Cayuga Lake out of Long Point 6/3
It’s amazing how the fishing for a given species can vary from one lake to another on a given day or week. In terms of lakers, Seneca Lake has been darn tough over the past couple weeks – at least on the days I’ve been out. Keuka’s been pretty good from reports I’ve received. Day to day (and sometimes hour to hour) weather conditions play a huge role in the bite as many of you know. But each lake does have a different rhythm and time-table. Guides and charters that fish only one lake – i.e. keep their boats docked at a marina are at a definite disadvantage when the bite on “their lake” is tough. Flexibility is the key to angling success, whether on Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes or anywhere for that matter.
This weekend was a great example of lake to lake variability. I thought Seneca would fish well yesterday AM – it didn’t. So I moved my Sunday (today’s) trip to Cayuga out of Long Point. I generally like sunny days for lakers from September through mid-May. During the summertime bite, low-light conditions are often better, though there are exceptions to every rule. I thought today would be fair, but just incase, I brought some casting gear as a backup. Thankfully we didn’t need it.
Guided Dave, Blake and Todd today for a full day starting at 6 am. The fishing was very good ALL DAY LONG! That doesn’t happen much! We started getting fish around 6:20 or so and landed the last one around 2:30 pm when we called it quits. It wasn’t a fish a minute, but rarely did 15 minutes go by without some kind of action. Dave managed to land a nice 22″ to 23″ brown today. The guys landed 23 lakers – mostly 22″ to 27″ fish with a few from 17″ to 20″ in the mix.
Eels were pretty bad today with at least 5 fish sporting them. Todd kept the eels and I cleaned them up for him. I’ll await his report. In case anyone missed the article, check out last weeks Wall Street Journals – I don’t remember the exact date, but there’s an article on the Royal Family and photos of some sauteed lampreys! The fish-eating parasitic eels were shipped to England – 2lbs worth, from the Great Lakes for the Royal Dinner. “Lamprey Pie” has been a traditional dish enjoyed by royalty for hundreds of years.
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