Keuka Lake 10/12 – 10/14


Just wound up three full days in a row on Keuka Lake. Fishing ranged from slow steady to very good. Colors were great and lakers/baitfish were abundant.

FWIW: A few browns have been splashing around the boat launch first thing in the AM. These are fly-fishable fish – not worth a special trip, but possibly worth a look if you’re already in the area. Can’t say we’ve seen more than one or two at a time, but there are some around.

10/12: Guided Doug and his son Andy for a full day. It was hot outside – not the fishing per se, but the cloudless sky and sun coupled with no wind. Fishing was good with around a dozen or more lakers landed. Fish ranged from throughout the bluff to Branchport. Not a stellar bite, but steady action throughout the day.

10/13: Guided Boris, Mitchell and Sam for a full day. The bite was solid throughout the day. 15 or 16 solid fish were landed. Not much new to report – we’re mostly working the deepest water around the bluff area: 105′ to 115′.

10/14: Did a full day with Harry, Tony and Kiefer. It was a misty, kind of rainy AM with some good fishing to start and it only got better. Today was the best bite I’ve seen thus far this season for lakers on the Bluff. The guys landed around 25 solid lakers to over 25″ and also dropped a lot of fish. Everyone was really impressed with how good the fishing was.

These are clearly the “good old days” for Keuka Lake’s laker fishing. To be able to catch a bushel of wild lake trout on nearly any day from September throughout the end of the year is really something special. Yes, the fish aren’t trophy sized, but the numbers are terrific and there are no lampreys in the lake. The fish are superb eating and are nice and lean. Just great fun. And the condition of these fish is the best I’ve seen since I’ve been targeting lakers on this lake (over the past 12 years or so.)