Cayuga Lake 2/6 + 2/7
The weather was too nice to not fish, so I did some shorefishing with my buddy Mike yesterday, then we headed out in the boat today. Quite a few people were both shore angling and fishing from boats over the past couple days.
2/6: Met Mike over at Myers Park around 10:30 am and we did some fly-casting from shore. I also brought along a spinning rod. Conditions looked good and I managed to hook a nice laker around 22" to 23" that wound up getting off in shallow water. It hit a swimbait cast on a spinning rod.
We headed over to Taughannock and Mike wound up landing a solid 19" salmon on a streamer with his 6 wt. type 3 sinking line setup. We didn't have any other hits.
2/7: We launched out of Taughannock today around 11 am and worked some areas with the flyrods. We each landed sublegal (13" range) salmon. Mike had a good one follow him in and attack his fly a couple times, but no grab. We worked a stretch of water we hadn't fished before and I had encounters with 3 lakers – one of which I landed and kept for dinner. Another one I lost near the boat and the third (actually the first I'd encountered) followed in a swimbait. The fish I kept had at least 3 gobies in its stomach. The lakers came from 7' to 25' FOW. Mike landed another dink salmon on gear. We finished the day with some good laker jigging in around 120' FOW and landed 3 more fish, two of which were in the 24" to 25" range (one wild.)