Cayuga Lake 10/22 AM + Keuka Lake 10/22 PM


Got out for a full day of fishing. I wanted to scout out Cayuga Lake’s lower end for pike and bass. I had about 3 hours (starting at 8:30 am) to hit a bunch of areas and things went fairly well. Casting jerkbaits (Rapala X-Raps) produced a chunky 16″ to 17″ smallmouth bass in short order. I then lost what appeared to be a northern pike around 23″ to 24″. In another area I landed a solid healthy pike at 31″. I also managed to lose what looked like a decent largemouth bass on a spoon. Water temps range from 57 to 58 degrees. I think it’s still early for the best pike fishing. And I wasn’t able to cover a whole lot of water. But at least things look better than last year at this point in time. We’ll see.

I met the Hermans and their friend Paul at Keuka Lake State Park at 2 pm. In a nutshell, the lake trout action was excellent. We had cloudy conditions and a steady north wind but working 70′ to 90′ FOW provided some top-notch lake trout action with 15 nice fish landed to over 27″ (the majority ran the usual 17″ to 23″.) Water temps here are also around 58/59 degrees. Fish here are on the feed heavily!