Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen 9/26
Guided the Hermans for 1/2 day. Pike fishing featured a good AM bite then slower fishing. John hooked 3 solid fish and managed to land 2. The pike were heading right into the weeds after hitting his lure. About 8′ to 15′ was decent. Water temps ranged from 59 to 62 on the lake. Average pike was 27″. Pike fishing will only get better as the season progresses!
After the trip I fished another 3 to 4 hours. I tried a few different areas and tactics. I landed a couple more to 29″. Also lost at least 3 or 4 fish. Spoons, stickbaits and plastics did the trick. A friend reported some perch starting to hit.
Shore fishing at the Watkins Pier has been good for undersized smallmouth bass and rockbass. Good place to take the kids fishing. There are strong classes of young smallmouth bass on this lake and hopefully we’ll see some good bass fishing here in the future.