Cayuga Lake out of Union Springs 9/28
Got out with my buddy Mike for a day of bass/pickerel fishing. We started around 7:20 and fished till 3:30 pm. Pickerel were very active and we landed at least 14 to 15 nice ones up to around 23″ or so. Plenty of 20″ fish and up. They were hitting just about everything including crankbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits and more. The bass bite was tentative to start with fish barely hitting crankbaits. I dropped at least 3 solid (likely 2 to 3lb largemouths) that likelywere barely hooked. We landed around 7 or 8 legal bass (all over 14″) including one good smallmouth. Fish ranged from the shallows to around 15′ or more water with the quality fish we found being deep. Top 5 bass probably weighed around 12lbs – so no real pigs. Mike hadn’t targeted bass on Cayuga’s north end before and he had an enjoyable time. The action was consistent.
My new ABU Veritas 7′ 3″ medium heavy rod did a great job with the deep running crankbaits. I was very happy. Bass were scattered – nearly everywhere we fished we encountered some, but it was at least 4 pickerel for every bass – or so it seemed when we include hits and follows. We didn’t find any great concentrations of bass. Some panfish were also around. No pike today. I’d love to get back here soon and expand on the areas we worked and work some new places.