Cayuga Lake out of Long Point State Park 5/14 PM


Got out here on my own from around 12:30 pm.  I did a lot of motoring around today checking on potential areas to fly-fish for lake trout.  The great thing about knowing this lake so well, is that I already know where the best fly-fishing options will be.  It’s just a matter of confirming it now.  Anyhow, very few people were on the lake fishing today.  Only one rig was parked at Long Point when I launched.  I really didn’t see a lot of shallow fish and I didn’t mark much bait today, so I spent relatively little time actually fishing.  Baitfish can be weird!  You’d think the shallows would be full of them, but water temperatures are still colder than usual for this time of year.   A lot of lake trout are still around 50′ to 80′ or so as well as deeper on Cayuga Lake.

The weather was definitely all over the place today and I didn’t have the wind I wanted when I decided to fish.  Storms were also in the area.  I did about 45 minutes of casting tubes/jerkbaits in what used to be a good smallmouth bass area a few decades ago (yes, I’m old.)  No luck.

On the way back to Long Point I checked out another good looking fly-fishable area.  My conditions were better with cloudy skies and steady wind.  In about 10 minutes I had a nice laker gobble my streamer boatside!  Terrific fight – and the fish was only 24″ long!  It fought like a giant brown trout with some short runs and strong digging.

Over the next month, the fly-fishing for lakers around Long Point and Dean’s Cove should be terrific on the right day.  On the way in to the dock, another boat was heading out – and sure enough, they were also trying their hand at lakers on the fly.  It must be in the air!

24" Scrappy lake trout on the fly - this one hit an alewife pattern in around 20' of water