Seneca Lake out of Lodi Point 5/29 PM
Got out for around 5 hours today to check on midlake salmon/trout and pike action. I've been getting back into exploratory mode lately and really enjoying myself. There's still quite a bit of debris in the lake, but most of it's small stuff. Not a problem for boating, but definitely an issue with fishing presentation. I had some great fishing today, but not catching.
Water temperatures were great – I had 52 to 56 everywhere. I managed to raise a large salmon (around 25") on a streamer but couldn't close the deal. I also had a big one chase in a stickbait and a smaller one chase in a tube. Calm conditions can make salmon skittish – give me some wind! I also had one bite-off by a pickerel or small pike on a fly intended for salmon. Casting for pike resulted in a couple follows from some decent fish. What was encouraging was that I was working some marginal areas – not prime stuff. The pike population is getting stronger on Seneca Lake and I've had encouraging reports lake-wide. Bait is moving up and we have some terrific fishing ahead of us.