Finger Lakes Conditions


The past 2 to 3 weeks have been good weather for working other jobs, sitting home, writing articles, tying flies and organizing tackle. As is usual this time of year, most boat launches are unplowed and not in good shape. Ice is forming on the very south end of Cayuga Lake and the northern basin is frozen. Lake levels are being lowered on Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. I expect surface temperatures to be 40 or less.

Boat launching is available at Taughannock Park on Cayuga Lake, and Watkins Glen and Severne Point on Seneca Lake. Other launches I’m not 100% sure about, but I’d expect Lodi to be a mess. Dean’s Cove on Cayuga is unplowed and unlaunchable. I’d rather drive the extra 20 miles or so to a launch I KNOW is open than take a chance on finding an unplowed mess!

There will be a slight warm-up around Christmas and I expect to be out on Cayuga and Seneca Lakes fishing for pike, salmon, lake trout and maybe some perch. Fishing should be good and I’m hoping for a good class of salmon on Cayuga. We’ll see…. 🙂