Cayuga out of Dean’s 5/22


After yesterday’s slow fishing I almost called Jack and Tom and moved our scheduled trip over to Seneca Lake. But the weather pattern was changing to a low pressure (warm front) system and the fish have been around for weeks – they just need to turn on. My hunch paid off and the fishing was very good this morning. We started at 7 am and the guys caught their limit of 27″ to 30″ lakers by around 11 or 12 o’clock. Baitfish have finally started to move into the shallows in good numbers (not everywhere in the lake – but in certain areas.) We found bait in 80′ of water. We caught fish from 80′ on out to 150′. It’s worth checking lots of different depths and fishing blind.

After getting our fill of lakers we headed north for pickerel and panfish. Everyone I take up there really seems to love casting lures for pickerel. They are good sport and range from 18″ to 23″ on Cayuga. We found a couple concentrations of pickerel and Tom managed to catch a beautifully colored 27″ hybrid pike/pickerel. A few nice perch filled out the catch. Large sunfish and bluegills, along with plenty of perch are swarming the shallows throughout Cayuga – even just off the shore at Dean’s Cove. This lake has just thousands of perch! All in all it was a great day of action packed fishing! Surface temps are pushing 52, and I had around 46 degrees down 50′!!! This compared to 41 a few days ago – so things are really warming up. Let the madness begin!