Skaneateles Lake 7/6


Did 1/2 day trip with Pete and his brother Doug today. The weathermen were wrong and on the way to the State Launch I was met with rain and occasional lightning flashes. Things cleared up shortly and we were on our way. The guys had no problems picking up the tube jigging and jerkbait techniques. Plenty of smallmouth bass were landed – most fish running around 12″ to 15″. We saw a few bigger ones (pushing 18″) and Doug landed a nice one over 16″. Milfoil eradication efforts are going full-bore with three pontoon boats clearing the invasive weeds. Scuba divers use underwater vacuums! The tube bite was great and the jerkbait bite was also hot. Water temps are in the low 60s. Best fishing for us was from 8′ to around 18′ of water. Lots of nice rock bass are around and we even had a rare (mid-lake) bite-off from an apparent pickerel.