Cayuga Lake out of Taughannock 5/26


Did a full day trip with Terry and Jim – both avid anglers who spend a lot of time striper fishing Raystown Lake in PA. Terry’s son recently bought a house on Cayuga Lake with lakefront property, so we did “the tour” of area hotspots and fishing patterns. The original forecast of overcast skies, showers and south winds boded well for pike fishing, but for whatever the reason, our pike fishing was tough. The wind was gusting fairly strong out of the south, but I felt we had a good shot at some northerns. Water temps on the lake’s south end are around 52 – 56, which are good pike (and trout) temps. The AM fishing produced one very large (26″) pickerel for Terry, and he also lost one about the same size. Very nice fish. Jim landed a chunky smallmouth around 16″ to 17″ on a Superfluke. Pickerel came on a spinnerbait and stickbait.

Trout and salmon are still around and I managed to raise a beautiful landlock around 25″ to 27″ while the guys took a lunch break. I had Terry try to raise (and hopefully hook) the fish, but it disappeared. Jim had a follow and light hit from a big laker in front of one creek mouth. He also managed to land a sublegal salmon, lose one on a nice jump and have another follow – all in completely different areas.

The guys aim to try the laker jigging technique on Raystown for lakers and maybe a striper or two. We set up N. of Taughannock and Terry hooked a fish in short order – maybe a small laker, but it got off. We didn’t have time to run to the prime laker areas N. of AES so we worked around the park. BTW – some shore anglers have been scoring on lakers from the bank at Taughannock! Now’s the time….