Seneca Lake out of Watkins 12/10


It felt great getting out today. Perfect salmon fishing conditions, but that didn’t stop me from bringing my pike fly-rods, lake trout jigging tackle and assorted other combos. I also stopped off at the local baitshop and bought some perch minnows. That’s the dilemma of being a serious multi-species angler in the Finger Lakes region. Too many options….

Fortunately I was able to focus when I got on the water just after noon. The landlocked salmon fishing was very good to excellent! I managed to land 2 nice fish – a 22″and a 20.5″. I missed/lost/had follows from a half dozen more fish. I had a blast. I kept the smaller fish for my supper. Both fish were fat and healthy looking. My kept fish had 2 small alewives in its stomach. A couple other boats were out – perch fishermen and one basser. Fish came off drop-offs. I used my bionic smelt fly and a new pattern I’ve been working on. Water temps were around 45.