Cayuga Lake out of Taughannock 11/7


Guided Todd and his brother Chris for a 1/2 day today. They have a place on Seneca Lake, but given the poor pike fishing over there we decided upon Cayuga Lake for pike action. We got an early start, meeting at 7 am. Conditions were cold with winds out of the south around 10 to 15 mph. There was some unanticipated cloud cover which also helped. The fishing got off to a great start with Chris missing a hit (coming up with a scale) and then landing a 25″ northern shortly thereafter. Then Chris landed a 33″ fish. Then Todd nailed a pickerel then a 34″ fish! Two more northerns around 31″ to 32″ were landed along with a 27″ fish. Fish came on white X-raps. Half of the pike were in excellent condition – healthy, thick bodied and clean looking with clear fins. We had a few fish that showed some signs of disease – but nothing that was too bad. I’m planning on getting a few of these fish up to Cornell in order to see what the disease may be. But overall the fishing was excellent for an hour or two with some top-notch pike action on large fish. We kept the pickerel, a small pike and one larger fish for the table. Water temps are at 51 degrees. It’ll still be a couple weeks before we likely see some good landlocked salmon action via casting and fly-casting. Fun trip and I have a sneaking suspicion that the guys will be back on Cayuga in the future. I know I will 😉