Fingerlakes Fish Story

March 11, 2011 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

The little one that didn't get away

I am not a fisherman. But I know that a lot of people come to the Finger Lakes to fish, so I asked my Uncle Harold if he would write about his experiences. He has lived on Skaneateles Lake for his entire 80 years and knows the best fishing spots on the lake (which I am SURE he will never reveal).

“My best memory has to be The ” Monster” Trout that didn’t get away.

In 1984, Jim (my oldest son) was home on break in late Dec.; the weather was still quite mild, the boat had not been put up for the winter, so we decided to give fishing a try, expecting not much.

Soon after starting to troll, Jim hooked into something we thought was a branch,or log. It was soon apparent it was no log. We decided to bring the boat into a nearby dock; Jim on the dock, and me on shore with a net. The large net was useless !

About 45 minutes after hooking, I was finally able to gaff the giant lake trout with my hand. It weighed in at 21 lbs, 39 inches!

Fishing spots in the Finger Lakes

Beautiful coloring on a fish caught by my nephew

To more practical matters:

The most popular fishing in Skaneatleles Lake, occurring in the warmer months (June- Sept.), is for perch, sunfish, rock bass, and bass.

The best time for these fish is Aug.-Sept.

For the newcomer, bait (minnows, crawfish, and worms) can be bought locally; then, assuming a boat and anchor were available, ask someone where to best go, or simply go to where others are anchored.

The warmer water of the more shallow northern and southern ends of the lake makes for great fishing, especially for pickerel, large-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, walleye and panfish.

Trolling with surface lures is another technique that can produce results, near shore, early AM, or an hour or so before sunset.

Other fishing, for rainbows, salmon, and lake trout, is most popular in the Spring (thru May), and late Oct. thru Nov. This is done primarily by trolling with surface lures, again in early am or an hour or so before sunset.”

Thanks Uncle Harold! That is a great fish story!

Finger Lakes breakfast

Fish in the pan

For more information about fishing in the Finger Lakes:

The date for the Nineteenth Annual Ithaca Fishing Day is Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 9 am to 4 pm. Once again, the event will be held at the Boynton Middle School in Ithaca, New York. Ithaca Fishing Day a unique event that invites the community to come and experience a day of fishing and cold water environmental education.
While the event continues to offer a special focus on fly-fishing directed at young people it is also of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about the sport of fishing and the local environment.
Additionally, a variety of local and regional vendors will be on hand with a wide variety of their goods on hand for sale.

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