Cayuga Lake out of Taughannock 3/9 PM
Got out with my friend Todd at around noontime. We spent our day targeting trout and salmon with gear, though we did bring fly-rods incase conditions improved. Two days of calm, nearly windless weather doesn't do much to activate salmon and browns. We had a slow go of things for the first two hours with zero hits. We tried an area that had produced well for me on my last guide trip and hit paydirt with over three hours of solid lake trout action. We managed to land 8 nice lakers from 23" to 26"+ and Todd also nabbed a fat 17" salmon. We missed and dropped some solid fish too. All came on tube jigs. We kept 7 lakers between the two of us for my smoker and Todd's grill. The fish looked great – no lamprey marks and in great condition (nice and plump.) Fish I cleaned each had an average of two fresh large gobies in them – including one goby that was still alive! Cold water inshore lake trout fishing on Cayuga Lake is about as fun as any fishing opportunity I've experienced in NY State! It was a blast. Water temps dropped down to around 36 degrees. There is some ice on the south end of the lake. Winter ain't done yet!