Skaneateles Lake 11/10


Guided Kevin and his mom Sarah for a 1/2 day starting just after 8:30 am.  One other boat had launched out of the state launch before we arrived.  We never saw another boat on the water all day long.  Fishing started out slowly for the first 90 minutes or so and then picked up.  We had good action on smallmouth bass primarily with jerkbaits.  Kevin caught two fish over 17″ long.  We had some nice perch on the morning as well, one taken on a jerkbait and a few other jumbos on hair jigs.

Sarah had a good time and managed to hook up with a couple of fish. She had plenty of chases on her soft jerkbait (Superfluke.)  No sign of trout, which wasn’t encouraging given that water temperatures were prime for rainbows, lakers and salmon.  We had 49-to-51-degree water throughout the lake.  We saw a bald eagle and a loon today, which is always nice.

I brought a few cigars and outfits to try after the trip. Kevin wasn’t sure how long his mother would want to stay out.  She was having a good time, so we completed the half-day trip.  After the trip, I fished a bit on my own staying up north.  I had some decent action on smallmouth bass and yellow perch, all on hair-jigs.  Again – no sign of trout, which isn’t good.  We didn’t encounter any walleyes either.  My fear on this lake is that we’ll have just enough walleyes to decimate the trout population, but not enough to provide a great fishery.  We’ll see if that comes to fruition.  I hope to get out here again shortly and give it a longer, more thorough effort.

Sarah nabs a smallmouth bass on a jerkbait

Kevin with a Skaneateles Lake solid!

Another chunk from Skaneateles Lake

Kevin had his mojo workin’ on Skaneateles Lake with the jerkbaits!  At times he seemed to be nabbing one every cast.  Smallmouth bass and yellow perch fishing is very good on Skaneateles Lake right now.  Docks are scheduled to come out this coming week.