Cayuga Lake out of Long Point 4/26 midday


Guided Larry and Jenn for a 1/2 day trip starting at 10 am.  We had a couple objectives for todays trip – one was to do some fly-casting with sinking heads, i.e., the type I use for lake trout, the other was to jig up some lakers.  Larry has shown interest in fly-fishing for landlocked salmon and lake trout and wanted to get a feel for the type of fishing/casting required.  We did that for a good hour or more, then spent the rest of the trip doing some laker jigging.

The jigging was fair.  Fish seemed neutral when we were out fishing. I’m sure there were some good bite windows before we arrived and afterwards – since lakers love to eat.   Jenn had the hot hand and landed 5 nice fish up to over 30″.  We found trout from 125′ out to 165′.  I didn’t try deeper or shallower.  Whites, Alewife and Arkansas Shiner all worked for us.  Lake level was good.  Lake temp was around 46 degrees on top.

As an added note, I ate the rainbow I caught yesterday over the past two days.  It was fair on the table.  I think the drop-back (post-spawn) fish tend to lack flavor at times.  I generally think rainbows are top-notch on the table, but it’s best to harvest rainbows that either didn’t spawn, or harvest some during the summer/early-fall when they are in top-notch condition.  Like any fish, “you are what you eat” as well.  The Skaneateles Lake fish are the best eating in the Finger Lakes in my opinion, even though we don’t keep many of them.

Jenn hooked up!

One of Jenn's nice fish