Ready to roll!


I just returned from Silver Lake Marine with my brand new 2023 Mercury 115 hp 4-stroke motor in tow.  Skyler (in sales) was nice enough to give me a Silver Lake Marine coffee mug, which can go right alongside all of my Angling Zone mugs.  I’ve been off of the water for 2 months, taking care of various odds and ends.  Now I’m ready to roll!  This was probably the longest fishing lay-off I’ve had, maybe ever in my fishing history.  It can be nice to step away from things on occasion.  Last year was very busy and I dealt with a lot of issues towards the end of the year, that have now mostly been resolved.

I was hoping to motivate for some shore fishing, but that didn’t happen.  As I mentioned in my last post – I have a lot of hobbies that I really enjoy, which keep me busy.   I am happiest when out fishing in my boat, as opposed to shore fishing, which I did for years and years.

The ice fishing looks to be just about done for now.  I saw 2 people on the north end of Silver Lake and one shanty on the south end.  The ice does not look good and anybody heading out locally over the next week is definitely looking to compete in this year’s Darwin awards.  Open water was starting to show along shore and most of the ice was looking opaque and airy.

The weather in the foreseeable future looks good for open water angling.  I have a guided trip on the books shortly, so regular reports should be resuming.  Nearly all launches are open on Cayuga Lake right now – even Union Springs.  Now’s the time to book landlocked salmon trips and deepwater lake trout trips.  My schedule is fairly open, although most Saturdays in April are booked.  Pike season remains open for another month or so, until March 15th.

Silver Lake Marine will be having an open house of sorts on April 1st, celebrating the opening of the new repair shop.  It’s a beautiful facility!   More details to come as I get them.  I’ll be there hanging out; It’s my understanding that there will be a food truck along with beers from the Silver Lake Brewing Project.  I will be there to answer any fishing related questions or just talk fishing.

The New Merc and my new mug!