Cayuga/Dean’s 6/25 AM + Otisco Lake 6/25 PM


I guided 1/2 day this AM with a friend who chose to remain anonymous! He landed one 25″ fish. Lakers did hit well, with quite a few missed hits this AM. We started at 5 am and there’s plenty of bait around. A temp probe was a huge asset today – we actually had 48 degree water down over 100′ on the west shore and down 65′ on the east shore. 100′ is deep for this time of year. Weather forecasters were wrong on the wind – we had stiff southerlies for most of the AM.

PM Otisco Trip: Went to Otisco for a crack at some Tiger Muskies at around 1 pm. I did a bit of casting with large Fin-S fish and assorted other lures. I hit paydirt just before T-Storms rolled in – probably around 3 pm. I cast a rattle bait and felt and saw something pretty much at the same time. I thought to myself – “Man, that’s a nice pike!” Then I remembered that Otisco doesn’t have pike! “Wait a second – that’s a MUSKY!!!” I had a riot landing the 32″ thick bodied fish on my Fenwick Elite Tech Musky Rod. I snapped a couple quick shots then released the fish unharmed. I saw a big Tiger cruising just under the surface. Bass were around. My buddy Jarrod nailed a limit of walleyes last night, along with a couple sub-legal tigers in the early AM. The lake looks beautiful – no algae blooms, just clear water and lush weed growth. I’ll try to get photos up in a week or two. By 4 pm T-Storms were rolling in.