Cayuga Lake out of Taughannock 11/7


Spent a 1/2 day out on Cayuga guiding myself 😉 It was about time I hired a guide! Just kidding…anyways I began at 9 am fly-fishing for trout/salmon. Water temps around Taughannock are right at 49 and I’d expect trout and salmon to be orienting towards the surface. Never had a hit. After about an hour and a half I motored down the lake in search of some northern pike.

I fished areas I haven’t fished yet this fall for pike and never saw a fish until I was about ready to try for a few bass. I told myself I’d give it another cast or two. Out in 18′ of water I got a solid grab. I could tell it was a good fish, but I didn’t know how big until I tried landing it. Whata head on this fish! It measured around 36 1/2″ – probably 13 to 14lbs. Beautiful lush dark green colors and very clean. I released it quickly. I fished till I had to go at 1pm. Cayuga is a huge lake and there are a lot of places fish can be. Smallmouths were active along the dropoffs and outside weededges. They kept following in my pike fly but wouldn’t hit it. Trollers are picking up a few lakers and some small (15″) salmon.