Skaneateles Lake 4/4 midday


Got out with my old pal Craig (who now lives across the country) from around 11:15 am til about 4:45 pm. We fished out of his dad's Skeeter. He wanted to check on the electronics he'd just installed to see whether all was working well, so we took his boat instead of mine. Winds were honking pretty good out of the north and our tip top guides were freezing up during the first few hours of our day. We picked up a few perch in various areas. We hit an old favorite area and each caught solid rainbows on jigs – I had a 23" male and he got a 19" female. Likely a pair – both were spawned out and didn't have a lot of zip to them. Both were wild fish. I also managed a beautiful 19" laker. My buddy Mike was out here a week or so ago a couple of times and did very well on perch on one occasion and fair on another. He also nabbed a good rainbow. The trend of fewer but larger rainbow trout continues on this lake, likely due to walleye predation of newly hatched and stocked rainbows. I will try to get back here soon when the weather is a little more conducive to putting in a long day, hitting a lot of areas and doing some fly-fishing. H2O temps were cold – 36 degrees. Water level is ok – maybe slightly low.