Seneca Lake out of Sampson 1/1


Spent New Year’s Day checking on things at Seneca Lake. The launch was open at Sampson State Park, though I did need to do a bit of “weed shoveling”. Just tons of milfoil on the ramp.

Water temps are around 39. Water level is low, but launching wasn’t a problem. I was surprised that no one else was out in the mid-lake area. No trailers at the launch. I spent an hour searching for lakers just off the park. Worked varying depths and had a few light hits in around 146′ of water using braided line and flipping tubes. Marked what appeared to be a few fish out there. No luck deeper or shallower though I didn’t give it long. Sunny days seem much more productive for winter jigging. Last year we took fish down to 170′ during sunny calm days with the jigs. Today was overcast and threatening rain.

Did some fishing with the fly-rod and dropped a decent laker. Got a beautiful northern up to the boat on a big streamer in 15′ of water just before it got dark! Shore anglers are reportedly getting a few pike at Sampson.