Fishing for Lake Trout in the Finger Lakes has seen a lot of changes over the years. One of the oldest methods to catch lakers is called pulling copper. A fisherman uses copper wire to fish a spoon on the bottom. Downriggers, leadcore lines, dipsey divers, drop weights, and the famous seth green rig all can catch fish as well. In recent years bass fisherman have been catching a lot of lake trout while jigging for smallmouth bass. This has really become a cheap and easy way for almost any angler
to target these wonderful fish.
Other factors such as the excessive weeds, the the spiny fleas, and the cost of gas have all helped to make jigging a popular method to catch lake trout in the Finger Lakes. Fisherman are using jigging spoons and bass jigs to entice lakers. Some are using a fish attractant on the baits others may be tipping the jigs with live bait or chunks of cutbait.
The new fish finders are able to track you jig down to the bottom in 100 feet or more and you can even see the fish chase or attack your jig. Fisherman are quick to adapt and incorporate new methods and technology that make our sport more fun and productive.
Cayuga Lake is the longest of Finger Lakes, being just over 38 miles long, with a maximum depth of 435 feet. In a few spots the lake is almost 2 miles wide. Cayuga Lake is home to the following species of fish lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, chain pickerel, rock bass, crappie, sunfish, bullheads, bowfin, white suckers, channel catfish, lake sturgeon, carp, alewives and smelt.