Skaneateles Lake 5/23


Guided the Hermans for a full day. Fishing was slow for us to start on the lake’s north end. There are good numbers of smallmouths around as well as rockbass. A minor fish kill of primarily rock bass did occur recently on the lake’s north end, likely due to some virus. Working down the lake produced plenty of good sized – 11″ to 14″ (mostly 13″ to 14″!) yellow perch. John and Eleonore also caught around a dozen nice smallmouths (from 13″ to 16″ primarily) and 4 nice lakers to 20″. Fishing improved as the day went on.

Green pumpkin tube jigs fished on 1/4 oz jig heads did the trick. Drop-shotting produced a rock bass and a jerkbait produced a smallie. No rainbows or salmon in the mix today despite the favorable water temps (48 to 56) and winds. We did best fishing deeper water – 17′ to 24′ with the jigs.