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  1. Datacenters generate lots of heat and need cooling. Maybe lake water will flow there again before too long.
  2. Just to echo a few of the above comments.. I went out yesterday, saw lots of marks and had plenty of follows, but only could get 4 to bite.. Just seemed like they were not much interested. Turned off just like that. And I had never had a double digit day in 8 years of trying until this past weekend. Perhaps since they are trout, they are selective in what they eat at any given time and you have to 'match the hatch' like you do stream fishing for really spectacular catches. Especially on Keuka with sawbellies in decline, they might be eating perch fry, crawfish, emerging mayfly nymps, mysis shrimp, or (maybe?) the recently stocked cisco. I have had the most laker hits after dropping slowly to bottom, letting the jig rest for a count of ten, and then giving it little lifts like (I imagine) a crawfish or sculpin would look like that had been scared out of a hidey hole on bottom. A smaller share on the retrieve.. (three quick turns of the crank, rest, repeat), and a very few on the drop (and missed half of those hits). I am also using a smaller lighter jig than previous (3/8 oz).. I would not in Seneca or Cayuga however, or if fishing deeper than 50-70 feet.
  3. Had a blast jigging for lakers on Keuka Lake this past weekend.. Boated about three dozen in three days. Nearly all the fish were caught in 50-65 FOW, near bottom, though one chased the jig up and smacked it at a depth of 20 feet. All were the typical size for Keuka: 18-24 inches. Don't know what they were eating as they were all released. First day I found a bunch of fish in one location, next couple of days they were more scattered and had to try several spots, getting a few each place. This is all on the east arm. Saw a few boats trolling and a few flipping docks for bass.. Anyone else do anything?
  4. I find the wind on Keuka (east arm anyway) tends to blow up or down the lake more than you would expect, even though the weather forecast reports NW or SW winds. With a NW wind I would stick to the west shore as you suggested, if you are looking for less chop/drift, but don't be surprised if it is blowing down the lake. That's not all bad though. With the right wind, it can work out so you drift by the docks are just the right speed to fish them without using the trolling motor a lot.
  5. I plan to upgrade my old boat net with a new bag. Both PVC coated and rubber types are said to be less damaging to the fish (I mostly C&R) and less prone to tangling hooks and tackle. Prices are about the same. This shows the different options: https://www.egofishing.com/replacement-parts/?filters=mesh_pvc_coated_nylon Any pros or cons from people that have used either one?
  6. I saw several boats out trolling during the FLTA tourney Sunday on Keuka. One I noticed was running two sets of planer boards. I thought those were mainly for winter/spring after the lake turns over and fish are in the top 20-30 feet. I'm curious if they were running lures deeper off of them somehow, or conversely were picking up fish higher up? Not a troller myself, just curious.
  7. Two more data points. The KLA website shows a temp of 57 degrees on the east branch yesterday (measured 20 feet down at the Penn Yan water intake.) And yesterday afternoon in 6 inches of water near shore (east branch), the water temp was 61.
  8. 1970s classic outboard for sale, can trace pedigree back to first owner. New fuel pump installed 8-10 years ago, ran great afterwards, but has been stored unused in a dry basement for several years now. Crack in the housing as shown in photos, has been that way for years and years, does not affect closing the cover or engine performance. Gas tank and hose included. Located in Elmira area, will drive as far as Binghamton, Geneva, Dansville.. if you are further away then meet in the middle. Asking $550.
  9. In reference to the "empty stomachs" observations.. This has been the case in fish I've caught since the hard winters of '14 and '15 in which Keuka froze over most of its length. DEC attributes this event to the decline in sawbellies and lakers. When I have looked at stomach contents I've found a sludge or mush that looks like fish poop. Put a sample of that in a bowl with some water, stir it up, and you will find a bunch of mysis shrimp. They are about the size of a very small ant. This is what the lakers are eating. The shrimp live near lake bottom during the day, and migrate up the water column at night, forming rather tight bands which makes it easier to eat.
  10. Fishbowl - If this guy is still around, he does amazing work: http://www.catchandreleasefishreproductions.com
  11. BulletBob - Thanks for this post. My fly rod was failing me this past weekend on Keuka, so I went 'old school' and got some worms and crayfish.. Had a blast catching rockies, sunfish, bass, & perch.
  12. Finally got a laker.. accidentally. Was out Sat. AM after bass and panfish, started in shallow and it was slow, so trolling motored out toward deeper water looking for fish on the fish finder.. Didn't see anything till 42 FOW. Looked like the top edge of steep drop off and several marks on the screen. It was a bit breezy so I threw a small brown jig downwind and let it sink. When the boat caught up to it, I reeled up the slack, and shazam, there was a fish on. Turned out to be a decent lake trout! I have caught one or two like that over the past several years, but was very surprised nonetheless. And.. like every laker I've caught in the past couple of years, no fish in the stomach just some brown goo. Must be eating shrimp or insect larvae..
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