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  1. I would like to do some lake trout jigging on Cayuga Lake out of Cayuga Lake State Park in my kayak but I see on their web site that entry is 7 bucks and then a 7 buck launch fee. Is that correct? If it is, is there somewhere at the North end that a Kayak can launch and get to deeper water within a mile without paying 14 bucks? Was on Canandaigua lake yesterday fishing other species and could not believe all the dead fish I saw. over 100 rock bass, blue gill, perch and small mouth all floating along in a line with a string of debris of leaves and twigs and such. So hate seeing that.
  2. Is it worth a 2.5 hour drive to Long Point for lake trout tomorrow or is the lake a muddy mess from all the rain? Thanks for any updates.
  3. Fished Cayuga lake this past weekend for lakers with my father in law and his friend. We launched from Dean's Cove and fished mainly around the launch in 30 - 70 FOW. We fished both Sunday and Monday, and we caught fish on each day, but didn't really crush it either day. On Sunday we caught 5 fish (4 lakers and 1 rainbow), and on Monday we caught 2 lakers. We don't troll so all of the fish were caught vertically jigging. What techniques do you guys use for jigging? Are you mainly bouncing the jig on the bottom or is it a drop and retrieve type of fishing? My father in law had the most hits and he mainly jigs close to the bottom, but I've had some days were I caught more fish on the retrieve instead of bottom bouncing. We also marked a lot of bait.
  4. Finally had a chance to get on the water after a couple busy weeks. All 3 of my high school/college age kids had to work today so was left to go solo but no regrets as glad they are willing to work some to help with college costs. Launched from Dean's a little after six and headed North. Surface water temp at 58. The fog was super thick so set up in deeper water then worked back in 100-150 fow for the first half of the trip as nervous about the poor visibility with no copilot. Flasher fly on the dipsey was attracting lake trout set at a 2 back 195-225. One 29" fish really hammered it and somehow caused the mono leader to wrap around the wire above the dipsey. Just as I was trying to net him along side the boat the wire snapped and he drifted back with fly, flasher, and dipsey. Fortunately, I had a rigger rod set on that side of the boat so purposely let the fish and dipsey get snagged around the line. Reeled it up and managed to bring in the fish and the gear! That one was the big fish of the day with a 26" second place. Both were beautifully colored native fish. Wished I could take pictures but not enough hands coupled with the rain made it too tough to get done. Still have no clue how the mono managed to wrap around the wire above the dipsey..... anyone else have that happen? Once the fog started to lift worked in the 40-80 fow range but only found a few smaller lake trout hitting spoons. The rain kept on most of the morning but it stayed warm enough with minimal wind so kept at it until 10 then decided time to get in and dry up a little. To all you Dads out there have a great Father's Day!!
  5. Went to do a little recon mission yesterday. Launched at 630 and pulled lines at 1100. Slow pick however the few we got were quality. The water is changing fast and the next few weeks are when it changes the most so from here on out it can be different every day for a few weeks. We landed a boat best 9lb landlock that was just full of piss and vinegar from the hit to the net. Also a 7lb brown and a 4.5lb landlock and a 5lb laker although we were doing our best to avoid them. All fish were released to fight another day!
  6. Planning on heading to Cayuga tomorrow morning to do some jigging for lakers. Only got out a handful of times last year (August time frame) and launched at Taughannock Falls. I've never launched from anywhere else on Cayuga, so i was curious about Dean's? Is this a public launch? We have a 21' Tracker Targa. Also, i know this time of year can be a little more difficult because the fish are spread out so much, but is there a general depth range we should try to target to get started? Please feel free to PM me if you'd rather. Thanks! Sean
  7. July 13-14 Perhaps someone more computer savvy can paste the entry form. Its run out of Bears bait in Lansing.
  8. A little late but still might be helpful..... Took my girlfriend's dad out last weekend out of Deans Cove and fished south around 180-140 FOW, riggers parked at 120 and 90. Fished for 2 hours and only had one hookup at 165 FOW on a green FF. Lots of bait near bottom and top of water column with marks all around. Water surface 52° F and 120 down 45° F. No takers on spoons or stick baits. Decent fish but really nice colors.
  9. Hello was wondering if anyone has been out of taughannock lately trolling with spoons and how they’ve been making out. Thinking of coming up tomorrow. Thanks In advance.
  10. My family and friends are renting a cottage on Cayuga in August. Whenever I've rented cottages before I've been able to park the trailer at the cottage but won't be able to this time. I plan on launching the boat at Long Point State Park. Anyone know if it would be a problem to leave the trailer at the park for the week? I think Don's marina is just south of the cottage so that might be another alternative. Thanks.
  11. Hi all, just moved to Interlaken right off Cayuga Lake. i bought a used ShoreStation 3600 boat lift and need to have it installed. Any suggestions? We live right on a cliff, making installation a bit challenging. Thanks in advance, Rick
  12. Hi guys, I fish Lake Ontario all the time, where we occasionally stumble upon an Atlantic or two. Now I've got the itch to try specifically for Atlantic's in Cayuga. I have never been to any of the finger lakes to fish. Any suggestions where to launch, and what works best this time of year? Also, how's the boat traffic? I am guessing it gets pretty busy around Memorial Day?
