Seneca Lake out of Sampson State Park 6/26


Did two 1/2 day trips today. The bite was steady throughout the whole day, which was great to see after the last month or so of fairly spotty action.

AM Trip: Guided Rob and his son Bobby, whom I picked up from their rental at Dresden. We poked around Dresden for awhile and Bobby picked up a nice laker around 26″+. A lot of fish were around. Working around the park resulted in a short flurry of good fishing and then a few more trout before we wound the day up. Around 6 fish were landed and one good one lost. 85′ to 110′ was best. White and chartreuse plastics on 1 ounce jigheads did the trick.

PM Trip: My afternoon trip was with Rob and his friend Tom. Rob joined me earlier in the year for some landlocked salmon fly-fishing out of Watkins. We worked Sampson, Geneva and some areas in-between. 7 solid fish were landed up to around 29″. One lamprey came up with a fish, but overall the eel numbers appear down.

Almost 1/2 the fish taken during our last couple trips here were fin-clipped (hatchery fish.)My PM trip featured mostly wild fish. There’s a nice balance of wild and stocked fish on this lake. Lakers are fighting very good this time of year. They arerarely ever spectacular battlers, but they are pulling hard and offering up some very good sport!