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How’s everyone’s luck on catching the walleyes out of this lake.. I have heard mixed reports.. some do great and some fish for days and come back with their tales between the legs.. buddy and I are thinking of giving it a shot

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I would try trolling a erie dearie with a worm if they are around you should be able to catch them or try trolling a small stickbait as the bait is small here in this lake hope this helps

 

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13 minutes ago, whaler1 said:

Otisco

I’ve fished otisco and I know they’re in there but catching them is another story.. just like owasco.. there are some tanks in both of those lakes

 

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I just tried Skinny this past Tuesday. Gave it an hour with my favorite Erie / Oneida worm harness. Tried along the drop at the north end weaving in and out from 40- 20. Not a single walleye . Lots of bass though.  I also have had some reports of good walleye catches. Just got to keep on trying.

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 I doubt there will ever be really good walleye fishing in Skaneateles.. Yes they are there, I have never caught one, and many others haven't as well... The habitat is not right.. Its a deep cold lake without a big forage base, and I would think that rules out a lot of walleyes suspended on bait that would be a good target for trollers.. Also yes, Walleyes are predators, and might eat  small Lakers/Rainbows/Bass/perch/whatever, but the opposite is also true. A  finger size  walleye is a good  meal for  a LOT of other fish... just look at cayuga. There have been walleyes there for many decades... Try catching one... Most catches are incidental, and often the fish are large..  I have no doubt that on skinny, there are some areas that might hold catchable numbers of Walleyes, and even a few quiet guys that know when, where, how,  on what and which color the fish can be caught. However, I think a lot of the hysteria we saw  on this forum when Walleyes were confirmed in Skinny, was a huge over reaction.. Just because a fish exists in a lake doesn't mean you will ever catch one... Cayuga has White Bass, Bowfin, Eels, Walleyes, Channel cats, and probably a dozen other species  of which very few are ever seen let alone caught... I think the Walleyes in Skinny will be that type of deal- talked  about, maybe even worried about by some, but not a major player in the fishery.. The habitat and forage base isn't right. There are Pickerel in Skaneateles as well, and I have never seen one of those either.   If you want walleyes,  i would think there are much better options....bob

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I fish Skaneateles a couple times a week. It is a tough lake to learn but light lines are the key. There are a lot of Walleyes in there and I usually catch a few good ones per trip trolling worm harnesses and #12 Deep Husky Jerks. Speed and direction vary daily but usually 1.2 is a good place to start. Lately they're hanging in 18-30 feet of water and are both suspended and on the bottom. The guys that jig catch a lot more than I do but I don't enjoy jigging. 6-8lb test with Floro leaders works well. Aside from the Walleyes the Perch, Rock Bass and Smallmouth will rob you of plenty of worms as well.. Hope this helps. Joeimage000000(1).jpg

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Well we were on the water by 730 and fished till 3.. 20 fish total.. 2 rainbows-one was a skippy other was a nice one we kept, 1 walleye about 20”, 1 jack perch we caught on a Scorpion spoon on a dipsey and the rest were small lakers.. a lot of marks and most were lakers laying on the bottom.. beautiful day out there and crystal clear lake and best part about it is there are no fleas

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