Skaneateles Lake 10/16 PM


Got out here on my own for around 4 hours this afternoon.  The weather forecast looked pretty iffy with winds out of the north from 10 to 15 mph and drizzle/showers expected for most of the day.  I did get the wind, but the rain kept to the south, east and west.  I never had to put on my raingear.  My rig was the only one at the state launch when I launched and when I came back in.  I never saw another recreational boat out on the lake today.

I was hoping to nab a walleye or two, but it didn’t happen.  Conditions were good for them as far as I could tell.  Unfortunately, there’s only so much I can do in 4 hours on the lake.  The trip started well with a follow from what appeared to be a solid rainbow on my 3rd or 4th cast.  I did land a couple of nice 13″ yellow perch, plenty of rock bass, a few nice smallmouths and even a 26″ chain pickerel!  Spring and fall fishing on this lake can produce some pretty cool mixed-bags of fish.  I pretty much stuck to a tube-jig today, although I did throw a jerkbait for a bit.  I did not try to target smallmouths at all today – really just shot for walleyes.

Fall foliage is near peak here.  Surface temperatures on the lake are 61/62.  Lake level is good and thankfully the docks are still in.