Cayuga Lake out of Taughannock 1/6


Decided to give the laker jigging a try, given the weather conditions and the fact that I’d like to smoke a batch of fish soon! I fished around 4 hours today from 12:30 till 4:30 pm. Cayuga Lake’s level is LOW. Water temps mid-lake are 43 degrees.

I was very impressed with the numbers of perch and baitfish I saw in the marina area on the way back in. It’s interesting to see perch and alewives move into colder, shallow water. Must have been something they like to eat in there.

The laker jigging was good. I forgot my jigheads and failed to check a knot after landing a fish – that cost me one I should have landed. But I landed 4 and missed quite a few more. I surmise that many of the “misses” were smaller fish. No great size on the fish for me today – all 18″ to 23″, with most around 22″ to 23″. Plenty of fish were available N. of AES and I can guarantee if Long Point or Dean’s launch gets ice-free, we’ll have some great laker action up north. I used 1 and 1+1/2 oz. jigs today with Shakers and Tubes. Fish were fairly scattered depth-wise, but there were concentrations around 105′, 135′ and 165′.