Seneca Lake Sampson Report 4/1


Lake trout fishing is getting better and better. I fished solo today and I field tested some low stretch lines and new rods in order to see what works best on these deep fish. Fishing was very good today and in 3.5 hours of lake trout jigging I landed 7 fish up to 29″ long (probably 7 to 8lbs. for that one!) Smallest fish was 17.5″ and all but 2 fish were unclipped. Over the past 2 to 3 years all stocked lakers in Seneca Lake have been fin-clipped. Before that the percentage was around 50%. So I’m guessing around half my fish were wild. I used large white tubes on custom made jigheads and 8lb. test. I had very good results with “P-Line Flouro-coated monofilament” and “Spiderwire Mono”. Both lines performed flawlessly. I tried Bass Pro Shops XPS Flourocarbon as a mainline last time out and was not impressed. The line frays and didn’t handle too well. A low-stretch thin mono or co-polymer is the way to go. H2O is still around 37. Winds were somewhat variable out of the West and North or a combo of the two.