Keuka Lake 9/19 + Seneca Lake/Sampson 9/20


Keuka Lake 9/19: Did a full day on Keuka with Jeff, Mac and Roger – all from the Oneonta area. We started around 7 am and fishing was slow but steady in the AM, until around 11. Then things slowed to a crawl until around 1 pm, when a couple more fish were picked up. All in all the guys landed 7 nice fish to 5 lbs. Two or three fish were lost and that was about it. The fish had well developed eggs in them and empty stomachs, despite the presence of decent amounts of bait (for Keuka.) All in all a fun trip with some good eating fish landed. A Hopkins spoon took the largest fish, but assorted plastics like Lunker City Shakes and Zoom white ice Superfluke Jrs. produced most of the fish.

Seneca Lake out of Sampson 9/20: This was a half day starting at 1 pm on Seneca Lake with Dan and Kathleen. Conditions looked good for laker jigging. We marked some fish south of Sampson State Park and Kathleen lost one. Dan had a few short hits, but overall action was very slow. Fish were looking and chasing the jigs on occasion, but not aggressively. Tough day with zero fish landed.

There are still good laker jigging opportunities on Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, but I’m looking forward to shifting gears towards some of the other species out there like bass and pike/pickerel. It’ll soon be time for some of the best multi-species angling around! Skaneateles Lake in late October/November can be hot for big smallmouth bass, jumbo perch, lakers, rainbows and salmon – all on the same trip. Owasco generally produces mixed bags of large smallies and pike, with occasional walleye and trout in the mix. Cayuga also kicks up bass, pike and pickerel with occasional salmon. By November, it’s time for large pike, salmon and browns on Cayuga. We’ll soon see how things shape up….