Cayuga Lake out of Long Point 7/10 – 7/12 AM reports
After a nice little break where I got to avoid the heat for the most part, it was back to guiding on Friday. The algae bloom that started around July 3rd is now going full bore. Keep in mind that this algae is likely only in the top few feet of the water column. Fishing has become tougher. I’d call lake trout action on Cayuga Lake fair. Keep in mind, that a fair day on Cayuga Lake would probably be considered a good day on Seneca Lake circa 2020.
7/10 AM: Guided Greg for a half day starting around 6:15 am. The bloom obviously cuts down light penetration a lot. Our early start didn’t help us. Greg had one laker for a split second on first thing in the AM, but it was pretty slow after that. In one area we had some decent action and he landed 3 solid fish. That was pretty much it. The white Shakers and Money Minnows did the trick for us.
7/11 AM: Guided Greg and his sons Alex and Ted starting at 6 am. We had one decent fish in short order and after that the bite was slow and but at least somewhat steady for us. We wound up the half day trip with a half dozen nice fish up to 29″ long.
7/12 AM: Guided Dominiek, his son Herbert and his son’s friend Matt for a 1/2 day starting just after 7 am. We had steady action in the morning with 5 fish landed in fairly short order in around 65′ to 75′ FOW. The white jigs remain tops for us, though last year during the bloom the black Shakers were best. After the AM lull, Matt hooked up a beauty and after a strong battle I netted a 31″ laker! He’d caught his very first laker earlier in the morning, so to have his second fish be a 31″er was pretty special.