Cayuga Lake out of Long Point 5/31
Guided back to back 1/2 day trips today starting just after 7 am. My AM trip was with Glady and Donna and we had an excellent morning of jigging mostly large fish. 11 fish made it to the net with another 7 or 8 lost. The first fish was around 19" but the rest all pretty much ran 27" to 29" – some real pigs! Loads of baitfish were in shallow.
My PM trip with the Hermans was slower. We wound up with 4 lakers total, a couple of which were very solid 27" to 28" fish. Bait had moved out. The AM bite was much hotter. I often get asked "What's better – morning or afternoon?" It all depends on the given day, but usually the AM is a safer bet. But I have had many a day over the years when the fish just didn't start hitting well until later. It depends on the time of year and the hourly as well as nightly conditions with wind, sunlight and cloud cover. H20 temps on top are in the upper 50s. That usually spells the end for most shoreline casting, though occasionally conditions get good off creek mouths or points especially after winds move some water plateaus around and the colder (upper 40s/low 50s) water gets exposed up on top.