THE LAKES | FEATURED SPECIES | PHOTOS  | ARTICLES / TIPS
Lakes found in:
Cayuga LakeSeneca LakeOwasco LakeSkaneateles LakeKeuka LakeSodus BayOtisco LakeCanandaigua Lake

Species:
Smallmouth Bass
Landlocked Salmon
Bluegills/Sunfish
Black Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Brown Trout
Northern Pike
Longnose Gar
Yellow Perch
Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout
Rock Bass
Freshwater Drum
Walleye
Bowfin
Carp
Chain Pickerel
Tiger Musky
Channel Catfish
White Perch

Bluegills and Sunfish

Bluegills and sunfish provide a lot of sport and good eating for anglers of all ages and abilities. I'm always amazed at how anglers will freeze out on the ice in order to catch a few gills yet when the air temps are in the 70s and the weather is beautiful no one is out chasing these panfish. Pound for pound they are terrific fighters. Cayuga and Seneca Lakes have exceptional panfish. It isn't hard to catch a mess of 8" bluegills and sunfish on Cayuga Lake. I think the toothy critter (pike/pickerel) population in the Fingers keeps the panfish from stunting. When I worked at Bass Pro Shops I met plenty of excellent anglers and angling personalities/specialists. Brian "Bro" Brosdahl is well known amongst ice fishing aficionados. He is a great guide and occasionally does procurement fishing for aquariums. He told me that he'd rather catch a bunch of 10"+ bluegills than a big musky! He loves chasing and catching monster panfish! Who can blame him? A 10" bluegill is a rare fish.

Here's Mike with a big sunfish that slammed a jerkbait intended for northern pike and bass! This was on Seneca Lake on June 16th of 2007.
 

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