Cayuga/Dean’s 5/12


Guide trip today and I had a lot of fun with my old friend Chris and his buddy Trevor on Cayuga. Fishing started out looking promising with a couple 3 to 4lb. fish landed near the Silo area. Then things changed. We marked fish after fish and they seemed very negative. Very few hits, nothing chasing.  We then ran south and found some huge schools of bait. Around 11 am action picked up and I knew we would be “in business”. Chris and Trevor had some good to excellent laker action in 27′ to 47′ of water. Fish ranged from around 18″ (1) to almost 30″ – with most being 24″ to 27″. We did catch and release a few fish today including 2 wild (unclipped) lakers. (Of course the hatchery personnel might have missed the clips, but Cayuga does produce some wild fish every so often. So who knows?)

I’ll be out working on fly-fishing these lakers over the next couple weeks. I’ve tried it before this time of year, but haven’t had the results I need to see. Basically I’ve had plenty of follows and hits, but few fish hooked. I have a few ideas that I think will work, and I spent some time in the winter designing a few patterns that will hopefully produce some fish.