Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen 4/2

Fish Species , Tips & Tricks , Travel

Got back out to Watkins Glen, this time with my friend Mike. We brought fly-gear but with the forecast high winds we wound up using spinning tackle all day long. We fished from 11:30 am til around 7 pm. Salmon fishing continues to be good. We found fish in the same areas as last week. We had more follows from better fish than last time. Mike dropped a dime silver salmon around 20″ when it started going wild near the boat. I managed to land two fish – a lamprey ravaged 16+1/2″er and a clean 17″er. I lost one “octopus” salmon that appeared to have 2 to 3 attached lampreys. I wound up snagging one of the lampreys as my hook pulled out of the fish. They were small lampreys – basically this year’s class. Stickbaits and swimbaits raised the fish.

Lake temps remain cold – the warmest water we found was around 40 degrees. Lake level is very good. Virtually nobody is fishing this lake. A local sheriff stopped by and asked us how the fishing was. We were the first boat he’d seen out in quite some time! We finished off the day with some perch fishing and did well.