Cayuga out of Taughannock 5/24


Water temps are still excellent for salmon, trout and pike action. Had some very good to excellent pike fishing today. Cayuga has a good class of 30″ to 33″ fish. It makes sense since last year we had a bunch of 27″ fish. Should be some bigger ones available too. Caught all my pike- a 32″, 31″, and 27″ on streamers. I lost 2 fish that were in the low 30″s without a doubt. Got a 22″ pickerel too. Didn’t really even fish that many pike areas, so I feel pretty good about the pike fishing forecast.

Spent a good portion of the day looking for some good lake trout jigging areas. I nailed 2 lakers on the day, both in different areas. Options overall are a little more limited in the southern portion of the lake, but once the bait moves up the action here can be as fast and furious as anywhere in the Finger Lakes. As summer progresses 1000s of lakers will migrate towards the Taughannock area in preparation to spawn, so fishing will only get better. Bait is just starting to show up on drop offs. Saw a very nice pod of bait near Flat Rock. Both pike and lakers (esp. the lakers) were in peak fighting form! Those lakers will wear your arm out!