Keuka Lake 10/19


Fished out of Branchport with Michele and her dad John. We’ve been out a couple times a year over the past three years together. I was scheduled to fish Keuka a week ago but we moved the trip to Owasco, so I was psyched to see what was happening on this lake. The winds were howling this AM and I thought cancelling or moving the trip might be in order, but conditions on Keuka Lake weren’t bad at all. This is the most sheltered and “wind-proof” of all the major Finger Lakes (the big ones!) I was thrilled to drive by Penn Yan and see that the lake was fairly flat. Lake trout were the target today and the fishing was tough to start. We boated our first fish by around 11 am. Michele and John lost some good fish today and missed some good hits, but they managed to boat 7 nice lakers and two 25″ fish were amongst those boated. A couple solid fish were lost that were probably in the same size range. Fin-S Fish in “limetreuse” and white tubes worked best today. A few fish were chasers, but most hits came on the bottom. Stomach checks revealed both small and large alewives in the fish. Fish are approaching the spawn with skeins starting to loosen up a bit. Water temps are still very warm on top @ 64 degrees. No T-storms today but we got drenched at times and during the ride back from Hammondsport (where we had the most luck.) We found good fishing in 80′ to 110′ of water. Some fish are reportedly shallower as well.