Seneca out of Watkins 1/4


Got out for a half day in the afternoon today. I worked landlocked salmon for a couple hours. No great shakes. I had a bit of action on the fly-rod – 4 or 5 hits from probably at least 3 different fish, but I couldn’t hook any of them. That usually tells me that the fish were small – around 15″ or less. One hit felt pretty solid. Winds weren’t quite what I needed today for good salmon fishing so I tried some other things.

I spent part of the day searching for lake trout. It’s nice to have an alternative to the salmon and pike fishing on Seneca’s south end. I hooked one laker I thought was small enough to swing on board a la bass fishing. It was bigger than I thought, but I said “what the heck I’m using 12lb. test”. As I swung the 3lb. fish over the side of the boat he shook then broke off and fell back into the water. Needless to say I felt like an idiot. But that’s how it goes…

Shore anglers report sporadically good crappie action on the docks near the Watkins Pier. Today was slow. Water level is low, and temps are around 42/43.