Skaneateles Lake 5/17 WOW!!!


Best fishing I’ve had all year – bar none! This lake is smokin’ right now. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to throw hair jigs for 12″ to 13″+ perch or streamers for rainbows and salmon. Everything was pounding the hair jigs – lakers, rainbows (to 22″+), salmon, and perch. Water temp = 43 degrees. Points are swarming with salmon – mostly 15″ fish give or take. Rainbows are done spawning and are hungry. Perch haven’t spawned yet for the most part but are ready to go – I landed at least 16 keepers and over 20 fish total and I only fished from 12:45 to 6:45. Lakers are up relatively shallow looking for food. Bass are up too. What more could anyone want? I landed around 9 keeper trout/salmon and lost at least that many too. Released a gorgeous 22″ + rainbow! Too much fun! Fly-fishing was great with type 4 sinking lines and a bionic perch fly. Fish were energetic – I had 2 rainbows jump at least 3′ out of the water! This is what May fishing is all about! I expect this bite(minus the perch)to hold up for another 2 weeks or so. Once the lake warms up too much, these fish will scatter. The perch bite will probably end quickly as they should be spawning any day now.