Keuka Lake out of Branchport 1/4/05


Fished Keuka Lake with my friend, former Owasco Lake guide George Fiorelli. George is a terrific fisherman who’s shared a boat with everyone from Jerry Mckinnis to Denny Brauer, Rick Clunn, Jimmy Houston and loads of other well-known and not so well-known anglers. We explored Keuka Lake looking for bass and a few perch. Spent a few hours around the bluff area trying to jig bass. I got one good perch and George nailed a beautiful smallie dragging a tube jig in 17′ of water. No luck finding any big concentrations of fish, though we did get a good look at the structure of the bluff area. Tons of fish magnets in this area, and it will certainly take a lot of effort and searching to figure this labyrinth out. We picked up a good pickerel as well in another area then checked out the north end looking for some lake trout. Found a nice pod of small lakers just off the park. George got one small one on a jigging spoon and I missed a bunch of hits before we called it quits. Plenty of opportunities on this lake, though my best advice is to concentrate on one type of fish at a time! Saw a big pod of bait just off the launch, which makes me think that the shore fishing here should be great over the next 2 weeks as these temps stay unseasonably warm.