes and we will take care of the rest.  The action is fast, the table fare is excellent and a great time will be had by all.

    For more information or to book your next ice adventure, contact us at 315-771-3514.  We will help you select a date and then we will make arrangements for you to stay at our WESTVIEW LODGE in Henderson Harbor.  You will enjoy clean, comfortable rooms, flat screen TV’s, WiFi and a full service restaurant and bar located downstairs.  Rooms are just $55 (winter rates) during ice season.  We look forward to spending some time on the ice with you this season.

    Capt. Bill Saiff III