Keuka Lake out of Branchport 10/10


Fished Keuka from around 1 pm till dark. It was a perfect day to fish – nice cloud cover, light north winds and warm out. I’ve been doing a lot of exploring over the past 4 to 5 days, fishing stretches of unfamiliar water and trying different things. Today was an “In the Zone” day! Started out checking on lakers. Within 5 minutes I had my first fish, just off the launch area. Within 1/2 hour of moving around I marked a school of suspended fish down 40′ over 110′. Turned out to be smallmouths! Landed one and kept working different areas. Filled out my laker limit in some “new” areas, then went north to try to figure out how to best use my new St. Croix/Shimano Baitcast outfit. All lakers and bass came on spoons.

After working the outfit for a while, I decided to cast some stickbaits. Had a solid hit and the fish just kept going and going…. I thought maybe I’d hooked a huge bass, but it turned out to be a beautiful northern! 36″ and probably 12 to 13lbs! Terrific fight. I released the slob unharmed. The fish was off a weedline near 30′ of water. Awesome way to end the day. H2O on the surface was 62.