Seneca Lake shorefishing 2/22


It’s been so long since I’ve been fishing, I’m surprised I haven’t forgotten how to write a report! It’s been below freezing for close to 6 weeks here in the Finger Lakes Region. I’ve had to work (at Cornell) during the few decent days we’ve had, so I was stoked to get out.

I took a drive to check on a couple of my favorite Seneca Lake shorefishing areas. I did a bit of fly-casting and managed to hook and land one nice 28″ laker. Nice fight! I kept the fish and a stomach check revealed (2) 5.5″ sunfish, and a bunch of smaller sunnies as well as a few minnows. The meat was a nice bright orange and the fish did have a couple lamprey marks. The fish hit one of my chartreuse flashwing bionic smelt flies.

The water level on the lake was low. I was going to take a water temp, but I forgot. Didn’t see any perch fishermen out today. It must have taken close to an hour to get my fly-casting back in shape. Now I know how many of you must feel when you aren’t able to cast on a regular basis!