Seneca Lake out of Watkins 11/8


Fly-fishing for northerns was terrific this afternoon on Seneca Lake. I worked the southern portions of the lake for 5 hours and caught good numbers of fish. Most pike are smallish – 22″ or so, but I did catch a few beauties – a 27″ and a 33″+. The numbers made the fishing exciting. There are 2 tremendous classes of pike on this lake currently. There are a bunch of fish around 18″ or 19″ and a bunch around 22″. These small fish bode very well for the future pike fishing in this lake. I expect Seneca Lake to provide superb pike fishing for the next 2 to 5 years at the very least.

Bass are also very active throughout the southern portions of the lake. Chunky smallmouths are around outside weededges and drop offs in 14′ to probably 30′ of water or more. They were hitting my large streamers pretty consistently and I nabbed 3 nice bass up to 19″. Water temps are 49/50 degrees. These fish all move around a lot and yesterday’s hotspot can be tomorrow’s deadzone. Move a lot!

I expect big pike to move up within the next 2 weeks. We shall see.