Skaneateles Lake 9/18 + Cayuga out of Taughannock 9/19
Skaneateles Lake 9/18: Guided Mike and Steve for the full day. They have a house on the lake and wanted to get a few different approaches for smallmouth fishing. I had them working tubes, superflukes and dropshots. The techniques produced smallmouths up to just over 17″. No great numbers today, but the guys landed at least a half dozen solid fish. Fish were fairly well distributed from around 8′ out to 32′ of water. Drop shotting also produced some rock bass (as did the tubes.) We tried some lake trout jigging. We marked fish and had light hits, but no fish hooked or landed. Fishing will improve here as the water cools. We used Berkely Gulpand Powerbait on the dropshots, green pumpkin Bass Pro Shops tubes on 1/4 oz jigheads and white Superflukes with 5/0 BPS offset hooks.
Cayuga Lake 9/19: Guided Greg, who has joined me for at least 1/2 dozen trips over the years. We were hoping for some lakers and browns. Laker fishing started slow at 7:00 am with overcast skies. Excellent numbers of fish are around the park, but action is getting hot/cold. Greg hooked a couple good fish and landed one aroudn 25″. We tried some areas for browns without any hookups. By 1 pm we were fishing lakers again. The bite picked up a bit and Greg landed a couple more nice fish and missed/lost a few. Fish were in heavy numbers out to over 115′. Most fish are deeper than 95′ around the park. Shakers in smelt, purple and white worked well. Greg worked a spoon too, but had no hits on it – just a bunch of mussels!