  13. Hi All - My father-in-law just bought a new boat, and we're looking to do a bit of fishing over the memorial day weekend. His home lake is Seneca, but I think I'll be pushing to fish more on the North side of Cayuga (Thinking of launching at either the state park or Dean's cove). It'd be great to get into some perch for a fish fry, so can people recommend spring time patterns that I should look for? Any kind of depth ranges to focus on? I primarily fish saltwater as I live in NYC, so freshwater is fairly new to me (trying to read and learn as much as I can.) If perch fishing doesn't work out, I wouldn't mind targeting some LMB. Can anyone let me know if the LMB are prespawn right now? I've fished the north end of Cayuga off my kayak once, and caught a few LMB on a keitech. It was during the summer months though. Here's a quick clip of my LMB on Cayuga.... Appreciate any help. Have a great holiday weekend, and for those fishing the Lake Trout Derby on Seneca, good luck!
  14. Attached is the entry form for Barney and Bear's 33rd Annual Trout Derby, May 18th and 19th, 2019. You can sign up at Bear's Baits, located at Myers Park in Lansing New York. Attached is the entry form below. Any questions please contact Bear at 607-387-5576. Barney and Bear's 33nd Annual Trout Derby.pdf
  15. Here's my report for Cayuga out of the South end. We hit the water around 8:30am. We had a slow start in the AM, hence the late start time. The ramps still have quite a bit of debris washed up, but we cleared a path easily enough. Water levels were good and we had no problem getting out. The inlet is in its typical 6-10' range. There's still plenty of debris floating around out there, FYI. Headed out and started trolling in 150-200 FOW. Plenty of good marks and bait out there. Not a single fish wanted to cooperate. We threw every kind of Moonshine spoon, fly/flasher, and Little Cleo that we had at them. Dipsy's and riggers. We also hit the shoreline on the east side of the lake with stick baits off the planer boards. Not a thing. I typically don't get out and troll this early in the year. I only talked to one other guy and he said he got skunked too. Just chalk it up to an off day? Anyone got any early season advice? Should've went turkey hunting instead!
  16. Just curious, does anyone catch eyes on the north end of Cayuga? I have my boat up by union Springs this year and thought it would be neat to try for them.
  17. Long story short, the family was supposed to go on vacation next week but our plans got canceled. I bought a new to me boat last year, its an Alumacraft 145 fisherman with a 25 hp tiller. Anyway I want to try and get my boat out with my son at some point next week and try jigging for lakers on Cayuga. We will be driving from Big Flats and just wondering if anyone would share a good starting location. I have jigged lakers on Keuka a few times but never tried Cayuga. We have been hitting the fish in the streams pretty good but I am really excited to get out on my boat!! Any tips for fishing Cayuga, if they are different than Keuka would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Mike
  18. Is there a live bait shop near Lansing ? Or anywhere between Dryden and Ithaca/ Thanks in advance for any info.
  19. I’m new to the lake, I’d like to now what size flashers are you using? Same as Ontario? Also Christmas trees/ gambler setups, are you fishing on bottom? Ever suspended? Thanks in advance, I’d like to get out there in May when I get the boat out, I’m geared for Ontario.
  20. Late Saturday night at the track so slept in this morning. Such a great day I just had to get on the water. Launched at Dean's and lines wet by 10:30. Worked the shallow water for an hour hoping the overcast and little chop on the water might help but nothing doing. Didnt mark much bait and water temps at 36-37 even in shallow so maybe need a little warmer? Early Spring fishing is all new for me. Hopefully will get an idea of what the silvers like over the next month. Wind died off and lake went flat so worked out to 100 fow and started finding active lake trout. The biggest of the day was also the first of the day. Hammered a white flasher/fly off a dipsey set #2 out 200. Took a few minutes to get that one in and the next hour and a half was non-stop with fish taking the dipsey rig as first choice but downrigger with spoon and the long copper with a flasher/fly were firing too. I was spent at a Baker's dozen, all fish were in the 100-130 fow corridor. Scooted out towards the middle to take a peek but the screen was pretty much blank from 140 fow all the way out past 250 and back. Home by 2. Now time to try another recipe in the new smoker!
  21. Launched at Cayuga Lake park today. Not easy getting boat in. When I came back to launch two boats tried to launch and gave up. I ended up getting stuck in mud when trying to approach the south side launch. The water is very low and anything larger than a 16-17 boat will be difficult. Ended up getting 9 keeper perch and many pickerel.
  22. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up do NOT use the far south launch ramp at Treman. There is a log at the end that myself and another boat both kissed with our props this morning. No damage was caused at least to my rig however I would hate to see someone do damage! Water is still low aswell so be careful on any of the ramps and on your way out!
  23. Launched and loaded my Fishmaster 196 at Treman today. Yep, the water is low but I got in and out with no more than a lot of mud being stirred up. trolled east side up to the salt plant. Mixed bag of small LL, small rainbows, nice 6lb laker and a nice 5lb brown. LL on sticks, everything else on spoons. Fished 15FOW out to 75FOW. South end water temp was 36.6 and 37.1 at salt plant. Absolute gorgeous day on the water. One other boat trolling and one boat perch fishing. Bite died off for us around 1:00.
  24. Finally some free time and decent weather to get on the lake. Water level was up enough to launch from Dean's so saved a half-hour plus drive each way when going to Taughannock. Started out working the shallow water with some stickbaits and spoons but nothing happening. Worked out deeper and found groups of actively feeding lake trout in 100-130 fow. Searched for a bit out to 250 fow but never found any big bait pods. Went back to the 1/2 mile stretch with the areas of feeding fish and had a great time bringing a dozen fish in. The first pic was a double, off dipsey #2 setting out 200 and a 500 copper. All fish went for flasher/fly except pic 2 who hammered this new spoon from the set sent to me by Jonathan Ross of Hawks Custom tackle. I asked him to send a starter set for Cayuga lake. So far so good! 👍
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