Seneca Lake shorefishing 1/16

Reports

Got out with my buddy Mike and we hit three different shore areas for trout/salmon using our fly-gear. In our first area we each hooked up (possibly the same fish but I am not sure) and Mike wound up landing an 18" brown trout (with attached small lamprey.) Apart from the attached lamprey, it was in good condition – nice and chunky. He let it go. That was only luck we had. The conditions turned calm which usually makes for very tough fly-fishing.

I think we'll see fair fishing for browns, salmon and rainbows on Seneca Lake this year. I am guessing the Memorial Derby will likely be won by a big brown trout again this year. With the low laker numbers and abundant forage we may start seeing more trophy fish come out of Seneca. I will likely check on things with my boat here over the next couple weeks. Again, I blame a lot of last year's poor fishing on low laker numbers, high baitfish abundance, high lamprey numbers and poor water clarity during most of the summer. The lake's transperency has been declining in the summer months due to more blue-green algae. On the flipside, the lake is clearer than ever in the early spring/late winter.