Cayuga Lake out of Union Springs 6/29

Reports

Guided Gary and his son Greg for a full day. Greg just started keeping his boat on Cayuga Lake and wanted to see the lay of the lake and some ways to approach it. We tried a bunch of areas up north and I had the guys work Superflukes, Chatterbaits, Senkos, Drop Shots, some spoons and some lipless cranks for bass and pickerel. The pickerel action was best over deeper water (12' to 14') though one or two were caught in shallower stuff.

We found a lot of bass of various sizes in shallow though no lunkers (but we didn't fish too many places.) Casting dropshot rigs along with Chatterbaits produced some fish. Bluegills and pumpkinseeds are spawning in those shallows. We didn't work any areas for long. The lake level was high.

The water was murky and downright muddy in some areas. During the last 3 hours of the day I ran the guys south and showed them laker areas from Dean's Cove/Aurora on north to Levanna and further. Laker action was exceptional and the guys had a lot of fun nailing (and releasing) a bunch of fish up to 29" in fairly short order. One chunky brown, along with some small salmon followed in the jigs.

The fishing over the past 3 to 4 weeks has really been stellar for lake trout. It's made up for the slow erratic start to the spring. I certainly have the "bass bug" and want to go bass fishing, but I'm looking at the busiest July I've had in 11 years of guiding. Due to the slow April and June (plus my AZ trip) I've had to fill most of my days. So much for "balance." Ha ha. I've also wanted to fish for gar and drum and just haven't had the time. Owasco Lake has also been on my "to go" list.