Cayuga Lake out of Taughannock 7/31 + Seneca/Sampson 8/1


Cayuga Lake out of Taughannock 7/31: Guided Paul and his son Doug from Wisconsin for the full day starting at 5:30 am. Doug’s going to Cornell and the guys joined me last spring for some casting and jigging. Fishing was good to start on the east shore with nice numbers of lakers and one sublegal (16″) landlocked salmon caught. I think we fished from around 65′ on out to 85′ or more. After landing around a half-dozen fish we spent some time exploring some areas that have produced other salmonids for me in the past. Not much apart from small lakers were hitting for us in those areas. A ride back up to the park produced more lakers. There was definitely an afternoon bite starting around 1 pm. Very good day fishing!

Seneca Lake out of Sampson 8/1: I haven’t fished out of Sampson much this year yet. No reason in particular, other than that the north end of the lake has been so hot this season. But I was psyched to check the Sampson flats out! Brad’s dad “Dutch” has a place just N. of the park and they were looking for a tutorial on the technique. They got that, plus some very good lake trout fishing – incl. at least one or two doubles hooked. Around 8 nice fish were landed – kind of Canandaigua or Keuka sized, no real slobs but solid 3 to 4lbers. There are a lot of fish on the flats – we found around 3 “hot spots.” Lunker City Shakers did most of the damage. At the marina we saw a tiny pike around 4 to 5″ long – maybe a good omen for the future! Time will tell. Dutch grew up in Geneva and had a lot of good fishing stories and memories of Seneca in the 1960s. Good bite! Reports I received mentioned good fishing on Cayuga and a slow bite on Owasco this AM.