Fishing Reports 11/25 – 11/27


This nice weather has kept me guiding and on the water enjoying some angling of my own. Here’s how things went:

11/25 Keuka Lake out of Hammondsport: Guided Staffan (who didn’t fish) and his 9 and 11 year old boys, Felix and Fabian respectively. The weather forecast was for strong south winds, so I launched out of the Motel at Hammondsport. It’s $10 a pop, but better than making a long run from the Branchport Arm.

Laker action was quite good today and the boys managed to land 5 nice fish. They missed plenty. The action has been very hot on this lake with some fishermen landing terrific numbers of fish. But it was important for me to ensure that the boys had a good time and could detect bottom. Fish are still feeding on this lake and still in spawn mode with plenty of pre and post spawn fish to be had. Water temps are in the upper 40s here.

11/26 Skaneateles Lake: Fished with my buddy Mike in his Lund. We fly-fished rainbows to start and we each hooked and lost one using the usual intermediate fly-lines and woolly buggers. We landed 3 lakers on the fly as well as a perch. Perch fishing was OK with us landing over 1/2 dozen big perch – 13″ to 14″+ fish along with some dinks. We also encountered a school of nice smallmouths on hair jigs. They were in around 32′ of water. Lakers were also in the “gear fishing mix.” Good day with beautiful weather for this time of year. Not the best fishing weather, but nice weather to be out in. One dock remains in and plenty of anglers were using it! Shore fishers were catching a few rainbows at Lourdes Camp.

11/27 Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen: Guided regular clients Ron and his son Matt for the full day today. Pike fishing started out good with Ron landing a 30″ northern on his 2nd or 3rd cast. Another fish followed with some hits/misses. We tried a bunch of different areas but only found a concentration in one. A few more fish came to the boat on spoons and swimbaits for a total of around 6 or 7 pike landed. Not great but not bad fishing. Tried a little salmon casting without luck. Water level is somewhat low and temps range from 46 to 48 degrees. My buddy Mike picked up a couple nice rainbows on Skaneateles Lake today fly-fishing. There’s plenty of great fishing to be had in the region! Enjoy the weather while it lasts!