Seneca Lake out of Geneva 12/1


I was hoping to do a bit of fishing this week but high winds kept me off of the water. I don’t enjoy being out on the larger Finger Lakes when winds are forecast to gust over 30 mph. It just isn’t fun.

Sean and Joanna were in the area and looking to get into some pike action. He has a place on Keuka Lake, so I decided Geneva would be the best meeting place. We also had north winds forecast, so it would likely be a bit calmer than launching out of Sampson. The recent docks installed at Seneca Lake State Park are the removable types like those found at Skaneateles Lake and sure enough they were out. So it was a little bit of a hassle launching, but water levels weren’t too bad.

Conditions were very good for pike and we had a great half-day of fishing with around 20 to 25 fish landed ranging from around 23″ to 26″. A few of the larger fish had multiple lamprey wounds on them. Spoons did the damage for us. Great fishing!

After the trip I did a little fishing on my own and nabbed a pike on a spoon along with a pickerel on a double-bunny fly. The pickerel was the first I’d seen on Seneca Lake this year. One other boater was out perch fishing and he reported just 4 perch and one bass fishing in less than 25′ FOW. Water temps were around 46 on top. Lakes are still warm for the time of year.