Cayuga Lake out of Long Point 3/23 AM


Guided Tom and Dave today for 1/2 day. I’d been trying to schedule a jigging trip with Tom for awhile and things finally fell into place. We started just after 8 am with foggy and cloudy conditions. The guys’ jigs were getting gobbled pretty heavily, likely before they realized what was all happening! The bite was best early for some reason, but the fishing remained good throughout the day with a little slow down as we wound things up.

Things weren’t as hot ‘n heavy as earlier in the week, but the guys learned the technique and managed to land 7 nice fish up to 29″. We kept 6 fish total and each and everyone of them was stuffed with bait. The usual spring feeding push after months of dormancy.

I’ve never understood the old timer’s “match the hatch” philosophy of using lures to imitate bigger bait in the spring and downsizing as the season goes on. These fish – no matter what their size, had alewives in their stomachs ranging from under 2″ to over 5″. These lakers are clearly opportunistic predators and not selecting alewives for size. No smelt, sculpins or perch in any of the stomachs, just good old “sawbellies,” of which Cayuga has LOADS! Lamprey wounding was light too, with no attached lampreys or recent wounds. Water temp on top was 48! Had a good time today listening to Dave’s stories. The launch at Long Point is in great shape, but the first step is a MEGA-step. It’d be nice if some ladders were in place at the docks.