Keuka Lake out of Branchport 9/5


Guided the Hermans today for close to a full day. We started late – around 8:30 am, waiting out some rain and trying to avoid nighttime winds. We picked up one fish near the State Park and then headed all the way to Hammondsport. I don’t typically do very well around the N. end of the Branchport Arm this time of year, though there are certainly fish around. Numbers will change drastically in October as spawning nears and baitfish move in! But this time of year, the Bluff and south end of the lake are usually better bets. Fishing wasn’t great but wasn’t terrible in Hammondsport. Eleonore nabbed 3 nice lakers – all around 22″ to 23″ down there. John, after a great showing last week, had a tougher day – he nailed one good fish. We marked some bait, but not a lot. Typical Keuka Lake. Friend Mike Canavan reported great AM fishing on Cayuga Lake, which fishes nicely on a westerly. On Keuka winds funnel a lot more, which can be a curse on some days and a blessing on others. Today was more of a curse! 😉 Fish ranged from around 75′ on down, but some were suspended up higher.

My guide schedule is starting to slow down a bit, so I’m excited to get out and check on some things I haven’t been able to do in a while – the list includes Owasco Lake, Otisco Lake, Waneta Lake and Seneca out of Watkins. Canandaigua and Lake Ontario not to mention Keuka for smallmouths would be nice too. Maybe even Cross Lake or Oneida… Decisions decisions….It ain’t easy being a fishing fanatic in the Finger Lakes region – or anywhere else in NY for that matter. Stripers/Bluefishing in Massachusetts, perhaps the Thousand Islands or Lake Champlain for bass/pike would be fun too. Better quit while I’m ahead!