Availability and another note
With the nice weather on the horizon, I wanted to put up my current availability here online. Keep in mind that it can change at any time.
March: 6 – 8, 10th, 11th (AM only), 12th, 15th, 16th (AM only), 17th, 18th (AM only), 19th – 22nd, 23rd (AM only), 25th (AM only), 26th – 31st.
So I basically have most days open except I can only do local 1/2 days on most Mondays and Wednesday’s due to my teaching schedule.
April: In April my schedule is wide open at this point. Mondays and Wednesdays are 1/2 days AM only.
Pike/pickerel season closes after March 15th (which is a Sunday.) It is unlawful to target these species (as well as all others except bass) when their seasons are closed.
Cayuga Lake offers the best lake trout fishing in the region and some of the best in the state. I can target landlocked salmon on Seneca and Cayuga Lakes if we have the right conditions. Bonus browns are not uncommon on these lakes as well. Skaneateles Lake also fishes well this time of year for salmon, occasional rainbows and bonus lake trout and perch. Fishing success generally depends on the conditions. I usually try to go for what the best opportunity is. That gives us the best chance for a successful trip.
We contacted DEC regarding our great salmon action on Skaneateles Lake. Staff at the Adirondack Hatchery, where salmon are raised did last year’s stocking. As I mentioned in a previous post, a power failure killed most of the fish in the NY Adirondack Hatchery that are usually stocked in the Finger Lakes. Surplus fish donated by Vermont were stocked by the guys from Adirondack. These salmon ranged from 13″ to 15″ long!!! So things may still be bleak on Skaneateles Lake in terms of salmon survival of typical yearlings which are often in the 7″ to 8″ range. These fish may have been fin-clipped too, which would account for the large percentage of salmon that we’ve seen with clips on them.
Remember to sign up for the DEC Diary program if you target trout and/or salmon in the Finger Lakes. Your information is invaluable in helping guide management decisions.