Cayuga/Taughannock Wed. Feb. 22


These winds we’re getting are still horrid for salmon fishing. Westerlies keep the fish out away from the shoreline -especially the east shore. The forecast was calling for southerlies when I went out. I brought my salmon gear and was stoked to see what was going on – sure enough the winds were out of the west. I worked a few areas including Willow Ck. point and around Portland Point without any grabs. I marked impressive bait/fish off Taughannock in deep water – 225′ to 250′. I’m sure we have some decent browns and salmon around – they are just unfishable with the fly-rods. Trolling should be decent….

I’ve left the toothy critters alone for the last couple weeks and decided to target lakers for my smoker. I marked some lakers and other fish both north and south of Portland Point. The small points and shelves north of Myers also held a few inactive fish. Best fishing was still just north of Millican (Cayuga AES). I hooked a couple lakers, landing one nice fish just under 30″. Fish were “sporadically active” as has been the case over the last couple weeks. Electronics are an absolutely necessity for this fishing – they are hitting primarily on the retrieve only after being teased. I get next to no hits on “the jig”.

Water levels are low. H2O temp 38. Best fishing was during sunny and windy conditions. Fish were in 85′ to 100′ give or take….