Skaneateles Lake 10/6


What a great day! It felt awesome just being out on the lake. Blue skies, gorgeous water and vivid colors all along the lake shore. Fall foliage is just starting to hit its peak with colors. Most areas are still pre-peak, but parts of the lake are peaking with some vivid red colors starting to show. As for the fishing….

The fishing was very good. I was on a “catch ’em and eat ’em” mission; I just haven’t eaten much fish lately, and I love fish! It didn’t take long to catch a limit (3) of wild lake trout. The fish are small and slow growing here, but they are beautiful and taste great. My fish were all around 17″ to 18″ long. They hit jigs fished in around 65′ to 90′ of water. Very few anglers target lakers on this lake. The exception would be in the late fall, when they are stacked on points. Most people fish perch, bass and rainbows/salmon.

Yellow perch and smallmouth bass were active in around 18′ of water give or take. I caught these fish nearly everywhere I fished. They were biting well and dropshot rigs and hair/plastic jigs produced the best. I didn’t encounter any rainbows or landlocked salmon. Water temps are still a bit warm on top to draw many up high. However, water temps are falling QUICKLY and if we keep getting these cold nights I expect salmon and trout to start showing up within a week or two.