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This is my first fall fishing the finger lakes and today was my first trip at the northend because I wanted to avoid the FLTA tournament in woodville! 
 

We found water temps in the 40s about 90 feet down and started our laker program with cheaters on the upper lines for about an hour with no luck. We switched up things a bit and put on my glow green spindoctor with a silver mag and immediately we got a release and then another with 2 lakers.  
 

about 930 we swapped out to the flasher fly program at the same depths and we pulled up 2 nice rainbows. Maybe the temps changed but what were those bows doing down so deep? 
 

strange.  

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31 minutes ago, adesalvo said:

This is my first fall fishing the finger lakes and today was my first trip at the northend because I wanted to avoid the FLTA tournament in woodville! 
 

We found water temps in the 40s about 90 feet down and started our laker program with cheaters on the upper lines for about an hour with no luck. We switched up things a bit and put on my glow green spindoctor with a silver mag and immediately we got a release and then another with 2 lakers.  
 

about 930 we swapped out to the flasher fly program at the same depths and we pulled up 2 nice rainbows. Maybe the temps changed but what were those bows doing down so deep? 
 

strange.  

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Good question on the rainbows being deep.  On Cayuga yesterday and 2 weeks ago took rainbows on spoons and flies down 75 to 90 feet in 100-200 fow.   I also noted very little on the screen from the surface down to 50 feet, so perhaps the fish are just following the bait.   Maybe others can chime in on if this can be a Fall pattern.

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I was there on the west side and marked a lot of bait with fish mixed in and nearby in the 70 -90 ft range. I caught 3 rainbows and a laker 60-70 ft down over 70-76 ft. All rigger action nothing on 300 copper or 7 color leadcore. I had some interesting display shots of some interested fishbait1.thumb.jpg.889fa57d6370c1329320195c1155e194.jpg and I believe I may have caught two of them (rainbows) just a couple minutes after they appeared on screen. Some nice bait pods marked today as well.

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Was on the west side Friday morning and picked up 3 rainbows on the stackers around 40’ over 150’


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Wind can drastically modify the thermocline pushing and stacking up warm water  near one shore and rolling up cold water elsewhere. I remember one easterly troll on Cayuga near the silos where I took 3 lakers with the rigger set at 75FT on the west side and took a pickeral and a smallmouth bass on the same setting as I approached the east side!    Rainbows sometimes will leave temp to find bait and they will also go deep to avoid sunlight (just like mysis shrimp). For what it worth my boat's PB bow was taken at 115ft!

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Interesting about deep bows. I went out Friday for few hours. Targeted 30 to 60 feet down. Only caught one on a cheater 35 feet, silver/black Michigan stinger. It was middle of day though. 

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After several weeks of slow fishing I hit it good today. Fished NE part of lake from 8:00-2:00. 7 bows and 2 lakers. Best bows were a 5 lb and a 6 lb. Boy were they fun. All on silver spoons except one on stick bait. Mostly downrigers but a couple on small dipseys. All 55-65 ft down in 80-120 FOW (Adesalvo, thanks for the tip they were hitting deeper). All released to keep growing. Tried to go back out at night and recreate the thrill, that didn’t work, Lol. 

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Great job!


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Nice going Dan. :yes:

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Great Job! We will be out tomorrow trying out our 6 pole spread with my new slide divers. Thanks for the intel 

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Slow morning. Didn’t marked much. 3 small lakers, no bows. Met adesalvo at the launch that was cool. 

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Good to meet up Dan!  It was a slow day but the wind was light and variable and the scenery was spectacular! 

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Brought my daughter out this morning. Pretty cold. She had my rain pants over top of her two layers of pants to stay warm. Managed a few lakers in the boat. All 70 feet down. Water temp down there 55, at surface 60. One baby rainbow on a cheater. 

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She is hard core Dan and great that she gets out with you....enjoy it while you can....as soon as they discover boys and get into the teen social stuff it all signs of normalcy in going places with family can disappear:lol:

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Fished Sunday on the south end and just trolled north with a pretty strong wind at our backs! We only got 1 on the boat but had 7 releases in 3 hours. I modified a couple  DW silver mags with brushed aluminum look paired with glow spindoctors that get lots of hits but I feel they are too big causing a lot of misses.   Next year I am going to pick up a couple silver DW’s non mags and modify them.   Tomorrow we are determined to try out rain program on south end of keuka lake and then we put the boat away until next year.  
 

thanks for all the post’s on this thread it’s been great!  

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