Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen 3/10


Guided a full day with Ron and Matt starting around 8 am. Salmon action was pretty slow to start with each guy having a hook-up and landing one between the two of them. A few other hits were missed. After covering a lot of water, Matt had a couple hits then landed a sublegal brown trout.

We tried a little deep laker jigging with mediocre results. A fair number of lakers were on bottom from around 120′ to 160′. Ron appeared to have a hold of one or two for a few seconds before the fish were dropped. Conditions were trying at best with strong southerlies and very little sun.

When we went back to the salmon fishing, the bite improved considerably with good numbers of fish moving in. The guys landed another 12 to 13 fish up to 17.5″, though most were just sublegal. We kept one around 16″. My buddy Mike was fly-fishing and managed 3 solid fish from around 18″ to 22″, so some good fish were around. Our fish came on stickbaits and jigs.

Water temps are around 39/40. Perch action was reportedly pretty slow today out of Watkins, but I didn’t talk to many people. Mike fished Taughannock for a couple hours and didn’t see anything.

Salmon fishing on Seneca Lake thus far this season hasn’t been on a par with the tremendous fishing we experienced in 2011. But there are a lot of fish around, although on some days you might not think so. If these fish do well this spring and summer, we should see some great salmon fishing on Seneca Lake next winter.