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  1. guff

    Keuka Keuka jigging

    Hi Sk8 - In the process of gutting them on the lake I saw quite a bit of digested material in the stomach. I did not take the time to check it out more closely so not sure what it was. Definitely not sawbellies. Have seen tiny shrimp in them in the past. Will check it out next week more thoroughly. Just my opinion but my theory is that because Keuka lakers do not eat sawbellies they are less oily and top notch eating. Just my thought, probably wrong. Did find sawbellies in stomachs once this winter in the west branch but have not seen any since.
  2. Well finally some good news. Boated 5 lakers and lost one at the boat. Also 4 or 5 bumps yesterday at the Penn Yan end of the lake (70 - 90 fow).They liked white or green tube. Impressive number of laker blips on my ff. Also good number of small bait balls. Lot of suspended laker blips just under the thermocline. Normal size lakers for Keuka (less than 22 inches ) but will be some good eating tomorrow after marinate in lemongarlicious and charcoal grill. Do not normally fish the east branch but looks like I need to hit it more often.
  3. guff

    Keuka 6/23

    A week or so after my above report I hit the same area and zero luck. Really feeling Keuka is in a real down mode. I love to fish there. 15 minutes from home and super tasty lakers but also like to get some fish. Switching to north end of Seneca now. Hope to do better there.
  4. guff

    Jigging reports for Cayuga?

    Had almost the exact same experience Friday out of Long Point as PCPete. Good news was that based on my ff there are a lot of lake trout north of the point, just not cooperative.
  5. guff

    Keuka 6/23

    Got 6 jigging and had bumps from 2 more Thursday am on a solo trip. They took a limetreuse tube jig I make up with a 1oz trolling sinker up inside it and sharp treble hook at the back end. Talked to a guy that was trolling right over the spot where i just hooked one. Said he had fished for 3 days and no trout. Bite really dropped off at noon. Also they were deep for the most part. 110 to 140 fow.
  6. guff

    Keuka What happen to this guy?

    See eagles and Osprey on Keuka quite often these days.
  7. Lot of concern over the last couple of years relative to the sawbelly population on Keuka. Good news on that front Tuesday. Only managed one laker jigging that day but the one I got had 7 good sized saw bellies inside in him. Was fishing at the Branchport end.
  8. guff

    Seneca dead fish

    Will be interesting to see the results from the DEC 2017 Seneca Lake fish diaries. I sent mine in a couple weeks ago. I for one cut way down on my trips to Seneca because of the decrease in the lake trout catch.
  9. guff

    Keuka Jigging 12/2

    Think time of year is important. Have had good results in the same area in December in past years.
  10. guff

    Keuka Jigging 12/2

    Had similar results jigging at the Branchport end. Lots and lots of lakers showing up on both the east and west sides.
  11. guff

    Keuka FLTA 9/24

    Along with the hard winters, a major flood hit Keuka in mid May, 2014. It turned the lake to chocolate brown, especially the shallower areas where the sawbellies spawn. Several heavy rain events occurred after that which kept the lake from clearing up. I remember thinking to myself at the time that the super muddy water would have to affect the fishing somehow. Possibly the combination of two hard winters and super dirty water at spawning time was a knock out punch for the sawbellies?? Who knows?
  12. guff

    Seneca noob

    Really anywhere north of Roys in 90-120 fow has worked for me jigging lakers in the past. Probably south also but I launch at the north end. Look for laker marks on your ff below 60 feet. but note that 75% of lakers are right on the bottom and you do not see them until you drop your jig down to them. If you google "The Cayuga Fisher" you will find a tutorial on jigging done by Hermit on this site. Also I buy all my jigs (super sharp) and paddletails from him. Good luck.
  13. guff

    Seneca noob

    Jigging is a blast. Cast a 1 oz (sharp) jig with Chartreuse Lunker City Shaker downwind while you drift. Watch your ff. As a laker comes off the bottom, start reeling just before he gets to your jig and hold on.
  14. guff

    Seneca lake new marina

    At the Chamber site, even a porti potty would be nice. I switched to the state park. They have facilities open most of the time. Us old guys need that.
  15. I marinate my lakers in Lemon Garlicious marinade (State Fair) I get at Tops and charcoal grill within 2-3 days after catching. Have had a lot of people say "Man, that is some good fish". Think it is key to put them on ice right after catching them.