Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen 10/19 PM
Got out here on my own for around 5 hours for a little pike scouting. The water level is as low as I and many people familiar with the lake have ever seen it. That being said, launching is still easy at Schamels at the south end. Weed abundance varied greatly -in some areas where I usually see good milfoil beds, there were none. Others were better than past years. I only caught one pike – a solid 28″er. The good fighting fish did not look healthy. It wasn’t skinny but had a bloody tail and various lesions on it. Perhaps it was due to the stress of the hot summer. I don’t know. I didn’t encounter any other pike, so I wasn’t able to tell whether the one I caught was an anomaly. I did have a follow on a jerkbait in one area that might have been a trout or salmon. Nobody else was on the lake. Water temperatures were around 57. The south end had upper 40s when I started, which was likely due to the strong south winds we had on Sunday pushing warmer surface waters north.
Open dates are as follows:
November 1st, 14th – 18th, 20th – 30th
December – all of this month is open