Keuka Lake out of Branchport 6/2


Guided 2 one-half days today.

AM Trip: Started around 7:30 am with John and Roger, who’d joined me a few years back for some Seneca pike fishing. We started working around 35′ of water when a boater motored up to us and touted some great early AM action in shallower – so off we went. Our original plan was to fish out of Dean’s Cove on Cayuga today, but the wind forecast changed from a straight strong westerly to strong northwesterlies. Past Angling Zone client Al tipped me off on some great Keuka laker action – plus my clients were staying in Penn Yan and Dresden, so Keuka was the call.

The morning action was very, very good. The fish had apparently moved out from the early AM and were in around 40′ to 60′. The guys had a double, plus hooked quite a few fish – it was their first time laker jigging and they managed around 13 or 14 solid lakers to 23″. Fun and funny morning – we managed to keep each other laughing pretty well…

My 2nd trip started around 1 pm with Patrick, who lives in MA. He has a place on Seneca and wanted a jigging refresher. We’d jigged together 2 years ago or so. Action was very good for the first hour. He had a lot of opportunities and some lost fish. He landed two on the day. The fishing really slowed by 3 pm. We ground it out, but despite Pat’s good effort, the fish just weren’t responding very well. I couldn’t complain overall on the day, given that it would have been a blow-off day on most waterways in the area! Surface temps are around 67. Bring a cooler with ice if you are keeping fish – they will spoil in no time in the livewell or God forbid, a stringer!