Finger Lake Salmon

January 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm Leave a comment

Great story about fishing in the Finger Lakes in the winter. I think about skiing when it starts to snow, but Rivertop Rambles tells a great story of salmon fishing on a snowy day.

Rivertop Rambles

Cayuga Lake, the longest (38 miles) of New York’s glacial Finger Lakes, has steep east andstack west sides and an average depth of 182 feet. On New Year’s Day, I accompanied angling buddy Tim Didas in a drive north of Ithaca along an eastern portion of the lake. We drove through a local snowstorm for the sole purpose of maniacally casting streamers to Cayuga lake trout and landlocked salmon. At Milliken Station, an AES Cayuga coal-fired power plant, we dropped down to a railroad track where the snow and wind were peppered by the sound of shotguns aimed at passing waterfowl.

milliken stationAs we suited up beneath the ominous clouds and smokestacks of the giant plant, our fingers froze in the biting 20 degree Fahrenheit air, and our thoughts were yet to be consoled by the fact that the cooling waters of the plant, rivered back into the lake where we…

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