Seneca Lake out of Sampson State Park 7/23 PM


Got out on my own from around 1:30 pm til 6:30 pm.  I’ve been looking forward to checking out all the improvements at the boat launch and giving the fishing a whirl.  First of all, the new launch is fantastic!  The boat docks are much closer to the waterline.  The ramp is at a perfect pitch.  The concrete on the ramps was done in a way to keep the surface rough so you don’t slip.  The old ramp was brutal – slick as ice once covered with algae.  There is a gas pump that should be up and running in a few weeks.  Sampson is offering pontoon boat rentals too.  They are still working on the parking lot.

I checked a few areas out for bass today.  I had good conditions to start and then the lake flattened out on me.  I haven’t targeted bass here in years.  I managed a couple halfway decent largemouth and a couple smallmouths – one of which was a dink.  I had a hit or two that I missed and a follow or two from some bigger smallmouths.  No action on pike today and I did give them a try.  Usually they show up as bonus fish when bass fishing. Had I started first thing this AM, maybe my luck would have been better. Bass were caught both during the windy and the flat conditions.

I checked out one stretch for lakers that had been good a few weeks back.  I still found good numbers of fish and they were chasing my jigs to an extent.  I hooked and landed one 27″ laker that had been beaten up a bit by lampreys.  The fish had an eel attached, which is no longer the case.  I probably gave the lakers 45 minutes.

Time flew by today and I had to cut my trip short before hitting a few favorite bass areas. I had my action with Rat-L-Traps, Flukes and Senkos today.  Missed a hit on a deep diving crankbait.  The lake looked great. Loads of milfoil, still some pondweed (“cabbage”) and eelgrass.  No algae bloom – the water was nice and clear.