Cayuga Lake out of Myers 3/27
One nice thing about the low Cayuga Lake levels is the lack of boat traffic thus far this winter/spring! Myers and the Inlet are very shallow and make for tough launching. Taughannock has the bridge which only allows for smaller craft to pass under it. My buddy Eric and I launched my boat and motored out using trolling motor power only at around 9 am today. It was a chilly 28 degrees out with a nice northerly. The conditions were my favorite for salmon action today.
We worked a few areas with our fly-rods and I finally managed to contact a few fish S. of Taughannock. Eric tweaked a few things and we eventually figured out what was needed. We worked a few more areas and hit a goodgroup of fish! We wound up with superb salmon action, landing 9 nice fish from 17″ to 24″ – mostly 21″ to 22″ers. We released all but one gill-rake hooked fish to fight again. In general, the fish were hitting hard and fighting great with numerous jumps, digging and diving and just some good general salmon shenanigans! Lampreys were bad with nearly all salmon having small eels attached. Only one fish looked pretty beaten up, most were in good condition – nice and fat. I used a Type 3 sinking line and Eric used an intermediate. Alewife colored (smelt) flies worked great. Never saw another boat out today! Water temps were around 41 on top.