Seneca Lake out of Geneva 6/2 AM
Guided Brian, Joe and Joe (Jr.) for a long 1/2 day. I probably should have moved the trip to Keuka or Cayuga, but I knew that there were a lot of fish up around Geneva and I felt the fishing had bottomed out last weekend during the derby and would only get better. The unsettled weather didn’t help anything. Our best fishing occurred when the westerlies blew strongly, but it was tough fishing.
The guys each had a hit to show for the first couple hours. A small salmon or two followed. Younger Joe had what appeared to be a decent brown follow in his jig and then not long afterwards he hooked a good lakers that we almost got within netting range before it got off. In short order he hooked another around 23″ that he was determined to land, so after about 3 hours of fishing – maybe longer, we finally got a fish in the boat. Brian then landed one around 19″. Both were hatchery fish, which was a little odd – given that 65% to 75% of the Seneca fish are wild. A few more hits were had and that was it. We gave it a solid effort, but tough fishing overall. There are hundreds of lakers on the flats up there – the fishing will be spectacular in the near future! It’s just a matter of timing. Some steady, warming weather should do the trick. Still a fun day and very few boats out.