Owasco Lake 8/18


Guided Leo and Ada for the second and final day this year of the annual “catch ’em and eat ’em” mission.  I had never guided them before on Owasco Lake.  We used to fish Skaneateles Lake a bit mostly harvesting rock bass along with a few smallmouths.  Over the last couple years we went after pickerel on Cayuga Lake’s north end.  I figured we’d have a good shot at perch on Owasco along with quite a few rockbass and maybe a few smallmouths.

The lake is very high and the outlet was running strong.  There’s a good amount of debris in the lake.  Algae is blooming in some areas and other areas are clear.  We started with a bunch of rockbass that came dropshotting.  The lake trout bite was very good and they landed 9 or 10 nice lakers.  We kept 7.   Smallmouth action was also good with four nice bass landed – three were in the 15 1/2″ range and one was 18″.  No perch today.

Rain continues to fall heavily as I write this.  Stay tuned – the next few days should prove interesting.  I am hoping we don’t get walloped too much with rain.

Leo's 18" smallmouth

As I write this on Thursday 8/19, Cayuga is at a minor flooding stage.  Creeks are pumping in massive amounts of debris and sediment.

Here’s what I have going forward:

September:  6th, 8th, 12th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 26th, 28th, 30th

October:  Most of the month is available apart from the 2nd and 27th.

November and onwards are wide open.