Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen 11/23 + Cayuga Lake out of Myers 11/24
Got out for a couple days in a row. Might as well take advantage of the nice weather (relatively nice that is.)
Fished Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen on my own starting at around 11:40 am. My main goal was to check on salmon fishing and do some fly-fishing. I spend a fair amount of time practicing my casting during the summer and it always pays off. I worked a long stretch of lake with what I consider to be very good conditions and never had a hit or a follow. In terms of covering water, fly-fishing might be the least effective method, but it’s usually good for salmon in clear water. After over two hours of unproductive fly-casting I went through one area again with gear (spinning tackle) a little deeper and still had no luck.
I tried another stretch with a stickbait and got hammered by a 21″ salmon that was a little beat up by lampreys. The fish had a small lamprey attached too. I kept that salmon for dinner. It had a large alewife in its stomach.
I then had another similar sized fish hit that I missed. I took some casts with my fly-rod and hooked up and quickly dropped another one (maybe the same fish that took the shot at my stickbait.) It had taken a swipe at my fly and fouled itself for a few seconds.
In my next area I got hit hard and had a fish peel out a bit of line. After a great fight I landed a 20″ wild rainbow, which I released. Beautiful dark fish! I felt fairly lucky having what action I had. Given that some of the top producing areas I usually fish were not productive for me, I’d rate the fishing as fair. We’ll see how the rest of the season shapes up. Before I went in, I did find a couple perch for dinner.
Cayuga Lake out of Myers: The water level here on Cayuga is low – it’s at around 382′, which is launchable but won’t be for long with my boat and a passenger or two. Had some good fishing with my friend Todd today. We worked fairly shallow water with tube jigs and bladebaits and managed some solid, good looking lake trout, a 20″+ salmon and even a bonus pike! Water temp was around 46/47 if I remember right.