Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen 6/8 AM


Guided James and his friend Sean for an early 1/2 day starting at 5:30 am. We targeted northern pike – a species which the guys had never caught before. (They’re from the west coast.) We worked 5 to 6 areas and found some pike just about everywhere, though the best action was on the south end. 4 fish were landed up to about 28″ or 29″, though most were in the 23″ to 25″ range. Spoons and swimbaits yielded the most action. The catching was OK but the fishing was better. Some nice hits were missed and a couple really good fish hit and/or followed the guys, so the pace was steady. We had a lot of fun and the weather was absolutely perfect. Seneca will offer good pike fishing right into July, but picking the right days and getting an early start (or fishing late) will be important. A bonus perch was also caught. A few trollers were out but overall fishing pressure was light. A couple boats also appeared to be targeting pike.