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July 2003

Finger Lakes

New York State has a jewel called the Finger Lakes Region, which consists of 11 lakes across the middle of the state. All of these lakes are loaded with fish and just waiting for you to fish them.

Larry, the owner of Sports World Outfitter on the East Lake Road of Canandaigua Lake tells me they are catching browns, rainbows and lakers on sawbellies fished under slip bobbers in 70-140 feet of water. A 17 ½ lb. brown trout was caught just the other day.

At 4343 State Routes 5 & 20 in Canandaigua is the Finger Lakes Inn where you can rent a clean, comfortable room for a very reasonable price and they have plenty of parking room for your car and boat. Call 585-394-2800 or toll free 800-727-2775 for reservations or check Down towards the south end of Canandaigua Lake on the west side at 6454 State Route 64 just north of Naples is Bristol Bait & Bow. Owner Dave Grove has all the live bait and tackle needed for a days fishing on any of the local lakes.  Stop in today.

Over on Seneca just south of Geneva on State Route 14 is Roy’s Marina where owner Larry Japp has a launch, rental boats and live bait. He can tell you where the fish are and what to use to catch them. They are having their annual spring outboard sale and you can save a bundle. Stop in and pick out your new outboard.

Down at the South end of Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen, John at the Seneca Marine Bait-N-Tackle tells me they are catching browns rainbows and salmon while trolling Rapalas in silver/blue & white/blue colors, in F-7 and J-9 sizes, also Challenger Miro Minnows & Jr Minnows and Yozuri Crystal Minnows and Pin Minnows. They are also catching lakers on sawbellies about 5 feet off the bottom under slip bobbers while drifting on Seneca Lake. John further advised me they killed the rainbow trout over on Keuka Lake drifting sawbellies under slip bobbers, depth unknown.

Just down the street at 135 E. Fourth St is Tobe’s Breakfast House where you can get a super breakfast and have them pack you a great lunch to eat while out on the water.

Travel south out of Watkins Glen on State Route 14 and just past the P&C Market is Curly’s Family Restaurant where fast and pleasant waitresses bring you great food.

Just south of Montour Falls on State Route 14 is Wild Wolf Hollow where you can purchase Native American and wildlife collectibles, leather goods, hunting & fishing supplies at reasonable prices.

Just over the Penn border is the Tioga Boar Hunting Preserve where you can hunt Wild Boar and many other exotic animals’ year around. Call 570-835-5341 for reservations.

>From Watkins Glen go up the west  side of Seneca Lake on State Route >414 and turn onto State Route 96A at Ovid and proceed north past Samson State Park to Kendaia Kabins & Campgrounds. Here is a great campground, In addition to tent and trailer sites, there are rental cabins including a camp store, recreation hall and lots of hiking trails. If you are a fisherman, there is a bait & tackle store and many fish stories. Call 315-585-2244 for reservations.

On State Routes 5 & 20 between Geneva and Waterloo, right on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal is Barry’s Bait & Tackle Shop. They have live bait and tackle, and information for the fishing conditions on all the local waters. The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce will hold their 15th Annual Cayuga Lake Bass Tournament on Saturday, June 21st, 2003 at the Cayuga Lake State Park Launch Site. Prizes will be awarded for the largest Smallmouth or Largemouth Bass. Entry fee is $100.00 per boat. Late Registration will be from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at the Cayuga Outdoor Word & Campgrounds located at 2540 State Route 89, Seneca Falls, NY, just north of the Cayuga Lake State Park.  The above tournament is sponsored by Barry’s Bait & Tackle, Cayuga Outdoor World, J-N-T’s, Inc. and Marina’s Restaurant  & Marina.  Down at the south end of Cayuga Lake and just 2 miles south of Taughannock State Park is the West Shore Gas and Grocery where owner Steve sells gas, oil, groceries, ice, soda and snacks. All you need, for a day at the park, or on the water. Steve tells me they have been catching a few browns on jigs fished from shore at the park.

Over on the east side of Cayuga Lake, Barney of Barney’s Baits, 131 Myers Road, Lansing, tells me his 9th Annual Spring Fishing Derby was a success. They registered 140 adults and 17 kids. Herb Hess of Elmira, NY caught the largest Lake Trout at 9lb-7oz. Greg Micitno of Vestal, NY caught the largest Brown Trout at 11lb-14 oz. In the kids div. Billy Lindsey of Berkshire, NY caught a 5lb-6 ½ Lake Trout. Congratulations to all the winners.  Well, Bass Season opens on June 21st and all the game fish in the state will be fair game. The fishing season has gotten off to a good start and it can only get better from now on. Good fishing and have a nice summer.

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