Seneca Lake out of Sampson State Park 11/21


Got out with my buddy Mike from around 10:30 am until 4:30 pm.  It was the first time he’d seen the new version of Sampson State Park.  Needless to say, he was impressed.

There is still a bit of work taking place around the park.  I believe Samsen will be taking over the camping aspect of the park this next season.  The launch is perfect.  A perfect pitch combined with rough non-slip grooming on the concrete makes this guy a happy boater.

As for the fishing, we tried doing two different things on this short day.  That may not have been a great strategy, but I wanted to do it.  We started with some gear fishing for pike.  We each had a hit/follow and that was it.  So we took a run to a perch area.  Mike nabbed a nice 13″ perch around a pound and I caught one a few minutes later. But we were not able to find anymore biters.

So we tried two more pike areas.   Both were areas I either rarely fish or hadn’t fished in a while.  I lost one good hookup and then nabbed a solid 33″er.   An hour later I caught another 33″ – so there are some very solid pike in the lake this year.  Fish ran 7 1/2 to 8 1/2lbs.   Water level was good (they pretty much always are on Seneca) and temps were at 48 on the surface.  Nobody else was out on the lake out of Sampson and we encountered one other perch fisherman that either lived on the lake or launched elsewhere.