Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen 11/16


Got out with my buddy Mike for most of the day starting around 9:30 am. We brought both casting/spinning gear and fly-fishing tackle for salmon and pike. We also brought some perch set-ups. Both of us enjoy a lot of different types of fishing, so we prepare for different scenarios and play things by the moment.

We tried some pike fishing to start, but probably missed the AM window. Mike had a decent fish that he couldn’t identify follow him in. A drift for landlocked salmon started out promising with me missing a solid grab. I also had a follow from what appeared to either be a big smallmouth bass or a brown trout. Conditions weren’t great for salmon, but they weren’t bad either.

We worked one point for perch and I hooked a solid fish. It wound up being a nice lake trout around 23″ or so. Conditions got rougher and we worked up the lake and set up for pike again. I landed a good one around 31″ on a spoon. Shortly thereafter Mike got one on a bunny fly. It was a twin to my 31″. Mike missed a solid grab, but then wound up landing two more (smaller) pike on the fly-gear. The lake was quiet today with only two other boats out. Water temperatures are 49 degrees on the surface for most of the lake, 47 on the south end.