Keuka Lake out of Branchport 4/3


Got out just after 10:15 am with my buddy Mike. We jigged for lakers and had steady, if not spectacular fishing over the next 2 to 3 hours. We caught most of our fish from 150′ to 165′ of water, with some out to around 175′. White tubes and shakers did the trick on 1+1/2 oz jig heads. We landed 6 fish in around 3 hours running from 16″ to 27″, with fish averaging around 20″ to 22″. We kept 5, releasing the 27″er. The kept fish were eating small alewives or had empty stomachs.

An hour and 20 minutes of fly-fishing a couple areas for salmon drew a blank. We tried a little bit of perch fishing and caught a few dinks as well as one nice pickerel. On the way back we stopped at Seneca Farms and loaded up on the calories with some very good fried chicken and milk shakes. So much for another week’s worth of swimming….

Water temps ran from 37 to 38. Lake was high. Ice still covers much of the Penn Yan (eastern) branch of the lake. Boat traffic was light with around 7 to 8 rigs out – mostly perch fishing and some trout fishing. BTW – A few nice largemouths were starting to show themselves in shallow water.