Cayuga Lake out of Myers 11/5


Got out on my own for around 4 hours. I brought some pike and bass tackle, but wound up spending most of my time searching for northerns. Pike action was pretty slow today, despite the fairly good conditions – windy and cloudy. Water temps ranged from 50 to 53 and the level is still good. There was a lot of debris in the water – mostly leaves, but occasional large waterlogged logs. I’ve found that pike fishing can be tough when there’s a lot of junk in the water.

I fished a few key areas and all featured decent weed growth. I landed one nice northern around 33″. It had some blueish slime on it and a few marks – not a particularly healthy looking fish. I also caught a big pickerel – close to 25″ and fat. That was it – no other hits. I saw a pike swimming with its head out of the water – similar to what Tiger Muskies do on Conesus and Otisco Lakes, but even more so! It had its entire head out of the water! Very strange!

Will there be some decent pike action on Cayuga Lake this year? I’d like to believe so, but I’m not holding my breath. Hopefully we’ll see some successful spawning here soon – we are due for some. But the overall pike fishing on Cayuga over the past couple years has been a shadow of what it was in the early 2000s. The north end might be worth a trip and I plan on checking up there shortly. Stay tuned! Seneca is offering better pike action and I believe Owasco Lake will also be a better bet.